Big Names, Big Flops II - Life With Lucy & McDonald's Hula Burger

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

Big companies may have many successes that led to their size and wealth, but even the most titanic of corporations have stumbles—proving that even big names can have flops.

Lucille Ball was one of the most successful TV comedians, with the smash-hit “I Love Lucy” that is still loved to this day, followed by several other successful shows. From 1951 to 1974, Ball gad a leading role nearly continuously. So, when she announced a comeback in 19-86, the buzz was huge. That show would be called “Life With Lucy,” starring the then 75-year-old Ball, who had complete creative control, including bringing back some of the original Lucy writers. The first episode scored good ratings, They fell quickly after that the show was canceled after only eight episodes aired, this show was ball's only TV failure, and she never starred on film or television again.

McDonald’s is perhaps one of the most recognized restaurants not just in the united states. But the world, and makes billions of dollars from recognizable items like the Big Mac and Chicken McNuggets, But, the franchise has had its share of failures, In may, we told you about the Arch Deluxe. But before that, in the early days of the franchise, another menu item would also flop. In the early 1960s, Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s wanted to come up with a meat-less burger to sell on Fridays, Specifically to catholic customers who do not eat meat on Fridays. So, he came up with the hula burger. This was basically grilled pineapple on a bun, and was not a big success. It was not added to the permanent menu. However, another non-beef item invented by an owner of a McDonald’s franchise in Ohio at the same time is still around.

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