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TV Seasons

1970

1970/71 – Marcus Welby, M.D. was #1 on ABC Tuesday.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1970 season; Family Affair was cancelled in the fifth season.

Alternate Series: CBS News Hour & 60 Minutes was on CBS Tuesdays at 10 PM.

Anniversary:

The David Susskind Show celebrated ten years in syndication.

The Red Skelton Show celebrated twenty years on TV; it was his last too.

Biggest New Hit: The Flip Wilson Show was #2 on NBC Thursdays. It retained the #2 spot the next season. Flip Wilson is the first black performer to host a variety show.

The Bold Ones - It combined three rotating series - The New Doctors, The Lawyers and The Senator. It aired on NBC Sunday at 10 PM. The Senator replaced The Protectors this season. Even The Senator lasted a season.

British Ties: All In The Family was based on Till Death Do Us Apart.

Four In One: It combined four series - McCloud, Night Gallery, Psychiatrist & San Francisco International Airport. Four In One lasted a season; only Psychiatrist & San Francisco International Airport was cancelled. Night Gallery remained in the original time slot for next season. The popular McCloud joined the original NBC Mystery Movie rotation next season.

Name Change:

Kraft Music Hall Presents The Des O'Connor Show to The Des O'Connor Show.

The Red Skelton Hour to The Red Skelton Show.

The Virginian to The Men From Shiloh.

Reruns:

NBC aired The Dean Martin Summer Show reruns of the selected Vic Damone 1967 episodes in the summer.

NBC Action Playhouse shown reruns of Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre episodes with new introductions by Peter Marshall.

NBC Adventure Playhouse shown reruns of Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre episodes with new introductions by Art Fleming.

NBC Comedy Theater shown reruns of Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre episodes with new introductions by Jack Kelly.

Suspense Playhouse shown reruns of Premiere.

The Return:

Dave Garroway returned to TV in CBS Newcomers after a nine–year absence.

Jack Klugman returned to TV in The Odd Couple after a five–year absence. He was previously on Harris Against The World.

NBC revived Comment in January 1971. It was last seen in 1958.

Summer Replacement:

The Des O'Connor Show replaced Kraft Music Hall for the summer.

NBC Action Playhouse replaced The Flip Wilson Show for the summer.

NBC Comedy Theater replaced Laugh In for the summer.

Switched Networks: Red Skelton went from CBS to NBC.

TV History:

The Beverly Hillbillies is the longest rural running comedy for nine years.

Ed Sullivan finally ended after twenty-four years on CBS on Sunday nights. It is the longest variety show, followed by Red Skelton.

ABC’s Monday Night Football premiered this season. It lasted for thirty-six years. ESPN took over MNF in the 2006 season.

Tidbits:

The controversial hit, All In The Family, premiered midseason on CBS in January 1970. The next five years (1971–75), it was the #1 hit in the ratings. It was Norman Lear’s first hit, followed by Sanford & Son the next season.

Marcus Welby, M.D. was the first ever ABC’s #1 show and the first medical drama to be #1.

This season, CBS got rid of all their rural comedies – Hee Haw, Mayberry R.F.D., Green Acres and Beverly Hillbillies.

Harrison Ford turned down the Mike Stivic role on All In The Family; Archie Bunker was too offensive.

The Six Wives Of Henry VIII was a 1970 BBC series. It won five BAFTA awards in Britain, including one for best actor, Keith Michell. Keith also won a Emmy for his role too in 1972. It made Keith a well known star.

 

1970/71 Fall Season

One Season (1970/71)

Arnie – 1970–1972, CBS, comedy, Roger Bowen

The Flip Wilson Show – 1970–1974, NBC, variety, Flip Wilson

The Mary Tyler Moore Show – 1970–1977, CBS, comedy, Mary Tyler Moore

McCloud – 1970–1977, NBC, crime drama, Dennis Weaver, Diana Muldaur

Monday Night Football – 1970–2006, ABC, sports, Howard Cosell

Night Gallery – 1970–1973, NBC, supernatural anthology, Rod Serling

The Odd Couple – 1970–1975, ABC, comedy, Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Al Molinaro

The Partridge Family – 1970–1974, ABC, comedy, Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey

 

Cancelled TV Shows

Barefoot In The Park – ABC, comedy, Tracey Reed

Dan August – ABC, crime drama, Burt Reynolds, Norman Fell

The Don Knotts Show – NBC, variety, Don Knotts, Gary Burghoff

Four In One, NBC, four series

The Headmaster – CBS, drama, Andy Griffith, Jerry Van Dyke

The Immortal – ABC, adventure, Don Knight

The Interns – CBS, drama, Mike Farrell, Christopher Stone

Make Room For Granddaddy – ABC, comedy, Danny Thomas

Matt Lincoln – ABC, drama, Vince Edwards

The Most Deadly Game – ABC, mystery, George Maharis

Nancy – NBC, comedy, Renne Jarrett

The Psychiatrist – NBC, drama, Roy Thinnes

San Francisco International Airport – NBC, drama, Lloyd Bridges

The Senator – NBC, political drama, Hal Holbrook

The Silent Force – ABC, crime drama, Ed Nelson

The Storefront Lawyers – CBS, drama, Robert Foxworth, A Martinez

Tim Conway Comedy Hour – CBS, variety, Tim Conway, Sally Struthers, McLean Stevenson

The Young Lawyers – ABC, drama, Lee J. Cobb

The Young Rebels – ABC, adventure, Louis Gossett, Jr.

 

8 out of 27 new series SURVIVED for 1971/72

ABC – 3/12, Monday Night Football, The Odd Couple & The Partridge Family

CBS – 2/6, Arnie & The Mary Tyler Moore Show

NBC – 3/9, The Flip Wilson Show, McCloud & Night Gallery

 

Mid season shows

All In The Family – January 1971–1979, CBS, comedy, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

Alias Smith & Jones – January 1971–1973, ABC, western, Peter Deuel, Ben Murphy

Comment – NBC, public affairs, Edwin Newman

NBC Action Playhouse – 1971–1972, NBC, dramatic anthology, reruns, Peter Marshall

NBC Adventure Theatre – 1971–1972, NBC, dramatic anthology, reruns, Art Fleming

NBC Comedy Theater – 1971–1972, NBC, comedy anthology, reruns, Jack Kelly

The Smith Family – January 1971–1972, ABC, drama, Henry Fonda

Suspense Playhouse – May 1971–1972, CBS, dramatic anthology, reruns

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

CBS Newcomers – CBS, variety, Dave Garroway

CBS News Adventure – CBS, documentary, Charles Kuralt

Comedy Playhouse – CBS, comedy anthology

From A Bird's Eye View – NBC, comedy, Peter Jones

Ice Palace – CBS, musical variety

It Was A Very Good Year – ABC, documentary, Mel Torme

Make Your Own Kind Of Music – NBC, musical variety, The Carpenters

NFL Action – ABC, sports, John Facenda

The New Andy Griffith Show – CBS, comedy, Andy Griffith

The Pearl Bailey Show – ABC, musical variety, Pearl Bailey

The Reel Game – ABC, quiz, Jack Barry

The Six Wives Of Henry VIII – CBS, historical drama, 6 episodes, Keith Michell

Strange Report – NBC, detective drama, Anthony Quayle

The Val Doonican Show – ABC, musical variety, Val Doonican

 

Syndication

That Good Ole Nashville Music – 1970–1985, syndication, music

 

Two Seasons (1969/70)

The Andy Williams Show – 1969–1971, NBC, musical variety

The Barbara McNair Show – 1969–1971, syndication, musical variety

The Bill Cosby Show – 1969–1971, NBC, comedy

The Bold Ones – 1969–1973, NBC; 3 drama series

Bracken’s World – 1969–1971, NBC, drama

The Brady Bunch – 1969–1974, ABC, comedy

Courtship Of Eddie’s Father – 1969–1972, ABC, comedy

The David Frost Show – 1969–1972, syndication, talk

The Des O'Connor Show – 1970, 1971, NBC, variety

The Dick Cavett Show – December 1969–1972, ABC, talk/variety

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour – 1969–1972, CBS, variety

The Governor & JJ – 1969–1971; CBS, comedy

The Lawyers –1969–1972, NBC, drama

Let’s Make A Deal – May 1967–1971, ABC, game

Love, American Style – 1969–1974, ABC, anthology

The Jim Nabors Hour – 1969–1971, CBS, variety

Marcus Welby MD – 1969–1976, ABC, drama

Medical Center – 1969–1976, CBS, drama

The Merv Griffith Show – 1969–1972, CBS, talk

The Nanny & The Professor – January 1970–1972, ABC, comedy

The New Doctors – 1969–1973, NBC, medical drama

Room 222 – 1969–1974, ABC; comedy

Safari To Adventure – 1969–1975, syndication, documentary

This Is Tom Jones – February 1969–1971, ABC, variety

To Rome With Love – 1969–1971, CBS, comedy

 

Three Seasons (1968/69)

Adam 12 – 1968–1975, NBC, crime drama

The Doris Day Show – 1968–1973, CBS, comedy

First Tuesday – January 1969–1973, NBC, newsmagazine

Hawaii Five-O – 1968–1980, CBS, crime drama

Hee Haw – June 1969–1971, CBS, variety

Here's Lucy – 1968–1974, CBS, comedy

The Johnny Cash Show– June 1969–1971, ABC, variety

Julia – 1968–1971, NBC, comedy

Let's Make a Deal – February 1969–1971, ABC, game

Mayberry R.F.D – 1968–1971, CBS, comedy

Mod Squad – 1968–1973, ABC, crime drama

Name Of The Game – 1968–1971, NBC, adventure

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Four Seasons (1967/68)

The Carol Burnett Show– 1967–1978, CBS, variety

The High Chaparral – 1967–1971, NBC, western

Ironside – 1967–1975, NBC, crime drama

Kraft Music Hall – 1967–1971, NBC, musical variety

Mannix – 1967–1975, CBS, crime drama

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In – January 1968–1973, NBC, variety

Wild Kingdom – January 1968–1971, NBC, wildlife

 

Five Seasons (1966/67)

Family Affair – 1966–1971, CBS, comedy

Mission: Impossible – 1966–1973, CBS, international intrigue

The Newlywed Game – Jan 1967–1971, ABC, game

That Girl – 1966–1971, ABC, comedy

 

Six Seasons (1965/66)

CBS News Hour – 1965–1971, CBS, documentary

The Dean Martin Show – 1965–1974, NBC, variety

The FBI – 1965–1974, ABC, crime drama

Green Acres – 1965–1971, CBS, comedy

Hogan’s Heroes – 1965–1971, CBS, comedy

 

Seven Seasons (1964/65)

Bewitched – 1964–1972, ABC; comedy

 

Nine Seasons (1962/63)

The Beverly Hillbillies – 1962–1971, CBS, comedy

The Men from Shiloh – 1962–1971, NBC, western

 

Ten Seasons (1961/62)

The David Susskind Show – 1961–1987, syndication, talk

 

Eleven Seasons (1960/61)

My Three Sons – 1960–1965, ABC; 1965–1972, CBS, comedy

 

Twelve Seasons (1959/60)

Bonanza – 1959–1973, NBC, western

 

Sixteen Seasons (1955/56)

Gunsmoke – 1955–1975, CBS, western

 

Seventeen Seasons (1954/55)

Lassie – 1954–1971, CBS, adventure

The Lawrence Welk Show – 1954–1971, ABC, music

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – 1962–1992, NBC, talk/variety

Wonderful World of Disney – 1954–1983, anthology

 

Nineteen Seasons (1952/53)

Death Valley Days – 1952–1975, syndication, western anthology

 

Twenty seasons (1951/52)

The Red Skelton Show – 1951–1953, NBC; 1953–1970, CBS; 1970/71, NBC, variety

 

Twenty-four seasons (1947/48)

Ed Sullivan – June 1948–1971, CBS, variety

 

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