Classic TV Shows Forgotten By Time

May 22, 2024

Quincy M.E.

Think you've got what it takes to be a television trivia master? Get ready to put your knowledge to the test! From forgotten series featuring Lucy's return to TV to George Clooney's lesser-known appearances in emergency room dramas, we're diving into the world of classic TV shows that have slipped from memory.

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Though you may not remember Quincy, M.E., your parents or grandparents probably do. Quincy was a medical examiner played by Jack Klugman of The Odd Couple fame. Loosely based on a book written by an FBI agent, the series featured a medical examiner working in Los Angeles who used each episode to find the cause of a person's death. Quincy was committed to his job but not above finding romance while he worked.

Quincy, M.E., started as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie and found as much success as McCloud on the network. NBC released multiple movies with Klugman in the lead role before bringing the character back with a weekly show. Klugman appeared in 177 of the 178 movies and episodes, which aired between 1976 and 1983. The show even picked up fans overseas when it aired in the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, and Australia.

Misfits Of Science

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Friends wasn't the first sitcom that featured Courteney Cox. Before she was Monica, she was Gloria, a telekinetic teen and the fourth billed actor in the forgotten Misfits of Science. The show went live on October 4, 1985, but only managed to hold onto its time slot for a few months. It featured Dr. Billy Hayes and Dr. El Lincoln who recruited teenagers with unique abilities, including Gloria and Johnny.

Though you might think the story focused on their sci-fi abilities, it was more of a sitcom that just happened to have some sci-fi in it. NBC aired a 90-minute pilot followed by 14 episodes. Citing a lack of interest, the network canceled the show before airing the final episode. Many fans recall the funky theme song and the credits, unlike anything on TV at the time. Misfits of Science is a forgotten show today that didn't even get an American DVD release.