Death Leads to Sitcom Rediscovery

After Gaddafi died, everyone started circulating this clip from the 1987 flop sitcom Second Chance, where Gaddafi dies in 2011 (though they got the date wrong). All I could really think about while watching it is that Fox sure had some weird ideas for TV shows in its early days, and this – about a guy sent back to Earth to help his teenage self become a better person – was actually one of their less crazy outings. The Wikipedia article goes into quite a lot of detail about how the show was completely re-tooled in mid-run to drop the supernatural stuff. Little did the creators (who then went on to take over Family Matters and retool that into a quasi-supernatural show) realize that the fantasy element would be their only claim to fame.


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