12 One-Season TV Shows That Are Better Than Most Multi-Season Shows

Sometimes the greatest TV shows are short and sweet. Whether it was planned that way or canceled too early, here are some of the best TV shows with only just 1 season for you to check out next.

The Best Single Season Shows and Mini-Series

THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT (L to R) ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON in episode 107 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
Image Credit: PHIL BRAY/NETFLIX.

As someone who likes to binge-watch, I’m a big fan of a great single-season show or mini-series. Especially with it’s planned out that way so everything is wrapped up nicely!

Hopefully, you enjoying checking out these strong contenders for the best TV show with only just 1 season that we rounded up.

Chernobyl

Emily Watson in Chernobyl (2019).
Image Credit: HBO.

If you asked for my opinion on the best TV show with only just 1 season, this would be my pick hands-down. Every episode gives its all in terms of both writing and performance, and it’s truly a must-see for anyone who enjoys TV dramas. The fact that it’s a retelling of real events makes it even more haunting.

The Queen’s Gambit

THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT (L to R) ANYA TAYLOR-JOY as BETH HARMON in episode 102 of THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT.
Image Credit: KEN WORONER/NETFLIX.

While there was talk of a second season because this Netflix show was so popular, it was ultimately left with just one season – something fans should be thankful for.

Part of what made The Queen’s Gambit so good was that it closely resembled the book of the same name. This left the one-season show with perfect pacing and a satisfying ending, something that would have been ruined if it continued into a second season of new material.

Cowboy Bebop

COWBOY BEBOP (L to R) TAMARA TUNIE as ANA in COWBOY BEBOP
Image Credit: GEOFFREY SHORT/NETFLIX.

Even if you’re not into anime, you’ve probably heard of Cowboy Bebop – but you’ll be shocked to find out that it only ran for a single season. Super controversial, it likely wasn’t renewed due to the majority of episodes either being banned or censored in both Japan and the US.

What’s even more depressing is that it was rebooted as a live-action series of the same name on Netflix in 2021, and that was also canceled after just one season.

Moon Knight

Oscar Isaac in Moon Knight (2022).
Image Credit: Marvel Studios.

Released on Disney+ as a limited series, Moon Knight instantly became a favorite for fans and critics when it was released. Unless Disney changes its mind about the limited run or adds Moon Knight to the MCU this 1 season show is the most you’ll get from this comic book anti-hero.

My So-Called Life

Claire Danes, Wilson Cruz, and Devon Odessa in My So-Called Life (1994).
Image Credit: ABC Productions.

You might know Jared Leeto from Morbius but he got his start starring alongside Claire Danes in this 1994 one-season teen comedy show. How’d it make this list, you ask? It’s so good – especially if you’re a parent of teenage kids (or a teen yourself).

Fawlty Towers

John Cleese, Connie Booth, Andrew Sachs, and Prunella Scales in Fawlty Towers (1975).
Image Credit: BBC.

While it technically got two seasons, Fawlty Towers was a limited run of 12 episodes so I feel it still makes the list. Starring comedy legend John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, Fawlty Towers was ranked number 1 on the 100 Greatest British Television Programs back in 2000.

Firefly

Nathan Fillion in Firefly (2002).
Image Credit: Twentieth Century Fox.

I love Firefly as much as the next guy, but I’m pretty sure I’d be tarred and feathered if I didn’t include it as a contender for the best TV show with only 1 season. While I would argue Serenity added some much-need closure, Firefly is hands down one of the greatest single-season shows ever made.

Battlestar Galactica (The Original Series)

Battlestar Galactica.
Image Credit: SYFY.

Another cult show that you’d be surprised to learn only lasted one season! Battlestar Galactica would go on to be one of the most iconic science fiction franchises of all time – eternally beloved by people like myself and Dwight Schrute.

While the rebooted show was also great, fans should definitely watch the original 1978 one-season run.

Lovecraft Country

Jurnee SmollettHBO Lovecraft Country Season 1 - Episode 10.
Image Credit: Eli Joshua Ade/HBO.

Combining the struggles of Jim Crow-era racism with H.P. Lovecraft’s haunting creatures, Lovecraft Country stars a Black man facing unspeakable horrors in the town that (likely) inspired Lovecraft’s stories.

Lovecraft Country was canceled after the first season due to lack of direction. The opinions on this show are polarised, so you’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s a hit or not.

Mare of Easttown

Kate Winslet HBO Mare of Easttown
Photograph by Michele K. Short/HBO.

Mare of Easttown was written as a limited series so you don’t have any of the disappointment of a cliffhanger or cancelled show. Alongside the perfect pacing and gritty crime plot, Kate Winslet’s acting truly brings this show to life.

The Haunting of Hill House

Michiel Huisman, Victoria Pedretti, Elizabeth Reaser in The Haunting of Hill House.
Image Credit: Tina Rowden/Netflix.

Another limited run, The Haunting of Hill House reimagined the novel of the same name in this Netflix mini series. Unlike the movie that came out in 1999, this series does a much better job of nailing the book’s original themes of horror, grief, mystery, and family.

Dopesick

Michael Keaton in First Bottle (2021).
Image Credit: Hulu.

As someone lowkey obsessed with the inner workings of the pharma industry, especially Perdue, I’m bummed this show didn’t get more recognition. While the show is fictional, it’s dramatised based on real events surrounding the US opioid epidemic.

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THE LOST DAUGHTER. OLIVIA COLMAN as LEDA
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Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. Sarma Melngailis in Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.
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Britt Lower in “Severance
Image Credit: Apple TV.

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Bryce Dallas Howard in Black Mirror
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Alias Grace
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