Nobody ever pitches a TV show thinking it’s going to be an epic disaster. People always start out with a good, or maybe a great, idea. And some shows just... go way off course. It’s a complicated process akin to juggling live hamsters, and mistakes are made. Which TV show had the greatest potential and just didn’t quite work?

Please include a picture, clip, poster or other piece of artwork for your chosen TV show. And please mention the name, why it had potential, and what went off course. Thanks!


Top image: Alcatraz. Sigh. The show about time-traveling escapees from the most famous prison in U.S. history had so much going for it, and then... it just fizzled. Every time I catch sight of the real Alcatraz, I wonder why this show couldn’t stick the landing.