The 1977 sitcom ‘Mulligan’s Stew’ was a comedy-drama series about a family that takes in four orphaned children. Obviously, there were several adjustments to be made, and the show portrayed the personal lives of the family as they grow closer together.
However, good acting and a wholesome plot weren’t enough to save ‘Mulligan’s Stew.’ By December 1977, NBC canceled the show after just one season, with only 6 episodes having been aired.
'Paris' was a police drama that ran on CBS in 1979 and starred James Earl Jones as a police captain named Woody Paris. Woody taught Criminology and sought to solve extremely difficult cases. Paris' home life was also portrayed on the show, but that wasn't enough to keep viewers engaged.
This was partly due to the fact that the show had one of CBS's worst timeslots -- Saturdays at 10 p.m. The show was moved to Tuesdays in order to try and save it, but that didn't help improve ratings, in January 1980 the show was canceled with two episodes left unaired.
3 Girls 3
'3 Girls 3' was a 1977 TV show that, sadly, only lasted four episodes. The idea behind the show was to cast three anonymous women to play...three anonymous women and to highlight what happens to people when they experience overnight stardom. These unknown women were Debbie Allen, Ellen Foley, and Mimi Kennedy.
Unfortunately, the writers and producers had a hard time pitching the show, and many networks wanted to cast established actors, which went against the concept of the show. Once the show actually made it to the air, the network, as well audiences, just didn't like it, and it was canceled after four episodes.
Mr. T and Tina
Pat Morita and Susan Blanchard were the stars of the 1976 TV show, 'Mr. T and Tina'. NBC wanted to make a spin-off from one of the characters of 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' but it didn't go as planned, and the network had to cancel after just nine episodes.
It was one of the lowest-rated shows of the 1970s, and it followed the story of a Japanese inventor called Taro Takahashi, who lived with an American nanny called Tina Kelly. Unfortunately, the show's comedy was often criticized as too offensive and stereotypical, which is what eventually got it canceled.
Me and the Chimp
Produced by Thomas Miller and Garry Marshall, 'Me and the Chimp' was a comedy sitcom that aired on CBS in 1972. Even though the series' plot was quite original, since it followed a dentist whose daughter brings home a chimpanzee one day, it didn't become a hit show like its producers' other projects, such as 'Laverne and Shirley' and 'Happy Days.'
Just 13 episodes were ever aired, and the dentist's relationship with Buttons the chimpanzee was very short-lived.