Friday, October 17, 2008

THE BEST OF BAD TV

On the heels of my TV Guide post earlier, I notice we have reached the point of the TV season where new shows are now either starting to be renewed for the full season or yanked off the air completely. So many shows get yanked off the air after three or four airings, and while I know that people talk about how these shows get "new life" online, the fact is they do not. The Internet is generally where TV shows go to DIE.

The Internet is also a good place to rescue long-deceased series from the graveyard. On that note I thought I would go deep into the YouTube vaults to look for old, obscure TV shows that were yanked off the air very early on in their runs.

THE JERRY LEWIS SHOW




Here's a clip I came across of The Jerry Lewis Show on ABC from 1963. This was supposed to be ABC's big attempt to compete with Ed Sullivan and these other variety shows on the other networks, but it crashed and burned and was gone faster than you can blink. Check it out -- it looks exactly like one of Jerry's telethons, which kind of explains why it flopped. (Jerry can't sing, either.)

THE TAMMY GRIMES SHOW




Here's clips here here and here from one of the most notorious sitcom flops in television history, The Tammy Grimes Show. It was on the air for only 4 weeks in 1966 and was cancelled because, well, it was so awful. Fun fact: the show featured Dick Sargent, who later replaced Dick York as Darrin on Bewitched.

THE UGLIEST GIRL IN TOWN




Here's the open to The Ugliest Girl in Town, which lasted until about mid-season. Here's the pilot episode. I think it's pretty obvious why this was cancelled. You could have called the show The Stupidest Show in Town.

I plan to keep on searching the YouTube vaults for more good stuff.

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