We take our favorite shows for granted, but the life cycle of a television show is a delicate thing. All kinds of crazy things can cause a show to be scrapped: arguments with the suits at the network, the universe has it out for John Cho and refuses to let him star in a sitcom, sudden-onset polio. Here are a few star-crossed TV shows we never got to see:

Garbage Pail Kids A 1987 animated series based on the raunchy trading cards. CBS caved to pressure from parental groups and just threw an extra half-h

Members Only MEMBERS ONLY Think Downton Abbey in Connecticut, starring John Stamos. 13 episodes were ordered, but one of the developers lost interest

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The Singles Table 18 A 2007 attempt to fill the hole that Friends left behind, about a crew of singles who meet at a wedding. This was at least the se

Snip A highly-hyped 1976 sitcom from the creator of Welcome Back Kotter, apparently cancelled because one of the actors was openly gay.

The Jake Effect This was a 2008 sitcom starring Jason Bateman and Tenacious D's Kyle Gass.
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