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Midnight Snacks: 12 Late-Night Talk Shows That Didn't Last

See the best moments from a dozen series that couldn't hack it in the volatile late-night game

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'Thicke of the Night'

Debut: September 5th, 1983
Lifespan: 10 months

When Robin Thicke was just six years old, his sitcom-starring father Alan Thicke was busy blurring the lines of watchable television. On paper, the idea of pairing the dad from Growing Pains with revolving cohosts like Arsenio Hall and Richard Belzer sounds like a Magic Hour waiting to happen. However, Thicke was a veteran of the daytime talk-show circuit in his native Canada, so he regularly engaged his guests in interesting conversations (like in this clip, which features Frank Zappa chatting with Thicke and Arsenio). Thicke of the Night still got crushed by The Tonight Show in the ratings and was canceled within a year of debuting.

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