10 Cult TV Hits That Originally Flopped


'Strangers with Candy'

The last genre we'll explore is comedy, and the first of our two sitcom picks is Comedy Central's cult hit "Strangers with Candy." Like "Freaks and Geeks," "Strangers with Candy" is set in the wide world of high school. Few parents, however, would want their kids practicing the warped moral lessons "Strangers" preached.

The show's protagonist, a runaway named Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris), spent years as a boozer, a user and a loser before returning to Flatpoint High as a 46-year-old freshman. Jerri goes on to learn many dubiously valuable lessons in the show's all-too-brief three-season run. Even though the show didn't go on, Jerri did. She appeared in the "Strangers with Candy" movie, scripted as a prequel to the television series.

Our last cult hit comedy may also receive the film treatment, if the proposed movie's development isn't arrested. Find out more after the jump.