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TV Seasons

1975

1975/76 – All In The Family was #1 on CBS Monday, fifth year running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1975 season; Cher was cancelled in the second season.

Alternate Series: Weekend alternated every fourth week on NBC Saturday at 11:30 PM with Saturday Night Live from 1975–1978.

Anniversary: The David Susskind Show celebrated fifteen years in syndication.

Biggest New Hit: Rich Man, Poor Man was #2 on ABC Mondays; really, it was a mini series that garnered best ratings of the season. It ushered the start of the network TV’s greatest miniseries period.

British Ties: On The Rocks was based on the BBC series, Porridge.

Contract Dispute: Susan Saint James left McMillian & Wife at the end of the season.

Daytime: Happy Days was on ABC weekdays from September 1975–March 1979.

NBC Mystery Movie: McCoy replaced Amy Prentiss this season. Columbo, McCloud and McMillian & Wife were still on the mystery movie.

Reruns: NBC aired Hawk reruns in the summer. It was previous on ABC in 1966.

The Return:

Both Sonny and Cher returned to TV with a variety show TOGETHER again after his show failed miserable last season. Cher continued her show till Sonny rejoined her in February 1976 on CBS. It wasn’t that funny, the jokes fell flat because they weren’t married any more.

Martin Landau and Barbara Bain returned to TV in Space: 1999. Both were best known for their roles on Mission: Impossible in the 1960’s. They were married at the time on both shows; they divorced in 1993.

Simultaneous:

Hal Williams was on two series at one time – Sanford & Son and On The Rocks.

Martin E. Brooks was on two series at one time – The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.

Spin Off:

Grady from Sanford & Son – Grady moved to his daughter's place in Los Angeles. Grady lasted a few months. His daughter got extremely tired of Grady's nagging. She threw the old goat out to the streets. Grady went back to Sanford And Son.

Laverne & Shirley from Happy Days – Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams were very popular on Happy Days that the Fonzie girls were given a spin off. Of course, the Fonz drop by to see his girls.

Phyllis from The Mary Tyler Moore Show – She moved to San Francisco with her daughter after the death of her husband.

The Bionic Woman from The Six Million Dollar Man – Without Steve’s knowing, Jaimie Sommers begin with her new life as a teacher AND continued to take secret missions from OSI. Lindsey Wagner was well received on The Six Million Dollar Man that the producers gave her this series.

TV History – All In The Family is the first show ever to be #1 on two nights in separate seasons. Last season, it was #1 on Saturday.

Tidbits:

John Aprea and Linda Dano, can you say "incest" with a Capitol I? You are brother and sister of The Montefuscos. Yet, you went ahead and married each other on July 25, 1991. EIW! How sick is that? You must live in Another World to make that happen!

The viewers wasn't ready for the first woman lawyer in a lead role of a dramatic series. Kate McShane lasted for a few months. This was Anne Meara's first dramatic series. Anne and her husband, Jerry Stiller, were a comedy team; they appeared on variety series in the 1970's. Their son is the popular movie star, Ben Stiller.

Joe Forrester moved to NBC Monday to make room for City Of Angels on Tuesday. Neither series make it to a second season.

 

1975/76 Fall Season

One Season (1975/76)

Doc – 1975–1977, CBS, comedy, Barnard Hughes, Mary Wicks

Phyllis – 1975–1977, CBS, comedy, Cloris Leachman

Starsky & Hutch – 1975–1979, ABC, crime drama, David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser

Switch –1975–1978, CBS, crime drama, Eddie Albert, Robert Wagner

Welcome Back, Kotter – 1975–1979, ABC, comedy, Gabe Kaplan, John Travolta

 

Cancelled TV Shows

The Barbary Coast – ABC, western, William Shatner, Doug McClure

Beacon Hill – CBS, soap, 13 episodes, Holland Taylor, Linda Purl

Big Eddie – CBS, comedy, Alan Oppenheimer

Bronk – CBS, crime drama, Jack Palance

Doctors’ Hospital – NBC, drama, George Peppard, John Larroquette

Ellery Queen – NBC, mystery, John Hutton, David Wayne

The Family Holvak – NBC, drama, Glenn Ford

Fay – NBC, comedy, Lee Grant, Audra Lindley

The Invisible Man – NBC, adventure, Craig Stevens

Joe Forrester – NBC, police drama, Lloyd Bridges

Joe & Sons – CBS, comedy, Jerry Stiller, Jimmy Baio

Kate McShane – CBS, drama, Anne Meara

Matt Helm – ABC, mystery, Anthony Franciosa

McCoy – NBC, crime drama, Tony Curtis

Medical Story – NBC, medical anthology, James Daly, Chad Everett

Mobile One – ABC, adventure, Jackie Cooper

The Montefuscos – NBC, comedy, John Aprea, Linda Dano, Ron Carey

On The Rocks – ABC comedy, Hal Williams, Jose Perez

Saturday Night Live With Howell Cosell – ABC, variety, Howell Cosell

Swiss Family Robinson – ABC, adventure, Willie Aames, Helen Hunt

Three For The Road – CBS, adventure, Alex Rocco, Leif Garrett

When Things Were Rotten – ABC, comedy, Dick Van Pattern, Bernie Kopell

 

5 out of 27 new series SURVIVED for 1976/77

ABC – 2/11, Starsky & Hutch & Welcome Back, Kotter

CBS – 3/9, Doc, Phyllis & Switch

NBC – 0/9,

 

Mid season shows

Bionic Woman – January 1976–1978, ABC, adventure, Lindsay Wagner

The Blue Knight – December 1975–1976, CBS, crime drama, George Kennedy

Donny & Marie – January 1976–1979, ABC, variety, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond

Family – March 1976–1980, ABC, drama, Meredith Baxter-Birney, Kristy McNichol

The Jacksons – June 1976–1977, CBS, musical variety, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson

Laverne & Shirley – January 1976–1983, ABC, comedy, Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

One Day At A Time – December 1975–1984, ABC, comedy, Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli

The Practice – January 1976–1977, NBC, comedy, Shelly Fabares, John Bryner

Sonny & Cher – February 1976–1977, CBS, variety, Sonny Bono, Cher

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

Bert D'Angelo/Superstar – ABC, crime drama, Paul Sorvino, Robert Pine

The Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Show – CBS, cartoon, 5 episodes

City Of Angels – NBC, detective drama, Wayne Rogers

Comedy Theatre – NBC, comedy anthology, failed pilots

The Cop And The Kid – NBC, comedy, Charles Durning, Tierre Turner

The Diahann Carroll Show – CBS, musical variety, 4 episodes, Diahann Carroll

Dinah And Her New Best Friends – CBS, musical variety, Dinah Shore

The Dumplings – NBC, comedy, James Coco

Easy Does It...Starring Frankie Avalon – CBS, musical variety, 4 episodes, Frankie Avalon

Good Heavens – ABC, comedy, Carl Reiner

Grady – NBC, comedy, Whitman Mayo, Haywood Nelson

Ivan The Terrible – CBS, comedy, Christopher Hewett

Jigjaw John – NBC, crime drama, Jack Warden

The John Davidson Show – NBC, musical variety, 4 episodes, John Davidson

The Johnny Cash Show – CBS, musical variety, 4 episodes, Johnny Cash

The Kelly Monteith Show – CBS, comedy/variety, 4 episodes, Kelly Monteith

The Late Summer Early Fall Bert Convy Show – CBS, musical variety, 4 episodes, Bert Convy

Pop! – CBS, comedy, Hector Elizondo

The Rich Little Show – NBC, comedy/variety, Rich Little, Charlotte Rae

Sara – CBS, western, Brenda Vaccaro

Survival–Anglia, LTD. Series – NBC, wildlife/nature

The Undersea World Of Jacques Cousteau – ABC, documentary, 4 episodes, Joseph Campanella

Viva Valdz – ABC, comedy, James Victor

 

Syndication

The Bobby Vinton Show – 1975–1978, syndication, musical variety, Bobby Vinton

The Cross–Wits – 1975–1980, syndication, quiz, Jack Clark

Don Adams' Screen Test – syndication, comedy/audience participation, Don Adams

Friends Of Man – syndication, documentary, Glenn Ford

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman – January 1975–1978, syndication, soap, Louise Lasser

Match Game P.M. – 1975–1982, syndication, game, Gene Rayburn

Nashville On The Road – 1975–1983, syndication, music, Jim Ed Brown

Space: 1999 – 1975–1977, syndication, sci-fi, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain

 

Late Night

Saturday Night Live – 1975–present, NBC, variety, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, John Belushi

 

Two Seasons (1974/75)

Almost Anything Goes – July–August 1975, 1976, ABC, competition

Baretta – January 1975–1978, ABC, crime drama

Barney Miller – January 1975–1982, ABC, comedy

Cher – February 1975–1976, CBS, variety

Chico & The Man – 1974–1978, CBS, comedy

Harry-O – 1974–1976, ABC, mystery

Jeffersons – January 1975–1985, CBS, comedy

Little House On The Prairie – 1974–1983, NBC, drama

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

Movin’ On – 1974–1976, NBC, adventure

Petrocelli – 1974–1976, NBC, drama

Police Woman – 1974–1978, NBC, crime drama

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

Rhoda – 1974–1979, CBS, comedy

Rockford Files – 1974–1980, NBC, crime drama

S.W.A.T – February 1975–1976, ABC, crime drama

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

That’s My Mama – 1974–1976, ABC, comedy

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

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

Weekend – 1974–1979, NBC, newsmagazine

 

Three Seasons (1973/74)

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; 1988/89, ABC, 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

 

Four Seasons (1972/73)

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

Bob Newhart – 1972–1978, CBS, comedy

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

 

Five Seasons (1971/72)

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

NBC Mystery Movie – 1971–1977, NBC

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

 

Six 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

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

 

Seven Seasons (1969/70)

Marcus Welby MD – 1969–1976, ABC, drama

Medical Center – 1969–1976, CBS, drama

 

Eight Seasons (1968/69)

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

Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Nine Seasons (1967/68)

Carol Burnett – 1967–1978, CBS, variety

Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife

 

Fifteen Seasons (1961/62)

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

 

Twenty two 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

 

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