Here are the top 10 highly recommended single season TV shows from earlier times to binge-watch this summer, which premiered only for a single year, yet earned wide praises and still acquire big name in the television universe.
1. Freaks and Geeks
American teen-comedy Freaks and Geeks is one of the best single season TV shows without a debate, which premiered from 1999-2000. And, even though the show was cancelled after just 18 episodes, it has appeared in multiple lists of the greatest television shows of all time, including lists by Time, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Rolling Stone.
Growing up in circa 1980, a misfit high-school student and his pals are probably destined to become new media millionaires, but right now they’re stuck in school, where all the girls are a foot taller and bullies terrorize the gym class. Meanwhile, his older sister is flirting with the dope-smoking bad boys, cutting classes and questioning the point of getting good grades.
2. The secret Circle
CW’s critically acclaimed single season TV show; ‘The secret Circle’ is a supernatural teen drama that aired from 2011 till 2012. Comprised of 22 episodes in total, the mini-series had won praises of huge population, owing to its exceptional, adventurous timeline.
“Cassie’s world turns upside down when her mother dies mysteriously and she comes to know of an unbelievable family secret. What will happen when dark forces begin to pull Cassie to dangerous heights?”
Set 500 years in the future after a universal civil war, the crew of a small transport spaceship takes any job so long as it puts food on the table. The disparate men and women just want to survive and maybe have better lives, but they face constant challenges on the new frontier, such as the Reavers — flesh-eating mongrels who live on the fringes of the universe.
Fox entertainment’s single season TV show, Firefly had garnered immense viewership. Hence, the reason of its cancellation was not ratings, rather some very-unfortunate on-screen circumstances.
10 episodes comprised comedy drama series Sweet/vicious is another of the single season TV shows, that could not expand its journey ahead, yet harvested huge fan following with whatever little it offered.
Sweet/Vicious is an offbeat superhero story for the millennial generation. It’s about unlikely friends Jules and Ophelia taking a stand against those who dare get away with abuse on their college campus. Jules appears to be the perfect sorority girl, but little do her fellow sisters know that, come nightfall, she adopts a vigilante persona. When computer-hacking weed dealer Ophelia discovers Jules’ gig, it rekindles her interest in college life and kick-starts an odd-couple partnership hell bent on exacting revenge — clumsy attempts and missteps notwithstanding.
American comedy drama series Wonderfalls centers on a 20-something Niagara Falls souvenir-shop worker, who finds her life is changed forever when inanimate animal figures – toys, cartoon images etc. begin talking to her. Their cryptic messages set into motion a chain of events that invariably lead her into the lives of others.
On account of its immense popularity, TV Guide had included this single season TV show in their 2013 list of 60 series that were “Cancelled Too Soon”.
After the entire world’s population blacks out for approximately two minutes and seventeen seconds, an elite FBI task force is formed to investigate what caused the global blackout in this 22 episodes long single season TV show.
7. My so-called life
American teen drama ‘My so called life’ also names among the single season TV shows, which left the audience questioning with their sudden cancellation.
Set at the fictional Liberty High School in a fictional suburb near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania called Three Rivers, the series follows the emotional travails of several teenagers in the social circle of main character Angela Chase, played by Claire Danes.
The series had portrayed some prevailing teen issues like sex, drugs, relationships and high-school issues, and therefore earned wide appreciations. Moreover, it had ended in a cliffhanger with the expectation that it would be picked up for an additional season, but later the show was officially canceled on May 15, 1995.
Three very different brothers, each soldiers in the U.S. Army, find themselves all assigned to the same unit: the fictional A Company, 2nd Battalion, 618th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 18th Infantry Division (Mechanized), at the fictional Fort McGee, located in Florida. While the majority of the base’s personnel are deployed overseas, the two younger brothers (Derrick and Randy) are assigned to rear detachment – the soldiers left behind to take care of the base. The oldest brother, Staff Sergeant Pete Hill, is returned stateside from Afghanistan after punching a superior officer. He is assigned to supervise a platoon of misfits that includes his brothers. While working together, the brothers are able to renew and strengthen their childhood bonds.
Despite low ratings, the single season TV show Enlisted had won intense acclaims. However, with the escalating competition, the series failed to get renewed for a fresh season.
Single season comedy caper follows an eclectic group of six college freshmen at the fictional University of North Eastern California. Created by Judd Apatow, the sitcom is wholly dedicated to the trials and tribulations of college life.
10. Trophy wife
The running success of 2013, Trophy Wife also names among the single season TV shows, cancelled too soon. The series revolved around Kate, a young, attractive, blonde party girl, who marries a middle aged lawyer named Pete. The marriage comes with Pete’s two ex-wives: the stern, perfectionist doctor, and the flaky, flamboyant, new age Jackie Also, Pete has three children from the prior relationships: overachieving, good girl, Hillary, slacker Warren and rambunctious Bert. The series explores the marriage and generation gap between Kate and Pete, along with the modern family dynamics between them, the ex-wives, and their respective children.