20 Shows Worth Watching That Just Couldn’t Make Past 3 Seasons

There are some pretty great US shows out there one can get addicted to before realizing they didn’t make it past 3 seasons and that is simply not enough.

1. Don’t Trust the B—— in Apartment 23 (2012-2013)

This 2 season show follows a midwestern girl as she moves to NY and learns to deal with her con-artist new roommate.
Who’s in it: James Van Der Beek co-stars as himself. Yes, there’s tons of Dawson’s Creek jokes for those who remember it. Krysten Ritter is perfect as the B in 23. Word should have gotten out sooner about this show then maybe it would still be with us.
Bonus: Its on Netflix

2. Kath and Kim (2008)

Redesigned from Australian television, this NBC show made it just one season. It should have been so much longer.
Who’s in it: Selma Blair, Molly Shannon, John Michael Higgins, and Mikey Day were brilliant as clueless Floridians dealing with love.

3. Traffic Light (2011)

This show made it one season, but its good. Its a group of characters in each stage of life. So, you know, everyone is bound to relate. I don’t remember hearing anything about it while it was on, but there’s plenty of familiar faces in it.
Who’s in it:The Office’s David Denman, Nelson Franklin, Kris Marshall, Liza Lapira, and Aya Cash
Bonus: Its on Netflix

4. Party Down (2009-2010)

I’m hoping everyone knows and has seen this one already. This show only made it 2 seasons but was a huge jump for a bunch of its stars.
Who’s in it: Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hanson, Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Jane Lynch, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, and so many awesome guest stars.

It was on Netflix, once upon a time, but sadly they ended their contract with Starz.

5. Lie to Me (2009-2011)

3 seasons for this drama that is guaranteed to have you wondering if everyone you know is lying to you and why.
Who’s in it: Tim Roth is fantastic as the world’s leading researcher on micro-expressions.
Bonus: Its on Netflix

6. Breakout Kings (2011-2012)

Two seasons worth of show that I didn’t hear about until season 2. It follows convicts who work off jail time by catching escapees. It gets pretty repetitive yet remains funny with the help of one of the stars.
Who’s in it: Jimmi Simpson really gets to show off his skills in this show. He’s the main reason to watch.
Bonus: Its on Netflix

7. Flight of the Conchords (2007-2009)

Granted this show ended after two seasons because of the creators, but it had to be included. Its just too fantastic.
Who’s in it: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal
Bonus (if you have it): Its on HBO Go

8. Dead Like Me (2003-2004)

#2seasonsandamovie. This show follows the “life” of reapers, but don’t worry its a comedy. Brain child of creator Bryan Fuller, the show tends to look at the sad and amusing sides to death.
Who’s in it: Well Mandy Patinkin for one! Honestly do you need any others?
Bonus? Only the movie is on Netflix

9. Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

Another 2 season show about death for Bryan Fuller. This one, however, is more about justice and takes place in a beautiful fairy tale world. Full of comedy and romance, you almost forget people die in each episode…kinda.
Who’s in it: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, and Kristin Chenoweth

10. Bored to Death (2009-2011)

This brilliant show only made it 3 seasons, but they are 3 seasons to watch repeatedly. It follows a writer who takes side jobs as a unlicensed detective in NY.
Who’s in it: The cast is enough to get anyone excited. Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifinakis, Ted Danson, Heather Burns, and regular appearances by John Hodgman and Oliver Platt.
Bonus: Its on HBO Go

11. Worst Week (2008)

One season for this CBS remake of the U.K. comedy. It is 16 episodes of full on awkward, but it works. Maybe one season was all they had in them.
Who’s in it: Kurtwood Smith lends his domineering presence as the father-in-law. Kyle Bornheimer is the most awkward human being on earth. Nancy Lenehan and Erinn Hayes level the show out.

12. Freaks and Geeks (1999)

I believe everyone is now familiar with this cult comedy, but I couldn’t leave it out.
Who’s in it: James Franco, Seth Rogan, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, Samm Levin, Martin Starr, John Francis Daley, Joe Flaherty, Busy Philipps, Dave Allen, and Becky Ann Baker
Bonus: Its on Netflix

13. Undeclared (2001-2003)

Judd Apatow followed up Freaks and Geeks with Undeclared, which sadly also only lasted one season.
Who’s in it: Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, Monica Keena, Seth Rogan, and Jason Segal. With early appearances by Jenna Fischer, Kevin Hart, Amy Poehler, and Felicia Day.
Bonus: Its on Netflix

14. 10 Items or Less (2006-2009)

This TBS comedy made it 3 seasons, which is surprising because not many people when to TBS for comedy in 2006. But it holds up.
Who’s in it: Writer and actor John Lehr helps set the tone for this comedy, and its the right way to go.
Bonus: Its on Netflix

15. My Boys (2006-2010)

Another TBS 3 season comedy. This one is appropriate for guys or the girl who has ever found herself the only girl in a group of guys. But there’s plenty of laughs for both sexes.
Who’s in it: Kyle Howard, Reid Scott, and oh yeah Jim Gaffigan!
Bonus: Its on Netflix

16. Better Off Ted (2009-2010)

I blame bad marketing for this show only making it 2 seasons. It definitely should have lasted longer. It had a unique comedy style and created a unique world through this crazy company that, hopefully, couldn’t exist in our world.
Who’s in it: Jay Harrington, Jonathan Slavin, Malcolm Barrett and Portia de Rossi
Bonus: Its on Netflix

17. Love Bites (2011)

Great show with a full cast, worth a watch.
Who’s in it: Becki Newton, Greg Grunberg, Constance Zimmer, Guillermo Diaz, Michelle Trachtenberg, Bret Harrison, and some appearances by Keegan-Michael Key, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Donald Faison, Kyle Howard, Craig Robinson, and Charlyne Yi.

18. Perfect Couples (2010)

This is another show that I am so mad didn’t have better marketing. It should have lasted much longer than one season. You certainly hope to see more from each of the actors after watching them in this NBC comedy, and luckily they all seem to be keeping steady careers.
Who’s in it: Olivia Munn, Kyle Bornheimer, Christine Woods, David Walton, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Hayes MacArthur
Bonus: Its on Hulu

19. Extras (2005-2007)

Ricky Gervais might have had a hand in this US/UK show only being 2 seasons and a special, he is known for keeping shows short. However, it had to make this list; if you haven’t seen it yet you must. Brilliant celebrity guest stars playing a character of themselves each episode.
Who’s in it: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Ashley Jensen
Bonus: HBO Go

20. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (2009-2012)

Another US/UK show filmed in the UK that only made it 2 seasons. Awkward awkward awkward, funny funny funny.
Who’s in it: David Cross, everyone’s favorite nevernude (also creator of this show). Sharon Horgan, Will Arnett, and Blake Harrison round out the cast.
Bonus: Its on Netflix

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