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TheRock
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Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
Wanted to see what popular or most impact or influential shows throughout TV history that only lasted a short while when you look back... some of them surprisingly show.

The biggest and most obvious would be the original Star Trek series which only lasted 3 seasons. No explanation needed for how large and impactful it has gotten.

Chappelle's Show which only lasted 2 seasons + that "Lost Episodes"/Season 3 thing we got at the end. For a guy in my age group (born in 1990) or slightly older, this show was obscenely huge and had so many great sketches it's easy to forget how short the show ran for before Chappelle decided to leave. It's also amazing how funny the show is and how well the skits hold up after all this time. I just don't think there's anyone in my general age group that doesn't know what this show is and can probably remember at least one sketch.

Jackass kind of what I said about Chappelle's Show. I don't think there were a lot of boys my age who weren't trying to do their own stupid little stunts at home after watching Jackass but the show only lasted 3 seasons. All this time later they're about to make a 4th movie... 4.5 movies for a 3-season show? That's impresive.

It also spawned a fair number of popular "spin off" shows for lack of a better word (Viva La Bam, Wildboyz) and made household names of several of its casts like Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and of course Bam Margera.

What else ya got?


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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
The Monkees - 2 seasons

Batman - 2 years

The Smothers Brothers - 2 years

Honeymooners - 1 season* (Of course it ran for many years as part of Gleason's variety show, but for thirty years "The Classic 39" were the only episodes shown in reruns).


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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
He & She only lasted one season (67-68).

It was ahead of its time, was loved by critics and the awards committees, but it was placed in the middle of CBS' rural sitcoms and died.

It was the springboard for the smart, modern sitcoms of the Mary Tyler Moore and Bob Newhart genre. The character of Ted Baxter was based on Jack Cassidy's character on He & She. The MTM creator even asked permission to copy the character.

It would've flourished in the early 70's alongside the shows that it had inspired.
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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
Firefly


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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
The Wire


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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
Freaks and Geeks/Undeclared


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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
5 seasons is a pretty good stretch and the Wire was not very popular while it was on


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Arrested Development when it originally aired. I don't think I saw any of the newer episodes when it was brought back


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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
My So-Called Life


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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
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Freaks and Geeks


Freaks and Geeks is the ultimate answer. Think about all of the famous actors that came from that show


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CunningLinguist
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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
Yep. Tons of behind the camera (writers/directors) who are big names came from that show.

It is a little before my time but the Ben Stiller show falls into that same category


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Kafka
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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
quote:

He & She only lasted one season (67-68).

It was ahead of its time, was loved by critics and the awards committees, but it was placed in the middle of CBS' rural sitcoms and died.

It was the springboard for the smart, modern sitcoms of the Mary Tyler Moore and Bob Newhart genre.
Per Wiki's article on "The Great Rural Purge", He & She wasn't created and put on the schedule haphazardly. It was a conscious experiment on the part of the network to see if an urban-locale show could get the same numbers as their rural programs.
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The character of Ted Baxter was based on Jack Cassidy's character on He & She. The MTM creator even asked permission to copy the character.
Cassidy was actually offered the role of Ted Baxter, but turned it down.

He did do an MTMS guest shot as Ted's brother

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It’s the best show ever on hbo and stays relevant and impactful. It meets your standard.


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AstroCajun
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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
Sports Night.


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ProjectP2294
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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
The Dana Carvey Show.

It ran for like 7 episodes, but spawned a recurring SNL skit and had a lot of very talented writers and actors that went on to other projects.

ETA: A lot of sketch comedy falls into this, really. The Ben Stiller Show, The State, Upright Citizens Brigade, Mr. Show.
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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
HBO’s Rome


TigerinATL
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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
Paris Hilton went from "famous for being famous and having a sex tape" paparazzi star to a scripted reality show in 2005 called The Simple Life on Fox. It looks like Keeping Up With The Kardashians started in 2007 and Kim decided to follow in Paris' foot steps once more.

Yes, I am ashamed that I knew enough to connect those dots.


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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
Star Trek: The Original Series: 1966-1969 (as noted by the OP)

One the most short-run influential shows ever.

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re: Most popular or impactful/influential shows that had surprisingly few seasons?
Star Trek (1966-69).



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Tracey Ullman Show


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