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28 TV Shows Canceled After 1 Episode

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Stacy Lambe

By Stacy Lambe on March 5, 2013

These are the fatest cancellations in history, shelved after the premiere.

1. 1000 Ways To Lie (2010)

The show was a satire of another Spike series, 1000 Ways To Die. The network filmed 13 episodes but scrapped it after the premiere bombed.


2. Anchorwoman (2007)

The show starred Lauren Jones, a former The Price Is Right showcase model, as an aspiring news anchor in Tyler, Texas. FOX canceled the show after debuting two back-to-back episodes.

3. Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos (1992)

The America’s Funniest Home Videos spin-off is most famous for being yanked from the air during its premiere. It was that bad.

4. Babylon Fields (2007)

The dark comedy was about zombies who were just trying to pick up where their lives left off. Amber Tamblyn starred in this show, which was ahead of its time. CBS declined to pick up the show after it saw the pilot.

5. Battletoads (1992)

The Teenage Mutant Ninjas rival was never picked for a full season.

6. Beware Of Dog (2002)

The Look Who’s Talking-inspired show was narrated by a puppy just adopted by a new family. The program was the first (short-lived) sitcom for Animal Planet.

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7. Co-Ed Fever (1979)

The CBS sitcom attempted to capture the success of Animal House but failed to attract viewers. Even though it only aired one episode, TV Guide named it one of the ’50 Worst Shows Of All Time.’

8. Comedians Unleashed (2002)

Animal Planet attempted to get in the comedy game with a stand-up comedy show focused on animal jokes.

9. Dot Comedy (2000)

The original Tosh.0 or Web Soup never made it past the pilot. America just wasn’t ready for a Internet clip show.


10. Emily’s Reasons Why Not (2006)

The ABC series centered on Heather Graham’s character who was a self-help book author who strikes out when it comes to love. Yeah, no.

11. Fun and Fortune (1949)

The ABC game show is reportedly the first show to get canned after one episode. Apparently guessing what wasn’t behind the curtain was a strong enough concept for a show.

12. Heil Honey I’m Home! (1990)

The British sitcom focused on Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, who lived next to a Jewish couple. The lack of laughs got the show axed before anyone could say Lehem.

13. Impact Wrestling Rewind (2012)

Spike canned the hour-long recap show of Impact Wrestling, which aired just prior.

14. Korgoth of Barbaria (2006)

The animated series from Sponge Bob Square Pants animator didn’t work for Adult Swim.

15. Lawless (1997)

Former NFL player Brian Bosworth starred in the FOX detective series. Well starred in the first and only episode.

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16. Osbournes: Reloaded (2009)

The rock-n-roll family hosted what was supposed to be a variety show for FOX. However, America’s love for the family didn’t carry over from MTV.

17. Public Morals (1996)

The sitcom focused on a group of detectives, including a gay assistant whose character was imported from NYPD Blue. After the show bombed, that character was returned to his original show.

18. Quarterlife (2008)

Created by the team behind My So-Called Life and starring Scott Michael Foster (ABC Family’s Greek), the program showed promise. The show about twenty-somethings filmed six episodes but NBC only aired the pilot. The rest of the episodes eventually found life on Bravo.

19. Rosie Live (2008)

NBC pulled the variety show hosted by Rosie O’Donnell after critics labeled it DOA.

20. Secret Talents Of The Stars (2008)

The interactive reality game show pitted C-List celebrities against each other in a tournament that tested their talents.

21. South of Sunset (1993)

The CBS drama starred The Eagles founding member, Glenn Frey, as a private detective.

22. The Bussey Bunch (2008)

The reality show followed a Texas family obsessed with wrestling. America wasn’t nearly as obsessed with them. TLC pulled the show after it’s two hour premiere.


23. The Hasselhoffs (2010)

The A&E reality series followed David Hasselhoff and his drama-filled family. The network pulled the show off its schedule after the premiere but later aired all 8 episodes on The Biography Channel.

24. The Melting Pot (1975)

The British comedy came and went without much rhyme or reason.

25. The Rich List (2006)

The game show was adapted from a U.K. version during which people competed at naming the most ABBA songs.

26. The Will (2005)

The reality competition pitted friends and relatives a deceased benefactor against each other in a series of challenges to determine who win the right to inherit his “prized possession.”

27. Turn-On (1969)

The sketch show was too racy for ABC. The network canceled it befor the credits rolled.

28. Who’s Your Daddy? (2005)

The FOX reality competition had adults who were put up for adoption as a child attempt to pick out their father from a group of men.

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