Canceled / Ended CBS Shows

Swingtown

  • CBS
  • 1 season
  • Drama, Romance

It's 1970s in the 'burbs and Bruce and Susan Miller discover that their neighbors are advocates of open marriage and are eager to indoctrinate them into the lifestyle. Before long, the happily married couple learns how complicated such a life can be.

First aired June 5th, 2008.

The King of Queens

  • CBS
  • 9 seasons
  • Comedy

Three's definitely a crowd for parcel post deliveryman Doug Heffernan (Kevin James), whose newly widowed father-in-law, Arthur (Jerry Stiller), has moved in with him and his wife, Carrie (Leah Remini). Doug's no longer the king of his domain -- the renovated basement that houses his beloved supersized TV set -- let alone the king of Queens, where he lives. Can they all just get along?

First aired September 21st, 1998.

American Gothic

  • CBS
  • 1 season
  • Drama, Horror, Mystery

American Gothic is a horror/drama/thriller series set in the heart of South Carolina in a small town called Trinity. In this town not everyone are as they seem and everyone seems to follow their leader, Sheriff Lucas Buck... who might not be as human as he seems. His son, Caleb Temple, was brought up by another family and was lead to believe that a man called Gage was his father. The local doctor, Matt Crower, gets curious when suddenly the Sheriff wants everything to do with Caleb. Then Caleb's cousin, Gail Emory, comes to town to protect Caleb in every way she can, but that is extremely difficult when she fall in love with Lucas. Then Caleb's school teacher, Miss Selena Coombs, becomes jealous. But also on Caleb's side is his dead sister, Merlyn. She is an angel prepared to do ANYTHING to keep Lucas away...

First aired September 22nd, 1995.

Davis Rules

  • CBS
  • 2 seasons
  • Comedy

The show follows a widowed elementary school principal who is raising his three sons (Robbie, Charlie, and Ben) with the help of his wacky father Gunny Davis.

First aired January 27th, 1991.

Dallas

  • CBS
  • 14 seasons
  • Drama, Soap Opera

In the ranks of prime-time dramas, this was one of the biggest. Dallas , the saga of the Ewing Family, began as a five part mini-series in 1978. Throughout its thirteen seasons, many actors passed through the gates of Southfork. In the late 1960's, Peyton Place was a nighttime serial drama success-a novelty at the time. But since then, no P.M. show had caught the soap opera crowd's attention… until Dallas . The show first went on the air for a five week run in early 1978, and then fell into a Saturday nighttime slot later that year. Ratings were fair, but they were nothing compared to when the show moved to Friday nights, when the ratings well didn't run dry for a long, long time. The Ewing family lived at the sprawling South Fork ranch, in hoity-toity Braddock County just outside Dallas. Like any good power family, there was a matriarch and patriarch, and three sons- this core group, their extensive romantic relations, and the Barnes clan of rival oilers were all Jacobs needed to create a self-contained histrionic world of intrigue, dysfunction and passion. Borrowing from Romeo and Juliet, the youngest Ewing boy, Bobby, fell for a beautiful Barnes girl. And with a nod to the biblical Cain and Abel, Bobby and older brother J.R. didn't exactly play nice with each other like you might expect brothers to. Whereas J.R. was nearly a hundred percent scoundrel, Bobby had discernable streaks of honesty and integrity…but that patented Ewing viciousness certainly reared its head once in a while. The South Fork ranch housed Jock and Miss Ellie, the king and queen of South Fork, J.R. and long-suffering wife Sue Ellen, and Bobby and Pamela…though why they all lived under one roof demands a little poetic license, because money certainly wasn't a problem, and it wasn't like there was a whole lot of binding inter-family harmony. Here's just a taste of the drama devices that ensued: insane asylums, car accidents, affairs, illegitimate children, gunfights, fistfights, catfights, lies, drinking problems (both real and imagined), poufy 80's hairstyles for the ladies and best of all, notorious season finale cliffhangers.

First aired April 2nd, 1978.

Falcon Crest

  • CBS
  • 9 seasons
  • Drama, Soap Opera

Airing in the time slot following CBS' immensely popular Dallas, Falcon Crest sought to hold on to the soap opera addicts with yet another saga of the rich and greedy fighting for power and sex. The setting was the ficticious Tuscany Valley, located in the beautiful Napa Valley Region outside San Francisco, and the industry around which the action centered was wine-making. Angela Channing, the matriarch and principal empire-builder on Falcon Crest was powerful and respected and feared by almost everyone whose lives she touched. Angela ran the Falcon Crest winery with an iron hand and tried to manipulate everyone to suit her purposes. When the series began, her nephew Chase Gioberti had just inherited 50 acres of vineyards from his recently deceased father, Jason Gioberti, Angela's brother. Angela was convinced that the land should be hers, but Chase brought his wife Maggie and two children, Cole and Victoria, from New York to live in the valley and manage his land. And it all goes downhill from here. From the get-go, Angela and Chase got into many scrapes over that land. Angela first tried to ruin Chase by stopping a necessary bank loan; then tried to ruin his relationship with beloved son Cole by saying that he might someday inherit Falcon Crest.

First aired December 4th, 1981.

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

  • CBS
  • 5 seasons
  • Animation

This animated series, book-ended by live action sequences and musical numbers, was centered around a lovable, naive, fat kid who is the friend who helps others understand life lessons through his own misadventures. Stand-up comedian Bill Cosby created an animated series which he drew upon his own childhood, growing up in a north Philadelphia housing project.

The first appearance of an animated Fat Albert was in 1969, in a TV special that showcased the characters that would go on to be a series which would be aired Saturday mornings beginning in 1972. The Emmy award nominated Fat Albert and the Cosby Kidsran for an unprecedented 12 years on CBS with new episodes created for the first five. In 1979, the show was retitled The New Fat Albert Show. That year, to reiterate the lesson of the day, Cosby incorporated animated segments called The Brown Hornet which detailed the adventures of an African-American crime fighter in outer space, and Legal Eagle which involved a crime-fighting eagle and a pair of bumbling police squirrels.These segments were interwoven within the regular episode.

Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids were among the first American cartoons to feature African-Americans as central characters and it was one of the first children's cartoons to focus on educational and social issues among all children but focusing on a lower income neighborhood. Cosby himself requested actual footage of his north Philadelphia neighborhood of his childhood be incorporated into the background of the series. He also showed the animators how he felt an African-American teen would walk and talk outside of an upper middle class, white neighborhood.

Fat Albert's friends were Rudy, Mushmouth, Bucky, Donald, Weird Harold, Bill, and Bill's little brother Russell. Together they had lessons of friendship, loyalty, peer pressure and issues that pertain to teens growing up in a changing world which included smoking, stealing, racism, and even drug use. Tame by current standards, but ground breaking for the 1970's. At the end of each episode, the Cosby Kids would sing a song about the theme of the show and Bill Cosby would end the lesson of the day with his own comedic thoughts.

In 1984, the show was syndicated and renamed The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids and this was the series last year.

First aired September 9th, 1972.

Jason of Star Command

  • CBS
  • 2 seasons
  • Action, Adventure, Children, Sci-Fi

The show revolved around the exploits of space adventurer Jason (Craig Littler) and his colleagues, including Professor E.J. Parsafoot (Charlie Dell) and the pocket robot "Wiki" (formally W1K1). The show also starred Sid Haig as the evil Dragos.

First aired September 9th, 1978.

Salem's Lot

  • CBS
  • 1 season
  • Miniseries

Writer Ben Mears, a former resident of Salem's Lot, returns to the town of his childhood haunted by his fascination with the Marsten House, a sinister old mansion that overlooks the small town. Both entranced by and fearful of the house, Ben attempts to rent it, but finds that another new arrival has beat him to the property; the mysterious Richard Straker. Ben's belief that the house is inherently evil and attracts evil men is soon vindicated as the town is struck by a series of mysterious deaths. From the novel by Stephen King.

First aired November 17th, 1979.

The Carol Burnett Show

  • CBS
  • 2 seasons
  • Comedy, Music Video

The Carol Burnett Show is a variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967, to March 29, 1978, for 278 episodes and originated from CBS Television City's Studio 33 (known today as the Bob Barker Studio). The series won 25 prime time Emmy Awards, was ranked No. 16 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time in 2002 and in 2007 was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All Time."

First aired September 11th, 1967.

Star Trek: The Animated Series

  • CBS
  • 2 seasons
  • Animation, Sci-Fi

Sometimes known as TAS, Star Trek the animated series debuted on NBC, Sat. Sept. 8, 1973. Creator Gene Roddenberry's animated version of Star Trek featured the voices of nearly the entire cast of the original live-action series, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols and Majel Barrett, as well as many of the original series writers, and guest stars. It was executive produced by Gene Roddenberry, and produced by D.C. Fontana, who has been with Star Trek from it's very beginnings. Being animated, the series could boldly go where the original series could not. It was able to show more exotic aliens, spaceships, and planetscapes then possible in live action. It broke new ground, won an Emmy award, and it left a lasting impression on the Star Trek universe. It also kept Star Trek alive in it's lean years, between the original series and the movies. So please come and spend some time with us, enjoy the many sights and sounds we have to offer and help us celebrate the ‘lost' treks of "Star Trek: The Animated Series"!

First aired September 8th, 1973.

Mission: Impossible

  • CBS
  • 3 seasons
  • Action, Adventure, Drama

Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). In the first season, the team is led by Dan Briggs, played by Steven Hill; Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves, takes charge for the remaining seasons. A hallmark of the series shows Briggs or Phelps receiving his instructions on a recording that then self-destructs, followed by the theme music composed by Lalo Schifrin.

The series aired on the CBS network from September 1966 to March 1973, then returned to television for two seasons on ABC, from 1988 to 1990, retaining only Graves in the cast. It later inspired a popular series of theatrical motion pictures starring Tom Cruise, beginning in 1996.

The series follows the exploits of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), a small team of secret agents used for covert missions against dictators, evil organizations and (primarily in later episodes) crime lords. On occasion, the IMF also mounts unsanctioned, private missions on behalf of its members.

The identities of the organization that oversees the IMF and the government it works for are never revealed. Only rare cryptic bits of information are ever provided during the life of the series, such as in the third season mission "Nicole", where the IMF leader states that his instructions come from "Division Seven". In the 1980s revival, it is suggested the IMF is an independent agency (as the FBI can only legally operate within the United States and the CIA can only operate outside the country). In the first motion picture, unlike the TV show, the IMF is depicted as part of the CIA.

First aired September 17th, 1966.

Lassie

  • CBS
  • 14 seasons
  • Adventure

Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, human and animal. The show was the creation of producer Robert Maxwell and animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax and was televised from September 12, 1954, to March 24, 1973. One of the longest running dramatic series on television, the show chalked up seventeen seasons on CBS before entering first-run syndication for its final two seasons. Initially filmed in black and white, the show transitioned to colour during 1965.

First aired September 12th, 1954.

Star Trek

  • CBS
  • 1 season
  • Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Star Trek chronicles the 23rd century adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise, one of twelve state-of-the-art starships representing Starfleet, the exploration branch of the United Federation of Planets, an alliance of alien races including Earth, Vulcan, Tellar, and Andor. Captain James T. Kirk, the youngest starship captain in the Fleet, commands the Enterprise with a combination of brashness, authority, and imagination. The half-Vulcan/half-human Mr. Spock serves as his extremely logical and efficient First Officer and Science Officer. The ship's chief medical officer is Dr. Leonard McCoy, who has supreme medical authority on the ship and tends to the physical and mental needs of the Enterprise's crew of approximately 430.

Other ranking crew members include: Montgomery Scott, a man dedicated to his ship engines but not adverse to a bit of shore leave; Hikaru Sulu, helmsman and a man of many hobbies ranging from botany to fencing, Nyota Uhura, the extremely competent head of Communications, and Pavel Chekov, brash young navigator with a fierce pride in his native Russia.

Star Trek was created by producer Gene Roddenberry, who sold the series as a "Wagon Train to the Stars" to the executives at NBC, even though the final result bore very little resemblance to the initial sales pitch. Roddenberry first produced the 1964 pilot "The Cage," featuring Jeffrey Hunter as Enterprise captain Christopher Pike (early drafts listed him as Captain Spring and Winter). When NBC rejected that pilot, Roddenberry took the extraordinary step of producing a second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," recasting William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. NBC was impressed and bought the series.

The series premiered on NBC on Thursday, September 8, 1966 in the 8:30-9:30 PM time slot with the episode "The Man Trap." Both of the pilots were originally aired, although "The Cage" was restructured as a flashback episode of sorts in the two-parter "The Menagerie." The show never received high ratings but gathered a small but devoted fan following. NBC considered canceling the series in its second year but a letter-writing campaign purportedly saved it. However, NBC moved the series to a later Friday night time slot and Roddenberry left his position as executive producer in protest. Since then Star Trek has run almost continuously in syndication and has inspired an animated series, six feature films, and four additional spin-off television shows as of 2007. The show has spawned a huge amount of merchandise, including novels, comic books, memorabilia, and games. Fans have created vast amount of fan fiction and even low-budget web episodes, some involving original creators. Despite its short network run, Star Trek has become one of the most successful shows in television history.

First aired September 8th, 1966.

The Twilight Zone

  • CBS
  • 3 seasons
  • Drama, Sci-Fi

One of TVs most revered Sci-Fi series, The Twilight Zone (CBS, 1959-64) stands as the precursor for TV anthologies.

A majority of scripts were written and produced by creator Rod Serling along with now-legendary writers such as Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont. The series also featured such soon-to-be-famous actors as Robert Redford, William Shatner, Burt Reynolds, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Carol Burnett, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Peter Falk and Bill Mumy, along with such established stars as silent-film giant Buster Keaton, Art Carney, Mickey Rooney, Ida Lupino and John Carradine.

The Twilight Zone ran from 1959-64 but was replaced for half a season in 1962-63. The series was then brought back for 18 episodes in a one-hour format. They would return for one more full year in the half hour format, being canceled at the end of the 1964 season. Four decades later the Twilight Zone remains as a truly classic series.

First aired October 2nd, 1959.

I Love Lucy

  • CBS
  • 6 seasons
  • Comedy

Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, who also happen to be heir best friends.

First aired October 15th, 1951.

Scorpion

  • CBS
  • 4 seasons
  • Drama, Action

An eccentric genius forms an international network of super-geniuses to act as the last line of defense against the complicated threats of the modern world.

First aired September 22nd, 2014.

Rules of Engagement

  • CBS
  • 7 seasons
  • Comedy

This new comedy follows the unique friendship between a married couple, a pair of newly engaged lovebirds, and a contented bachelor as they navigate the jungles of dating.

First aired February 5th, 2007.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

  • CBS
  • 11 seasons
  • Comedy

On January 3, 2005, Craig Ferguson took over The Late Late Show. Ferguson was selected from a number of guest hosts after previous host Craig Kilborn stepped down in August 2004. Many people might recognize Craig as "Nigel Wick," Drew Carey's boss from "The Drew Carey Show." The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson airs at 12:35 AM following Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.

First aired January 3rd, 2005.

Reckless

  • CBS
  • 1 season
  • Drama

Reckless is set in Charleston, S.C., where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a charming southern attorney must hide their intense mutual attraction as a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city apart.

First aired June 29th, 2014.