Not every show can make it into the Fall primetime lineup — and sometimes that’s a good thing. Each year, networks have to find fresh programs to fill the midseason holes they face when during long hiatuses or as cancellations creep up. And for shows like “Seinfeld
,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer
” and “Riverdale
,” being up against some easy competition during winter and summer lulls may have set them up to become fan favorites. Check out a sampling below to see some of the most beloved midseason replacements in TV history — and some that are still airing.
” — Premiered July 5, 1989 on NBC
One of the most famous sitcoms of all time debuted in the dead of summer, but that didn’t stop the self-proclaimed “show about nothing” from becoming something.
2. “Happy Days
” — Premiered Jan. 15, 1974 on ABC
Maybe a winter launch was what made the Fonz so cool in the first place.