Classic TV Shows Forgotten By Time

By Sophia Maddox | March 22, 2024

Quincy M.E.

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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Though you may not remember Quincy, M.E., your parents or grandparents probably do. Quincy was a medical examiner played by Jack Klugman of The Odd Couple fame. Loosely based on a book written by an FBI agent, the series featured a medical examiner working in Los Angeles who used each episode to find the cause of a person's death. Quincy was committed to his job but not above finding romance while he worked.

Quincy, M.E., started as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie and found as much success as McCloud on the network. NBC released multiple movies with Klugman in the lead role before bringing the character back with a weekly show. Klugman appeared in 177 of the 178 movies and episodes, which aired between 1976 and 1983. The show even picked up fans overseas when it aired in the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, and Australia.

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.