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Short-Lived and Easily Forgotten TV Shows From the '70s

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.

1970s prime-time shows that disappeared almost as soon as they appeared.

1970s prime-time shows that disappeared almost as soon as they appeared.

Short-Lived and Forgotten Television Series

We are going to take a nostalgic look back at 45 short-lived television series that are possibly the most easily forgotten shows of the 70s. It is difficult to say why they couldn't draw an audience, but some were miscast, some were saddled with the wrong time slot, and still others had silly plot lines.

There are other 70s series that would fit on this list, but I think we have a pretty decent start as it is. So, let's get started on our trip back in time.

Publicity photo for Adam's Rib TV series:  Blythe Danner and Ken Howard

Publicity photo for Adam's Rib TV series: Blythe Danner and Ken Howard

1. Adam's Rib

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. As in the movie, the TV show had Adam as an assistant D.A. and his wife as a partner in a law firm. Their jobs often pitted them against each other. This conflict didn't stop in the courtroom, and they were often on opposite sides of issues in their home life, too.

Dena Dietrich, famous for her Chiffon/Mother Nature commercials of the 70s, was Amanda's secretary. Handsome Edward Winter played Kip Kipple, Amanda's law firm partner. Ron Rifkin was Assistant D.A., Roy Mendelsohn. Norman Bartold were District Attorneys, and these two were always the good old boys on Adam's side.

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; Blythe is a two-time Tony winner, first in 1968 for The Miser and in 1970 for Butterflies Are Free.

Left: Priscilla Barnes and Debra Clinger

Left: Priscilla Barnes and Debra Clinger

2.The American Girls

The American Girls was billed as an adventure drama series. It aired on CBS beginning September 23, 1978 and lasted until November 10, 1978.

Priscilla Barnes played Rebecca Tomkins and Debra Clinger played 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 locations. David Spielberg was their producer, Francis X. Casey, and the news programs anchor/host Jason Cook was played by William Prince.

The American Girls aired in a 9-10 pm time slot up against ABC's ratings winner The Love Boat, so it's easy to see why the show didn't have much of a chance.

A bit of trivia for you: Debra Clinger did a stint on Saturday morning TV as Super Chic on The Kroftt Supershow in 1977. She was part of the singing group who hosted the show Kaptain Kool and the Kongs.

Dennis Cole and Rod Taylor in Bearcats!

Dennis Cole and Rod Taylor in Bearcats!


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, 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?

James Sutorius and Roy Poole. Publicity photo for The Andros Targets

James Sutorius and Roy Poole. Publicity photo for The Andros Targets

4.The Andros Targets

The Andros Targets began on CBS on January 31, 1977 and lasted until July 9, 1977. James Sutorius played Mike Andros, a newspaper reporter for the The New York Forum who focused much of his attention on seeking to expose corruption in a big city, corruption that was often hushed up by the powers that be. He was helped in his fight against corruption by his sidekick and assistant, Sandi Farrell (Pamela Reed). It also starred Roy Poole, Alan Mixon, Ted Beniades, and Jordan Charney.

The Andros Targets 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

Another Day

5.Another Day

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, played by Joan Hackett, was working to help ease the financial burden.

Adding to the family struggles were two kids: a son Mark played by Al Eisenmann and a 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.

Chopper One

Chopper One

6. Chopper One

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 bad guys, not unlike the 80s 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 produce (the average hour-long show at that time cost about $90,000 to produce). 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 director 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

7. 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 Cassidy an Emmy nomination.

Cassidy willingly took three years off from the world of music and acting after The Partridge Family ended. NBC thought that maybe he was ready for a new series playing David Shay, a young, married undercover cop. It started on in November of 1978 and lasted for ten episodes before being canceled.

It co-starred Simon Oakland, whom you may recall played much-harried newspaper editor Tony Vincenzo on Kolchak; The Night Stalker series with Darrin McGavin, which was another great 70s show that didn't last as long as it should have!

Critics weren't kind to Cassidy or the show. Most saw it as Cassidy's attempt to revive his career which slumped, according to the critics, after The Partridge Family ended (they didn't like that show, either).

One critic likened the theme song (written and performed by Cassidy) as a "cross between 'Feelings' and the mating cry of a Siberian newt."

Doc Elliott

Doc Elliott

8. Doc Elliott

This medical drama series aired on ABC from January 23, 1974 until August 14, 1974.

Handsome James Franciscus played 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 required a plane or four wheel drive vehicle, as his practice covered over 600 square miles.

Neva Patterson played Mags Brimble, the widow of the former town's doctor, who became Elliott's helper. Noah Beery played Barney Weeks, the owner of the town's general store, and Bo Hopkins played Elred McCoy, a bush pilot.

Franciscus went through medical drills to learn how to handle a medical bag, use instruments, and give shots so it would all look 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 Franciscus and lasted for 14 episodes before being canceled. It has yet to be released on DVD.

Dog and Cat

Dog and Cat

9. Dog and Cat

Dog and Cat was a police drama that aired on ABC beginning March 5, 1977 until May 14, 1977.

A young Kim Basinger played 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 tooled around in Kane's 1966 VW Bug that has a Porsche 9-12 engine in it.

"Dog and cat" is a slang term used to denote a male/female partnership. The series lasted for just six episodes before being canceled.



10. Firehouse

Firehouse was an adventure/drama series that aired on ABC beginning on January 17, 1974 and lasting until August 1, 1974.

James Drury played Capt. Spike Ryerson, an older firefighter who was a mentor and father figure to the other younger members of Engine Co. 23. Richard Jaeckel played Hank Myers, Michael Delano played Sonny Caputo, Brad David played Billy Dalzell.

The series was inspired by a bestselling book, Report from Engine Co. 28, written by a veteran firefighter.



11. Flatbush

Flatbush attempted to be a comedy series. It first aired on CBS 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 played Presto, a cab driver. Adrian Zmed played 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 played 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 its insulting use of stereotypes. I can't say for sure if CBS took his concerns seriously or not, but the show was canceled after only three episodes.

Flying High

Flying High

12. Flying High

Flying High was an adventure show that first aired on CBS on 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 played Marcy Bowers, Connie Selleca was Lisa Benton, and Kathryn Witt was Pam Bellagio. These three beautiful young 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 was never able to make much of a romantic impression on the ladies. Ken Olfson played Raymond Strickland, the passenger relations agent who worked on the ground crew in Los Angeles, where Sunwest Airlines was based.

13. Gemini Man

Ben Murphy played Sam Casey in Gemini Man, a series that aired on NBC from September 23 to October 28, 1976. Casey, was a secret agent who worked for a government organization called INTERSECT. On a mission, he was contaminated with radiation from an underwater explosion, which rendered him invisible. It was only through the dedicated scientists at INTERSECT that he was able to become visible again, using a special watch they created. By turning the watch off, he could go invisible, but if he stayed invisible for more than 15 minutes in any 24-hour period, he would die.

Gemini Man was actually a revamp of 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 in to 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 and a hero, whereas Weston (McCallum's character) was a dour scientist who was on the run from just about everyone.

Get Christie Love

Get Christie Love

14. Get Christie Love

This series was inspired by a TV movie, and it proved to be very short-lived. This was TV's attempt at the blaxploitation genre that was so popular on the big screen. It is also significant because it is the second prime-time show to feature a black female lead (the first was Diahann Carroll in Julia, from 1968 to 1971).

Pretty Teresa Graves played 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 played Sgt. Pete Gallagher, her partner. Her first boss was Lt. Matt Reardon (played by Charles Cioffi—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 because of her work in the Pittman movie and that she didn't want to dilute the impact and importance of that film by 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.

Teresa died in 2002, when she was 54 years old, from injuries she got in a house fire.

Does anyone else think that Teresa looked like Whitney Houston?



15. Gibbsville

Gibbsville was a drama set in 1940s Pennsylvania. Jim Malloy (John Savage) was a young reporter at the Gibbsville Courier. He worked with veteran reporter Ray Whitehead (Gig Young), who is now back at the Courier trying to save his career after a long battle with alcoholism.

This NBC series started on November 11, 1976, and finished on December 30, 1976. The characters for this series were based on author John O'Hara's writings. Gibbsville is actually set in Pottsville, PA, where author John O'Hara grew up.

Frank D. Gilroy, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright, wrote and directed the television movie that was the pilot for this series.

Thirteen episodes of the series were produced, but only six made it onto the air.

Vintage TV Guide Ad for Grady

Vintage TV Guide Ad for Grady

16. Grady

Grady was a spin-off from the successful sitcom Sanford and Son. It began its run on NBC on December 4, 1975, and lasted until March 4, 1976.

Whitman Mayo, who had starred as Grady Wilson, one of Fred Sanford's neighbors and friends in Sanford and Son, moved to Watts, a neighborhood in 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

Highcliffe Manor

17. Highcliffe Manor

Highcliffe Manor ran for three episodes (six had been filmed) on NBC from April 12, 1979 to May 3, 1979, and was meant to be a spoof of the old gothic horror tales. Shelley Fabares portrayed Helen Black, a recent widow who had inherited a huge stone mansion that sat 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 starring Audrey Landers, Jenny O'Hara, Ernie Hudson, and Stephen McHattie. Many critics complained about the laugh track.

Holmes and Yoyo

Holmes and Yoyo

18. Holmes and Yoyo

Holmes and Yoyo was a comedy series that began its run on ABC on September 25, 1976 and lasted until December 11, 1976. Richard B. Shull played Det. Alexander Holmes, an accident-prone police officer who managed to send every partner he ever had to the hospital. The police department 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 lifelike. One of the running gags on the show was having Officer Maxine Moon (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 scheduled 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.

The Immortal

The Immortal

19. The Immortal

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 an 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, thanks to his special blood that 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 could use him as his own personal fountain of youth. Richards managed to escape, but had to spend his life trying to stay one step ahead of a bounty hunter hired to bring him back into the wealthy man's clutches.

After it became 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, George died of a heart attack at age 54 (some sources list 52) on November 28, 1983.

McLean Stevenson with Priscilla Lopez

McLean Stevenson with Priscilla Lopez

20. In the Beginning

This very short-lived and easily forgotten McLean Stevenson series aired on CBS from September 20, 1978, to October 18, 1978.

It was an update of sorts to the classic 1944 film Going My Way, which starred Bing Crosby. Stevenson played a 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 in their interactions with each other and with 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, 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.

Vintage TV Guide ad for Karen's 1975 TV series

Vintage TV Guide ad for Karen's 1975 TV series

21. Karen

Karen was a mid-season comedy replacement series starring Karen Valentine that began its run on ABC on January 30, 1975 and lasted until June 19, 1975.

Karen Angelo was a single woman who worked at an organization in Washington, D.C. called "Open America" that sought out and exposed crooked politicians and lobbied for citizens' concerns.

Denver Pyle, who would go on to work on 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

Lanigan's Rabbi

22. Lanigan's Rabbi

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), investigates and solves crimes in a small California town.

The series was broadcast on a rotating basis on NBC's Sunday Mystery Movie, which 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 he had a role in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as a police officer who Mary ran away with.

Logan's Run

Logan's Run

23. Logan's Run

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 dome city where all their needs are met. It sounds like paradise, but the catch is that no one can live there 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 become a "runner," who seeks to find safety in the "Sanctuary" that exists beyond the walls of the city. That is 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 rest of the series being pursued by another Sandman determined to stop them from getting out of the city.

The series is on DVD, released in 2012.

Kevin Brophy as Lucan

Kevin Brophy as Lucan

24. Lucan

Lucan was an adventure drama series that began its run on ABC on December 26, 1977 and lasted until December 4, 1978, for eleven episodes. It began its life as a successful made-for-television movie.

Kevin Brophy played 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 the 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 Hoagland's lab kills a man, Lucan is blamed for the death. He takes to the road, not just to run from a cop named 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 advantages, and Lucan 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

Lucas Tanner

25. Lucas Tanner

Lucas Tanner was a drama that began its run on NBC on September 11, 1974, and ended on August 20, 1975, with 22 episodes.

David Hartman played Lucas Tanner, a successful baseball player and sportswriter who gives it all up 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, and approachable style that makes him popular with his students but not so popular with his fellow teachers, who prefer 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

The Manhunter

26. The Manhunter

The Manhunter was a detective drama that 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, when Dave gave up his farm life to take on the role of a private detective with a mission: to arrest as many gangsters as he could. His mission took him all over the country.

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, and Joan Van Ark.

Mobile One

Mobile One

27. Mobile One

Mobile One was an adventure series that began its run on ABC on September 12, 1975 and lasted until December 29, 1975.

Jackie Cooper played Peter Campbell, a veteran news reporter who covered the news from his mobile news unit called KONE, which was new technology at the time. Julie Gregg played Maggie Spencer, his producer, and the handsome Mark Wheeler played Doug McKnight, the cameraman who rounded out this cast.

Mulligan's Stew

Mulligan's Stew

28. Mulligan's Stew

Mulligan's Stew was a comedy-drama series that began its run in October of 1977 and lasted until December of 1977.

Lawrence Pressman played Michael Mulligan, a high school teacher and football coach married to Jane (played by Elinor Donahue). They had three children of their own and suddenly found themselves taking in Michael's sister's four children when she and her husband were killed. The Mulligan children and their new adopted siblings have a tough time adjusting to each other, as each family has raised their children with different values and morals.

The differences between the children—and the interactions and troubles that came about because of these differences—were what producers hoped would provide the comedic and dramatic elements.

Jerry Reed with guest star Charlie Pride in Nashville 99

Jerry Reed with guest star Charlie Pride in Nashville 99

29. Nashville 99

Nashville 99 aired for four episodes on CBS from April 1 to April 22, 1977. It was a replacement series for The Sonny and Cher Show, which 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. Detective Trace Mayne, who was played by Jerry Reed, was both the comic relief and the musical interludes.

Chet Atkins, Ned Beatty, Pat Hingle, Don Johnson, Johnny Paycheck, Jeannine Riley, Ray Stevens, Mel Tillis, and Tammy Wynette made guest appearances in the four episodes.

The New Land

The New Land

30.The New Land

The New Land was an adventure series that began its run on ABC on September 14, 1974 and lasted until October 19, 1974. It was based on the feature film of the same name (also called The Emigrants), which starred Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman.

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 six of the 13 episodes before getting hit with the cancellation axe.

The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail

31. The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail ran 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 the original leader proves to be unfit for the job.

Fellow traveler Margaret Devlin (Darlene Carr) was Evan's romantic interest on this trip. Charles Napier, a hardened scout, had no patience for the "citified" folks traveling on the Oregon Trail.

Notable guest stars: Claude Akins, Bill Bixby (who directed two episodes), William Shatner, Stella Stevens, and Robert Pine.

The complete series was released onto DVD in 2010.

James Earl Jones as Paris

James Earl Jones as Paris

32. Paris

Paris, 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 played 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 played by Cecilia Hart, Charlie Bogart played by Jake Mitchell, Willie Miller played by Mike Warren, and Ernie Villas portrayed by Frank Ramirez.

Project UFO

Project UFO

33. Project UFO

Project UFO aired on NBC from February 19, 1978, to August 30, 1979. The series was created by Jack Webb of Dragnet fame and was based on the real-life program started by the United States Air Force in an attempt to explain 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 dramatizes.

The series was produced by Colonel William T. Coleman, the real-life head of Project Bluebook. Even though this show lasted for two seasons, 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

Roll Out

34. Roll Out

Roll Out premiered on CBS on October 3, 1973, and was based on the 1952 film, Red Ball Express. World War II was the setting, and we watched the exploits of the soldiers of the 5050th Trucking Company.

Stu Gilliam played Cpl. Sweet Williams, one of the drivers for a unit that specialized in getting supplies to the soldiers at the front line. Hilly Hicks played co-driver Pfc. Jed Brooks. The unit was commanded by Capt. Rocco Cavalli, played by Val Bisoglio and Mel Stewart played career military man Sgt. B.J. Bryant.

Madame Dalacort, portrayed by Penny Santon, ran a nightclub close to the men's base where they sought entertainment when they were not delivering supplies. This series was inspired by a genuine World War II transportation unit.

Gary Collins in The Sixth Sense

Gary Collins in The Sixth Sense

35. 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 tales of ghosts or ESP and the good doctor's efforts to solve puzzles involving these occurrences. Lee Majors, Stephanie Powers, June Allyson, Joan Crawford, Mariette Hartley, and Steve Forrest, to mention a few, were among the popular stars of the day who appeared as guest stars on the series.

The Sixth Sense has never been released on DVD, however it has aired in syndication alongside Rod Serling's Night Gallery. Each presentation was heavily (and poorly) edited, going from 60 minutes to 30 minutes for this effort.

The Snoop Sisters

The Snoop Sisters

36. The Snoop Sisters

The Snoop Sisters starred Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick as elderly sisters who had a knack for 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 its time slot with Banacek, Tenafly, and Faraday and Company.

The series also caused quite a bit of a stir with guest star Alice Cooper, a popular 70s rock star, in an episode titled The Devil Made Me Do It. Cooper's character was called Prince.

If you want to watch it again or for the first time, it was released on DVD!

Struck by Lightning

Struck by Lightning

37. Struck by Lightning

Struck by Lightning was a very short-lived, and fun series that ran on CBS from September 19, 1979, to October 3, 1979. A grand total of three episodes aired before it was 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 rundown 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 fact he is kind, sweet, and a little bit clumsy. Also starring: Mille Slaving, Bill Erwin, Richard Stahl, and Jeff Cotler.

Vintage TV Guide Ad: Supertrain

Vintage TV Guide Ad: Supertrain

38. Supertrain

This 60-minute comedy drama aired on NBC for just nine 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.

The Supertrain was a high-speed nuclear-powered train that zoomed between New York and Los Angeles in 36 hours. It had all the comforts of home: a pool, a shopping center, and a restaurant. It was the Love Boat on rails, and each week, a guest star or two would have some 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

Dack Rambo in Sword of Justice

39. 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 to prison for three years on a false embezzlement charge. While in prison, he learns how to pick locks, tap phones, crack safes, and more. His parents also pass away while he is incarcerated, and the family fortune is squandered. When he is released, he becomes an avenger, going after white-collar criminals like the ones who framed him. He always left his calling card, the "3" card from an ordinary deck of playing cards.

The series lasted nine episodes and costarred Bert Rosario and Alex Courtney. It has not been released on DVD.

Three for the Road

Three for the Road

40. Three for the Road

This drama series aired on CBS from September 14, 1974, to November 30, 1975, and starred Alex Rocco as Pete Karras, a freelance photographer who, after his wife's death, sells the family home, buys an 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 types of people on their travels and would somehow get mixed up in their lives. The show lasted for one season, with 13 episodes filmed, but only 11 were aired.

Even though the series was short-lived, both Van Patten and Garrett became 70s male teen idols.

People like Larry Hagman, Stephanie Powers, Dean Stockwell, Tim Matheson, and Christopher Stone did guest stints.

The Texas Wheelers

The Texas Wheelers

41. 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 finds 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 eight 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

Dick Van Dyke in Dick Van Dyke and Company

42. Van Dyke and Company

The Emmy-award-winning actor Dick Van Dyke came back to episodic TV with his series Van Dyke and Company, a variety series (which seemed to be all the rage in the 70s) that included singing, dancing, and, of course, comedy sketches.

The show lasted 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 guests like Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, and Hal Linden appeared 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. Andy Kaufman had a regular recurring role on the show.

We've Got Each Other

We've Got Each Other

43. We've Got Each Other

This series 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 self-centered model Dee Dee Baldwin, played by Joan Van Ark. Stuart's nemesis was next-door neighbor Ken Redford, 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

Who's Watching the Kids

44. 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 living their dreams, 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 of a younger sibling. Stacy had her 9-year-old kid sister Melissa (Tammy Lauren), and Angie had her 15-year-old brother Frankie, played by teen heartthrob 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 played next-door neighbor Larry Parnell, a journalist who would often act as a babysitter for the kids.

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 spinoff from the show in the form of Joanie Loves Chachi in 1982.

A Year at the Top

A Year at the Top

45. A Year at the Top

The series 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 later appeared in the popular series BJ and the Bear. Shaffer would find fame as a bandleader and a sidekick to David Letterman.

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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

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:

Chopper 1!

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.

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 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:

Hi Dan,

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 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:

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:

Hi Robert...

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:

Hi Copycat...

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:

Hi Dawn

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 ...