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  • One planned episode for season 2 of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (which got cancelled after the first season) had Brisco becoming the sheriff of a town.
  • An unproduced 1960s Batman episode written by Harlan Ellison was to have featured a very psychedelic Two-Face. It eventually got a Comic-Book Adaptation as Batman '66: The Lost Episode in 2015.
  • Doctor Who, unsurprisingly, has its own page.
  • Emergency! had several. "Richter Six" got axed due to a writer's strike, but Chet breaking his shoulder during a rescue seems to have been used in another ep. "The Long Weekend" and "High Rise" are more. "High Rise" has a similar plot to "The Steel Inferno" movie but whether it was changed into the movie cannot be proven for sure.
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  • During the Firefly reunion, Nathan Fillion talked a bit about an idea for an episode that never got made due to the series being cancelled.
  • A fourth season of Gilligan's Island was planned, but cancelled at the last minute. Story treatments of the Season 4 episodes are available, though a TV retrospective suggested that actual scripts had already been written.
  • According to her memoir, Lena Dunham once pitched an episode of Girls, based on an incident from her own life, in which Hannah has a sexual encounter that might be construed as rape. The other writers shot it down, believing that rape just isn't funny.
  • Hogan's Heroes
    • Both Werner Klemperer and Richard Dawson have hinted that a seventh season of the series, which would have included a proper finale in which the war ends and the prisoners of Stalag 13 were liberated, was in the works at the time The Rural Purge happened, thus axing the series for good after its sixth season.
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    • In The '70s, Larry Hovis began work on an After Show that would have focused on the original Heroes' children fighting in Vietnam; plans for the series were abruptly halted when Bob Crane was murdered.
  • M*A*S*H had a ton of them, although most were unsolicited "spec scripts" that were probably never actually considered for production.
    • "Hawkeye on the Double", the most infamous example, was originally written for the first season, in which Hawkeye is secretly seeing two different nurses at the same time, and when they both find out about each other, they both pretend to be pregnant to get back at him. The subject matter was considered too risqué for television at the time, so the episode was never produced; the original script is a special feature on the complete series DVD set.
    • "Father Hawkeye Knows Best" was also written for the first season, and dealt with Frank's wife visiting the 4077th with the Congressman of Indiana, so the gang try to cover up Frank's affair with Margaret by having Margaret pretend that it's Radar she's seeing, and Frank is simply her confidant. In the end, it turns out Louise is actually cheating on Frank as well with the Congressman.
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    • "The Contract" was written for Season Seven, and dealt with Klinger saving Charles's life after he was nearly killed by mortar fire when collecting rare spices in the Korean countryside; afterwards, Charles wants to repay Klinger for saving his life, while Klinger wants it in writing. (The Klinger-saving-Charles premise was later used as a subplot in Season Nine's "Operation Friendship", albeit without the contract element.)
    • "A Toast to Mildred" was written for Season Nine and has the subplots of Hawkeye indulging in a lobster cookbook from home, Klinger making his own perfume to sell, and B.J. suspecting Potter is cheating on his wife with Margaret, even though they're both simply emotionally drained from Army life and had been leaning on each other's shoulders.
    • "Peace is Hell" was originally written for Season Ten, and deals with a rumor that Klinger started that a ceasefire is in effect, and the war will soon be over, which starts a chain reaction of craziness among camp; it's possible this episode wasn't produced because it's virtually recycled from Season One's "Ceasefire".
    • Reportedly, there are many other unproduced M*A*S*H scripts in existence as well; titles for these scripts have been released, but no other details are available. They include: "War's a Grind" (written for Season One), "The Fighting 4077th" (written for Season One), "Yankees 7 - North Korea 8" (written for Season Two), "Hawkeye Go Home" (written for Season Three), "A Matter of Time" (written for Season Three), "The Tub" (written for Season Three), "The Key", or "Hawkeye for the Defense" (written for Season Three), "Dear Everyone" (written for Season Three), and "Up the Flagpole" (written for Season Five). Interestingly, "A Matter of Time" was written by Allan Katz & Don Reo, who were later hired as producers for the show during Season Five, while "The Tub," was written by Elias Davis & David Pollack, who were added to the writing and production staff later in Season Nine.
  • According to a Monk episode guide, there was going to be an episode where the detective solves a murder while on a cruise. The cruise line company that owned the ship was okay with it until they started making numerous demands. The producers eventually decided it was more trouble than it was worth and scrapped the episode. The script didn't go to waste though; it was adapted into the 2014 novel "Mr. Monk Gets on Board".
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: A sketch John Cleese found in poor taste was written but not filmed. (There is actually some controversy amongst the Pythons themselves as to whether it was filmed or not, but certainly never broadcast.) It involved a wine connoisseur showing off his wine cellar to a visitor, and after each tasting he reveals that it's "wee wee".
  • There were going to be episodes of Quantum Leap where Sam leaps into an animated character and a dog.
  • Red Dwarf has had several:
    • "Bodysnatcher", which was to be the second episode of the first series, but the filming of the series was delayed several months by an electrician's strike. During the hiatus, the writers decided "Bodysnatcher" was the weakest episode and replaced it with a new script. It was eventually realised as a DVD extra with storyboard images and narration by Chris Barrie.
    • "Identity Within", which was to be a Cat episode in series 7. It was dropped because it was far too expensive and CGI-intensive to ever realise on the show's budget, and was replaced with a Bottle Episode. The script would also eventually be produced as a DVD extra using storyboards and narration.
    • "Dad", was supposed to be the first episode of series 3, resolving the series 2 cliffhanger of Lister's pregnancy, but the writers couldn't get it to work without seeming sexist. Its plot summary was included as Unreadably Fast Text at the beginning of that series. The script was not completed, but the first third of it was realised in a similar fashion to "Bodysnatcher" and "Identity Within".
  • When Sam & Cat was abruptly cancelled, four episodes were left unfilmed, cutting its 40 episode order down to 36. Nothing is currently known about these scripts.
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures was cut short because of the untimely death of star Elisabeth Sladen. Planned episodes included a season finale titled "The Battle for Bannerman Road" that would have seen a return appearance of Jo Grant and the destruction of the main character's neighborhood, an episode where Sarah Jane's supercomputer becomes human, an episode that would have revealed Sky is technically the Trickster's "daughter", and an episode featuring the first reappearance of Ace since her departure in Doctor Who explaining through flashbacks how she and the Doctor parted ways and what she had been up to since.
  • Seinfeld: "The Gun", (also known as "The Bet") was written as something completely different, in that it was more of a seriocomic episode that dealt with Elaine buying a handgun for self-protection and Jerry betting her that she'll never even use it; meanwhile, Kramer returns from a trip and claims to have had sex with the flight attendant in mid-flight and Jerry and George try to track her down betting that Kramer's story is bogus. The script made it to table reading, but the cast felt it was too dark and not very funny, so it was shelved and ultimately never made.
    • "The Gun" lives on as an Internet urban legend in the form of a "creepypasta" story alleging the episode was filmed and all but one copy destroyed. Naturally, the episode supposedly contains disturbing and supernatural phenomena happening to the actors and crew.
  • Star Trek: Memory Alpha made a list. Highlights include:
    • Star Trek: The Original Series was originally going to have an episode entitled "He Walked Among Us", which would have guest starred Milton Berle. In the episode, Berle would've played a sociologist pretending to be God in a primitive community, and it would've showcased Berle's dramatic acting range. However, Gene Roddenberry was enraged when he discovered that the script for the episode had been rewritten as a comedy, so he ordered for the episode to be scrapped.
    • A Star Trek: The Next Generation episode called "Blood and Fire", featuring an openly gay couple and an AIDS allegory. Rick Berman shot it down due to the former, but it was later produced as part of the Fan Vid series Star Trek: New Voyages.
    • A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode where Ens. Sito Jaxa from the TNG episode "Lower Decks" returns as a PTSD patient after having been imprisoned in inhumane conditions. Some elements were used in season 4's "O'Brien must suffer" episode "Hard Time".
    • A Star Trek: Voyager episode where the Doctor is forced to kill someone to protect a patient, bringing him into conflict with the Hippocratic Oath.
    • The entire planned fifth season of Star Trek: Enterprise, due to the cancellation. Season 5 was to show the beginnings of the Federation and the roots of the Earth-Romulan War, and much of the material would be used in the Star Trek: Enterprise Relaunch novel series.
  • Torchwood creators were in talks with ABBA to do a musical episode. The plan never got off the ground.
  • Ultra Series
    • Due to Ultra Q ending early to make way for its more famous successor, several unused scripts from the show were recycled for Ultraman, notably "Oil SOS" and "The Terrifying Cosmic Rays". More interestingly, the series finale was envisioned as featuring an Ultraman prototype as an alien villain instead of a superhero.
    • Ultraman was intended to run for 52 episodes, but due to the stressfulness of the series' fast-paced production schedule, it only ended up running for 39 episodes. Nevertheless, the never-made 13 scripts are still known in Japan, which feature stories that were later recycled for Ultraseven or saw the return of previous monsters (including some from Ultra Q), or even introduced completely new monsters (in fact, concept art for several of them exist).
    • Ultraseven's intended 23rd episode was "300 Years' Revenge", which would have featured an alien name Talk (トーク Tōku) who vows revenge against humanity for killing his family and attempts to reconstruct a superweapon to do so, as well as transform into a hate-powered demon kaiju to battle Ultraseven. It was ultimately cut due to Troubled Production and replaced with "Searching for Tomorrow".
    • Ultraman Nexus premature cancellation caused by major network screwing saw an entire story arc unfinished, and it would have featured Nagi becoming the next host of Ultraman Nexus, further revelations about Nexus, new Space Beasts, and a lengthier struggle against the Big Bad.
  • WKRP in Cincinnati was going to have a 5th season Story Arc where it's harder to stay a top rated radio station than to become one, but the show was cancelled after season 4.
  • The Other Wiki has an extensive list of unmade Episodes of The X-Files.


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