For me it was probably a short run (really short) series on Fox back in the mid 2000's called Drive. Starred Nathan Fillion and Emma Stone, among others. It was a serial series about a secret illegal cross-country road race where most of the "competitors" were regular folks who'd been enticed to take part because of the unknown "organizer's" blackmail threats, kidnapped family members, etc. Everyone's backstory was different and slowly told in an around the "race" action. I really enjoyed the first couple episodes and found the acting and plot interesting, but Fox killed the series after only four episodes (they had recorded a couple others that never aired, later released via on demand), but the series and storyline was just abandoned and never completed.
After that disappointment, I rarely ever watch a new TV series when it debuts. I'll set DVR timers and let them build up and see if the show makes it before I start watching.