Short-Lived Shows: Outlaws
This show only last 11 episodes, in 1986-87, but they're episodes I remember fondly.
In 1886 Texas, Sheriff John Grail tracks down four outlaw cowboys. Before anything can happen, a weird force comes out of the sky and zaps them to 1986! When they get there, they form a detective agency and solve crimes (OK, not right away, but they find it's the only thing they can do), all the while trying to adjust to all the new inventions and culture of the modern world.
This was a goofy yet incredibly entertaining show. The cast including Rod Taylor, Richard Roundtree, Patrick Houser, Charles Napier, and William Lucking. The love interest was Christine Belford. The plots of the episodes were actually rather restrained, considering we're talking about cowboys coming from the past. We had Taylor falling in love during a case, with a woman who looks just like his old flame from 1886. Another plot had our heroes protecting a small store from a gang of crooks. The fun in the show was not only watching the cowboys deal with 1986 (airplanes! telephones! IDs!), but also how they would solve crimes using good old-fashioned common sense and blunt force. Shannen Doherty made an appearance in the pilot, as a little girl.
It's the type of show that I can picture coming out on DVD, all the episodes in one set, but I haven't heard anything about it coming out. I'd buy this in a second.