Streaming Guide to Short-Lived & Forgotten TV Shows

Guide Last Updated: July 15th, 2018

Are you searching for TV shows to stream? Do you enjoy watching short-lived and/or forgotten television? If so, this guide is for you. Below you’ll find more than 100 TV shows you’ve either never heard of or you forgot existed, all streaming and ready to watch. Most of these shows were on the air for a single season or less. I’ve also included some shows that ran for two seasons or more, particularly if one or both of those seasons were short.

Not surprisingly, most the TV shows included in this guide originally aired during the last two decades. But you can stream a handful of forgotten TV shows dating back to the 1950s.

Currently, the guide covers the following streaming services:

  • Amazon Prime Video (Subscription)
  • CBS All Access (Subscription)
  • CW Seed (Free/Ad-Supported)
  • Hulu (Subscription)
  • Netflix (Subscription)
  • Shout! Factory TV (Free/Ad-Supported)
  • Sony Crackle (Free/Ad-Supported)

There’s some overlap, with certain TV shows available on multiple streaming services. Also, TV shows disappear from streaming services all the time, often without warning. Before sighing up for any of the subscription services, be sure to double check to make sure the show(s) you want to watch are still available.

I’ll be updating this guide periodically but I can’t possibly keep track of all the TV shows coming and going on all of these streaming services. I’ll be relying on contributions from readers to keep this guide up-to-date.


Amazon Prime Video (Subscription)

A Gifted Man (CBS, 2011-2012) – 1 season, 16 episodes
Accidentally on Purpose (CBS, 2009-2010) – 1 season, 18 episodes
The Adventures of Kit Carson (syndicated, 1951-1955) – 4 season, 103 episodes [40 streaming]
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (NBC, 1956-1957) – 1 season, 30 episodes
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson (PAX, 1998) – 1 season, 30 episodes
American Gothic (CBS, 2016) – 1 season, 13 episodes
BrainDead (CBS, 2016) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS, 2011) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Decoy (syndicated, 1957-1958) – 1 season, 39 episodes
Eerie, Indiana (NBC, 1991-1992) – 1 season, 19 episodes
Harts of the West (CBS, 1993-1994) – 1 season, 15 episodes
Harper’s Island (CBS, 2009) – 1 season 13 episodes
Judge Roy Bean (syndicated, 1958) – 1 season, 39 episodes [15 streaming]
Life Unexpected (The CW, 2010-2011) – 2 seasons, 26 episodes
Mr. Lucky (CBS, 1959-1960) – 1 season, 34 episodes
The Mothers-in-Law (NBC, 1967-1969) – 2 seasons, 56 episodes
Movin’ On (NBC, 1974-1976) – 2 seasons, 44 episodes
My Living Doll (CBS, 1964-1965) – 1 season, 26 episodes [10 streaming]
Out of Practice (CBS, 2005-2006) – 1 season, 22 episodes
Pat Paulsen’s Half a Comedy Hour (ABC, 1970) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Private Secretary (CBS, 1953-1957) – 5 seasons, 104 episodes [18 streaming]
Robert Montgomery Presents (NBC, 1950-1957) – 8 seasons, 276 episodes [2 streaming]
Space Precinct (syndicated, 1994-1995) – 1 season, 24 episodes
Stanley (NBC, 1956-1957) – 1 season, 19 episodes
Star Trek: The Animated Series (NBC, 1973-1974) – 2 seasons, 22 episodes
Street Hawk (ABC, 1985) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Three Rivers (CBS, 2009-2010) – 1 season, 13 episodes
The Tick (FOX, 2001-2002) – 1 season, 9 episodes
Vegas (CBS, 2012-2013) – 1 season, 21 episodes
The Veil (1958) – 1 season, 10 episodes
Yancy Derringer (CBS, 1958-1959) – 1 season, 34 episodes

CBS All Access (Subscription)

(CBS All Access doesn’t have a separate website. You can access the service through the official CBS website.)

9JKL (CBS, 2017-2018) – 1 season, 16 episodes
American Gothic (CBS, 2016) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Angel from Hell (CBS, 2016) – 1 season, 13 episodes
BrainDead (CBS, 2016) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Jericho (CBS, 2006-2008) – 2 seasons, 30 episodes
Life Unexpected (The CW, 2010-2011) – 2 seasons, 26 episodes
Limitless (CBS, 2015-2016) – 1 season, 22 episodes
Star Trek: The Animated Series (NBC, 1973-1974) – 2 seasons, 22 episodes
Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS, 2017-2018) – 1 season, 13 episodes

CW Seed (Free/Ad Supported)

Aliens in America (The CW, 2007-2008) – 1 season, 18 episodes
Birds of Prey (The WB, 2002-2003) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Constantine (NBC, 2014-2015) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Forever (ABC, 2014-2015) – 1 season, 22 episodes
Harper’s Island (CBS, 2009) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Hellcats (The CW, 2010-2011) – 1 season, 22 episodes
Life Unexpected (The CW, 2010-2011) – 2 seasons, 26 episodes
Moonlight (CBS, 2007-2008) – 1 season, 16 episodes
Privileged (The CW, 2008-2009) – 1 season, 18 episodes
Pushing Daisies (ABC, 2007-2009) – 2 seasons, 22 episodes
The Secret Circle (The CW, 2011-2012) – 1 season, 22 episodes
Undateable (NBC, 2014-2016) – 3 seasons, 36 episodes

Hulu (Subscription)

American Gothic (CBS, 1995-1996) – 1 season, 22 episodes
Andy Barker, P.I. (NBC, 2007) – 1 season, 6 episodes
Better Off Ted (ABC, 2009-2010) – 2 seasons, 26 episodes
Bordertown (FOX, 2016) – 1 season, 13 episodes
The Catch (ABC, 2016-2017) – 2 seasons, 20 episodes
Commander in Chief (ABC, 2005-2006) – 1 season, 18 episodes
Conviction (NBC, 2006) – 1 season, 13 episodes
The Crossing (ABC, 2018) – 1 season, 11 episodes
The Dana Carvey Show (ABC, 1996) – 1 season, 8 episodes
Dark Shadows: The Revival (NBC, 1991) – 1 season, 12 episodes
Dirty Sexy Money (ABC, 2007-2009) – 2 seasons, 23 episodes
Dollhouse (FOX, 2009-2010) – 2 seasons, 26 episodes
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC, 2012-2013) – 2 seasons, 26 episodes
Eli Stone (ABC, 2008-2009) – 2 seasons, 26 episodes
The Event (NBC, 2010-2011) – 1 season, 22 episodes
Fashion House (MyNetworkTV, 2006) – 1 season, 78 episodes
Firefly (FOX, 2002) – 1 season, 14 episodes
The Firm (NBC, 2012) – 1 season, 22 episodes
Gary Unmarried (CBS, 2008-2010) – 2 seasons, 37 episodes
The Grinder (FOX, 2015-2016) – 1 season, 22 episodes
John Doe (FOX, 2002-2003) – 1 season, 21 episodes
Kitchen Confidential (FOX, 2005) – 1 season, 13 episodes
L.A. Dragnet (ABC, 2003-2004) – 2 seasons, 22 episodes
Life (NBC, 2007-2009) – 2 seasons, 32 episodes
Lipstick Jungle (NBC, 2008-2009) – 2 seasons, 20 episodes
The Loop (FOX, 2006-2007) – 2 seasons, 17 episodes
Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC, 2015-2016) – 2 seasons, 10 episodes
My So-Called Life (ABC, 1994-1995) – 1 season, 19 episodes
October Road (ABC, 2007-2008) – 2 seasons, 19 episodes
Outsourced (NBC, 2010-2011) – 1 season, 22 episodes
Pitch (FOX, 2016) – 1 season, 10 episodes
The Real O’Neals (ABC, 2016-2017) – 2 seasons, 29 episodes
Resurrection (ABC, 2014-2015) – 2 seasons, 21 episodes
Samantha Who? (ABC, 2007-2009) – 2 seasons, 35 episodes
Second Chance (FOX, 2016) – 1 season, 11 episodes
Selfie (ABC, 2014) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Son of Zorn (FOX, 2016-2017) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Stacked (FOX, 2005-2006) – 2 seasons, 18 episodes
Standoff (FOX, 2006-2007) – 1 season, 18 episodes
The Time Tunnel (ABC, 1966-1967) – 1 season, 30 episodes
Touch (FOX, 2012-2013) – 2 seasons, 26 episodes
Vanished (FOX, 2006) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Wayward Pines (FOX, 2015-2016) – 2 seasons, 20 episodes
Welcome to Sweden (NBC, 2014-2015) – 2 seasons, 20 episodes

Netflix

About a Boy (NBC, 2014-2015) – 2 seasons, 33 episodes
American Odyssey (NBC, 2015) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Battle Creek (CBS, 2015) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Containment (The CW, 2016) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW, 2012-2013) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999-2000) – 1 season, 18 episodes
Frequency (The CW, 2016-2017) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Galavant (ABC, 2015-2016) – 2 seasons, 20 episodes
Jericho (CBS, 2006-2008) – 2 seasons, 29 episodes
Life Sentence (The CW, 2018) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Life Unexpected (The CW, 2010-2011) – 2 seasons, 26 episodes
Limitless (CBS, 2015-2016) – 1 season, 22 episodes
No Tomorrow (The CW, 2016-2017) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Star-Crossed (The CW, 2014) – 1 season, 13 episodes
The Tomorrow People (The CW, 2013-2014) – 1 season, 22 episodes

Shout! Factory TV (Free/Ad-Supported)

The Goldbergs (CBS/NBC/DuMont/Syndication, 1949-1955) [71 episodes streaming]
The Goode Family (ABC, 2009) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Fridays (ABC, 1980-1982) – 3 seasons, 58 episodes [select episodes streaming]
The Rebel (ABC, 1959-1961) – 2 seasons, 76 episodes
Street Hawk (ABC, 1985) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Swan’s Crossing (Syndicated, 1992) – 1 season, 65 episodes

Sony Crackle (Free/Ad-Supported)

Bad Teacher (CBS, 2014) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Between Brothers (FOX/UPN, 1997-1999) – 2 seasons, 17 episodes
The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC, 2017) – 1 season, 8 episodes
Breaking In (FOX, 2011-2012) – 2 seasons, 20 episodes
Brothers (FOX, 2009) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Charlie’s Angels (ABC, 2011) – 1 season, 8 episodes
The Grinder (FOX, 2015-2016) – 1 season, 22 episodes
Kidnapped (NBC, 2006-2007) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Last Resort (ABC, 2012-2013) – 1 season, 13 episodes
The Mob Doctor (FOX, 2012-2013) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Mr. Sunshine (ABC, 2011) – 1 season, 13 episodes
The Player (NBC, 2015) – 1 season, 9 episodes
Rake (FOX, 2014) – 1 season, 13 episodes
Rush Hour (CBS, 2016) – 1 season, 13 episodes
The Tick (FOX, 2001-2001) – 1 season, 9 episodes
The Unusuals (ABC, 2009) – 1 season, 10 episodes


If I’ve missed any short-lived or forgotten TV shows streaming on any of these services, please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me an e-mail. Also, if you think I should include additional streaming services in this guide, I’m open to suggestions.

5 Replies to “Streaming Guide to Short-Lived & Forgotten TV Shows”

  1. All 6 seasons of THE CISCO KID is available on Amazon Prime. Plus THE PRISONER and all seasons of NYPD BLUE

  2. On Hulu, I’d add Saved by the Bell: The College Years. And if 2 seasons qualifies: Land of the Giants and Car 54, Where Are You?

    NBC and ABC also have a “throwback” selection of shows on their sites — and ad supported. They are largely populated by short-lived in-house programs like The Cape, Outsourced, L&O: LA, Up All Night, and Smash on NBC; and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, FlashForward, Reaper, Manhattan Love Story, Trophy Wife, and The Muppets on ABC. The one classic short-lived throwback is the original BSG on NBC’s site.

  3. Unfortunately, most of these are US only services. Netflix in other countries has some different programming so availability varies.

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