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Poll: Mid-Season Replacement Drama TV Series

A mid-season replacement TV series is a show that takes the place of another cancelled show due to poor ratings or some other reason between December and May. These shows are often second stringers that didn't make the fall line-up. Networks are hopeful they will catch on, but often their role is to hold on until the roll-out of the new fall line-up. Every once in a while, networks catch lightning in a bottle and these fill-ins become wildly successful, anchoring the network's lineup for years and spawning multiple spin-offs.

Which mid-season replacement drama TV series* best filled its role as a fill-in and more? * minimum four plus seasons with December through May premiere

Vote in the companion poll: Mid-Season Replacement Comedy TV Series

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    Grey's Anatomy (2005)

    Aired 27 March 2005, replaced Boston Legal, 17+ seasons and 374+ episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    Castle (2009)

    Aired 9 March 2009, replaced True Beauty, 8 seasons and 173 episodes
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    Scandal (2012)

    Aired 5 April 2012, replaced Private Practice, 7 seasons and 124 episodes
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)

    Aired 10 March 1997, replaced Savannah, 7 seasons and 145 episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    JAG (1995)

    Aired 17 January 1997 (*originally aired on NBC), replaced Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 10 seasons and 227 episodes and 3 related spin-offs
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    Dallas (1978)

    Aired 2 April 1978, 5 part mini-series that became a show, 14 seasons and 356 episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    Falcon Crest (1981)

    Aired 4 December 1981, 9 seasons and 227 episodes
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    Walker, Texas Ranger (1993)

    Aired 21 April 1993, 8 seasons and 203 episodes
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    Barnaby Jones (1973)

    Aired 28 January 1973, 8 seasons and 178 episodes
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    The Practice (1997)

    Aired 4 March 1997, replaced NYPD Blue, 8 seasons and 168 episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993)

    Aired 01 January 1993, 6 seasons and 149 episodes
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    Hill Street Blues (1981)

    Aired 17 January 1981, 7 seasons and 144 episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    Medium (2005)

    Aired 3 January 2005 replaced LAX, 7 seasons and 130 episodes
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    Emergency! (1972)

    Aired 15 January 1972, replaced The Good Life, 7 seasons and 129 episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    Dawson's Creek (1998)

    Aired 20 January 1998, replaced Syndicated Programming, 6 seasons and 128 episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    Numb3rs (2005)

    Aired 23 January 2005, replaced Dr. Vegas, 6 seasons and 118 episodes
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    Nash Bridges (1996)

    Aired 29 March 1996, 6 seasons and 122 episodes
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    The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)

    Aired 18 January 1974, 5 seasons and 112 episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    Parenthood (2010)

    Aired 2 March 2010, 6 seasons and 103 episodes
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    Quantum Leap (1989)

    Aired 26 March 1989, 5 seasons and 97 episodes
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    Dynasty (1981)

    Aired 12 January 1981, 9 seasons and 217 episodes and 3 reunion movies and 1 related spin-off
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    The Unit (2006)

    Aired 7 March 2006, 4 seasons and 70 episodes
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    The 100 (2014)

    Aired 19 March 2014, 7 seasons and 100 episodes and a related prequel series is in-development

    added 10 April 2021

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    Empire (2015)

    Aired 07 January 2015, 6 seasons and 102 episodes and a pilot of a spin-off is being shopped to networks

    added 10 April 2021

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    Chicago P.D. (2014)

    Aired 18 January 2014, 8+ seasons and 159+ episodes and 1 related spin-off

    added 10 April 2021 (still on-air)

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    Twin Peaks (1990)

    Aired 08 April 1990, 3 seasons and 112 episodes and 1 related TV movie

    added 10 April 2021 (due to its influence on TV/pop culture)


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