Creators: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
Networks (Years): ABC (1989)

ABC gave Chicken Soup a prime post-Roseanne slot for the one season that it ran, and expected it to be a huge hit, but "controversy" (read: racism!) derailed their plans. The show already dealt with the touchy subject of an interfaith relationship between a Jew and a Catholic, with Jackie Mason as an "Oy vey!" uttering pajama salesman, but Jackie Mason's off-set comments were the real kicker. In support of Rudy Giuliani's 1989 New York mayoral bid, Mason called David Dinkins a "fancy shvartze with a mustache" and "a black model without a job." And then Mason was the one out of a job when CS got cancelled 12 episodes into its first season.