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16 One-Season Wonder TV Shows from the 2010s That Deserved More Time

Pour one out for our canceled homies

There is too much content on TV, and that's only become more true over the past decade. In some ways, that's a great thing -- more stories means a wider variety of storytellers who get to tell their truth. But the constantly growing number of shows means that some deserving series weren't given the time or attention that they deserved. Over the past decade, we've lost some great shows that could have been legends, if only we had more than one season to spend with them.

It's time to pour one out for the great shows that were cut off after one season. TV Guide sees you, and you deserved more.

Peyton Kennedy, Everything Sucks!

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Everything Sucks!

Network: Netflix
Premiere Date: February 16, 2018
Where to Stream: Netflix

Everything Sucks!hit home for anyone who had to face puberty in the '90s. The smart coming-of-age dramedy accurately captured the awkward intensity of first crushes and figuring out who you are. It also had a kick-ass soundtrack to boot, though those expensive Oasis licenses might have something to do with why Netflix decided to pull the plug on this endearing show after just one season. Even though we only had 10 episodes to get to know Kate (Peyton Kennedy) and her friends, the attachment we had to them was real. The cancellation spawned the #IAmKateMessner hashtag, where LGBTQ folks shared their coming-out stories in support of the main character and her story that was cut down before it really could take off. Unfortunately, it seems like we will never know what happened next, but Kate lives on in our hearts.

Elizah Bennett and Taylor Cranson, Sweet/Vicious

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Network: MTV
Premiere Date: November 15, 2016
Where to Stream:
Amazon (for purchase)

Sweet/Vicious centered on two college students -- Jules (Eliza Bennett) and Ophelia (Taylor Dearden) -- who decide to take a vigilante stance against sexual abusers on their college campus. It was a smart, poignant, empowering series... and just about a year ahead of its time. Sweet/Vicious premiered on MTV less than a year before the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke and the #MeToo movement galvanized Hollywood. It also arrived as MTV went through an identity crisis and decided to ditch scripted programming in favor of nostalgia bait and reality shows. The move left Sweet/Vicious scrounging for a home after one acclaimed season, but it was unable to find a network brave enough to put it on the air. And that's a shame, because it's exactly the type of show we need in this era.

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Jason O'Mara and Emila Burns, Terra Nova


Terra Nova

Network: Fox
Premiere Date: September 26, 2011
Where to Stream: Amazon (for purchase)

This might seem like a joke entry considering how critics panned Terra Nova at its first outing, but Fox's ambitious future sci-fi drama was actually a lot of fun to watch. Sure, the science didn't make complete sense, but it was an entertaining blend of sci-fi and post-apocalyptic fun. Also, there were dinosaurs. There are not enough dinosaurs in this age of endless television! But in all honesty, the thing about Terra Nova was that it was brave, and we can't remember the last time broadcast TV took as big of a swing as this show. It deserved a second season just for having the balls to be what it was, which as a great popcorn flick in the form of weekly episodic television.

Rob Lowe and Timothy Olyphant, The Grinder

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The Grinder

Network: Fox
Premiere Date: September 29, 2015
Where to Stream: Amazon (for purchase)

The Grinder got a bad rap early on because it felt like a parody of a comedy, but the show's self-awareness was actually its greatest strength. It starred Rob Lowe as Dean Sanderson, an actor most famous for playing a lawyer on a TV show (a fictional The Grinder) that gets canceled, forcing Dean back home to work with his brother (Fred Savage) and father (William Devane), who are actually lawyers. Dean desperately tries to reconnect with his estranged family while using his expertise in TV law to buoy the family law firm. It sounds absurd, but The Grinder was actually a heartwarming family comedy that could have been one of the greats if it had been allowed to live. Plus, the Timothy Olyphant guest-star run is...well, the GIF says it best:


Tess Taylor and Alexis Neiers, Pretty Wild

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Pretty Wild

Network: E!
Premiere Date: March 14, 2010
Where to Stream: iTunes(for purchase)

There are few titles that sum up their shows up so accurately. Pretty Wildcould have been the next Keeping up with the Kardashians for the same reason that it was canceled -- Alexis Neiers' legal battles. The reality show was supposed to be another Laguna Beach rip-off, this one about Beverly Hills socialites, but it became 100 times more interesting when Neiers was arrested on the second day of filming for her involvement in the Bling Ring -- a group of people who broke into and robbed the homes of Audrina Patridge, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and more. A sudden pivot turned the show into a docuseries of Neiers' legal battles and her bizarre home life. However, when Neiers was actually sentenced to six months in jail for her crimes, it made it hard for the show to go on. She's doing much better now, having gotten sober and reformed her life, but damn, that show was epic.

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Mark Paul-Gosselaar and Caroline Chikezie, The Passage

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The Passage

Network: Fox
Premiere Date: January 14, 2019
Where to Stream: Amazon (for purchase)

This is the first of two Mark-Paul Gosselaar shows that deserved better from Fox on this list. Unfortunately for The Passage, NBC's Manifest grabbed all the conspiracy-theory hungry viewers in the fall last year, which left little room in viewing schedules for The Passage's vampire-zombie take. Even though the series was based on Justin Cronin's best-selling book trilogy of the same name, not all of the book readers were here for the show's different take on the adaptation, and a poor viewer count dissuaded Fox from picking it up for another season. It's a shame, because Gosselaar was rocking near-peak beard for the entire first season.

Kylie Bunbury, Pitch

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Network: Fox
Premiere Date: September 22, 2016
Where to Stream: Tubi

Pitchis the second Gosselaar series on this list, and it's an even more egregious cancellation because he was at absolute peak beard. More importantly, Pitch was the story of Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury), the first female pitcher in Major League Baseball history. It was an intriguing concept, backed up by excellent performances and a compelling look at what would happen if a woman entered what has been a man's world without drowning the drama in sports talk. The problem is that Fox leaned too hard into marketing the show toward baseball fans instead of the much more likely female demographic, and then it scheduled it in the Thursday at 9 p.m. time slot in hopes of stealing viewers from ABC during Scandal's fall hiatus that year. When the viewers didn't switch over, Pitch couldn't come up with the advertiser dollars to make the show's historic, but pricey, deal with MLB worth it and the fervent, if small, fan base will now forever be left wondering if Baker ever made it back to the mound after her game-ending injury in the finale.

Donal Logue and Michael Rayomond-James, Terriers



Network: FX
Premiere: September 8, 2010
Where to Stream: Amazon (for purchase)

We've accepted that Terriers, FX's criminally under-watched series about two small-time private investigators -- one a recovering alcoholic, the other a former thief -- is a perfect one-season show. But we've only accepted that because FX canceled the Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James-fronted series after one amazing but little-watched season. Think about what could have been had Hank and Britt been allowed to continue their amateur detective business. Think about the stories creator Ted Griffin could have told about them as they attempted to stay on the straight and narrow while taking down the man. More importantly, think about how many henleys could have been sold because of how great Britt looked in them. At least we'll always have the show's delightful opening theme?

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Damien Molony, Crashing



Network: Channel 4/Netflix
Premiere Date: January 11, 2016
Where to Stream: Netflix

The world fell in love with Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag, but they could have met her in Crashing, the short-lived comedy she wrote for Channel 4 that now lives on Netflix. The show tells the story of a group of friends who decide to take up residence in an abandoned hospital to save some money on rent. It has all the hallmark pervy but heartwarming humor that Waller-Bridge is now Emmy-famous for, but it includes a larger ensemble cast that you'll be equally enamored by. Plus, as Waller-Bridge emerges as one of the defining writers of this generation, it is important to be familiar with all of her work.

Julia Goldani Telles, Emma Dumont, Bailey Buntain and Kaitlyn Jenkins, Bunheads

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Network: ABC Family
Premiere Date: June 11, 2012
Where to Stream: Hulu

To be perfectly honest, Bunheads, Amy Sherman-Palladino's first post-Gilmore Girls series, is just Gilmore Girls in Malibu with ballet. Even the transition music from scene to scene is basically the same! However, that doesn't make Bunheads any less delightful. Not only did the show introduce us to a bright young cast of talent, including Julia Goldani Telles, Emma Dumont, and Bailey Buntain (now Bailey De Young), but it also helped break Sutton Foster out of Broadway-only stardom and into the mainstream. We grew attached to the girls at the ballet school very quickly, but what hurt the most is that Michelle (Foster) had finally found her footing in her new role as a teacher when ABC Family (now Freeform) decided to end the show. We miss the sassy comedy, but we miss the show-stopping end credit dance sequences even more.


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Network: Fox
Premiere Date: January 10, 2014
Where to Stream: Crackle

If one thing is to be gathered from this list, it is that Fox still cancels really good shows way too soon, as Enlistedwas another cancellation party foul. Imagine having a cast that includes Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, and Parker Young showing off their hilarious, charming talents, and then calling it quits after one short season. People, they also wore uniforms in this show! Come on, Fox! Besides the eye-candy factor, though, Enlisted is also one of the most underrated comedies of the past decade. It's possible it could have survived if it had been given the benefit of delayed-viewing ratings like today's shows, which also count streaming and DVR numbers.

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Andy Favreau, Josie Totah, and Anders Holm, Champions

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Network: NBC
Premiere Date: March 8, 2018
Where to Stream: Netflix

NBC had a real gem on its hands with Champions, but unfortunately it couldn't find a loyal audience in the spring of 2018. It could have been that people weren't interested in a Mindy Kaling-produced comedy that didn't regularly feature Mindy Kaling, but that was a misjudgment that didn't allow for Champions to show off how cute it really was, even without its executive producer in front of the camera every episode. Little did they know that Josie Totah had plenty of charisma, charm, and wit to carry this show. It wasn't the best comedy right off the bat, but it really grew into something special, and it potentially could have been a groundbreaking show if NBC had given it more time to grow.

Logan Marshall-Green, Quarry

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Network: Cinemax
Premiere Date: Sept. 9, 2016
Where to stream: Amazon (for purchase)

Following the success of Banshee, Cinemax continued its push into the world of top-notch programming with the violent, Vietnam-era crime drama Quarry. The series starred Logan Marshall-Green as a disgraced Marine caught up in a web of crime after returning home to a town and a country that no longer wanted him. His twitchy unraveling as a gun for hire made for an entertaining, if gloomy, drama carefully constructed to paint a portrait of a world that had turned and left its men to face problems on their own. Soundtracked to some of the best music of the '60s and '70s, the show was an impressive addition to the Cinemax lineup, and it's a shame the pay cable network abandoned the show after a season to return to its action origins. Who knows what Cinemax would look like today if Quarry had been allowed to continue.

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Jason Isaacs, Awake

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Network: NBC
Premiere Date: March 1, 2012
Where to Stream: Amazon (for purchase)

Some ideas are admittedly better as movies than TV shows, which might have been the case for NBC's short-lived 2012 dramaAwake. The series starred Jason Isaacs as Michael Britten, a man who loses his wife and son in a car accident (though the accident part comes into question over the course of the season). He begins living two lives: there is one in which he falls asleep and wakes up to find that his wife is alive, but then when he goes to sleep again, he wakes up in a world where his son survived instead. He sees a therapist in both worlds who insist that particular version of reality is the real one, and Michael must determine which one is actually telling the truth. It was a mind-bending show, which may have been difficult for people to process when they just wanted to unwind after work, but it was smart, compelling, and well-acted. Making the cancellation hurt even worse is the fact we never really found out what caused Michael's dreamy predicament or why someone would want to torture him so badly.

Karen Gillan and John Cho, Selfie



Network: ABC
Premiere Date: September 30, 2014
Where to Stream: Amazon (for purchase)

Selfie suffered from a terrible marketing campaign and a shallow pilot that didn't completely dismantle that marketing campaign. However, the Karen Gillan-starring, Pygmalion-inspired comedy quickly found its footing and became one of the best TV rom-coms ever. We could have lived in a world where Gillan and John Cho played out a love story for the ages, but instead, the initial bad press (and poor title) turned viewers off, and as a result we never got the chance to see what this delightful show might have been had it been allowed to grow. In our hearts, Eliza and Henry lived happily ever after, kissing in the rain whenever they desired, and making us swoon on a weekly basis into forever.

Margot Robbie, Pan Am

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Pan Am

Network: ABC
Premiere Date: September 25, 2011
Where to Stream: Amazon (for purchase)

The posters and ads for Pan Am, ABC's 2011 dramedy about the pilots and flight attendants of the former iconic airline, seemed to be everywhere leading up to the show's premiere, but for some reason viewers didn't show up for the Christina Ricci-centered period piece. OK, so Pan Am didn't have the depth of Mad Men, which was at the peak of its popularity at the time, but it was still a good show that was actually quite visually stunning. ABC had better luck with the similarly themed Astronaut Wives Club, a limited series that aired in 2015, but we still wonder what hijinks Maggie (Ricci) and her co-workers (including a then-unknown Margot Robbie!) could have gotten up to if they had more than one chance at flight.