8. Where I Live
While most of his career has been that of the “silly friend” character, Doug E. Doug got a chance at front-and-center stardom as the lead in the TGIF sitcom Where I Live. While ratings weren’t particularly strong, the show garnered praise for its realistic portrayal of black, urban life and was partially based on Doug’s own upbringing.
Although it’s uncomfortable to mention him now, it is still noteworthy that Billy Cosby was such a fan of the show that he used his clout to help get the show renewed for a second season it likely wasn’t going to get otherwise– and even became a consultant for the show. Cosby was also such a fan of Doug himself that he later gave him a major role on his own CBS sitcom Cosby.
However, while Where I Live initially got a boost by having Full House as its TGIF lead-in, the show was later moved to Tuesdays where it followed the ill-fated George Foreman sitcom George.
Despite all the championing by and help from Cosby, Where I Live only aired three of the eight episodes that were produced for the second season before it was canceled.