A homeless man who was recently viciously mocked online for grooming himself in public transit has seen the tables turn since then. According to him, he has received several offers for jobs, including from the New Jersey Transit. In addition, a Go Fund Me page has raised at least $38,000 for him.
Passengers onboard a commuter train out of New York City were stunned earlier this month to see a man sitting in one of the seats, shaving. Quickly, one recorded a video and uploaded it onto Twitter before it went viral.
The man, 56-year-old Anthony Torres, was humiliated by a salvo of negative comments on the internet, including insults like “slob,” “animal,” and “nasty.” He discovered this when his niece showed him the footage and vowed never to ride a train again.
The fact is Torres was living under bridges and in homeless shelters for several weeks before this. He was scared, having been mugged. After contacting one of his brothers for help, this brother sent him money to visit another brother that lived in New Jersey.
It was there on the train that Torres recalled feeling hungry, filthy, and downtrodden. He had left the shelter before having a chance to shower, and so he took the opportunity of the train ride to clean himself up and look “presentable.”
After the video went viral, Torres and his older brother, Thomas, reached out to the media so that his story gets out. His brother said that then “maybe people will have more feeling knowing what this kid’s been through.”
Although gracious for the job offers, Torres cannot work, he says, due to medical conditions including pneumonia, a work-related injury, and two strokes. Despite this, he said, “I feel so happy. I feel like a new man.”
The plan worked, and soon people started reaching out to show their support. These voices quickly outweighed the negative trolls. For his part, Torres is extremely grateful. “Now people know the real story,” he said.
The Best TV Shows That Were Canceled Too Soon
There is no worse feeling than hearing your favorite TV show is ending after the next season. With shows from the ’80s to recent Netflix originals, we take a look at the ones that were taken off our screens before their time.
Created by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, this legal comedy series was filmed with a single-camera. Despite being acclaimed by critics and viewers, the show never achieved high ratings and The Grinder was canceled by Fox on May 16, 2016, lasting just one season. Rob Lowe plays an actor who has spent so long playing a lawyer on TV that he’s pretty sure he can do it in real life and goes on to join his family’s law firm, much to the dismay of his younger brother, a real lawyer.
Another Bryan Fuller show! Hannibal explores the relationship between a renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. In June 2015, NBC canceled Hannibal after three seasons with even fans themselves admitting the show lasted longer than expected. While it was revealed the cancelation was due to low ratings, one of the show’s executive producers blamed viewers who watched the show through illegal methods. People still hold onto hope for a return one day.
Netflix Original, Gypsy starred the talented Naomi Watts as a strong lead when audiences began demanding more strong women roles on TV and movies. Netflix never revealed the reason behind the cancellation of the television show. Gypsy was canceled just six weeks after it premiered, and although critics agreed that Naomi Watts gave an amazing performance, it wasn’t enough to keep the show on the air. It has been speculated that perhaps excitement for the show just wasn’t as present as with other series and that was what led to its cancelation.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Although it seemed like everyone loved Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for its wit and humor, the reasoning behind its cancelation is still a mystery. Created by Tina Fey, four seasons just isn’t enough for fans, as they wanted to continue being a part of Kimmy’s story. We’re used to comedies that last longer than a mere four seasons – and with all the heartbreak that comes with the show’s cancelation, there is reason to believe there is a movie based on the show in the making.
Although it may have seemed like this show ran for years, in reality, it only aired for two seasons. The first season of the comedy horror television show originally aired on Fox in 2015, the second aired in 2016 and in 2017 the show was canceled. The series struggled to find an audience over its first two seasons, though it performed well in delayed viewing and was all the buzz on social media.
Another Netflix show that got the boot too soon. Netflix announced its decision to cancel American Vandal after its second season due to its plan to reduce airing programs produced by outside networks. The show began as a mockumentary series and although its jokes were dirty, it was written sharply and was just hilarious. The show had a lot of heart and fans were disappointed by its cancelation.
Good Girls Revolt
This Amazon television show is the fictionalized version of the Newsweek strike, a true story where women employees were harassed at work and prevented from becoming reporters. These women took a stand against their employers. The show got canceled after one season although it is more relevant than ever before. The first season is still available to watch on streaming platforms.
This MTV show followed an unlikely pair of college girls, Jules and Ophelia, who by night secretly act as vigilantes on-campus that target sexual assailants. Despite being critically acclaimed, the audience was not large enough and in April 2017, after one season, the show was canceled.
Netflix has gone cancelation crazy this year and Sense8 (2015-2018) has fallen as one of its victims. The sci-fi drama follows a group of 8 strangers who are connected mentally and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat. Netflix revealed the cancelation occurred as there was a “not large enough” audience to substantiate the show’s cost. Fans took to the internet in rage, creating petitions to keep the show alive so Netflix agreed to bring it back for closure in a one-off series finale next year.
This sitcom was created by Mitchell Hurwitz and was originally aired on Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006. Despite critical acclaim, ratings were too low and the show was canceled. However, it gained a cult following in the years following its cancelation and in 2013, Netflix released the fourth season with 15 episodes. Season five was then released in 2018. The show follows the fictitious Bluth family with level-headed son Michael Bluth taking over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.
Dead Like Me
This drama, created by Bryan Fuller, was a comedy with a supernatural storyline. A college dropout, George, has a very unlucky first day as a temp clerk and is killed on her lunch break by a toilet seat. Rather than going to the afterlife, she becomes a grim reaper. The show ran for two seasons with Fuller leaving 5 episodes into season 1 due to creative differences. According to Fuller, Showtime canceled the show due to “a loss of quality and a sense the problems would continue.”
Despite critical acclaim, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series, and a Golden Globe win for lead actress Laura Dern, HBO canceled the comedy-drama after just two seasons. This was partly due to low ratings. The show follows a high-powered woman who attends a spiritual retreat after a workplace meltdown and comes back with a hopeful new attitude to live a more spiritually enriched life. While the first season was good, fans claim the second was unmissable, creating a lot of anger when the show was axed.
My So-Called Life
Airing for only one season from 1994-1995, this show depicted one of the most convincing representations of high school life. It followed the emotional travails of several teenagers in the social circle. Rumors spread that the show’s cancellation was due to the main character Claire Danes’ wish to leave the series, but whatever the reason was, it was canceled at the worst time. The season ended on a cliffhanger prompting the internet’s first-ever online fan campaign in a bid to save the show.
Another canceled Bryan Fuller show which ended too soon. A show about a pie-maker with the ability to bring dead things back to life with his touch, who used his ability to solve murder cases. What could have been a dark drama was actually a cheerful, light-hearted show that received critical acclaim and won numerous awards. The fans never got their closure on the love story between Ned and his crush, Chuck, and are still wondering if they would ever be able to touch.
The Get Down
Produced by Sony Pictures Television, The Get Down was the most expensive original series in Netflix’s history, costing at least $120 million to produce. It aired on August 12th, 2016, and lasted for one season, following a group of teenagers during the rise of hip-hop and disco in the Bronx in the late 1970s. With ratings that were not as high as they should have been, an extortionate budget, production delays, and middling quality, it is no wonder why Netflix canceled the show.
Trophy Wife starred an exceptional cast from Malin Akerman to Bradley Whitford. When an attractive young party girl marries a middle-aged lawyer with two judgemental ex-wives and three children, this show is anything but boring. After airing on September 24, 2013, ABC decided after one season enough was enough and canceled the show in May 2014. Despite the sad news, it did not come as much of a surprise to many, as ABC has had problems keeping good comedies on their lineup.
Party Down was an exceptional comedy starring one of the best casts with the likes of Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, and Jane Lynch. The show aired on Starz network in 2009 but was canceled in June 2010. Following a group of caterers in Los Angeles as they hoped to make it in Hollywood, the show only managed two seasons. Despite being a great success, ratings dropped dramatically, possibly influenced by the great losses of Jane Lynch to Glee and Adam Scott to Parks and Recreation.
Fans are still holding a grudge about the loss of the show after only one season, a classic case of “canceled too soon.” Blending sci-fi with a western theme, the series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system and follows the adventures of nine characters who live on Serenity. Featuring Buffy‘s Joss Whedon, Firefly premiered in September 2002, but by mid-December, it was canceled due to ratings. Despite this, it received a strong fan base and in 2005 the movie, Serenity gave the show its send off.
Freaks And Geeks
Like My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks explored the details of high-school life through the eyes of a brother-sister pair. While Lindsay falls in with the “freaks,” her brother Sam is firmly settled with the “geeks.” 18 episodes were completed, but the series was canceled after only 12 had aired. Even though the show was short-lived, it launched the careers of many successful actors like Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel, and more. A reason for its cancellation was its inability to gain an audience due to its “erratic scheduling” and poor time slots.
The Western show created, produced, and largely written by David Milch aired for three seasons from 2014 to 2016. Deadwood received wide critical acclaim, particularly for Milch’s writing and Ian McShane’s co-lead performance, and is now regarded as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time. So why was the show canceled after winning 8 Emmy awards and a Golden Globe? Though the series was not officially canceled, the series’ cast options were not picked up, leaving the actors free to pursue other projects.
When computer-wizz Chuck inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge. Fair enough, Chuck lasted a good five seasons, but to many viewers, this was not enough. Chuck was in constant danger of being dropped due to its poor ratings after the second season. The show was classified as a show “on the bubble” with each season structured as if it was the last. The final season returned but was moved from Monday to the Friday night death slot.
Set in the United States during the Great Depression, this show followed the lives of two groups of people and their battle between good and evil and heaven and hell. Despite the show’s creator Daniel Knauf intending for it to last six seasons, the show only lasted for two seasons on HBO. Reviews questioned the execution of the show, and although the first episode set a new audience record for an HBO original series, the upcoming seasons did not live up to this.
The American sitcom that ran from 2011 to 2013 was one of the most hilarious shows of all time. The show follows the dysfunctional adventures of six best friends living in Chicago. On May 10, 2013, Happy Endings was canceled by ABC. Unfortunately for the show, season one aired completely out of order, and over the course of the three seasons the show’s time slots were switched multiple times and ABC put minimal effort into its publicity and marketing. This resulted in the third season’s lower ratings and subsequent cancellation.
United States Of Tara
The comedy-drama created by Diablo Cody aired on Showtime from 2009 to 2011. The series follows the life of Tara, a suburban housewife and mother coping with Dissociative Identity Disorder. United States of Tara was one of few shows on television to actually attempt to portray the realities of living with a mental illness. Despite Toni Collette, who played Tara, winning both an Emmy and a Golden Globe, Showtime chose to cancel the show after its third season in 2011.
Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business. The show was extremely short-lived, lasting from September 8 to December 1, 2010. This came as a shock as, despite it’s low ratings and unrecognizable cast, the show was welcomed with much critical praise. Along with many other magazines and websites, HitFix.com’s Alan Sepinwall ranked Terriers at #3 on his top 10 list for 2010 as well as #1 on his list of best new shows of 2010.
My Name Is Earl
This sitcom created by Greg Garcia aired on NBC in September 2005 and, although lasting four years, it ended abruptly after the fourth season. The last season ended with the caption “To Be Continued.” Despite ending on a cliffhanger, Garcia did have plans to bring the show to a conclusion. The creator also revealed that after the network gave him the go-ahead to finalize his last season with a cliffhanger, NBC canceled the series. If he had known, he would have written a different ending to season four.
This show focused on the residents of New Orleans as they tried to rebuild their lives and culture after Hurricane Katrina. It welcomed a positive reception, especially for its portrayal of New Orleans’ culture. Despite the show’s network, HBO, canceling the show after three seasons, the creator David Simon managed to convince them to end the show with an abbreviated fourth season. David wanted to give his show its conclusion and explained that HBO gave him “half a loaf,” but that wasn’t going to stop him from completing the story.
Two detectives from opposite sides of the U.S. – Mexico crossing had to work together to take down a serial killer. The show was based on a Scandinavian show, Broen/Bron, and was shown in over 100 countries around the world. The show aired on the network FX, who questioned continuing the show after the first season. Known for helping to give its shows a chance to grow, FX allowed the drama to continue for a second season, but there was no improvement in the ratings or critical reception, leading to its cancelation.
Pitch is a sports comedy that aired on Fox from September 22 to December 8, 2016. The “pilot” series about a young pitcher (Kylie Bunbury) who becomes the first woman to play in Major League Baseball lasted only one season. Pitch received positive reviews from television critics, with Bunbury’s performance receiving praise. The editors of TV Guide placed Pitch fourth among the top ten picks for the most anticipated new shows of the 2016–2017 season. However, this did not improve ratings and the show was unsurprisingly canceled.
Heroes was a science fiction series created by Tim Kring which appeared on NBC. The story followed the lives of ordinary people who discovered that they had superhuman abilities, and how these abilities took effect in the characters’ lives as they worked together to prevent devastating events. The critically acclaimed first season had a run of 23 episodes, receiving the highest rating for an NBC drama premiere in five years. However, ratings began to drop as the seasons went on, and NBC canceled the show after the fourth.
This 21st century take on My Fair Lady starred the popular Karen Gillan and John Cho. The show premiered in September 2014 but ABC announced the end in November the same year, after broadcasting the seventh episode. Although the show had potential, it struggled to hold on to audiences and ratings slipped after the first episode. All remaining episodes were released online. Gillan plays Eliza Dooley, a woman obsessed with the idea of achieving fame through the use of social media platforms. She seeks help from Henry Higgs, a marketing image guru.
Dollhouse premiered on February 13, 2009. After an extremely mediocre first season with mixed reviews and underwhelming ratings, Dollhouse picked itself up in the second season. However, given that the show had a weak start, it was unable to recover and Fox network officially canceled the show on November 11, 2009. The show centered around a secret organization that controls “dolls” (actives) and programs them to do any kind of required work, after which they get their memories erased and revert to a childlike state.
Better Off Ted
This workplace sitcom is about a harassed VP, Ted Crisp, trying to juggle professional and personal demand. Centered at a stereotypically evil company, Veridian Dynamics, the show also focuses on the employees and their attempts to manipulate the corrupt work system. In the ABC show, Ted narrates the series’ events by regularly breaking the fourth wall and directly addressing the audience as the show’s on-camera narrator. Despite the excellent critical acclaim, the ratings did not reach their potential for the show and the series ran for two seasons from March 2009 to January 2010.
Kristen Bell, who plays a high-school outcast, takes on a role as a private investigator in order to crack the mystery after her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as County Sheriff. The show aired for three seasons from 2004 to 2007, with the latter seasons not living up to the first. However, the show ended with much potential, and in 2014, with the help of fans and donors, $5,702,153 was raised, allowing a Veronica Mars movie to be created.
This mystery horror drama premiered in 1990 and was a top-rated series (listed among the greatest television series of all time), but after declining ratings, the show came to an end in 1991. This left many devoted fans confused as it created more mysteries than answers. In 1992 the series was followed by a feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. An entire 25 years later, the show returned in May 2017 as a limited series on Showtime, also known as Twin Peaks: The Return, comprising of 18 episodes.