Short Runners

aka: Short Runner
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 sketch show Turn On, which was awful (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birth control pills, interracial relationships, The Vietnam War, and general indecency that these days would be seen as outdated or not as controversialnote ) a number of affiliates dropped it at the first commercial break, and it was effectively canned before the premiere finished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 Mini Series or 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.
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  • 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).

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