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So… what’s good? 18 one-season shows for Presidents’ Day


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good list!

I don't know most of these but I vouch for Undeclared -- it's like Freaks and Geeks but funnier.

Undeclared (2001; 17 episodes)

What it’s about: A former high-school dweeb seeks to reinvent himself during his first year at college. He makes surprising headway in that effort, despite constant drop-ins from his newly divorced dad, his crush’s long-term boyfriend, a chick-magnet roommate, and the everyday obstacles of being a Judd Apatow protagonist.

Why you should watch it: The aforementioned creator, for a start: Undeclared was Apatow’s follow-up to the similarly beloved, similarly short-lived Freaks And Geeks, and it provides ample evidence that his work on Girls ought to lead to new TV ventures. Rather than trying to make a primetime Animal House, Apatow and crew—including the before-they-were-famous likes of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Charlie Hunnam, and Amy Poehler—depicted the college experience in relatable rites of passage and recognizably hilarious humiliations. 

Who it’s for: Incoming freshman and outgoing seniors; anyone who’s used a dorm-room poster to make friends; Loudon Wainwright III completists; Monica Keena advocates.

Availability: It’s streaming alongside its spiritual predecessors on Netflix, though the time-capsule-within-a-time-capsule nature of the DVD set’s episode commentaries—recorded just as everything started coming up Apatow—are worth the price tag.  

Undeclared was great.  So was...

Terriers (2010; 13 episodes)

What’s it about: A recovering alcoholic and ex-cop, still reeling from a divorce, teams up with his best friend (and former criminal) to become unlicensed private detectives in Ocean Beach, California.

Why you should watch it: Look, this one still stingsTerriers had the misfortune of falling through the cracks at FX despite enormous critical acclaim, in a development era right before incubating promising series that struggled with ratings became standard practice at the network. Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James give career-best performances, and it has one of the all-time great theme songs, Rob Duncan’s “Gunfight Epiphany.”

Who it’s for: Fans of Justified (which could be construed as the Southern-fried version of what Ted Griffin and Shawn Ryan were attempting with Terriers); anyone watching True Detective while wishing for less suffocating darkness and a bit more levity.

Availability: The entire series is streaming on Netflix.  

Netflix needs to buy this one and make more seasons.

Thanks for the tip, Jared. Let's hope Netflix buys it.

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