TV Show We'll Miss

Where were you the summer Brandon and Brenda Walsh of 90210 first moved to California? Or when Maddie and David had never kissed (or solved a case) on Moonlighting? How many women did Michael sleep with on Melrose Place? Now that reality television is all that's on -- these are the shows we miss! Take a walk down memory lane and check out the lamest stunt played by each show to score ratings. Felicity
Behold the power of the classic love triangle. For four years, we tuned in to find out which guy Felicity Porter would choose. Would it be Ben, the blonde Adonis she'd had a mad crush on since high school? Or Noel, her residential-adviser-turned-best-friend with the puppy dog eyes? Considering how often the fickle co-ed flitted back and forth between the two, it's surprising she didn't end up with whiplash.

First Aired: 1998
Home: The WB, Wednesdays at 9pm
Number of Seasons: 4
Premise: A California girl follows her high school crush to the Big Apple.
Original Cast: Keri Russell (Felicity Porter), Scott Speedman (Ben Covington), Scott Foley (Noel Crane), Amy Jo Johnson (Julie Emrick), Tangi Miller (Elena Tyler), Amanda Foreman (Meghan Rotundi)
High point: When Felicity and Ben shared their first kiss while watching movies on the roof of their dorm.
Low point: When the WB flipped out over Keri Russell's decision to cut her hair.
Famous guest stars: John Ritter, Lionel Richie
Lamest stunt to boost ratings: Felicity traveled back in time to right the wrongs of her senior year.
What we won't miss: Having to channel surf between Felicity and West Wing.

Next: Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal
It's tough to say which caused more of a stir when Ally first aired: the show's hip fantasy sequences or Calista Flockhart's micro miniskirts. Since then, creator David E. Kelley has provided plenty to gossip about on Tuesday mornings. Who could forget the dancing Internet baby, the co-ed bathroom, the kiss between Ally and Ling and countless quirky court cases in between?

First Aired: 1997
Home: Fox, Mondays at 9pm
Number of Seasons: 5
Premise: A young lawyer with a freezer full of Ben & Jerry's and an office full of quirky coworkers.
Original Cast: Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal), Gil Bellows (Billy Thomas), Courtney Thorne-Smith (Georgia Thomas), Peter MacNicol (John Cage), Greg Germann (Richard Fish), Jane Krakowski (Elaine Vassal), Lisa Nicole Carson (Renee Raddick)
High point: Robert Downey Jr.'s run as Ally's boy toy.
Low point: Jon Bon Jovi's run as Ally's boy toy.
Famous guest stars: Tracey Ullman, Anne Heche, Christina Ricci
Lamest stunt to save the show: Ally discovers she's a mom. Turns out the eggs she'd donated in college were fertilized, and her long-lost daughter tracks her down.
What we won't miss: Ally's neurotic approach to life.

Next: Dharma & Greg

Dharma & Greg
Long before yoga surpassed spin cycling as the trendiest workout around, the writing staff of Dharma & Greg was tapping into ancient eastern philosophies. The result: a yin-yang relationship that proved, once again, the well worn theory that opposites attract. If only they attracted higher ratings, this show might still have a home in primetime.

First Aired: 1997
Home: ABC, Tuesdays at 8pm
Number of Seasons: 5
Premise: A free-spirited yoga teacher falls for a white-collar WASP.
Original Cast: Jenna Elfman (Dharma Finkelstein), Thomas Gibson (Greg Montgomery), Mimi Kennedy (Abby Finkelstein), Alan Rachins (Larry Finkelstein), Susan Sullivan (Kitty Montgomery) and Mitchell Ryan (Edward Montgomery)
High point: When Dharma encouraged her mother-in-law Kitty to write erotic stories.
Low point: When Dharma had an affair with her college professor. Talk about your bad kharma.
Famous guest stars: Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett and K.D. Lang
Lamest stunt to boost ratings: The life-threatening car accident that served as the season four cliffhanger.
What we won't miss: Dharma's hippie-dippy parents.

Next: Beverly Hills 90210

Beverly Hills 90210
Must-see TV for teens nationwide, Beverly Hills 90210 offered a glimpse of how the other half lived. While the rest of us were suffering through puberty, Brandon Walsh and crew were taking lunches at the beach club and partying it up at the Peach Pit. Oscar winner Hillary Swank got her start on this Aaron Spelling soap, appearing in the seventh season as single mom Carly Reynolds.

First Aired: 1990
Home: Fox, Wednesdays at 8pm
Number of Seasons: 10
Premise: Dynasty set in high school.
Original Cast: Jason Priestley (Brandon Walsh), Shannen Doherty (Brenda Walsh), Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders), Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman/Vasquez), Luke Perry (Dylan McKay), Brian Austin Green (David Silver) and Tori Spelling (Donna Martin)
High point: When Dylan fell for Kelly while Brenda was away in France.
Low point: When Kelly was shot in a parking lot, triggering a case of amnesia. We thought this only happened in daytime ...
Famous musical guest guests: Barenaked Ladies, Sade, Debbie Gibson
Last ditch attempts to save the show: Resurrecting Dylan in the eighth season.
What we don't miss: Tori Spelling's voice.

Next: Melrose Place

Melrose Place
Brought to life by the creators of Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose served up the same heaping portions of self-indulgent characters and backstabbing friendships. The cast on this show saw plenty of action, with a total of 75 relationships in its seven-season run. Spin City star Heather Locklear ruled the roost as Amanda, resident diva and queen bee-atch.

First Aired: 1992
Home: Fox, Mondays at 8pm
Number of Seasons: 7
Premise: Dynasty set in a California apartment complex
Original Cast: Josie Bissett (Jane Mancini), Thomas Calabro (Dr. Michael Mancini), Amy Locane (Sandy Louise Harling), Doug Savant (Matt Fielding), Grant Show (Jake Hanson), Andrew Shue (Billy Campbell), Courtney Thorne-Smith (Alison Parker) and Vanessa Williams (Rhonda Blair)
High point: When Kimberly and Sydney duked it out over Michael. Or was that when Jane and Sidney duked it out over Michael? With four marriages and 11 lovers under his belt, the guy certainly got around ...
Low point: When Brooke (played by Sex and the City costar Kristen Davis) drowned in the infamous pool and later appeared as a ghost.
Famous guest stars: Loni Anderson, Priscilla Presley, Gina Gershon
Lamest attempt to raise ratings: Let's face it -- this show was one big scandalous stunt.
What we don't miss: With so many love connections in the air, why is it that Matt Fielding, the show's token gay character, never got an onscreen kiss?

Next: Moonlighting

Back in the days before Bruce Willis attained action-star status, he got his first taste of fame on this hour-long series. Willis and Cybill Shepherd costarred as David Addison and Maddie Hayes, a pair of private eyes at the Blue Moon Detective Agency whose witty banter and sexual tension sustained 67 episodes.

First Aired: 1985
Home: ABC, Sundays at 8pm
Number of Seasons: 5
Premise: The Odd Couple set in a detective agency.
Original Cast: Cybill Shepherd (Maddie Hayes), Bruce Willis (David Addison), Allyce Beasley (Agnes DiPesto)
High point: When they spoofed The Taming of the Shrew in season three
Low point: When David and Maddie finally got it on, causing the show's signature sexual tension to fly out the window.
Famous guest stars: Pierce Brosnan, Whoopi Goldberg, Don King
Lamest attempt to raise ratings: Recruiting Mark Harmon to join the cast as Maddie's husband. What we don't miss: Waiting five weeks for a new episode like we did in the show's final season.

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