There are some shows that last seem to last forever, like “Law & Order” and “The Simpsons.” But for all the shows that seem to go on for eternity, others are put out to pasture before they can even make it to their first season finale.
The magic formula for good television series is usually a combination of a good idea, great writing, and a great cast. But sometimes what seems like a good idea to producers doesn’t resonate with viewers, and even an A-list cast can’t keep the series from ending up in the television series graveyard.
Whether you loved them, hated them, or missed them all together, these shows were barely given a chance before their networks pulled the plug.
The Geico cavemen couldn’t carry their own show
Geico’s 2004 ad campaign featuring cavemen in the present day showed people just how easy the company’s website was to use. The campaign worked and created a pop culture sensation in the process.
But the 2007 ABC comedy series it inspired was canceled after a mere six episodes. “Cavemen,” which starred Nick Kroll and centered on three cavemen’s struggle to live in modern society, didn’t seem to have the same mainstream appeal.
The “Charlie’s Angels” reboot fell flat in 2011
In the late ’70s, “Charlie’s Angels” were iconic. The series lasted five seasons and left every girl wanting that iconic Farrah Fawcett feathered hair. Decades later, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu geared up to the play the badass female detectives in the 2000 feature-length “Charlie’s Angels” film.
But in 2011, ABC attempted a reboot of the classic ’70s action series starring Minka Kelly. But, the ABC drama didn’t have the same success and was canceled after only seven episodes.
A dope soundtrack wasn’t enough to save “The Get Down”
The Netflix series starring Jimmy Smits and Jaden Smith about the birth of hip-hop in the 1970s had all of the music and the star power to make it a success. But the Netflix series failed to draw in the same number of loyal viewers as hits like “Orange is the New Black.”
Coupled with the fact that the series was one of the most expensive for Netflix to produce at over $US120 million, “The Get Down” was canceled after the two-part first season.
An NBC reboot of a British favourite fell flat
NBC had huge success remaking hit British sitcom, “The Office” for an American audience. But in 2003 when they tried a reboot of the wildly successful British rom-com, “Coupling,” was a flop. The series followed the dating lives of six 30-somethings and hoped to be a replacement for “Friends” lovers. But, the series was removed from the NBC lineup after three episodes.
A sitcom centered around social media didn’t get any likes
Karen Gillan starred as Eliza on “Selfie”, a girl who was obsessed with her social media following. But when she realises that life online can be pretty lonely, she enlists the help of Henry (played by John Cho) who helps her put down her smartphone and make some real-world connections.
Although the premise of the show had all of the makings of an adorable rom-com, the 2014 ABC sitcom was canceled after six episodes due to low ratings.
“The Playboy Club” was not long for this world.
NBC’s “The Playboy Club” had everything working in its favour. Set in the 1960s, the crime drama starring Eddie Cibrian and Jenna Dewan centered on Hugh Hefner’s infamous Playboy Club in Chicago. The 2011 series was poised to ride the wave of “Mad Men’s” popularity.
But the low ratings for the premiere episode kept getting worse as the season went on, and the show was eventually canceled after three episodes.
A “Brady Bunch” spin-off did not take off.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the Brady kids when they were all grown up? NBC took a chance on a spin-off about the famous blended family with 1981’s “The Brady Brides.”
The series followed oldest Brady girls, Marcia (a fashion designer) and Jan (an architect, like Dad) from their double wedding to living together despite their husbands’ very different personalities. Although viewers loved watching Marcia and Jan’s sibling squabbles as kids, they were less interested in this series and “The Brady Brides” was canceled after 10 episodes.
Kelsey Grammer’s family sitcom failed in ABC’s Wednesday night block
“Hank” was in good company as part of ABC’s winning Wednesday night lineup alongside “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” and “Cougar Town.” But Kelsey Grammer could not save “Hank” from its terrible fate. ABC canceled the 2009 sitcom after five episodes.
The series centered around Grammer’s character, an executive who was downsized. As a result, he relocates his wife and two children from New York City to a small Virginia town to save money.
CBS had doubts about “Doubt”
Legal dramas like “Law & Order” and “JAG” were huge television hits. But after only two episodes, the folks at CBS decided that “Doubt,” should be scrapped from the schedule.
Despite an all-star cast including Katherine Heigl, Laverne Cox, Dule Hill, “Doubt” delivered poor ratings for the network, and came in last place among the network shows in its time slot.
This celebrity cop show was a flop
What happens when you send celebrities out on ride-alongs with cops? Apparently, not many people want to know. Erik Estrada, LaToya Jackson, and Jack Osbourne starred in “Armed and Famous,” a short-lived 2007 CBS reality series.
The series followed the stars as they trained with officers from the Muncie, Indiana police force and eventually allowed them to patrol the town. The first four episodes aired on CBS, and after poor ratings was moved to VH1 for the remainder of the season.
“What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” was not exactly a hit.
The E! docuseries “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” followed the swimmer as he drank, partied, and dated.
But apparently, the interest in what the swimmer was doing was not there and the series was canceled after eight episodes.
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