Most Bizare TV Series Ever Made

Started by WnewCreatureFeatures, August 08, 2015, 01:22:06 AM

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WnewCreatureFeatures

Guys I was looking through some online TV show videos and saw the most bizarre television show ever made

The story goes the guy in charge of approving new TV series got fired

he had a few months left on the job before he had to leave & he had it in for his ex boss and the network that fired him

so before he left he did an iron clad contract for this series to be done before he was gone

although a comedy it's about a real life monster


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Count_Zirock

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Heil Honey, I'm Home Wikipedia

Only one episode of the eight produced ever aired. Clips from unaired episodes do exist on YouTube.

"Geoff Atkinson maintains that the aim of the show was not to shock, but to examine the appeasement surrounding Hitler in 1938. He concedes that the satire of this appeasement did not translate as well as he intended. Discussing the furor around the show, Atkinson has also advised that three quarters of the cast were Jewish and did not consider the concept controversial."

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Sean

Quote from: Count_Zirock on August 08, 2015, 05:34:06 AM
Heil Honey, I'm Home Wikipedia

Only one episode of the eight produced ever aired. Clips from unaired episodes do exist on YouTube.

I think I saw that between episodes of "Leave it to Mussolini" and "Hirohito Knows Best". ;)

ChristineBCW

#3
This indeed might get my vote for "Most Bizarre" but then again, I haven't seen too many entries.  One of my favorite-but-too-quickly canceled entries is 1979's TURNABOUT, which suffered from bad choices of leads, especially John Schuck as the Husband.  He simply had no good appeal to carry off a Lead Actor role.  Too bad. 

This is a remake from a '40s film, modernizing with a  sportswriter husband and a fashion-exec wife who bicker and argue during a day's shopping spree, winding up in an antique store, bickering in front of a unbeknownst magical mirror that grants their wish: "I wish you could be ME for a while and see what I have to put up with!"  And poof!

The Wife now man must learn to carry out his sportswriter job - chomping stogies, learning to pee standing up, not staring in men's showers, dealing with hair fall-out, and whistling and catcalling in appropriate ways.  She can't, after all, get fired from her husband's job!

And He, now a woman, must learn bra- and hosiery mechanics, fending off passes from salesmen and co-workers, and half-undressing every time peeing is necessary. 

Plus we discover that each has in-laws that despise the spouse, and that each have been rigorously defending their selection of their own mate against those parents.

Seven episodes, each hilarious but always a bit too 'adult' in content and jokes for that era... and the most unfortunate choice of John Schuck who handled his task perfectly - just wasn't 'the style' for a Leading Man.

I won't even mention IT'S ABOUT TIME, which at least had a most wonderful theme song, although that was normal for the '50s and '60s series.

Thanks to Count Z, I checked out his trailer and then located this TURNABOUT trailer... not too precise.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12ksf_9vr3Q

Count_Zirock

#4
One of my favorite short-lived shows that was also truly bizarre was CBS-TV's "Struck By Lightning." Jeffrey Kramer ("Jaws" and "Jaws 2") played Ted Stein, a NYC high school science teacher who inherits a creepy hotel in Maine. Jack Elam played Frank, the gruff caretaker. It seems Ted's real last name was Frankenstein, and Frank is actually the Monster! The hotel is Castle Frankenstein, brought over from Germany brick-by-brick by Ted's great-grandfather. Every 75 years, the Monster must drink an elixir that keeps him from decaying. Ted's grandfather died before he could make a new batch for Frank. Ted must now try to reformulate the elixir, or Frank will rot away to nothing. Six episodes were produced and aired before it was cancelled. The theme song was "You Are So Beautiful to Me."
https://youtu.be/GzDuy4ACEdE

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Quote from: Count_Zirock on October 10, 2015, 04:43:22 PM
One of my favorite short-lived shows that was also truly bizarre was CBS-TV's "Struck By Lightning." Jeffrey Kramer ("Jaws" and "Jaws 2") played Ted Stein, a NYC high school science teacher who inherits a creepy hotel in Maine. Jack Elam played Frank, the gruff caretaker. It seems Ted's real last name was Frankenstein, and Frank is actually the Monster! The hotel is Castle Frankenstein, brought over from Germany brick-by-brick by Ted's great-grandfather. Every 75 years, the Monster must drink an elixir that keeps him from decaying. Ted's grandfather died before he could make a new batch for Frank. Ted must now try to reformulate the elixir, or Frank will rot away to nothing. Six episodes were produced and aired before it was cancelled. The theme song was "You Are So Beautiful to Me."
https://youtu.be/GzDuy4ACEdE

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I remember the show . I wish they would show it in reruns

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Quote from: Count_Zirock on October 10, 2015, 04:43:22 PM
One of my favorite short-lived shows that was also truly bizarre was CBS-TV's "Struck By Lightning." Jeffrey Kramer ("Jaws" and "Jaws 2") played Ted Stein, a NYC high school science teacher who inherits a creepy hotel in Maine. Jack Elam played Frank, the gruff caretaker. It seems Ted's real last name was Frankenstein, and Frank is actually the Monster! The hotel is Castle Frankenstein, brought over from Germany brick-by-brick by Ted's great-grandfather. Every 75 years, the Monster must drink an elixir that keeps him from decaying. Ted's grandfather died before he could make a new batch for Frank. Ted must now try to reformulate the elixir, or Frank will rot away to nothing. Six episodes were produced and aired before it was cancelled. The theme song was "You Are So Beautiful to Me."
https://youtu.be/GzDuy4ACEdE
Because of the film "Support Your Local Sheriff", I got to really appreciate the work of Jack Elam, who damaged his eye as an accountant, and made a career of playing nasty characters in a lot of western films.  Thanks for showing this.  Now I want to see the entire series, if it even exists.

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According to Wikipedia, Elam's eye was injured when he was younger, at a Boy Scout meeting, when a pencil was put into it. 
(Who knew pencils could put your eye out - I was always told it was my Red Ryder BB rifle!)

Elam did a lot character roles, but his repeated attempts at trapping a fly in the barrel of his pistol in 'Once Upon a Time in the West', stole the movie, IMHO.