Without a doubt, television has changed since its inception. Now, TV shows arrive on the air and get cancelled before airing even a few episodes, let alone a few seasons. The TV shows that stick with audiences need to bring something unique to the table with each episode or risk having the plug pulled on them quickly. Shows such as Chicago Med, Wayward Pines, Blind Spot, Quantico and Supergirl seem to be a cut above the rest, and are renewed for a second season. No small feat in this era of fly-by-night television shows that are here one day and gone the next.
Top TV Shows that Survived Their First Seasons:
- Chicago Med
- Wayward Pines
- Blind Spot
From Dick Wolf, the Producer that brought us Law & Order, Chicago Med gives viewers an inside look into the day-to-day lives of the doctors, nurses and staff working in the Chicago’s newest and most state-of the-art trauma center. Viewers are quickly drawn into the life of Dr. Will Halstead, the newest ER attending at Chicago Med, as well as Dr. Natalie Manning, the ER pediatrics resident, along with several other doctors and nurses that make Chicago Med tick. Together, the team confronts the most critical medical cases in Chicago, all while dealing with their own personal drama.
- Chicago Med was renewed for a second season in 2016 and stands a good chance of coming back for a third season.
- Chicago Med follows several doctors, nurses and other staff as they work to save lives, each while dealing with their own personal conflicts and drama.
- Chicago Med has several familiar faces, including characters from Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Justice.
In season one of Wayward Pines, viewers were dropped into the life of secret service agent Ethan Burke after he awakens from a car crash. From there, Ethan slowly discovers that he is unable to make any kind of contact with the outside world, and things ramp up quickly into one of television’s most riveting dramas. The town Ethan Burke finds himself in seems idyllic, but he has no idea what awaits him once he learns the real truth behind the quaint town of Wayward Pines.
- Wayward Pines became a fast favorite of fans after the pilot episode (directed by M. Night Shyammalan) aired in May of 2015.
- The series was renewed for a second season after a great reception by viewers for season one. A third season is now
- Wayward Pines has a star-studded cast, including Matt Dillon, Toby Jones and Juliette Lewis.
Blindspot began with a woman found naked in Times Square, and viewers quickly learn that she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. Her body is covered in a series of tattoos that are eventually revealed to be a sort of code, and one of the tattoos contains the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller. As “Jane Doe” and the FBI work to decipher the tattoos, a massive web of conspiracy, corruption and foul play are revealed, along with the truth about Jane Doe’s identity. What starts as a mystery fast becomes a race against the clock to stop a nefarious group of criminals from wreaking havoc on a grand scale.
- Blindspot was met with stellar reviews from both viewers and critics alike.
- The show was renewed for a second season in 2016 and is expected to return for a third season in 2017.
- Blindspot is packed with action, suspense and mystery as the true story behind Jane Doe is revealed.
Quantico is a thrilling drama produced by Josh Safran and Mark Gordon, which takes viewers inside the lives of government agents in training to move up the ranks to special agent and beyond. The agents are considered the best of the best, and each possesses a secret and some seem to have a hidden reason for enlisting in the program. One agent in particular, Alex Parrish, must work furiously to clear her name, after suspicion arises about her being the mastermind behind the most deadly attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
- Quantico is the largest U.S. Marine Corps base in the United States, and is based in Virginia.
- The show was met with critical acclaim and managed to rope viewers in from the very first episode.
- After a strong reception to season two, Quantico is expected to return for a third season.
There aren’t a lot of action-packed television shows that focus on a female superhero, which made Supergirl one of the most anticipated television premiers in 2015. The show follows the life of Kara Zor-El after she escapes certain doom on her home planet of Krypton and lands on Earth to live with the Danver family. She learns to hide her extraordinary powers from the world, that is until secret agent Hank Henshaw enlists her to help protect the city from growing threats.
- Supergirl was not renewed for a second season on the original network, CBS, but was then picked up by The CW for a season two.
- Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) is Superman’s cousin.
- If the second season of Supergirl is met with as much critical acclaim as season one, the show will likely also return for a third season.
We’re constantly bombarded with new TV shows, and many don’t survive beyond the first season. Those that do, though, often go on to bring us years of entertainment. Here we’ve reviewed some of the best shows that made it past their pilot seasons. Chances are, you might still be watching reruns of these shows years down the line.