The Americans aired for 17 episodes on NBC from January to May 1961. Darryl Hickman and Dick Davalos starred as brothers fighting on different sides during the Civil War. The two alternated as lead each week.
ABC yanked The Tammy Grimes Show off the air after just four episodes in September 1966. It was one of the quickest cancellations in television history. Tammy Grimes, Richard Sargent, and Hiram Sherman starred.
Singer Kyle MacDonnell was one of television’s first true stars, hosting several TV shows in the late 1940s and early 1950s. But her TV career was short-lived and little of her television work survives today.
Tom Irwin starred in this unique half-hour drama series as an elderly man in the year 2035 looking back on his life. ABC pulled after two episodes had aired but later burned off four others, leaving one unaired.
Richard Crenna starred in this CBS drama that was a critical darling when it premiered in September 1964. But viewers didn’t tune in. CBS surprisingly renewed the series only to cancel it a few weeks into the 1965-1966 season.
Susan Peters, paralyzed from the waist down in a 1945 hunting accident, starred in this daily, 15-minute soap opera that ran on NBC from March to December 1951. Peters played a young attorney. Little is known about the series and only two episodes are known to exist.
My World and Welcome To It was a critically acclaimed but short-lived sitcom based on the works of humorist James Thurber. It ran on NBC during the 1969-1970 season. William Windom starred.
June Havoc starred in this sitcom about a small town lawyer. It ran on CBS for 39 episodes during the 1954-1955 season.
Andy Griffith returned to TV with this CBS drama series in which he played the headmaster of a private school. Ratings were low so after just 14 episodes CBS revamped the series as The New Andy Griffith Show in January 1971.
During the summer of 1991, CBS aired six episodes of this unusual series that presented “lost” short films starring the fictional comedy duo of Chick Morton and Eddie Hayes.
ABC caused quite a stir in January 1966 when it added a fourth commercial to its new sitcom Batman. Affiliates fought back but the network remained firm.
TV in the U.S. wasn’t national until September 1951. Prior to that, TV was restricted regional relays and early networks in the east and midwest.
Critics hated this medical drama that ran on CBS for 24 episodes during the 1970-1971 season. Broderick Crawford starred alongside Stephen Brooks, Christopher Stone, Hal Frederick, Mike Farrell and Sandra Smith.
Alan Alda created this 1984 CBS sitcom that starred Jack Weston as a neurotic dentist who decided on a whim to move from Los Angeles to New York City. CBS put the series on hiatus only weeks after it debuted and ultimately cancelled it after just 13 episodes.
Otherworld was a short-lived sci-fi series that ran on CBS for 8 episodes in early 1985. It followed the adventures of the Sterling family, trapped on a parallel Earth and desperate to find their way home.
If you wanted to express your support or frustration with a TV show in the 1960s, one of the few ways to do it was by writing the networks. ABC, CBS, and NBC each maintained a mail department dedicated to dealing with viewer mail.
Renne Jarrett and John Fink starred in this sitcom as the daughter of the U.S. President who falls in love with a veterinarian. NBC aired 17 episodes during the 1970-1971 season.
A look at unsold pilots aired between 1967 and 1989 on shows like Comedy Playhouse, Just for Laughs, Comedy Time, and CBS Summer Playhouse.
A look at save our show campaigns for TV shows like Slattery’s People, Mr. I. Magination, It’s a Man’s World, East Side/West Side, and Mister Peepers.
The networks were forced to rework their Fall 1974 schedules after a court ruled that the FCC could not immediately relax the Prime Time Access Rule, and six sitcoms were pulled.