Has there ever been another TV show that was created based on COMMERCIALS!?
Everyone loves GEICO commercials. They are clearly some of the most creative over the last decade. From the Cavemen, Gecco, and many other random funny ones I always enjoy them. Great ad team they have. Did I really want a TV show based on any of these things? No, not really.
When I heard Cavemen announced, and saw ads for it, I thought it was just another joke GEICO commercial. I bet most people didn’t realize it was going to be a series either. It was, and it lasted for only 12 episodes before it was cancelled. The series was placed on hiatus during the Writers Guild of America strike, and cancelled before the strike ended.
The premise of the show was basically the same as the commercials. Cavemen living in modern society and everyone thinks they are dumb. Trying to fit in an live like Homo sapiens. Getting into everythign they do including dating and worrying about quick weight loss.
The original pilot was never aired because it was said to be “racist” because some critics thought the Cavemen were being used as a metaphor for blacks and other minorities. The series subsequently underwent a major creative “retooling”, which included changing the show’s venue from Atlanta, Georgia to San Diego, California.
The unaired pilot can be viewed on Youtube here. In fact the entire series can be viewed there if you are interested in this piece of history.
Description of video:
“Joel, Andy and Nick are invited to a private BBQ which Kate’s parents are having. Joel attempts to get Kate’s father’s blessing for him and Kate to marry. This pilot has different actors than the show that aired. Most notably Joel’s brother Jamie. Sam Hunnington was brought in and his name was changed to Andy. Also the show was changed to being in San Diego instead of the southern United Staes. Also aspects of joels job changes. Norksbild has different colors as well. Comidian Nick Swardson is in the pilot as well as the first episode.”