It takes a special kind of show to get canceled after only one episode. Sometimes it can be helpful to take a quick look at these shows to see if maybe there was a hint that they wouldn't be successful.
This week's It Seemed Like a Good Idea show was a British parody of American sitcoms of the 1950s. That seems normal enough, right? It featured a husband and wife dealing with domestic hijinks such as not getting along with the neighbors.
So why would such a show fail so quickly?
Oh, one more thing: the husband and wife? Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.
Making Hitler look like a goofball in a sendup of classic sitcoms is one thing, but I have a feeling that the tipping point for people was that the neighbors Adolf couldn't get along with were the Goldensteins.
I would have loved to see the pitch for this one.
"OK, so it's like a '50s sitcom, but it's about Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun in the suburbs."
"Erm, all right..."
"Now get this: Hitler's neighbors are Jewish."
"Are you high?"
There were eight episodes in various stages of completion, but only the pilot made it on the air. Not being in Britain, I missed it in 1990, but the show has become fairly legendary as one of the most scandalous things ever aired across the pond.
To be fair, the show's creators knew they were courting controversy and that many people would find the concept to be in very poor taste. I think they just underestimated. A lot.
If you can divorce yourself from the premise, the show works pretty well as a paean to shows like The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy. It might have worked better as a short sketch, but not a full series. I didn't think it was all that funny, but your mileage may vary.