Category: Obscure TV Shows

These articles focus on a single forgotten or short-lived TV show. Each offers a detailed overview of the premise, cast and episodes with an emphasis on why it was cancelled as well as Nielsen ratings and reviews from TV critics.

Lucas Tanner

One season wonder Lucas Tanner (NBC, 1974-1975) starred David Hartman as a motivated high school teacher with a unique teaching style.

The Americans (1961)

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.

The Tammy Grimes Show

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.

My Life and Times

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.

Slattery’s People

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.

Miss Susan

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.