10 ’90s TV Shows That Were Too Weird for Their Time


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The rise of cable and FOX in the 1990s meant a new era of experimentation in television, but not all experiments work out. Here are 10 shows that may have been too weird for their time.

10. Profit

Short-lived Fox series Profit starred Adrian Pasdar as a corporate climber from an abusive family. It was way too morally complex for the 1996 audience and only lasted 8 episodes.

9. The Ben Stiller Show

Ben Stiller’s 1992 sketch show pushed a ton of envelopes that the TV audience just wasn’t comfortable with at the time.

8. Cop Rock

Steven Bochco’s musical police drama got a lot of jeers when it debuted in 1990, but now with shows like Glee and Nashville it doesn’t seem so weird.

7. Nowhere Man

Bruce Greenwood played a photographer who has his entire identity erased in this conspiracy-heavy FOX drama.

6. The Idiot Box

Produced by Alex Winter (Bill from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), this absurd MTV sketch show only had six episodes made.

5. Lois & Clark

Superhero TV shows are big business again with Arrow, Gotham, and many others getting solid ratings. But none of them would exist without the 1993 live-action Superman series.

4. American Gothic

Produced by Sam Raimi, this 1995 series nailed the small-town horror thing, but CBS for some reason aired it out of order and it didn’t find an audience.

3. Young Americans

This 2000 WB show was supposed to premiere in 1999, so it made the list. Ostensibly a Dawson’s Creek spin-off, it was a remarkably class-conscious teen drama that got canned after 8 episodes.

2. Freaks & Geeks

Judd Apatow’s brilliant take on suburbia laid the groundwork for the entire generation of comedy that followed it.

1. Twin Peaks

Well, duh – David Lynch’s surreal murder mystery was so ahead of its time that it’s actually coming back 25 years later.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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