Watching live TV (in other words, watching a show as it airs rather than streaming the entire season) these days seems like something only older people do. For instance, my mom loves to come home and watch her 8 PM shows. I, on the other hand, tend to watch shows after they have already aired and been completed. This way, I can watch all of the episodes without having to wait in between them (who has time for that?). Sometimes, the best shows are ones you can watch in one sitting. A good example is shows with just one season.
There are a ton of reasons why a show might get cancelled after one season. Bad ratings, bad reviews, a feuding cast, etc. Sometimes shows deserve to be cancelled after one season (the infamous Pretty Little Liars spin-off Ravenswood, for example). But sometimes, shows get cancelled way too soon and it’s just unfair to the entire world. Some shows get cancelled after one season, and then they get super popular. Luckily, in this day and age (aka the age of the internet) it’s easy to revisit old shows that only lasted one season, even though they often deserved more. So, if you have some time to kill and want to experience one season worth of drama, check out these shows. And then prepare yourself to feel angry and sad and heartbroken and betrayed because, honestly, someone really screwed up by cancelling these.
Freaks And GeeksThe fact that this show has only one season feels like a crime. It launched the careers of some of the funniest comedy stars like, Jason Seagel and Seth Rogen. Set in the '80s, the show follows a group of freaks and a group of geeks, hence the name. Through 18 episodes, you get to watch the freaks and geeks crew navigate their way through high school. This show is must-see for anyone who ever felt like the didn't belong in high school. Plus, their '80s-inspired outfits are amazing and hilarious. You can watch the show on Youtube.
The Babysitters ClubIt's hard to believe this CLASSIC piece of television history only had 13 episodes. The show centers around a group of young girls who, you guessed it, start a babysitting club in their small town. Based on the best-selling books, this show is a nostalgia-fest for anyone who grew up in the 90's. If you're looking for a trip down memory lane, here it is. You can stream the show on Hulu.
Life As We Know ItI've never met anyone else who actually watched this show, which surprised me because I was obsessed with it when it premiered in 2004. Another show about teens, but in this show they actually break the fourth wall every once and a while so that you can know what they're really thinking, which was always pretty accurate towards what teenagers had on their minds. It might be a little outdated now, but the core themes (love, sex, family, all that good stuff) have remained the same. You can find this show on Youtube.
My So-Called LifeA teenage Claire Danes and Jared Leto?! Yes please. This show was praised by critics for it's realistic portrayal of teens in the early '90s. Why it only lasted one season is something I will never understand, but there is enough drama in that one season to last a lifetime. You can stream it now on Hulu.
BunheadsThis show had so much promise. The series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, was known for the hit series Gilmore Girls. Unfortunately this show didn't gain as much attention as that one did. Still, the comedy-drama features a ballet school with a cast of unique characters. It's definitely worth a watch. You can watch the season on Freeform.go.com.
Star-CrossedThis show was one that tried to catch on to the mid-2000's supernatural teen soap opera trend, but fell a little flat. Regardless, this love story has a good cast of characters and an interesting plot: teen aliens trying to coexist with humans by going to high school with them. It's like Twilight meets ET, which sounds weird but just trust me. You can watch this show on Amazon Video.
UndeclaredUndeclared is a show about a group of college freshmen tying to navigate school. The lead character, Steven, is a major lovable dork who will steal your heart from the first episode and have you wishing for more. Ugh, why can't shows just go on forever? You can find these episodes on Youtube.
Have you ever seen any of these one season shows? Which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!