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Obscure TV Series You Only Vaguely Remember and Where to Watch Them Now


From sitcom spin-offs to sci-fi fright fests, some of these shows were very popular at the time, but almost forgotten now. Others never quite had a chance but still managed to score a good number of episodes. And some, were just gems ahead of their time. Maybe you heard your parents talk about them or you read about them online. For whatever reason, you’ve wanted to see them. Now you can.

Alf

  • Aired on NBC from 1986 – 1990
  • Lasting longer on the small screen than it should have, Alf (Alien Life Form) crash lands into the home of a suburban family and into the hearts of many.
  • Where to Watch: Fubo, Roku, Vudu, Tubi, Redbox, Crackle, Pluto, Shout TV, Freevee

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

  • Aired on NBC from 1979 – 1980
  • Poor 20th century Buck Rogers. He was an astronaut who wakes up after 500 years of suspended animation in the 25th century. Good thing he didn’t need a nap. He became the Earth’s greatest hero. At least for two seasons.
  • Where to Watch: NBC, Tubi

Darkroom

  • Aired on ABC from 1981-1982
  • This anthology horror show (think a darker version of The Twilight Zone) featured two or three short, spooky stories in every episode, some performing better than others.
  • Where to Watch: NBC

Davey and Goliath

  • Syndicated from 1961 – 1973
  • Created by the Lutheran Church in America, this stop-motion animated children’s series featured Davey and his dog Goliath and how they learned about God’s love with their friends and even enemies.
  • Where to Watch: Plex, Hoopla, Tubi, Crackle, Dove, Freevee

(Alf, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Farscape. Images: Wikipedia)

Farscape

  • Aired on Syfy from 1999 – 2003
  • Talk about your bad days. After a freak accident at an experimental space mission, astronaut John Crichton is thrown across a thousand or so galaxies to an alien battlefield.
  • Where to Watch: Prime Video

Ghost Story / Circle of Fear

  • Aired on NBC from 1972 – 1973
  • This anthology series was named both Ghost Story and A Circle of Fear featuring tales of the supernatural. It was hosted by Sebastian Cabot (Family Affair) providing some tongue and cheek humor to the scary tales.
  • Where to Watch: Crackle

Gloria

  • Aired on CBS from 1982 – 1983
  • All in the Family spun-off quite a few successful TV series including The Jeffersons and Maude. This one, featuring the daughter Gloria Stivic and how she moved on after her divorce from “Meathead”, didn’t fare as well.
  • Where to Watch: Fubu, Plex

Logan’s Run

  • Aired on CBS from 1977 – 1978
  • Based on the 1976 sci-fi movie of the same name, Logan is on the run, because he just turned 30 and apparently in the future, it’s a death sentence. He goes running in search of sanctuary.
  • Where to Watch: Tubi

(Man from Atlantis and My Favorite Martian. Images: Wikipedia)

Man from Atlantis

  • Aired from NBC from 1977 – 1978
  • This adventures series featured a surviving member of the land of Atlantis. The amphibious man, with piercing green eyes could breathe underwater, could withstand extreme depth pressures and had superhuman strength.
  • Where to Watch: Tubi

Max Headroom

  • Aired on ABC from 1987 – 1988
  • This Emmy award-winning bizarre comedy adventure takes place in the near future where an investigative TV news reporter is aided by a computerized version of himself.
  • Where to Watch: Tubi

My Favorite Martian

  • Aired on CBS from 1963 – 1966
  • Perhaps the most successful show on this list, it remains fairly forgotten. Exigius Twelve-and-a-half, a Martian crash lands on earth and is befriended by newspaper reporter who pretends the alien is his uncle. His TV “rabbit ears” antennas was his best feature.
  • Where to Watch: Roku, Vudu, Tubi, Crackle, Pluto, Filmrise, Freevee

My Two Dads

  • Aired on NBC from 1987 – 1990
  • This “progressive” (and Emmy award-winning) sitcom featured a young teen girl who lives with two straight men, one of which is her father, but it was never revealed which one that was. Neither “dad” knew for sure either.
  • Where to Watch: Tubi, Fubo, Crackle

Quark

  • Aired on NBC from 1977 – 1978
  • Created by Buck Henry (Get Smart), this sci-fi parody series features the “adventures” of the space crew aboard a garbage-collecting spaceship.
  • Where to Watch: Crackle

(Soap, The Flying Nun and Quark. Images: Wikipedia)

Soap

  • Aired on ABC from 1977 – 1981
  • This award-winning soap opera parody sitcom featured multiple characters from two families: The rich Tate family and the middle-class Campbell family. Each episode featured multiple storylines with implausible plot points and every episode was “to be continued.”
  • Where to Watch: Fubo, Plex

Sledge Hammer!

  • Aired on ABC from 1986 – 1988
  • Another parody comedy, this time featuring an outrageous cop, Inspector Sledge Hammer. Two writers for The Simpsons are partially responsible for this spoof comedy show.
  • Where to Watch: Fubo, Crackle, Plex

Tabitha

  • Aired on ABC from 1976 – 1978
  • A spin-off of the highly successful Bewitched, this sitcom featured a grown-up witch Tabitha and her mortal brother Adam. Alas, this successor wasn’t nearly as successful.
  • Where to Watch: Fubo, Crackle, Plex

The Flying Nun

  • Aired on ABC from 1967 – 1970
  • Yes, there really was a sitcom about a young Sister Bertrille who could fly in order to help others in need. It wasn’t biblically correct.
  • Where to Watch: Roku, Fubo, Crackle, Plex

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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