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Poll: Mid-Season Replacement Comedy 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 comedy 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 Drama TV Series

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    The Simpsons (1989)

    Aired 17 Dec 1989, replaced Totally Hidden Video, 28+ seasons and 600+ episodes
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    Seinfeld (1989)

    Aired 5 Jul 1989, 9 seasons and 180 episodes
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    The Office (2005)

    Aired 24 Mar 2005, replaced Commited, 9 seasons and 188 episodes
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    Family Guy (1998)

    Aired 31 Jan 1999, replaced The X-Files but took 70's Show slot, 14+ seasons and 274+ episodes and 2 related spin-offs
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    Parks and Recreation (2009)

    Aired 9 Apr 2009, replaced Kath & Kim, 7 seasons and 125 episodes
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    Married with Children (1986)

    Aired 5 Apr 1987, 11 seasons and 262 episodes and 2 spin-offs
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    Happy Days (1974)

    Aired 15 Jan 1975, replaced Temperatures Rising, 11 seasons and 255 episodes and 7 related spin-offs
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    The Jeffersons (1975)

    Aired 18 Jan 1975, replaced Friends & Lovers, 11 seasons and 253 episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    American Dad! (2005)

    Aired 6 Feb 2005, replaced The Sketch Show, 13+ seasons and 210+ episodes
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    All in the Family (1971)

    Aired 12 Jan 1971, replaced To Rome with Love, 9 seasons and 208 episodes and 7 related spin-offs
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    The Wonder Years (1988)

    Aired 31 Jan 1988, 6 seasons and 115 episodes ”
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    Coach (1989)

    Aired 28 Feb 1989, 9 seasons and 198 episodes
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    Night Court (1984)

    Aired 4 Jan 1984, replaced Family Ties, 9 seasons and 193 episodes
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    Laverne & Shirley (1976)

    Aired 27 Jan 1976, replaced Welcome Back Kotter, 8 seasons and 178 episodes
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    Three's Company (1976)

    Aired 15 Mar 1977, 8 seasons and 172 episodes and 2 related spin-offs
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    Barney Miller (1975)

    Aired 23 Jan 1975, 8 seasons and 168 episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    Malcolm in the Middle (2000)

    Aired 9 Jan 2009 replaced Futurama, 7 seasons and 151 episodes
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    Just Shoot Me! (1997)

    Aired 4 Mar 1997, 7 seasons and 148 episodes
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    Perfect Strangers (1986)

    Aired 25 Mar 1996, 8 seasons and 150 episodes and 1 related spin-off
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    Bob's Burgers (2011)

    Aired 9 Jan 2011, replaced The Cleveland Show, 6+ seasons and 98+ episodes
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    Mister Ed (1958)

    Aired 5 Jan 1961, 6 seasons and 143 episodes
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    3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)

    Aired 9 Jan 1996, replaced NewsRadio, 6 seasons and 139 episodes
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    George Lopez (2002)

    27 Mar 2002, 6 seasons and 120 episodes
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    Sister, Sister (1994)

    Aired 1 Apr 1994, 6 seasons and 119 episodes
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    Mr. Belvedere (1985)

    Aired 15 Mar 1985, replaced Hawaiian Heat, 6 seasons and 117 episodes
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    Blossom (1990)

    Aired 3 Jan 1991, replaced Ferris Bueller, 5 seasons and 114 episodes
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    Rules of Engagement (2007)

    Aired 5 Feb 2007, replaced The New Adventures of Old Christine, 7 seasons and 101 episodes
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    The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006)

    Aired 13 Mar 2006, replaced Courting Alex, 5 seasons and 88 episodes

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