Classic TV Shows Forgotten By Time

By Sophia Maddox | May 3, 2024

Dark Angel

Think you've got what it takes to be a television trivia master? Get ready to put your knowledge to the test! From forgotten series featuring Lucy's return to TV to George Clooney's lesser-known appearances in emergency room dramas, we're diving into the world of classic TV shows that have slipped from memory.

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Dark Angel was a smash hit for FOX. Before she was a working mom and the brains behind The Honest Company, Jessica Alba was Max, an enhanced supersoldier. Max looked like other teenagers except for the barcode tattoo on the back of her neck that designated her one of the test subjects from a government experiment. Working as a bike messenger, she hid from the government while helping Logan Cale, a journalist, expose the experiment and the government's secrets.

The chemistry between Alba and her co-star, Michael Weatherly, was clear on-screen and carried over into real life when they two became engaged. Adding to the thrill and excitement of the sci-fi tale was the addition of Jensen Ackles as Alec, a clone who looked just like Max's brother. Season two introduced the lovable Joshua, a man and dog hybrid, but it wasn't enough to save Dark Angel, which ended on a cliffhanger.

Misfits Of Science

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Friends wasn't the first sitcom that featured Courteney Cox. Before she was Monica, she was Gloria, a telekinetic teen and the fourth billed actor in the forgotten Misfits of Science. The show went live on October 4, 1985, but only managed to hold onto its time slot for a few months. It featured Dr. Billy Hayes and Dr. El Lincoln who recruited teenagers with unique abilities, including Gloria and Johnny.

Though you might think the story focused on their sci-fi abilities, it was more of a sitcom that just happened to have some sci-fi in it. NBC aired a 90-minute pilot followed by 14 episodes. Citing a lack of interest, the network canceled the show before airing the final episode. Many fans recall the funky theme song and the credits, unlike anything on TV at the time. Misfits of Science is a forgotten show today that didn't even get an American DVD release.