Last Man Standing Season 6 is now available for non-stop watching on Hulu after ABC canceled the show. Find out why the sitcom was axed.
Despite excellent viewer ratings, ABC canceled Last Man Standing. The last episode of Season 6 aired on March 31, 2017. The first episode of the show had aired on October 11, 2011, and the unexpected cancellation after six seasons came as a shock to fans.
Senior vice president of ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios Jori Arancio said after the cancellation that “this was a scheduling decision.”
According to Channing Dungey, ABC’s entertainment president, “politics had nothing to do with it [the cancellation].” Dungey said that even though Last Man Standing drew in a vast audience and was a steady performer, ABC decided not to continue with a comedy on Friday night.
In an interview with Variety, Dungey said that “’Last Man Standing’ was a challenging one for me, because it was a steady performer.” As for the show’s cancellation, he commented that “Once we made the decision not to continue with comedy on Friday, it was just kind of that’s where we landed.”
Of course cancelling a show like Last Man Standing is never that easy and most often comes down to money.
Usually, a network like ABC and a show’s production partner (in this case 20th Century Fox TV) discuss licensing fees before each season. After Season 6 of Last Man Standing, 20th Century Fox Television’s obligation to cover the cost for the show’s production had expired. Had the show continued, ABC would have had to pick up the production costs.
Despite more than 414,000 signatures on Change.org to bring back Last Man Standing, neither ABC nor any other network has picked up the show.
The Change.org petition has its own explanation for why the sit-com was canceled.
“Last Man Standing is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers,” states the petition and continues to explain, “And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled.”
Like most Last Man Standing viewers, Tim Allen was shocked and stunned about the cancellation. On May 16, 2017, Allen wrote on his Twitter page, “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home for the last six years.”
Allen, who is known as a Republican and who reportedly supported Donald Trump, has made jokes about the challenge of being a Republican in Hollywood.
Even though ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey claims that Tim Allen’s personal politics had nothing to do with the cancellation of Last Man Standing, one has to wonder.
Amazon is offering various seasons of Tim Allen’s sitcom on DVD.
Until September 30, 2017, Netflix users were able to binge-watch the first five seasons of Last Man Standing. Netflix has discontinued streaming the show.
After 20th Century Fox negotiated a new deal, the show’s exclusive streaming rights went to Hulu. Hulu, which offers a free trial period, is now streaming Last Man Standing Season 1 to Season 6.