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Shows That Were Pulled Off the Air After Just One Episode

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Emily’s Reasons Why Not (2006)

The ABC sitcom starred Heather Graham, who played a single woman unlucky in love. A review from called it an “obvious rip-off of Sex and the City that you’ll find yourself drawing comparisons for the whole half-hour. See Graham doing her best Sarah Jessica Parker as a fashion-conscious New York editor. Hear her plaintive voice-over narration; meet her loyal best girlfriends, including a gay man; and, of course, get a load of her Mr. Big, an emotionally unavailable writer played by Mark Valley.” ABC canceled the show after airing one episode, citing negative reception, despite spending reported millions on advertising. All six filmed episodes later aired in various other countries.

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Public Morals (1996)

The show was an American sitcom that aired on CBS in October of 1996, based around a group of detectives and others in a city’s vice squad. Main stars included Peter Gerety and Donal Logue. Bill Brochtrup‘s character John Irvin from NYPD Blue was also featured, and returned to NYPD Blue after this show was canceled.

It was poorly received, facing criticism for vulgar language was humor involving racial stereotypes, and scrapped after just one episode.

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Proving Ground (2011)

The G4 popular science reality show was hosted by Ryan Dunn and Jessica Chobot, and put stunts from video games, films and comic books are to the test in the real world.

It was tragically pulled after one episode, when Ryan was killed in an unrelated car accident shortly after the airing of the first episode. The remaining eight episodes did eventually air after an extended hiatus, and it was discontinued thereafter.

Maxxx (2020)

This show’s had a strange start, which technically counts as being pulled after an episode, only to be revived later. It premiered on the UK’s E4 in April of 2020, but was replaced after one episode by Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The E4 Head of Comedy told the British Comedy Guide that the sudden scheduling change was a response “to our audience’s evolving viewing habits,” adding “we champion brand new comedy and are incredibly proud of this show.” It was later confirmed for a primetime slot on Channel 4 in October, and aired properly.

The first season of the British comedy from O-T Fagbenle will premiere in the U.S. on Hulu. The show “centers on a boy band star named Maxxx. Washed up Maxxx has been fading into relative obscurity since the breakup of his group Boy Town, but begs his old manager, played by Christopher Meloni, to help him battle his inner demons to stage a comeback.

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