View Full Version : Which sitcoms got the axe the quickest?
What is the shortest-lived sitcom that you remember? (The one with the fewest episodes!)
09-24-2001, 02:37 PM
"Normal Ohio" with John Goodman. I think the sitcom that would go down in the books would be "The Trouble with Larry" with Bronson Pinchot. It got such a negative reaction in 1993. Another is "Tall Hopes" with Anna Maria Horsford.
The first one that comes to mind is the CBS sitcom Public Morals which came from the same producers as NYPD Blue. The show grew some heat over what was made out of in the content as it ultimately got canceled after only one episode.
09-25-2001, 05:51 PM
Checking In, which was a Jeffersons spinoff staring Marla Gibbs only lasted four episodes.
09-25-2001, 11:40 PM
The Mike O'Malley show...one week! One episode aired!
There's always Rewind with Scott Baio from FOX.. It never aired though but got the ax before even going on the air!
09-26-2001, 08:08 AM
The Martin Short Show in 1994 with Jan Hooks playing his wife. I thought it was funny but it got cancelled after 3 episodes. The following year Martin Short and Jan Hooks put together an hour and a half pilot as their previous characters doing a Saturday Night Live type of variety show. I thought it was a parody of SNL and now I'm not sure.
10-14-2001, 07:46 PM
"The Mike O'Malley Show."
It actually lasted TWO episodes, but it was terrible! Absolutely terrible!
There was "The Secret Diaries of Desmond PFiefer" on UPN. remember that? everyone petitioned to have that show cancelled. they never even showed the pilot becuz it talked about slavery. it lasted only a few episodes
11-17-2001, 11:14 AM
I miss God The Devil and Bob
11-20-2001, 12:38 PM
Apple Pie, I think it only aired one or two episodes.
01-20-2002, 01:33 AM
The Art of Being Nick, it only lasted 1 episode.
01-20-2002, 10:21 AM
Imagine That I think only lasted one episode
01-20-2002, 03:12 PM
Originally posted by FamilyTiesFan
The Art of Being Nick, it only lasted 1 episode.
Did Scott Valentine star in that? I remember being a kid and watching this series once that Nick from Family Ties starred in. I've never been able to find any information about the show.
01-20-2002, 03:38 PM
Yes, it was a Family Ties spin-off.
The Art of Being Nick was just an unsold pilot and not part of the regular schedule, it got huge ratings - it was like #3 in the ratings for the week that it aired as it was right after The Cosby Show. There was an earlier attempt at a spinoff that aired that had Nick working at a toy shop.
"Imagine That" or "The Hank Azaria Mistake" lasted two episodes.
Anyone remember "Shasta McNasty?"
01-30-2002, 12:21 AM
I guess it doesn't qualify as a true sit-com, but I'm sure you remember "Turn-On," a "Laugh-In" spin-off. The head writer was a George Schlatter associate, Digby Wolfe, and the first/last guest-host was Tim Conway. As folklore reports, this show was cancelled halfway through its premiere via a phone call from a network executive. I actually saw this show...live. Never saw another one ;-).
03-03-2002, 08:23 PM
The Scott Baio series was on Fox's fall schedule. Fox execs saw how bad the promos looked & pulled the plug BEFORE the show even made it on the air!
For the longest time, the shortest cancellation ever had been a late-60s show called "Turn-On". (It was ABC's 'answer' to "Laugh-In".) Overnight reviews were so bad that ABC announced it's cancellation the very next morning.
03-20-2002, 01:46 AM
I was reminded of a show from the "Stump" page on www.jumptheshark.com. It had only one episode, where a Russian woman who used to be Gorbachev's chauffer ("You know that mark on his head? I did that.") ends up in the U.S. I'm pretty sure it was a late-80's Fox show, surprise surprise. Does anyone know anything about it??
03-23-2002, 12:59 PM
I can think of a few-
Go Fish- aired in the summer of 2001. Starred Keirnan Culkin as a freshman and Andy Dick.
Kristen- another comedy that aired in the summer of 2001. It stared Tony winner Kristen Chenowith as a country irl trying to make it in the big city (original isn't it?)
M.Y.O.B.- aired on NBc in the summer of 2000. I only saw 1 episode. I think it stared the mother from Gilmore Girls as a principal of a highschool whose niece comes to live with her.
Battery Park- 2000, i think
The Hank Azaria Show- 2002
Bob Patterson- 2001 ?
The Michael Richards Show- 2001
03-23-2002, 05:50 PM
Hank Azaria's show must have got the ax REALLY quick, I don't even remember it.
Michael Richards Show was just plain terrible.
I only got to see the beginning of one episode of "Bob Patterson" ("the #3 self-help guru"). Fortunately, it was the one with William Shatner as the #2 self-help guru.
I regretfully never got to see "Shasta McNasty". The one thing I remember about it was that the guy who played Mini Me in "Austin Powers" was in it.
What was the name of the controversial show that starred Jay Mohr & Buddy Hackett?
03-23-2002, 05:52 PM
I just remembered. Wasn't it called "Action"?
"Action" was a pretty good show. I think the content of the show was a little too much for prime time TV, and it would have been better suited for HBO or another cable network.
"MYOB" was created by the director of the flick "The Opposite Of Sex" and had a hip, cynical attitude. Lauren Graham must have been happy the show was canceled, or else she would have missed out on "Gilmore Girls."
Will and Grace Fanatic
06-30-2002, 05:25 PM
There were these two new UPN sitcoms this season they were both on back to back with eachother. I don't recall there names but I beleive they only lasted 2 episodes both of them. One of the shows starred the guy who played Eric on Boy Meets World.
07-12-2002, 05:20 AM
I had thought of "Turn On" but I see it had been mentioned already. The other one I thought of was "You're in the Picture" which was a quasi-game show hosted by Jackie Gleason where people stood behind a picture with their faces peering out. It was so bad that the next week Jackie came on and publicly apologized for the last week abomination. And then it became a weekly talk show. So in actuality it only lasted one episode.
07-16-2002, 12:59 AM
does anyone remember a show, I think it was on CBS in 1978, I forget the name, but it was a sitcom set in a college, and I remember it was so bad, they only showed 1 episode of it.
08-08-2002, 01:52 AM
All Is Forgiven with Bess Armstrong and Terence Knox. The show was not given a fair chance and it very well written with two very good actors. Bess Armstrong is always enjoyable to watch.
Married People. Another Bess Armstrong sitcom. Good cast, great chemistry and well written.
10-24-2002, 12:42 PM
"Welcome To New York" probably got the axe the quickest. What I understood was that over 1/4 of the show's audience were people from New York, and that CBS was afraid of other states that watched it losing interest, and than the people in New York losing interest. CBS plotted this by the reviews were were for the most part mixed-negative. It should have and could have worked, but to be perfectly honest, the writing was somewhat dated and probably a bit sophistacated for today's teen audience.
10-26-2002, 10:18 PM
delete (was going to mention Chicago Sons but it had 13 eps...I thought sure there were only 1 or 2)
10-31-2002, 05:21 PM
Jackie Gleason did a show in Jan. of 1960 called "You're in the Picture" The show got the axe after one week. The following week Jackie Gleason spent the entire half hour (of what would have been the second episode) apologizing to the audience about the show the previous week
11-01-2002, 12:37 AM
the thred is about sitcoms. "You're in the picture" was a QUIZ SHOW.
11-01-2002, 01:15 AM
there was a Norman Lear show around 77 or 78, I forget the name of it, but it was about a black congressman, and the first episode was filmed, but never shown, because it was canncelled right before it aired!!
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