2020: Network TV’s New Obscurities

Here it is, my annual look at the “new obscurities” that came and went on network television during the past year. My definition of a “new obscurity” is scripted television series that aired on network television for 13 episodes or fewer. By my count, 2020 produced 13 of these short-lived TV shows, down from 19 in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the networks delayed launching their new and returning shows for the 2020-2021 TV season. Last September, just three new scripted TV shows debuted on network television and all three were soon cancelled.

Two other new shows premiered last fall: B Positive on CBS and Big Sky on ABC. Both have received back orders for additional episodes and remain on the air.


Deputy (FOX)
13 episodes
January 2nd, 2020 – March 26th, 2020

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (NBC)
10 episodes
January 10th, 2020 – March 13th, 2020

Outmatched (FOX)
10 episodes
January 23rd, 2020 – March 26th, 2020

Katy Keene (The CW)
13 episodes
February 6th, 2020 – May 14th, 2020

Indebted (NBC)
12 episodes
February 6th, 2020 – April 16th, 2020

Tommy (CBS)
12 episodes
February 6th, 2020 – May 7th, 2020

Council of Dads (NBC)
10 episodes
March 24th, 2020 – July 2nd, 2020


Broke (CBS)
13 episodes
April 2nd, 2020 – June 25th, 2020

The Baker and the Beauty (ABC)
9 episodes
April 13th, 2020 – June 1st, 2020


United We Fall (ABC)
8 episodes
July 15th, 2020 – August 26th, 2020


Filthy Rich (FOX)
10 episodes
September 21st, 2020 – November 30th, 2020

neXt (FOX)
10 episodes
October 6th, 2020 – December 22nd, 2020

Connecting (NBC)
8 episodes (4 Unaired)
October 8th, 2020 – October 29th, 2020

Were you a fan of any of the short-lived TV shows listed above? How many have you never heard of? Hit the comments with your thoughts.

2 Replies to “2020: Network TV’s New Obscurities”

  1. Although it’s far from being an obscurity, it’s well worth nothing that Supernatural was the last surviving show from the defunct WB network. It survived it by more than a decade and probably holds the record for any show surviving the longest after it’s original network run.

  2. Do you have anything on Lottery that was on ABC in 1983? Seemed like a good premise for a show. Any idea if it will ever be realeased for streaming or on DVD?

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