It’s commonplace for TV shows to not make it past the second season. Sometimes it’s ratings. Sometimes a network decision. Sometimes even, the writers and producers run out of material.
Let’s take a look then, at the All-Time BEST 10 TV Shows That Only Lasted 2 Seasons!
10. Jericho (2006-2008)
The little show that could…and then couldn’t. Despite a passionate fanbase and decent reviews, this story of a small Kansas town struggling to survive after nuclear explosion ultimately bit the dust…in the wind. Sorry couldn’t resist!
9. Car 54, Where Are You? (1961-1963)
A classic comedy staring the late Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis (pre-Munsters, more on that later!) as bumbling NYC cops failed to catch on like other 60’s sitcoms. Per IMDB, this was William Faulkner’s favorite television show. Huh?
8. Extras (2005-2007)
While Extras was no doubt a solid show, it’s a British show, meaning fans ultimately get fewer episodes and seasons than from their American counterparts. Why is that? I could tell you, but you wouldn’t be awake to read the rest of this list. Given the nature of the show, celeb cameos were plentiful, but the true standout was ‘When the Whistle Blows,’ a ridiculous show-within-a-show.
7. The Addams Family (1964-1966)
People tend to overate this one, because of the more prominent feature films nearly three decades later. Nonetheless, the show is solid, offbeat, and ahead of its time. No doubt, Raul Julia is the better overall actor, but John Astin was the better Gomez Addams. Deal with it peeps!
6. Life on Mars (2006-2007)
Just to be clear, this is the original British version, as the American adaptation was not nearly as good. Life on Mars has a unique premise that is equal parts nostalgia and sci-fi. Put those together and stir in some police action and you’ve got one of the best shows from the other side of the pond.
5. Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)
Words cannot do justice to how original and revolutionary this show was. Pushing Daisies is ahead of its time…and the next 10, 20, or 100 years (its premise is that crazy). I’m struggling even to know what to say about this one. Just check it out!
4. The Munsters (1964-1966)
…And we’re back to Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis. Like Coke vs. Pepsi or Beatles vs. Stones, there will be Addams Family people and Munsters people. Personally, this author falls into the latter. The Munsters tended to be more slap-stick driven than their macabre counterparts. Ultimately, I feel as though The Munsters had better characters and a more clever overall premise.
3. Sports Night (1998-2000)
Like most Aaron Sorkin shows, Sports Night takes some getting used to. Also like a Sorkin show, your patience and persistence pays off big time! While the show is at heart a comedy, Sports Night tackles (see what I did there) some incredibly controversial issues (steroids, racism, legalized marijuana). The end result is a balanced dramedy before it was cool to be one.
2. The Office (2001-2003)
I have nothing against the American version, which is a solid show, but the original is one of the funniest shows ever. While there was a Christmas special that did technically take place after season 2, the Brits really stiffed us big time by not giving The Office at least another season or two. And who can forget “Free Love Freeway.”
1. Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
For the first season-and-a-half of its run, this wasn’t some decent show, we’re talking one of the greatest shows of all time. With a crazy mix of horror and suspense, as well as slapstick and romance, David Lynch (who else could possibly think this stuff up?) created a masterpiece. After we found out who killed Laura Palmer though, the show went into a death spiral of disorder and camp. While, there was a movie, a really really freaking weird movie, the TV portion of Lynch’s crazy fantasy stands as the All-Time Best Show That Only Lasted 2 Seasons. If you haven’t seen it, its an experience that will change the way you watch TV forever (cue the iconic theme song).
Enjoy the list and as always, we want feedback. Tomorrow is a big one…
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