Law & Order, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live, most TV series that are in their infancy hope to one day achieve the kind of longevity that these shows have managed to maintain, but few are so lucky. Whether it’s due to production complications or bad reviews it’s becoming increasingly rare for shows to last beyond a fifth or even a fourth season, and the sheer volume of quality programming available these days means that only the most outstanding shows will survive. Nevertheless, every so often there is a critically acclaimed show that falls victim to bad ratings and meets with an untimely end.
Join us as we take a look back at six TV series that despite their popularity, were canceled after just one season.
Created by Ted Griffin, Terriers contrasted a lot of the popular high-tech crime dramas of the time because its characters simply didn’t have access to the futuristic crime labs seen on shows like CSI and Criminal Minds. Instead, Hank Dolworth is an ex-cop who teams up with his reformed criminal friend to set up an illegal private investigation business. Despite getting a lot of critical praise and a nomination for Outstanding New Program by the Television Critics Association, Terriers was canceled in December 2010 after only one season — it was FX’s lowest-rated show ever.