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Old 08-25-2010, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default Sitcom Bombs: A Guide to the Most Forgettable TV Comedies Book Review

Before "Friends", in what situation comedy flops did Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Matthew Perry appear? Which sitcoms were canceled after only a single episode? What sitcom bomb was described by one critic as "Will & Graceless"? Which Oscar-winning actress made her TV series debut in a comedy that lasted just four episodes? The answers to these questions and other fascinating facts are found in "Sitcom Bombs: A Guide to the Most Forgettable TV Comedies." From "A.E.S. Hudson Street" to "Zorro and Son", from comedies about a talking dog and a 1300 year-old dragon, to shows featuring a bisexual Abraham Lincoln and a gay congressman, "Sitcom Bombs" details over 140 situation comedies that disappeared from TV almost as quickly as they appeared. The book describes sitcoms that lasted for less than six episodes, who created and starred in them, and what became of the actors and creators after their shows were canceled

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What are all your all-time favorite or least favorite sitcom bombs? How many have you seen episodes of?

I enjoyed Working Stiffs, Crumbs and Kitchen Confidential. I've probably seen episodes of around 20 of the sitcoms that are covered in the book.
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Yeah, I've seen or own copies of quite a few of the shows on the list. My favorite bad TV shows on that list are Scorch, Checking In, and Nearly Departed.
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The only one of the shows on the list I ever watched was A.E.S. Hudson Street and I thought it was decent. The acting and writing was good, but something tragic happened behind the scenes that make me think that low ratings isn't the only reason the show ended after only 5 episodes:

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would you believe that in 94/95 i actully picked daddys girls do do better than friends in the ratings shows you what i know
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Most spring tryout shows last for only 4 to 6 episodes. Few of them are ever picked up for a fall run. They have to really do extremely well to be considered. Some do, such as The Wonder Years but most do not. I wouldn't put these into the bomb category.
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would you believe that in 94/95 i actully picked daddys girls do do better than friends in the ratings shows you what i know
I remember that show. Dudley Moore, right?
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I remember that show. Dudley Moore, right?
Yes! Dudley Moore played a single father with three daughters. The daughters were played by Stacy Galina, Meredith Scott Lynn, and Keri Russell.
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Thanks - I knew Keri Russell was in it but was unfamiliar with the rest of the cast.
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I saw "Aliens in the Family" and yes, that WAS a stupid TGIF Show. "Mr. Cooper" was a better show than that!
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^ I don't even remember that show. Sounds like I didn't miss much!!
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^ I don't even remember that show. Sounds like I didn't miss much!!
Nope...you didn't.
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...was essentially a "live-action cartoon", featuring life-sized "Muppets" interacting with "real" actors. It belonged on ABC's Saturday morning schedule, not 9pm(et) on Fridays...and that's exactly where it ended up in the summer of '96, to "burn off" its remaining episodes. Today, a series like that would be perfectly comfortable in prime-time on, say, "The Disney Channel".

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...that was CBS' answer to "ROSEANNE", starring Nell Carter....it just wasn't as funny. Six episodes were taped (including a Christmas episode, on its second week!), but only five were shown. Bill Irvin, the author of "Sitcom Bombs", doesn't know why, but I remember why: On January 19, 1991, CBS pre-empted most of its Saturday night schedule for live coverage of the second day of the Gulf War...and "YOU TAKE THE KIDS" happend to be scheduled on Saturdays at 8pm(et), and the final episode was supposed to appear that very evening. There was no reason for the network to ever reschedule the final episode because of the terrible ratings the series earned, and the Gulf War virtually finished it off.

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...was essentially a "live-action cartoon", featuring life-sized "Muppets" interacting with "real" actors. It belonged on ABC's Saturday morning schedule, not 9pm(et) on Fridays...and that's exactly where it ended up in the summer of '96, to "burn off" its remaining episodes. Today, a series like that would be perfectly comfortable in prime-time on, say, "The Disney Channel".

Thanks for the info - I'd never even heard of it!! But like I said before, sounds like I didn't miss much.
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The only one of the shows on the list I ever watched was A.E.S. Hudson Street and I thought it was decent. The acting and writing was good, but something tragic happened behind the scenes that make me think that low ratings isn't the only reason the show ended after only 5 episodes:

http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/...d.php?t=262633
Gee, I wonder why you chose to watch A.E.S. Hudson Street, Monika?

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