The 1974 NBC drama series ‘Lucas Tanner’ had a pretty simple plot: a successful sportswriter and baseball player who loses his family in an accident and decides to start a new life. David Hartman, who plays Lucas Tanner, moves to St. Louis and starts teaching in the local high school.
Tanner has a fresh and friendly approach to teaching, which makes him beloved by students, but not so liked among teachers that have an old-fashioned way of teaching. Unfortunately, Hartman and his fellow talented co-stars, Robbie Rist and Rosemary Murphy, weren’t enough to keep ‘Lucas Tanner’ on the air for more than 22 episodes. NBC canceled the series in under a year.
Man from Atlantis
Produced by NBC, 'Man from Atlantis' was a 1977 TV show that followed the story of Mark Harris, the last survivor of the sunken city of Atlantis. Harris is played by the famous Patrick Duffy, who is recruited by a government agency for oceanic research once he is discovered.
NBC was trying to capitalize on the very successful four films of the same name that had aired earlier that year. But the attempt was futile; the show was canceled less than a year after its release, with only 13 episodes aired.
We've Got Each Other
Aired in October 1977, on CBS, 'We've Got Each Other' was an American sitcom starring Oliver Clark and Beverly Archer. Clark plays Stuart Hibbard, a writer for a mail-order catalog, who is married to Judy, played by Archer, an office manager for a clumsy photographer.
The show tried to be unique by inverting the typical roles of the domestic wife and the working husband since Judy is the breadwinner of the family. But even that wasn't enough to keep it from being pulled off the air after just 13 episodes.
'Nashville 99' was an American crime drama series that was meant to be a replacement for the time-slot occupied by the famous 'The Sonny and Cher Show' in 1977. The show featured famous singer/songwriter 'Smokey and the Bandit' star Jerry Reed. But even he wasn't able to turn the show into gold.
Reed played a detective, and co-star Claude Akins played a lieutenant. Reed, whose badge number was '99', was the comedic element in the duo, while Akins was the more serious, professional one. Unfortunately, only four episodes were filmed, and the show was canceled after three weeks.
All That Glitters
Released in April 1977, 'All That Glitters' was a soap opera 'spoof' show that was on TV five times a week, during the late-night slot. In an effort to be different, the show's plot took place in a world where women were the head of the house and men worked as secretaries. Obviously, this was not a popular story back in the '70s.
Lasting barely three months, it's a miracle the show even lasted this long, especially after it was called "embarrassingly amateurish" by TIME magazine. Seems like a talented cast, including Gary Sandy, Eileen Brennan, Lois Nettleton, and Greg Evigan, wasn't enough to make this show a hit.