20 Wild TV Shows You've Never Seen (Because They Never Aired)

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:

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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

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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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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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Angels '88 CHARLIE'S ANGELS A revival of Charlie's Angels that, due to a Writers Guild strike, would have just reused old scripts. It was postponed, rSource: Hilly Blue

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Commando Nanny A Survivor producer tried to make a sitcom, and it was doomed from the start. An actor broke his foot, another needed lung surgery. AftSource: IMDB

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The Grubbs An unauthorized knock-off of a popular British show, starring Randy Quaid, Carol Kane, and Michael Cera. It was canned just 2 days before aSource: NY Daily News

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Flip It Forward A 2014 HGTV house-flipping series that was cancelled when HGTV found out their handsome muscle brothers were bigots, describing homoseSource: Variety

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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

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Next Caller 300 While a Dane Cook and Jeffrey Tambor teamup sounds like a nightmare in 2020, it was comedy gold in 2013. It was sadly shelved after 4 Source: Deadline

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Do You Trust Me? DO YOU TRUST MELE A 2007 CBS game show about two contestants building up trust as host Tucker Carlson continually narcs on them. Source: CBS

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Captain America SMASHA yo CAPTIN AMERICA FN t fa Wtut HIYECR 300 This 1998 animated series was cancelled because, being based on the comic books, the Source: IMDB

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The Cops MEMEREHRS RU END 5AVE THE DAT DOHESTT COMPANY VOLE PICA A 2017 animated cop show that was cancelled as soon as its creator Louis C.K. was. Source: Deadline

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Heathers A 2018 violent teen comedy, it was postponed because of the Stoneman Douglas High shooting, then paused and heavily edited due to the Tree ofSource: Deadline

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

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The Don Hornsby Show Polio Downs Bri Hornsby on Last-m Eve of Debut Monroe, Leftwi Two CBS-TV NEW YORK. May 20. Tragedy week resigned fro struck CreesSource: Billboard

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

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Manchester Prep 300 Written as a prequel series to Cruel Intentions, it was later turned into the feature-length Cruel Intentions 2.

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Jingles 300 Like The Voice, but for commercial jingles, and starring Gene Simmons. Source: The Futon Critic

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Immigrants A 2004 adult animation from Klasky Csupo that looks like Rocket Power all grown up. Spike TV never aired it, but a recut feature-length verSource: Animation Magazine

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Star Trek: Phase II A This was the flagship show for Paramount's brand new TV network in 1978, before they changed their mind and scrapped it. Source: IMDB

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