My Favorite One-Season TV Shows
I often joke that if I enjoy a TV show in its first season, it is guaranteed not to be renewed for a second season. My appreciation is a death knell.
- •FlashForward (2009)This show SO could have lasted several years. Of course, it ended on a cliffhanger with the expectation that it WOULD be renewed.
- •Harper's Island (2009)To be fair, this was probably only meant to last one season since all but two characters were killed off Agatha Christie-style by the end.
- •Surface (2005)I think it was too scientific for people, or maybe they just thought the creature Nim was too dorky.
- •Whoopi (2003)Whoopi Goldberg running a hotel. I think it was perceived as being too anti-conservative at a time when President Bush's post-9/11 approval ratings were at an all-time high.
- •Stark Raving Mad (1999)Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, How I Met Your Mother). It was too intelligently funny for most people.
- •American Gothic (1995)I didn't discover this paranormal-ish show until years after its run, but it was pretty good. All nobodies at the time, it starred Lucas Black (later of NCIS: New Orleans), Sarah Paulson (later of American Horror Story), Gary Cole (later of the movie Office Space) and Jake Weber (later of Hell On Wheels).
- •V (1984)I admit, the TV series that grew out of the miniseries probably should not have been made, but I was 10-11 at the time and loved it.