Picture this: A power hungry, psychopathic executive with a tortured past strives to climb up the corporate ladder by any means necessary. Doesn’t matter who gets in the way – they are going down.
In a nutshell that’s what FOX’s 1996 drama Profit and it’s titular character, Jim Profit (Adrian Pasdar), are all about.
With popular shows these days like Empire and House of Cards that revolve around ruthless, manipulative, backstabbing liars you love to hate or hate to love, this show would fit right in. (Profit even narrates the show himself). But apparently 1996 wasn’t ready – despite positive reviews FOX cancelled it after airing just 4 episodes due to low ratings. Total 8 were shot.
After reading how good it was I had to check it out for myself.
What a good decision that was.
Picture this: An accidental nuclear holocaust wipes out everyone except for 6 lucky individuals. They all manage to find their way to a random farm where they decide to live together and recreate society. And, you guessed it, hilarity ensues.
Such is Woops! – the 1992 FOX sitcom, although apparently hilarity did not ensue enough as the show only managed air 10 of its 13 episodes before being canned. Not the greatest comedy but I must admit, I did have some laughs during the 5 episodes I watched.
The group is basically made of various societal stereotypes:
The Everyman who’s just trying to make the best of things.
The Uptight Rich Guy who thinks he’s better than everyone.
The Black Doctor who laments being the only black person left.
The Feminist Woman whose liberalism actually proves offensive at times.
The Formerly Homeless Guy who’s just happy to be there.
The Pretty Ditz who the men fawn over.
With such a group it isn’t long before there’s conflict over class, race, gender, etc. They deal with attempts at re-population, capitalism (using twisty ties as money), dictatorship, drug abuse (via hallucinogenic berries), the occasional giant monster and even an appearance by a tragic Santa Claus.
Anyway, here’s the first episode.
I was close to writing it off until Dr. Fred showed up.
It’s a bit Gilligan’s Island-esque in its silliness (just look at the title) and there are some cringe worthy moments. But for what it was I wouldn’t call it the worst show ever. But I’m also a big fan of Small Wonder. So. ^__^;
In honor of the late, great Muhammad Ali, today’s featured short-lived series is I Am the Greatest!: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali. This cartoon ran Saturday mornings on NBC in the fall of 1977 but only lasted for 13 episodes.
Ali did his own voice work for the series and can be heard saying many of his famous lines.
I didn’t even know this cartoon existed until today. I was wondering if he ever had a TV show of his own of some sort and, sure enough, I came across this.
Here’s the opening:
You can also check out the entire first episode “The Great Alligator.”
Sad to see another legend go.