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.
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.
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.
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.
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
NBC revived Comment in January 1971. It was last seen in 1958.
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.
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
ABC’s Monday Night Football premiered this season. It lasted for thirty-six years. ESPN took over MNF in the 2006
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
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
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