John Vivyan and Ross Martin starred in this adventure drama about a gambler, his friend and their floating casino located in international waters. Only then the casino angle was dropped because sponsors were concerned.
The Young Rebels starred Rick Ely, Alex Henteloff and Lou Gossett as young revolutionaries fighting the British in 1776. It ran on ABC for 15 episodes during the 1970-1971 season.
The networks started airing fall preview specials in the early 1960s, giving viewers the chance to preview their new and returning TV shows. Not every special aired nationally. Learn more about the history of the fall preview special in this article.
Star Trek: The Next Generation wasn’t the only show to premiere in syndication in the fall of 1987. So did Captain Power, You Can’t Take It With You, Bustin’ Loose, and The New Monkees.
More than a dozen ABC stars joined magician David Copperfield for “The Magic of ABC,” the network’s 1977-1978 fall preview special.
Mistakes on TV have been happening as long as TV has been around. Watch outtakes and bloopers from TV shows like M*A*S*H, Star Trek, The Waltons, and Mork & Mindy.
FOX aired 13 episodes of this drama series during the spring of 1990. It picked up where Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 movie, based on S.E. Hinton’s 1967 novel, left off.
A look at some of the most outlandish TV concepts ever, including Cop Rock, I Married Dora, The Ugliest Girl in Town, Mr. Smith, My Mother the Car, and Woops!
NBC stuck by this slapstick comedy for 26 episodes during the 1965-1966 season despite horrible reviews from critics. Arch Johnson, Dave Ketchum, Dave Madden, and Leonard Stone starred.
Heading into the 1990-1991 season NBC had high hopes for this sitcom, based on the popular 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Charlie Schlatter starred as scheming high school student Ferris with Jennifer Aniston as his older sister. Just 13 episodes were produced.
The Star Wars franchise has had a long association with network television, dating back to a September 1977 special on ABC. Also: the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.
CBS stuck by The Good Guys for one-and-a-half seasons from September 1968 to January 1970. Bob Denver, Herb Edelman, and Joyce Van Patten starred.
The Rebel starred Nick Adams as Johnny Yuma, a troubled man traveling the West helping people in need. It ran for two seasons on ABC from 1959 to 1961.
A spin-off of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., this one season wonder starred Stefanie Powers and Noel Harrison as secret agents. It ran on NBC during the 1966-1967 season.
Fall 1974 saw NBC premiere nine new shows, only three of which turned out to be flops: Born Free, Sierra, and Lucas Tanner.
Fall 1974 saw CBS premiere just five new shows, including four flops: Paul Sand in Friends & Lovers, Planet of the Apes, Sons and Daughters, and The Manhunter.
Fall 1974 saw ABC premiere 10 new shows, including flops like Nakia, Kodiak, The Texas Wheelers, The New Land, Paper Moon, and Get Christie Love!
The 1972 CBS fall season introduced some long-running hits–M*A*S*H and The Waltons–as well as some failures–The New Bill Cosby Show and The Sandy Duncan Show. The network’s jingle was “Have We Got a Fall for You.”
ABC had high hopes for its sci-fi epic Battlestar Galactica, which blasted off to high ratings but was cancelled after one season. The network then regretted its decision and tried to revive the series in the form of Galactica 1980.
The Ugliest Girl In Town is one of those infamous shows that really has to be seen to be believed. Peter Kastner starred in the 1968-1969 ABC sitcom about a man who pretends to be a woman so he can be with the woman he loves.