A Season or Less, What a Mess...

by NarniaIsAwesome | created - 28 Jul 2019 | updated - 20 Aug 2019 | Public

These T.V. shows may have sounded like sure things, but they only lasted a season... or less. There are many reasons why a series can get cancelled; it doesn't always mean it's a terrible show. Which of these short-lived series do you wish would've kept running? Arranged by year, oldest to newest.

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1. The Snoop Sisters (1972–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A spinster and her widowed sister, who are also mystery writers, try to solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Helen Hayes, Mildred Natwick, Lou Antonio, Bert Convy

Votes: 275

Two elderly mystery novelists solve real crimes.

2. The Texas Wheelers (1974–1975)

30 min | Comedy

Earthy comedy about the four motherless Wheeler children and their lovable, but cantankerous, father Zack. With Zack avoiding work, Truckie led the clan, with Doobie, Boo, and T.J.

Stars: Jack Elam, Gary Busey, Mark Hamill, Karen Obediear

Votes: 34

Zack Wheeler returns to raise his children Truckie, Doobie, Boo, and T.J. in rural Texas after their mother dies.

3. Get Christie Love! (1974–1975)

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Adventures of sexy & sassy black undercover cop Christie Love.

Stars: Teresa Graves, Charles Cioffi, Jack Kelly, Dennis Rucker

Votes: 228

A Los Angeles policewoman goes undercover to solve crimes.

4. Tabitha (1976–1978)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

This spin-off of Bewitched (1964) follows Tabitha Stephens; Samantha and Darrin's daughter as an adult.

Stars: Lisa Hartman, Robert Urich, Mel Stewart, David Ankrum

Votes: 234

A sequel to "Bewitched" follows the adventures of Samantha and Darrin's grown-up daughter.

5. Gemini Man (1976)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A man has a watch that makes him invisible when pressed. However he can only remain invisible for 15 minutes or else he will stay invisible forever.

Stars: Ben Murphy, Katherine Crawford, William Sylvester, Quinn K. Redeker

Votes: 281

Agent Sam Casey gains the power of invisibility, which is controlled by a watch.

6. Future Cop (1976– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A veteran patrol officer gets an android for a partner.

Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Michael Shannon, John Amos, Herbert Nelson

Votes: 79

A veteran police officer gets an android for a partner.

7. Logan's Run (1977–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic society where reaching the age of 30 is a death sentence, a rebellious law enforcement agent goes on the run in search of Sanctuary.

Stars: Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat, Randy Powell

Votes: 2,216

Logan, a 26-year-old police assassin (known as a Sandman) begins to question the lethal bureaucracy under which he lives and works.

8. Man from Atlantis (1977–1978)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

The adventures of an amphibious man, the last survivor of the legendary sunken city.

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Alan Fudge, Belinda Montgomery, Richard Laurance Williams

Votes: 2,081

An Atlantis survivor works with a crew to study oceanography.

9. Space Academy (1977)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

The adventures of the students of an outer space military school.

Stars: Jonathan Harris, Pamelyn Ferdin, Ric Carrott, Ty Henderson

Votes: 260

The adventures of the students of an outer space military school.

10. Breaking Away (1980–1981)

60 min | Drama, Family

Four buddies live in Bloomington, Indiana, facing life as working class "cutters" in a college town. Focus is on Dave and his $1200 La Strada bike.

Stars: Barbara Barrie, Shaun Cassidy, Jackie Earle Haley, Tom Wiggin

Votes: 119

Four high school friends grow up near a university.

11. Wizards and Warriors (1983)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The legendary Kingdom of Camarand is ruled by good King Baaldorf and Queen Lattinia. Their daughter, Ariel, is engaged to Prince Erik Greystone, who becomes Camarand's Champion against a ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeff Conaway, Walter Olkewicz, Duncan Regehr, Julia Duffy

Votes: 237

The legendary Kingdom of Camarand is ruled by good King Baaldorf and Queen Lattinia.

12. Automan (1983–1984)

70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A computer-generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in the city.

Stars: Desi Arnaz Jr., Chuck Wagner, Heather McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Votes: 1,633

A police computer expert creates his alter ego.

13. Street Hawk (1985)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A desk bound cop secretly fights crime as the test pilot for a prototype combat motorcycle.

Stars: Rex Smith, Richard Venture, Joe Regalbuto, Jeannie Wilson

Votes: 2,899

An ex-motorcycle cop injured in the line of duty is recruited for a top-secret government mission to ride Street Hawk - a combat motorbike designed to fight crime.

Suggested by Nikolay Yerioman

14. Otherworld (1985)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Thrown into another dimension, a family must keep ahead of a tyrannical state's hunters while searching for a way home.

Stars: Sam Groom, Gretchen Corbett, Tony O'Dell, Jonna Lee

Votes: 424

A family searches for a way out of a bizarre parallel world.

15. Werewolf (1987–1988)

30 min | Horror, Thriller

Young Eric has been bitten by a werewolf. However, he's not particularly thrilled by this turn of affairs and wishes to escape his curse. To do so, he must find and kill the founder of his ... See full summary »

Stars: John J. York, Lance LeGault, Chuck Connors, Brian Thompson

Votes: 788

When Eric is bitten by a werewolf, he must track down the rough sailor who started his wolf bloodline.

16. The Charmings (1987–1988)

30 min | Comedy

This sequel to the classic fairy tale, finds Snow White and her family transported to and trying to adjust to life in 1980s America.

Stars: Christopher Rich, Judy Parfitt, Cork Hubbert, Brandon Call

Votes: 227

Snow White and her family are thrust out of their fairy tale life and into modern times.

17. The Flash (1990–1991)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

A police forensic scientist, Barry Allen, battles crimes as the super-fast superhero "The Flash".

Stars: John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Désert, Vito D'Ambrosio

Votes: 6,495

An accident gives a police chemist superhuman speed.

Suggested by Nikolay Yeriomin

18. My So-Called Life (1994–1995)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A 15-year-old girl and her trials and tribulations of being a teenager and dealing with friends, guys, parents, and school.

Stars: Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes, Devon Gummersall

Votes: 19,100

Angela is a high schooler in constant turmoil over her exposure to boys, friends, drugs... basically the usual 1990's teen trappings.

19. Women of the House (1995)

30 min | Comedy

Suzanne Sugarbaker of Designing Women (1986) rocks the U.S. Capitol when she takes over her recently-deceased husband's seat in Congress.

Stars: Delta Burke, Teri Garr, Patricia Heaton, Jonathan Banks

Votes: 105

In this spin-off of "Designing Women," Suzanne Sugarbaker and her new comrades represent the State of Georgia in politics.

20. Crusade (1999)

44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Set right after the events of Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999), a team of soldiers and scientists led by Capt. Matthew Gideon have five years to find a cure for an alien plague decimating Earth.

Stars: Gary Cole, Tracy Scoggins, Daniel Dae Kim, David Allen Brooks

Votes: 4,784

A team of soldiers and scientists has five years to find a cure for a plague decimating Earth.

Suggested by Dan Dassow

21. Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.

Stars: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine

Votes: 130,098

Growing up circa 1980, a misfit teen and his pals are stuck in school, where all the girls are a foot taller and bullies terrorize the gym class.

22. Firefly (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 244,617

The disparate men and women of a small spaceship just want to survive, but they face constant challenges on the new frontier, such as flesh-eating mongrels.

Suggested by Ed Jones

23. Emily's Reasons Why Not (2006– )

30 min | Comedy, Romance

Emily Sanders is a successful young woman with fabulous job in publishing and great friends. She got to where she is by working hard and always followed a set of self-imposed guidelines ... See full summary »

Stars: Heather Graham, Nadia Dajani, James Patrick Stuart, Khary Payton

Votes: 180

After breaking up with her most recent boyfriend, Emily institutes a set of self-imposed guidelines, referred to as the "Reasons Why Not." What are those guidelines? If Emily, with the help of her friends, can come up with just five reasons why she should break up with a beau, she does.

24. Caprica (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, live together on a peaceful planet known as Caprica, where a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences.

Stars: Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson, Alessandra Torresani

Votes: 23,909

Set nearly 60 years before the "Battlestar Galactica" series, this prequel traces the progress of two prominent families, the Greystones and the Adamas.

Suggested by Jeorj Euler

25. Flashforward (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A special task force in the FBI investigates after every person on Earth simultaneously blacks out and awakens with a short vision of their future.

Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton

Votes: 59,092

Residents of Los Angeles go about their day unaware that a mysterious event is about to change their lives.

Suggested by Jeroj Euler

26. The Event (2010–2011)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a man goes looking for his missing girlfriend, he stumbles upon a government conspiracy that is bigger than the president himself.

Stars: Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Ian Anthony Dale, Zeljko Ivanek

Votes: 25,484

A regular guy who launches an investigation into the disappearance of his fiancee begins to expose the biggest cover-up in American history.

Suggested by Jeorj Euler

27. The Cape (2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama

Vince Faraday is a cop who has been framed for murder, leading him to fall off the grid and become the super hero known only as "The Cape."

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain

Votes: 8,265

An honest cop framed for a series of murders must fight the criminals who have overtaken Palm City, and decides to become his son's favorite comic book superhero, The Cape.

Suggested by Jeorj Euler

28. Awake (2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

After a car accident takes the life of a family member, a police detective lives two alternating parallel lives, one with his wife and one with his son. Is one of his "realities" merely a dream?

Stars: Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris, Dylan Minnette

Votes: 20,371

After getting in a car accident with his wife and teenage son, Detective Michael Britten finds himself alternating between two different realities.

Suggested by rubyfruit76

29. We Are Men (2013)

30 min | Comedy

A young guy finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex.

Stars: Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub, Christopher Nicholas Smith

Votes: 1,195

When Carter Thomas moves into a short-term apartment complex after being left at the altar, he befriends three older single guys.

30. Almost Human (2013–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In a not-so-distant future, a human cop and an android partner team up to protect and serve.

Stars: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook

Votes: 47,892

As all cops are required to work with a robot, John Kennex must overcome his aversion to androids and get accustomed to his new partner: a discontinued android with unexpected emotional responses.

31. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–2014)

TV-PG | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole.

Stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby

Votes: 11,404

Alice tells of a land on the far side of a rabbit hole; doctors plan a treatment that will make her memories disappear. Before the doctors can follow through, the Knave of Hearts and the White Rabbit arrive to whisk her away to Wonderland.

32. Of Kings and Prophets (2016)

60 min | Drama

A biblical drama centered around a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet, and a resourceful young shepherd.

Stars: Ray Winstone, Olly Rix, Mohammad Bakri, Simone Kessell

Votes: 1,419

A young, resourceful shepherd named David, who has big aspirations, rounds out a trio of characters who are on a collision course with destiny, which will test their beliefs and leave Israel forever changed.

33. Ghosted (I) (2017)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A skeptical tough ex-cop is forced to team up with a nerdy scientist who is a firm believer in the paranormal. They must help a secret L.A.-based government agency deal with unexplained and paranormal occurrences.

Stars: Adam Scott, Craig Robinson, Ally Walker, Adeel Akhtar

Votes: 5,690

Former missing persons detective Leroy Wright is a skeptic who doesn't believe aliens exist, unlike true believer Max Jennifer, who is convinced his wife was abducted by such beings.

34. Doubt (2017)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama

A successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm becomes romantically involved with a client who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.

Stars: Katherine Heigl, Dulé Hill, Laverne Cox, Dreama Walker

Votes: 1,870

Sadie Ellis has a good job at a boutique law firm where she works with a passionate warrior for justice - but she has a secret.

35. Swamp Thing (2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Abby Arcane returns home to Marais, Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, only to discover the dark, terrifying mysteries of the swamp.

Stars: Crystal Reed, Virginia Madsen, Andy Bean, Derek Mears

Votes: 20,350

A swamp-born virus uncovers terrifying secrets in a small Louisiana town.



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