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Two Season Wonders

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People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
This NBC midseason replacement did well enough in season 1 to get a season 2. But the ratings plummeted in the second season and it was pulled from the schedule before the second season even finished.
People who added this item 255 Average listal rating (154 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Agent Carter (2015)
A prequel to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. saw Peggy Carter fighting Hydra in the 1950s. Sadly, there were not enough viewers to justify a season three.
People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.9
This slacker millennial comedy seemed like a Comedy Central show but somehow ended up on Freeform. Two seasons and 20 episodes was all it managed to do before getting axed.
People who added this item 209 Average listal rating (131 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Alphas (2011)
This SyFy drama about people with special powers never found its audience, so a third season was not in the cards.
This show may have been too weird for a broadcast network audience in 2002. FOX renewed it for a second season anyway, but pulled it off the air and cancelled it in the middle of season 2.
People who added this item 170 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
Better Off Ted was created by Victor Fresco, the same man who created Andy Richter Controls the Universe. This show met the same fate as that one: two and done.
People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
Starz seems to make a habit of canceling shows after just two seasons. This comedy starring Patrick Stewart as an LA news anchor never saw a third season
People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Boss (2011)
Another of Starz two season wonders. Kelsey Grammer only got to serve 2 years as the mayor of Chicago before Boss ended its two season, 18-episode run in 2012.
People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Bridge (2013)
This FX crime drama based on the Scandinavian show of the same name, did not follow in the path of other FX shows such as Justified and Sons of Anarchy, and was cancelled after season 2.
People who added this item 692 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.4
Carnivàle (2003)
Carnivàle'​‍s first episode set a new audience record for an HBO original series. But the ratings slowly diminished over two seasons and HBO called it quits.
People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
This Sex and the City prequel about the teenage Carrie Bradshaw lasted for just two 13-episode seasons on The CW.
People who added this item 55 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Cloak & Dagger was a Marvel show about two teenagers in New Orleans who developed superpowers. It ran for two seasons on Freeform before Marvel decided to shut down their entire TV division. But the two leads did make a cross-over appearance on Marvel's other teen superhero show, Runaways.
People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
Counterpart (2017)
A sci-fi, Cold War-style thriller that takes place in Berlin? Everybody thought that was a great idea. Then everybody forgot to tune in for the second season and Starz cancelled the show.
People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
This series, based on the movie of the same name, aired on Starz. And like almost all series on Starz, it was cancelled after season 2.
This Criminal Minds spin-off did not have the audience of the mother ship and came to an end after season 2.
People who added this item 37 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 5.4
The ratings for this CSI spin-off plummeted in season 2, and after 16 years, the entire CSI franchise came to an end.
People who added this item 817 Average listal rating (565 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Dark Angel (2000)
The show that made Jessica Alba a star somehow could not manage to get a third season.
People who added this item 996 Average listal rating (608 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Dead Like Me (2003)
This Showtime series  ran for 29 episodes over its two season run, but  also got a bonus  TV movie.
People who added this item 734 Average listal rating (454 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Dollhouse (2009)
This Joss Whedon sci-fi series did better than Firefly, but it still could not manage a season 3.
ABC was very pleased with this comedy's first seasons ratings, but not so much with the second season. They pulled it off of the air with eight episodes remaining in Season 2.
People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.7
Real life doctor-turned-actor Ken Jeong saw his based-on-my-life sitcom come to an end after two seasons on ABC.
People who added this item 121 Average listal rating (74 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Eli Stone (2008)
This ABC series ran for 22 episodes, over two seasons in 2008 before getting the hook. ABC did air the remaining four episodes in the summer of 2009 but the series never got a satisfying conclusion.
People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Enlightened (2011)
This HBO critical darling ran for 18 episodes between 2011 and 2013 before the network cancelled it.
People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Exorcist (2016)
The sort-of sequel to the 1973 movie of the same name ran for two seasons on FOX.
People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Extant (2014)
Summer shows don't seem to get a lot of respect. Even summer shows starring Halle Berry. CBS put this alien, artificial intelligence thriller out to pasture after a two season run.
People who added this item 74 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Fairly Legal (2011)
USA Network canceled this show starring Sarah Shahi on November 1, 2012, after two seasons, due to low ratings.
This USA network original about people who share the same dreams came to an end after two low rated seasons.
People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
People who added this item 472 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.5
This HBO show from New Zealand musical comedy duo Jemaine Celment and Bret McKenzie is on every list of shows that people want revived. 
People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
For the People was one of the lowest rated shows on ABC for the 2017-18 season. For some reason ABC renewed it, even though they cancelled five other shows with better ratings. Guess what happened the following season? If you said For the People was again one of the lowest rated shows on ABC, you are correct. ABC finally cut their losses.
People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Galavant (2015)
Galavant was the lowest rated scripted show on ABC during the 2014-15 season. But ABC programming chief Paul Lee loved the show, so it got a second season. The ratings went even lower in season 2, but since Lee had gotten fired mid-season, Galavant couldn't make it to season 3.
People who added this item 98 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Gifted (2017)
This Fox drama featured characters from the world of the X-Men. Unfortunately, none of the recognizable X-Men characters were in the show. The ratings steadily decline over two season and Fox ended it.
People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
The world may not have been ready for this off-kilter comedy in which Chris Elliot played a 30-something paper boy who still lived at home with his parents. The then new FOX network gave it a second season, but it was not meant to be.
Good Behavior was Michelle Dockery's first TV series post-Downton Abbey. She played a thief/con artist/drug addict/absentee mother who fell into a relationship with a hit man. The first season ratings were low by TNT standards and the second season ratings were even lower.
People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
The spiritual successor to 30 Rock, this NBC workplace sitcom never seemed to find an audience.
Amazon announced the cancellation of this streaming series as they were wrapping up the storyline for season 2.
People who added this item 98 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
Helix (2014)
SyFy's show about killer viruses that threatened to wipe out the entire world, got wiped out itself after the second season finale.
People who added this item 91 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
How to Make It in America followed two enterprising twenty-somethings hustling their way through New York City's fashion scene. But the show's producers could not hustle a third season out of HBO.
People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Huff (2004)
Two days before the second season finale, Showtime announced that this show would not be picked up for a third season, and several plotlines were left unresolved.
Stand-up comedy in the '70s was a tough racket. Getting a third season for this Showtime series was even tougher.
Impaster was part of TV Land's move to single camera comedies. But two seasons was all this con man poses as a gay pastor show could muster.
Just before the final episode of this con-artist comedy's second season, Bravo announced this series would not see a third season and cancelled the show.
People who added this item 215 Average listal rating (142 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Iron Fist (2017)
Iron Fist was the first of Netflix’s Marvel series to be cancelled. Of all of the Marvel shows on Netflix, this one seemed to everyone's least favorite.
People who added this item 643 Average listal rating (425 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Jericho (2006)
This low-rated CBS post-apocalyptic drama was cancelled after its first season and the show's fans revolted. The network took note of the fans online campaign to bring the show back, and renewed Jericho for a second season to debut mid-season. When the second season finally debuted, the ratings were even lower than season one. CBS cancelled the show for good, but the story line did continued in a comic book series.
People who added this item 256 Average listal rating (174 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
This CBS drama about a teenage girl who literally talks with God, saw the conversation cut short after just two seasons.
People who added this item 774 Average listal rating (602 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.9
Joey (2004)
The Friends spin off that nobody seemed to like was cancelled by NBC in the middle of its second season.
People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.8
CBS tried to recapture the magic they had with "King of Queens" by adding Leah Remini to the cast for the second season of this Kevin James sitcom. It didn't work.
People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
The L.A. Complex was a Canadian series about Canucks trying to make it in the City of Angels that aired on MuchMusic in Canada and The CW in the United States. The show may have been done in by a botched marketing campaign that made it look like a cheap Melrose Place knock-off.
This TNT crime drama featured Sean Bean as an FBI agent who worked on a new case each week. TNT then rebooted the show for season 2 and focused on Bean's character's identity and moved the show's setting from Los Angeles to Europe. None of this attracted any new viewers and the show was canceled after two seasons and 20 episodes.
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TV shows that were renewed after one season, only to be cancelled after two.

Many shows are rumored to be returning for a third season, but until they actually make it to air, they will remain on this list.

I did not include any British shows on this list because, quite honestly, I don't understand the British TV business model. (Six episodes this year, six episodes next year and . . . finished! Wait, what?)

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