The polar opposite to LongRunners 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 TropeCodifier is the 1969 sketch show ''Turn On'', which was awful (and controversial -- [[ValuesDissonance for its time, anyway]]. There were a lot of jokes about CampGay men, birth control pills, interracial relationships, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, and general indecency that these days would be seen as outdated or not as controversial[[note]]The clincher might have been a few jokes went a little far even for today, such as the infamous [[DudeNotFunny "Rape is friendlier than arson."]][[/note]]) 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 Wiki/TVTropes page until someone suddenly remembered it existed. Some of them may have been mediocre or downright terrible. Or they could have suffered SeasonalRot during the second season after having a great first season. Whatever the case, very little WikiMagic gets to these pages.

TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_series_canceled_after_one_episode an article]] on single-episode runs.

When the show has this many episodes but is successful, that's BritishBrevity. When the show ends naturally with this many episodes, that's a MiniSeries or TwelveEpisodeAnime.

Supertrope of SecondSeasonDownfall and OneEpisodeWonder. Compare ShortLivedBigImpact, which is where a show has a short run, but well-remembered.
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[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV Short Runners]]
[[index]]

[[AC: #]]
* ''[[Series/SixteenHundredPenn 1600 Penn]]''
* ''Series/SixHundredSixtySixParkAvenue''

[[AC: A]]
* ''Series/ANeroWolfeMystery''
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperpup''
* ''Series/TheAgency''
* ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}''
* ''AllStarBlitz''
* ''Series/AmazingStories''
* ''Series/{{Animorphs}}''
* ''Series/AreYouThereChelsea''
* ''Series/ArthurOfTheBritons''
* ''Series/{{Automan}}''

[[AC: B]]
* ''Series/{{Bearcats}}''
* ''Series/{{Believe}}''
* ''Series/BeatTheGeeks''
* ''Series/TheBetterSex''
* ''Series/TheBigShowdown''
* ''Series/BigWaveDaves''
* ''Series/BionicWoman'' (the 2007 reboot, not [[Series/TheBionicWoman the original]])
* ''Series/TheBlackDonnellys''
* ''Series/{{Blackout}}''
* ''Series/BlankCheck''
* ''Series/BloodTies''
* ''Series/{{Bob}}''
* ''TheBradys''
* ''Series/BreakTheBank1985''
* ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''
* ''Series/BringEmBackAlive''
* ''Series/{{Bunheads}}''
* ''Series/ByAnyMeans''

[[AC: C]]
* ''Series/CaesarsChallenge''
* ''Series/{{Caprica}}''
* ''Series/CatchPhrase'' (American version)
* ''Series/CentralParkWest''
* ''Series/TheChair'' (American version)
* ''Series/TheChamber''
* ''Series/TheChallengers''
* ''Series/CharlieHorseMusicPizza''
* ''TheCheapShow''
* ''Series/TheChicagoCode''
* ''Series/ChildsPlay''
* ''Series/TheChronicle''
* ''Series/TheClass''
* ''Series/CoEdFever''
* ''Series/CodeNameEternity''
* ''Series/CommanderInChief''
* ''Series/ConanTheAdventurer''
* ''Series/CopRock''
* ''Series/{{Conviction}}''
* ''Series/CouchPotatoes''
* ''Series/CrimeTraveller''
* ''Series/{{Crusade}}''

[[AC: D]]
* ''Series/{{dads}}''
* ''Series/DarkSkies''
* ''Series/DayBreak''
* ''Series/DeadLast''
* ''Series/DeadlyGames''
* ''Series/DefyingGravity''
* ''Series/DontScareTheHare''
* ''Series/{{Downfall}}''
* ''Series/{{Drive}}''
* ''Series/{{Detroit 187}}''

[[AC: E]]
* ''Series/ERing''
* ''Series/{{Earth 2}}''
* ''Series/ElleryQueen''
* ''Series/{{Enlightened}}''
* ''Series/EZStreets''

[[AC: F]]
* ''Series/FamiliesAtWar''
* ''Series/{{Fantasy}}''
* ''Series/FantasyIsland'' (the 1998 Creator/MalcolmMcDowell series, [[CaptainObvious not]] the 1978-1984 RicardoMontalban series)
* ''Series/FastLane''
* ''Series/FatActress''
* ''Series/FearItself''
* ''Series/{{Fearless}}''
* ''[[Series/FiftyGrandSlam 50 Grand Slam]]''
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
* ''Series/FirstMonday''
* ''Series/FlashGordon''
* ''Series/TheForgotten''
* ''Series/FortuneHunter''
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks''
* ''Series/FriendsWithBenefits''
* ''Series/FrontierCircus''
* ''FunkySquad''

[[AC: G]]
* ''Series/GarrisonsGorillas''
* ''Series/{{GCB}}''
* ''Series/GeminiMan''
* ''Series/{{Gigantic}}''
* ''Series/GiveNTake''
* ''Series/{{Go}}''
* ''Series/GoOn''
* ''Series/GoldenBoy''
* ''Series/{{Greed}}''

[[AC: H]]
* ''Series/HarshRealm''
* ''Series/HeatVisionAndJack''
* ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome''
* ''Series/{{Hellcats}}''
* ''Series/HeSaidSheSaid''
* ''Series/HitAndMiss''
* ''Series/HomeboysInOuterSpace''
* ''Series/HotPotato''
* ''Series/{{Hounded}}''
* ''Series/HowMuchIsEnough?''
* ''Series/HowToRock''
* ''Literature/{{Huge}}''

[[AC: J]]
* ''Jake 2.0''
* ''Series/JohnDoe''
* ''Series/JohnFromCincinnati''
* ''Series/JohnnyBago''
* ''Series/JustCause''

[[AC: K]]
* ''Series/KeyWest''
* ''Series/{{Kidnapped}}''
* ''Series/{{Kings}}''

[[AC: L]]
* ''Series/LancelotLinkSecretChimp''
* ''Series/LastResort''
* ''Series/LateNightLiars''
* ''Series/LawAndOrderLA''
* ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury''
* ''Series/{{Legend}}''
* ''Series/LifeAsWeKnowIt''
* ''Series/LipstickJungle''
* ''Series/LowWinterSun''
* ''Series/LuckyLouie''

[[AC: M]]
* ''Series/MadeInJersey''
* ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine''
* ''Series/{{MANTIS}}''
* ''Series/MaskedRider''
* ''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour''
* ''Series/{{Mercy}}''
* ''Series/MercyPoint''
* ''Series/MervGriffinsCrosswords''
* ''Series/TheMessengers''
* ''Series/MillionDollarMindGame''
* ''Series/MillionDollarMoneyDrop'' (American version)
* ''Series/MindGames''
* ''Series/{{Mindreaders}}''
* ''Series/MisfitsOfScience''
* ''Series/TheMortonDowneyJrShow''
* ''Series/MrLucky''
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow''
* ''Series/{{Monopoly}}''
* ''Series/{{Moonlight}}''
* ''Series/MusicalChairs1975''
* ''Series/MurderInSmallTownX''
* ''Series/MyBrotherAndMe''
* ''Series/MythQuest''

[[AC: N]]
* ''Series/NationalBingoNight''
* ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfBeansBaxter''
* ''Series/NightVisions''
* ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation''
* ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily''
* ''Series/NowhereMan''
* ''Series/NumberPlease''
* ''Series/NYC22''

[[AC: O]]
* ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland''
* ''Series/{{Outsourced}}''

[[AC: P]]
* ''Series/{{Paranoia}}''
* ''Series/ThePhilanthropist''
* ''Series/{{Pictureka}}''
* ''Series/{{Pitfall}}''
* ''Series/PinkLadyAndJeff''
* ''Series/PoliceSquad''
* ''Series/{{Powerhouse}}''
* ''Series/{{Probe}}''
* ''Series/{{Profit}}''

[[AC: Q]]
* ''Series/{{Quark}}''
* ''Series/QueenOfSwords''

[[AC: R]]
* ''Series/{{Raines}}''
* ''Series/RedBandSociety''
* ''Series/{{Roar}}''
* ''Series/RollOut''
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''
* ''Series/TheRopers''
* ''Series/{{Rubicon}}''

[[AC: S]]
* ''Series/SafeHarbor''
* ''Series/{{Salvage 1}}''
* ''Series/SamAndCat''
* ''Series/{{Scattergories}}''
* ''Series/SecondChance''
* ''Series/SetForLife''
* ''Series/ShoppersCasino''
* ''Series/{{Showoffs}}''
* ''Series/{{Skedaddle}}''
* ''Series/{{Skin}}''
* ''Series/SpecialUnit2''
* ''Series/SquarePegs''
* ''Series/StargateUniverse''
* ''Series/StrangeLuck''
* ''Series/SuburbanShootout''
* ''Series/{{Supertrain}}''

[[AC: T]]
* ''Series/TalesOfTheGoldMonkey''
* ''Series/{{Talkabout}}''
* ''Series/{{Temptation 2007}}''
* ''Series/TenaciousD''
* ''Series/TerraNova''
* ''Series/{{Terriers}}''
* ''Series/TheTick''
* ''WebVideo/TooManyCooks''
* ''Series/{{Trashed}}''
* ''Series/TreasureMall''

[[AC: U]]
* ''Series/{{Undercovers}}''
* ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}''
* ''TheUnusuals''

[[AC: V]]
* ''Series/{{Vegas 2012}}''
* ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited''

[[AC: W]]
* ''Series/WaitTilYouHaveKids''
* ''Series/TheWarNextDoor''
* ''Series/{{Werewolf}}''
* ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow''
* ''Series/WhizKids''
* ''Series/{{Whodunnit}}''
* ''Series/WildBoys''
* ''Series/WinningStreak''
* ''Series/{{Wipeout 1988}}''
* ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors''
* ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}''
* ''Series/WonderWoman2011Pilot''
* ''Series/WorkIt''
[[AC: X]]

[[AC: Y]]
* ''Series/YouDeserveIt''
* ''Series/YoungBlades''
* ''Series/YoureInThePicture''
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:WesternAnimation Short Runners]]
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfHyperman''
* ''WesternAnimation/AllenGregory''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAquamanAndFriendsActionHour''
* ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''
* ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues''
* ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman''
* ''WesternAnimation/BureauOfAlienDetectors''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite''
* ''WesternAnimation/BlastersUniverse''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBremenAvenueExperience''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersFlub''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersGrunt''
* ''WesternAnimation/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKids''
* ''WesternAnimation/ButtUglyMartians''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaveKids'' (only eight episodes)
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000''
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/ClickAndClacksAsTheWrenchTurns''
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''
* ''WesternAnimation/CoconutFredsFruitSaladIsland''
* ''WesternAnimation/DaBoomCrew''
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Detention}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne''
* ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel's American Tails]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/GaryAndMike''
* ''WesternAnimation/GalaxyHigh''
* ''WesternAnimation/GaryTheRat''
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''
* ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh''
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/GuessWithJess'' (two seasons of 26 episodes, total of 52 episodes. No new episodes have been produced since 2010).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hammerman}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/HaroldAndThePurpleCrayon'' (only 13 episodes)
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyJoel''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHoundcats''
* ''WesternAnimation/IAmNotAnAnimal''
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''
* ''WesternAnimation/KidVsKat''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfCalamityJane''
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/MadJackThePirate''
* ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends''
* ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan''
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg''
* ''WesternAnimation/MinaAndTheCount''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Minoriteam}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mirthworms}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''
* ''Series/MonstersVsAliens''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeMe''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''
* ''WesternAnimation/NapoleonDynamite''
* ''WesternAnimation/NeighborsFromHell''
* ''WesternAnimation/NightmareNed''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''
* ''WesternAnimation/OutThere''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pelswick}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/PeterPuck''
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain''
* ''WesternAnimation/PlanetSheen''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheProblemSolverz''
* ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage''
* ''WesternAnimation/RaymanTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Redakai}}''
* ''Westernanimation/RoadRovers''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster''
* ''WesternAnimation/SecretMountainFortAwesome''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity''
* ''WesternAnimation/SilverSurfer''
* ''WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp''
* ''WesternAnimation/SlackerCats''
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''
* ''WesternAnimation/SoulQuestOverdrive''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpicyCity''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited''
* ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy''
* ''WesternAnimation/StationZero''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' - 26 episodes of one season only, due to getting screwed over by Creator/CartoonNetwork
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad''
* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat''
* ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool''
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising''
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe''
* ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheXs''
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/WatchMyChops''
* ''WesternAnimation/WheresHuddles''
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles''
* ''WesternAnimation/YakkityYak''
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Short Runners in Other Media]]
[[index]]
[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* ''Manga/{{Zombiepowder}}''

[[AC: {{Manhua}}]]
* ''Manhua/CyberWeaponZ''

[[AC: ComicBooks]]
* ''ComicBook/DRAndQuinch''
* ''ComicBook/{{Warrior}}''
* ''ComicBook/WWESuperstars''

[[AC:{{Pinball}}]]
* [[Creator/{{Capcom}} Capcom's arcade pinball division,]] which developed only six tables (four of which were released) before closing.

[[AC: Radio]]
* ''Radio/ThePhilBenfieldShow''

[[AC:Video Games]]
* The UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy; 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 ''VideoGame/LearningVoyage'' series of PC/Mac {{edutainment game}}s 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 [[http://www.classworks.com/ 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".
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Short Runners Without a TV Tropes Page]]
* ''AmericasWorstTattoos'' lasted only two episodes.
* ''{{Anchorwoman}}''
* ''AngelicaAndSusiesPreSchoolDaze''
* ''ApplePie''
* ''AustraliasNaughtiestHomeVideos'' (lasted only half an episode)
* ''BewareOfDog''
* ''BobbeSays''
* ''{{Broadside}}'' (A one season SpinOff of ''Series/McHalesNavy'' focusing on [[PunBasedTitle WACs]])
* ''TheBusseyBunch''
* ''ComediansUnleashed''
* ''TheColourOfMoney'': UK Game Show on ITV1, hosted by Chris Tarrent.
* ''TheDebbieKingShow''
* ''DoNoHarm''
* ''DotComedy''
* ''EmilysReasonsWhyNot'' (Canceled after one episode in Jan. 2006 despite heavy promotion by ABC during the fall of 2005 as part of the lineup following the end of ''Monday Night Football'' for the 2005 NFL season.)
* ''FlyingBlind''
* ''Series/TheGoodwinGames''
* ''Series/GruffsGrooveBox'': Talk show on Nickelodeon hosted by a puppet and guest stars boy bands and hip hop artistes, intertwined with music videos. It hardly lasted a month.
* ''Series/GetToThePoint''
* ''Going To extremes''
* ''TheHenryAndJuneShow'' (a failed spin-off of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'')
* ''Hieroglyph:'' a Fox drama of intrigue among ancient Egyptian royalty (think ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with pyramids) that was ordered straight to series, then canceled after only one episode was shot. You can see the trailer [[http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1126083865?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_1 here]].
* ''HolmesAndYoyo''
* ''Series/LifeWithLucy'', Creator/LucilleBall's last sitcom.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittleMonsters'' - An somewhat obscure cartoon that aired on the BBC and several other networks worldwide. Only got one season of 52 episodes. The fact that it shares it's name with the Fred Savage film but has nothing to do with it didn't help, either. Ironically though, TheKiddieRide has been exported worldwide. The show has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Monsters_(TV_series) an entry]] on Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}.
* ''LittleMuppetMonsters'' (only three episodes aired, after ''WesternAnimaion/MuppetBabies'')
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobo_(Dell_Comics) Lobo]]'' (not [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} The Main Man]], an earlier one; first African-American character to headline a comic book)
* ''LoneStar''
* ''{{Lottery}}''
* ''MaBoy'' (Korean drama. Only three episodes aired on Tooniverse.)
* ''TheMadBadAdShow'' (PanelGame that got pulled from its slot halfway through the run)
* ''MannAndMachine'' (Buddy cop show with a grumpy guy detective and his partner, a hot female prototype android. TheyFightCrime!)
* ''TheMeltingPot''
* ''MiamiMedical''
* ''TheMisadventuresOfSheriffLobo'' (Aka ''Lobo'' in its revamped second season.)
* ''Mr. Smith''
* ''MrTerrific''
* ''Next Caller'': 4 episodes produced, none of which aired.
* ''OsbournesReloaded''
* ''TheOthersiders''
* ''OppositeSex''
* ''Series/ThePhoenix'' (1982 Creator/{{ABC}} series. No relation to ThePhoenix.)
* ''PublicMorals''
* ''{{Quarterlife}}''
* ''The Quest'' (1982 Creator/StephenJCannell show paired up with the final season of ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' when both were sacrificed to the FridayNightDeathSlot. Not to be confused with the 2014 reality show ''Series/TheQuest''.)
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0191726/episodes Red Handed]]'' (hidden-camera show on Creator/{{UPN}})
* ''TheRichList''
* ''RunningTheHalls''
* ''SecretTalentsOfTheStars''
* ''TheSilverBrumby''
* ''SouthOfSunset''
* ''[[http://strikewitches.wikia.com/wiki/S%C5%8Dk%C5%AB_no_Otome-tachi Strike Witches: Maidens of the Blue Sky]]'' (The first entry into the ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' canon. It was cancelled after only one volume, in part due to [[LesYay objectionable content]]. The two main characters are given cameos in later material, however.)
* ''SundayPants''
* ''SurviveThis''
* ''Series/SurvivingJack''
* ''Series/ThatsMyMama''
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn-On Turn-On]]'' (1969 Creator/{{ABC}} sketch show that was so bad, it got canned halfway through its debut on most affiliates (one replacing it with a PSA on '''gun safety'''). Others either didn't air it at all, or aired the entire thing before deciding to pull the plug on it.)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Void_Indigo Void Indigo]]''
* ''TheWackyWorldOfBruceBarry'' (reality show on FamilyNet)
* ''Series/WhenTheWhistleBlows''
* ''{{Whoops}}''
* ''WhosWhose''
* ''TheWill''
* ''WolfLake''
[[/index]]
[[/folder]]
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