We live in exciting times, other than all the reasons we don't. Why's that? We live when TV shows got good. Over the last 15-20 years, high quality television became a normal thing there's almost too much of, instead of a rare jewel hiding in a sea of cranked-out, time-constrained filler. But how did we reach this pinnacle? What failed experiments laid the groundwork for our present nirvana? And did Kanye West really get to create and film TWO entire show ideas in 2007?

On this week's episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Dan Hopper (Cracked) and Chase Mitchell (The Tonight Show) for a look back on the most bizarre decisions in TV history. They'll uncover pilot episodes that boggle the mind, baffling ideas that ran for multiple episodes, and entire plotlines on massive hit TV shows that happened for idiotic reasons. They'll also break down the process that turns one idea into 24 episodes. And if you're patient, they'll share with you the wonder that is Baywatch Nights.

Footnotes:

Dan Hopper on Twitter

Chase Mitchell on Twitter

Great Moments In Animal Abuse: Woody Allen Once Boxed A Kangaroo On TV (Uproxx)

Poochinski (1990) network promo

6 TV Shows You Won't Believe Were Actually Made (Cracked)

6 Failed TV Shows You Won't Believe Actually Existed (Cracked)

Inside the Kanye West HBO Comedy That Almost Was (TV Guide)

Kanye West's Lost Puppet Comedy TV Pilot: An Oral History (Wired)

5 Inexplicably Creepy Episodes of Family Friendly TV Shows (Cracked)

6 Great TV Shows That Went Completely Insane For One Episode (Cracked)

a joint Home Improvement & The Dana Carvey Show network promo, plus reaction from Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel (from the documentary Too Funny To Fail)

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (Wikipedia)

7 Insane Things TV Shows Did When They Ran Out Of Money (Cracked)

'Walking Dead' Creator Frank Darabont's Deposition Unsealed: "We Had Crisis-Level Problems" (The Hollywood Reporter)

List of Baywatch Nights episodes (Wikipedia)

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