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Old 11-29-2018, 03:59 AM   #1
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Default Why did F Troop only last 2 seasons??

It was certainly funny enough to last at least 5 or 6 seasons!
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Economics is what killed F Troop. When the show went from black and white to color in the fall of 1966, it became more expensive to produce. Production took up most of the Warner Ranch lot that didn't make the new owners of Warner Bros., Seven Arts happy so ABC discharged the sitcom after two seasons. It should have had a longer run.
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The Warner studio head didn't like "wasting" such a large outdoor area (for Fort Courage and the town) on one TV show. Also, reportedly the then-new color production process was very expensive.
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They should've raised the ad rates and/or slightly reduced the pay of the actors and staff.

If you told the actors and staff you have a choice. The show can end and you'll get NOTHING or we can keep having FUN for another season but you have to take less pay.

Less pay is better than NOTHING so I'd take that deal! It's not like any of the F Troop actors went on to superstardom in the next year or 2 after F Troop.
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Economics is what killed F Troop. When the show went from black and white to color in the fall of 1966, it became more expensive to produce. Production took up most of the Warner Ranch lot that didn't make the new owners of Warner Bros., Seven Arts happy so ABC discharged the sitcom after two seasons. It should have had a longer run.
Yeah and it was really a shame. It deserved many more seasons. It was a funny show with great characters, with a different style from most sitcoms of the time.

I think if they had let it go a few more years it would have done much better in syndication, and that would have been more money to the studio. Ah well.

I didn't even know the show existed until MeTV ran it about 5 years ago and I'm very thankful they did.
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Yeah, UNIQUE is a good word to describe it. It's the ONLY western comedy TV show ever made!

Is there a western TV comedy I'm missing??
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There was "Best of the West," 1981-82.
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There was "Best of the West," 1981-82.
I'm guessing it bombed because it only lasted one season and nobody's heard of it??
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I guess Dusty's Trail was a western, too.
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I'm guessing it bombed because it only lasted one season and nobody's heard of it??
I watched the complete series when it was still on YouTube a few years ago and I have to say that it was the funniest single season sitcom that I've ever watched. I read that ABC delayed the renewing of the series for a second season and Joel Higgins ended up signing to star in Silver Spoons. ABC ended up announcing that they decided to renew Best Of The West, but they had to cancel it because Joel Higgins was no longer available.
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I watched the complete series when it was still on YouTube a few years ago and I have to say that it was the funniest single season sitcom that I've ever watched. I read that ABC delayed the renewing of the series for a second season and Joel Higgins ended up signing to star in Silver Spoons. ABC ended up announcing that they decided to renew Best Of The West, but they had to cancel it because Joel Higgins was no longer available.
I wonder why no sitcom network shows it if it's so good?
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There was "Best of the West," 1981-82.
also "RANGO" with Tim Conway which also ran just one season; 1966-67 on ABC.
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Pistols 'n Petticoats, 1966-67.
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Pistols 'n Petticoats, 1966-67.
I don't know anything about that show but the title is hilarious!
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Pistols n Petticoats probably would have gotten a renewal, but its star (Ann Sheridan) fell ill and died prior to the end of the season.

Warner Bros. made a BIG mistake in cancelling F-Troop. Had they done a few more seasons, it would have become a syndication staple, like “Hogan’s Heroes”. A classic example of playing the short game, not the long game. I hope whoever was responsible for the decision got fired, because they cost the studio millions.
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