#TBT: How Networks Marketed the Worst TV Shows of All Time

From Chevy Chase's failed talk show to Manimal

In this time of holiday cheer, we've uncovered a few lumps of TV coal. For this year's final Throwback Thursday, we're looking at promos for five of the most notoriously awful programs to ever air on television. It's relatively easy to pull together a promo for a show that is terrific, but how does a network market a complete disaster?

Any discussion of TV's biggest flops needs to begin with ABC's Cop Rock, the Steven Bochco-produced drama from 1990 that dared to answer the question no one had asked: What if Hill Street Blues had been a musical? Well, here's your answer:"It's a totally new form of television"—that was canceled two months later! (I'll admit, I liked the show more than most, even if it was a discordant mess.)



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