1971/72 – All In The Family was #1 on CBS Saturday.
Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1971 season; the second longest family
show, My Three Sons, was cancelled in the twelfth season.
Anniversary: Death Valley Days celebrated twenty years in syndication.
Biggest New Hit: Sanford & Son was #6 on NBC Fridays; it was the first black comedy to be in the top 10. People
just love Fred Sanford’s junk antics! "Oh, this is the big one! You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm comin' to join ya, honey!"
The Bold Ones - It combined two rotating series - The New Doctors and The Lawyers. It aired on NBC Sunday at 10 PM.
The Bold Ones was originally three series.
British Ties: Sanford & Son was based on the BBC series, Steptoe & Son.
Dan Blocker died from pulmonary embolism on May 13, 1972. It wasn't the same without him on Bonanza. The western lasted
one more season on a new night, Tuesdays.
Peter Deuel, age 31, committed suicide from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Hollywood Hills apartment. His
role on Alias Smith & Jones was recast by the show's narrator, Roger Davis, who redone the scenes with Peter Deuel. Ralph
Story was the new narrator.
Hee Haw started twelve years in syndication after three years on CBS; Hee Haw was on for twenty-five years.
Lassie started three years in syndication after seventeen years on CBS; Lassie was on for twenty years.
The Lawrence Welk Show continued eleven more years in syndication. In all, the show was on TV for twenty-eight years.
Wild Kingdom continued seventeen more years in syndication. It was on NBC for four years.
NBC Mystery Movie: It combined three rotating series - Columbo, McCloud & McMillian And Wife. McCloud was originally
part of Four In One last year. It was #14 in the ratings of the season.
First Tuesday to Chronolog.
Nichols to James Garner On Nichols to give the show more star power to bring more viewers, which didn't happen.
CBS aired My World And Welcome To It reruns. It was last seen on NBC in 1969.
NBC Action Playhouse shown reruns of Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre episodes with last year's introductions by
NBC Adventure Playhouse shown reruns of Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre episodes with new introductions by Ed McMahon.
The Return: Peter Falk returned in his well-known role, Columbo. Bing Crosby was the first choice to be Columbo, but
declined, reportedly it would interfere with his golf game. Columbo made Peter Falk famous and a rich man. He was previously
in The Trials of O’Brien.
Simultaneous: Alice Ghostley occasionally starred on ABC's Bewitched and NBC's Nichols.
NBC Comedy Theater replaced Emergency for the summer.
Spin Off: Getting Together from The Partridge Family – The Partridge Family introduced "Getting Together" Bobby
and Lionel to each other in March 1971. Ooooh, ABC sure need star power from another show to launch a new show! Getting Together
lasted a few months. It's a sure thing it did. Getting together was a huge mistake for Bobby and Lionel. They were much better
off doing their own sweet thing.
TV History: Walt Disney automatically became the longest running TV show in prime time without Lassie AND Lawrence
Welk. Those three shows started in the same year – 1954
Peter Deuel & Sally Field was reunited on Alias Smith & Jones; they previously starred together on Gidget, Sally's
Redd Foxx appeared on The Flip Wilson Show on January 13, 1972. The following night, Sanford & Son premiered. Both
shows were on NBC.
Glenn Ford and Peter Ford are father/son. Peter played one of Glenn's deputies on Cade's Country.
The D.A. ended its failed run on January 7, 1972. The following week, it was replaced by the biggest new hit, Sanford &
Son, in the same time slot.
NBC aired the BBC series, The Search For The Nile.
What a laughing matter! I can't stop myself from laughing. It's too hilarious! Which show, Funny Face or Funny Side, was
funnier? OMG! You need to stop laughing. Man, pull yourself together. Take a deep breath. Neither was funny. It wasn't a laughing
matter. Both shows lasted the same amount of time. Surprising enough, Sandy Duncan got a spin off with her Funny Face character,
Sandy Stockton, in The Sandy Duncan Show the next season. Do you know what more funnier? Even that show lasted the same amount
of time as the other two. You know you want to laugh. Go ahead and laugh your head off.
The Amazing World Of Kreskin was taped in Canada and aired on CTV. It was syndicated in the states.
Richard Castellano starred with his daughter, Margaret Castellano, in The Super.
The Chicago Teddy Bears lasted EXACTLY three months from September 17–December 17.
1971/72 Fall Season
One Season (1971/72)
Cannon – 1971–1976, CBS, crime drama, William Conrad
Columbo – 1971–1977, NBC, crime drama, Peter Falk
NBC Mystery Movie – 1971–1977, NBC, combined 3 series
The New Dick Van Dyke Show – 1971–1974, CBS, comedy, Dick Van Dyke
McMillan & Wife – 1971–1977, NBC, crime drama, Rock Hudson, Susan Saint James, Nancy Walker
Owen Marshall, Counselor At Law – 1971–1974, ABC, drama, Arthur Hill, Lee Majors
Cancelled TV Shows
Bearcats – CBS, adventure, Rod Taylor
Cade’s Country – CBS, crime drama, Glenn Ford, Peter Ford
Chicago Teddy Bears – CBS, comedy, Dean Jones, Jamie Farr
The D.A. – NBC, drama, Robert Conrad, Harry Morgan
Funny Face – CBS, comedy, Sandy Duncan
The Funny Side – NBC, variety, Gene Kelly
Getting Together – ABC, comedy, Bobby Sherman, Wes Stern
The Good Life – NBC, comedy, Larry Hagman, Donna Mills
The Jimmy Stewart Show – NBC, comedy, Jimmy Stewart
Longstreet – ABC, mystery, James Franciscus
Man & The City – ABC, drama, Anthony Quinn, Mike Farrell
Nichols – NBC, western, James Garner, Alice Ghostley, John Beck
O’Hara, US Treasury – CBS, crime drama, David Janssen
The Partners – NBC, comedy, Don Adams, Dick Van Patten
The Persuaders – ABC, adventure, Tony Curtis, Roger Moore
Sarge – NBC, drama, George Kennedy
Shirley’s World – ABC, comedy, Shirley McLaine
6 out of 23 new series SURVIVED for 1972/73
ABC – 1/6, Owen Marshall, Counselor At Law
CBS – 2/7, Cannon & The New Dick Van Dyke Show
NBC – 3/10, Columbo, McMillan & Wife & NBC Mystery Movie
Mid season shows
The Baseball World Of Joe Garagiola – 1972–1975, NBC, sports commentary, Joe Garagiola
The Corner Bar – June 1972–1973, ABC, comedy, Gabriel Dell
Emergency – January 1972–1977, NBC, drama, Robert Fuller, Julie London
Sanford & Son – January 1972–1977, NBC, comedy, Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson
Sixth Sense – January 1972–1973, ABC, occult, Gary Collins
Cancelled Mid Season Shows
ABC Comedy Hour – ABC, comedy/variety, Rich Little
Campaign '72 – CBS, news
The David Steinberg Show – CBS, comedy/variety, David Steinberg
The Don Rickles Show – CBS, comedy, Don Rickles, Erin Moran
The Jerry Reed When You're Hot You're Hot Hour – CBS, comedy/variety, 5 episodes, Jerry Reed
The John Byner Comedy Hour – CBS, comedy/variety, 5 episodes, John Byner
The Ken Berry "Wow" Show – ABC, musical variety, 5 episodes, Teri Garr, Steve Martin
The Life Of Leonardo Da Vinci – CBS, historical drama, 5 episodes, Philippe Leroy
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine – ABC, comedy/variety, Barbara Feldon
Me And The Chimp – CBS, comedy, Ted Bessell
The Melba Moore–Clifton Davis Show – CBS, musical variety, 5 episodes, Clifton Davis, Liz Torres
Monday Night Special – ABC, varies
The Search For The Nile – NBC, historical drama, Kenneth Haigh
The Super – ABC, comedy, 10 episodes, Richard Castellano
The Amazing World Of Kreskin – 1971–1975, syndication, mind reading, Kreskin
Circus – 1971–1973, syndication, variety, Bert Parks
The David Frost Revue – 1971–1973, syndication, comedy, David Frost
Dr. Simon Locke – 1971–1974, syndication, medical drama, Sam Groom
Doctor In The House – 1971–1973, syndication, comedy, Barry Evans
Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety, Roy Clark, Buck Owens
Johnny Mann's Stand Up And Cheer – 1971–1973, syndication, Johnny Mann
Lassie – 1971–1974, syndication, adventure, Ron Hayes
The Lawrence Welk Show – 1971–1982, syndication, music, Lawrence Welk
Mouse Factory – 1971–1973, syndication, children's
Primus – syndication, adventure, Robert Brown
Rollin' On The River – 1971–1973, syndication, music, Kenny Rogers
Untamed World – 1971–1975, syndication, documentary
Two Seasons (1970/71)
Alias Smith & Jones – January 1971–1973, ABC, western
All In The Family – January 1971–1979, CBS, comedy
Arnie – 1970–1972, CBS, comedy
Comment – NBC, public affairs
The Flip Wilson Show – 1970–1974, NBC, variety
Hee Haw – June 1969–1971, CBS, variety
The Mary Tyler Moore Show – 1970–1977, CBS, comedy
Monday Night Football – 1970–2006, ABC, sports
McCloud – 1970–1977, NBC, crime drama
NBC Action Playhouse – 1971–1972, NBC, dramatic anthology, reruns
NBC Adventure Theatre – 1971–1972, NBC, dramatic anthology, reruns
NBC Comedy Theater – 1971–1972, NBC, comedy anthology, reruns
Night Gallery – 1970–1973, NBC, supernatural anthology
The Odd Couple – 1970–1975, ABC, comedy
The Partridge Family – 1970–1974, ABC, comedy
The Smith Family – January 1971–1972; ABC, drama
Suspense Playhouse – May 1971–1972, CBS, dramatic anthology, reruns
That Good Ole Nashville Music – 1970–1985, syndication, music
Three Seasons (1969/70)
The Bold Ones – 1969–1973, NBC, two drama series
The Brady Bunch – 1969–1974, ABC, comedy
The David Frost Show – 1969–1972, syndication, talk
The Dick Cavett Show – December 1969–1972, ABC, talk/variety
The Lawyers –1969–1972, NBC, drama
Love, American Style – 1969–1974, ABC, anthology
Marcus Welby MD – 1969–1976, ABC, drama
Medical Center – 1969–1976, CBS, drama
The Merv Griffith Show – 1969–1972, CBS, talk
Nanny & The Professor – January 1970–1972, ABC, comedy
The New Doctors – 1969–1973, NBC, drama
Room 222 – 1969–1974, ABC, comedy
Safari To Adventure – 1969–1975, syndication, documentary
Four Seasons (1968/69)
Adam 12 – 1968–1975, NBC, crime drama
Chronolog – January 1969–1973, NBC, newsmagazine
The Doris Day Show – 1968–1973, CBS, comedy
Hawaii Five-O – 1968–1980, CBS, crime drama
Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety
Here's Lucy – 1968–1974, CBS, comedy
The Mod Squad – 1968–1973, ABC, crime drama
60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine
Five Seasons (1967/68)
The Carol Burnett Show – 1967–1978, CBS, variety
Ironside – 1967–1975, NBC, crime drama
Mannix – 1967–1975, CBS, crime drama
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In – January 1968–1973, NBC, variety
Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife
Six Seasons (1966/67)
Mission: Impossible – 1966–1973, CBS, international intrigue
Seven Seasons (1965/66)
The Dean Martin Show – 1965–1974, NBC, variety
The FBI – 1965–1974, ABC, crime drama
Eight Seasons (1964/65)
Bewitched – 1964–1972, ABC, comedy
Eleven Seasons (1961/62)
The David Susskind Show – 1961–1987, syndication, talk
Twelve Seasons (1960/61)
My Three Sons 1960–1965, ABC; 1965–1972, CBS, comedy
Thirteen Seasons (1959/60)
Bonanza – 1959–1973, NBC, western
Seventeen Seasons (1955/56)
Gunsmoke – 1955–1975, CBS, western
Eighteen Seasons (1954/55)
Lassie – 1954/55–1970/71, CBS; 1971–1974, Syndication, adventure
The Lawrence Welk Show – 1971–1982, syndication, music
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – 1962–1992, NBC, talk/variety
Wonderful World of Disney – 1954–1983, anthology
Twenty Seasons (1952/53)
Death Valley Days – 1952–1975, syndication, western anthology