History Literature / WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory

2nd Aug '16 2:38:33 PM nightkiller
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# ''Series/{{Quark}}'' [[note]](''Franchise/StarWars'' parody that spoofed other Sci-Fi shows later; was well-received critically and promoted well, but that didn't translate into ratings ''at all'', resulting in it being canned after about 6-7 episodes.)[[/note]]

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# ''Series/{{Quark}}'' [[note]](''Franchise/StarWars'' [[note]](''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody that spoofed other Sci-Fi shows later; was well-received critically and promoted well, but that didn't translate into ratings ''at all'', resulting in it being canned after about 6-7 episodes.)[[/note]]



# James Stockdale's 1996 vice presidential debate [[note]](in which the Naval admiral, then Ross Perot's running mate, appeared extremely disoriented)[[/note]]

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# James Stockdale's 1996 1992 vice presidential debate [[note]](in which the Naval admiral, then Ross Perot's running mate, appeared extremely disoriented)[[/note]]
26th Jul '16 11:36:33 PM Kalmbach
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# The Heidi Bowl [[note]](1968 football game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders from which Creator/{{NBC}} notoriously broke away before it was done to air the TV movie ''Heidi'', thereby missing ''two'' Oakland touchdowns scored in the final minute that flipped the outcome of the game. The controversy that ensued led to a rule requiring that TV networks '''must''' air sports games in their entirety, along with new technology to convey messages quickly when a call from NBC's then-president to put the game back on failed to go through in time)[[/note]]

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# The Heidi Bowl [[note]](1968 football game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders from which Creator/{{NBC}} notoriously broke away before it was done to air the TV movie ''Heidi'', thereby missing ''two'' Oakland touchdowns scored in the final minute that flipped the outcome of the game. The controversy that ensued led to a rule requiring that TV networks '''must''' air sports games in their entirety, along with new technology to convey messages quickly when a call from NBC's then-president to put the game back on failed to go through in time)[[/note]]time, as the phone lines to NBC were clogged with people wondering where their football game went)[[/note]]
21st Jul '16 1:49:06 PM JamesAustin
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* CreatorProvincialism: Because the book focuses on American television, it does leave out some of the most infamous television events in other parts of the world, including the British ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'' (a sitcom about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler), ''Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos'' (a take on the ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' formula that aired on Creator/NineNetwork and primarily featured animals having sex and was pulled off the network in the middle of its only airing, leading to the people who made/helmed the show being very acrimoniously fired right away and trespassed from the network), and the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" (which was never exported beyond the show's native Japan because it caused an epidemic of seizures during its only airing and led to new Japanese television practices that are still in effect to this day).

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* CreatorProvincialism: Because the book focuses on American television, it does leave out some of the most infamous television events in other parts of the world, including the British ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'' (a sitcom about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler), UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler that only lasted one episode), ''Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos'' (a take on the ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' formula that aired on Creator/NineNetwork and primarily featured animals having sex and was pulled off the network in the middle of its only airing, leading to the people who made/helmed the show being very acrimoniously fired right away and trespassed from the network), and the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" (which was never exported beyond the show's native Japan because it caused an epidemic of seizures during its only airing and led to new Japanese television practices that are still in effect to this day).



* RashomonStyle: Entry 19 cites ABC, CBS, and NBC's rushing to create a TV movie on Amy Fisher as a RealLife example of this. Hofstede finds NBC's take sympathetic to Fisher (''Amy Fisher: My Story'', based on her autobiography) and well-acted but boring; CBS' (''Casualties of Love'') more sympathetic to the Buttafuocos; and ABC's ''The Amy Fisher Story'' as the most even-handed but also most lurid. However, he shames all three networks for their shamelessness in all rushing to try and beat each other in tackling the subject.

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* RashomonStyle: Entry 19 cites ABC, CBS, and NBC's rushing to create a TV movie on Amy Fisher as a RealLife example of this. Hofstede finds NBC's take sympathetic to Fisher (''Amy Fisher: My Story'', based on her autobiography) sympathetic to Fisher and well-acted but boring; CBS' (''Casualties of Love'') more sympathetic to the Buttafuocos; and ABC's ''The Amy Fisher Story'' as the most even-handed but also most lurid. However, he shames all three networks for their shamelessness in all rushing to try and beat each other in tackling the subject.
18th Jul '16 3:10:37 PM twilicorn
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# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]] [[note]] Two of the shows mentioned as being erased were Johnny Carson's first ''Tonight Show'' and ''UsefulNotes/SuperBowl I''. The latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons - this being before the notion of saving the tapes really took off. The NFL eventually scraped together enough footage to show the game on TV again in 2016, removing ''Super Bowl I'' from the MissingEpisode pit at last) [[/note]]

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# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]] [[note]] Two of the shows mentioned as being erased were Johnny Carson's first ''Tonight Show'' and ''UsefulNotes/SuperBowl I''. The latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons - this being before the notion of saving the tapes really took off. The NFL was eventually able to remove Super Bowl I from the MissingEpisode pit at last when, to commemorate the Super Bowl's 50th anniversary in 2016, they scraped together enough footage to show the that first game on TV again in 2016, removing ''Super Bowl I'' from the MissingEpisode pit at last) again) [[/note]]



* CreatorProvincialism: Because the book focuses on American television, it does leave out some of the most infamous television events, including the British ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'' (a sitcom about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler), ''Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos'' (aired on Creator/NineNetwork and primarily featured animals having sex and was pulled off the network in the middle of its only airing, leading to the people who made/helmed the show being very acrimoniously fired right away and trespassed from the network), and the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" (which was never exported beyond the show's native Japan because it caused an epidemic of seizures during its only airing and led to new Japanese television practices that are still in effect to this day).

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* CreatorProvincialism: Because the book focuses on American television, it does leave out some of the most infamous television events, events in other parts of the world, including the British ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'' (a sitcom about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler), ''Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos'' (aired (a take on the ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' formula that aired on Creator/NineNetwork and primarily featured animals having sex and was pulled off the network in the middle of its only airing, leading to the people who made/helmed the show being very acrimoniously fired right away and trespassed from the network), and the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" (which was never exported beyond the show's native Japan because it caused an epidemic of seizures during its only airing and led to new Japanese television practices that are still in effect to this day).



* RashomonStyle: Entry 19 cites ABC, CBS, and NBC's rushing to create a TV movie on Amy Fisher as a RealLife example of this. Hofstede finds NBC's take sympathetic to Fisher (''Amy Fisher: My Story'', based on her autobiography) and well-acted but boring; CBS' (''Casualties of Love'') more sympathetic to Buttafuoco; and ABC's ''The Amy Fisher Story'' as the most even-handed but also most lurid. However, he shames all three networks for their shamelessness in all rushing to try and beat each other in tackling the subject.

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* RashomonStyle: Entry 19 cites ABC, CBS, and NBC's rushing to create a TV movie on Amy Fisher as a RealLife example of this. Hofstede finds NBC's take sympathetic to Fisher (''Amy Fisher: My Story'', based on her autobiography) and well-acted but boring; CBS' (''Casualties of Love'') more sympathetic to Buttafuoco; the Buttafuocos; and ABC's ''The Amy Fisher Story'' as the most even-handed but also most lurid. However, he shames all three networks for their shamelessness in all rushing to try and beat each other in tackling the subject.
7th Jul '16 12:38:26 PM twilicorn
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# TV movies on Amy Fisher [[note]](each of the Big Three rushed out a TV movie based on the then-17-year-old Long Island girl who shot her lover's wife in the face)[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'' [[note]](1979 NBC series about a giant nuclear-powered train, meant to be their answer to ''Series/TheLoveBoat''. This has most expensive pilot ever made, and when the series's concept did no good [no thanks to an allegedly butt-ugly set and costumes], it was removed from the schedule for a while and reworked into a thriller. This didn't help much and NBC had to derail it for good shortly afterwards; its flopping made NBC's already-problematic run under Fred Silverman worse.)[[/note]]

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# TV movies on Amy Fisher [[note]](each [[note]](During the fall of 1993, each of the Big Three rushed out a TV movie based on the then-17-year-old Long Island girl who had an affair with a married man and then shot her lover's said man's wife in the face)[[/note]]
face when he told Fisher it was over. All three films aired within a week; NBC's take on the "Long Island Lolita" story, simply titled ''Amy Fisher: My Story'', aired first, and then CBS' and ABC's films aired on the same night at the same time)[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'' [[note]](1979 NBC series about a giant nuclear-powered train, meant to be their answer to ''Series/TheLoveBoat''. This has It was the most expensive pilot ever made, and when the series's concept did no good [no thanks to an allegedly butt-ugly set and costumes], it was removed from the schedule for a while and reworked into a thriller. This didn't help much and NBC had to derail it for good shortly afterwards; its flopping made NBC's already-problematic run under Fred Silverman worse.)[[/note]]



# ''The Goddess of Love'' [[note]](1988 NBC TV-movie that proved to the world that Vanna White should stick to her most famous role as eye candy on ''Series/WheelOfFortune'')[[/note]]

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# ''The Goddess of Love'' [[note]](1988 NBC TV-movie that and NonActorVehicle [[invoked]] for Vanna White. It proved to the world that Vanna White should stick to her most famous role as eye candy on ''Series/WheelOfFortune'')[[/note]]



# ''Series/TwinPeaks''[='=] second season [[note]](the studio execs forced the show to resolve the Laura Palmer storyline, despite the fact that it was the driving force of the series; the reveal resulted in the subplots being all there was left. The spinoff movie that was released in 1992 [[FranchiseKiller finished the job]] on this franchise;it would take two decades for any talks of revivals to materialize.)[[/note]]

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# ''Series/TwinPeaks''[='=] second season [[note]](the studio execs forced the show to resolve the Laura Palmer storyline, despite the fact that it was the driving force of the series; the reveal resulted in the subplots being all there was left. The spinoff movie that was released in 1992 [[FranchiseKiller finished the job]] on this franchise;it the franchise and it would take two decades for any talks of revivals to materialize.)[[/note]]



# NBC's Fall 1983 schedule [[note]](a huge list of flops including ''Series/{{Manimal}}'' (which David Letterman ruthlessly mocked and which turned into instant SnarkBait), ''Mr. Smith'', ''Boone'' (a show about a kid whose parents are trying to convince him to give up his rock dreams to run their family gas station), ''The Bay City Blues'', ''For Love and Honor'', ''We Got It Made'', ''The Rousters'', ''The Yellow Rose'', and ''Jennifer Slept Here''; '''none''' of these were renewed for a second season)[[/note]]

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# NBC's Fall 1983 schedule [[note]](a huge list of flops including ''Series/{{Manimal}}'' (which {which David Letterman ruthlessly mocked and which turned into instant SnarkBait), SnarkBait}, ''Mr. Smith'', ''Boone'' (a {a show about a kid whose parents are trying to convince him to give up his rock dreams to run their family gas station), station}, ''The Bay City Blues'', ''For Love and Honor'', ''We Got It Made'', ''The Rousters'', ''The Yellow Rose'', and ''Jennifer Slept Here''; '''none''' of these were renewed for a second season)[[/note]]



# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]] [[note]] Two of the shows mentioned as being erased were Johnny Carson's first ''Tonight Show'' and ''Super Bowl I''; the latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons (this was before the notion of saving the tapes really took off). The NFL eventually scraped together enough footage to show the game on TV again in 2016, removing ''Super Bowl I'' from the MissingEpisode pit at last) [[/note]]

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# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]] [[note]] Two of the shows mentioned as being erased were Johnny Carson's first ''Tonight Show'' and ''Super Bowl I''; the ''UsefulNotes/SuperBowl I''. The latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons (this was - this being before the notion of saving the tapes really took off).off. The NFL eventually scraped together enough footage to show the game on TV again in 2016, removing ''Super Bowl I'' from the MissingEpisode pit at last) [[/note]]



# ''Radio/TheAldrichFamily''[='s=] [[note]](an early Creator/{{NBC}} show)[[/note]] chronic case of TheOtherDarrin [[note]](Only one of the original actors {House Jameson, who played the father}, remained with the program throughout its four seasons; there were an obscene amount of recasts for the other characters.)[[/note]]

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# ''Radio/TheAldrichFamily''[='s=] [[note]](an early Creator/{{NBC}} show)[[/note]] chronic case of TheOtherDarrin [[note]](Only one of the original actors {House Jameson, who played the father}, remained with the program throughout its four seasons; there were an obscene amount of recasts for the other characters.)[[/note]]
7th Apr '16 6:16:43 PM twilicorn
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# The Heidi Bowl [[note]](1968 football game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders from which Creator/{{NBC}} notoriously broke away before it was done to air the TV movie ''Heidi'', thereby missing ''two'' Oakland touchdowns scored in the final minute that flipped the outcome of the game; led to a rule requiring that TV networks '''must''' air sports games in their entirety along with new technology to convey messages quickly when a call from NBC's then-president to put the game back on failed to go through in time)[[/note]]

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# The Heidi Bowl [[note]](1968 football game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders from which Creator/{{NBC}} notoriously broke away before it was done to air the TV movie ''Heidi'', thereby missing ''two'' Oakland touchdowns scored in the final minute that flipped the outcome of the game; game. The controversy that ensued led to a rule requiring that TV networks '''must''' air sports games in their entirety entirety, along with new technology to convey messages quickly when a call from NBC's then-president to put the game back on failed to go through in time)[[/note]]



# ''Series/{{Dateline}}'''s 1992 report on exploding General Motors trucks [[note]](said trucks supposedly exploded on impact due to their gas tanks, but after ''Dateline'' failed to produce an explosion, they rigged one; this got NBC sued by GM and led to an exodus of ''Dateline'' staff plus news president Michael Gartner; GM would later get sued themselves when one of the "sidesaddle" gas tanks took the life of a couple's son and discontinued the car using them.)[[/note]]

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# ''Series/{{Dateline}}'''s 1992 report on exploding General Motors trucks [[note]](said trucks supposedly exploded on impact due to their gas tanks, but after ''Dateline'' failed to produce an explosion, they rigged one; this one. This got NBC sued by GM and led to an exodus of ''Dateline'' staff plus news president Michael Gartner; GM would later get sued themselves when one of the "sidesaddle" gas tanks took the life of a couple's son and discontinued the car using them.)[[/note]]



# ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'' [[note]](1979 NBC series about a giant nuclear-powered train, meant to be their answer to ''Series/TheLoveBoat''. This has most expensive pilot ever made, and when the series's concept did no good (no thanks to an allegedly butt-ugly set and costumes), it was removed from the schedule for a while and reworked into a thriller. This didn't help much and NBC had to derail it for good shortly afterwards; its flopping made NBC's already-problematic run under Fred Silverman worse.)[[/note]]

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# ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'' [[note]](1979 NBC series about a giant nuclear-powered train, meant to be their answer to ''Series/TheLoveBoat''. This has most expensive pilot ever made, and when the series's concept did no good (no [no thanks to an allegedly butt-ugly set and costumes), costumes], it was removed from the schedule for a while and reworked into a thriller. This didn't help much and NBC had to derail it for good shortly afterwards; its flopping made NBC's already-problematic run under Fred Silverman worse.)[[/note]]



# ''[[OneEpisodeWonder Turn-On]]'' [[note]](notoriously-awful HotterAndSexier [[DuelingShows competitor]][[invoked]] to ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' that aired on most Creator/{{ABC}} affiliates in 1969, either in full or partially; it was effectively canned before the first episode even finished airing; ABC made that cancellation official without comment the next day after Bristol-Myers withdrew from sponsership and buried it as far as they could.)[[/note]]

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# ''[[OneEpisodeWonder Turn-On]]'' [[note]](notoriously-awful HotterAndSexier [[DuelingShows competitor]][[invoked]] to ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' that aired on most Creator/{{ABC}} affiliates in 1969, either in full or partially; it was effectively canned before the first episode even finished airing; airing. ABC made that cancellation official without comment the next day after Bristol-Myers withdrew from sponsership their sponsorship and buried it as far as they could.)[[/note]]



# ''Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell'' [[note]](ill-fated 1975-76 ABC VarietyShow hosted by the infamous sports broadcaster. Not to be confused with the more popular ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' on NBC, though the Cosell ''SNL'' is the reason why the NBC version was officially named ''NBC's Saturday Night'' until March 1977 and is the impetus behind the show's famous line "Live from New York, it's ''Saturday Night''!")[[/note]]

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# ''Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell'' [[note]](ill-fated 1975-76 ABC VarietyShow hosted by the infamous sports broadcaster. [[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with with]] the more popular ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' on NBC, though the Cosell ''SNL'' is the reason why the NBC version was officially named ''NBC's Saturday Night'' until March 1977 and is the impetus behind the show's famous line "Live from New York, it's ''Saturday Night''!")[[/note]]Night''!")[[invoked]][[/note]]



# ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'' [[note]](one of many early-1990s attempts by the Big Three to cash in on FOX's success with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; this, ''Family Dog'', and ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'' all got canned due to low ratings, bad reviews, and ExecutiveMeddling)[[/note]]

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# ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'' [[note]](one of many early-1990s attempts by the Big Three to cash in on FOX's success with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; this, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. ''Fish Police'' was CBS' stab at the formula; it, NBC's ''Family Dog'', and ABC's ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'' all got canned due to low ratings, bad reviews, and ExecutiveMeddling)[[/note]]



# NBC's Fall 1983 schedule [[note]](a huge list of flops including ''Series/{{Manimal}}'' (which David Letterman ruthlessly mocked and which turned into instant SnarkBait), ''Mr. Smith'', ''Boone''(a show about a kid whose parents are trying to convince him to give up his rock dreams to run their family gas station), ''The Bay City Blues'', ''For Love and Honor'', ''We Got It Made'', ''The Rousters'', ''The Yellow Rose'', and ''Jennifer Slept Here''; '''none''' of these were renewed for a second season)[[/note]]

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# NBC's Fall 1983 schedule [[note]](a huge list of flops including ''Series/{{Manimal}}'' (which David Letterman ruthlessly mocked and which turned into instant SnarkBait), ''Mr. Smith'', ''Boone''(a ''Boone'' (a show about a kid whose parents are trying to convince him to give up his rock dreams to run their family gas station), ''The Bay City Blues'', ''For Love and Honor'', ''We Got It Made'', ''The Rousters'', ''The Yellow Rose'', and ''Jennifer Slept Here''; '''none''' of these were renewed for a second season)[[/note]]



# ''Creator/NickAtNite''[='s=] NetworkDecay [[note]](More recent shows from the 1980s-90s replaced the classic 1950s-60s shows, including ''Series/ILoveLucy''; most of these classic shows moved to fellow Viacom channel TV Land, which was actually created as "Nick at Night's TV Land," indicating the intention of moving to said channel eventually.)[[/note]]

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# ''Creator/NickAtNite''[='s=] NetworkDecay [[note]](More recent shows from the 1980s-90s replaced the classic 1950s-60s shows, including ''Series/ILoveLucy''; most shows like ''Series/ILoveLucy'' and ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow''. Most of these classic shows moved to fellow Viacom channel TV Land, which was actually created as "Nick at Night's TV Land," indicating the intention of moving to said channel eventually.)[[/note]]
6th Feb '16 11:31:18 PM jameygamer
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# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]] [[note]] Two of the shows mentioned as being erased were Johnny Carson's first ''Tonight Show'' and ''Super Bowl I''; the latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons (this was before the notion of saving the tapes really took off). The NFL eventually scraped together enough footage to show the game on TV again in 2016, removing ''Super Bowl I'' from the KeepCirculatingTheTapes pit at last) [[/note]]

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# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]] [[note]] Two of the shows mentioned as being erased were Johnny Carson's first ''Tonight Show'' and ''Super Bowl I''; the latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons (this was before the notion of saving the tapes really took off). The NFL eventually scraped together enough footage to show the game on TV again in 2016, removing ''Super Bowl I'' from the KeepCirculatingTheTapes MissingEpisode pit at last) [[/note]]
6th Feb '16 11:29:50 PM jameygamer
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# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]] [[/note]] Two of the shows mentioned as being erased were Johnny Carson's first ''Tonight Show'' and ''Super Bowl I''; the latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons (this was before the notion of saving the tapes really took off). The NFL eventually scraped together enough footage to show the game on TV again in 2016, removing ''Super Bowl I'' from the KeepCirculatingTheTapes pit at last) [[/note]]

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# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]] [[/note]] [[note]] Two of the shows mentioned as being erased were Johnny Carson's first ''Tonight Show'' and ''Super Bowl I''; the latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons (this was before the notion of saving the tapes really took off). The NFL eventually scraped together enough footage to show the game on TV again in 2016, removing ''Super Bowl I'' from the KeepCirculatingTheTapes pit at last) [[/note]]
6th Feb '16 11:29:24 PM jameygamer
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# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]]

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# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]]shows]][[invoked]] [[/note]] Two of the shows mentioned as being erased were Johnny Carson's first ''Tonight Show'' and ''Super Bowl I''; the latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons (this was before the notion of saving the tapes really took off). The NFL eventually scraped together enough footage to show the game on TV again in 2016, removing ''Super Bowl I'' from the KeepCirculatingTheTapes pit at last) [[/note]]
6th Feb '16 11:24:52 PM jameygamer
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* CreatorProvincialism: Because the book focuses on American television, it does leave out some of the most infamous television events, including the British ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'' (a sitcom about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler), ''Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos'' (aired on Creator/NineNetwork and primarily featured animals having sex and was pulled off the network in the middle of its only airing), and the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" (which was never exported beyond the show's native Japan because it caused an epidemic of seizures during its only airing and led to new Japanese television practices that are still in effect to this day).

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* CreatorProvincialism: Because the book focuses on American television, it does leave out some of the most infamous television events, including the British ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'' (a sitcom about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler), ''Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos'' (aired on Creator/NineNetwork and primarily featured animals having sex and was pulled off the network in the middle of its only airing), airing, leading to the people who made/helmed the show being very acrimoniously fired right away and trespassed from the network), and the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" (which was never exported beyond the show's native Japan because it caused an epidemic of seizures during its only airing and led to new Japanese television practices that are still in effect to this day).



* JumpingTheShark:[[invoked]] ''Series/TwinPeaks''[='=] second season is cited as an example in entry 34. Interestingly, the trope-naming ''Series/HappyDays'' episode doesn't make the list. [[note]](The reason most likely being that while ''Happy Days'' had been declining in quality for a while and the Shark Jump was merely an indicator of how far the show has sunk, ''Twin Peaks'' was still a strong show which got suddenly derailed.)[[/note]]

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* JumpingTheShark:[[invoked]] ''Series/TwinPeaks''[='=] second season is cited as an example in entry 34. Interestingly, the trope-naming ''Series/HappyDays'' episode doesn't make the list. [[note]](The reason most likely being that while ''Happy Days'' had been declining in quality for a while and the Shark Jump was merely an indicator of how far the show has sunk, ''Twin Peaks'' was still a strong show which got suddenly derailed.)[[/note]] ''Happy Days's'' JumpingTheShark moment IS mentioned in the book, however)[[/note]]
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