Supertrain

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NBC (ended 1979)

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Considered one of the biggest, most expensive failures in network history, Supertrain was sort of a landlocked version of "The Love Boat." It was an anthology series that followed passengers on an atomic-powered transcontinental train that could go from New York to Los Angeles in 36 hours, with weekly appearances from the crew of the train. The superluxury train offered all of the amenities of an ocean liner, including nightclub, beauty salon, doctor on staff and gymnasium. NBC wanted it to be their big hit of the 1979 spring TV season, but audiences declined quickly despite extensive promotion. It was quickly revamped twice within the show's eight episodes, changing its theme from drama-comedy to mysteries by the end. However, that was not enough to stave off cancellation.

  • IT LOOKS LIKE BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ON RAILS, SOUNDS LIKE THE DOG DAYS OF DISCO, AND RIPS OFF THE LOVE BOAT. ALL ABOARD SUPERTRAIN!

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Supertrain

    Let's play a game. I'll describe a show, and you name it, OK? Here we go:

    People from all walks of life take a trip, and we see their individual stories. Most passengers are played by actors familiar from other TV shows.

    Oh, you know it? What's the name of the show?

    Not Love Boat.

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    Comedy, Drama