The 50 Greatest One-Season Wonders

by tbell1826 | created - 22 Oct 2011 | updated - 14 May 2017 | Public

A list of the best-loved shows that lasted only one season.

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1. 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: 244,310

2. 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: 19,082

3. 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: 129,850

4. 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: 59,051

5. Moonlight (2007–2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A vampire lands work as a private investigator and falls for a mortal woman.

Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring, Shannyn Sossamon

Votes: 23,546

6. Jack & Bobby (2004–2005)

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

The early life of Bobby McCallister, a progressive President of the United States from 2041 to 2049, is explored.

Stars: Christine Lahti, Matt Long, Logan Lerman, Jessica Paré

Votes: 2,151

7. No Ordinary Family (2010–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

The Powells are a typical American family living in Pacific Bay, California, whose members gain special powers after their plane crashes in the Amazon.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker, Jimmy Bennett

Votes: 16,111

8. Sons & Daughters (2006–2007)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

The zany and slightly troubled members of a family try to make it through life as comedy ensues. In the center of the mess is Cameron, who is happily married to second wife Liz, with three ... See full summary »

Stars: Fred Goss, Gillian Vigman, Jerry Lambert, Alison Quinn

Votes: 500

9. Invasion (2005–2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In the aftermath of a hurricane, a Florida Park Ranger and his family deal with strange occurrences.

Stars: William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, Kari Matchett, Lisa Sheridan

Votes: 11,759

10. 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: 25,480

11. Grosse Pointe (2000–2001)

30 min | Comedy

Satire centers on the off-camera antics of five actors who star in a fictional high school drama called "Grosse Pointe".

Stars: Irene Molloy, Lindsay Sloane, Bonnie Somerville, Kohl Sudduth

Votes: 679

12. Greg the Bunny (2002–2004)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Greg the Bunny is one of the 3.2 million fabricated Americans ("puppets") living in the United States. Wanting a job that doesn't involve working only on Easter, he convinces his roommate ... See full summary »

Stars: Eugene Levy, Seth Green, Bob Gunton, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 1,594

13. Surface (2005–2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

A marine biologist, an insurance salesman and a teen-aged boy find their lives fundamentally changed by the emergence of a new, and often dangerous, species of sea life, while government agents work to keep the affair under wraps.

Stars: Lake Bell, Jay R. Ferguson, Carter Jenkins, Leighton Meester

Votes: 9,698

14. Journeyman (2007)

45 min | Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi

A man travels back in time to help people in trouble.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond

Votes: 8,981

15. The Ben Stiller Show (1992–1995)

306 min | Comedy

This comedy/variety show specialized in parodies of movies and television shows and commercials. Often, they would also have a special guest (e.g., a TV actor) join them.

Stars: Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 1,670

16. Kitchen Confidential (2005–2006)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

A bad-boy chef runs wild in his New York City eatery.

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Nicholas Brendon, John Francis Daley, Jaime King

Votes: 4,635

17. The Class (2006–2007)

22 min | Comedy, Romance

A 27-year-old is reunited with his childhood friends.

Stars: Andrea Anders, Jon Bernthal, Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Votes: 4,524

18. Profit (1996–1997)

90 min | Crime, Drama

Jim Profit works for a multinational company, and isn't above using any means necessary to get ahead, and that includes bribery, blackmail, intimidation, extortion, and even murder. Now ... See full summary »

Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Lisa Darr, Lisa Blount, Jack Gwaltney

Votes: 1,904

19. Do Over (2002–2003)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Thirty-four-year-old Joel Larsen gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1981. Blessed with adult wisdom, though hampered by ... See full summary »

Stars: Penn Badgley, Angela Goethals, Josh Wise, Natasha Melnick

Votes: 510

20. The Nine (2006–2007)

45 min | Crime, Drama

Nine surviving hostages from a spectacular bank hold-up meet regularly. The memories keep haunting them, in flash-backs slowly revealing that story. Two surviving perpetrators in jail, who ... See full summary »

Stars: Lourdes Benedicto, John Billingsley, Jessica Collins, Tim Daly

Votes: 1,403

21. Reunion (2005–2006)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

Six friends come together for their 20th high school reunion in which one of them is murdered and all of them become suspects. A detective traces their turbulent and secretive lives back spanning 20 years to find which one had the motive.

Stars: Dave Annable, Alexa Davalos, Will Estes, Sean Faris

Votes: 1,122

22. The Oblongs (2001–2002)

TV-14 | 284 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The misadventures of a goofy family deformed by toxic waste.

Stars: Will Ferrell, Pamela Adlon, Jean Smart, Randy Sklar

Votes: 8,374

23. Mission Hill (1999–2002)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

The misadventures of a group of disparate roomates who live in a hip neighborhood in a major city.

Stars: Brian Posehn, Nick Jameson, Wallace Langham, Vicki Lewis

Votes: 4,727

24. American Gothic (1995–1998)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A quiet, seemingly-quaint small town is ruled over by its charming yet evil sheriff who uses his demonic powers to remove anyone who dares to stand in his way. The only one he fears is a young boy he fathered through rape.

Stars: Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco, Brenda Bakke

Votes: 4,176

25. Cupid (1998–1999)

60 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Trevor Hale is attractive, witty, uncommonly intelligent - and he may be Cupid, the Greco-Roman god of erotic love. Probably not, but he thinks so. Trevor's insistence that he is Cupid ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Piven, Paula Marshall, Jeffrey D. Sams, Paul Adelstein

Votes: 1,044

26. Action (1999–2000)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

A dark comedy about Peter Dragon (played by Jay Mohr), a sleazy Hollywood executive. His last, massively expensive, movie bombed and he needs a hit. Will "Beverley Hills Gun Club" be it and how far will he have to go to make it?

Stars: Jay Mohr, Illeana Douglas, Jarrad Paul, Jack Plotnick

Votes: 1,372

27. North Shore (2004–2005)

60 min | Drama, Romance

Intrigue abounds at the Grand Waimea Hotel, an exclusive Hawaiian escape for the wealthy, powerful and beautiful. Hawaiian-born Jason Matthews runs the hotel as the assistant manager and ... See full summary »

Stars: Kristoffer Polaha, Brooke Burns, Corey Sevier, Nikki Deloach

Votes: 977

28. Threshold (2005–2006)

60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A team of experts are assembled after the U.S. Navy discovers an extra-terrestrial object briefly appeared near a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Stars: Carla Gugino, Brian Van Holt, Brent Spiner, Rob Benedict

Votes: 5,298

29. Night Stalker (2005–2006)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Investigative reporter Carl Kolchak, who's after his wife's killer, teams up with Perri Reed, Jain McManus, and their boss Tony Vincenzo to investigate strange crimes in Los Angeles that may contain dark supernatural elements.

Stars: Stuart Townsend, Gabrielle Union, Eric Jungmann, Cotter Smith

Votes: 1,355

30. John Doe (2002–2003)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A man who seems to know everything but his own name helps police solve crimes as he searches for his identity.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Jayne Brook, John Marshall Jones, William Forsythe

Votes: 7,635

31. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

A behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch-comedy television show.

Stars: Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, Steven Weber

Votes: 23,215

32. Tell Me You Love Me (2007)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Romance

A drama about three couples and the therapist they share.

Stars: Michelle Borth, Tim DeKay, Aislinn Paul, Adam Scott

Votes: 3,489

33. Point Pleasant (2005)

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

A series of supernatural events begins in a small coastal New Jersey town after the arrival of a mysterious teenage girl, who apparently has the ability to influence the people and events around her.

Stars: Elisabeth Harnois, Grant Show, Sam Page, Aubrey Dollar

Votes: 2,288

34. Pasadena (2001–2002)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lily McAllister has lived a charmed life as part of the most powerful family in the upscale Southern California enclave of Pasadena. All that changes, however, when a murder and coverup in her own mansion thrusts Lily into a search to unlock her family's long-buried secrets.

Stars: Dana Delany, Martin Donovan, Balthazar Getty, Alison Lohman

Votes: 446

35. Undeclared (2001–2003)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

College freshman Steve Karp, his girlfriend and their fellow dormmates embark on one the greatest experiences of their lives. Unfortunately for Steve, his lonely and recently divorced father is tagging along for the ride.

Stars: Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, Monica Keena

Votes: 16,294

36. Life as We Know It (2004–2005)

43 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Life through the eyes of Dino Whitman (Faris), Jonathan Fields (Lowell) and Ben Connor (Foster), three hormone-charged teenage boys.

Stars: Sean Faris, Jon Foster, Chris Lowell, Missy Peregrym

Votes: 3,065

37. Father of the Pride (2004–2005)

TV-14 | 26 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The misadventures of a family of White Lions who perform with Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas.

Stars: John Goodman, Cheryl Hines, Orlando Jones, Carl Reiner

Votes: 1,301

38. $#*! My Dad Says (2010–2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A middle aged son moves in with his old fashioned dad.

Stars: William Shatner, Jonathan Sadowski, Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso

Votes: 4,941

39. Conviction (2006)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

ADA Alexandra Cabot from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" returns as the bureau chief for the group of young ADAs. According to Dick Wolf, "'Conviction' will be a 'charactercedural,' we ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Balfour, Jordan Bridges, Milena Govich, Stephanie March

Votes: 872

40. Over There (2005)

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

A dramatized take on war in Iraq.

Stars: Josh Henderson, Luke Macfarlane, Erik Palladino, Keith D. Robinson

Votes: 4,239

41. Wonderland (2000)

50 min | Drama

Depicting life in a mental institution from the points of view of both doctors and patients (Wikipedia).

Stars: Ted Levine, Michelle Forbes, Martin Donovan, David Brown

Votes: 140

42. Gideon's Crossing (2000–2001)

60 min | Drama

Ben Gideon is a doctor of great skill, he also has a great bedside manner. He heads the experimental oncology ward at a fictional teaching hospital in New England. Based on the work of Dr. ... See full summary »

Stars: Andre Braugher, Rubén Blades, Rhona Mitra, Hamish Linklater

Votes: 155

43. Harper's Island (2009)

TV-14 | 40 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Harper's Island was once the scene of a gruesome series of murders. Now, seven years later, family and friends gather on the island for a wedding, but one by one they begin to die.

Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham, Matt Barr, Gina Holden

Votes: 25,344

44. Drive (2007)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A drama about various people competing in an illegal cross-country road race.

Stars: Kristin Lehman, Emma Stone, Rochelle Aytes, Taryn Manning

Votes: 4,749

45. Skin (2003–2005)

60 min | Drama

Two mismatched teens fall in love with each other despite the family feud between their fathers, one a pornographer, the other a district attorney, trying to bring each other down.

Stars: Ron Silver, Kevin Anderson, Rachel Ticotin, Pamela Gidley

Votes: 205

46. 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: 8,264

47. Harsh Realm (1999–2000)

45 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.1