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.

One possible Trope Codifier is the 1969 ABC sketch show Turn-On, which was awful and controversial — for its time, anyway. There were a lot of jokes about birth control pills, interracial relationships, The Vietnam War, and general indecency that these days would be seen as outdated or not as controversial, though the clincher might have been a few jokes went a little far even for today, such as the jokes about Camp Gay men and the infamous "Rape is friendlier than arson." A number of ABC's 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. It gets worse if the short-lived show never got reruns, sharply decreasing the likelihodd that there are tapes to circulate.

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 Mini Series or 12-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.

The podcast Canceled Too Soon specializes in covering these shows as well as other TV curiosities.
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Video Games
  • The Virtual Boy; which lasted less than a year and received only about a dozen games in the US (if you include Japanese games, it almost reaches two dozen).
  • The Learning Voyage series of PC/Mac edutainment games by Davidson & Associates/Learningways, Inc. There were only two games in the series, released in 1998. Trademarks were filed in 1997 and abandoned in 1999. While it is still used in Classworks, it's not known by that name to those who play it; it's just "That game where you play as a shark and eat fish with words on them" or "That game where you dunk a clown by choosing fact or opinion".
  • BEMANI games each usually get sequels that include interface, songlist, and gameplay updates, with pop'n music having the most arcade versions of any game at 27, but two infamously only lasted one version each before being retired: Mambo A Go Go and pop'n stage; both games were released before the advent of the eAMUSEMENT network and online updates that keep versions fresh even as they age.note  To be fair, pop'n stage is a spinoff of pop'n music, but that it got a unique cabinet yet only used that cabinet for a single release cements it firmly into this trope.

Web Animation

Web Videos

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Alternative Title(s): Short Runner