Classic TV Shows Forgotten By Time

By Sophia Maddox | April 28, 2024

Beauty and the Beast

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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Beauty and the Beast is a popular fairy tale and the inspiration for a 1987 TV show of the same name. Linda Hamilton was Catherine Chandler, the victim of a violent crime, who wakes to find a mysterious man named Vincent saved her life. Though Vincent is more man than beast, they form a lasting relationship. In the first season, Catherine learns about the hidden underground world where Vincent lives and the strange Father who takes care of Vincent and others.

Starring beside Hamilton was Ron Perlman hidden under layers of makeup. The former Sons of Anarchy and Hellboy star made Vincent seem both loving and terrifying. By the end of season two, Hamilton was on her way out, and the network was desperate to breathe new life into the series. Though CBS brought in new actors, they couldn't capture the Perlman and Hamilton magic. The CW launched a reboot in 2012 that ran for four seasons.

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.