Dumbest TV Shows from the '70s and '80sThe 1970s and 1980s were great decades for television. Unfortunately, even during good times, a few terrible shows slip through the cracks.--"M.A.S.H." was a popular show, but many fans agreed that it should have ended when it did. After all, it was on the air for nearly a decade. However, producers and writers seemed to believe otherwise, so they developed a follow-up: "AfterMASH." After the first season, ratings tanked, and CBS canceled it after about nine episodes of the second season, which aired during the early 1980s.--As the producers of "M.A.S.H." learned, attempting to capitalize on something that is already a huge hit can be a huge waste of time, money, and effort. Such was the case with "Galactica 1980." The "Battlestar Galactica" spin-off had a tiny budget and terrible ratings, and ABC canceled it after just 10 episodes. Many critics have called it one of the worst sci-fi shows of all time.--When NBC wanted to schedule something to match up against ratings giant "Dallas" in 1983, it came up with "Manimal," which was as bad as the name implies. In 2002, "TV Guide" called it the 15th worst show of all time. It was about a man who could change himself into any animal at any time. No wonder it only lasted seven episodes.--When it aired in 1978, "Supertrain" had the largest budget of any TV show ever made. Unfortunately, throwing money at something doesn't make it good, and it lasted only nine episodes. No one watched the show about the nuclear-powered train that had the amenities of a cruise ship, and it nearly bankrupted NBC.--"Joanie Loves Chachi" proved that even heartthrobs can't save TV shows. The "Happy Days" spinoff was a good idea in theory, as it depicted young Joanie and Chachi moving to Chicago to start their own rock band. "TV Guide" named it one of the "25 Biggest TV Blunders."--The hit show "The Brady Bunch" prompted several spinoffs throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, but the worst of them all was probably "The Brady Brides." It was originally supposed to be a movie, but NBC decided it would make a great show. Many people compared the show to "The Odd Couple," because it focused on the two sisters living together with their new husbands, who were polar opposites.
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