The next sitcom on our list that died prematurely at the end of its first season is ABC’s The Kids Are Alright , which was centered around the story of an Irish Catholic family raising eight sons in LA during the early ’70s. The show features Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary, Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary, and a host of other lesser-known actors and actresses.
It had a relatively long season with 23 episodes, but unfortunately, the show bled viewers on a weekly basis and fell from grace over time, going from a debut of 6.5 million US viewers to less than half by the end of the season. It was quite well approved by various critics and lauded for its smart take on many contemporary themes and events. It was nominated for various awards but failed to win any of them. When ABC was asked why they dropped the show, they exclusively mentioned the low ratings as the main reason.
Another CBS sitcom which failed to endure for more than one season is Happy Together , a show which follows a young couple and the chaos that their lives become after a pop star named Cooper James, played by Felix Mallard, moves into their apartment. The show failed to capture the audience's attention and received very mixed reviews despite having three talented and beloved actors leading it.
Happy Together lasted for a total of 13 episodes and was immediately scrapped after that. Most fans don't know this, but the show was actually based on the real life story of the time when Harry Styles, a popular singer and actor, crashed at the house of the show's executive producer, Ben Winston, and his wife.
The British historical period drama, Poldark , recently finished its run on the fifth and final season, capping the show at 43 episodes, lasting about an hour each. The show revolves around Captain Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, who returns home after the American Revolutionary War in an attempt to rebuild his life, but discovers that the troubles have just started for him. Poldark is based on a series of novels of the same name, which ran from 1945 up to 2002.
The show received great ratings and currently stands at 8.3 out of 10 in IMDb. Fans haven't been too happy about the show's finale, mostly because of some last minute plot twists and the introduction of a totally new plot device that was completely unrelated to the previous events. Either way, if you're into historical dramas, you might want to give this one a shot.
SMILF started out as a successful comedy show that premiered on Showtime. The show's name is apparently an acronym for "Single MILF". It stars Frankie Shaw, Miguel Gomez and Samara Weaving, in a show about a young single mother and her struggles to find work-life balance. A few of the show's actresses raised concerns about being required to perform nude sex scenes, as well as various other misconducts that were allegedly performed on the set.
The show had a relatively tiny audience, with less than a million viewers in its debut, but managed to hold on for two seasons before being canceled due to low ratings and the horrible mishaps and controversy that surrounded its production. Showtime initially considered canceling the show on the second season's fourth episode, when the drama was at a peak, but chose to drag it out until the end of the season before putting it on the guillotine.
Friends From College
Netflix had a short flirt with the show Friends from College , a Netflix original series about the adventures of a group of 40-year-old Harvard alumni who live in New York. The show features comedy favorites Keegan-Michael Key, from the popular Key & Peele sketches, as well as Cobie Smulders, who's best known for her roles as Robin in How I Met Your Mother , and S.H.I.E.L.D agent Maria Hill in many of Marvel's cinematic universe films. Friends From College lasted for two seasons totaling 16 episodes.
Friends From College received poor reception from critics, with a rating of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes and 44 out of 100 on Metacritic. It's not a surprise that the show was canceled by Netflix a few weeks after the release of its second season, considering that it received poor to mixed reviews from viewers as well. The show’s director and co-creator, Francesca Delbanco, confirmed its demise on Twitter, writing, “Friends from College will not be returning for a third season. Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents’ Day!”