20 One-Season Shows for Background Binge-Viewing on Netflix

While there’s nothing quite like getting so wrapped up in binge-watching a great television series that you can’t tear your eyes away from the screen or your body away from the couch, there’s also something to be said for the shows that only demand about half of your attention. Background television is almost, if not equally, important as the TV that we actually pay attention to. Tidying up your apartment, browsing the Internet, folding laundry, whatever — these tasks are all made infinitely better with some mediocre TV show playing in the background. Picking which show, however, is a task in itself. So to help you out, here are 20 one-season series (good and bad) on Netflix that you can kind of, sort of pay attention to.

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 4.03.00 PMThe Crazy Ones (CBS, 22 episodes)

A misguided recent-ish sitcom, The Crazy Ones was created by David E. Kelley and ran for one quick season on CBS during the 2013-14 season. It was the comedic version of a workplace show set in the advertising industry, and boasted a great cast: the late, great Robin Williams; Sarah Michelle Gellar; and the very attractive James Wolk, borrowed from that other advertising show, Mad Men. Unfortunately, the ratings dropped quickly and the show never lived up to its full potential.