Classic TV Shows Forgotten By Time

By Sophia Maddox | March 8, 2024

McCloud

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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McCloud took the fish out of the water plot so often seen on TV to the next level. Originally envisioned as a starring vehicle for Fess Parker, Dennis Weaver took on the role when Parker passed. Weaver played the title character, a good old country boy from Taos, New Mexico. Tasked with transporting a prisoner to New York City, he wound up sticking around after losing the inmate and finding himself embroiled in a murder case.

The pilot episode of McCloud aired in 1970 on NBC as a television movie. It was so popular that the network brought it back as a full-fledged show. It aired for seven seasons from 1970 to 1977. McCloud later came back for one last special in 1989 with Weaver once again taking on the lead role. The complete series is available on DVD, giving you the chance to relive the excitement of NYC police work in the '70s.

Manimal

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What do you get when you cross a man with an animal? Manimal! This NBC series followed the adventures of Dr. Jonathon Chase, a superhero who could transform himself into different animals. Chase could pick and choose the animal he became and used his powers to assist the police in solving cases. Though he often became a black panther or a hawk, he also transformed into a snake, bull, dolphin, and any animal that helped him get the job done.

Adding to the fun of the series were the relationships he had with his cop buddy and his love interest. Manimal started out strong with a 90-minute TV movie that got high ratings. While fans loved the movie, they weren't as fond of the series, which only lasted for seven episodes. After NBC canceled the show, Dr. Chase appeared in an episode of the '90's series, Night Man.