Best One season of any TV show

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  1. Dec 31, 2014 #41 of 103
    mr.unnatural

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    The ratings for the first season were pretty weak, IIRC, and deservedly so. The first season was the most mediocre of the entire series. The show aired during the summer of 1989 so there wasn't much competition to go against it. The initial reactions from both the studio execs and the test audiences that screened it were not all that favorable either, but Warren Littlefield (2nd in command of NBC's entertainment division) pushed for it and managed to get five episodes produced for season 1. It wasn't listed in the fall schedule for the following season initially. Castle Rock couldn't even find any buyers for the show when they shopped it around. It was extremely rare for a show with that low of a rating to even get picked up. The show was repeated on June 28, 1990, and received a high enough rating to order a second season. The show appealed mostly to young male adults, which attracted advertisers. The rest, as they say, is history. It's undoubtedly the best show ever made that almost wasn't.
     
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    Steveknj

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    It really helps when the President of the network champions the show.
     
  3. Dec 31, 2014 #43 of 103
    MikeAndrews

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    Sub topic:

    What were the best one shows that only had one season?

    #1 Firefly
    Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
    Rubicon
    Alcatraz (maybe)
     
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    "The Simpsons," season 4. Started with "Kamp Krusty," ended with "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase," had 20-something other great episodes in the middle.
     
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    Game of Thrones S1
    Homeland S1
    The Office S2
    Breaking Bad S4
    OITNB S1
    TWD S4
     
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    DevdogAZ

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    Season 2 of Friday Night Lights.

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  7. Dec 31, 2014 #47 of 103
    DevdogAZ

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    Actually, that's not quite correct. They made the pilot in the spring of 1989 and it didn't get ordered to series for the fall so they aired the pilot in June 1989 just to burn it off and recoup some of the production costs. Later that year, when the actor contracts were set to expire, Littlefield decided he didn't want to give up on the show just yet, so he and a studio accountant figured out that the Variety and Specials department was the only place where there was any available budget. In addition, the head of that department had been the primary champion of the Seinfeld Pilot. They came up with a plan to have the Variety and Specials department produce one less Bob Hope special that year, and with the money saved, they used that to produce four episodes of Seinfeld.

    In early 1990, they made the Seinfeld producers choose between airing their four episodes as a mid-season replacement on Wednesday nights after a show called "Dear John," or they could hold off and air in the summer on Thursday nights after reruns of "Cheers." They chose to air in the summer after "Cheers," with the belief that the "Cheers" lead-in, even from reruns, would be bigger and more compatible. The ratings that summer were very respectable, and by that time Littlefield had become NBC's president of entertainment, so on the day the option was going to expire a second time, he decided to order 13 episodes as a mid-season replacement to begin airing in January 1991. So the first two seasons were a total of 18 episodes aired over a two year span. It wasn't until S3 started in fall 1991 that it got a traditional season order for 23 episodes.

    If any of you are interested in the business of TV and you haven't read "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV," by Warren Littlefield, I highly recommend it. This info I just relayed came straight from the book, and it's packed full of interesting tidbits and info about NBC shows from the mid-80s up through the end of the 90s.
     
  8. Dec 31, 2014 #48 of 103
    scandia101

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    S4 would have been great but the Cutty character dragged it down
     
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    I remember once looking it up, and Cheers was not in the top-10 until something like its 4th season. Seinfeld was similar. Both those shows would not have survived past their first full season in today's climate.
     
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    mr.unnatural

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    Sounds like it might be a good read. The info I posted was gleaned from wikipedia and I pretty much paraphrased and condensed some of the info so it wouldn't be a longwinded post so something probably got lost in my translation. I did read where they actually cancelled a Bob Hope special to free up some funds to produce episodes 2 thru 5 of Seinfeld for the first season.
     
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    DevdogAZ

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    Cheers was the lowest-rated show on all of TV for the 83-84 season, but then The Cosby Show started in the fall of 1984 and all the new viewers stuck around and Cheers became a hit.
     
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    wprager

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    Funny, I'm pretty sure I record more 8:30 shows than 8:00 ones (sitcoms). Never was a fan of Cosby (liked his "stand" up, not his tv show). I guess I tend to gravitate to shows which the execs feel need help.
     
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    Got to be season 1 of Wiseguy.
     
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    I may be in the minority, but I'm with you on Alcatraz. I loved that show, and the villain, the prison warden, ranks up with Farscape's Scorpius as one of the most interesting villains. At least until the final episode, one wasn't entirely sure whether he was even entirely good or bad. In roleplaying terms, one might consider him "lawful evil."
     
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    awsnyde

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    That was excellent TV. Well, at least at the time: I've tried to rewatch it recently, and it just didn't seem to hold up. Still, at the time that was some amazing drama—and the first place I can recall seeing Kevin Spacey or the amazingly beautiful Joan Severance.
     
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    MikeAndrews

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    There were many "Brilliant But Cancelled" one or less season shows:

    EZ Streets with Joey Pants
    Action! with Jay Moor
     
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    Season 4 of the Wire. All day.
     
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    Firefly
    Terriers
    Life
    Kidnapped
    The Riches
    The Black Donnellys
    Kings
    Thief
    Caprica

    A couple may have been 1.5 seasons
     
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    Bob Coxner

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    Homicide: Life on the Street is sadly under appreciated. I think the best of it compares equally with The Wire. That's not surprising in that they were both created by David Simon and both involve police work in Baltimore.

    Here's one argument that Homicide was better than The Wire: http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2010/mar/27/homicide-life-street-david-simon

    Adena Watson is burned into my brain, just as it was for Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor).
     
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