For comparison’s sake, let’s look back at 1978. Back then not one, but two sitcoms were practically tied with each other as the season’s first fatalities. NBC canceled The Waverly Wonders after three episodes, which featured Joe Namath as a high school basketball coach who led his hapless team to defeat every week (much like in the ratings.) Meanwhile, ABC pulled the plug on Apple Pie at the same time. It was a sitcom set in 1933 Kansas City featuring Rue McClanahan as a woman who wants a family. So what does she do? She places an ad in the classifieds. Don’t ask what she ended up with. Like Wonders, Pie also lasted three episodes.
Here’s another sitcom stinker yours truly remembers because he actually watched it – The Trouble With Larry, a forgettable 1993 CBS sitcom with Bronson Pinchot and Courtney Cox. It too lasted three episodes.
And you thought sitcoms have changed in thirty years.