Sometimes waiting in the wings is the best time for a show to premiere, especially in this age of Peak TV. It doesn't have to compete with the glutton of Fall shows vying for viewers attention.
Some midseason shows never make it, but others are a real hit with audiences and critics alike.
Here is a list of 17 shows that hit the jackpot as midseason replacements. What shows do you think might be next?
The campiest of all TV hit the small screen on January 12,1966 replacing The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet which moved to Saturdays. Starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin, the series ran for only three seasons but became an instant cult classic.
Many famous entertainers appeared on the show including Cesar Romero as The Joker, Eartha Kitt as Catwoman, and Burgess Meredith as the Penguin. Milton Burle and Vincent Price also made villainous appearances.
All in the Family (CBS)
Did you know Mickey Rooney turned down the role of Archie Bunker? Carroll O'Connor was cast, and the the show debuted in January of 1971 replacing To Rome with Love. The series broke many television taboos at the time and even came with a disclaimer on its very first episode.
Empire was originally supposed to appear on the Fall schedule at Fox, but instead got moved to a midseason premiere. We got our first taste of the Lyon family on January 7, 2015. Unlike other midseason pilots, the ratings for the show actually rose. But that was then, and this is now. It's still too early to tell if Empire is going to be a long-lasting hit even if it's currently in its third season.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB)
Monday nights were never the same for supernatural loving fans after Buffy premiered on March 10, 1997. The show replaced Savannah and went on to become one of TV's biggest and most beloved cult classics.
Who knew "Caskett" would be thing when Castle made its debut on March 9, 2009? Viewers fell in love with the fesity detective and goofy writer who eventually paired up both professionally and romantically. The show lasted for eight seasons, though some fans think the show really ended with season seven.
Happy Days (ABC)
Happy Days debuted on January 15, 1974 replacing Temperatures Rising. The show was originally going to be set in the 1920s and be called Cool, but those ideas never panned out. Happy Days aired for aired for 11 seasons, spawning many spin-offs including Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy.