15 Shows That Had Only One Season But Are 100% Worth the Watch

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What do shows like Grand Army, I Am Not Okay with This and Partner Track have in common? They’ve sadly fallen victim to the one-season curse, which is, to put it plainly, when a television series gets canceled after the first installment. This means the audience, who enjoyed the show from beginning to end, has no choice but to bid a final farewell to a series that had so much potential but came to an end so suddenly. Here is a list of fifteen shows that only had one season but are definitely worth the watch.

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1. Firefly (2002)

  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Set in the year 2517, the story is about a group of renegade explorers who travel across the galaxy in a Firefly-class spaceship. They must tackle odd jobs to survive, like venturing into unknown galaxies and avoiding authority agents that want them gone for good (dun dun dunnnn).

2. The Society (2019)

  • Cast: Kathryn Newton, Alex Fitzalan, Sean Berdy

Similar to Lord of the Flies, The Society follows a group of teenagers who return home from a school trip and discover everyone in their town has suddenly vanished. Although they try to create a civilized society with a set of rules, it doesn’t take long for chaos and mayhem to ensue.

3. Pivoting (2022)

  • Cast: Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin, Maggie Q, Tommy Dewey

After mourning the sudden loss of a dear friend, three women (who have been close since childhood) vow to live life to the fullest. This ranges from changing their career path to supporting the people they love. 

4. Over the Garden Wall (2014)

  • Cast: Elijah Wood, Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Lloyd, Fred Stoller

Created by Patrick McHale, who served as creative director and writer on the animated show Adventure Time, the Cartoon Network miniseries follows two half-brothers named Wirt and Greg, who get lost in a mysterious forest called the Unknown. To return home, the boys travel through the enchanted wilderness with the help of an elderly woodcutter, a short-tempered bluebird and an old woman.

5. Jane by Design (2012)

  • Cast: Andie MacDowell, Erica Dasher, Meagan Tandy

Think of it as Sex and the City meets The Devil Wears Prada. The teen drama series centers around a high school student named Jane Quimby, who is living a double life: one as a regular teenage girl and the other as an assistant to one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. 

6. Freaks and Geeks (1999)

  • Cast: Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel, Busy Philipps, Martin Starr, James Franco

Set in the ’80s, Freaks and Geeks centers around a proclaimed “geek” named Lindsay. Everything changes when she joins a clique called the “freaks,” who are a bunch of misfits high-school students.

7. Bunheads (2012)

  • Cast: Kaitlyn Jenkins, Sutton Foster, Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey De Young

Michelle Simms, who is a former dancer, travels to Las Vegas to become a showgirl. Her life is turned upside-down when she marries a guy she barely knows and moves to California with him to create a new life for herself. 

8. Mrs. Davis (2023)

  • Cast: Betty Gilpin, Jake McDorman, Andy McQueen, Sam Meader

If you’re a big fan of Black Mirror, then this show is definitely for you. Peacock’s Mrs. Davis follows a nun named Sister Simone, who partners with her ex-boyfriend, Wiley, to hunt down and save the world from a powerful artificial intelligence system, known as Mrs. Davis. 

9. The Resort (2022)

  • Cast: William Jackson Harper, Cristin Milioti, Debby Ryan, Nick Offerman

Fans of The White Lotus should definitely add this show to your queue. It follows a couple who are vacationing in the Mayan Riviera for their tenth wedding anniversary. While there, they’re thrown into the middle of an unsolved mystery that took place over a decade ago. 

10. On Becoming a God in Central Florida (2019)

  • Cast: Kirsten Dunsti, Beth Ditto, Ted Levine, Usman Ally

Set in Orlando in the ’90s, On Becoming a God in Central Florida tells the story of a minimum-wage employee named Krystal Stubbs, who lies and cheats her way to the top ranks of Founders American Merchandise (FAM). However, she soon uncovers a web of secrets that threaten the “perfect” life she has built for herself. 

11. The Secret Circle (2011)

  • Cast: Britt Robertson, Phoebe Tonkin, Thomas Dekker, Shelley Hennig

Much like Charmed, this teen drama series follows a teenage girl named Cassie. After moving to a new town, she learns that she is a powerful witch and later joins a coven called the Circle. 

12. Ben and Kate (2012)

  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Brittany Snow, Echo Kellum

Ben (a helpless dreamer) moves in with his sister Kate (who is the complete opposite) and her daughter to lend a helping hand. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that they’re not very different.

13. Twisted (2013)

  • Cast: Avan Jogia, Kylie Bunbury, Denise Richards

When 16-year-old Danny Desai returns to his hometown after spending five years in a juvenile detention center, he tries to start over. But his life takes a turn for the worse when a former student is found dead in his home, and he is named as the prime suspect.  

14. Undeclared (2001)

  • Cast: Seth Rogen, Carla Gallo, Jay Baruchel

Created by Judd Apatow (Freaks and Geeks), Undeclared is a comedy series that centers around six college freshmen attending the fictional University of North Eastern California. 

15. Ravenswood

  • Cast: Tyler Blackburn, Brett Dier, Haley Lu Richardson, Justin Bruening

Serving as a spinoff to Pretty Little Liars, this mystery series follows Caleb Rivers (from PLL) to a new town called Ravenswood. Although he’s looking for a fresh start, he learns that the small community has a dark secret lurking in the shadows. 

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Karelle McKay is the Assistant Editor of News and Entertainment at PureWow. Before she started writing about all things pop culture, she was a literal couch potato who loved...