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A Look At Star Trek

Was Star Trek almost cancelled by NBC after its second season? Were the ratings really low? Did the network consider demographics? Find out.

The Good Life

Larry Hagman and Donna Mills starred in this NBC sitcom as a couple who quit their jobs to become servants for a wealthy family. It ran for 15 episodes during the 1971-1972 season.

Red Dwarf USA

NBC made two attempts to get Red Dwarf USA on the air. A full pilot was produced in 1992 followed by a partially recast presentation film but no series materialized.

Telemeter: Coin Operated TV

Telemeter was a coin-operated pay TV system that was tested in the 1950s in the United States and in Canada during the 1960s.

It’s A Man’s World

This 1962-63 NBC drama series about four young men living on a houseboat was widely praised by critics and attracted a small but loyal audience that fought in vain to keep it on the air.

NBC Saturdays, 1984-1985

Most of the new shows NBC tried on Saturday during the 1984-1985 season failed, including Partners in Crime, Double Trouble and Berrenger’s.

Cliffhangers: The Curse of Dracula

The Curse of Dracula starred Michael Nouri as Count Dracula. Carol Baxter and Stephen Johns co-starred as a duo hoping to find and kill Dracula.

Cliffhangers: The Secret Empire

The Secret Empire was set in 1880 and starred Geoffrey Scott as a U.S. Marshall who discovers a dangerous underground alien civilization.

Cliffhangers: Overview

Cliffhangers was an umbrella series consisting of three 20-minute serials: Stop Susan Williams, The Secret Empire, and The Curse of Dracula. It aired on NBC as a mid-season replacement from February to May 1979.

The Color Revolution: Television In The Sixties

The color revolution hit television in the mid-1960s and within a few years every single television show was being broadcast in glorious living color. NBC led the way but the other networks soon followed.

The Tab Hunter Show

Tab Hunter starred in this NBC sitcom, which aired during the 1960-1961 season, as the creator of a popular comic strip not-so-loosely based on his life as a carefree bachelor. It was part of NBC’s attempt to alter the way it programmed Sunday evenings. It didn’t work.

Accidental Family

Jerry Van Dyke and Lois Nettleton starred in this NBC sitcom about a widowed father and a divorced mother living together on a farm. It ran for 16 episodes during the 1967-1968 season.

Sons and Daughters

Just nine episodes of this drama were aired on CBS during the fall of 1974. Set in the mid-1950s, Glynnis O’Connor and Gary Frank starred as high school seniors falling in love.

Freedom

UPN only aired seven episodes of this action/adventure series during the 2000-2001 season. A total of 12 were produced and all of them aired internationally along with the original, unaired pilot.

W*A*L*T*E*R

“W*A*L*T*E*R” was an unsold CBS sitcom pilot starring Gary Burghoff in which Radar from M*A*S*H became a police officer. It aired in July 1984.

Together We Stand/Nothing Is Easy

Together We Stand started as a regular family sitcom starring Elliot Gould but was retooled as Nothing is Easy at mid-season with Gould departing. Neither version worked.

Home Free

Matthew Perry starred in this short-lived ABC sitcom from 1993 about a carefree twenty-something living with his mother and working as a reporter. Critics savaged it and viewers didn’t tune in.

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams starred Dan Haggerty as a man living on a mountain whose best friend was a bear. It ran from February 1977 to March 1978 on NBC.

It’s About Time

It’s About Time ran for one season on CBS from 1966 to 1967. Sherwood Schwartz created the sitcom, which starred Frank Aletter, Jack Mullaney, Imogene Coca, and Joe E. Ross.