Classic TV Shows Forgotten By Time

By Sophia Maddox | April 29, 2024

Three's a Crowd

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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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.

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.