1976/77 – Happy Days was #1 on ABC Tuesday.
Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1976 season; Sonny & Cher was cancelled
in the second season.
Carol Burnett celebrated ten years on TV. She is the only woman with a longest running variety show. Sadly, next year will
be her last.
Wild Kingdom celebrated ten years on TV.
Biggest New Hit: Charlie’s Angels was #5 on ABC Wednesday. With three beautiful angels and an unseen boss, nothing
could go wrong! Farrah Fawcett-Majors became a major star out of this detective series.
British Ties: Three’s Company was based on Man About The House.
Contract Dispute: I wouldn't say this was a contract dispute. Farrah Fawcett–Majors left on her free will, thus
breaking her contract for a movie career. Aaron Spelling sued her for breach of contract. Farrah agreed to return to Charlie's
Angels for guest spots in six episodes.
Chico And The Man was on NBC weekdays from May–December 1977.
Here's Lucy was on CBS weekdays from May–November 1977.
Death: Diana Hyland died on March 27, 1977 from cancer in John Travolta's arms after she only filmed four Eight Is
Enough episodes. The following season, the mother has died as well about "a year ago" and Tom Bradford remarried to Abby Bradford.
Betty Buckley, the famous Broadway star, replaced Diana. With eight kids, Tom needed a new mother for his kids. He couldn't
raise the kids alone.
Movies 2 TV: Alice was based on the 1974 Ellen Burstyn movie, Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More. Ellen won an Oscar
for her Alice role. Vic Tayback reprised Mel for the show. Diane Ladd, Flo in the movie, joined the TV series in 1980 as Belle
Dupree, Flo's replacement. Alfred Lutter III reprised Tommy Hyatt in the TV pilot; Phillip McKeon quickly replaced him after
the pilot. Phillip's sister is The Facts Of Life actress, Nancy McKeon.
NBC Mystery Movie: Quincy M.E. replaced McCoy this season. This was the last season of NBC Mystery Movie. Columbo,
McCloud and McMillan were the only series to stay with NBC Mystery Movie throughout it's run. Quincy M.E. proved popular enough
that it became a separated series on Friday nights in February 1977. Quincy M.E. lasted for seven years. Lanigan's Rabbi replaced
Name Change: McMillan & Wife to McMillan. Sally McMillan died in a plane crash; Susan Saint James quit last season.
Reruns: CBS aired The Jack Benny Show reruns in August 1977.
Jack Klugman returned to a weekly series, Quincy M.D., after a year absence. He was previously on The Odd Couple with Tony
Liar's Club returned to syndication after a seven–year absence.
Blansky's Beauties from Happy Days. Some people don't considered the series to be a spin off, but it does has a family
tie. Nancy Blansky is Howard Cunningham's cousin; she introduced Howard to Marion as Nancy mentioned it on "the third anniversary
show" episode of Happy Days on February 4, 1977. Blansky's Beauties premiered on 2/12/77. The series was set in the present
day, the 1970's. Happy Days was still in the 1950's. Oddly, Pat Morita played the virtually same character from Happy Days.
Also, "Nancy Remembers Laverne" as she recalled working with a clumsy Laverne DeFazio back in 1967.
Fish from Barney Miller.
Sanford & Son, the first black comedy top 10 hit, ended after a successful six year run.
Sirota's Court was the template for Night Court years later on NBC. Both series took place at night.
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., real married couple, hosted their own variety show, The Marilyn McCoo And Billy Davis,
Jr. Show. They were members of the original Fifth Dimension pop group.
Tom and John Keane were the youngest performers to host a variety series, The Keane Brothers Show. Tom was 13 and John
Shields And Yarnell was a big hit in the summer. Laverne & Shirley massacre them the following January.
Spencer's Pilots crash landed on my oldest sister's birthday. Did they make it out of alive? Hell, no! The ratings killed
them all! Good riddance!
Bonnie Ebsen is Buddy Ebsen's daughter. Buddy was best known for The Beverly Hillbillies. Bonnie was on the short lived
series, The Kallikaks. It was her first series and her last.
Caren Kaye, Lyndia Goodfriend, Scott Baio and Shirley Kirkes starred in the failed ABC series, Blansky's Beauties. All
four actors starred in another NBC failed series, Who's Watching The Kids, in the fall of 1978!
1976/77 Fall Season
One Season (1976/77)
Alice – 1976–1985, CBS, comedy, Linda Lavin, Vic Tayback
Baa Baa Black Sheep – 1976–1978, NBC, drama, Robert Conrad, Dana Elcar
The Big Event – 1976–1981, NBC, various
Charlie’s Angels – 1976–1981, ABC, crime drama, Kate Jackson, John Forsythe
Quincy, M.E. – 1976–1983, NBC; crime drama, Jack Klugman
The Tony Randall Show – 1976–1978, ABC, comedy, Tony Randall
What’s Happening!! – 1976–1979, ABC, comedy, Ernest Thomas, Fred Berry, Haywood Nelson
Cancelled TV Shows
All’s Fair – CBS, comedy, Richard Crenna, Bernadette Peters
Ball Four – CBS, comedy, Jim Bouton
Captain & Tennille – ABC, variety, Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille
Captain And The Kings – NBC, drama, Richard Jordan
Cos – ABC, variety, Bill Cosby
Delvecchio – CBS, crime drama, Judd Hirsh
Executive Suite – CBS, drama, Mitchell Ryan
Gemini Man – NBC, action/adventure, Ben Murphy
Holmes & Yo-Yo – ABC, comedy, Richard B. Skull, John Schuck
Mr. T & Tina – ABC, comedy, 5 episodes, Pat Morita
Most Wanted – ABC, crime drama, Robert Stack
NBC’s Best Sellers – NBC, drama
The Nancy Walker Show – ABC, comedy, Nancy Walker
The Quest – NBC, western, Kurt Russell, Tim Matheson
Rich Man, Poor Man – Book 2 – ABC, drama, Susan Sullivan
Serpico – NBC, crime drama, David Birney
Spencer’s Pilots – CBS, adventure, Christopher Stone
Van Dyke & Company – NBC, variety, Dick Van Dyke
7 out of 25 new series SURVIVED for 1977/78
ABC – 3/10, Charlie’s Angels & Tony Randall
CBS – 1/6, Alice
NBC – 3/9, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Big Event & Quincy, M.E.
Mid season shows
Busting Loose – January 1977–1978, CBS, comedy, Adam Arkin
Eight Is Enough – March 1977–1981, ABC, drama, Dick Van Patten, Diana Hyland
Fish – February 1977–1978, ABC, comedy, Abe Vigoda, Todd Bridges
The Hardy Boys Mysteries – January 1977–1979, ABC, adventure, Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson
The Life & Time Of Grizzly Adams – February 1977–1978, NBC, adventure, Dan Haggerty, Denver Pyle
The Nancy Drew Mysteries – February 1977–1978, ABC, adventure, Pamela Sue Martin
Shields And Yarnell – June 1977–1978, CBS, variety, Robert Shields, Lorene Yarnell
Sugar Time! – August 1977–1978, ABC, comedy, Barbi Benton
Three’s Company – March 1977–1984, ABC, comedy, John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers
Wonder Woman – December 1976–July 1977, ABC; 1977–1979, CBS, adventure, Lynda Carter, Lyle
Cancelled Mid Season Shows
ABC Monday Night Comedy Special – ABC, various
The Andros Targets – CBS, newspaper drama, Pamela Reed
Blansky's Beauties – ABC, comedy, Nancy Walker, Lyndia Goodfriend, Scott Baio
The Brady Bunch Hour – ABC, comedy, Robert Reed, Florence Henderson
Code R – CBS, adventure, Martin Kove
Comedy Time – NBC, comedy anthology, failed pilots
Dog And Cat – ABC, crime drama, Kim Basinger
Fantastic Journey – NBC, sci fi, Jared Martin
The Feather And Father Gang – ABC, crime drama, Stefanie Powers
Gibbsville – NBC, drama, Peggy McCay
Hunter – CBS, foreign intrigue, James Franciscus, Linda Evans
The Kallikaks – NBC, comedy, 5 episodes, Edie McClurg, Bonnie Ebsen
The Keane Brothers Show – CBS, musical variety, 4 episodes, Tom Keane, John Keane
Kingston: Confidential – NBC, newspaper drama, Raymond Burr
Lanigan's Rabbi – NBC, crime drama, Art Carney
Loves Me, Loves Me Not – CBS, comedy, Susan Dey
The Marilyn McCoo And Billy Davis, Jr. Show – CBS, musical variety, 6 episodes, Marilyn McCoo
The McLean Stevenson Show – NBC, comedy, McLean Stevenson
Nashville 99 – CBS, crime drama, 4 episodes, Claude Atkins, Jerry Reed
Once An Eagle – NBC, military drama, Melanie Griffith, Darleen Carr
The Rhinemann Exchange – NBC, foreign intrigue, Stephen Collins, Roddy McDowall
Seventh Avenue – NBC, drama, 3 episodes, Jane Seymour
Sirota's Court – NBC, comedy, 13 episodes, Fred Willard
The Starland Vocal Band Show – CBS, variety, Peter Bergman
Tales Of The Unexpected – NBC, suspense anthology, William Conrad
3 Girls 3 – NBC, variety, 4 episodes, Debbie Allen
Westside Medical – ABC, medical drama, 11 episodes, Linda Carlson
Who's Who – CBS, newsmagazine, Dan Rather
A Year At The Top – CBS, comedy, 5 episodes, Greg Evigan
Dolly – syndication, music, Dolly Parton
Fernwood 2–Night – July 1977–1978, satire, Martin Mull, Fred Willard
The Gong Show – 1976–1980, syndication, comedy/audience participation, Gary Owens
In Search Of... – 1976–1982, syndication, documentary, Leonard Nimoy
The Joker's Wild – 1976–1986, syndication, quiz, Jack Barry
Liar's Club – 1976–1978, syndication, quiz, Bill Armstrong
The Muppet Show – 1976–1981, syndication, variety, Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Music Hall America – syndication, music, Dean Rutherford
The $128,000 Question – 1976–1978, syndication, quiz, Mike Darrow
The Peter Marshall Variety Hour – syndication, talk/variety, Peter Marshall
Two Seasons (1975/76)
Blue Knight – December 1975–1976, CBS, crime drama
Bionic Woman – January 1976–1978, ABC, adventure
The Bobby Vinton Show – 1975–1978, syndication, musical variety
The Cross–Wits – 1975–1980, syndication, quiz
Doc – 1975–1977, CBS, comedy
Donny & Marie – January 1976–1979, ABC, variety
Family – March 1976–1980, ABC, drama
Family Holvak – 1975–1977, NBC, drama
The Jacksons – June 1976–1977, CBS, musical variety
Laverne & Shirley – January 1976–1983, ABC, comedy
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman – January 1975–1978, syndication, soap
Match Game P.M. – 1975–1982, syndication, game
Nashville On The Road – 1975–1983, syndication, music
One Day At A Time – December 1975–1984, ABC, comedy
Phyllis – 1975–1977, CBS, comedy
The Practice – January 1976–1977, NBC, comedy
Saturday Night Live – 1975–present, NBC, variety
Sonny & Cher – February 1976–1977, CBS, variety
Space: 1999 – 1975–1977, syndication, sci-fi
Starsky & Hutch – 1975–1979, ABC, crime drama
Switch –1975–1978, CBS, crime drama
Welcome Back, Kotter – 1975–1979, ABC, comedy
Three Seasons (1974/75)
Baretta – January 1975–1978, ABC, crime drama
Barney Miller – January 1975–1982, ABC, comedy
Chico & The Man – 1974–1978, CBS, comedy
The 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
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
Sammy And Company – Early 1975–1977, syndication, talk/variety
Tony Orlando & Dawn Rainbow Hour – July 1974–1977, CBS, variety
The $25,000 Pyramid – 1974–1979, syndication, quiz
Weekend – 1974–1979, NBC, newsmagazine
Four 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
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
Five Seasons (1972/73)
Barnaby Jones – January 1973–1980, CBS, crime drama
The Bob Newhart Show – 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
Streets Of San Francisco – 1972–1977, ABC, crime drama
The Waltons – 1972–1981, CBS, drama
Six Seasons (1971/72)
Columbo – 1971–1977, NBC, crime drama
Emergency! – January 1972–1977, NBC, drama
McMillan – 1971–1977, NBC, crime drama
NBC Mystery Movie – 1971–1977, NBC
Sanford & Son – January 1972–1977, NBC, comedy
Seven Seasons (1970/71)
All In The Family – January 1971–1979, CBS, comedy
The Mary Tyler Moore Show – 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
Nine Seasons (1968/69)
Hawaii Five-O – 1968–1980, CBS, crime drama
Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety
60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine
Ten Seasons (1967/68)
The Carol Burnett Show – 1967–1978, CBS, variety
Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife
Sixteen Seasons (1961/62)
The David Susskind Show – 1961–1987, syndication, talk
Twenty three 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