The Most Cringeworthy TV Shows Of The 1970s

By Sarah Norman | December 28, 2023

Co-Ed Fever

Welcome to a journey back in time to the wild world of 1970s television, where disco grooves and bell-bottoms weren't the only unforgettable elements of the era. While the '70s brought us some iconic TV classics, it also birthed a slew of cringeworthy, head-scratching, and downright awful shows that left audiences baffled and entertained in equal measure. Whether you vividly remember these television travesties or are about to discover them for the first time, prepare yourself for a gallery that delves into the depths of television's dark and quirky corners.

Strap in for this nostalgic trip through the worst TV shows of the 1970s, featuring infamous flops like BJ and the Bear, Supertrain, The Ropers, and Mrs. Columbo.

Let's dive headfirst into the world of small-screen misfires, and maybe, just maybe, find some guilty pleasures along the way. Read on to explore the TV flops that even time couldn't forget.

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The CBS sitcom Co-Ed Fever was a colossal disappointment, with only one out of six produced episodes ever making it to the airwaves. Featuring a cast that included Alexa Kenin, Cathryn O’Neill, Heather Thomas, Tracy Phillips, and Jillian Kesner, the series revolved around the lives of young women living in a dorm at Baxter College.

To make matters worse, Co-Ed Fever was initially conceived as one part of a three-part "frat house" comedy series, but the show's dismal plot and production quality led to the failure of the entire project.

Who's Watching the Kids?

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Gary Marshall, a renowned producer, aimed to create a compelling series with Who's Watching the Kids? in 1978, centered around the lives of two Vegas showgirls. Linda Goodfriend and Caren Kaye portrayed the protagonists, who shared a small apartment in Las Vegas while juggling their careers and family responsibilities. Comedy was brought into the mix by co-stars Jim Belushi and Scott Baio. Despite the promising elements, the show failed to resonate with viewers, as the storyline left them unimpressed.

NBC decided to pull the plug on Who's Watching the Kids? after just eleven episodes, marking it as a short-lived and ultimately unsuccessful venture in Gary Marshall's extensive career in television production.