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9 Famous TV Flops


If you can find romance on The Love Boat, why not on a train? The show Supertrain was filled with reasons why not, derailing after airing on NBC from February to May 1979. Actors such as Tony Danza, Vicki Lawrence, and Joyce DeWitt hopped onboard the Supertrain to cavort in an Olympic-size swimming pool, gym, and discotheque while traveling more than 200 miles per hour.

The original million-dollar, large-scale model electric train set with cameras attached crashed during its first demonstration, but nobody at the network saw this as a bad sign. The show suffered from poor reviews and low ratings, and the high production costs combined with the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics (which cost NBC millions in ad revenue), nearly bankrupted the network.