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7 More Underrated One-Season TV Show You Should Watch!

Written by Rachel Rosenfield. Published: October 22 2023
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When a television show is picked up for several seasons, audiences take it as a sign that the show must be fantastic. When a television show is quickly canceled, audiences take that to mean that the series must have been terrible. However, that is not always the case. Just because a series did not have a long run does not mean that the series is bad. In fact, a series can last for one season and still be a pretty great show. It might not have been able to tell the whole story, but it can still tell a pretty rich story full of intrigue. The best part is that you can get through the one-season shows pretty quickly. Here are 7 more series that may not have lasted long, but they still left behind a great impact!


1. "My So-Called Life"

Being a teenage girl has never been easy. There are a lot of situations and problems that they have to go through, and the worst part is that they are never taken seriously. The series "My So-Called Life" puts viewers in the perspective of a teenage girl dealing with the typical problems. The series follows 15-year-old Angela (Claire Danes), who lives with her family just outside of Pittsburgh. This show does not shy away from the difficult scenarios that come with being a teenager. "My So-Called Life" deals with body development, drug abuse, child abuse, homophobia, school shootings, and more. The series does not try to be a sanitized version of adolescence. What makes it great is that it shows everything that can happen in the lives of teenagers.Stream on Hulu.




2. "Selfie" 

In this day and age, social media can feel like a substitute for real-life interactions. However, can that lead to real happiness? "Selfie" demonstrates that social media is not everything. In this modern twist on My Fair Lady, a young woman, Eliza (Karen Gillan), obsessed with being social media famous, has to be taught by a marketing professional, Henry (John Cho), how to make friends in real life. Along the way, Eliza discovers that real connections can be all around her, and they could even be from the person helping her grow. This series is meant to examine life in the digital age and how social media can be a dangerous tool. It gives lessons on friendships and the best ways to have fun in real life. Buy on Google Play.




3. "Everything Sucks!"

Everyone knows that high school is difficult, and this is not a new revelation. Young people have been struggling with high school for decades. In the series "Everything Sucks!", audiences can see what high school was like for those living in the 1990s. The technology and the trends may be different from the present, but a lot of their problems are universal. They all have to deal with making friends, crushes, confusion, joining clubs, finding a passion, and more. The series will make you laugh but also think about how much of a struggle life can be at any age and at any time. Plus it features a pre-"Euphoria" Sydney SweeneyStream on Netflix.




4. "A League of Their Own" 

Women have dealt with sexism for decades and have been silenced by society. Nevertheless, that does not mean they have to take it. Women should be able to stand tall and proud. That is the premise for the series "A League of Their Own". Based on the hit '90s film, this series takes place in the 1940s and centers around a women’s baseball team, the Rockford Peaches. The women on this team have faced all sorts of discrimination in their daily lives and they want to be able to be taken seriously. The women all join this team to find a community where they can be themselves and express their true beliefs. This series is known for its strong representation of women and the LGBTQ community. The women in "A League of Their Own" decide that they have had enough mistreatment from society and they want to do something for themselves, no matter what it takes.Stream on Prime Video.




5. "Vinyl"

Music has evolved a lot over time in terms of artists and style. That also means that there is evolution behind the scenes, which can make it difficult for those in the industry to keep up with the trends. "Vinyl" demonstrates how that sentiment has been true for a long time. The show takes place in the 1970s where rock and roll was still trying to hold on while genres like punk and disco were making their ways forward. The situation is difficult for Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a record executive. He is trying to save his fading record company while also dealing with some difficulties in his personal life. Most people like to relax and listen to music without thinking about how that music got out into the world. "Vinyl" shows that every piece of music has some big stories that got it to people’s ears. Buy on Amazon or Google Play.




6. "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"

Most people see sketch comedy as mindless entertainment. However, that is certainly not the case when it comes to the production. There are a lot of important pieces in sketch comedy that are necessary for it to get on the air and to be entertaining. "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" takes a look at those important pieces. This show follows the behind-the-scenes action at a fictional sketch comedy series that is supposed to be similar to "Saturday Night Live". While everyone watching the sketch show is laughing, there are no laughs backstage. Everyone is hard at work, but they are also dealing with problems in their professional and personal lives. This series will make you think twice next time you watch a sketch comedy series, as the show is meant to teach audiences all of the chaos that can (and does) happen off-camera. Buy on Amazon, YouTube, and Google Play.




7. "I Am Not Okay With This"

Growing up is already a difficult part of life. It can get even more difficult when superpowers are thrown into the mix. "I Am Not Okay With This" blends those two wild experiences to create a teenage life unlike any other. The series follows Sydney Novak (Sophie Lillis), a 17-year-old girl who is dealing with the death of her father and coming to terms with her sexuality. In addition, strange occurrences begin happening all around her that she can not explain. Sydney eventually realizes that she has telekinetic powers, but she does not know why or what this all means. Even though this is a television show about superpowers, a lot of the life experiences that Sydney goes through are still relatable. Superpowers do not necessarily make everything easier, as life can already be full of some difficult complications.