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Old 07-30-2002, 12:11 AM   #31
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Bridget Loves Bernie (1972-1973) That was when my crush on Meredith Baxter began. I was on the treshhold of puberty at the time.

Fay (1975) Actually TV's first show with the star as a divorced woman. Fay was on before One Day At A Time. Lee Grant paved the way for Bonnie Franklin.

Against the Grain (1993) Great show but was not given a fair shake.

The Brian Keith Show/The Little People (1972-1974 or 73) Very good wholesome show that was not given a chance to find an audience. Shelley Fabares was a hottie in that one.

Room for Two (1992-93) Great TV comeback for Linda Lavin but ABC had the audacity to schedule the show against Cheers and that is what killed the show. Ironically the final show made the top 20.
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Some of the true popular short-lived shows are:
Bridget Loves Bernie
the Ropers
Flo
Angie
Madman of the People
Boston Common
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Fired Up
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The Get Smart clone Sledge Hammer only lasted 2 seasons, but, i still hear a lot of people talking about it today
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Old 08-17-2007, 05:48 PM   #34
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Firefly, Twin Peaks, All-American Girl (with Margaret Cho) and Bridget Loves Bernie are a few that come to mind. There's my own favorite, Christy (CBS, 1994-95), that has a rabid fan base to this day.

I also remember Thunder Alley; I watched it every week.
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Square Pegs (1982-1983) starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Jami Gertz and Tracy Nelsen. There were only 20 episodes produced, but every single one was brilliant. The writing was very clever and the characters were some of the most memorable in TV history.
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i'm going to go out on a limb and say that i think "Star Trek" would probably be the most popular, short lived show.
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i'm going to go out on a limb and say that i think "Star Trek" would probably be the most popular, short lived show.
Well, it was on for three seasons, so it really doesn't qualify as short-lived. When I think of a show that was short-lived, I think of one that was only on for a single season.
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Firefly, Twin Peaks, All-American Girl (with Margaret Cho) and Bridget Loves Bernie are a few that come to mind. There's my own favorite, Christy (CBS, 1994-95), that has a rabid fan base to this day.

I also remember Thunder Alley; I watched it every week.
I loved that show. I think it would do better today than when it originally aired.
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Just one general question -- do high Nielsen Ratings even mean popularity, anyway? If a network TV show is a main eventer in the Nielsen ratings (being placed in the Tio 10), it is liable to get over with the viewers (the extent to which that TV show has been accepted by the viewers).
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There are other indicators of popularity, but Nielsen provides network and sponsor with comprehensive information about viewer demographics, not just the number of eyeballs watching.

Actually, I'm not quite sure I understand your question. It's hard to argue against a show which places in the top 10 in the Nielsens being a hit, but it's certainly been done before--most infamously in the case of a show mentioned by a number of posters, Bridget Loves Bernie.
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The sitcoms Union Square and Jesse were cancelled by NBC after short runs because they lost a lot of ground from Friends. A high-rated show should not be cancelled just because it lost ground to another program. If only I had gone to the fan fiction and fake-renewed the shows for a few additional seasons. Christina Applegate would have been good-looking on Jesse After Married With Children. NBC would be such an idiotic network to cancel a high rated show without giving the show a chance to go out with a good series finale, like The Single Guy did. They shouldn't even be cancelling a Top 30 show for no reason even when it loses ground to another Top 30 Show.
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Sledgehammer
When Things Were Rotten
Gilligans Island
The Addams Family
The Musters
Lots Of Luck
Battlestar Galactica
Buck Rogers in The 24th Century
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The Last Precinct
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I know Last Precinct aired in 1986 on NBC Friday nights and can name two of its stars, but that's because I'm a geek. I think it's been largely forgotten for decades.
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