10. Teen Angel
Teen Angel is a show about a high schooler who dies from eating a rotten hamburger on a dare and then returns to be his best friend’s guardian angel.
It had a strong pedigree behind it, being created by Al Jean and Mike Reiss, who at the time were prominent “former” Simpsons producers who would both eventually return to that show following several failed attempts at a lasting series of their own (the other was the short-lived The Critic).
Among the more notable cast members were the late Ron Glass (Firefly‘s Shepherd Book)– brilliantly cast as God– Maureen McCormick (Marcia from The Brady Bunch), and Jerry Van Dyke (Coach).
While we may have poked a little fun in the previous entry at Jaleel White complaining about TGIF losing its integrity, it is true that the programming block started to get a bit more gimmicky in the latter half of the ’90s in an attempt to combat flagging ratings.
9. Going Places
For its time, Going Places had a pretty impressive cast of then-big name stars: Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Heather Locklear (Dynasty), and Jerry Levine (Teen Wolf). It also starred Hallie Todd, who would later be best-known as the mom from Lizzie McGuire, and featured appearances by eventual TGIF alums Rider Strong (Boy Meets World) and Staci Keanen (Step By Step, and formerly of My Two Dads).
Going Places was initially a case of art imitating life, as it was a show by young television writers working on a new show about young television writers working on a new show. Ratings weren’t too hot, but instead of cancelling the show, ABC completely retooled it.
The second half of the debut season featured one shark-jumping trope after another: major career changes, moving the setting to a different city, the departure of a key character, and the additions of not one but two new kids to the show.
Not surprisingly, it was all for naught– the only place Going Places went is off the air after a single season.