Greenlighting a TV show invovles many individuals and takes many measures. There are the people that create the pilot script and the characters and come up with the assumption. Then there are the studio people who consent to make it, and the networks who consent to distribute it. That”s lots of folks. There are a lot of measures, it”s difficult to believe that dreadful thoughts really make it to your own family room.
These 10 outrageous shows were all flops, but they”re still kind of awesome.
1. My Mother the Car (1965 66)
The name says it all. Kind of. The assumption was that the principal character (Jerry Van Dyke)”s deceased mom was reinautonated (see what I did there?) An auto. And…that was pretty much it. In spite of this kind of weird notion, it”s potential the show could have already been successful if put into the right hands. But it wasn”t, and the show was cancelled immediately. Nevertheless, both Simpsons executive producer James L. Brooks and Mary Tyler Moore co-originator Allen Burns have this show on their cvs.
2. The Second Hundred Years (1967 68)
There was really a lot going on here. First, the primary assumption is that in 1900, a gold miner was caught in a avalanche and maintained in a state of suspended animation for 67 years, after which he”s thawed out and reassumes living in 1960s California as your regular time-traveling fish out of water. He moves in with his son, who’s 67 and mature than his own dad, to make matters more complicated. To make things even more complicated, his 67-year old son additionally has a son, who’s the same physical age as his grandpa (33), and played by exactly the same performer. Did you get all that? Neither did crowds, and the show was cancelled.
3. Me and the Chimp (1972)
Even star Ted Bessell (a regular on That Daughter) despised this one, and it”s obvious why. The assumption here was that a NASA laboratory chimp is adopted by Bessell”s family and chimp-themed hilarity ensues. The chimp, Jackie, was seemingly not rather easy to work with and it was yanked by CBS . Perhaps it was a decent lesson in what not to do, though, as producer Garry Marshall would carry on to give us Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, and Bessell would win an Emmy for his work on The Tracey Ullman Show. The show lives on in infamy, and has been often invoked as the worst show ever.
4. AfterMASH (1983 85)
The assumption of the show is summed up in its quite literal (and possibly unintentionally threatening) name: It takes place after the events of M*A*S*H, which ran for 11 seasons and, because time, won 14 Emmy awards. Intelligibly, but not prudently, CBS was simply reluctant to let go of this kind of franchise that is popular, and so it came up with this. AfterMASH follows the exploits of three of the first show”s characters (Potter, Klinger and Mulcahy) at a veterans” hospital in Missouri, after the Korean War. Which seems kind of…depressing. The show was a Top 10 hit in its first season, likely because crowds were already knowledgeable about the success of the initial show and the characters. But there was just so much steam to the spinoff, and midway through season two, NBC”s The A-Team drove it off the air.
5. Mr. Smith (1983)
When a circus orangutan is divided from its trainer, it ends up drinking a top secret material that gives it an IQ of 256, which leads to it acquiring a place as an advisor to the president of the U.s.. We couldn”t make this up if we tried. The result is an ape in a suit expressed by executive producer Ed Weinberger, originator of Taxi and, afterwards, The Cosby Show. This show was, a lapse in judgment, one imagines.
6. The Charmings (1987 88)
This one could have not been bad. Its culture-battle theme was that Snow White and Prince Charming move in the land of fairy tales to 1980s Burbank. It was bogged down by poor scripting, although the show could have prospered. Not just that, but it aired opposite in its second season of Family Ties. Unable to compete with that show, The Charmings closed down.
7. Cop Rock (1990)
It was a musical offense drama. … That is certainly pretty much whatever you should know why it failed to comprehend. Authorities adjective Hill Street Blues originator Steven Boncho was behind this one. Randy Newman even supplied the music…but it was doomed.
8. Homeboys in Outer Space (1996 97)
If the name doesn”t make you cringe, I don”t understand what’ll. The assumption was that two astronauts, played by Flex and Darryl Bell, traveled around in space in a car-shaped boat called the “Space Hoopty.” computer controled the automobile. The consensus was that while it might have worked as a sketch, it didn”t have enough material to be a full fledged situation comedy. Despite that, it managed to hang on for 21 episodes.
9. The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (1998)
It”s quite potential to derive comedy from disaster, but it must be done carefully and with a significant amount of wisdom. Where American captivity was the issue this wasn’t the situation here. The titular character is followed by the show leaving his native England and coming to Civil War-era America. Desmond, who’s black, winds up working as Abraham Lincoln”s butler. A comedy touching on the distressing issues of slavery and racism could happen to be amazing, but this show”s gags were awkward at best and offensive at worst, and the show only lasted several episodes.
10. Cavemen (2007)
In a classic example of how certain things are best left in specific types, someone tried to turn the cavemen into situation comedy stars in the early 2000s Geico advertisements. While they could be passably entertaining in 30-second format, the cavemen naturally weren”t cut out for 30-minute format. Crowds appeared to comprehend that from the get go. The Writers Guild strike in November of exactly the same year provided an opportunity to be cancelled.