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TV Seasons

1974

1974/75 – All In The Family was #1 on CBS Saturday, fourth year running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1974 season; Adam 12 was cancelled in the seventh season.

Biggest New Hit: Chico And The Man was #3 on NBC Fridays. It was the first Latino show to be in the top 10, thanks to the chemistry of Jack Albertson and Freddie Prinze.

Contract Dispute: Wayne Rogers left M*A*S*H at the end of the season. He didn't like the morals clause in the contract. He was sued for breach of contract. As it turned out, he didn't sign the contract and the case was dismissed.

The Jeffersons/Good Times connections;

Never mind that both shows were from Norman Lear.

Ja'net DuBois (Willona Woods of Good Times) sung the theme song from The Jeffersons, "Movin' on Up." She composed the song with Jerry Barry.

Mike Evans (Lionel of The Jeffersons) co–created Good Times with Eric Monte. Mike left his role on The Jeffersons to work full time on Good Times; the Lionel role was recast. After Good Times was cancelled, Mike went back to The Jeffersons.

Would you believe The Jeffersons appeared on Good Times in one episode? Yep. That’s true. Most people missed their “appearance” on Good Times. JJ Evan was on the couch, reading a magazine. There they were. The Jeffersons was on the cover of the Ebony magazine.

Movies 2 TV:

Paper Moon was based on the 1973 Ryan & Tatum O'Neal movie. Ryan & Tatum are father & daughter.

Planet Of The Apes was based on the 1968–73 movies. Roddy McDowall played a different role on the series. There was also a cartoon version, Beyond Of The Planet Of The Apes, on NBC’s Saturday morning for one season.

The New Land was loosely based on two Swedish movies, The Emigrants and The New Land.

NBC Mystery Movie: NBC gave up the second Mystery Movie on Wednesday/Tuesday; it wasn't quite popular. Most people watched the popular Sunday version instead. It's funny thou. NBC Mystery Movie originally started on Wednesday. Amy Prentiss replaced Hec Ramsey this season. Columbo, McCloud and McMillian & Wife were still on the mystery movie.

The Return:

Michael Landon returned in Little House On The Prairie after a year absence. He was previously on Bonanza for fourteen years. Little House was his second big hit. The show was based on the “Little House” books, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Vic Tayback returned in a short-lived series, Kahn. He was previously in another failed series, Griff, his first series.

Spin Off:

The Jeffersons “moving on up” from All In The Family – George, Weezie, & Lionel lived in a luxury high-rise apartment in Manhattan, thanks to George’ chain of dry cleaning stores. Tom and Helen Willis is TV’s first interracial married couple; really, the honor goes to Ricky and Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy.

Rhoda from The Mary Tyler Moore Show – Rhoda returned for a short visit in New York and fell in love with Joe Gerard

TV History:

Gunsmoke is the longest western show from 1955–1975. So long, Matt Dillon. Bonanza is second with fourteen years.

Walt Disney officially became the oldest TV show in the prime time, twenty-one years and counting. Ed Sullivan doesn’t count; his show ended after twenty–four years in 1971.

Tidbits:

Both Sonny and Cher returned to TV with SEPARATE variety shows after the divorce. Cher’s show was more popular than Sonny’s show.

James Arness played Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for twenty years. Originally, John Wayne was the first choice to be Matt Dillon. The Duke suggested an unknown actor, James, for the role.

Jim Rockford was born out of a possible writer's strike. The character was written for a episode of Toma, which ABC rejected the script. The rewritten script became the pilot for The Rockford Files. NBC had another big hit on their hands in 1974. The show lasted for six seasons.

Alan Alda created We'll Get By, a failed CBS sitcom.

Raymond Burr's second hit show, Ironside, had a short eighth season; the show ended in January 1975. Archer replaced Ironside on NBC Thursday two weeks later. Archer didn't come back for a second season.

 

 

1974/75 Fall Season

One Season (1974/75)

Chico & The Man – 1974–1978, CBS, comedy, Jack Albertson, Freddie Prinze

Harry-O – 1974–1976, ABC, mystery, David Janssen, Farrah Fawcett

Little House On The Prairie – 1974–1983, NBC, drama, Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert

Movin’ On – 1974–1976, NBC, adventure, Claude Akins

Petrocelli – 1974–1976, NBC, drama, Barry Newman

Police Woman – 1974–1978, NBC, crime drama, Angie Dickinson

Rhoda – 1974–1979, CBS, comedy, Valerie Harper, Nancy Walker, Julie Kavner

The Rockford Files – 1974–1980, NBC, crime drama, James Garner

That’s My Mama – 1974–1976, ABC, comedy, Clifton Davis, Theresa Merritt

 

Cancelled TV Shows

Amy Prentiss – NBC; crime drama, Jessica Walter

Born Free – NBC, adventure, Gary Collins, Diana Muldaur

Get Christine Love – ABC, crime drama, Teresa Graves

Kodiak – ABC, crime drama, 4 episodes, Clint Walker

Kolchak: The Night Stalker – ABC, occult, Darren McGavin

Lucas Tanner – NBC, drama, David Hartman

The Manhunter – CBS, detective drama, Ken Howard

Nakia – ABC, crime drama, Robert Forster

The New Land – ABC, adventure, 6 episodes, Kurt Russell

Paper Moon – ABC, comedy, Jodie Foster

Paul Sand In Friends & Lovers – CBS, comedy, Paul Sand

Planet Of The Apes – CBS, sci-fi, Roddy McDowall, James Naughton

Sierra – NBC, adventure, Susan Foster

Sonny Comedy Revue – ABC, variety, Sonny Bono, Terri Garr

Sons & Daughters – CBS, drama, Don Murray

Texas Wheelers – ABC, comedy, Gary Busey, Mark Hamill

 

9 out of 25 new series SURVIVED for 1975/76

ABC – 2/11, Harry–O & That’s My Mama

CBS – 2/6, Chico & The Man & Rhoda

NBC – 5/9, Little House On The Prairie, Movin’ On, Petrocelli, Police Woman & Rockford Files

 

Mid season shows

Almost Anything Goes – July/August 1975, 1976, ABC, competition, Charlie Jones

Baretta – January 1975–1978, ABC, crime drama, Robert Blake, Dana Elcar

Barney Miller – January 1975–1982, ABC, comedy, Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda

The Bob Crane Show – NBC, comedy, Bob Crane

Cher – February 1975–1976, CBS, variety, Cher

The Jeffersons – January 1975–1985, CBS, comedy, Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford

S.W.A.T – February 1975–1976, ABC, crime drama, Robert Urich, Steve Forrest

Tony Orlando & Dawn – July 1974–1977, CBS, variety, Tony Orlando, Telma Hopkins

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

Archer – NBC, detective drama, Brian Keith

Ben Vereen...Comin' At Ya – NBC, musical variety, 3 episodes, Ben Vereen, Liz Torres

Caribe – ABC, crime drama, Stacey Keach, Robert Mandan

Conversations – CBS, discussion, Eric Sevaried

The Dick Cavett Show – CBS, variety, 4 episodes, Dick Cavett

The Friday Night Comedy Special – CBS, comedy anthology, unsold pilots

The Gladys Knight And The Pips Show – NBC, musical variety, 4 episodes, Gladys Knight

Hot L Baltimore – ABC, comedy, James Cromwell

The Jim Stafford Show – ABC, comedy/variety, Jim Stafford, Valeria Curtin

Joey & Dad – CBS, musical variety, 4 episodes, Joey Heatherton

Karen – ABC, comedy, Denver Pyle

Keep On Truckin' – ABC, comedy/variety, 4 episodes, Wayland Flowers

Khan – CBS, detective drama, 4 episodes, Vic Tayback

Manhattan Transfer – CBS, variety, 4 episodes, Alan Paul

Moses–The Lawgiven – CBS, historical drama, Burt Lancaster

Sunshine – NBC, comedy, Bill Mumy, Meg Foster

We'll Get By – CBS, comedy, 10 episodes, Willie Aames, Paul Sorvino

 

Syndication

Lorne Greene's Last Of The Wild – 1974–1979, syndication, wildlife/nature, Lorne Greene

Pop! Goes The Country – 1974–1982, syndication, music, Ralph Emery

Sammy And Company – Early 1975–1977, syndication, talk/variety, Sammy Davis, Jr.

The $25,000 Pyramid – 1974–1979, syndication, quiz, Bill Cullen

 

Late Night

Weekend – 1974–1979, NBC, newsmagazine, Lloyd Dobyns

 

Two Seasons (1973/74)

Apple’s Way – February 1974–1975, ABC, drama

Dealer's Choice – Early 1974–1975, syndication, quiz

Don Kirshner's Rock Concert – 1973–1981, syndicated, music

Good Times – February 1974–1979, CBS, comedy

Happy Days – January 1974–1984, ABC, comedy

Kojak – 1973–1978, CBS, crime drama

The Mac Davis Show – July 1974–1976, NBC, musical variety

Police Story – 1973–1977, NBC, police anthology

The Six Million Dollar Man – January 1974–1978, ABC, adventure

The Tomorrow Show – 1973–1982, NBC, talk

The Wild, Wild World Of Animals – 1973–1978, syndication, wildlife

 

Three Seasons (1972/73)

Barnaby Jones – January 1973–1980, CBS, crime drama

Bob Newhart – 1972–1978, CBS, comedy

The Bobby Goldsboro Show – Early 1973–1975, syndication, music

Kung Fu – 1972–1975, ABC, western

M*A*S*H – 1972–1983,CBS, comedy

Maude – 1972–1978, CBS, comedy

The Midnight Special – February 1973–1981, NBC, music

The Rookies – 1972–1976, ABC, crime drama

Streets Of San Francisco – 1972–1977, ABC, crime drama

The Waltons – 1972–1981, CBS, drama

 

Four Seasons (1971/72)

The Amazing World Of Kreskin – 1971–1975, syndication, mind reading

The Baseball World Of Joe Garagiola – 1972–1975, NBC, sports commentary

Cannon – 1971–1976, CBS, crime drama

Columbo – 1971–1977, NBC, crime drama

Emergency – January 1972–1977, NBC, drama

McMillan & Wife – 1971–1977, NBC, crime drama

Sanford & Son – January 1972–1977, NBC, comedy

Untamed World – 1971–1975, syndication, documentary

 

Five Seasons (1970/71)

All In The Family – January 1971–1979, CBS, comedy

Mary Tyler Moore – 1970–1977, CBS, comedy

McCloud – 1970–1977, NBC, crime drama

Monday Night Football – 1970–2006, ABC, sports

Odd Couple – 1970–1975, ABC, comedy

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

 

Six Seasons (1969/70)

Marcus Welby MD – 1969–1976, ABC, drama

Medical Center – 1969–1976, CBS, drama

Safari To Adventure – 1969–1975, syndication, documentary

 

Seven Seasons (1968/69)

Adam 12 – 1968–1975, NBC, crime drama

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

Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Eight Seasons (1967/68)

Carol Burnett – 1967–1978, CBS, variety

Ironside – 1967–1975, NBC, crime drama

Mannix – 1967–1975, CBS, crime drama

Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife

 

Fourteen Seasons (1961/62)

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

 

Twenty Seasons (1955/56)

Gunsmoke – 1955–1975, CBS, western

 

Twenty one Seasons (1954/55)

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 three Seasons (1952/53)

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

 

 

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