Glory is a fan of 70s TV entertainment and enjoys writing about the popular and not so popular shows and TV movies of that decade.
Compiled here is a listing of 45 short-lived and possibly easily forgotten 70's television series. Offering up photos, trivia, plot lines, cast lists and more we can take a fond look back at shows that just didn't catch the viewing audience's attention for one reason or another: poorly cast, wrong time slot, unbelievable plot lines and more.
There are more 70s shows that fit into this category, but a page this size simply can't list them all. If you can think of one that does (and you probably can), feel free to write about it in the guestbook.
So, let's get started with our journey, shall we?
Adam's Rib was a situation comedy that began its run on ABC on September 14, 1973 and lasted until December 28, 1973. It starred Ken Howard as Adam Bonner and Blythe Danner was his wife, Amanda. The show was based on the classic big screen film of the same name that starred Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. Keeping theme with the movie, the TV show had Adam as an assistant D.A. and his wife as a partner in a law firm whose jobs often pitted them against each other. Of course, this didn't stop in the court room, they were often on opposite sides of issues in their home life, too.
Dena Dietrich who was famous for her Chiffon/Mother Nature commercials of the 70's was Amanda's secretary. Handsome Edward Winter was Kip Kipple, Amanda's law firm partner. Ron Rifkin was Assistant D.A. Roy Mendelsohn and Norman Bartold was District Attorney Donahue and these two were always the good old boys on Adam's side of the things.
Both Ken Howard and Blythe Danner were successful stage actors before taking their roles on the series. Ken won an Tony in 1970 for his work in Child's Play. Blyth is a two time Tony winner, first in 1968 for The Miser and in 1970 for Butterflies Are Free.
The American Girls
The American Girls was labeled an adventure drama series and it aired on CBS beginning September 23, 1978 and lasting until November 10, 1978.
Priscilla Barnes was Rebecca Tomkins and Debra Clinger was Amy Waddell, two beautiful reporters who worked for The American Report a TV news program. Rebecca was the more experienced reporter, a city girl who was witty, sexy and sophisticated, while Amy, a small town girl, was fresh out of college and had a lot to learn. The pair traveled all over the country in a van that was equipped with the latest technology that allowed them to report stories even from the most remote of locations. David Spielberg was their producer, Francis X. Casey and the news programs anchor/host was Jason Cook played by William Prince.
It was in a 9-10 pm time slot up against ABC's ratings winner The Love Boat , so it's easy to see why it didn't seem to have much of a chance.
A bit of trivia for you: Debra did a stint on Saturday morning TV as Super Chic on The Kroftt Supershow from 1977. She was part of the singing group who hosted the show, Kaptain Kool and the Kongs.
Bearcats! ran on CBS for one season beginning on September 16, 1971 and ending on December 30, 1971. This action adventure show was set in 1914 and concerned the adventures of Johnny Reach (Dennis Cole) and Hank Brackett (Rod Taylor) who traveled around the American Southwest in a Stutz Bearcat. The guys were mercenaries of sorts, taking on a variety of dangerous jobs for rich clients and their fee was determined at the end of their missions. The more dangerous the job the more it would cost. How else would the guys pay for their Bearcat!
Despite the fact that CBS hyped this show highly, it was up against the highly popular Flip Wilson Show on NBC and ABC's popular Alias Smith and Jones . I don't know, maybe a better name for the series would have helped, too?
The Andros Targets
The Andros Targets began life on CBS on January 31, 1977 to lasted until July 9, 1977. James Sutorius was Mike Andros, a newspaper reporter for the The New York Forum who focused much of his attention on seeking to expose corruption in the big city that had a tendency to be hushed up by the powers that be. He was helped in his fight against corruption by his sidekick and assistant, Sandi Farrell (Pamela Reed). Also starred Roy Poole, Alan Mixon, Ted Beniades, and Jordan Charney.
It couldn't find an audience and many critics said it was an unrealistic portrayal of an investigative reporter. The series was based on real life reporter Nicholas Gage.
Another Day was a comedy that aired beginning on April 8, 1978 and lasted until April 29, 1978. It starred David Groh as Don Gardner, a young businessman who was just getting by financially. His wife, Ginny as played by Joan Hackett was working to help ease the financial burden.
Adding to the family struggles were two kids, son Mark played by Al Eisenmann and daughter, Kelly played by Lisa Lindgren. Rounding out the cast was Hope Summers as Olive Gardner who was the typical complaining mother-in-law who lived with the family.
Groh didn't want to do another comedy series so fresh after getting out of the series Rhoda. He was really looking for a gritty, realistic dramatic series, but CBS told him that viewers weren't into that kind of series at the time and apparently audiences also weren't into this kind of comedy as it was canceled after only four episodes.
This Aaron Spelling police drama aired on ABC for 13 episodes starting on January 17, 1974 and ending April 11, 1974.
Officers Don Burdick (Jim McMullan ) and Gil Foley (Dirk Benedict) were chopper pilots who were the eye in the sky for officers on the ground chasing after the bad guys. It almost makes you think of the 80's series, Blue Thunder or Air Wolf only their helicopter wasn't all tricked out with the latest technology.
Some critics likened the show to Adam 12 with rotary blades. Each half hour episode cost about $140,000 to produced (the average hour long show at that time cost about $90,000 to produce) and what caused the high price tag was that two choppers and two pilots were needed in order to get all of that aerial action on film. Even the directory was given stunt pay wages as he had to fly in the chopper to direct the scenes.
David Cassidy: Man Undercover
David Cassidy: Man Undercover was a spin off series from a two hour Police Story movie. The movie was highly rated and earned David an Emmy nomination.
NBC thought that maybe David was ready for a new series since he hadn't worked on TV since The Partridge Family. David played David Shay, a young married undercover cop. It started on in November of 1978, lasted for 10 episodes before being canceled.
It co-starred Simon Oakland, who you may recall played much harried newspaper editor Tony Vincenzo on Kolchak; The Night Stalker series with Darrin McGavin which was another great 70's show that didn't last as long as it should have!
Critics weren't kind to David or the show. Most just saw it as an attempt for David to revive his career which slumped, according to the critics, after The Partridge Family (they didn't like that show, either) ended.
David willingly took time off (three years) from the world of music and acting after The Partridge Family ended.
One critic likened the theme song to the series as performed by David (he also wrote it) as a "cross between "Feelings and the mating cry of a Siberian newt."
This medical drama series aired on ABC from January 23, 1974 until August 14, 1974.
Handsome James Franciscus was Dr. Benjamin Elliott, a successful New York City doctor who decided to drop out of the big city rat race and take on a new job as a doctor in Gideon, Colorado. Most of his house calls had to be made via plane or four wheel drive vehicles as his practice covered over 600 square miles.
Neva Patterson was Mags Brimble the widow of the former town's doctor who became Elliott's helper. Noah Beery was Barney Weeks the owner of the town's general store and Bo Hopkins as Elred McCoy a bush pilot.
James went through medical drills in that he learned how to handle a medical bag, how to use instruments, how to give shots just so it would look like it was second nature to him (after all, he was playing a doctor!).
The show's focus wasn't really about medicine, it was about people and their struggles.
This was the fifth series for James and lasted for 14 episodes before being canceled. It has yet to be released on DVD.
Dog and Cat
Dog and Cat was a police drama that aired on ABC beginning March 5, 1977 and managed to last until May 14, 1977.
A young Kim Basinger as Officer J.Z. Kane a rookie cop who was partnered with long time police veteran Det. Sgt. Jack Ramsey ( Lou Antonio). This was a light-hearted look at police work and also starred Matt Clark as Lt. Arthur Kipling.
Kane and Ramsey tool around in Kane's 1966 VW Bug that has a Porsche 9-12 engine in it.
"Dog and cat" is a slang term that is used to denote a male/female partnership. The series lasted for just six episodes before being canceled.
Firehouse was an adventure/drama series that aired on ABC beginning on January 17, 1974 and lasting until August 1, 1974.
James Drury was Capt. Spike Ryerson an older firefighter who was a mentor and father figure to the other younger members of Engine Co. 23. Richard Jaeckel was Hank Myers, Michael Delano was Sonny Caputo, Brad David was Billy Dalzell.
The series was inspired by a best selling book, "Report from Engine Co. 28", written by a veteran firefighter.
Flatbush attempted to be a comedy series and it aired on CBS beginning on February 26, 1979 and lasted until March 12, 1979. The show followed the adventures of five high school graduates who lived in the middle class neighborhood of Flatbush in New York. Together, the five formed the Flatbush Fungos gang and they would roam their neighborhood looking for fun and excitement.
Joseph Cali was Presto, a cab driver. Adrian Zmed was Socks, the fashion plate of the group who worked at a local clothing store. Sandy Helberg was Figgy, who worked as a grocery store delivery person. Randy Stumpf was Joey, who worked as an apprentice plumber during the day and went to night school pursuing a law degree. Vincent Bufano was Turtle who worked at his family's restaurant.
This show was not well received, especially by the real life president of Flatbush who demanded that it be taken off the air because of it's insulting use of stereotypes. I can't say for sure if CBS took his concerns seriously or not, but the show was canceled after airing only three episodes.
Flying High was an adventure show that first took flight on CBS September 29, 1978 and lasted until January 23, 1979. It made it for one season, with 19 episodes filmed, but only 15 actually aired.
Pat Clouse was Marcy Bowers ,Connie Selleca was Lisa Benton and Kathryn Witt was Pam Bellagio. These three beautiful ladies had just recently graduated from flight stewardess school and were now working for Sunwest Airlines. The show focused on their adventures on the job and occasionally we got a glimpse into their private lives.
Howard Platt, as Captain Doug March was the pilot who considered himself a ladies man, but never was able to make too much of a romantic impression on the ladies. Ken Olfson was Raymond Strickland, the passenger relations agent who worked on the ground crew in Los Angeles where Sunwest Airlines was based.
Ben Murphy as Gemini Man
The series was first broadcast on September 23, 1976 and lasted until October 28, 1976 before being canceled.
Ben Murphy was Sam Casey a secret agent who worked for a government organization called INTERSECT. While diving on one mission, Sam was contaminated with radiation from an underwater explosion which rendered him invisible. It was only through the dedicated scientists at INTERSECT that Sam was able to turn visible again, using a special watch they created. By turning the watch off, Sam could go invisible but if he stayed that way for more than 15 minutes in any 24 hour period, he would die.
Gemini Man was actually a revamp on the David McCallum series, The Invisible Man, that had aired the year before. Leslie Stevens who had created such classic shows as The Outer Limits and had written episodes of McCloud and It Takes a Thief was called into make the show into something that could be sustainable week after week. Gone was the permanent invisibility, Casey could turn his off and on at will. Casey was a swashbuckler, a hero, whereas, Weston (McCallum's character) was a dour scientist who was on the run from just about everyone.
Get Christie Love
Inspired by a TV movie, this series was very short lived and was TV's attempt at the blaxploitation genre that seemed so popular for big screen movies. It is also significant because it is the second prime time show that had a black female in a lead role (the first being Diahann Carrol in Julia 1968-1971).
Pretty Teresa Graves, was Det. Christie Love, a tough as nails African American undercover cop who worked for the Special Investigations Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. Michael Pataki was Sgt. Pete Gallagher, her partner. Her first boss was Lt. Matt Reardon played by Charles Cioffi and later in the show he was replaced by Jack Kelly as Captain Arthur Ryan.
Cicely Tyson was scheduled to play the role of Christie Love, but when her movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman ran over schedule, they called in Teresa. There was some speculation that Cicely had changed her mind about the role of Christie Love because of her work in the Pittman movie. She didn't want to dilute the impact and importance of that film but doing Christie Love.
The series has never been released onto DVD, but the TV movie has.
Also worth mentioning is that Teresa had a lovely singing voice and began her career in the entertainment field as a member of the group the Doodletown Pipers.
Sadly, Teresa died in 2002 at age 54, from injuries sustained in a house fire.
Does anyone else think that Teresa looked like Whitney Houston?
Gibbsville was a drama set in 1940s Pennsylvania. Jim Malloy (John Savage) was a cub reporter at the Gibbsville Courier. He is partnered with veteran reporter, Ray Whitehead (Gig Young) , who had moved onto bigger and better things, but is now back at the Courier trying to salvage his career after losing a bout with the bottle.
This NBC series started on November 11, 1976 and finished December 30, 1976. The characters for this series were based on author John O'Hara's writings.
Gibbsville is actually based on Pottsville, PA, where author John O'Hara grew up.
Frank D. Gilroy, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright wrote and directed the television movie that acted as the pilot for this series.
Thirteen episodes of the series were produced but only six made it onto the air.
Whitman Mayo as Grady
Grady was a spin off from the successful sitcom Sandford and Son. It began its run on NBC December 4, 1975 and lasted until March 4, 1976.
Whitman Mayo who had starred as starred as Grady Wilson, one of Fred Sanford's neighbors and friends on Sanford and Son, now had moved to Watts, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, so he could spend more time with his daughter, Ellie (Carol Cole) and her family.
When Redd Foxx walked out on the series Sanford and Son, instead of shutting down production, the producers gave Grady (Whitman Mayo) the opportunity to step into the limelight while Foxx was gone. He did so well filling in for Foxx (much to Foxx's dismay) that he was offered his own series.
Highcliffe Manor aired on NBC from April 12, 1979 to May 3, 1979 and was meant to be a spoof of the old Gothic horror tales.
Helen Black (Shelley Fabares) was a recently widowed lady who has inherited a huge stone mansion that sits on a cliff off the coast of Massachusetts. It was the home of a "think tank" of sorts, populated with a wide assortment of strange characters. They all want to get rid of Helen so they can get on with their plans of cloning all the world leaders.
Also starred Audrey Landers, Jenny O'Hara, Ernie Hudson, Stephen McHattie.
Many critics complained about the laugh track. NBC ordered six episodes but only 3 aired.
Holmes and Yoyo
Holmes and Yoyo was a comedy series that began its run on ABC September 25, 1976 and lasted until December 11, 1976. Richard B. Shull was Det. Alexander Holmes an accident prone police officer who always managed to send every partner he ever had to the hospital. The police department then decided to try out a new robotic police officer in the guise of Det. Gregory "Yoyo" Yonovich (John Schuck) as Holme's partner. Only a few knew that Yoyo was a robot, as he was very life like. One of the running gags on the show was having Officer Maxine Moon as played by Andrea Howard, making passes at Yoyo with very little success.
This has made many lists as being one of the worst TV series ever produced.
It was schedule against the successful series The Jeffersons on CBS and the first half of Emergency on NBC.
Producers and network executives hoped it would pull viewers, especially children, away from its competition because of the slapstick silliness of the show.
Schuck was pulling double duty, playing on the successful detective series McMillan and Wife while working on this series.
The Immortal, based on the 1964 novel, The Immortals by James Gunn, began its life as a successful made for television movie that aired as a ABC Movie of the Week on September 30, 1969. The series began on September 24, 1970 and lasted until January 14, 1971.
Handsome race car driver Ben Richards (Christopher George) looks 25 but is really 42 and that is thanks to his special blood which makes him immune to aging and disease. His problem started when he donated blood to save the life of aging millionaire Jordan Braddock (Barry Sullivan) who decided to imprison Richards so he can use him as his own personal fountain of youth. Richards managed to escape, but had to spend his time trying to stay one step ahead of a bounty hunter hired to bring him back into the wealthy man's clutches.
Once a series, the character of Braddock was phased out and viewers were introduced to another wealthy man just as evil, Arthur Maitland played by David Brian. The series never came to a successful conclusion before being canceled.
Sadly, Christopher died of a heart attack at age 54 (some sources list 52) on November 28, 1983.
In The Beginning
This very short-lived and easily forgotten McLean Stevenson series that aired on CBS from September 20 1978 to October 18, 1978.
It was an update of sorts of the classic 1944 film Going My Way that starred Bing Crosby. Stevenson was conservative priest, Father Cleary, who always found himself at odds with Sister Agnes (Priscilla Lopez), who was very liberal in her attitude toward sinners. The comedy was their interactions with each other and the multitude of characters that came into the mission in Baltimore.
There were nine episodes filmed, but only five were broadcast. This was Stevenson's second attempt at a series since leaving M.A.S.H with the first being another short-lived venture called The McLean Stevenson Show.
After the series cancellation Stevenson wanted to go on a bit of a personal hiatus but was coaxed by Norman Lear to start work on a new short-lived series Hello Larry.
Stevenson claimed he never regretted leaving the series M*A*S*H, because it was just time for him to find other opportunities.
Karen Valentine in Karen
Karen was a mid season comedy replacement series starring Karen Valentine that began it's run on ABC on January 30, 1975 and lasted until June 19, 1975.
Karen was Karen Angelo, a single woman who worked at an organization in Washington, D.C. called "Open America", that spent it's time seeking out and exposing crooked politicians and doing lobbying work for citizen's concerns.
Denver Pyle who would go on to work in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams and The Dukes of Hazzard, starred in the pilot , but his character would be taken over by actor Charles Lane in the remaining episodes.
Also starring Dene Dietrich, Aldine King, Alix Elias, Will Seltzer and Oliver Clark.
Lanigan's Rabbi was based upon the mystery novels of Harry Kemelman and this short lived 1977 series starred Art Carney as Police Chief Paul Lanigan who along with his best friend, Rabbi David Small (Bruce Solomon) investigate and solve crimes in a small California town.
The series was broadcast on a rotating basis on NBC's Sunday Mystery Movie that also boasted episodes of McMillian and Wife, Columbo and McCloud. Only four episodes of this particular series managed to be shown before NBC canceled the Sunday Mystery Movie.
In the pilot movie for the series, our Rabbi was played by Stuart Margolin who couldn't continue with the series because of scheduling conflicts. Bruce Solomon, was then cast to fill the role. You may recall had a role on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and his character ran away with Mary.
This 14 episode CBS series ran from September 16, 1977 to January 7, 1978 and is based on the feature film of the same name.
The world has been ravaged by nuclear war. The survivors live in a domed city where all their needs are met. It sounds like paradise, but the catch is, no one can live beyond the age of 30 because of the limited space and supplies. When it's time for termination, you can either take part in the "carousel" (the execution process) or you can be like some who become "runners" and who seek to find safety in the "Sanctuary" that exists beyond the walls of the city. That sounds easier said than done, because runners are pursued every step of the way by "Sandmen" (police assassins).
Logan (Gregory Harrison) a Sandman, begins to question the system and meets Jessica,(Heather Menzies) a woman soon destined for termination. Together they decide to try for the Sanctuary and spend the series being pursued by another Sandman determined to stop them from getting out of the city.
The series is on DVD having been released in 2012.
Kevin Brophy as Lucan
Lucan was an adventure drama series that began its run on ABC on December 26, 1977 and lasted until December 4, 1978 and lasted for eleven episodes. It began its life as a successful made for television movie.
Kevin Brophy was Lucan a young man who had spent the first 10 years of his life out in the wild being raised by wolves. He was rescued by kindly Dr. Hoagland (John Randolph) who took him under his wing and over the course of the next 10 years, spent his time teaching Lucan the ways of civilized society When a fire at the lab of Hoagland's takes the life of one man, Lucan is blamed for the death. He takes to the road, not just running from a cop known as Prentiss (Don Gordon), but also to seek out his real identity and to find his parents.
Living in the wild for the first years of his life, did have some advantages, he was able to use the skills learned from the wolf pack in order to evade his pursuer, Prentis and anyone else who was a threat to him.
Lucas Tanner was a drama that began its run on NBC September 11, 1974 and ended on August 20, 1975 with 22 episodes.
David Hartman was Lucas Tanner, a successful baseball player and sportswriter who gives up both when his wife and son are killed in an accident. He decides he wants to start a new chapter in his life, so he moves to St. Louis and gets a job as a teacher at Harry S. Truman Memorial High School. He has a hands on, friendly approachable style that makes him a popular teacher with his students, but not so popular with his fellow teachers who like the old school method of teaching.
Robbie Rist played Glendon Farrell, a little boy who lived near Tanner and would come over just to talk.
The Manhunter was a detective drama began its run on September 11, 1974 on CBS and lasted until April 9, 1975. It starred Ken Howard as Dave Barrett an ex marine who lost his best friend during a bank robbery.
Set during the depression years of the 1930s we watched as Dave gave up his farm life to take on the role of a private detective with a mission; he was going to arrest as many gangsters as he could. His mission took him all over the country.
Also starred Hilary Thompson as Lizabeth his sister Lizabeth, Ford Rainey as his father James, and Claudia Bryar as his mother Mary.
The series was up against the popular ABC series Get Christie Love and NBC's Petrocelli.
Notable Guest Stars: Greg Morris, Claudia Jennings, Sam Elliot, Mark Hamil, Monte Markham, Denver Pyle, Joan Van Ark.
Mobile One was an adventure series that began its run on ABC September 12, 1975 and lasted until December 29, 1975. Jackie Cooper was Peter Campbell a veteran news reporter who covered news from his mobile news unit called KONE which was new technology at the time. Julie Gregg was Maggie Spencer, his producer and handsome Mark Wheeler was Doug McKnight, the cameraman rounded out this cast.
Mulligan's Stew was a comedy drama series that began its run in October of 1977 and lasted until December of 1977.
Lawrence Pressman was Michael Mulligan a high school teacher/football coach who was married to Jane, played by Elinor Donahue. They had three children of their own and suddenly found themselves having to take in Michael' sisters four children when she and her husband are killed. The Mulligan children and their new adopted siblings have a tough time adjusting to each other as each family raised their children with different values and morals.
The differences of the children and their interactions and troubles that came about because of these differences is what producers hoped would provide the comedic and dramatic elements.
Nashville 99 aired on CBS from April 1 to April 22, 1977. It was a replacement series for The Sonny and Cher Show that had been pulled from the schedule.
The series was really more of a vehicle for Claude Akins who played Lt. Stonewall Jackson whose badge number was 99. Jerry was Detective Trace Mayne whose character offered up the comedic relief as well as the musical interludes.
There were only four episodes filmed and it was never picked up as a regular series.
Chet Atkins, Ned Beatty, Pat Hingle, Don Johnson, Johnny Paycheck, Jeannine Riley, Ray Stevens, Mel Tillis, and Tammy Wynette made guest appearances on the four episodes.
The New Land
The New Land was an adventure series that began its run on ABC September 14, 1974 and lasted until October 19, 1974. Based on the feature film The New Land (also called The Emigrants) that starred Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman.
Swiss immigrants to the US, Anna Larsen (Bonnie Bedelia) and her husband Christain (Scott Thomas) were trying to build a life together with their children in the wilderness near Solna, Minnesota.
The show lasted for six weeks, airing 6 of the 13 episodes before getting hit with the cancellation axe.
The Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail aired on NBC from September 21, 1977 to November 30, 1977 and starred Rod Taylor as Evan Thorpe, a widower, who decided to pack up his kids, Andrew (Andrew Stevens), William (Tony Becker) and Rachel (Gina Smika Hunter) and head for a better life in the Oregon Territory. Joining a wagon train, he finds himself the captain when then original leader proves to be unfit for the job.
Fellow traveler, Margaret Devlin (Darlene Carr) was the romantic interest Evan on this trip. Luther Spraque (Charles Napier) was a hardened scout who had no patience for the "citified" folks traveling on the Oregon Trail.
Notable guest stars: Claude Akins, Bill Bixby (who directed 2 episodes), William Shatner, Stella Stevens, and Robert Pine.
The complete series was released onto DVD in 2010.
James Earl Jones as Paris
Paris was a police drama began its run on CBS on September 29, 1979 and ended on January 15, 1980 with James Earl Jones as Woody Paris a police captain who also taught a course in criminology at a local college. Paris was the head of a special Metro Squad that was designed to work on solving the really tough cases. Lee Chamberlain was Woody's understanding and supportive wife, Barbara. Hank Garrett was Deputy Chief Jerome Bench who was Paris' boss. Working with Paris were four young police officers, Stacey Erickson as played by Cecilia Hart, Charlie Bogart as played by Jake Mitchell, Willie Miller as played by Mike Warren and Ernie Villas portrayed by Frank Ramirez.
Project UFO aired on NBC from February 19, 1978 to August 30, 1979. The series was created by Jack Webb of Dragnet fame and based on the real life program started by the United States Air Force in an attempt to explain away UFO sightings and encounters. While most of their investigations proved that in most instances the sightings were either faked or cases of mistaken identity, there were about 30% that could not be satisfactorily explained. It is these cases that the show dramatized.
The series was produced by Colonel William T. Coleman who was the real life head of Project Bluebook. Even though this show lasted for two seasons, beginning in 1978, lots of folks seem to have forgotten about it.
During the first season, the two investigating Air Force Officers were Major Jake Gatlin (William Jordan) and Staff Sgt. Harry Fitz (Caskey Swain). In the second season, Jordan was replaced by Edward Winter as Captain Ben Ryan.
Roll Out began its life on CBS October 3, 1973 and ended on January 4, 1974. The setting was World War II and we got to watch the exploits of the men of the 5050th Trucking Company. The series was based on the film Red Ball Express from 1952.
Stu Gilliam played Cpl. Sweet Williams, one of the drivers for the unit that specialized in getting supplies to the soldiers at the front line. Hilly Hicks was co driver Pfc. Jed Brooks. The unit was commanded by Capt. Rocco Cavalli as played by Val Bisoglio. Mel Stewart was career military man, Sgt. B.J. Bryant.
When the men weren't delivering supplies, they found their fun at a nightclub near their base which was run by Madame Dalacort as played by Penny Santon.
This series was actually based on a real transportation unit that existed during WW2.
Gary Collins in The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense not to be confused with the big screen Bruce Willis movie of the same name starred Gary Collins as Dr. Michael Rhodes, a parapsychologist, who worked at a major university. This ABC series started on January 15, 1972 and lasted until December 23, 1972 with a total of 25 episodes.
Each week we were treated to stories about ghosts or ESP and how the good Dr. worked to solve mysteries that centered around these events. It was a popular enough series that it could draw some popular stars of the day to do guest spots, folks like Lee Majors, Stephanie Powers, June Allyson, Joan Crawford, Mariette Hartley, Steve Forrest, to just name a few.
It has never been released onto DVD but has been shown in syndication with Rod Serling's Night Gallery . Both shows were highly (and badly) edited going from each a 60 minute show to 30 minutes for this venture.
The Snoop Sisters
The Snoop Sisters starred Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick as elderly sisters who had a knack for running across mysteries. The series lasted for only four 90 minute episodes and was inspired by of all things, an ABC TV movie Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate from 1971 which starred Hayes and Natwick in different roles.
The series, starting in 1972 and ending in 1974, was part of the NBC Mystery Movie and was shown on a rotating basis, sharing it's time slot with Banacek, Tenafly and Faraday and Company.
The series also made quite a bit of stir when they had as a guest star popular 70s rock star Alice Cooper in an episodes titled The Devil Made Me Do It. Alice's character was called Prince.
Released onto DVD should you wish to watch it again or for the first time!
Struck By Lightning
Struck By Lightning was a very short lived series that aired on CBS from September 19, 1979 to October 3, 1979. A grand total of three episodes aired before being pulled from the schedule. Eleven episodes had been filmed, and eventually they did run the entire series in England in 1980.
What happens when science teacher Ted Stein (Jeffrey Kramer) discovers that he has inherited the run down Victorian Brightwater Inn. Well, he decides to sell it, that is until he discovers that the handyman, Frank, is really Frankenstein's creature. Frank is a little scary to look at, but in in fact he is kind, sweet and a little bit clumsy. Also starred Mille Slaving, Bill Erwin, Richard Stahl and Jeff Cotler.
This 60 minute comedy drama aired on NBC for just 9 episodes beginning on February 7, 1979 and ending on May 5, 1979. It has the distinction of being one of the most expensive television flops of all time with the set costing $2-million dollars.
Supertrain was a high speed nuclear powered train that would zoom between New York and Los Angeles in 36 hours. It had all the comforts of home; a pool, shopping center, a restaurant. It was the Love Boat on rails and each week a guest star or two would have some sort of problem to work through before the end of the episode.
In 2002, TV Guide came up with their list of the 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time and Supertrain ranked #28.
It starred Edward Andrews as Harry Flood, Harrison Page as George Boone, Robert Alda as Dr. Dan Lewis, Patrick Collins as Dave Noonan, Nita Talbot as Rose Casey, Aarika Wells as Gilda, Bill Nuckols as Wally, Michael Delano as Lou Atkins, and Charles Brill as Robert.
Dack Rambo in Sword of Justice
Sword of Justice aired on NBC from September 10, 1978 to July 11, 1979 and starred Dack Rambo as Jack Martin Cole, a rich playboy who was sent go prison on false embezzlement charge. While in prison he learns all the tricks of the trade such as how to pick lock, tap phones, crack safes and more. When he is released he becomes and avenger, going after white collar criminals like the ones who framed him. He always left a calling card, the 3 card from an ordinary deck of cards.
The series lasted for nine episodes and costarred Bert Rosario and Alex Courtney and had yet to be released onto DVD.
Three for the Road
The drama series ran on CBS from September 14, 1974 to November 30, 1975 and starred Alex Rocco as Pete Karras, a free lance photographer, who after his wife's death, sells the family home, buys and RV and travels the country with his two sons, John (Vincent Van Patten) and Eddie (Leif Garrett).
Each week the trio met all kinds of average, every day kind of people on their travels and would some how get mixed up in their lives. The show lasted for one season, with 13 episodes filmed, but only 11 ever being aired.
Even though the series was short-lived, both Van Patten and Garrett became 70s male teen idols.
Folks like Larry Hagman, Stephanie Powers, Dean Stockwell, Tim Matheson and Christopher Stone did guest stints.
The Texas Wheelers
This ABC comedy aired from September 13, 1974 to July 24, 1975.
Character actor Jack Elam starred as Zack Wheeler, a lovable lay-about father who found himself saddled with taking care of his four children, Truckie (Gary Busey), Boo (Karen Obedlear), Doobie (Mark Hamill) and T.J (Tony Becker) after their mother dies.
There were 8 episodes filmed, but only four managed to air before the series was canceled as it was scheduled opposite NBC's The Rockford Files.
Dick Van Dyke in Dick Van Dyke and Company
Emmy award winning actor Dick Van Dyke came back to episodic TV with his series Van Dyke and Company which was really a variety series (which seemed to be all the rage in the 70's) that included singing, dancing and of course, comedy sketches.
The show lasted for just 12 episodes and was up against some already well established and popular shows like The Waltons on CBS , Welcome Back Kotter and Barney Miller on ABC.
Big name guest stars like Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Hal Linden to just name a few guest starred each week to help Dick with his hilarious madness.
Also, showing up were big name musical stars like John Denver, KC and the Sunshine Band, Bobbie Gentry and more.
It is also of note that fans of Andy Kaufman would have a regular occurring role on the show.
We've Got Each Other
We've Got Each Other began its life on CBS on October 1, 1977 and lasted until January 14, 1978. It starred Oliver Clark as Stuart Hibbard and Beverly Arches as his wife, Judy.
Stuart worked out of his home for a catalog company, "Herman Gutman Mail Order Catalogs". Judy worked as the office manager for photographer Damon Jerome (Tom Poston) who was a great photographer, but very absent-minded when it came to other areas of the business. Judy's nemesis was highly self centered model, Dee Dee Baldwin played by Joan Van Ark. Stuart's nemesis was next door neighbor Ken Redford as played by Martin Kove.
Many critics felt the show was weak despite coming from the same folks who brought us the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Who's Watching the Kids
This 1979 sitcom ran on NBC for 11 episodes and starred Caren Kaye and Linda Goodfriend as Stacy Turner and Angie Vitola, two friends who are living their dreams by sharing an apartment together and working in a Las Vegas bar the Club Sand Pile.
The comedy in this show was provided by the fact that each girl was the guardian to a younger sibling, Stacy had her 9 year old kid sister, Melissa (Tammy Lauren) and Stacy had her 15 year old brother, Frankie played by teen heart throb Scott Baio. Both of these kids were forever coming up with ideas to get them and everyone around them into trouble. Frankie liked to think of himself as a ladies man and often tried to find ways to spend time with the other attractive women who worked at the club.
Larry Breeding was next door neighbor Larry Parnell, a journalist who would often act a a babysitter for the kids. Breeding was an up and coming star, he had work in this series, but in 1979 he took another role in the sitcom The Last Resort which lasted for 15 episodes before being cancelled. He would go on to make appearances in other shows but sadly, he was killed in a car accident on September 28, 1982 at age 36.
Who's Watching the Kids was cancelled after 11 episodes and both Scott and Lynda went back to Happy Days as both had roles on that show, Lynda's character would eventually become Ritchie Cunningham's wife. Scott of course played Chachi who would get a spin off from the show in the form of Joanie Loves Chachi in 1982.
A Year at the Top
A Year at the Top aired on CBS from August 5, 1977 to September 2, 1977 and starred Greg Evigan and Paul Shafter as two struggling singer/musicians who make a deal with the devil's son, Frederick J. Hanover (Gabriel Dell) to have a year of success. The show aired for five episodes and co starred Nedra Volz, Priscilla Morrill, and Julie Cobb. Mickey Rooney starred in the pilot episode only.
Evigan would go onto to work in the popular series BJ and the Bear. Shaffer would go on to find fame as bandleader and side kick to David Letterman.
© 2011 Glory Miller
70s Short-Lived Television Series Guestbook
Robert Sacchi on September 11, 2020:
Maria: Could the show be "Hardball" (1994)?
Maria on September 10, 2020:
I'm trying to find out the name of 1970s tv show about a baseball team. The show always takes place in the locker room and one of the players is always sitting in a galvanized tub. This show didn't last very long....but I'm trying to find out the name of that tv show. Hopefully somebody knows wha show I'm talking about!!!
LMS on September 06, 2020:
I watched a strange show in the late 1960s or early 1970s. It was along the theme of dark shadows to an extent. As I recall, the husband may have been a warlock, the butler was a zombie and the wife had been resurrected. It seemed there was an older woman. It was pretty bad, reminded me of an Ed Wood production. But, I love watching old shows like that.
Tammy post on August 19, 2020:
70s crime Tv show. Solved crimes in a van with a robot, informer. One episode was in front of a court house. Hot guy also..lol
Krisse Lively on August 17, 2020:
Does anyone remember a short-lived Hospital comety TV show with a character named "Mrs. Phipps, the Gray Lady"? She was a sweet, but ditsy book mobile lady at a hospital...?
eydie on August 02, 2020:
I am trying to think of the name of a short-lived 70s sitcom that took place in a prison. Cell Block something, maybe? Someone help!
Cheryl on July 11, 2020:
Dose anyone remember the name of a show from the late 70's . It may have been a mini-series even. It was about aliens that look just like us they came from a different planet. Their plane had died. They lived in suburbs .The children went to school I can remember in one of the episodes that the children drew a picture of their home planet the grass and the trees were different colors like purple.and the teacher was questioning the kid why they use those kind of colors and that's what the child the explain.
Recovering Memories on June 02, 2020:
I'm trying to remember the name of a very short lived sit com. It came out around the bicentennial. Had two episodes, went away (olympics?), came back with same two episodes. It was about Colonial life or Pilgrims.
BobJ on May 25, 2020:
Does anyone remember a sitcom about a clairvoyant young woman (either a wife or girlfriend) living in a big city tenement? The comedy revolved around the mischievous thoughts of her male counterpart and family.
Richard H on May 18, 2020:
I remember it was a group of people that somehow got stranded on I believe an active volcano island that was a deserted German military base. I was young and remember very little besides this. I was pretty sure it was a series of some sort but then again I might be way off course. this quest for some reason has bugged me into looking every now and than.
Andy Jefferson on May 05, 2020:
I am trying to remember a tv show from late 70's which I think aired just one season. In the intro they showed an embryo or sonographic picture of an embryo and played heart beat and a nice sad song. It was about a teacher of school or adviser that helped teenage students whit family problems, most of the time they wanted to commit suicide. Do anyone else remember it? Thanks.
Victoria on April 22, 2020:
Does anyone remember an old 1960s or 1970s sitcom that took place in a hospital? The only thing I remember is a young (I think Hispanic) nurse. She had a red line in front of her desk and God help anyone who stepped toward the line. She would yell “get back of the line.“ She ran a tight ship. Very funny. Does anyone remember?
TONY on March 28, 2020:
Does anyone remember The Kallikaks it starred David Huddleston, was on in late 1970's?
Harry Tenere on February 24, 2020:
Great article! I'm trying to find out the name of a tv series that was about a guy who helped people and during the process of helping them he made audio tapes and at the end of each episode, he would open a hidden wall in his office/home and put the tape in there with many, many others. Any thoughts?? thanks,
Jen on February 11, 2020:
Dieverdog Omg thank you! I was trying to remember the theme song in Bosom Buddies and it was driving me crazy I couldn’t remember either. Thanks!
jerry blaylock on February 09, 2020:
I am trying to remember a show that came on in the 70s or early 80s .thats had real brother and sister as the main charactors in the show. I thinking it was called" California". it shoewed the state of california in the opening credits. Both kids were blond. If you think of it email me the info but say please do not delete on the subject line.
Maria on December 24, 2019:
Who knows that 1970s show that only lasted for a short period of time about some siblings that were friends with an angel man that only they could see. At first only the younger siblings knew and were trying to keep it from the oldest sibling until he found out. It was a comedy show
Mary R on December 22, 2019:
Does anyone know the name of a sifi show that in the begining of the show, it showed a head made of graph lines turning around?
Nancy on December 05, 2019:
All that Glitters is the gender roll reversal
Robert Sacchi on October 19, 2019:
Is this the one where the character would leave the playing card that marks the "sword of vengeance whose rapier marks the end?"
A television fanatic on October 17, 2019:
Can anyone remember a show called ace of thieves. About a cat burglar who leaves a playing card after he stole it had playing cards in the opening credits. And it is not the robert wagner 1 to catch a theif i checked. The main character was a criminal but he stole from bad guys not sure who the main actor was
Tara Ohta on September 06, 2019:
Do you remember a variety show in the 60s or 70s that was like The Sonny and Cher Show, but the stars were a black man and black woman? What was it called?
Treeman on August 05, 2019:
Does anyone remember a late 70's sitcom that was set in a local television news room? Might be early 80's, but I don't think so. I remember the cast at the end of their "news" program signing off then talking gibberish to each other after the sound was cut.
Dieverdog on June 10, 2019:
Suzan, Who's the Boss (Tony Danza) was in 1984, you might be thinking of that, and Bosom Buddies (Tom Hanks) was in 1980 - two guys who dressed as women (not exactly what you are describing I don't think). Not sure about any like that in the 70s that I am recalling. Anyone else?
Suzan on June 09, 2019:
Looking for a 70s program about men and women switching gender rolls, househusband etc
Jeff Cantwell on April 29, 2019:
Oh I loved Quark !
(I used to get Richard Benjamin and Jeff Goldbloom mixed up.)
Bunny Wilder on April 24, 2019:
There was a show in the late 60’s or early 70’s that had a well known Hispanic man who played God. The title was short and it was a comedy, maybe a dark comedy. God would decide who lived and died and when and how. There was more to it but I can’t remember. It all took place in one room of some sort.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on March 29, 2019:
There was a show called Quark that starred Richard Benjamin as the captain of an interstellar garbage scowl. Several episodes did parody a few Star Trek episodes, so maybe this is the show you are thinking of.
JoeDavid on March 29, 2019:
I remember in the '70s or maybe in the early 80's a comedy that was a parody of star trek. I think it may have played on ABC. Can't find the name anywhere. It didn't last long. Would you know?
James C Moore from Joliet, IL on February 12, 2019:
I thought that I was going to be familiar with more shows on your list. I loved me some Sanford and Son, but dont have any recall of Grady's show. The hilarious "When Things Were Rotten" was another short lived show. I guess it was ahead of its time.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on December 19, 2018:
I think the show you are talking about was called "The Super" and it was a summer replacement series (replacing The Courtship of Eddie's Father). It starred Richard S. Castellano as Joe Girelli, a single father raising his son, Anthony (Bruno Kirby) all the while managing a large apartment building in New York. The series ran for 10 episodes starting in June of 1972 and ending in August of 1972. Penny Marshall did make an appearance in the episode "The Matchmaker" as Janice which aired on July 5, 1972.
Jon Smith on December 18, 2018:
Hi dose anyboby here remember a very short lived show . I think it was called the Supper ? I think not sure that Penny Marshall and the other actor was from the Godfather I forgot his name ! I belive it was in the early to mid 70's !
Glory Miller (author) from USA on December 11, 2018:
The sounds like "Concrete Cowboys starring Jerry Reed and Geoffry Scott. It was first a TV movie in 1979 starring Reed and Tom Selleck. When it was picked up as a series Scott took over the role that had been played by Tom Selleck. It was a short-lived having, I think, 7 episodes. The TV movie is available on DVD, but I don't think the series has ever been released.
Brian Mingst from Utah on December 09, 2018:
Looking for a 70's program where there are two rodeo cowboys who go around the country solving mysteries. the episode that sticks in my memory is one that starts with a little girl running down the street crying ' Mommy, Mommy I've been hit by a car!' and the brothers are accused of a hit and run.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on November 03, 2018:
You might be thinking of the comedy/crime drama series "Randall and Hopkirk, (Deceased)" which was a British from 1969. When it aired on American television the title was changed to "My Partner, the Ghost". It starred Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope. I don't think Grodin ever appeared in any of the episodes of that particular series. Perhaps he starred in an American version of the series or in one with a similar plot? Anyone know for sure?
Jacki on November 03, 2018:
Does anyone remember a 70s show that starred Charles Grodin where he played a ghost detective partnered with his living brother? I can’t seem to remember the name of the series. It may have been a BBC series. It’s not listed on Grodin’s bio, but I know he was in it.
Thom on September 04, 2018:
jaimestar on August 25, 2018:
Anybody remember watching...
Detective School? LaWanda Page as loudmouthed Charlene...
she was so funny!
James Gregory as Nick, who tried to teach his students
how to be a detective.
Foot In the Door...about a widower (Harold Gould) who becomes
quite the flirt lol and this troubles his uptight son and DIL.
Bernard Hughes as "Doc"...1975-1976. Doc was sweet humored,
down to earth guy who really cared about his patients whether they
could pay him or not. Also had on the show Mary Wickes who tells
it like it is...her voice is unforgettable!
Finder of Lost Loves? Anthony Franciosa as Maxwell who helps
reunite lost loves. Assistants Deborah Adair and Anne Jeffreys.
Glenn Ford's...Cade's County...1971-1972.
or Jack Warden's...Jigsaw John(1976) based on the real life story
of LAPD robbery/homicide detective.
Dieverdog on August 13, 2018:
Yes - I definitely remember Makin' It - the theme song was awesome (probably better than the actual show). I have that as a ringtone on my phone. You can find that song on iTunes which is where I got it. It really takes me back to that time period!
Glory Miller (author) from USA on August 12, 2018:
A very short-lived 30 minute sitcom that aired on NBC from September 4, 1975 to October 16, 1975. The Montefuscos, Tony (Joesph Sirola) and Rose (Naomi Stevens), were a middle class Italian family living in Connecticut. They had four grown children, Frankie (Ron Carey) a dentist, Joseph (John Aprea) a priest, and Nunzio (Sal Viscuso) an unemployed actor. Daughter Angela (Linda Dano) did the unthinkable, she married Jim Cooney (Bill Court) who wasn't Italian nor Catholic, but instead an Episcopalian. These two things "troubled" Tony a great deal as did a lot of other things, too as he could have been best described as "highly opinionated". Critics suggested this was NBC's attempt to create their own version of All in the Family. The series lasted for nine episodes and was scheduled up against the first half hour of The Waltons on CBS and Barney Miller on ABC. It is interesting to note that Ron Carey would join the cast of Barney Miller in 1976 as Officer Carl Levitt.
Sam Montefusco on August 11, 2018:
Looking for a sitcom called THE MONTEFUSCOs.
Anita Allbee on August 04, 2018:
I remember the show Lucas Tanner & did watch it from it's debut until it's cancellation. I liked the character played, by David Hartman. Still as a young child and years prior, the show starring Bill Bixby, in the Courtship of Eddie's Father. Still like to hear that on you tube around father's day.
faeriedragon3 on July 29, 2018:
Does anyone else remember the TV series "Makin' It", which starred David Naughton from "An American Werewolf In London"? It was about a bunch of young guys who hung out at a disco, and I'm pretty sure it was an attempt to cash in on the "Saturday Night Fever" disco craze. And, if I remember correctly, Naughton sang the theme song as well, and actually had a minor hit with it.
mccloud75486 on July 15, 2018:
does any one remember a series in the 70s called terror theater. i remember it as a kid when i lived in Houston Tx. but i cant find nothing about it on the web.
pumksMom on June 29, 2018:
sitcom about a family who had trouble fitting in when they moved to the “big city” of Los Angeles - started no later than ‘79. The Ugly Family or something like that. I remember the dad testily explaining their last name was pronounced “You-Gee-Lee; not uhglee!” And the mom got a traffic ticket for driving too slow.
David Taylor on June 01, 2018:
citcom pilot, called "Pilot".1972ish. Anyone have a copy of that one. My uncle's plane was used in the show.
Jeff Cantwell on May 28, 2018:
Found it. Movie was Probe, series was Search. https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/80491/wh...
Jeff Cantwell on May 28, 2018:
There was this weekly spy drama, I think it rotation with other shows, so it only aired every 3rd week or so. And the spy had this aspirin size camera he'd wear on a tie clip, or his ring, and let his controllers know what was going on.
Does anyone recall this? I was probably 12 at the time, and it was past my bed time, so I don't remember a lot of it. Early seventies?
Also, I miss the Questor Tapes.
atd1999 on May 16, 2018:
SteveZar - I think the series you are thinking of is called "The Fantastic Journey" with Roddy McDowall.
Robert Sacchi on March 23, 2018:
I think I've seen the pilot Emdiar is writing about. Was it the one with a clueless officer who didn't know the correct term for Absent Without Leave? There was a sergeant who had some shrapnel from the "Panmunjon". He explained he was in the "john" of a club named the "Pan Moon".
Mungo Park on March 22, 2018:
How many of you also remember other short-lived series like When Things Were Rotten, Baby, I'm Back, The Bob Crane Show, Tabitha, All's Fair (with Bernadette Peters), Eischied and Szysznyk? Some of these series weren't bad but others (like Flatbush) were just awful! Those were the good ol' days!!!!!
emdiar on March 20, 2018:
The term "snafu" came up in conversation today, and it reminded me of a sitcom from the 70s by that name. It might only have been a pilot, I don't know if multiple episodes aired or not. I think it was some network's attempt to cash in on M*A*S*H's popularity.
I don't recall which war it was set in. It was definitely more zany and had a less realistic setting than M*A*S*H. I'm pretty sure it was a more traditional 3-camera studio-type sitcom. It was definitely not CPO Sharkey, and it wasn't F-Troop. I have no idea who starred in it.
The title might have been SNAFU or S.N.A.F.U. I haven't had any success finding references to it on the Internet. Any ideas what I'm thinking of?
Bettebet on January 20, 2018:
Does anyone remember a television show in the 70s.
I believe it was about Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee, and the Washington Post?
It did not have Lou Grant in it. And it was definitely a drama.
Eve Jones from Denver on December 28, 2017:
Seems like I went in nostalgia with this blog. Great one!
Glory Miller (author) from USA on August 10, 2017:
Hi JMilton....it sounds like you are thinking of the series "Riptide" that starred Joe Penny, Perry King and Thom Bray. Penny and King played two former Army buddies who opened the Pier 56 Detective Agency. Bray played a computer geek they befriended in the military. The trio operated their business out of a boat called The Riptide that was moored at Pier 56 hence the name of the agency. Penny's character used a aging helicopter called the Screamin Mimi in some of the cases. The series lasted from 1984-86 and was a Stephen J. Cannell production.
JMilton on August 10, 2017:
Does anyone remember a 1970's (maybe very early 80's) tv show that centered around 2 male mercenaries/detectives/good guys who lived on a docked boat? There was a third guy who *I think* would remind you of Jeff Goldbum with glasses. It seems he always stayed on the boat as a sort of tech guy while the other two were the action dudes. I barely remember this show, but the name of it has been nagging at me forever! Thanks :)
Glory Miller (author) from USA on June 12, 2017:
Hi Joe. Thanks for the reminders about Angie and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. The Cassidy series you are thinking of is Breaking Away. It lasted for 8 episodes, I think. Thanks for the comment and I am glad you enjoyed your walk down memory lane.
Joe Joe on June 11, 2017:
Wow thanks for the flashback... I'd like to add a couple... Angie, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, what was that show with Sean Cassidy? Came out right after the Da Do Run Run song, lol... in the introduction Sean rode a ten speed with classical music playing in the background. That's when I turned my bannana seat in for a ten speed... couldn't reach the pedals.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on April 08, 2017:
It sounds to me as though you are remembering "The Secret Empire" which was a segment on the 1979 NBC series, "Cliffhangers". Geoffrey Scott was a US marshal Jim Donner who discovered a race of aliens in an underground city called Chimera. "Stop Susan Williams" (with Susan Anton) and "Dracula" (with Michael Nouri) were two of the other stories. Only the "Dracula" storyline ran to its conclusion before the series was cancelled. "Stop Susan Williams" was eventually edited together and shown as a TV movie as "The Girl Who Saved The World" and I don't recall if anyone ever saw, or if it even had one, the conclusion for "The Secret Empire". Maybe in foreign markets?
Dan j on April 04, 2017:
I am trying to remember the name of a series that had 2 or 3 series per weekly episode. One series takes place in the old west but a town sherif accidentally discovers an under ground race of highly advanced humans, the other part is a couple of either reporters or private eyes discover a conspiracy and have to get to the bottom of the issue by trying to stay alive
Carol Menendes on December 24, 2016:
Steve, are you thinking of The New People?
Firebird on December 05, 2016:
Me and the Chimp was one of the worst TV series i read and My World and Welcome to It horrible theme song and putrid animation and a crappy TV series
Steve Zar on November 29, 2016:
After recently "discovering" Lost on Netflix it reminded me of a short lived 70's show with a very similar premise, but I can't remember the name. It might have been piloted by a made for TV movie? Basically some people washed up on an island somehow, maybe a boat, but the island just goes on forever, and it was "honeycombed" (I remember the exact word used!) by some sort of teleportation portals that would just pop up unexpectedly. I don't think it lasted even one full season. Does anyone else remember such a show, I would love to find information just out of curiosity.
Lisa on October 03, 2016:
I used to love a show called BJ and the Bear which I think was aired in either the late 70's or possibly the 80's. It was about a truck driver who had a chimpanzee called Bear as his side kick. It didn't last long I don't think but I thought it was the best show ever at the time. :)
Glory Miller (author) from USA on June 07, 2016:
Hmm, the only show that I can recall that resembles what you describe was "The Insiders" which ran for one season (85-86) on ABC TV. It starred Stoney Jackson as an ex con and Nicholas Campbell as a hot shot reporter who spent a lot of time going under cover in order to get material for his news stories. The musical group Genesis provided the theme song, "Just a Job to Do". Although this show was on about the same time as Miami Vice so....it appears it doesn't fit Michael's description. . :) If anyone else can think of a show that fits, please feel free to chime in.
TVANGELO on May 10, 2016:
Most Wanted, ABC, 1976-77
Robert Stack, Jo Ann Harris & Shelly Novack.
This tv show had it all realism, action and adventure.
Michael Butler on April 25, 2016:
In the 70's there was a Cop/detective / Private Eye Show Set in Florida, I Remember the Wind Boats & Diving. Started a Black Guy & a White Guy, Long Before Miami Vice
Can't seen to find ANYTHING on it
gary simon on January 26, 2016:
growing up I also remember ''the smith family'' with henry fonda and ''lottsa luck'' w/ dom deluise!
Nfreporter on January 22, 2016:
Thank you for the fun and well-researched article on short Lived 70s TV shows, Glory.
Just one note: You listed the show The Texas Wheelers but failed to mention the strange factoid for which it is most remembered: The killing off of the beloved MTM kitten, Mimsie, in the final aired episode.
The story goes that the writers were miffed by the early cancellation of the show and quickly concocted an animated version of Mimsie where the kitten is shot and drops as dead as the show that he represented.
It's referenced here in this 1985 column from the Chicago Tribune: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985-12-01/feat...
Thanks again for such a great read.
Rob62 on September 12, 2015:
I remember a show where men and women had the roles reversed men stayed home and women ran everything, also the land of the Giants was a good show
Tim H on August 13, 2015:
There is at least one more. Code R. Only a handful of episodes where aired. IIRC 1977.
Kelvin Reid on July 16, 2015:
I actually remember Firehouse, The TV show I believe was a spin off of the TV movie of the same name. One interesting fact is , the TV show had an entirely different cast, and another short lived one was Alias Smith and Jones.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on July 16, 2015:
Hi dto2865: I know there are a lot of short lived 70s TV series that I haven't included in this article and this really wasn't meant to be a complete listing of such shows just a brief look at a few. But, readers are encouraged to use the guestbook to write about other 70's series that fit this category and there are a lot of them! Thanks for the visit and the comment.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on July 15, 2015:
I have to admit that I don't recall some of these shows, either. Thanks for the visit!
Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on July 15, 2015:
I grew up during the 70s and I remember very few of these shows. I guess it is a good thing that I never got into any of them.
Robert Sacchi on July 12, 2015:
There was also Battlestar Galactica. That seemed to fit a typical pattern of Science Fiction TV shows. It's first episode got good ratings but then interest fell off. Its ratings were such that it could go either way for a seconds season. The high budget and little interest among women are what made the studio decide against a second season.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on July 11, 2015:
Quark most certainly was a short-lived and fun series, too. I liked Project UFO,too and have to admit that I don't recall ever watching one episode of Supertrain. Thanks for the visit and the comment!
Robert Sacchi on July 11, 2015:
What about Quark? I remember Project UFO, which I actually liked, and Supertrain. They were part of 9 shows cancelled when NBC hired a new president. Johnny Carson made the joke "NBC stands for Nine Bombs Cancelled".
Dieverdog on July 10, 2015:
Someone mentioned James at 15 - and said that they thought it was just a movie - but it WAS a tv series... I remember it well! I think it ran into 2 seasons so maybe doesn't quite qualify as "short lived." But I love this site for tripping down memory lane! Some of the shows mentioned I had forgotten all about!
Dianne on July 09, 2015:
I loved Doc Elliott, The Sixth Sense, and Lucas Tanner. I've searched years to find their episodes.
Lorraine on July 09, 2015:
Please don't eat the daisies?? I remember this some how.
Carlos on July 08, 2015:
Dan Pedro Beach Bums?
Hazel Abee from Malaysia on July 08, 2015:
Early days for Scott Bio, after his Happy Days !! real heartthrob ..
diane sixta on July 08, 2015:
I remember many of those.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on July 08, 2015:
Yes, the David Naughton sitcom is certainly a short lived series. Thanks for the comment!
Dieverdog on July 08, 2015:
What about: Makin' It – a sitcom starring David Naughton as a disco dancer in the late 1970s. The series only lasted nine episodes, airing on Fridays at 8:00PM on ABC from February 1 through March 23, 1979 before being canceled. I have the theme song as a ring tone on my phone right now!
Glory Miller (author) from USA on July 08, 2015:
Absolutely, that series fits well on this listing! Thanks for the visit and the comment! Oh, and didn't David also star in the classic horror film An American Werewolf in London from 1981?
Glory Miller (author) from USA on July 08, 2015:
Hi Jeff: It was one of my favorites, too. Two of the episodes (both two part episodes) Golden Orbit from Season 1 and Hard Water from Season 2 got DVD releases sometime back. But, I wish they would have released the entire series. Thanks for the visit and the comment!
Jeff on July 08, 2015:
I always like a show with Andy Griffith called Salvage One.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on July 08, 2015:
I found that I liked many of the short-lived shows and was always disappointed when they were cancelled.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on July 08, 2015:
Yep Brett you are right! Thanks for the input. :)
peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 08, 2015:
those are my mom's favorite shows
Brett on July 08, 2015:
This was a great list. Thank you for writing it. I do want to clarify... Get Christie Love was a great show. I saw every episode. But wasn't "Julia" starring Dihanne Caroll the first primetime show starring an African-Armerican female?
Rachel Booker on July 07, 2015:
Gina Bryant, the show was called Sunshine and it has a listing on IMDB.
Anonymous, the movie was James at 15. It was then turned into a tv series, Jessica at 16. I don't think it lasted long enough to change its name to James at 17.
Pat Mills from East Chicago, Indiana on July 07, 2015:
When Things Were Rotten and Delta House also had short runs during this decade.
Betty on July 07, 2015:
You mentioned John Schuck's 1976 show, Holmes and Yoyo. But he also had another show from January 1979 through March 1979 with Sharon Gless called "Turnabout". It was 7 episodes long and I enjoyed every horrible moment of it. :D
Ginger on July 07, 2015:
The Man From Atlantis, starring Patrick Duffy, and The Quest, starring Tim Matheson and Kurt Russell are the only ones I remember that weren't on this list. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!!
Glory Miller (author) from USA on July 07, 2015:
I wish I could include every series that fit on this list, but that would make it toooooo long. But, the fact that nice folks like yourself, take the time to mention other short lived series the guestbook is the next best thing. Thanks for the visit and the comment! And as for Harry O.... I believe that a pre Charlie's Angels Farrah Fawcett had a semi occurring role on that series, she worked in 8 episodes as Sue Ingham.
Glory Miller (author) from USA on July 05, 2015:
You're right! Thanks for reminding us about them!
Shartykel on July 05, 2015:
San Pedro Beach Bums and The Hot L Baltimore aren't on the list ...