Failed TV Pilots

Whether they aired as a Movie-of-the-Week, popped up on bootleg DVDs or on YouTube, or simply vanished into the abyss of forgotten pop culture, there have been A LOT of failed attempts at formulating a hit television series. Some of the biggest stars appeared in these little-known movies, some pre-stardom and some nearing the end of their careers. And some of these films are actually surprisingly great and would have made damn good TV shows. But others are more WTFWTT???

NOTE: There are discrepancies on whether or not some of these were pilots or just TV movies, especially with several of the ABC Movie of the Week titles. Everything is chronological and I've added some notes to the ones I've seen to give you a place to start should you decide to dig in... I've barely begun, but if you think of any to add, let me know.

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  • The Shadow

    1

  • Final Curtain

    2

  • The Adventures of Super Pup

    3

  • Tales of Frankenstein

    4

  • The Invisible Avenger

    5

  • Destination Space

    6

  • Rosie

    7

  • The Adventures of Superboy

    8

  • Philbert (Three's a Crowd)

    9

  • The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre

    10

  • Archie

    11

  • Della

    12

  • Calhoun

    13

  • Dark Intruder

    14

  • Agent for H.A.R.M.

    15

  • Where's Everett

    16

  • The Solarnauts

    17

  • Batgirl

    18

  • Wonder Woman: Who's Afraid of Diana Prince?

    19

  • Ghostbreakers

    20

  • Shadow on the Land

    21

  • Fear No Evil

    22

  • The Mama Cass Television Program

    23

  • The Over-the-Hill Gang

    24

  • Dead of Night: A Darkness at Blaisedon

    25

  • The Monk

    26

  • The Pigeon

    27

  • The Spy Killer

    28

  • The Ballad of Andy Crocker

    29

  • In Name Only

    30

  • Gidget Grows Up

    31

  • Original Cast Album: Company

    32

  • Foreign Exchange

    33

  • Cutter's Trail

    34

  • Ritual of Evil

    35

  • Quarantined

    36

  • Dial Hot Line

    37

  • The Young Country

    38

  • Wild Women

    39

  • The Aquarians

    40

  • The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again

    41

  • City Beneath the Sea

    42

  • Incident in San Francisco

    43

  • Yuma

    44

  • River of Gold

    45

  • In Search of America

    46

  • The Sheriff

    47

  • Hitched

    48

  • Escape

    49

  • Cat Ballou

    50

  • Cat Ballou

    51

  • Lock, Stock and Barrel

    52

  • The Death of Me Yet

    53

  • Earth II

    54

  • The Trackers

    55

  • They Call It Murder

    56

  • Gidget Gets Married

    57

  • The Bravos

    58

  • Madame Sin

    59

  • The People

    60

  • Hardcase

    61

  • Second Chance

    62

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    63

  • Call Her Mom

    64

  • Two for the Money

    65

  • The Eyes of Charles Sand

    66

  • A Very Missing Person

    67

  • Fireball Forward

    68

  • The Daughters of Joshua Cabe

    69

  • Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole

    70

  • The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik

    71

  • The Judge and Jake Wyler

    72

  • Baffled!

    73

  • The Weekend Nun

    74

  • Incident on a Dark Street

    75

  • Poor Devil

    76

  • The Norliss Tapes

    77

  • The Stranger

    78

  • Call to Danger

    79

  • The Connection

    80

  • The Letters

    81

  • Brock's Last Case

    82

  • The Bait

    83

  • Genesis II

    84

  • Partners in Crime

    85

  • Savage

    86

  • Amanda Fallon

    87

  • The Return of Charlie Chan

    88

  • Letters from Three Lovers

    89

  • The Alpha Caper

    90

  • Shirts/Skins

    91

  • Key West

    92

  • Pioneer Woman

    93

  • Where Have All the People Gone

    94

  • The Questor Tapes

    95

  • Wonder Woman

    96

  • The Hanged Man

    97

  • Slither

    98

  • Sidekicks

    99

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    100