Classic TV Shows Forgotten By Time

By Sophia Maddox | April 19, 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.

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.