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Old 10-10-2012, 11:18 PM
 
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Here is a list of shows that did not last very long when they were new but for some reason are popular in reruns.

Here are some sitcoms...

-Gilligan's Island (only ran for 3 seasons)
-The Munsters (only ran for 2 seasons)
-The Addams Family (only ran for 2 seasons)
-The Honeymooners (only ran 1 season)
-Car 54 (only ran for 2 seasons)
-The Patty Duke Show (only ran for 2 seasons)
-Whats Happening!!! (only ran for 3 seasons)
-Bosom Buddies (only ran for 2 seasons)
-Alf (only ran for 4 seasons)
-Saved By The Bell (the first 3 seasons)
-Sledge Hammer! (only ran for 2 seasons)

What are others opinions on this list? What shows can be added?
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I can't believe you didn't include Star Trek: The original series.

Or does it not count, because of ST:TNG, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise?
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:36 AM
 
Location: La Mesa Aka The Table
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Sledge hammer was a great show!
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:54 AM
 
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Arrested Development (2.5 seasons)
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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A lot of shows in the 50s and 60s, though, had 30+ episodes per season. So 2 seasons would be close to the equivalent of 3 seasons today since most shows today have just 21 episodes per season. For example, the Honeymooners was just 1 season, but it still aired 39 episodes. That's practically 2 seasons in today's terms. Gilligan's Island had 36 episodes in season 1, 32 in season 2, and 30 in season 3. So it still aired almost 100 episodes in just 3 seasons. Today's shows take until the 5th season to air episode 100 usually. The Munsters had 70 episodes over just 2 seasons. Still, I agree it's impressive how popular some of those shows are 40 and 50 years later.

I think I would add The Jetsons. Everyone knows the Jetsons and everything about the show. But originally in the 60s it only aired 24 episodes in one season. Then they added 41 new episodes for syndication in the mid-80s with all the original voices and then eventually another 10 episodes for "season 3". Still, such a popular show only had a total of 75 episodes.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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-Sledge Hammer! (only ran for 2 seasons)
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Sledge hammer was a great show!

Certainly one of my favorites. I only remember it being in reruns around here for one season a couple of years after its original run. Fortunately, I was able to record several episodes. I was really glad when it was released on DVD a few years ago. Particularly great that they were able to eliminate the laugh track from the first season episodes.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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I can't believe you didn't include Star Trek: The original series.

Or does it not count, because of ST:TNG, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise?
I think the OP was onliy listing sitcoms and letting others add shows like star trek, etc...
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Freaks and Geeks
My So-Called Life
Pushing Daisies
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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A lot of shows in the 50s and 60s, though, had 30+ episodes per season. So 2 seasons would be close to the equivalent of 3 seasons today since most shows today have just 21 episodes per season. For example, the Honeymooners was just 1 season, but it still aired 39 episodes. That's practically 2 seasons in today's terms. Gilligan's Island had 36 episodes in season 1, 32 in season 2, and 30 in season 3. So it still aired almost 100 episodes in just 3 seasons. Today's shows take until the 5th season to air episode 100 usually. The Munsters had 70 episodes over just 2 seasons. Still, I agree it's impressive how popular some of those shows are 40 and 50 years later.

I think I would add The Jetsons. Everyone knows the Jetsons and everything about the show. But originally in the 60s it only aired 24 episodes in one season. Then they added 41 new episodes for syndication in the mid-80s with all the original voices and then eventually another 10 episodes for "season 3". Still, such a popular show only had a total of 75 episodes.
All the older shows were able to make an impact, you don't see that too much today...it happens but its very rare.

As for the Jetsons its hard to believe it was on very long because it is a staple to add with the flintstones. Wonder why they don't make more episodes.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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Arrested Development (2.5 seasons)
This was my first thought too! I heard/read that there might be a movie in the works...
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