Over the years, Comedy Central has grown from a gimmicky cable channel to a legitimate television giant. There were some missteps along the way, but there were also a lot of great Comedy Central shows you forgot about, ones that didn't last nearly as long as they should have. Some of the best canceled Comedy Central shows actually only lasted a single season, even one starring an all-time top 100 comedian.
Shows of all varieties fell victim to the dreaded season one cancelation, including one of the best animated shows in Comedy Central's archives, but most were live-action, either sketch shows or mockumentaries, or some combination of the two. In many cases, these shows felt like they could have found a really solid groove had they been given a second chance, but the higher ups were just too quick with the guillotine.
These are the best Comedy Central shows that only lasted one season, but the good news is that some of them, made in this precious digital age, are still available to stream. Others, though, are lost to the ages. Prepare to shed some tears and grab a drink to pour some out for each of these lost gems.
Some people think H. Jon Benjamin is only good for his velvet voice, but that's not necessarily the case. He's actually funny, not just his voice. So a lot of people were excited when he got his very own Comedy Central show, Jon Benjamin Has a Van, which indeed seemed very Jon Benjamin-y. In it he played a "reporter" who drove around New York (mostly) to deliver news to unsuspecting people. There were also fictional sketches, like the time he fell in love with the daughter of the tiny Don in Little Little Italy, a miniature Little Italy where the people are only a couple inches tall.
Not Safe With Nikki Glaser
Most topics on Not Safe revolved around sex. It was a talk show format with gimmicky games sprinkled in, as well as some pieces in which Nikki would go into the real world to interview people. The best segment was the one in which Nikki hooked people up to a lie detector test, including her not-classically handsome co-worker, whom she then asked if he wanted to sleep with her. Even better was when she hooked her parents up to the polygraph and asked them probing questions about their sex life.
Michael & Michael Haves Issues was an exercise in meta-humor with the two titular characters, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, playing fictionalized versions of themselves as somewhat vitriolic costars of a sketch-comedy show. It was sort of a less zany 30 Rock, but really only revolved around two characters.
Two words: Octavia Spencer. And if you haven't seen this mockumentary about five ex-cons in a halfway house, you can't even begin to guess what role Spencer played in Halfway House. She was a (somewhat) reformed armed robber with the world's craziest eyes and she was absolutely hysterical. While she was the highlight of the show, the rest of the cast very much held their own, including The Office’s Oscar Nuñez, who also created the show. Watching the sensitive and understanding Kenny Carlyle (Kevin Ruf), their supervisor, try to wrangle and rehabilitate these wacky criminals who fall back in to their old habits far too easily was a true joy.