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2012-04-16 01:51:57 PM

Fano: ExperianScaresCthulhu: T.rex: I remember being soooo dissapointed that the Friday the 13th series was about an old man and his niece or something, and they'd find various hexed trinkets and soforth.

I was hoping that instead, it would Jason killing folks on a weekly basis.

Nightmare on Elm Street series was on at the exact same time, and they'd come on one after the other... you'd get all the senseless killing you wanted in the Nightmare on Elm Street tv show, it was depressing.. more depressing than the spiteful killings in Tales from the Darkside. I kind of liked that Friday the 13th was about a witch in a Needful Things type shop. It worked for me, because Robie/Robey worked for me. There wasn't as much senseless violence, it was Charmed before Charmed, but less romance crap. Still, I understand why folks were expecting more Camp Crystal Lake mayhem and didn't want a modern witch.

Friday the 13th the series actually had a pretty good premise for an anthology horror show. Before Warehouse 13 or X-files, there was a purpose to the "monster of the week" the show had, and not bad. Just a disappointment for those that hoped it would be a half hour worth of teens getting murdered.

/i miss anthology horror and sci-fi


The only attractions of the Friday the 13th series are on fine display here: NSFW (new window)
 
2012-04-16 02:01:26 PM

Mugato: A teenage Jennifer Aniston? That would have made me spill more seed than Michael J. Fox holding a bird feeder.

Bates Motel sounded pretty cool.


You sir owe me a new keyboard.
 
2012-04-16 02:02:18 PM

under a mountain: ExperianScaresCthulhu: teenage Jennifer Aniston

[celebritiesaskids.net image 248x319]


Was that after her nose job? I think she looks hot in 'the leprechaun', but I don't mind a unique schnoz.
 
2012-04-16 02:03:28 PM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: T.rex: I remember being soooo dissapointed that the Friday the 13th series was about an old man and his niece or something, and they'd find various hexed trinkets and soforth.

I was hoping that instead, it would Jason killing folks on a weekly basis.

Nightmare on Elm Street series was on at the exact same time, and they'd come on one after the other... you'd get all the senseless killing you wanted in the Nightmare on Elm Street tv show, it was depressing.. more depressing than the spiteful killings in Tales from the Darkside. I kind of liked that Friday the 13th was about a witch in a Needful Things type shop. It worked for me, because Robie/Robey worked for me. There wasn't as much senseless violence, it was Charmed before Charmed, but less romance crap. Still, I understand why folks were expecting more Camp Crystal Lake mayhem and didn't want a modern witch.


Came here for the "Freddy's Nightmares" reference. I remember the pilot told Freddy's backstory; how he was a child killer, he got off in court, and the parents tracked him down and burned him alive.

Then, the next week had a short intro by Freddy, then told some other stories that didn't involve him. I remember being SO bummed out by that. I was probably 9 at the time, and jusst felt incredibly cheated.

Fortunately, Tales from the Crypt came along after a couple of years and I totally got into that.
 
2012-04-16 02:04:39 PM
i see some of the others I would have mentioned covered but no Back to the Future cartoon show. That was bad
 
2012-04-16 02:05:57 PM
I remember both Ferris Bueller adaptations.

The second one was called "Parker Lewis Can't Lose".
 
2012-04-16 02:07:24 PM

dmars: i see some of the others I would have mentioned covered but no Back to the Future cartoon show. That was bad


The Teen Wolf one was good, though.
 
2012-04-16 02:07:59 PM
Was Spaceballs on the list?
 
2012-04-16 02:08:12 PM

SharkTrager: I remember both Ferris Bueller adaptations.

The second one was called "Parker Lewis Can't Lose".


way to read the article or any of the other comments
 
2012-04-16 02:10:51 PM
Fun story,

I had a fling with the younger brother of that guy in Parker Lewis Can't Lose.

Also, who remembers James Bond, Jr?

/my name is Bond. James Bond. Junior
 
2012-04-16 02:11:07 PM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: T.rex: I remember being soooo dissapointed that the Friday the 13th series was about an old man and his niece or something, and they'd find various hexed trinkets and soforth.

I was hoping that instead, it would Jason killing folks on a weekly basis.

Nightmare on Elm Street series was on at the exact same time, and they'd come on one after the other... you'd get all the senseless killing you wanted in the Nightmare on Elm Street tv show, it was depressing.. more depressing than the spiteful killings in Tales from the Darkside. I kind of liked that Friday the 13th was about a witch in a Needful Things type shop. It worked for me, because Robie/Robey worked for me. There wasn't as much senseless violence, it was Charmed before Charmed, but less romance crap. Still, I understand why folks were expecting more Camp Crystal Lake mayhem and didn't want a modern witch.


Yeah... at least the Nightmare on Elm Street one.. they had Robert Englund hosting... But the stories were lame Twilight Zone themes on a low budget. I kept watching either show thinking that Freddy or Jason would eventually make an appearance and lively things up.
 
2012-04-16 02:12:48 PM

dmars: SharkTrager: I remember both Ferris Bueller adaptations.

The second one was called "Parker Lewis Can't Lose".

way to read the article or any of the other comments


it's probably all about emphasis, man. If you were around when both shows were on, it was a big deal how good Parker Lewis was and how much Ferris sucked... sucked so much it took away from the epicness of the movie. Best to forget it ever existed.
 
2012-04-16 02:14:46 PM
Alf did four seasons and that was just a spinoff of Blade Runner
 
2012-04-16 02:25:55 PM
I was sad about Animal House. If they were going to make a series, then fine, make a series. But don't do exactly what they did do and straight-jacket it with formulaic, cleansed crap.

The network should have gone to the writers in the middle of production and said "We're not renewing. Write whatever you want and we'll put it on late at night."

I wish a lot of series had ended like that.
 
2012-04-16 02:26:05 PM

FeedTheCollapse: conspicuously absent:

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I was going to mention that, but I can understand how it could be left off a list like this. I'm assuming every AV Club fan knows about the Clerks TV show, but in the general population it's not well known.
 
2012-04-16 02:26:08 PM

FeedTheCollapse: conspicuously absent:

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which is sad, because it's better than anything kevin smith ever did
 
2012-04-16 02:26:18 PM

noazark: I watched the first episode of Ferris Bueller when it originally aired. In the very first scene (before the opening titles, even), the kid playing Ferris chainsaws a wooden standee of Matthew Broderick in half after saying, "C'mon, Matthew Broderick, playing me..? He's too white-bread."

I'd never seen a TV show kill its own chances for success (by utterly destroying any 'good-will' audiences might've brought from the movie) so completely, in such a short time.

My guess is that the show's producers thought they were being 'edgy', or somesuch nonsense.


Even worse is that there was nothing about the character that captured the same spirit from the Ferris Bueller of the movies. Which is probably why the punctuated each scene with a riff of Yello's Oh Yeah, but instead of "Oh Yeah" it was "Ferris....Bueller". They needed to keep reminding audiences who it was supposed to be. I gave up when they had a scene (in the pilot, mind you) where Ferris joins Sloane in her ballet class and he's wearing a leotard. Why did the producers even bother trying to get the rights to the title in the first place if they were going to make a total mockery of the character?

/ditto all the comments about Parker Lewis Can't Lose getting it right.
 
2012-04-16 02:31:20 PM
I was gonna say Napoleon Dynamite, but it turns out it's not cancelled yet.
 
2012-04-16 02:31:36 PM

darkmayo: I am hoping that one day we will get a mashup of Cop Rock and Manimal.


oh god i loved manimal when i was a kid
 
2012-04-16 02:33:20 PM
Lazakesau I was IN Parenthood thank you very much.

Re-read the headline, subby PRAISES the original films, Francis

ExperianScaresCthulhu If Voyager had been less TNG and more DS9, it would be better remembered today.

I wanna create a meme; I was IN Voyager thank you very much.

Keigh Fun story, I had a fling with the younger brother of that guy in Parker Lewis Can't Lose.

Just say "CSB" & "that guy from SandSharks"-did he call you next time he passed thru Missouri? Wait, "Parenthood" was set in St. Louis? Have you met Lazakesau? He's probably just as famous as anybody in "Truck Stop Missouri(now re-titled "Truck Stop USA" I guess because Missouri is a foreign country: http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/truck-stop-usa )
 
2012-04-16 02:35:33 PM

Strongbeerrules: Galactica 1980. Now that was a frakking bowel movement.


But not really relevant to a discussion of short lived tv series that were originally a movie.
 
2012-04-16 02:42:15 PM
No love for Gung Ho, which lasted nine episodes? They even got Gedde Watanabe to come back!
 
2012-04-16 02:43:14 PM
I remember the Party Girl premiere. I had loved the movie and the show was a train wreck, a big WTF.
 
2012-04-16 02:45:30 PM

JohnnyCanuck: Freakin Rican: JohnnyCanuck: Parker Lewis CAN'T Lose!

he apparently lost his show.


i liked parker. watched it for a bit.

Yeah...I kinda farked up. Was linking a pic of Peter dressed as PL to make it funny.
It did not link. Ah well.

\I actualy never watched that show but I was aware of it.


i840.photobucket.com

i got you!!
 
2012-04-16 02:48:54 PM
Strongbeerrules: Galactica 1980. Now that was a frakking bowel movement.

TonyDanza But not really relevant to a discussion of short lived tv series that were originally a movie.

not a movie? LOLSENSURROUNDWHUT?
granadamovieposters.com

Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat jacked up the "Galactica" premiere halfway thru with the Camp David Accords-jerks
http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=311157
 
2012-04-16 02:50:00 PM
Could be worse.

Imagine had they made a weekly series for TV from the movie Deliverance.
 
2012-04-16 02:51:24 PM

TonyDanza: Strongbeerrules: Galactica 1980. Now that was a frakking bowel movement.

But not really relevant to a discussion of short lived tv series that were originally a movie.


Though it, like the Revenge of the Nerds TV pilot, also had Robbie Rist.
Coincidence? I think not!

I remember watching the Ferris Bueller's Day Off TV show, but I don't think I made it as far as the chain saw before changing the channel because I immediately wanted to punch that douchebag.
 
2012-04-16 02:52:33 PM

RDixon: Could be worse.

Imagine had they made a weekly series for TV from the movie Deliverance.


They did, it was called the Dukes of Hazzard.
 
2012-04-16 02:52:38 PM

taliesinwi: No love for Gung Ho, which lasted nine episodes? They even got Gedde Watanabe to come back!


I have a korean coworker that loves to do deep sea fishing. At least once a month he goes on about fishing for red snapper and my mind instantly flashes to "ohhh red snapper verrry tasty." "stoopid, you so stooopid".

After explaining why I start snickering a few time, he now just closes his eyes and shakes his head.
 
2012-04-16 02:54:36 PM

RDixon: Could be worse.

Imagine had they made a weekly series for TV from the movie Deliverance.


As long as it was the adventures of the rednecks, and each episode ended with Ned Beatty gettingt sodomized, I think it would have been a pretty good show.

In fact, it could have been a live action Looney Tunes cartoon.... Ned Beatty is the Road Runner, the rednecks are the Coyote, and every time they get close to sodomizing Ned again, they get an anvil dropped on their heads, or fall off a cliff.
 
2012-04-16 02:56:01 PM
A thread heavily involving Parker Lewis Can't Lose?

Quick! Turn on the TMLO-signal!

*Hits switch, flashes giant coffee mug symbol into the air*
 
2012-04-16 03:00:08 PM
The only attractions of the Friday the 13th series are on fine display here: NSFW (new window)

Struggled to stay awake on many pre-teen Saturday nights just to see those clothed!!

/then flip the channels to the scrambled "adult" channels to see if I could see what was happening through the wavy green tinted feed....
 
2012-04-16 03:01:20 PM
Colour_out_of_Space I remember watching the Ferris Bueller's Day Off TV show, but I don't think I made it as far as the chain saw before changing the channel because I immediately wanted to punch that douchebag.

The internet informs me just like the "Ferris" Movie Charlie Schlatter dated Jennifer Anniston, i dunno if they drove thru Ireland, tho
 
2012-04-16 03:03:15 PM

TheManofPA: Alf did four seasons and that was just a spinoff of Blade Runner


This comment was very funny.
 
2012-04-16 03:04:00 PM

Ceiling Moran: The only attractions of the Friday the 13th series are on fine display here: NSFW (new window)


Robey was so hot.
 
2012-04-16 03:07:52 PM

RDixon: Could be worse.

Imagine had they made a weekly series for TV from the movie Deliverance.


It would be like South Park.
Hey!! you raped Ned Beatty!!!
 
2012-04-16 03:09:33 PM

T.rex: I remember being soooo dissapointed that the Friday the 13th series was about an old man and his niece or something, and they'd find various hexed trinkets and soforth.

I was hoping that instead, it would Jason killing folks on a weekly basis.


I got over that disappointment the second I realized the niece was a smoking hot red-head...but Gis'ing her now I can only conclude I was much younger and my standards a hell of a lot lower then.
 
2012-04-16 03:16:06 PM

Strongbeerrules: Galactica 1980. Now that was a frakking bowel movement.


I was ten years old when that came out, I was a HUGE BSG fan -saved my cereal box tops for the Viper cockpit that came in the mail (and was pissed as hell when it turned out to be cardboard), and one of my most vivid memories of a family vacation I took in 1978 that was a road trip from the east coast to the west with stops at places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone the Grand Canyon etc, was when we took the tram ride through Universal Studios and I caught a 30 second glimpse of them filming an episode of BSG.

That said, all I can rmember is watching 1 or two episodes of BSG 1980 and concluding it was the lamest, corniest, awfulest thing I had ever witnessed in my short life
 
2012-04-16 03:26:05 PM

Wingnutwillie: Lazakesau: FARK YOU SUBBY!

I was IN Parenthood thank you very much.

did Opie Cunningham touch your dirty spot?


Mr. Howard was not connected to the television program.

And my congratulations to Lazakesau, who actually was in it. It was a worthy entertainment.
 
2012-04-16 03:27:16 PM

Mugato: Ceiling Moran: The only attractions of the Friday the 13th series are on fine display here: NSFW (new window)

Robey was so hot.


Oh how I agree!
 
2012-04-16 03:30:23 PM

Baryogenesis: I was gonna say Napoleon Dynamite, but it turns out it's not cancelled yet.


I'm blown away that its doing as well as it is. It wasn't as bad as Allen Gregory, but it was probably much more stupid. I know now everyone liked the movie, but the humor in the TV series is different enough that I wonder why they even bothered saying it's based off the movie.
 
2012-04-16 03:38:41 PM

FeedTheCollapse: I'm blown away that its doing as well as it is. It wasn't as bad as Allen Gregory, but it was probably much more stupid. I know now everyone liked the movie, but the humor in the TV series is different enough that I wonder why they even bothered saying it's based off the movie.


That's not on anymore, Hamburger Helper or whatever is filling the dead space between The Simpsons and Family Guy now is on. Or are they bringing it back? Well anyway I never saw Napoleon Dynamite the show but they waited too long to turn it into a TV show. It's been like 6 years. by now everyone's sobered up and said, "That farking movie wasn't funny, why am I watching a TV show about it?"

Although Allen Gregory wasn't just bad. It aggressively hated its audience.
 
2012-04-16 03:43:40 PM
Site blocked at work. Was Fast Times on there?
 
2012-04-16 04:00:20 PM
No love for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?

/ok no one remembers either
//well I do
 
2012-04-16 04:13:30 PM
The problem with many of these tv series is that the movies they're based on were about the main characters being in conflict. By the end of the movie, the characters grow in some way and the conflict is resolved. The tv shows ignore this and just try to squeeze some juice out of poorly written unintentional parodies of the characters.
 
2012-04-16 04:17:00 PM
How about Honey I Shrunk the kids

Remember that show on Saturday afternoons.
 
2012-04-16 04:20:05 PM

wiwille: No love for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?

/ok no one remembers either
//well I do


I remember it. I was always confused because there was only one woman on the show, where were the other 6? If I were a teen, I'd probably have come up with some interesting explanations and storylines where everybody's.. ahem.. 'happy'. was too young, though.

That show was on for longer than a couple episodes, wasn't it?

/was the waltons also a movie?
 
2012-04-16 04:26:38 PM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: wiwille: No love for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?

/ok no one remembers either
//well I do

I remember it. I was always confused because there was only one woman on the show, where were the other 6? If I were a teen, I'd probably have come up with some interesting explanations and storylines where everybody's.. ahem.. 'happy'. was too young, though.

That show was on for longer than a couple episodes, wasn't it?

/was the waltons also a movie?


The Waltons was based on Earl Hamner's book Spencer's Mountain. That book was also made into a film in 1963, about a decade before the Waltons show.

But, it wasn't The Waltons.
 
2012-04-16 04:26:44 PM
wiwille No love for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?
/ok no one remembers either
//well I do

fan of musicals...or River Phoenix? Not that i remember Julie Newmar stopping pot dealers in the original film...
Link (new window)
 
2012-04-16 04:28:34 PM

Mugato: FeedTheCollapse: I'm blown away that its doing as well as it is. It wasn't as bad as Allen Gregory, but it was probably much more stupid. I know now everyone liked the movie, but the humor in the TV series is different enough that I wonder why they even bothered saying it's based off the movie.

That's not on anymore, Hamburger Helper or whatever is filling the dead space between The Simpsons and Family Guy now is on.


t0.gstatic.com

"Bob's Burgers."

Although Allen Gregory wasn't just bad. It aggressively hated its audience.

Allen Gregory should have been part of Comedy Central's Animation Abortion block.
 
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