Pop Culture Moments That Never Made It

Pop culture can be fleeting – one moment you're hashtag-trending, the next it's Bye, Felicia! Below, some of the contenders from the past 25 years that just never quite got there.

  1. 1

    FANTASTIC FOUR

    At least they got the “Four” right.

  2. 2

    THE X FACTOR (U.S.)

    Even the addition of Simon Cowell’s cleavage couldn’t make it work.

  3. 3

    BLURAY

    It's been nine years and we still don't know how to punctuate "Blu-ray."

  4. 4

    JESSICA AND ASHLEE SIMPSON AS SINGERS

    But what did take our breath away? Jessica Simpson as billionaire fashion mogul.

  5. 5

    HOUSE OF DERÉON

    If you liked it then you shoulda put yourself in it.

  6. 6

    VINE

    It only takes six seconds to watch an Instagram video instead.

  7. 7

    ANY NBC THURSDAY-AT-8:30 PM SHOW FROM 1996 TO 2001

    R.I.P. Michael Chiklis’ "Daddio."

  8. 8

    PARIS HILTON

    The Kardashians assumed her “famous for nothing” career. (“Stars Are Blind” wasn’t terrible, though.)

  9. 9

    BITCOIN

    Sure, let's add a new unseen "digital" currency to our money problems.

  10. 10

    ROBBIE WILLIAMS, U.S. POP STAR

    For whatever reason, we just didn't take that.

  11. 11

    SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK

    "No, seriously. It's totally safe now."

  12. 12

    3-D TV

    The Red Wedding kind of ruined that whole “feel like you’re really there!” desire.

  13. 13

    THE CHEW

    Give us The Chewbacca and then maybe we’ll watch.

  14. 14

    ZUNE

    Look, we get that it’s not easy to compete with Apple’s iTunes. Or Apple’s anything.

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