troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Short Runners
The polar opposite to Long Runners are, as you may expect, shows that were canned so quickly that few people remember them. They may have lasted one season, two at most, but no matter how much they were advertised are eventually forgotten. Some of the more unfortunate ones don't even last one episode.

The Ur Example of this is the 1969 sketch show Turn On, which was so bad (and controversial — for its time, anyway. There were a lot of jokes about Camp Gay men, birth control pills, interracial relationships, The Vietnam War, and general indecency that these days would be seen as outdated or not as controversial) a number of affiliates dropped it at the first commercial break, and it was effectively canned before the premiere finished airing. Other affiliates either aired the entire show and then pulled it or didn't air it at all and replaced it with better programming, like a documentary on gun safety.

They may have not even gotten a TV Tropes page until someone suddenly remembered it existed. Some of them may have been mediocre or downright terrible. Or they could have suffered Seasonal Rot during the second season after having a great first season. Whatever the case, very little Wiki Magic gets to these pages.

The Other Wiki has an article on single-episode runs.

When the show has this many episodes but is successful, that's British Brevity. When the show ends naturally with this many episodes, that's a Twelve Episode Anime.

Supertrope of Second Season Downfall and One-Episode Wonder. Compare Short-Lived Big Impact, which is where a show has a short run, but well-remembered.
    open/close all folders 

    Live-Action TV Short Runners 

#

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W X

Y

    Western Animation Short Runners 

    Short Runners in Other Media 
Anime & Manga

Manhua

Comic Books

Pinball

Radio

    Short Runners Without a TV Tropes Page 

Short Run In PeruTelevisionShow of Theseus

alternative title(s): Short Runner
random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
78949
7