Once upon a time, major TV series in America were expected to be on the air and producing new material for twenty-five to thirty weeks a year.
Sometimes, production companies fell behind in this rigorous schedule.
Sometimes they simply ran out of money, or were budgeting for an expensive, upcoming sweeps installment, and needed a breather.
And sometimes, the producers were just rushing to put something together in anticipation of a writers or actors strike.
All such production disruptions could necessitate the creation of a terrible Frankenstein Monster: the dreaded “clips show.”
This was an episode of an otherwise beloved and entertaining series in which protagonists convened to recollect “events” in their lives, sometimes to solve a mystery or eliminate a threat. But the ploy was…transparent.
These character “memories” were visualized on screen as, literally, clips from previous episodes. The result was a rerun that wasn’t billed as one.
Even the best of shows in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s were not immune to the horror of the “clips show.”
Here are five examples of this unfortunate necessity, and they are all pretty terrible...
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