Short Lived TV Shows 1970's/80's

by bloody-3 | created - 25 Oct 2016 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

TV series from the 1970's and 80's that I have seen that only lasted one season or part of a season.

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1. The Amazing Spider-Man (1977–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

With the powers given by the bite of a radioactive spider, a young man fights crime as a wall-crawling superhero.

Stars: Nicholas Hammond, Robert F. Simon, Chip Fields, Ellen Bry

Votes: 1,799

2. Alien Nation (1989–1990)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

A flying saucer crashed in the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants turned out to be alien slaves, bred to be super intelligent and strong, and controllable by their Overseers. These ... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli, Lauren Woodland

Votes: 4,427

3. A.E.S. Hudson Street (1977–1978)

30 min | Comedy

Madcap antics of the employees of an underfunded, understaffed and overworked New York City Adult Emergency Service hospital.

Stars: Gregory Sierra, William Cort, Rosanna DeSoto, Ralph Manza

Votes: 8

4. Alvin Purple (1976– )

30 min | Comedy

A waterbed salesman who is irresistible to women gets a job as a gardener in a convent

Stars: Graeme Blundell, Chris Haywood, Dawn Lake, John Ewart

Votes: 29

5. Amanda's (1983)

30 min | Comedy

Dry-witted Amanda Cartwright tries to manage a hotel, despite mishaps involving her inexperienced son Marty, self-centered daughter-in-law Arlene, devoted cook Earl, and bumbling foreign bellhop Aldo.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Fred McCarren, Simone Griffeth, Rick Hurst

Votes: 63

6. Arcade (1980)

30 min

Australian soap set in a shopping arcade.

Stars: Danny Adcock, Joy Miller, Syd Heylen, Aileen Britton

Votes: 8

7. Assignment: Vienna (1972– )

60 min | Adventure, Drama

The adventures of rugged American spy Jake Webster.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Charles Cioffi, Anton Diffring, Péter Vajda

Votes: 19

8. At Ease (1983)

30 min | Comedy

Camp Tar Creek is a backwater U.S. Army outpost, enlivened by the shenanigans of Sergeant Val Valentine, and pal Private Tony Baker. Their money-making schemes must escape detection by Major Hawkins. Baker's girlfriend is Corporal Lola Grey.

Stars: Roger Bowen, Jourdan Fremin, Richard Jaeckel, Josh Mostel

Votes: 23

9. Automan (1983–1984)

70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A computer-generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in the city.

Stars: Desi Arnaz Jr., Chuck Wagner, Heather McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Votes: 1,426

10. Barbary Coast (1975–1976)

60 min | Western

The wild wild west adventures of 19th-century agents Jeff Cable and Cash Conover.

Stars: William Shatner, Richard Kiel, Dave Turner, Doug McClure

Votes: 107

11. Bearcats! (1971)

120 min | Action, Adventure, War

Two honorable men-for-hire look for adventure in the pre-World War I American southwest in their fancy Stutz Bearcat.

Stars: Rod Taylor, Dennis Cole, Henry Darrow, John Anderson

Votes: 134

12. Beasts (1976– )

60 min | Horror, Mystery

An anthology series concerning bestial horror created by Nigel Kneale.

Stars: Pamela Moiseiwitsch, Bernard Horsfall, Patrick Magee, Pauline Quirke

Votes: 169

13. Bellamy (1981– )

60 min | Crime

The series focused on a maverick cop named Steve Bellamy and his partner Detective Mitchell. Recurring characters were the disapproving Daley and the forensics technician Clem.

Stars: John Stanton, Tim Elston, James Condon, Brian Young

Votes: 25

14. Beyond Westworld (1980– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

The security chief of an android manufacturing company must stop a mad scientist, who's sending the failed theme park's androids to infiltrate society for his own ends.

Stars: Jim McMullan, James Wainwright, William Jordan, Nancy Harewood

Votes: 214

15. Big Shamus, Little Shamus (1979– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

Arnie Sutter was the house detective at the Hotel Ansonia in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA prior to legalized gambling. After gambling was legalized, the Ansonia got a second lease on life... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Dennehy, Doug McKeon, Kathryn Leigh Scott, George Wyner

Votes: 11

16. Blacke's Magic (1986)

60 min | Crime, Drama

A magician and his con-man father solve mysteries using a combination of sleight of hand and con games.

Stars: Hal Linden, Harry Morgan, R.J. Adams, Stephen Elliott

Votes: 80

17. Blansky's Beauties (1977– )

30 min | Comedy

Nancy Blansk's, gruff but loving. Busy housing, mothering, and even choreographing for a hotel's showgirls. Besides the young ladies. she also provides a home for her nephew; a dancer named Joey and 12-year old junior-womaniser; Anthony.

Stars: Nancy Walker, Caren Kaye, Eddie Mekka, Scott Baio

Votes: 66

18. Blue Thunder (1984)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An advanced prototype police helicopter and their ground support crew battle crime.

Stars: James Farentino, Dana Carvey, Sandy McPeak, Dick Butkus

Votes: 1,349

19. Bluey (1976–1977)

90 min | Drama

Bluey was set at Melbourne's Russell Street Police Headquarters (Victoria, Australia), with "Bluey" Hills heading his own squad ("Department B"), due to his inability to work within the existing police squads.

Stars: Lucky Grills, Gerda Nicolson, John Diedrich, Ken Goodlet

Votes: 40

20. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1973)

30 min | Comedy

Bob and Carol Sanders are a young couple who are definitely part of the hip generation. Their slightly older friends Ted plus wife Alice Henderson are a little stodgy and shocked by things like swimming in the buff.

Stars: Robert Urich, Anne Archer, David Spielberg, Anita Gillette

Votes: 31

21. The Bold Ones: The Senator (1970–1971)

60 min | Drama

Hays Stowe is a new senator who comes to Washington DC with his wife Erin and daughter Norma. He arrives full of optimism that being on the side of justice can help him change things for ... See full summary »

Stars: Hal Holbrook, Michael Tolan, Kate Hawley, Sharon Acker

Votes: 57

22. Boone (1983–1984)

60 min | Drama

In 1953, Boone Sawyer dreams of becoming a country music star, but his father has other ideas for his future.

Stars: Thomas Byrd, Greg Webb, Elizabeth Huddle Nyberg, Katherine Moffat

Votes: 28

23. The Brady Brides (1981)

30 min | Comedy

The oldest Brady girls, Marcia and Jan, have grown up and met the men they have been looking for. The girls find a house that they have always wanted but have to convince the guys that it's... See full summary »

Stars: Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Jerry Houser, Ron Kuhlman

Votes: 190

24. The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

The Brady family sings, dances, and performs comedy skits.

Stars: Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 316

25. Breaking Away (1980–1981)

60 min | Drama, Family

Four buddies live in Bloomington, Indiana, facing life as working class "cutters" in a college town. Focus is on Dave and his $1200 La Strada bike.

Stars: Barbara Barrie, Shaun Cassidy, Jackie Earle Haley, Tom Wiggin

Votes: 107

26. Bret Maverick (1981–1982)

60 min | Drama, Western

Set in Sweetwater, Arizona in the 1880s with solid citizen Bret owning a ranch and part of the Red Ox Saloon. Stable cast with varying stories, often centered on conflict between the ambitious sheriff and everyone else.

Stars: James Garner, Ed Bruce, Ramon Bieri, Richard Hamilton

Votes: 322

27. Bronk (1975–1976)

60 min | Crime, Drama

The adventures of detective Alex Bronkov of the Ocean City, California Police Department.

Stars: Jack Palance, Henry Beckman, Tony King, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 76

28. Cade's County (1971–1972)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The adventures of Sam Cade, sheriff of rural Madrid County.

Stars: Glenn Ford, Edgar Buchanan, Taylor Lacher, Victor Campos

Votes: 153

29. California Fever (1979)

60 min | Adventure

Vince and Ross are suburban Los Angeles teenagers enjoying disco, surfing, cars and the rest of the Southern California lifestyle. Musical Vince runs an underground radio station and mechanical Ross is into custom cars.

Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Marc McClure, Jimmy McNichol, Michele Tobin

Votes: 47

30. Casablanca (1983)

60 min | Drama, History, War

A short-lived prequel to Casablanca (1942).

Stars: David Soul, Hector Elizondo, Reuven Bar-Yotam, Ray Liotta

Votes: 104

31. Cassie & Co. (1982)

60 min | Drama

Cassie Holland is a tough and feisty former police officer-turned-private detective who takes advantage of her looks to solve cases. Having taken over Lyman "Shack" Shackelford's agency, ... See full summary »

Stars: Angie Dickinson, John Ireland, Dori Brenner, A Martinez

Votes: 15

32. Chopper One (1974)

30 min | Crime, Drama

California cops Foley & Burdick fight crime from a helicopter.

Stars: Jim McMullan, Dirk Benedict, Lou Frizzell, Ted Hartley

Votes: 52

33. Code Red (1981–1982)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of a Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief's family and crew.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Andrew Stevens, Julie Adams, Sam J. Jones

Votes: 117

34. Dan August (1970–1971)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Detective August works the crime beat in his home town, Santa Luisa CA, working with (and against) people with whom he grew up.

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Norman Fell, Richard Anderson, Ned Romero

Votes: 210

35. Darkroom (1981–1982)

60 min | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

An anthology horror/thriller series, along the same lines as "Twilight Zone" or "Night Gallery." Each week features a new story and a new cast.

Stars: James Coburn, Helen Hunt, Randy Powell, Quinn Cummings

Votes: 240

36. David Cassidy - Man Undercover (1978–1979)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Twenty-something officer Dan Shay operates undercover in the Los Angeles youth scene.

Stars: David Cassidy, Simon Oakland, Wendy Rastattar, Michael A. Salcido

Votes: 73

37. Delta House (1979– )

30 min | Comedy

The raucous exploits of Faber College's Delta House Fraternity in 1962.

Stars: John Vernon, Stephen Furst, Bruce McGill, James Widdoes

Votes: 114

38. Detective in the House (1985)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Engineer Press Wyman takes up detective work with the aid of retired technician Nick Turner (who lives in a house filled with lawn furniture) while Press' wife earns their real income.

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Cassie Yates, Howard Duff, Meeno Peluce

Votes: 6

39. The Devlin Connection (1982)

60 min | Drama

Brian Devlin was a military intelligence agent. Years ago he had an affair with a woman named Nicole Corsello. He was unaware that she was pregnant with his child. 28 years later, his son, ... See full summary »

Stars: Rock Hudson, Jack Scalia, Leigh Taylor-Young, Louis Giambalvo

Votes: 60

40. Dirty Dancing (1988–1989)

30 min | Drama, Romance

A continuation of the movie of the same name where Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with camp dance instructor Johnny Castle.

Stars: Melora Hardin, Patrick Cassidy, Paul Feig, Constance Marie

Votes: 136

41. Doctor Down Under (1979– )

25 min | Comedy

When Dr. Duncan Waring and Dr. Dick Stuart-Clark find positions at St. Barnabas Hospital in Sydney, they find that life in an Australian hospital is not much different to life in an English... See full summary »

Stars: Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies, John Derum, Frank Wilson

Votes: 38

42. The Duke (1979– )

60 min | Drama, Crime

Ex-boxer Duke Ramsey becomes a Chicago private investigator.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Daphne Reid, Michael Baseleon, Jack Brickhouse

Votes: 12

43. Dusty's Trail (1973– )

22 min | Comedy, Western

A stage and a wagon heading west get separated from the rest of the wagon train thanks to Dusty. Now they must make their way to California.

Stars: Bob Denver, Forrest Tucker, Ivor Francis, Jeannine Riley

Votes: 161

44. Easy Street (1986–1987)

30 min | Comedy

An elderly hillbilly and his friend are rescued from a life of poverty by a long-lost family member who married into wealth in Beverly Hills, but is now doing social battle with her late husband's snobby family.

Stars: Loni Anderson, Jack Elam, Lee Weaver, Dana Ivey

Votes: 67

45. Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (1976)

24 min | Sci-Fi

The adventures of two female superheroes.

Stars: Deidre Hall, Judy Strangis, Norman Alden, Marvin Miller

Votes: 328

46. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Family

The son of a police detective solves baffling crimes.

Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Tom Reese, John Hillerman

Votes: 1,053

47. The Evil Touch (1973– )

30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An anthology horror, science fiction and mystery series that was hosted by Anthony Quayle between 1973 to 1974.

Stars: Anthony Quayle, Mildred Natwick, Jack Thompson, Peter Sumner

Votes: 77

48. Executive Suite (1976–1977)

60 min | Drama

The machinations of the powerful Cardway Corporation, headed by president Don Walling.

Stars: Mitchell Ryan, Stephen Elliott, Sharon Acker, Leigh McCloskey

Votes: 24