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

Hieroglyph An ancient Egyptian Game of Thrones that was ultimately scrapped by FOx... for being too similar to Game of Thrones.
Source: EW

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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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