With filming having wrapped on Party Down‘s revival for Season 3, the cult comedy has, sadly, lost its vaunted place on TVLine’s Best Two-Season Shows ranking, which has been freshly updated and revisited since its last publication in November 2021.
Why this list, in addition to our ranking of One-Season Wonders? Because frankly it is rare for a series to get renewed for a second season and then be cancelled before reaching Season 3. You’d think if a network went to the trouble of renewing a show, they’d stick with it for a while, right? That, however, is not always the case — especially if you’re ABC, which was home to nine of our Top 35. (HBO followed with five total entries.)
As a result, the two-season show is a strange bird indeed, with many fondly remembered cult favorites landing among its ranks.
Which two-season shows are our favorites? TVLine presents this updated list of what in our collective opinion are the Top 35 two-and-dones that ever aired. In fact, this ranking contains some of our favorite shows of all time. But before you keep scrolling, let’s cover some ground rules for the ranking.
♦ The TVLine staff’s personal picks for the best two-season shows ever!
♦ We did not include UK series, so the likes of The End of the F***ing World, Fleabag and Fawlty Towers were not eligible.
♦ Two-season shows that are poised to return for Season 3 (like the aforementioned Party Down), or came back for more episodes in some capacity (a la the miniseries event Twin Peaks: The Return) were also not eligible.
Check out our rankings below, then hit the comments to tell us your favorites and point out any two-season gems you personally would include!