Sometimes a weekend with no plans is the perfect opportunity to veg out and dive into a new series. However, for those with limited free time, there might be a little hesitation in making a serious commitment to a TV show that spans several seasons. For those minimal bursts of availability, I recommend a series that only lasted for one season. While there are hundreds of shows that didn’t make it to a second season, I’ve weeded through the excess to find the diamonds in the rough, the “one hit wonders” if you will. So sit back, grab some snacks, and get ready for a quick escape:
Freaks and Geeks
This show is often cited as being “gone too soon,” and has made its way into the hearts of so many people who have discovered it via Netflix in the past year. Created by Paul Fieg (of Bridesmaids and The Heat fame), the show aired in 1999, but was about two unique groups of teenagers dealing with life in high school in the 1980s. Judd Apatow produced the episodes which starred James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segal, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, and many more in “before they were famous” roles. The NBC tagline for the show was “what high school was like for the rest of us,” and definitely lived up to portraying that concept with a relatable and genuine show that makes it okay to be uncool.
The Return of Jezebel James
If you liked Gilmore Girls, you will also love The Return of Jezebel James. Amy Sherman Palladino’s half hour comedy employs the same hilarious and witty dialogue that the Gilmore’s used, and plays on the concept of a newly single, professional woman (Parker Posey) who learns that she is unable to conceive, and looks to her estranged younger sister (Lauren Ambrose) to carry her baby for her. The show is quirky, cute, and a perfect excuse to forget the real world for a day.
Tell Me You Love Me
Tell Me You Love Me is the story of three couples who share the same therapist as they work through the issues in their relationship. Airing on HBO in 2007, the series is poignant and intriguing, with captivating performances from Tim DeKay Adam Scott, Michelle Borth, and Ally Walker that definitely won’t disappoint. It’s a little bit heavier of a topic, but worth a watch.
Bent follows Alex (Amanda Peet) and Pete (David Walton) who find themselves attracted to each other despite their traits that would normally derail them from moving forward. Alex hires Pete to be her contractor, but threatens to fire him if he causes any trouble. It’s a light and fun romantic comedy that’s worth spending an afternoon watching.
My favorite asset from Dick Wolf’s dramatic empire, Conviction features ADA Alexandra Cabot from Law and Order: SVU as the bureau chief for a group of young ADAs. The show unfortunately only lasted one season, but was meant to be a “charactercedural” in which the episodes dealt extensively with the characters’ back stories and personal lives unlike the detectives in the L&O franchise. To that extent, you will fall in love with the featured characters, and the season finale will ultimately leave you wanting more.