TV Shows Cancelled Quickly: Revisit the Shortest-Lived Series of All Time

TV has been home to an infinite number of one-season wonders — but what about the shows that were practically yanked before the first commercial break?

In the wake of ABC’s decision to pull Promised Land after five episodes, TVLine is taking a look back at more than 35 of TV’s most (in)famous flame-outs — some beloved, others not so much. Because for every Lone Star, there’s also a Viva Laughlin, or (ugh) Work It.

Some of these series had the misfortune — or blessing, depending on whether you’re a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full kinda person — of being yanked after just a single episode (such as when ABC apparently had an answer to Emily’s Reasons Why Not). Others were picked up to series, only never to make it to air (Fox’s intentions for Manchester Prep turned out to be cruel, indeed).

All of these ill-fated shows have one thing in common: They all made it past the pilot stage, but none of their original runs made it past five episodes.

Scroll down to revisit some of TV’s most embarrassing history, then tell us if you watched — or were at least planning to watch — any of these short-lived series.

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