25 TV Shows That Only Lasted A Few Episodes

by Camelot_2000 | created - 26 Sep 2014 | updated - 26 Sep 2014 | Public

Some TV shows can continue on for years while others have an extremely brief run before getting cancelled. Here are 25 of them.

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1. Checking In (1981– )

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of Florence Johnson, a hotel maid who was previously seen serving the Jeffersons.

Stars: Marla Gibbs, Patrick Collins, Robert Costanzo, Jordan Gibbs

Votes: 27

2. Enos (1980–1981)

60 min | Action, Comedy

The big city adventures of Officer Enos Strate of Hazzard County.

Stars: Sonny Shroyer, Samuel E. Wright, John Dehner, John Milford

Votes: 102

3. Three's a Crowd (1984–1985)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

Jack Tripper's co-habitation with Vicky Bradford is complicated by her hostile father's interference as Jack's landlord.

Stars: John Ritter, Mary Cadorette, Alan Campbell, Robert Mandan

Votes: 676

4. The Powers of Matthew Star (1982–1983)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The adventures of high-school student Matthew Star, who is actually a superpowered alien Prince from another world.

Stars: Peter Barton, Louis Gossett Jr., Amy Steel, James Karen

Votes: 290

5. Sanford (1980–1981)

30 min | Comedy

Further adventures of Fred Sanford. The old cast is here, except Lamont. Fred has a new partner and a new girlfriend.

Stars: Redd Foxx, Dennis Burkley, Marguerite Ray, Clinton Derricks-Carroll

Votes: 212

6. All-American Girl (1994–1995)

30 min | Comedy

Based around the stand-up routines of comedian Margaret Cho, this series looked at the culture clashes that occured between a traditional Korean mother and her fully Americanized daughter. ... See full summary »

Stars: Margaret Cho, Amy Hill, Jodi Long, Clyde Kusatsu

Votes: 357

7. 704 Hauser (1994– )

30 min | Comedy

A black family, the Cumberbatches, moves into the former Queens home of Archie Bunker years after Bunker had sold the house located at 704 Hauser Street.

Stars: John Amos, Lynnie Godfrey, T.E. Russell, Maura Tierney

Votes: 63

8. The Chevy Chase Show (1993– )

60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Chevy Chase hosts his own short-lived talk show.

Stars: Chevy Chase, Ron Russ, Robert Townsend, Oleta Adams

Votes: 184

9. The Golden Palace (1992–1993)

30 min | Comedy

While Dorothy got married again, Blanche, Rose and Sophia opened a hotel, called The Golden Palace.

Stars: Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, Don Cheadle

Votes: 1,075

10. Blansky's Beauties (1977– )

30 min | Comedy

Nancy Blansk's, gruff but loving. Busy housing, mothering, and even choreographing for a hotel's showgirls. Besides the young ladies. she also provides a home for her nephew; a dancer named Joey and 12-year old junior-womaniser; Anthony.

Stars: Nancy Walker, Caren Kaye, Eddie Mekka, Scott Baio

Votes: 70

11. Bagdad Cafe (1990– )

30 min | Comedy

Sitcom based on the 1987 indie hit "Bagdad Café" follows two women, a desert motel and diner owner and her guest whose husbands just left them, who slowly develop a rocky friendship. Several colorful characters live there as well.

Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Jean Stapleton, James Gammon, Monica Calhoun

Votes: 278

12. Cop Rock (1990)

60 min | Drama, Musical

The musical adventures of a police force.

Stars: Anne Bobby, Barbara Bosson, David Gianopoulos, Larry Joshua

Votes: 452

13. Mr. T and Tina (1976– )

30 min | Comedy

Taro, a single father, relocates because of business from Japan to Chicago. Conservative Taro wants a traditional nanny for his children Aki and Sachi. But he gets Nebraska born Tina, who challenges his orthodox ways.

Stars: Susan Blanchard, June Angela, Gene Profanato, Pat Suzuki

Votes: 30

14. Top of the Heap (1991)

30 min | Comedy

A spin-off with characters from the "Married...with Children" series. Intellectually challenged Vinnie and his chronically unemployed father share an apartment. Re-worked the following year as "Vinnie and Bobby."

Stars: Joseph Bologna, Matt LeBlanc, Joey Lauren Adams, Rita Moreno

Votes: 157

15. Vinnie & Bobby (1992– )

30 min | Comedy

A re-tooled continuation of the "Top of the Heap" TV series, which was also a spinoff of characters from "Married...with Children."

Stars: Matt LeBlanc, Robert Torti, John Pinette, Joey Lauren Adams

Votes: 72

16. Mary (1978– )

60 min | Comedy

After Mary Tyler Moore's long running sitcom ended, she tried to venture in comedy-variety. This was one of her attempts. It follows the same formula used in such shows like Carol Burnett. ... See full summary »

Stars: James Hampton, Judith Kahan, Michael Keaton, Swoosie Kurtz

Votes: 41

17. The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (1979– )

60 min | Comedy

Mary Tyler Moore plays Mary McKinnon, who stars in a variety show. Everyweek she has to deal with her producer, Harry over what to do on that week's episode. Also she has an assistant, Iris... See full summary »

Stars: Dody Goodman, Michael Keaton, Mary Tyler Moore, Ron Rifkin

Votes: 79

18. Mary (1985–1986)

30 min | Comedy

In Mary, this time Moore is a forty something divorcee, Mary Brenner, working at a seedy tabloid, the Chicago Eagle. After being a writer at a fashion magazine that went out of business, ... See full summary »

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, James Farentino, John Astin, David Byrd

Votes: 56

19. Tabitha (1976–1978)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Tabitha Stephens is the daughter of Samantha and Darrin Stephens. Like her mother, she's got natural witchly powers, but now she's all grown up.

Stars: Lisa Hartman, Robert Urich, Mel Stewart, David Ankrum

Votes: 225

20. The Nutt House (1989– )

30 min | Comedy

This short-lived comedy dealt with the day to day lives of the staff and (rare) guests in a New York hotel that had fallen on hard times.

Stars: Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Brian McNamara, Molly Hagan

Votes: 43

21. Gloria (1982–1983)

30 min | Comedy

This spin-off of "All in the Family" features the further adventures of Gloria Stivic and her son Joey. She and Mike are separated and she's gotten a job in a veterinarian's office.

Stars: Sally Struthers, Burgess Meredith, Jo de Winter, Christian Jacobs

Votes: 138

22. Billy (1992– )

30 min | Comedy

A Scottish teacher named Billy MacGregor (Sir Billy Connolly) moves to the United States to build a new life for himself.

Stars: Billy Connolly, Marie Marshall, Clara Bryant, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 46

23. The Stockard Channing Show (1980)

30 min | Comedy

A slightly kooky divorcee named Susan, tries to make a life for herself in Los Angeles, but this as an assistant to an overbearing TV consumer advocate.

Stars: Stockard Channing, Ron Silver, Sydney Goldsmith, Max Showalter

Votes: 24

24. The Tortellis (1987)

30 min | Comedy

Nick Tortelli, the loutish ex-husband of Cheers waitress Carla Tortelli, moves to Las Vegas to try and reconcile with his bimbo second wife Loretta, who now lives with her more sensible, divorced sister Charlotte and nephew Mark.

Stars: Dan Hedaya, Jean Kasem, Timothy Williams, Mandy Ingber

Votes: 111

25. Life with Lucy (1986)

30 min | Comedy

Lucy Barker is a grandmother living with her daughter's family while constantly getting into comedic predicaments.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Ann Dusenberry, Larry Anderson

Votes: 256



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