From ‘Riverdale’ to ‘Seinfeld,’ 15 Midseason Replacements That Became Surprise Hits (Photos)
They may not have had the best premiere dates, but they took off anyway
Jennifer Maas | June 26, 2018 @ 3:11 PM
Last Updated: July 5, 2018 @ 9:06 AM
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Not every show can make it into the fall primetime lineup -- and sometimes that's a good thing. Each year, networks have to find fresh programs to fill midseason holes during long hiatuses or as cancellations creep up. And for shows like "Seinfeld," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and "Riverdale," being up against some easy competition during winter and summer lulls may have helped them become fan favorites. Click through TheWrap's gallery to see the most beloved midseason replacements in TV history, some of which are still airing.
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3. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -- Premiered March 10, 1997 on The WB Viewers were introduced to Sunnydale High School's new vampire slayer well after the school year was already underway, but the shortened first season was enough of a hit for it to return for the fall semester.
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