Television Obscurities

Thrills and Chills

Thrills and Chills was a long-running early TV series in New York City, on the air from August 1941 through June 1946. Host Doug Allan interviewed adventurers and explorers and presented films they had taken of their expeditions. Continue Reading →

The Texas Wheelers

Men Against Evil (Unsold Pilot)

Men Against Evil (Unsold Pilot)

This 1966 ABC pilot was planned as a twice-weekly serial focusing more on the personal lives of police officers than their jobs. It was drastically retooled and became The Felony Squad, a regular cop drama. Continue Reading →

The American Idea (Specials)

The American Idea (Specials)

Alan Landsburg Productions planned three specials about the history of the American people, to air under the umbrella title The American Idea. Only two ever did: “The Land” in March 1973 and “The Glory Road West” in July 1976. Continue Reading →

Struck By Lightning

Struck By Lightning

CBS yanked this sitcom from its schedule just weeks into the 1979-1980 season. Of the 13 episodes produced only three were aired. Jack Elam and Jeffrey Kramer starred. Continue Reading →

Television Obscurities

The Karen Valentine Show (Unsold Pilot)

This unsold sitcom pilot was the first of three attempts to get a sitcom starring Karen Valentine on the air. She would play a young woman working for the wacky owner of a public relations firm. The pilot aired in May 1973. Continue Reading →

Sierra

Sierra

Sierra was an hour-long adventure series that aired on NBC during the 1974-1975 season. It was the first cancellation of the season and ran for just 11 episodes. Continue Reading →

Television Obscurities

Fashion Discoveries on Television

Fashion Discoveries in Television was one of the earliest sponsored weekly TV series, premiering in September 1941. Although intended to air for 13 weeks on WNBT in New York City, ultimately only three episodes were broadcast. Continue Reading →

The Storefront Lawyers / Men at Law

Ruthie on the Telephone

Ruthie on the Telephone

This five-minute comedy series ran five or six nights a week between August 1949 and January 1950. It starred Ruth Gilbert as a woman in love with a man she had never met. The two would talk on the phone each night. Continue Reading →

Hollywood Special

Hollywood Special

ABC introduced Hollywood Special, network television’s second regularly scheduled weekly movie series, in April 1962. The first movie aired was Run Silent, Run Deep. Continue Reading →

Getting Together

Getting Together

Getting Together starred Bobby Sherman as an aspiring songwriter teamed with a talented lyricist. It ran for 14 episodes on ABC during the 1971-1972 season. Continue Reading →

CBS Playhouse

The Whistler

The Whistler

Based on the long-running radio series of the same name, this mystery anthology series was syndicated during the 1954-1955 season. Bill Forman narrated. Continue Reading →

Swingin' Together (Unsold Pilot)

100 Grand

100 Grand

The first prime time quiz show to premiere following the infamous quiz show scandals, 100 Grand was proclaimed “rig-proof” by ABC prior to its September 1963 premiere. It was also apparently uninteresting and was off the air after just three weeks. Continue Reading →

Television Obscurities

Mr. Terrific

Stephen Strimpell starred in this campy 1967 CBS sitcom about a gas station attendant who temporarily turns into a superhero after swallowing a Power Pill. Despite solid ratings, it was cancelled after just 17 episodes. Continue Reading →

Captain Nice

Captain Nice

William Daniels starred in this 1967 NBC sitcom about a meek chemist who temporarily transforms into bumbling superhero Captain Nice. It ran for just 15 episodes. Continue Reading →

Television Obscurities

PBL (Public Broadcast Laboratory)

PBL, or Public Broadcast Laboratory, ran on NET from 1967 to 1969. It was the first regularly scheduled public TV series to air nationwide and covered topics ranging from racism to insurance. Continue Reading →

T.H.E. Cat

T.H.E. Cat

Robert Loggia starred in T.H.E. Cat on NBC from 1966 to 1967 as cat burglar Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat. An overhaul at mid-season couldn’t keep the series from being cancelled after 26 episodes. Continue Reading →

87th Precinct

87th Precinct

Robert Lansing starred in 87th Precinct, an NBC crime drama that ran for 30 episodes during the 1961-1962 season. Gena Rowlands, Ron Harper, and Norman Fell co-starred. Continue Reading →

O.K. Crackerby!

O.K. Crackerby!

Burl Ives starred in this 1965-1966 ABC sitcom as the richest man in the world attempting to buy his way into high society. Hal Buckley co-starred. Just 17 episodes were aired. Continue Reading →

The Karen Valentine Program (Unsold Pilot)

San Francisco International Airport

To Rome with Love

To Rome with Love

John Forsthye starred in this CBS sitcom as a widower who moves to Rome with his three daughters. Critics were not impressed but it ran for two seasons from 1969 to 1971. Continue Reading →

Karen (1975)

Karen (1975)

Karen Valentine starred in this short-lived 1975 ABC sitcom as a lobbyist working in Washington, D.C. Just 13 episodes were aired. It was created by Gene Reynolds and Larry Gelbart. Continue Reading →

Second Chance/Boys Will Be Boys

The John Forsythe Show

The John Forsythe Show

The John Forsythe Show premiered in September 1965 on NBC. The sitcom starred Forsythe as a bachelor who inherits an elite all-girls school in California. A format switch mid-season didn’t help. It ran for just one season. Continue Reading →

Wild Cargo

Wild Cargo

Wild Cargo was a 1963 syndicated documentary series hosted by Arthur Jones. It featured wild animals as well as filmed hunting trips and expeditions to Africa and South America. Continue Reading →

Television Obscurities