Pulling the plug isn't easy on these once acclaimed and/or successful shows. In their heyday, they dominated the ratings and the award shows; now, they're lucky to be featured in a nostalgia article.


* The JiggleShow. During the Seventies and Eighties, shows like ''Series/ThreesCompany'', ''Series/CharliesAngels'', and, to a lesser extent, the ''Series/WonderWoman'' series and ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', which were long on beautiful actresses but (perceived as) a little short on plot, were incredibly popular. The joke was that they were especially popular amongst sexually frustrated men, who would be willing to sit through thirty minutes of flimsy dialogue for the chance to see Suzanne Somers in a bikini or Farrah Fawcett run after a bad guy in a tight sweater. The genre peaked with ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', but with the rise of easily accessible pornography on the internet and more liberal views towards sexual matters, shows that are expecting to coast solely on the beauty of their casts are finding themselves disappointed. This was best demonstrated in 2011, when ''Series/ThePlayboyClub'' and a {{revival}} of ''Charlie's Angels'' both got canned after only a few poorly-rated episodes and scathing reviews.

* ''Series/LittleBritain'' was a hit at the TurnOfTheMillennium for its of-the-moment satire of British life, colorful {{catchphrase}}-driven characters, and lowbrow, shock-driven humor. It was popular enough that a live tour combining reenacted sketches and new pieces was a success as well. However, keeping up its momentum was tough. By Series 3, the established characters and running gags had worn themselves into the ground, the new characters seemed to have no purpose except shock value, and the show and its actors were now so overexposed and overmarketed that audiences were sick of them. Combine that with a critical backlash against the traditional BritCom format with the success of ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' and Creator/RickyGervais, and its days were numbered. The total flop of the retooled Series 4 (''Little Britain USA'', co-produced with Creator/{{HBO}}) was the last nail in the coffin. In addition, it didn't age well; its constant pokes at minority groups were controversial enough even at the time, and are now seen as [[ValuesDissonance outright cringeworthy]]. If you ask any teenager who didn't watch it when they were younger, chances are they don't know about it, and if you ask someone who ''did'' grow up with it, chances are they regret it. While its leads/creators David Walliams and Matt Lucas have gone on to other successes (the former as a children's author, the latter as an actor in a variety of productions), ''Little Britain'' is just a relic of its time.

* During its network run, ''Series/MurphyBrown'' was one of the most talked about, critically acclaimed shows on the air. Today, its only syndicated presence is on an Encore pay channel which requires a premium channel price to watch, and first season DVD sales were so poor that the second season was never even released. [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece The show's reliance on topical humor is almost certainly a factor; jokes about Dan Quayle aren't nearly as funny 20 years later.]] It definitely doesn't help that its [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome defining moment]], Murphy's pregnancy and the subsequent feud with Dan Quayle, not only happened relatively early (the show ran for another six seasons after that), but has aged poorly -- it seems [[ValuesDissonance quaint by today's standards]] for Dan Quayle to have [[MoralGuardians made such a big deal]] about a single mother on television. From ''Website/TheOnion'': "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nations-weirdest-teenager-buys-season-one-dvd-of-m,21004/ Nation's Weirdest Teenager Buys Season One DVD Of 'Murphy Brown']]"
* In TheNineties, older viewers (some Boomer Christians and earlier) might explain why ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touched_By_An_Angel#Ratings was a Top 10 show]] at the height of its run. It often outdrew ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in its Sunday nighttime slot (despite never being a critical favorite and regarded as {{glurge}} at its worst), it launched a SpinOff in ''Promised Land'' (which lasted three seasons), and reruns of the show were central to the young [[Creator/{{ION}} PAX]] network's lineup. When its time slot was switched to Saturday nights for its final two seasons, ratings plunged, and while it's still in cable reruns, it's mostly seen as an overly sentimental, Glurge-friendly joke now.

* ''Series/JerseyShore'' was a monster hit in the early '10s. Everyone, LoveItOrHateIt, talked about it when it was around, and a number of terms it popularized (such as "grenade", "fist pumping", and "GTL") entered the lexicon. Enough controversy and criticism (particularly from UsefulNotes/{{New Jersey}}ans and Italian Americans) swirled around it to get [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversy_and_criticism_of_Jersey_Shore a whole page on Wikipedia]] almost as long as the page for the show itself. A host of ripoffs emerged, such as ''Buckwild'' (''Jersey Shore'' [[foldercontrol]]

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* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' was a hugely popular sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992, which revived the sitcom genre and was the #1 show on TV from 1985 to 1990. However, the show's reputation was permanently stained after star Creator/BillCosby was charged with serial rape. Most TV stations pulled ''Cosby'' from their reruns following the scandals.

* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' was a gigantic phenomenon across TheNineties among young children worldwide, but it quickly built what is possibly the biggest PeripheryHatedom among most older children and adults. However, the series lost its steam during the TurnOfTheMillennium due to the creation and popularity of other preschool cartoons and series made by, among others, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, as well as SeasonalRot marked by the addition of a new character (Riff) and it was put on an indefinite hiatus at the end of the decade without any fanfare or any signs of it coming back into production. Most PBS stations and other channels worldwide no longer air the series, and many younger children nowadays probably aren't even aware of its existence. Flash forward to the present, and the series is barely a footnote in launching the careers of Music/DemiLovato and Music/SelenaGomez (and a bunch of other lesser-known stars like [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Michaela Dietz]], Kyla Pratt and Madison Pettis), and if ''Barney'' or the song "I Love You" is brought up today, [[SnarkBait it's begging to be made fun of]].