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Let’s be Huge TV Shows that faded into obscurity

I’m The Six Million Dollar Man.

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by Anonymousreply 249July 11, 2024 3:47 PM

Eight is Enough

Family Affair

My Three Sons

by Anonymousreply 1July 8, 2024 1:55 AM

"Dick" York made me tingle down there now and then - and, yes, I'm an Elder Gay.

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by Anonymousreply 2July 8, 2024 1:59 AM

The Cosby Show - and we know why

by Anonymousreply 3July 8, 2024 2:01 AM

Bewitched did not fade into obscurity. It is still widely watched and loved.

The Cosby Show will never fall into obscurity for the same obvious reasons. It might just be difficult to find.

I think Get Smart is a better example. Huge hit in the 60s. Lots of Emmys. You can't find it anymore.

by Anonymousreply 4July 8, 2024 2:04 AM

I don't know if Felicity would be considered a huge show, but it's never mentioned. Lost was huge, but nobody has a desire to watch it again.

by Anonymousreply 5July 8, 2024 2:07 AM

Cosby Show

Hill Street Blues


China Beach

by Anonymousreply 6July 8, 2024 2:09 AM

Partridge Family, Family Affair, Streets of San Francisco, Marcus Welby M.D., Room 222, Laugh In, Ed Sullivan, Your Show of Shows, Gunsmoke, Medical Center, Cannon, Angie, Lou Grant, Too Close for Comfort, Simon & Simon, Webster, Riptide, L.A. Law...

by Anonymousreply 7July 8, 2024 2:11 AM

Adam 12, which I'd never even heard of until recently on DL. It ran for an entire decade.

by Anonymousreply 8July 8, 2024 2:12 AM

R7 trying to close the thread

by Anonymousreply 9July 8, 2024 2:13 AM

Loved the Six Million Dollar Man so much as a kid. I had a Steve Austin bionic doll - you could look though the back of his bionic head through his glass bionic eye! You could roll up the rubber skin on his bionic firearm and remove the Six Million Dollar fake silicon chip embedded there and do precisely nothing with it! I loved that show so much. It's strange they haven't rebooted it into a garbage movie with, say, Ben Stiller as the 60 Million Dollar Man, some stupid shit like that.

by Anonymousreply 10July 8, 2024 2:14 AM

Route 66

by Anonymousreply 11July 8, 2024 2:15 AM

R9 needs to be more imaginative.

by Anonymousreply 12July 8, 2024 2:15 AM

The Great American Hero and Remington Steele.

by Anonymousreply 13July 8, 2024 2:17 AM

Petticoat Junction

The Winds of War

War and Remembrance

I, Spy

Welcome Back Kotter


by Anonymousreply 14July 8, 2024 2:26 AM

R7 Cannon Fat Detective has been airing on MeTV for years now and remains very popular. .. I've read it's one of their HUGE draws.

My boyfriend watches it regularly just to see William Conrad run and to check out the cars seen in the series.

by Anonymousreply 15July 8, 2024 2:27 AM

Desperate Housewives was huge for a moment, but hasn't maintained the cult following that Dallas and Dynasty have. Knots Landing and Falcon Crest have their cults, but I think members would acknowledge the big Ds are the crowdpleasers.

by Anonymousreply 16July 8, 2024 2:29 AM

Winds Of War and War and Remembrance were huge tv events and they're both forgotten now.

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by Anonymousreply 18July 8, 2024 2:32 AM

R5 Lost. I agree. Forgot all about it

by Anonymousreply 19July 8, 2024 2:36 AM

Queen for a Day

by Anonymousreply 20July 8, 2024 2:39 AM

The Millionaire

by Anonymousreply 21July 8, 2024 2:43 AM

They were also really good R17 as were the books. Today it would be a Netflix or Amazon "Limited Series" with tons of CGI, mumbling actors with bad cosmetic surgery and cancelled before it was finished.

by Anonymousreply 22July 8, 2024 2:46 AM

I'm the forgotten "I Married Joan" show.

by Anonymousreply 23July 8, 2024 2:47 AM

R4 Get Smart is available a few places. Coincidentally, they're doing a Get Smart marathon on Catchy TV (free over the air) right now.

by Anonymousreply 24July 8, 2024 2:51 AM

R8 Adam-12 airs two episodes every evening on MeTV

R18 Dragnet airs two episodes every morning on MeTV.

by Anonymousreply 25July 8, 2024 2:54 AM

One Day at a Time

Gimme a Break

by Anonymousreply 26July 8, 2024 3:18 AM


by Anonymousreply 27July 8, 2024 3:24 AM

Damnit, r26!!!

by Anonymousreply 28July 8, 2024 3:28 AM


by Anonymousreply 29July 8, 2024 3:30 AM

Mr. Ed


by Anonymousreply 30July 8, 2024 3:34 AM

Hogan's Heroes

The Hogan Family

by Anonymousreply 31July 8, 2024 3:35 AM


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by Anonymousreply 32July 8, 2024 3:36 AM

I am wondering in what parallel universe "Riptide" was "a huge TV show." It had only 58 episodes.

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by Anonymousreply 34July 8, 2024 3:40 AM

Murphy Brown

by Anonymousreply 35July 8, 2024 3:41 AM

Burke's Law

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by Anonymousreply 36July 8, 2024 3:41 AM

Peyton Place

by Anonymousreply 37July 8, 2024 3:42 AM


We had fireman as a guest speaker in my 2nd grade class, 1977. Inspired by an episode of Emergency! (and to show how smart I was), I asked him, "What you do when the fire hose burns?!"

He looked at me nonplussed and said, "Firehoses don't burn."

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by Anonymousreply 38July 8, 2024 3:43 AM

Adventures in Paradise.

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by Anonymousreply 39July 8, 2024 3:46 AM

The Flip Wilson Show

Get Christie Love

The Captains and the Kings


The Governor and JJ

He and She

by Anonymousreply 40July 8, 2024 3:46 AM

[quote]They were also really good [R17] as were the books. Today it would be a Netflix or Amazon "Limited Series" with tons of CGI, mumbling actors with bad cosmetic surgery and cancelled before it was finished.

And they'd find a way to shoehorn contemporary themes in that were completely anamalous to the era.

by Anonymousreply 41July 8, 2024 3:48 AM

Barnaby Jones

by Anonymousreply 42July 8, 2024 3:49 AM

R38- it's okay! I'm sure you were adorable asking the question.

by Anonymousreply 43July 8, 2024 3:57 AM

“Here’s Lucy” is probably the least remembered of Lucille Ball’s long running sitcoms. It was never a hit in syndication.

by Anonymousreply 44July 8, 2024 4:02 AM

Here's Lucy was pretty awful.

by Anonymousreply 45July 8, 2024 4:04 AM

R45 It was wildly inconsistent. No continuity, zero focus. It was more like a variety show disguised as a sitcom.

by Anonymousreply 46July 8, 2024 4:08 AM

I never got into the last three "Lucy" vehicles. I blame Gale Gordon. And the fact that in Life with Lucy she was a walking corpse.

by Anonymousreply 47July 8, 2024 4:08 AM

Make Room For Daddy

by Anonymousreply 48July 8, 2024 4:13 AM

Sammy Davis Jr.’s performance on Here’s Lucy of Laura Nyro’s And When I Die is off the fucking chain.

Nobody who’s seen that is gonna forget it. He’s brilliant.

But Lucy’s estate blocks so much that I can’t link it.

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by Anonymousreply 49July 8, 2024 4:13 AM

R43 - you know, I never thought about it that way until now, it was just an embarrassing memory I've carried around inside my head for almost 50 years, but ... you're totally right. Thanks for that reply!

by Anonymousreply 50July 8, 2024 4:15 AM

R40 People may remember Get Christie Love! - more than likely because it's linked to the Made for TV Movie that spawned the series - but the TV show was not huge. It only lasted one season, averaging a measly No. 72 in the prime time ratings.

by Anonymousreply 51July 8, 2024 4:30 AM

Barnaby Jones is another one that's being recycled over and over on MeTV.

Also, Remington Steele is on MeTV+ every weekday morning.

by Anonymousreply 52July 8, 2024 4:31 AM

Barney Miller

by Anonymousreply 53July 8, 2024 4:37 AM

Make Boom For Daddy

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by Anonymousreply 54July 8, 2024 4:37 AM

I know “Mary Tyler Moore” was beloved and still has devotees, but it doesn’t seem to be as widely remembered today as, say, “Cheers”.

by Anonymousreply 55July 8, 2024 5:00 AM

30 Rock. I don't remember ever really seeing it play in syndication after its network run or on any cable stations like other sitcoms from its era.

by Anonymousreply 56July 8, 2024 5:21 AM

I'm Game of Thrones.

by Anonymousreply 57July 8, 2024 5:23 AM


The Untouchables

The Outer Limits

by Anonymousreply 58July 8, 2024 5:25 AM

Mad Men doesn't seem to have had a second life in syndication/streaming.

by Anonymousreply 59July 8, 2024 5:28 AM

Mad About You

by Anonymousreply 60July 8, 2024 5:29 AM

Im thinking of Toronto series of the late 80s early 90s like


Heat of the Night

Beauty and the Beast

by Anonymousreply 61July 8, 2024 5:29 AM

R57 Game of Thrones will fade into darkness mostly because of its psychotic fan base who felt they were culturally, socially or even intellectually superior to the ones who never watched it.

by Anonymousreply 62July 8, 2024 5:37 AM

Anthology series tend to fade away. With the exception of the X Files, because they balanced the anthology with a lot of stand alone episodes.

by Anonymousreply 63July 8, 2024 5:41 AM

You Can't Do That on Television

by Anonymousreply 64July 8, 2024 6:10 AM

Blansky’s Beauties


Grandpa Goes to Washington

by Anonymousreply 65July 8, 2024 6:26 AM

Most of the shows named in this thread were never really that big.

R57 named a good one.

Girls was supposed to be HBO's next Sex and the City. It was on for 5 years, very popular, racked up Emmy noms, but where is it now?

SATC is still pretty big in syndication. Girls faded into obscurity.

by Anonymousreply 66July 8, 2024 6:29 AM

R3 and r4 don’t know what words mean. Some things are not subjective.

by Anonymousreply 67July 8, 2024 6:39 AM

I meant r2. Apologies r4.

by Anonymousreply 68July 8, 2024 6:39 AM

Apology accepted.

by Anonymousreply 69July 8, 2024 6:47 AM

r67 You ok, sweetheart?

by Anonymousreply 70July 8, 2024 7:02 AM

I don't know if this counts, but I miss the "Made for TV" movies about true crimes, usually murders.

Anything on YouTube is often blurry to the point of being unwatchable.

"Fatal Vision." "Good Night, Sweet Wife." "The Deliberate Stranger." Etc.

by Anonymousreply 71July 8, 2024 8:14 AM

OP Six Million Dollar Man is on Peacock.

A lot of these titles are somewhere. You just have pay for them. Or they're on one of the commercial broadcast retro channels that are out there, and you just have to catch them in rotation.

R31 Hogan's Heroes has been running on MeTV far too long. Two episodes every fucking night for what seems like forever. It's the show that makes me change the channel.

by Anonymousreply 72July 8, 2024 11:51 AM

Me too r72

by Anonymousreply 73July 8, 2024 12:10 PM

[quote]Hogan's Heroes has been running on MeTV far too long. Two episodes every fucking night for what seems like forever.

Yeah, I love MeTV but it really is time for them to change their lineup.

by Anonymousreply 74July 8, 2024 1:31 PM

R63 isn’t anthology and stand-alone the same thing?

by Anonymousreply 75July 8, 2024 1:45 PM

Ally McBeal

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by Anonymousreply 77July 8, 2024 2:24 PM

[quote]Here's Lucy was pretty awful.

Here's Lucy may not have been a hit in syndication, but in the 80s it played a couple episodes in the middle of the night on local tv for years!

We couldn't escape its awfulness.

by Anonymousreply 78July 8, 2024 2:47 PM

Local tv in NYC, I meant.

by Anonymousreply 79July 8, 2024 2:47 PM


Telly Savalas is also pretty much forgotten.

by Anonymousreply 80July 8, 2024 2:59 PM

Maybe not “huge” but SISTERS ran for several seasons, won multiple Emmys, but seems forgotten now. I recorded it every Saturday night, and loved it. I wonder if I’d like it now.

by Anonymousreply 81July 8, 2024 3:58 PM

Mad About You

by Anonymousreply 82July 8, 2024 5:14 PM

[quote]Telly Savalas is also pretty much forgotten.

No he isn't.

by Anonymousreply 83July 8, 2024 5:16 PM

R82 found the ultimate. It’s reboot flopped too

by Anonymousreply 84July 8, 2024 5:34 PM

On DL nothing fades into obscurity.

by Anonymousreply 85July 8, 2024 5:36 PM


No one kept any eye on the sparrow.

by Anonymousreply 86July 8, 2024 5:41 PM

[quote]On DL nothing fades into obscurity.

DL is the repository for the mediocre.

by Anonymousreply 87July 8, 2024 5:42 PM

Were Suddenly Susan and Caroline in the City considered huge? They got big ratings because they followed Seinfeld and Friends.

by Anonymousreply 88July 8, 2024 5:44 PM

Lee Majors was so sexy back then.

by Anonymousreply 89July 8, 2024 5:45 PM


by Anonymousreply 90July 8, 2024 6:04 PM

Ugh I hated Coach, and my college friends always wanted to watch it.

by Anonymousreply 91July 8, 2024 6:06 PM

Just about everyone I know fucking loved Coach. I hated that show with a passion. I'm glad Shelley got a good gig cause I love her but dang that show was shit. That show was on for like 20 years to. Just like that shit show According to Jim.

by Anonymousreply 92July 8, 2024 6:12 PM

On a recent episode of Jeopardy! all of the contestants were stumped by clues about Bonanza and Bewitched.

by Anonymousreply 93July 8, 2024 6:59 PM

'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman'

by Anonymousreply 94July 8, 2024 7:11 PM

One Day At A Time will never fade into obscurity on DL.

by Anonymousreply 95July 8, 2024 7:13 PM

"The Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" reboot is what Norman Lear was working on when he died last year.

by Anonymousreply 96July 8, 2024 7:24 PM

[quote] One Day At A Time will never fade into obscurity on DL.

Or Alice.

by Anonymousreply 97July 8, 2024 7:36 PM

"Moonlighting" to my knowledge has never been in re-runs, unlike:

"Magnum, P.I."; "Kojak"; "Perry Mason"; "Hawaii 5-0"; "Matlock"; "Mannix"; "Peter Gunn"; "The Saint"; "Rockford Files"; "NCIS"; "Rizzoli and Isles"; and every iteration of "Law and Order."

by Anonymousreply 98July 8, 2024 7:58 PM

R80, Who loves ya, baby!

Most of the shows mentioned here have not faded into obscurity. As so many posters have written, MeTV airs a lot of them.

MeTV's forerunner in the 1980s, Nickelodeon, aired some that were fading in memory, but revived them:

Naked City...Paul Burke was hot

Car 54, Where Are you?

Time Tunnel

Land of the Giants

And others:

My Mother, The Car

Please Don't Eat The Daisies!

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

by Anonymousreply 99July 8, 2024 8:01 PM

Prison Break.

by Anonymousreply 100July 8, 2024 8:03 PM

Oh Madeline starring Madeline Kahn

by Anonymousreply 101July 8, 2024 8:05 PM

R77 it’s on Cozi every mafuckin’ day. They do lots of promos for it too. It hasn’t faded off of the map. You just need to pull your head out of your own ass.

by Anonymousreply 102July 8, 2024 8:06 PM

[quote]Route 66

You can find all 4 seasons on Tubi, Freevee, and Crackle.

by Anonymousreply 103July 8, 2024 8:07 PM

[quote] Oh Madeline starring Madeline Kahn

So many people on this thread have a strange definition of “huge TV shows.”

by Anonymousreply 104July 8, 2024 8:09 PM

R98 With only a total of 67 episodes, Moonlighting didn't have enough in the can to get the kind of syndication deals those other shows did when that type of thing seemed to matter more. One hundred was usually considered the magic number of episodes. It did get repeated on both Lifetime and Bravo cable channels, though.

by Anonymousreply 105July 8, 2024 8:50 PM

[quote] Were Suddenly Susan and Caroline in the City considered huge?

I don't know if they were huge ... but both of those shoes were rerun over and over on late-night, syndicated TV (at least here in Los Angeles on one of the local channels). .. Same with "Just Shoot Me." .. It's the only time I ever watched any of these three sitcoms. .. I never bothered tuning in when they aired during regular, broadcast prime time.

by Anonymousreply 106July 8, 2024 8:58 PM

Oh, Madeline was more successful than Caroline in the City and Just Shoot Me.

by Anonymousreply 107July 8, 2024 9:00 PM

[quote] Maybe not “huge” but SISTERS ran for several seasons, won multiple Emmys, but seems forgotten now. I recorded it every Saturday night, and loved it. I wonder if I’d like it now.

I bought the complete series on DVD in 2016 because I had and still have the feeling that it's never going be on a streaming service. At the time, I bought the DVDs I was closing on a house and I also had to go out of state for couple of months for my job. When I returned and moved into my house, I put a lot of TV and movie DVDs in the basement. I didn't watch the Sisters DVDs until the late spring/early summer of 2020 after my job moved to remote status and I was home more because of the covid lockdowns. On weekdays, I would watch a couple of episodes in the early morning before my workday and then a couple at night after work. I would watch maybe 6 or 7episodes during the weekends. It took me a couple of months to get through the entire series.

I enjoyed the rewatch for the most part. There were some storylines that I disliked during the rewatch like the storlylines involving Alex's plastic surgeon husband and the brat daughter Reed, The stuff with Georgie's husband having that weird singing career was annoying as fuck. The Charlie storyline didn't annoy me during the rewatch, but when the show originally aired on TV I couldn't stand it back then. I liked rewatching Sela Ward's performance as Teddy in the storylines about Teddy's daughter Cat being beaten and raped by a college classmate. Overall, I still liked the show and I think it sucks that's been forgotten.

by Anonymousreply 108July 8, 2024 9:02 PM

[quote] Oh, Madeline was more successful than Caroline in the City and Just Shoot Me.

“Caroline in the City” aired for four years, a total of 97 episodes. “Just Shoot Me!” aired for more than six years, a total of 145 episodes.

“Oh, Madeline” lasted less than six months. A mere 18 episodes.

By no objective metric was “Oh, Madeline” more successful than either of these programs.

Sorry to burst your bubble “Oh, Madeline” troll.

by Anonymousreply 109July 8, 2024 9:12 PM


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by Anonymousreply 111July 8, 2024 9:22 PM

I'm [italic] The Real McCoys [/italic] on even days, and [italic] Dobie Gillis [/italic] on odd days.

I have many odd days.

by Anonymousreply 112July 8, 2024 9:25 PM

R110 Eldergas have kept Flipper and shirtless Luke Halpin in his cut-offs alive.

Last time I saw it, it was free on Pluto.

by Anonymousreply 113July 8, 2024 9:33 PM

St Elsewhere, ER and Chicago Hope. Medical dramas don't seem to hold up well.

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by Anonymousreply 115July 8, 2024 9:47 PM

Medical Center would be worth it for Chad Everett's bulge in those scrubs. Even my grandmother giggled like a teenager.

by Anonymousreply 116July 8, 2024 9:48 PM

Like a shooting star, The Greatest American Hero (mentioned upthread) was one those shows blazed WHITE-HOT when it debuted, but fizzled quickly for various reasons (time slot, network interference in the creative direction of the show).

There were only 43 episodes of TGAH produced over three seasons. But for a hot minute in 1981 (mid-season replacement), it was a sensation! The theme song became a huge a hit, etc. It had so much potential; the possibilities with "the suit" were unlimited (as the instruction manual had been lost).

The only place I've ever seen re-runs is on the "Heroes & Icons" channel, several years ago.

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by Anonymousreply 117July 8, 2024 10:05 PM

R33 -

The 1983-84 TV season has "Riptide" as #18 (18.8 vs #1 Dallas at 25.7) The 1984-85 TV season has "Riptide" as #14 (19.2 vs #1 Dynasty at 25.0)

I never watched the show (not my type of thing), but I'd call that a hit.

by Anonymousreply 118July 8, 2024 10:28 PM

Moonlighting is now streaming on Hulu.

by Anonymousreply 119July 8, 2024 10:35 PM

Has Ally McBeal held up?

In the latter 90s it seemed all of commercial television rested on the boney shoulders of Calista Flockhart and Jenna Elfman.

by Anonymousreply 120July 8, 2024 10:53 PM

Peyton Place.

by Anonymousreply 121July 8, 2024 10:59 PM

I watched the first two seasons off Ally McBeal on Hulu, I think. I got tired of it after a while and stopped watching. Same with Moonlighting, which I loved as a kid.

by Anonymousreply 122July 8, 2024 11:06 PM

Cover Up is forgotten today, even it was very popular at the time, and Jon Erik Hexum died tragically on set.

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by Anonymousreply 123July 8, 2024 11:10 PM

It doesn't surprise me that many DL posters don't understand the meaning of "huge".

Seeing how its infested with micro-dicked incels.

by Anonymousreply 124July 8, 2024 11:19 PM

R4 There was a weekend Get Smart marathon on the over the air Catchy Comedy channel.

by Anonymousreply 125July 8, 2024 11:20 PM

R98 Moonlighting was on Bravo for a few years back in the day. Music licensing is holding it from being brought back.

by Anonymousreply 126July 8, 2024 11:33 PM

Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey

by Anonymousreply 127July 8, 2024 11:46 PM

30 Something.

by Anonymousreply 128July 9, 2024 12:36 AM

The Brady Bunch. Huge in syndication with Gen X but Gen Z has never heard of it

by Anonymousreply 129July 9, 2024 12:38 AM

Helen Lawson's Hellzapoppin' Variety Spectacular Hour

by Anonymousreply 130July 9, 2024 12:45 AM

9 to 5 had a fairly lengthy run despite the cast turnover, but you can’t find it anywhere.

by Anonymousreply 131July 9, 2024 12:48 AM

The Brady Bunch airs 2 episodes every Sunday on MeTV.

I await for the idiot who says The Flintstones was never again seen after its initial run.

by Anonymousreply 132July 9, 2024 1:05 AM

The Brady Bunch is also on Pluto (free) and Paramount + (subscription).

by Anonymousreply 133July 9, 2024 1:20 AM

[quote]The Brady Bunch. Huge in syndication with Gen X but Gen Z has never heard of it

What a load of horseshit. American Gen-whatevers absolutely know of The Brady Bunch & the 1990s Brady Bunch movies, even if they've never actually watched the show or movies.

by Anonymousreply 134July 9, 2024 1:47 AM

I think The Brady Bunch is like I Love Lucy and Full House. People are aware of these shows even if they've never seen an episode.

by Anonymousreply 135July 9, 2024 1:56 AM

R81 R106 R16 Sisters, Falcon Crest, and Knots Landing all ran in syndication on SOAPnet for years. It seemed like every time I was channel surfing and passed that channel, one of them was on. They had other prime time serial dramas from the 80s and 90s as well.

by Anonymousreply 136July 9, 2024 2:12 AM

Thank you, r105 and r119!

R105, Alas, I missed it on those two channels!

R119, I don't get Hulu, but I can buy the "Moonlighting" series via Amazon Prime, I just discovered! Love Season 4's spoof on "The Taming of the Shrew"!

by Anonymousreply 137July 9, 2024 3:02 AM


Too Close For Comfort

Falcon Crest

As The World Turns

by Anonymousreply 138July 9, 2024 3:59 AM

All My Children

by Anonymousreply 139July 9, 2024 4:19 AM

Picket Fences

by Anonymousreply 140July 9, 2024 5:25 AM

I don’t know if this was a “huge TV show” but Rock Hudson was a big star at the time.

I never see this show referenced in TV discussions. Maybe it really didn’t make a huge impression.

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by Anonymousreply 141July 9, 2024 5:28 AM

R141, I was channel surfing over the weekend and passed by COZI just as they were playing the "McMillan & Wife" closing credits, so that's one station that's currently showing it.

by Anonymousreply 142July 9, 2024 6:02 AM

Speaking of Sela Ward, you can’t find her other Emmy winning show, Once & Again, anywhere either. I loved that show..costarring my future husband, Billy Campbell.

by Anonymousreply 143July 9, 2024 10:30 AM

[quote]R141: I don’t know if this was a “huge TV show” but Rock Hudson was a big star at the time.

It lasted six seasons; the last season was simply called 'McMillan,' since Mrs McMillan's character was killed off. Since it was part of a 'wheel show' (cycling with other shows on NBC Mystery Theater), that didn't amount to a large volume of episodes - just 40 overall.

A few years ago, I bought the DVD boxed set from VEI; it included 'The Snoop Sisters' as a bonus.

by Anonymousreply 144July 9, 2024 11:22 AM

Most of these were not huge shows.

by Anonymousreply 145July 9, 2024 12:00 PM

R141 McMillan and Wife was indeed huge. It was one of my parent's favorites, and I remember watching it on Sunday nights.

by Anonymousreply 146July 9, 2024 12:07 PM

R145 = Size kween

by Anonymousreply 147July 9, 2024 12:09 PM

All In The Family- was HUGE in importance and popularity in the 1970’s.

But it’s not forgotten- I had to mention it anyway.

Edith- Archie, please be nice.

Archie- I’m always nice. Now sit THE HELL DOWN!

by Anonymousreply 148July 9, 2024 12:16 PM

It's a Living with gay icon Ann Jillian

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by Anonymousreply 149July 9, 2024 2:58 PM

TvOne airs the Cosby show, Roseanne airs on CMT. Both shows derailed their final few seasons.

I don’t think old real world episodes lasted long in syndication.

Westerns have been pretty resilient in syndication surprisingly so has mamas family which airs on metv, logo and CMT and has run continuously in reruns since it went off the air in 1990.

Daria had a similar music licensing issue to Moonlighting. When it finally came out on DVD the music was replaced with some generic background music.

by Anonymousreply 150July 9, 2024 3:39 PM

Welcome Back, Kotter was pretty huge when I was a kid. Most of that had to do with the emergence of John Travolta. But Gabe Kaplan was an annoying HORRIBLE actor, and most of the other Sweathogs were one-trick ponies. There was an underlying ugliness to the show, as if all the characters had BO and bad breath, especially that greasy Epstein and ignoramous, it’s Pat-looking Horschak.

I’ve seen it rerun an obscure cable channel, and it just doesn’t hold up, not even in a hate-watch sore of way, like Alice or One Day at a Time.

by Anonymousreply 151July 9, 2024 3:48 PM

R151, they still provided him with the generic out-of-his-league hot wife - only, they made her ugly by having her wear glasses.

by Anonymousreply 152July 9, 2024 3:55 PM

Hotel with Connie Seleca and James Brolin

by Anonymousreply 153July 9, 2024 7:04 PM

Golden Girls

by Anonymousreply 154July 9, 2024 8:19 PM

R13 R117 Greatest American Hero is on Crackle.

by Anonymousreply 155July 9, 2024 8:50 PM

Disco Detective starring Helen Lawson

by Anonymousreply 156July 9, 2024 9:16 PM

Anyone remember Police Story? I don't think it was a ratings killer but I liked it, as a teen.

I thought Police Woman would be somehow related but no. Pure trashy fun.

by Anonymousreply 157July 9, 2024 9:48 PM

Marcus Welby. Which, surprisingly was a really good show. I recently watched a few episodes on YouTube just for a sort of time capsule type thing. It was a really good show. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The sidekick was hot as fuck. I think his nurse was the first spicy Latina on TV.

by Anonymousreply 158July 9, 2024 9:50 PM

Police woman

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by Anonymousreply 159July 9, 2024 9:50 PM

Why should a teevee show endure? Obscurity seems to be their natural fate.

by Anonymousreply 160July 9, 2024 9:53 PM

Police Woman airs on weekends on GetTV.

by Anonymousreply 161July 9, 2024 9:55 PM

[quote] Speaking of Sela Ward, you can’t find her other Emmy winning show, Once & Again, anywhere either. I loved that show..costarring my future husband, Billy Campbell.

I remember that show did a get a bit of buzz for awhile. I also enjoyed it.

by Anonymousreply 162July 9, 2024 9:55 PM

Star Trek

Twilight Zone

One Step Beyond

The Outer Limits

Lost in Space


Get Christie Love

by Anonymousreply 163July 9, 2024 10:23 PM

^ Star Trek and the Twilight Zone are obscure?????

by Anonymousreply 164July 9, 2024 10:51 PM

Star Trek is the opposite of obscure

by Anonymousreply 165July 9, 2024 10:55 PM

Plus, R108, Sela had young George Clooney as her hot cop boyfriend for several episodes.

by Anonymousreply 166July 9, 2024 11:00 PM

Has thirtysomething been mentioned yet?

by Anonymousreply 167July 9, 2024 11:10 PM

Yes R167

by Anonymousreply 168July 9, 2024 11:14 PM

NBC Nightly News

by Anonymousreply 169July 9, 2024 11:35 PM

Marcus Welby is a top shelf reply

by Anonymousreply 170July 9, 2024 11:42 PM


by Anonymousreply 171July 9, 2024 11:44 PM

ER was huge in its day and it's pretty much faded away. As another poster said, medical dramas don't seem to have staying power.

by Anonymousreply 172July 9, 2024 11:52 PM

Queen for a Day

by Anonymousreply 173July 9, 2024 11:55 PM

F-Troop with the deadly Larry Storch

by Anonymousreply 174July 10, 2024 12:00 AM

The Carol Burnett Show.

by Anonymousreply 175July 10, 2024 12:01 AM

Is M*A*S*H forgotten?

by Anonymousreply 176July 10, 2024 12:02 AM

Carol Burnett show airs nightly on ME TV and ME TV+

by Anonymousreply 177July 10, 2024 12:03 AM

Not amongst straight guys. I hate M*A fucking *S*H. Especially Alan Alda Most punchable face ever.

by Anonymousreply 178July 10, 2024 12:03 AM

M*A*S*H airs nightly on MeTV.Four back-to-back episodes airing in a two-hour block from 6-8 p.m.

by Anonymousreply 179July 10, 2024 12:05 AM

Who let in the publicist for MeTV?

by Anonymousreply 180July 10, 2024 12:06 AM

“You under arrest, sugah!”

As a gayling, I was enamored with Get Christie Love and randomly pointed my finger at people and sassily told they under arrest, sugah. My mom was mortified.

Happy Days was massive in the mid-70s, and ran in syndication for a while, but it’s largely forgotten now. Everybody knows “jumped the shark,” but do they know it came from Happy Days?

by Anonymousreply 181July 10, 2024 12:08 AM


by Anonymousreply 182July 10, 2024 12:14 AM

What about “James at 15” starring then hunky actor Lance Kerwin?

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by Anonymousreply 183July 10, 2024 12:16 AM

r 181: And "Joanie Loves Chachi" the spinoffs is even more forgotten.

by Anonymousreply 184July 10, 2024 12:17 AM

The A Team.

by Anonymousreply 185July 10, 2024 12:21 AM

Unless I'm going blind, The Bionic Woman was not mentioned.

Lindsay had a "Bionic Vadge" that would destroy the man that would fuck her.

This is why I was Gay!

by Anonymousreply 186July 10, 2024 12:30 AM

No r167. Good one.

by Anonymousreply 187July 10, 2024 12:31 AM

Banachek (Did I spell that correctly)?


r181: I DID THE SAME THING! I loved how cool and tough Theresa Graves was - it was a shock that afterwards she became a mealy-mouthed anti-feminist Jehovah's Witness.

r185: YES! Remember how popular Mr. T was?

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by Anonymousreply 188July 10, 2024 12:39 AM

“That was the first time I kissed a black man above the waist”

by Anonymousreply 189July 10, 2024 12:43 AM

R185, Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.---5:00 p.m.

"Heroes and Icons" Channel. (H&I)

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by Anonymousreply 190July 10, 2024 12:45 AM

Murphy Brown. I don't give a fuck where it's run everyday either.

by Anonymousreply 191July 10, 2024 12:46 AM

R188, "Columbo" is shown on the COZI Channel.

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by Anonymousreply 192July 10, 2024 12:53 AM

But, r191, if a show is still on the air?

Yes, not as popular. Yes, not as Prime Time, perhaps. Did you somehow think a sit-com from the last century might yet be on a "big" network?

But whatever. You're not even a fan of the one show you mentioned!

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by Anonymousreply 194July 10, 2024 1:02 AM

Columbo is also showing on the Great American Family or whatever it's called. I don't think it's forgotten, people were talking about watching Columbo reruns during the pandemic

by Anonymousreply 195July 10, 2024 1:04 AM

The Real McCoys

by Anonymousreply 196July 10, 2024 1:15 AM


by Anonymousreply 197July 10, 2024 1:17 AM

Petticoat Junction

by Anonymousreply 198July 10, 2024 1:20 AM

The Loretta Young Show- ran 8 seasons starting in 1953.

by Anonymousreply 199July 10, 2024 1:20 AM

A lot of the shows I was thinking of were already mentioned so I'll add:

Brothers & Sisters Veronica's Closet Small Wonder Mr. Belvedere Jesse (NBC)

by Anonymousreply 200July 10, 2024 1:28 AM

R149 - Why the hell did I think Ann Jillian died 30 years ago from breast cancer?

by Anonymousreply 201July 10, 2024 2:12 AM

R152 - True, her good looks really didn't cover the spread created by her overall cuntiness. And that goes for the actress too. Marcia Strassman must've thought she Tina fucking Louise with the star trip going on in head.

by Anonymousreply 202July 10, 2024 2:15 AM

[quote] Who let in the publicist for MeTV?

That's what I was thinking, R180. I hate to break it to some of you, but reruns on 4th tier streaming channel or airing at 2 am on low rent cable outfits IS THE DEFINITION of obscurity.

by Anonymousreply 203July 10, 2024 2:19 AM

“It Takes A Thief” with Robert Wagner, 1968-70. He was quite the attractive dish in it at the time to this then-gayling.

by Anonymousreply 204July 10, 2024 2:20 AM


by Anonymousreply 205July 10, 2024 2:27 AM

Northern Exposure

by Anonymousreply 206July 10, 2024 2:28 AM

St Elsewhere

by Anonymousreply 207July 10, 2024 2:28 AM

Small Wonder was not huge, R200.

by Anonymousreply 208July 10, 2024 2:31 AM

R183 - Poor thing aged about as well as Ron Howard... and then he died.

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by Anonymousreply 209July 10, 2024 2:31 AM

Oh I see no mentioned my past show Life Goes On.

by Anonymousreply 210July 10, 2024 3:26 AM

"Marcus Welby. Which, surprisingly was a really good show. I recently watched a few episodes on YouTube just for a sort of time capsule type thing. It was a really good show. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. The sidekick was hot as fuck. I think his nurse was the first spicy Latina on TV."

R158, that "sidekick" is Mr. Barbra Streisand to you!

by Anonymousreply 211July 10, 2024 3:31 AM

[quote]R178 I hate M*A fucking *S*H. Especially Alan Alda Most punchable face ever.

Is suicide painless, really?

Is it?

by Anonymousreply 212July 10, 2024 3:35 AM

[quote]Petticoat Junction

PJ airs every Saturday morning at 5am on MeTV.

by Anonymousreply 213July 10, 2024 3:38 AM

Hugshe tv showsh that faded into obshcurity

by Anonymousreply 214July 10, 2024 3:52 AM

Lizsha, I'd say the Judy Garland Show has faded into obscurity, despite the fact you were in it.

by Anonymousreply 215July 10, 2024 4:27 AM

The OC

by Anonymousreply 216July 10, 2024 4:31 AM


by Anonymousreply 217July 10, 2024 4:54 AM

Most of these shows WERE NOT HUGE!

by Anonymousreply 218July 10, 2024 5:20 AM

Real McCoys are on four free streaming services and two subscription.

Laugh-In is also on five free streaming services and two subscription. It doesn't hold up. Most of it's pretty dumb

by Anonymousreply 219July 10, 2024 7:49 AM

90210 is still very popular that it's usually subscription or pay-per-episode. But right now, Pluto (free) is running the series as a promotion.

by Anonymousreply 220July 10, 2024 8:05 AM

R218 Are you sure you’re ok, sweetie?

by Anonymousreply 221July 10, 2024 11:24 AM


by Anonymousreply 222July 10, 2024 11:32 AM

Respect R163, I was reading the list backwards.

- R222

by Anonymousreply 223July 10, 2024 11:34 AM

[quote] Especially Alan Alda Most punchable face ever.

He pretty much encapsulates the crappy side of the 70s.

by Anonymousreply 224July 10, 2024 11:42 AM

Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and pretty much anything ever made by Chuck Lorre is destined to be on this list in a few years.

by Anonymousreply 225July 10, 2024 11:43 AM

No R203, obscurity is not airing in syndication at all

Or not available on any platform and only in crappy pirated copies (like my fave Homefront with a delicious young Kyle Chandler)

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by Anonymousreply 227July 10, 2024 1:16 PM

The Mentalist

by Anonymousreply 228July 10, 2024 3:31 PM

Dammit Julie! Dammit Barbara!

Why aren't we on Metv?


by Anonymousreply 229July 10, 2024 3:56 PM

hugely obscure - or - obscurely huge

Reading the thread, it seems like 95% of these oxymorons are still being shown somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 230July 10, 2024 7:49 PM


by Anonymousreply 231July 10, 2024 10:36 PM

They weren't huge but the mention of "Sisters" reminded me of 3 other Saturday shows from that era that have since dropped off the TV radar: Nurses, Profiler and the Pretender.

by Anonymousreply 232July 10, 2024 10:36 PM

Cell Block H

by Anonymousreply 233July 11, 2024 12:49 AM

We should get super hung up on the definition of true obscurity, since this is a dissertation website!

by Anonymousreply 234July 11, 2024 2:26 AM

[quote] They weren't huge but the mention of "Sisters" reminded me of 3 other Saturday shows from that era that have since dropped off the TV radar: Nurses, Profiler and the Pretender.

I remember those three. They weren't great, but decent enough if you wanted to watch something on a Saturday night if you were home.

by Anonymousreply 235July 11, 2024 3:23 AM

Has Empty Nest been mentioned? God, that show sucked.

by Anonymousreply 236July 11, 2024 3:33 AM

R236 lol I forget about that one and it was a Saturday night NBC show.

by Anonymousreply 237July 11, 2024 3:36 AM

Step By Step

by Anonymousreply 238July 11, 2024 3:41 AM

[quote] Brothers & Sisters Veronica's Closet Small Wonder Mr. Belvedere Jesse (NBC)

Not one of these was huge. This assignment was so easy yet apparently impossible.

by Anonymousreply 239July 11, 2024 3:45 AM

This thread has brought back memories of when broadcast networks had scripted shows on Saturday nights. Early Edition was a Saturday night show, but came out on BS. It was another Kyle Chandler show.

by Anonymousreply 240July 11, 2024 3:46 AM

The Golden Girls will never be obscure!!!!

by Anonymousreply 241July 11, 2024 4:06 AM

This thread can now move to the one on "Old Shit on TV".

by Anonymousreply 242July 11, 2024 4:37 AM

The Red Skelton Show

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by Anonymousreply 244July 11, 2024 6:35 AM

[quote]I think Get Smart is a better example. Huge hit in the 60s. Lots of Emmys. You can't find it anymore.

Catchy Comedy (formerly Decades) had a "Get Smart" marathon all last weekend.

by Anonymousreply 245July 11, 2024 6:46 AM

Predictably, this thread just turned into an uninteresting list of old TV shows.

by Anonymousreply 246July 11, 2024 6:48 AM

R231 - Tell us you're on the spectrum without saying you're on the spectrum.

by Anonymousreply 247July 11, 2024 12:13 PM

The Trump Administration that nobody seems to remember.

by Anonymousreply 248July 11, 2024 12:21 PM


Rat Patrol

My non DNA dad had them on every day

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