The success or failure of a television show depends on a lot of things, but often it’s the title of the show that makes the first impression. A great title can catch an audience’s interest without giving away too much, like Breaking Bad. A bad name can almost ruin a pilot episode’s chances of ever being picked up. Look no further than $h*t My Dad Says, a sitcom starring William Shatner, as an example of a terribly named show that was canned after just 18 episodes, despite being generally well-liked by critics.
Luckily for the shows on this list, some genius writer or network executive decided that their originally planned names were no good, and in need of a change. Would the success of Seinfeld or That 70s Show be any different if they had stuck with their original names? Who knows for sure. One thing is certain though: these original name all suck.
12. Good Morning, Miss Bliss
The one thing everyone can remember about Saved by the Bell was the catchy theme song, with the title phrase literally repeated over and over in the chorus. But not only did the show originally have a different name at one point, an entire season of episodes was made under the title Good Morning, Miss Bliss. It featured mostly the same cast of students (Zack Morris, Lisa Turtle, and Screech Powers were all present), but was set at John F. Kennedy Junior High in Indianapolis. That’s a long way from Bayside High School in sunny California, which is where Saved by the Bell took place.
Good Morning, Miss Bliss aired on the Disney channel for just a single season before being cancelled. The rights were purchased by NBC, who repackaged the series as the classic high school comedy we all love and remember.