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* Can an entire ''network'' be deader than Disco? If so, then if Creator/{{MTV}} isn't there right now, then it is perilously close. Even when the [[NetworkDecay channel's decay]] became evident in the late '90s and early '00s, MTV was still a relevant force in American pop culture, turning many bands and artists into superstars and airing shows like ''Series/TheRealWorld'', ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', and ''Series/{{Jackass}}'' that hauled in viewers by the boatload and had people talking. And that's not even mentioning the power MTV wielded back in TheEighties. Now, while it's still kept relevant by a handful of hit {{reality show}}s, a couple of critically acclaimed scripted series (primarily ''Teen Wolf'',) and the Video Music Awards, most young people and former fans know it primarily for being the poster child of NetworkDecay.
** ''Total Request Live'' was '''the''' destination for members of Generation Y during its run. It's difficult in retrospect to describe just how much of a colossal hit it was with teenagers of the late '90s and early '00s. It was parodied in music videos, TV shows, and movies, it made Carson Daly a star, it became a standard stop for any promotional tour (even for non-musicians, with the likes of Creator/JohnTravolta and Creator/TomCruise coming to promote their films), it launched the careers of an entire generation of musicians, and became a general cultural touchstone. Music/MariahCarey's famous CreatorBreakdown was on ''TRL'', for starters, alongside 4/5ths of the Backstreet Boys using ''TRL'' to announce that AJ [=McLean=] was entering rehab. [[Music/NSync *NSYNC]], Music/TheBackstreetBoys, Music/BritneySpears, Music/JessicaSimpson, Music/ChristinaAguilera, Music/{{Beyonce}}, and countless others have said that ''TRL'' essentially "made" them.\\
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However, all things come to an end. ''TRL''[='=]s playlist was dominated by bubblegum teen pop, which had pretty much the entire pop music world in a stranglehold at the time. Once that environment faded in the mid '00s and pop music grew more diversified, ''TRL'' began to fade from relevance. The real killer, however, was the internet making music much more widely available, to the point where having a show like ''TRL'' act as a central hub of pop music simply didn't work anymore. It's telling that not only has ''TRL'' disappeared, but there hasn't been another "Top Ten" countdown show to take its place.
** If MTV truly ''does'' die, it would be a KarmicDeath, as the first video it ever featured was "Video Killed the Radio Star", a subtle hint that the network would be competing with radio broadcasting. (The song itself and the video, however, were generally well-received, even if the group never really became popular.)
* In the United States, daytime {{soap opera}}s have fallen victim to this trope. Back in TheSeventies and TheEighties, ratings for daytime soaps hit peaks of 30 million viewers for events like the Spencer wedding on ''Series/GeneralHospital'', and ad revenues from them helped to fund the {{networks}}' elaborate, expensive, all-but-nonprofit [[NewsBroadcast news divisions]], as well as tide the whole network over in years when the PrimeTime lineup was struggling. Now (as ValuesDissonance has marched on, with themes then considered as "taboo" being commonplace nowadays) soaps are lucky to pull in ''three'' million, and some people are recommending that the networks drop them altogether and replace them with {{talk show}}s and other daytime fare -- which some networks are already doing. The phrase "daytime soap opera" has come to be synonymous with [[SoapWithinAShow pure dreck]] in the minds of many TV fans, associated with bad writing, [[IdiotPlot outrageous plots]] and [[LargeHam shoddy]] [[DullSurprise acting]], something that can be seen whenever [[FanDumb disgruntled fans]] of a PrimeTime series talk about how bad writers or actors "should never have been let out of daytime." A list of theories explaining this fall can be seen on the SoapOpera page.
** The fact that the {{cancellation}} of ''Series/GuidingLight'', [[LongRunner the longest running fictional TV show in the history of the medium]], was barely a footnote in ''Magazine/TVGuide'' and ''Entertainment Weekly'' just goes to illustrate how far soap operas have fallen in the public eye.
* RealityTV did in the [[PointAndLaughShow trashy tabloid talk shows]] of the '90s, which quickly lost their monopoly on the display of social rejects, miscreants, and degenerates hungry for their 15 minutes of fame. Unlike talk shows, reality shows didn't have the middle man of a host who was ostensibly trying to "help" them, and had more variety than the basic talk show format. Today, the only "Trash TV" hosts still standing are JerrySpringer and [[{{Maury}} Maury Povich]], their competitors (Geraldo Rivera, Phil Donahue, Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake, Sally Jessy Raphael) having all been canceled. OprahWinfrey, now retired herself, who popularized the "Trash TV" format, distinguished herself by going "[[BleachedUnderpants upmarket]]" in [[TheNineties the mid-nineties]], during the height of the trend.
* It is probably not a coincidence that the VarietyShow died out around the same time that specialized cable channels began taking off, since they allowed viewers to enjoy ''just'' [[{{MTV}} musical groups]], [[Creator/ComedyCentral stand-up comedy]], etc. without having to wait out performers and segments they weren't interested in. Once in a while, a performer will try to revive the format, but this never works. Later, Creator/{{NBC}} tried to pull it off with ''The Jay Leno Show''. They were hoping that cheap, [[ProductPlacement product-placement]]-backed programming would allow them to stem their losses. It didn't work so well, suffering from such abysmal ratings that NBC attempted to move it to late night after half a season. This led to Creator/ConanOBrien's departure from ''Series/TheTonightShow'' when he objected to the schedule change.
** The death of the variety show could also be attributed to the decreasing cost of televisions. Back in TheFifties and TheSixties when variety programs were at their most popular, a television was an expensive investment and there would typically be only one TV per household, if the household had a TV to begin with. When televisions became much less expensive, the need for specialized programming to appeal to the various members of a household became much more apparent. Then cable television took off in TheSeventies and TheEighties and put the final nail in variety's coffin.
** In a similar fashion; the Sports Anthology genre (invented and led by ''Series/WideWorldOfSports''[[note]]The original American version, not the still-airing Australian version[[/note]]) died out with the rise of sports networks like Creator/{{ESPN}}, which offered the kind of variety of sports ''Wide World'' offered 24/7.
* Space adventure (or spaceship) based sci-fi shows, once the staple for television sci-fi, disappeared after the cancellation of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' and the rotting away of ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''. The Franchise/StargateVerse also slowly faded into the purgatory of Saturday afternoon reruns. Genre TV shows are now essentially represented by Earth-based, character relationship-based drama shows with a few sci-fi elements thrown in, such as ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'', ''Series/TrueBlood'', and the new ''Series/{{V|2009}}''. The reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' despite its outer space setting, still focused more on character relationships and political drama than space adventure. This widespread paradigm shift is commonly attributed to the desire to attract more female viewers.
* "Next Generation" type television shows: These were shows that essentially updated classic shows from two or three decades past and provided an in-universe continuation of the premise. Surviving cast members from the original often appeared either in guest roles (playing older versions of their characters in keeping with the actor's advancing age) or only in the pilot episode in which they simply pass the torch. Named after ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' which takes place in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' timeline 78 years after ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]''. This has been replaced by "re-imaginings" which do not take place in the same universe as the original series and are not subject to the continuity of the original series. However, original series cast members can and do make guest appearances as characters who may be completely different from the character they originally played. Richard Hatch, Apollo on the original ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Battlestar Galactica]]'', appeared in [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined the 2003 reimagining]] as a character quite different from Apollo. Jane Badler plays a character named Diana in the 2009-10 ''Series/{{V|2009}}'' series, but not the same Diana that she played on ''Series/{{V}}'' in 1984-85.
* Network newscasts. In the past, families gathered around the TV every evening to watch Walter Cronkite or Dan Rather for 30 minutes. With the growth of 24-hour news networks and online news, many people stopped watching the traditional newscasts, which are on when most people aren't even home.
** The entire traditional newscast model is near non-existent for cable news any longer. Except for the fringe services like BBC World News, Al Jazzerra America and RT, the only traditional 'news-weather-sports' newscast on cable news is MSNBC's ''First Look'' at 5 in the morning; every other newscast is pretty much required to have a story introduced for a talking head debate somehow.
* KidCom shows that don't involve some kind of celebrity focus are dying out. There are very few DomCom low-concept shows that focus on the characters living a relatively normal life. The reason is the success of ''Series/HannahMontana'' and executives trying to capture that market to get the next big IdolSinger. (The huge success of the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' franchise may be partially because it serves the audience that liked SliceOfLife kidcoms.)
** Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s LiveActionTV line in the last few years has been dominated by these type of shows. ''Series/ICarly'' focuses on Internet celebrity, ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' and ''Series/BigTimeRush'' on musical celebrity, and ''Series/TrueJacksonVP'' on fashion. Its next big show is ''Series/HowToRock'', with Cymphonique Miller as the lead singer in a band. ''Bucket And Skinner'' was their last attempt at a non-celebrity show, and it crashed and burned so badly it was yanked off the network.
** Likewise, Nickelodeon's GameShows, when they do go forward these days, hardly have 'regular kids' any longer; they're pretty much cast just like any other regular show, meaning the era where any kid within the Philadelphia or Orlando metro areas could get on ''Series/DoubleDare'' or ''Series/FindersKeepers'' is over as producers now cast in the same manner as ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', where they must be cute, precocious and able to perform well on-screen (and it isn't a coincidence any longer when said kids end up on a Nick sitcom months later). Same with Disney's shows.
** Creator/DisneyChannel went ''10 years'' between ''Series/EvenStevens'' (2000) and ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' (2010). In between these they have had shows like ''Series/AntFarm'', a star vehicle to showcase the musical talent of Music/ChinaAnneMcClain, ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' about becoming popular musicians, ''Series/ImInTheBand'' (guess what that one is about), ''Series/{{JONAS}}'', ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' which is about a starlet comedienne, and obviously, ''Series/HannahMontana''. ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' was, in theory, about a ''family'' of wizards, but ended up mostly being a vehicle for Music/SelenaGomez (who even sang the theme song). Ironically, it was a low-concept Creator/DisneyChannel show, ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'', that truly paved the way for much of what followed, as it served as a vehicle for Music/HilaryDuff to emerge as a pop singer/actress/TeenIdol in the mid-2000s.
*** In fact, pretty much ''everything'' live-action except high-concept Kid Coms is currently dead on the kid's networks. During TheNineties, Nickelodeon's lineup hit almost every possible genre: sitcom (''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll''), sketch comedy (''Series/AllThat''), mystery (''Series/TheMysteryFilesOfShelbyWoo''), sci-fi (''Series/SpaceCases''), game show (''Series/NickelodeonGUTS'') and even horror (''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark''). Lately, thanks to the success of ''Series/HannahMontana'' and ''Series/ICarly'' it would appear that both networks are trying everything possible to make lightning strike twice.
* The "classic {{sitcom}}" format, while still somewhat popular among audiences (most of Creator/{{CBS}}' biggest hits [[Series/HowIMetYourMother are]] [[Series/TheBigBangTheory such]] [[Series/TwoAndAHalfMen shows]]), no longer dominates the Big Four networks due to the success of shows like ''Series/ModernFamily'', ''Series/ThirtyRock'' and the [[TransAtlanticEquivalent U.S. remake]] of ''{{Series/The Office|US}}'', which are usually made in the single-camera format rather than the traditional multi-camera one and avoid using sitcom staples like a LaughTrack and a StudioAudience. Multi-camera sitcoms have risen in popularity on cable channels such as FX and TBS, but critics tend to look down their noses at them and the form in general.
** However, the multi-camera format has had much better success selling in syndication and finding general audiences while many of the acclaimed single-camera series had struggled in ratings (in the cases of ''30 Rock'' and ''Series/{{Community}}'') and failed in syndication (in the case of ''The Office'') despite positive reviews. Also, many of the classic multi-camera format series (such as ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/{{Friends}}'') still hold up today against newer series. If anything, the single-camera format could be this trope if these viewing and sales trends continue.
* Similarly, the "Working Class Family" Sitcom died sometime in TheNineties. This can probably be attributed to the increased number of Americans attending college, the rise in niche entertainment rendering the "everyman" of such shows obsolete, the rise in post-modern sitcoms like ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', and shows like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' making it almost impossible to take such shows seriously anymore.
** The traditional "family sitcom", in general, died out for the same reasons, along with many of the tropes associated with such shows [[DiscreditedTrope being rendered obsolete in recent decades]].
* "Late Night Creature Feature"-style shows: A former staple of Friday and Saturday night television, particularly on stations that weren't network affiliates, were locally-produced shows dedicated to airing B-grade horror or science fiction movies, with such umbrella titles as ''Chiller Theater'' or ''Shock Theater''. Notable, invariably tongue-in-cheek hosts of such shows included Vampira, Doctor Madblood, and Svengoolie; Creator/ElviraMistressOfTheDark kept the format going well into TheEighties. (All this was parodied by ''SCTV'' with Count Floyd.) The timeslot wasn't necessarily late at night -- it may have been as early as 9 p.m., or alternatively scheduled for weekend afternoons. But as TheEighties progressed, the films aged along with the viewers that appreciated them, the "Big Three" networks began adding more and more national fare to the late and overnight schedules, pay and basic cable networks bought up the rights to many movies en masse (USANetwork, in its first two decades, had the weekend block ''Night Flight'' and its successor ''Up All Night'', which were effectively their versions of this concept), and independent stations dried up as new networks like Fox took them over. ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' is widely considered the LastOfHisKind, but in fact there are a few shows that have revived the format with public domain films and reached the national syndication market in TheNewTens (''Elvira's Movie Macabre'', the San Francisco-based ''Creepy KOFY Movie Time'', ''Wolfman Mac's Chiller Drive-In''), quietly killing time on weekends on minor network affiliates like MyNetworkTV's. New generations of viewers discovering these films typically prefer to view them uncut, commercial free, and without the distraction of [[HorrorHost host segments]]. The concept of the Internet VideoReviewShow has also helped in that the reviewers cut the films down to their most prominent parts and analyze their tropes while getting rid of extraneous plot.
* Low-budget, high concept TV shows that use the CanadaDoesNotExist trope. During the late 80s and early 90s, these were a staple for shows in multiple genres such as action-adventure (''Series/{{Highlander}}''), youth drama (''Catwalk'' or ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''), sci-fi/horror (''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' or ''Series/WarOfTheWorlds''), and police drama (''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''). Toronto and Vancouver were at the time encouraging locations for low budget television even offering incentives to American producers. The low low budget connected with small-name actors (many of them Canadian) allowed for a proliferation of inexpensive entertainment aimed at various niche audiences. The ''nowhereland'' setting for these shows allowed for them to appeal to viewers in both the U.S. and Canada. Today, the new low-budget market is Reality Television which can be produced in Hollywood and appeal to a mainstream American audience. Although in terms of dollar amount, Episodes of Reality shows today probably cost more than an average episode of ''Highlander'', they are easier and faster to produce (as they are not script oriented), have a quicker return in revenue, and appeal to a mass audience. Other genres are still around but mostly manifest themselves as expensive tentpole franchises with high production values, big name stars, and an unambiguous major American city setting.
* The JiggleShow. During the Seventies and Eighties, shows like ''Series/ThreesCompany,'' and ''Series/CharliesAngels,'' and, to a lesser extent, the ''Series/WonderWoman'' series and ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' that were long on beautiful actresses but (perceived as) a little short on plot were incredibly popular, and 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.
* {{Creator/Cinemax}} still has their ''After Dark'' block known more by the FanNickname "Skinemax" of softcore films and shows going on, though the films have gotten progressively cheaper as time goes on and adult actors find better work with the Internet, while the shows can no longer coast by on the StrictlyFormula plots of the past; they more resemble soaps with adult plots and believable plot development than redundant spins on PizzaBoySpecialDelivery. Meanwhile {{Creator/Showtime}} instead began to carry adult reality shows like ''Polyamory: Married & Dating'' and ''Gigalos'' rather than getting writers and actors involved with diminishing returns.
* Anthology series: The visual version of short story collections, these are essentially any regular series without a recurring cast or continuing storyline from episode to episode. They can contain a little bit of everything, with many styles of writing, acting, and direction from episode to episode. These were once very popular for genres like science fiction, fantasy, and especially horror (after all, the concept of recurring characters somewhat removes suspense) that often involve Hitchcockian twists or morality plays. ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'', ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/TheOuterLimits'', ''FaerieTaleTheatre'', ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'', ''Series/TheStoryteller'', ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'', and ''[[WaltDisneyPresents The Wonderful World of Disney]]'' are some of the many acclaimed examples of this style of show, which persisted well into TheNineties. Anthologies often allowed exposure for upcoming actors and a fun break from the usual for already established actors. But in general, television since the TurnOfTheMillennium has been more concerned with character development and story arcs to draw viewers in -- impossible to accomplish with anthologies where each story must be told in one hour or less -- and with occasional exceptions like ''Series/MastersOfHorror'', the anthology show has fallen out of favor.
* "Period"-themed comedies, which were popular particularly during the 70's and early 80's (''Series/HappyDays'', ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'', etc.) seem to have fallen out of favor around the turn of the millennium. The last real noteworthy movie example was 1998's ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'', while the last noteworthy television example was ''Series/That70sShow'' (which was really a ''mockery'' of 1970's nostalgia rather than a true nostalgic throwback to that era). This is no doubt due to how limited such comedy tends to be - one can only make so many jokes about things like pet rocks and Rubik's Cubes before they grow stale and predictable (nevermind that the era being lampooned was probably heavily dominated by ''[[TwoDecadesBehind its own sense of nostalgia for an earlier time]]''). There is also the tendency for such shows, despite their period setting, to [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory reflect the values of the decade in which the show is being produced]] (such as female empowerment and downplaying racism). On the other hand, certain period-themed dramas such as ''Series/MadMen'' (set in the 1960s) and ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' (set in the early-1980's) have garnered a lot of critical acclaim not only for their high production values and excellent storytelling but for how honestly and respectfully they treat their respective time periods.
* The daytime GameShow. A saturation of shows on the Big Three in the late 80s-early 90s helped kill it, as did the debut of the nighttime syndicated versions of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' in 1983 and 1984 respectively (''Wheel'' debuted in daytime in 1975, and continued to stay on daytime until 1991). These two shows became so successful that they still thrive in syndication 30+ years later, and were almost singlehandedly responsible for terminating the likes of ''Series/TicTacDough'' and ''Series/FamilyFeud''.
** Also helping in the decline was the rise of cable, paving the way for a huge wave of low-budget shows. While many were short-lived bombs, the cable boom did produce a few beloved shows such as ''Series/SupermarketSweep''. It also resulted in the creation of Creator/{{GSN}} (Game Show Network) in 1994, allowing fans a haven for reruns of beloved older shows.
** ABC gave up on daytime in 1991 after a revival of ''Series/MatchGame''.
** NBC dropped ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'' and ''Super Password'' in March 1989, daytime ''Wheel'' in June (which [[ChannelHop moved]] to CBS a few weeks later), and ''Series/WinLoseOrDraw'' later that year, followed by ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'' in March 1990. ''Wheel'' returned to the network in January 1991 (replacing a short-lived revival of ''Series/LetsMakeADeal''), but finally ended its daytime run that September. ''ClassicConcentration'' left in 1991, but continued to air in reruns for a bit. In 1993, the network tried an hour-long block of a ''Scrabble'' revival and ''Scattergories'', along with the also short-lived ''Family Secrets''. Their last attempt was ''Series/CaesarsChallenge'' in 1993, but after it ended in January 1994...
** After losing the 1988-94 revival of ''Feud'', CBS had only ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' to its name. ''Price'' remained the lone holdout for daytime network game shows for a good 15 years until the same network launched a successful ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' revival in 2009.
** ''Feud'' ultimately came back in syndicated form in 1999, and has managed to survive to this day despite three changes in host.
** In 1999, ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' spawned a [[WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire new and often-copied trend]] of flashy, big-budget shows, often quiz related, that threw around vast amounts of money. That big-money move eventually fizzled out after ABC [[WolverinePublicity saturated their schedule]] with ''Millionaire'', although it quickly moved to daily syndication and has managed to hang on ever since. In the times since, only ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' (2005-09 on NBC, 2008-10 in syndication) has been successful in the "big money game show" field.
** Cable game shows pretty much died off in the wake of the big-money move of the early 2000s, as the cable shows didn't have the flash or prize budget of the ''Millionaire'' types. GSN made many a valiant effort in the 2000s, but other than ''Series/{{Lingo}}'' (2002-07, plus a short-lived revival in 2011), none of them stuck. However, Creator/TheHub has found relative success in this field with ''Series/FamilyGameNight''.
** ''All'' game shows nearly faced extinction after the quiz show scandals of TheFifties, in which it was revealed that many of the hit game shows on American television (most notably ''Series/TwentyOne'') were being rigged by the networks in order to increase tension for viewing audiences. Game shows were anathema to networks for almost twenty years before MervGriffin took a risk with ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. (Still, some people have long memories, and the scandal is the reason many people believe the voting on ''Series/AmericanIdol'' is rigged.)
* Cable also pretty much killed off scripted shows in first-run syndication. Shows in first-run syndication were massively popular in the Nineties (''Series/{{Baywatch}},'' ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys,'' ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess,'' with ''Baywatch'' and ''Xena'' each holding onto the title of world's most popular show at one point or another.) However, shows that have tried since then haven't had the same success. First-run syndication was something of a shaky market anyway (after a show was bought, the station could air them whenever they wanted, and some would exile them to unholy timeslots such as 1am. Even if they weren't, varying timeslots made it nearly impossible to advertise; since almost every market had a different schedule, commercials and print ads couldn't show a time or channel, only being able to tack on a generic "Check Local Listings.") With a guaranteed timeslot on cable and a promise of frequent reruns, along with {{Infomercial}}s being more dependable sources of revenue, shows that normally would have went the route of first-run syndication instead went to cable networks, and shows in first-run syndication struggled (''Series/SheSpies'' endured an ill-conceived retool and imploded, ''MutantX'' simply stopped despite solid ratings after the production company went bankrupt, and all of the shows made by the ''Herc''/''Xena'' production team, such as ''Series/{{Beastmaster}},'' ''Series/{{Cleopatra2525}},'' and ''Series/JackOfAllTrades'', all of whom were hobbled by the same problems that plagued ''Xena's'' later years, namely a lot of the behind-the-scenes talent in New Zealand jumping ship and moving over to ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings,'' simply couldn't match their predecessor's success and withered away.) While first-run syndication is still used to create daytime fare like game shows, talk shows, and courtroom shows, ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' might go down as the last-ditch attempt at a scripted series in first-run syndication.
* [[MadeForTVMovie TV movies]] on the Big Four networks. In the 1970s, television networks began producing 90-to-120 minute TV movies as a new form of serialized television, and despite the low budgets and quick shooting schedules, managed to attract a lot of name talent whose schedules otherwise prevented them from committing to a television series. Many of them got big ratings; it was often that you could see a TV movie pull in one-third and even half of the television-watching public. However, increasing budgets and (again) the rise of cable television led to a decline of quality to the point where the glory days were forgotten in favor of being SnarkBait among viewers for their low budgets, StrictlyFormula plots, and bad acting. Nowadays, the Big Four prefer to be more conservative with budgets while TV movies are strictly done for cable, where many networks have more money to spend due to being light on in-house production. And while pay networks like HBO have garnered much acclaim for their TV movies, most people nowadays think of the format as nothing but one LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, Hallmark Channel TastesLikeDiabetes-fest, Wal-Mart/Procter and Gamble co-sponsored sapfests, or next-to-no-budget SciFiChannel creature feature after another.
* The network Primetime Miniseries: Universally hailed for their production values, ambition, and epic scope as well as their general faithfulness to the source material, usually recent bestselling novels. ''{{Roots}}'', ''{{Shogun}}'', and ''TheThornBirds'' are undoubtedly the three most highly acclaimed examples, each winning multiple Emmy awards. These miniseries could span up to almost ten hours in total length, spread out through multiple nights. These were major television events that the entire family tuned in for, epic character-oriented dramas that had a beginning, middle, and end. Because these miniseries aired on network television, they were strictly funded by sponsors, something that is terribly difficult today, given the fact that the three television networks of that period are no longer the central hub of primetime television. They have been replaced by HBO and AMC both of which have the means for big budget multiseason ongoing series (some still based on books such as ''GameOfThrones'' and ''WalkingDead''), but some of which contain material that is not suitable for general audiences. There was another attempt in TheNewTens with Series/TheBible and Vikings, with both having high ratings starting out, but in the case of the former, outside of a very specific niche audience of conservative Christians, after the show had aired, audience opinion of the series dropped(critics never liked it), and in the case of the latter, ratings fell during season 2.
* The AfterschoolSpecial was a mainstay of the Big Three Networks for most of the 1970s, '80s, and 'early 90s. Initially, they were simply special programs aimed at kids and teens, which could be educational and/or entertaining, light or dark. But dramatic {{Very Special Episode}}s about various controversial topics such as abuse, [=STDs=], drugs, teen pregnancy, etc. eventually became the usual output. Their depictions of such issues garnered them quite a bit of critical acclaim at the time, as television was otherwise very shy about dramatizing them, let alone to children. But, as discussed in the excellent Website/PlatypusComix retrospective of ads for the trope-naming ABC specials (both parts can be found [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideadsindex.html here]]), eventually the topics were discussed/depicted in both prime time series and daytime talk shows, kids -- who, when the shows launched, didn't have a lot aimed specifically at them save for Saturday morning lineups -- found other entertainment options on TV, and network affiliates became peeved that the shows preempted popular regular programming (such as said talk shows). ABC, the TropeMaker, stopped doing them in 1996, and nowadays they are mostly remembered only as a source of NarmCharm.
* 3-D television. Shortly after the third boom of [[ThreeDMovie 3-D movies]] in the late '00s, TV manufacturers tried to get in on what was thought to be a booming market, with Sony incorporating 3-D into the PlayStation3 and tech analysts predicting that 3-D would follow high-definition and become part of the fabric of the average person's viewing experience. The boom lasted only a few years at best, its fall roughly coinciding with when moviegoers (in the West, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff at least]]) turned against 3-D movies themselves. In addition to having many of the same problems 3-D movies had, both the sets themselves and the movies were priced at a premium, and 3-D televisions also required their own electronic glasses that were fragile and costly to replace. The latter factor ruined their application in watching sports, which had been hyped as the format's KillerApp (much like it had been for [=HDTVs=]), as inviting people over to watch the game became really expensive with all of those glasses. 3-D content outside of movies is hard to find and shrinking in quantity, and one TV manufacturer, Vizio, has stopped making 3-D [=TVs=] altogether.
* As noted on the main page, shows that fall victim to TheChrisCarterEffect have a tendency to slip into this once their lack of long-term MythArc planning [[KudzuPlot becomes apparent]].
* Live-action educational shows for kids: This concept was around for a while before taking off in the TheSeventies with such PBS shows such as ''MrRogersNeighborhood'', ''ReadingRainbow'' and the still running ''Series/SesameStreet'' providing a mix of educational content and light entertainment, usually with recurring characters. Similar, lesser-known shows ran in syndication during TheSeventies and TheEighties, including ''Romper Room'', ''TheGreatSpaceCoaster'', ''Joya's Fun School'', and ''The Magic Garden''. By [[TheNineties the following decade]] they fell out of fashion as all the independent stations were merged into networks who, in the wake of 24/7 cable networks for kids and greater restrictions on advertising to children, unanimously decided that such children's television was not profitable. While ''Sesame Street'' still persists on PBS, most of that network's {{Edutainment}} shows are animated rather than live-action these days. To meet the FCC's educational programming requirements, networks and their affiliates either repurpose programming from cable or run blocks of live-action, documentary-style shows from Litton Entertainment. About the only places where variety-style educational shows are still being made/shown are Christian-aimed cable channels such as Creator/{{TBN}} and Daystar.
* Interstitials, usually locally made vignettes of an educational nature mostly aimed at children, shown between different shows and time slots, mostly during daytime. The biggest reason these died is because of the way local TV changed in the early-mid 90s and these were no longer in the station's budget to produce and air and were mostly filled in place by more advertisments.
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!!American Broadcasting Company
* ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'' was arguably the coiner of the term {{Dramedy}}. What really made the show stand out was its penchant for BreakingTheFourthWall, where on occasion the characters would talk to the audience or otherwise show knowledge that they were characters in a television show ("Don't go much lower. They'll take us off the air."). This progressed in later seasons to become a pure NoFourthWall series. It's however perhaps best known for being the classic example of how a show can fall apart when UnresolvedSexualTension is resolved, or how a hit show collapses due to a perfect storm of [[TroubledProduction/LiveActionTV behind the scenes]] chaos. When the fifth season was shortened due to a {{TV Strike|s}}, Creator/{{ABC}} put the show down.
* After ''Series/{{Grace Under Fire}}'' finished the 1993-94 season as the higest-rated new comedy on television as well as finishing in the Top 10 of the Nielsen's that year and the year after that, series star, Brett Butler's behavior became increasingly erractic. Her addition to pain-killers and paranonia over creative control soon led to a revolving door of producers, writers, and co-stars. Eventually, after falling to 45th place in the ratings for its fourth season, ABC cancelled ''Grace Under Fire'' after just 14 episodes into the 1997-98 season.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'', at its peak, was once a cultural phenomenon. However, Creator/{{ABC}} executives forced Creator/DavidLynch to resolve the show's central mystery much earlier than he wished to, feeling that [[ViewersAreMorons audiences wouldn't stick around that long]], leaving it without an anchor for its array of subplots. Now, if the show is ever brought up, it's either by worried network execs afraid that their hit genre show will become the next ''Twin Peaks'', or by fans who think that their show is JumpingTheShark. While its legacy lives on, it is today remembered as a prime example of how short-sighted ExecutiveMeddling can run a great show into the ground. Most fans tell people getting into the show to stop watching after TheReveal of who killed Laura Palmer.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' was a long-running show in the late '90s and early 2000s whose popularity was arguably on par with contemporary shows such as ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', and ''Friends''. However, unlike those shows, The Carey Show is nowhere to be found in syndication, on DVD, or even on YouTube. It is a good guess that the campy nature of the show, made worse in later seasons with Drew's contract safety, hasn't really stood the test of time very well.

!!BBC
* During his life, Jimmy Savile was an iconic and beloved British TV presenter, hosting ''Series/TopOfThePops'' and ''Jim'll Fix It'' and raising funds for charities and hospitals. Not long after his death in 2011, however, it came out that he had molested hundreds of young girls during his long career. The public turned against him virtually overnight, with many organizations that Savile had been a part of disowning him, signs and plaques bearing his name being vandalized and removed ''en masse'', and his own family taking down and destroying the ornate headstone on his grave out of respect for the victims. His reputation was sealed by an Creator/{{ITV}} documentary in 2012 detailing his crimes, which managed to cause a scandal when it revealed that some in Creator/TheBBC, the UsefulNotes/NationalHealthService, and British law enforcement knew about what he was doing (or at least suspected it) and were complicit in covering it up. Today, he is a reviled figure in Britain.
* ''Series/{{Little Britain}}'' was extremely popular in its day as a satire of certain things that were prevalent in Britain at the time. However, from Series 3 onwards people got sick of it. The jokes had worn themselves into the ground, the new characters introduced seemed to just be done for shock value, and the show and its actors were ultimately so overexposed and overmarketed that people could not stand to watch it anymore. In addition, many people who enjoyed it when they were teenagers look back on it as adults and realised all the jokes are based around making fun of minorities, which is something that was controversial enough at the time and now is completely outdated. If you ask any teenager who didn't watch it when they were younger about it chances are they don't know it. If you ask someone who grew up with it, chances are they regret it.
* ''Series/DeadRingers'' - As it was based on current events and then popular celebrities and politicians, each series became this a short time after airing. The BBC knew this and only ever released the first series on DVD, despite there being seven produced in total. The radio series fared better as it was often based on radio shows and pop culture that were still around years later (hence most series are available on CD or Cassette) and did not require you to suspend your disbelief from the impressionists not looking like who they were meant to be. However, the satirical impression aspect of the show is pretty much a dead trope - people are more likely to watch stand up comedy or read internet articles for the same jokes, without the tacky concept. However, the series is still beloved among those who watched the similar TV series ''SpittingImage'' (which predated ''Dead Ringers'' by more than a decade).
* ''Series/ThisLife'' occupied a similar position in the UK as ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' did in the USA, albeit as a less comedic form of drama -- something akin to being the most important show on TV in the mid-to-late nineties. Then, once the late-twenty-somethings who watched it grew up and had children, the younger generation couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Sex, drugs and young lawyers? [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny Old hat]].

!!CBS
* The UrExample for television may be TV personality Arthur Godfrey, who was extraordinarily popular in [[TheFifties the early 1950s]]. Viewers turned against him after his folksy, friendly, gee-shucks demeanor was [[NiceCharacterMeanActor shown to have been an act]]; he was actually a [[SmallNameBigEgo cruel, egotistical taskmaster]] who fired a popular singer on one of his shows ''on the air'' for ''going to his grandmother's funeral'' instead of taking a dancing class he didn't actually need.
* During its network run, ''Series/MurphyBrown'' was one of the most talked about, critically acclaimed shows on the air. Today, it's nowhere to be found in syndication, 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']]"
** And years later, [[http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,319786,00.html Candice Bergen (Murphy) would admit Dan Quayle]] had a point after all.
** ''Series/ThirtyRock'' liked to evoke ''Murphy Brown'' as Liz's feminist ideal for how she thinks the world should work -- hence the episode, "Murphy Brown Lied To Us".
* The only reason why ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' got to number one in the ratings is because old people loved it. Creator/{{CBS}} eventually figured out that, although it was getting great ratings, those ratings were coming from an audience that advertisers didn't care about, which led to its cancellation. The same thing happened for several other shows, like ''Mayberry RFD'' and even ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}''. There's even a whole page at [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge "rural purge"]], about these cancellations of rural-themed and senior-targeted programs. Several of the other shows listed on that page (''Series/HogansHeroes'', ''Series/FamilyAffair''), which were also popular in their day, are similarly no longer appreciated as anything but kitsch, mainly due to the fact that most of the people who liked them in their heyday were over 50 when they were canceled, and are now dead. While they still have their viewers (judging by the ratings for TV Land reruns and the existence of DVD box sets for many of them), few will cite them as truly great television.
** In TheNineties, older viewers might explain why ''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 a joke now.
** This happens a lot, though... lots of classic series, even ones that are considered ''good'', are often given a backseat because they don't attract the audiences the powers that be want. Or they just don't attract that much attention in general, with the audience becoming younger, not many people remember it as much as others did. Of course, the lack of readily-available reruns these days doesn't help.

!!Fox
* A variant: ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' never went from all-popular to all-hated, having [[LoveItOrHateIt both admirers and haters]] at its peak. Instead, it went from The Extremely Important Show That Expressed The State Of The American Woman Today[[TradeSnark ]] to a half-forgotten joke. ''Everybody'', love it or hate it, used to think it was a cultural milestone. ''Time'' did a cover story on it that called it a low point in the history of American feminism, ''New York Times'' columnist Maureen Dowd went through a period where she mentioned it in virtually every single column that she wrote (to the point where series regular Greg Germann [[http://www.nytimes.com/1998/11/15/opinion/l-the-real-ally-mcbeal-852325.html sent her a letter]] joking about it), and it was heavy analyzed by scholars because Creator/LucyLiu's character, Ling Woo, was pretty much the only Asian character of any real substance on television at the time. Nowadays, however, it's a footnote of the late '90s that's best remembered for pop culture ephemera -- it featured the first [[MemeticMutation internet meme]] to [[AscendedMeme become popular outside the internet]], the Dancing Baby, it was the series that Creator/RobertDowneyJr was on as he spiraled out of control, and it was the "single female lawyer" show that ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' made fun of. It's telling that Creator/HaydenPanettiere's time on the show is barely mentioned, not even as an OldShame.
** [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x20ttxt_tv-trash-100th-episode_fun According to]] Chris "Rowdy C" Moore of WebVideo/TVTrash, part of the reasoning for why ''Ally [=McBeal=]'' falls under this trope is because of David E. Kelley's subsequent series ''Series/BostonLegal'' proceeding to overshadow ''Ally [=McBeal=]'' in just about every measure, including popularity. According to Rowdy C, ''Ally [=McBeal=]'' was one of the rare shows where the lead character herself was TheScrappy.
* There's a reason why ''Series/TheXFiles'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for TheChrisCarterEffect. The memory of its excellent early years was badly sullied not long after [[Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture the movie]] came out, its ill-received final three seasons leading up to an embarrassing and frustrating case of NoEnding that, to many fans, showed that the writers had no clue what they were doing and were making things up as they went along. What die hard fans were left had their interest killed by a [[SoOkayItsAverage ho-hum]] [[Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve movie]] released in 2008. While the show's legacy can [[NoughtiesDramaSeries still be readily seen]], and there remained enough fans to get it a [[PostscriptSeason continuation]] in the form of [[ComicBook/TheXFilesSeason10 a "season 10" comic book]], the most celebrated episodes nowadays are the stand-alone MonsterOfTheWeek episodes, whereas the MythArc, which had once been among the chief draws, is now viewed as where the show fell apart.
* When ''Series/TheOC'' premiered in 2003, it became a pop culture sensation overnight. Critics praised the show for its clever dialogue, excellent writing, and interesting characters, and it was one of the highest-rated television shows in its time slot. For its second season, however, Fox moved the show to a competitive Thursday nighttime slot, which ended up costing it viewers. There's also a general agreement among fans that the quality of the show [[SecondSeasonDownfall declined in the second season]], although it was still pretty good. Season 3 is almost universally considered to be the point where the show [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark]] due to it introducing several new characters who were disliked by fans as well as the overall tone becoming [[CerebusSyndrome more serious and angsty]], thus causing the ratings to drop even further. When Season 4 rolled around, the show began to improve in quality, returning the focus to the main cast members and bringing back the comedy. Unfortunately, by that point most people had given up on ''The OC'' and it was cancelled due to low ratings.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fell victim to its own attempts to recapture lightning in a bottle. The first two seasons were critical and commercial darlings, garnering high praise, earning high ratings, and actually dethroning ''Series/AmericanIdol'' as [[AdoredByTheNetwork the Fox network's crown jewel]]. With its growing exposure, the writers attempted to duplicate what was garnering all the praise, [[HypeBacklash at the expense of the what made it well-liked in the first place]]. Latter seasons saw more emphasis put on [[ShipTease ship teasing]], [[{{Anvilicious}} heavy-handed]] LGBT aesops, and tribute episodes to popular musicians. Problems that were [[FranchiseOriginalSin noticeable, but bearable, in the second season]] grew like a cancer -- characters frequently [[DependingOnTheWriter changed motivations, personalities, and relationships]], plots came out of nowhere and began to [[KudzuPlot pile up too high for the show to handle]], fan-favorite characters left the show and were replaced with {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed versions of the original cast, any pretense of realism had disappeared, and the show became the preachy AfterSchoolSpecial it used to mock. All of this alienated the show's audience and sent its ratings into freefall from the third season onwards; by the end of the fourth season, ratings were actually lower than they were in the first. After [[AuthorExistenceFailure the death]] of cast member Creator/CoryMonteith in 2013, it was decided that the show would end in 2015.
** The syndicated run of ''Glee'' can kindly be described as a disaster. It was supposed to begin airing on Oxygen in the 2013-14 season as part of the contract that came with ''The Glee Project'', but by the time it did, the show's fading popularity left it stuck in a contractually obligated run of early Monday mornings to burn off the contract. Meanwhile, on broadcast stations, it began in good timeslots on the weekend, before the non-existent ratings had stations pushing it to late night infomercial territory within mere months.

!!HBO
* ''Series/TrueBlood''. In its first couple of seasons, it was met with wild popularity and rave reviews. Then, it went through some of the most notorious SeasonalRot in history, with it only regaining prominence through the announcement of its final season.

!!ITV
* ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' has slowly faded away from British popular conciousness in a way that exact contemporaries like the still beloved MorecambeAndWise and TheTwoRonnies have not, largely due to ValuesDissonance. Since cancellation the show has rarely been aired in Britain leading to the ironic situation that most Britons in their late twenties or younger who ''do'' know anything about Benny Hill were generally introduced to him through the frequent homages to and parodies of his show in ''[[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff American]]'' media.

!!MTV
* ''Series/TheTomGreenShow.'' Tom's CloudCuckoolander-on-crack behavior was certainly a big draw for a while; kids & teenagers loved him, parents couldn't stand him, and [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity the show only seemed to get bigger with every bad review]]. Circumstance and changing taste brought it all crashing down: Tom had a bout with testicular cancer which halted production for a while, Tom's reputation nose-dived after his ill-fated directorial debut ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'', ''Series/{{Jackass}}'' was a newer, fresher take on physical shock comedy, and when Tom made his comeback, it was in the form of a talk show, which was cancelled after a few months. If he's remembered for anything now, it's either by bad movie buffs for the aforementioned film, or serious [[TheNineties '90s]] kids.

!!NBC
* ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' was the top rated show for two straight seasons and was a cultural icon in the 1960's (it would also launch the careers of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin). However, the show being one big UnintentionalPeriodPiece led to a fast ratings drop in the fourth season and an eventual cancellation. Nowadays, the show is barely remembered outside of a few references in books and specials on the history of television and is rarely aired on television due to the dated nature.
** It also picked up a substantial hatedom for its part in ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' getting ScrewedByTheNetwork, to the point that several performers actually left the show in protest to Creator/{{NBC}}'s treatment of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'', and their own exec producer's role in that treatment[[note]]he insisted that he would nuke his own show rather than let it be moved back a half hour to make room for ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. NBC ended up giving in and keeping Trek on Fridays.[[/note]], which is when ''Rowan and Martin'' dropped out of the top ten in ratings.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' was a rather popular show during its four season run from 2005 to 2009 with a devoted following and acclaim for its star in JasonLee (it was also a part of a meme involving Earl being chased by a man with no legs). Today, the show is almost totally obscure as reruns are almost never run and the show's cast having hardly done anything since (the show ending on a cliffhanger probably didn't help either).
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. During this show's first season, critics and audiences alike were praising it as the next ''Series/{{Lost}}'', and it managed to be a credible rival to that show, even breaking out of the SciFiGhetto and getting an Emmy nod for Best Drama Series. The fact that ''Heroes'' hit its stride just as ''LOST'' was going through one of its lowest points helped it pick up a lot of disgruntled fans of the latter show who were growing bored waiting for the plot to get moving, as ''Heroes''[='=] writing seemed to be a direct response to the slow pace of ''LOST''[='=]s much-maligned third season.\\
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Unfortunately, the SecondSeasonDownfall kicked in hard. Creator/BryanFuller left to make ''Series/PushingDaisies'', and the [[TVStrikes 2007-08 WGA Strike]] killed an entire half-season's worth of plots and a planned {{spinoff}}. The show spent the next two seasons flying off the rails and hemorrhaging viewers as the writing staff struggled, and failed, to figure out how to salvage it. ''Heroes''[='=] sudden fall gave birth to a TV colloquialism called "''Heroes'' Disease", used to describe when a show that burned hot in its first season burns out afterward as a result of having run out of storylines and gotten too broad and sprawling for its own good. Not even [[GrowingTheBeard Fuller's return in the fourth season]] could save ''Heroes'', as Creator/{{NBC}}, reeling from the flop of ''The Jay Leno Show'' and fed up with the show's big budget and lack of ratings to show for it, pulled the plug at the end of that season, just as it was becoming good again. Once viewed as the show that would save NBC after many of its hit '90s sitcoms came to an end, it instead came to be seen as a symbol of all the problems that NBC had over the course of the '00s.\\
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That said, NBC is planning to [[http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/02/24/heroes-reborn-analysis/ relaunch the series]] in 2015 with a 13-episode MiniSeries called ''Heroes Reborn'', so it remains to be seen if the show can still recover.

!!Other
* The anthology series ''WaltDisneyPresents'' (better known as ''The Wonderful World of Disney'') has jumped between all three of the major networks. Its traditional airing time was sunday evenings starting at either 7:00 or 7:30. It was a popular family show for the first few decades of its running (since 1954). Its ratings fell starting with TheSeventies and TheEighties due to a lack of new Disney material being produced at the time and reliance on airing dated material. The eventual introduction of The Disney Channel also appeared to make the show seem pointless. At one point in the 80s, the show was actually cancelled because of this. Although, eventually brought back, its showing was sporadic throughout TheNineties but there was still a notable lack of newly produced Disney material that wasn't already on the Disney Channel. Disney has never been a prolific producer of made for TV movies, feeling that they were less profitable. Disney was also reluctant to show recent animated films on the show as that would affect DVD sales. In recent years, the show has been airing several non-Disney produced movies such as ''Harry Potter'' and a remake of ''BriansSong''. Finally, the show has had to compete with other sunday evening shows such as ''60Minutes'', sunday night football or other major sports, and the FOX animated lineup (such as ''TheSimpsons''). The Wonderful World of Disney appeared to draw its last breath on network television in 2008 with a showing of TheChroniclesOfNarnia TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe.
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* Ironically (given the show's own place on this list), one of ''The X-Files''[='=] signatures was Mulder's snarky "Deader than Disco" pop cultural references, as typified by this exchange:
--->'''Putative Vampire:''' Don't you want to live forever?\\
'''Agent Mulder:''' Not if [[TheEighties drawstring pants]] are coming back.
* In the ''Series/BurnNotice'' episode "Odd Man Out", Sam quotes the trope name in describing what will happen if they try to ambush the VillainOfTheWeek by hiding behind explosive drums.
* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' features Deeks quoting the trope name as well, while describing the VictimOfTheWeek in "Collateral", an ex-CIA agent turned wildly successful video game developer, who had been blown to bits by his lighter.
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