When they say there’s no business like show business, what they really mean is there’s no business that involves so much regular rejection. Even the most successful artists in the worlds of film and television have been told no countless times; by directors, by actors, by studios, by agents, by managers. The secret to their success is that they keep moving forward anyway.

The creators of the ten films and shows on the list below know exactly what I’m talking about. These movies and series are now regarded as some of the most successful of their eras. They’rre modern classics beloved by millions of people. But once upon a time, all of them were rejected by studio or network executives — in some cases multiple times. (At least one show was turned down upwards of 20 times before it became one of the biggest hits in the history of streaming television.) Here are their stories of failure — followed by massive success.

Famous Film and TV Shows That Were Rejected By Executives

These acclaimed series and movies were all turned down by numerous studio and network executives before they finally made it to the screen.
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