In 2008, the BBC caught wind that Superheroes would be the next big thing and decided to get on the bandwagon with their own offbeat show 'No Heroics.' Show Creator Drew Pearce is a huge fan of the genre and added little touches of comic references throughout the stage design. No Heroics is very edgy and full of low brow humor, but if that doesn't scare you off, you're in for a real treat.
The show revolves around a group of 5 Superheroes and their struggle with everyday life while hanging out in their favorite pub.
First there's The Hotness. A man-child who desperately wants to be taken seriously, even though his powers of heating things up comes off as rather lame. He tends to drive the group towards striving for more heroic action, while the rest wrestle with apathy and selfishness. (Not that he isn't plenty selfish himself.) He used to date Electroclash and (not so secretly) pines for her.
Excelsior is their version of Superman, though he's completely self-centered and a bully. He's The Hotness' rival, who The Hotness wishes he was. When he's not saving lives, he's downing beers with his friends and taunting The Hotness and his friends or trying to score with the ladies.
She-Force, a.k.a. Jenni, is the strongest woman alive, fighting criminals with her fists, but struggles with dating. She's always looking for the best in people, but also for her next date. She's even been led astray and dated a supervillain. (Be certain to check out the episode where she visits her former flame, Lightkiller, in prison.)
Electroclash, a.k.a. Sarah, is a Technopath. She's super jaded, hot tempered and briefly dated The Hotness. Her ability to speak to machines is usually squandered on getting free cigarettes. She's making ends meet by going to Fan meet and greets with She-Force. They were a short lived super duo.
And lastly, there's Timebomb. His powers allow him to see 60 seconds into the future. This has left him full of apathy and alone. He's also on the hunt for Mr. Right, but his ability to see into the future ruins all chances of that and leaves him bitter. Often he'll threaten real violence in such detail that it frightens even Excelsior. (Be on the lookout for the episode where he has to complete a diplomatic mission through the city.)
This short lived series only lasted for 6 brief episodes, but they've held up in my memory because it was so incredibly well written. The BBC has all but scrubbed it from existence and remains very difficult to find. ABC was slated to make a pilot, but that seems to have dissipated and won't ever air. What are some shows that had one season that you enjoyed? (I'm expecting a lot of Firefly responses here.)