Classic TV Shows Forgotten By Time

By Sophia Maddox | March 29, 2024

Manimal

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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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.

Three's a Crowd

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Three's Company made John Ritter a household name. Good things always come to an end though, which is why ABC pulled the plug on that show. Knowing that fans weren't done with Jack and all his madcap adventures, the network gave Ritter a spinoff called Three's a Crowd. Ironically, the first episode aired just a week after the other show's finale. The new show got rid of Janet and put the focus on Jack and select new characters.

Jack moved in with his girlfriend Vicky, who first appeared on Three's Company. Instead of a nosy landlord, the couple now had to contend with Vicky's father, who wasn't a fan of Jack. Though based on the British series Robin's Nest which ran for four seasons, Three's a Crowd wasn't as popular. It ended its first season somewhere around the middle of the pack, leading to its cancellation.