2019: TV’s New Obscurities [Updated]

Yes, it’s time once more for my annual review of “new obscurities” — scripted, network TV shows that aired 13 episodes or fewer. By my count, at least 15 short-lived TV shows debuted and disappeared last year on network television. The fate of five others remains in limbo. By comparison, there were only 13 new obscurities in 2018, down considerably from 22 in 2017.

Update: A total of 19 network TV shows ran for 13 episodes are fewer in 2019.

In addition to the new obscurities listed below, the 2019-2020 television season may produce a number of one season wonders but it’s too early to tell.


Fam (CBS)
13 episodes
January 10th, 2019 – April 11th, 2019

The Passage (FOX)
10 episodes
January 14th, 2019 – March 11th, 2019

Proven Innocent (FOX)
13 episodes
February 15th, 2019 – May 10th, 2019

Whiskey Cavalier (ABC)
13 episodes
February 24th, 2019 – May 22nd, 2019

The Enemy Within (NBC)
13 episodes
February 25th, 2019 – May 20th, 2019

The Fix (ABC)
10 episodes
March 18th, 2019 – May 20th, 2019

The Village (NBC)
10 episodes
March 19th, 2019 – May 21st, 2019

Abby’s (NBC)
10 episodes
March 28th, 2019 – June 13th, 2019


The Code (ABC)
12 episodes
April 9th, 2019 – July 22nd, 2019

The Red Line (CBS)
8 episodes
April 28th, 2019 – May 19th, 2019

The InBetween (NBC)
10 episodes
May 29th, 2019 – August 14th, 2019


Grand Hotel (ABC)
13 episodes
June 17th, 2019 – September 9th, 2019

Reef Break (ABC)
13 episodes
June 20th, 2019 – September 13th, 2019

BH90210 (FOX)
6 episodes
August 7th, 2019 – September 11th, 2019


Bluff City Law (NBC)
10 episodes
September 23rd, 2019 – November 25th, 2019

Emergence (ABC)
13 episodes
September 24th, 2019 – January 28th, 2020

Sunnyside (NBC)
4 episodes (another seven aired online)
September 26th, 2019 – October 17th, 2019

Perfect Harmony (NBC)
13 episodes
September 26th, 2019 – January 23rd, 2020

Almost Family (FOX)
13 episodes
October 2nd, 2019 – February 22nd, 2020

Were you or are you currently a fan of any of the TV shows listed above? How many have you never heard of? Hit the comments with your thoughts.

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3 Replies to “2019: TV’s New Obscurities [Updated]”

  1. I’ve seen ads for three of them, but haven’t watched any. As time goes on I must have reached my quota of new shows to bother over. I watch a half-hour of news and a few PBS shows, but ads for new shows cause me to think “maybe someday I’ll watch an episode.” That someday rarely comes.

  2. Fam was cute but not stellar. Not hard to follow and prediciable. Waste of Gary Cole.

    Emergence is interesting but it seems like they keep changing the storyline and premise to much. Girl was supposed to have crash landed on earth but turns out she is AI. THen reporter who was supposed to be a much racked turns out to be AI as well. Confused? So am i……..

  3. TWO-SENTENCE HORROR STORIES was a very good series–it managed to do what the most recent TWILIGHT ZONE revival was striving for, and much more deftly…it seems often the case that some of the best CW series suffer a quick death. Or even simply too-quick a death, though at least iZOMBIE had a reasonable run, as perhaps the best series they’ve offered so far.

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