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TV Seasons

1977

1977/78 – Laverne & Shirley was #1 on ABC Tuesday.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1977 season; Maude was cancelled in the sixth season.

Alternate Series: The Hardy Boys Mysteries and The Nancy Drew Mysteries were on ABC Sunday at 7 PM.

Anniversary:

Hawaii Five-O celebrated ten years on CBS.

Hee Haw celebrated ten years on TV.

60 Minutes kept on ticking for ten years on CBS.

Biggest New Hit: How The West Was Won was #11 on ABC Sunday. It was a popular miniseries with James Arness of Gunsmoke fame. It also starred Bruce Boxleitner, later of Scarecrow And Mrs. King

Contract Dispute: Gretchen Corbett left The Rockford Files after a contract dispute. She appeared in The Rockford Files movies in the 1990's as the same character.

Movies 2 TV:

How The West Was won was based on the 1962 all star movie.

Logan's Run was based on the 1976 Michael York movie.

Name Change:

Fernwood 2–Night to America 2–Night.

James At 15 to James At 16 on February 9, 1978.

Wonder Woman to The New Adventures Of Wonder Woman.

The Richard Pryor Show – some stars got their start on this variety show.

Sandra Bernhard was one of top-notch bisexual comedians. Her fame increased on Roseanne; she played Nancy Bartlett, an lesbian.

Marsha Warfield joined Night Court in 1986. She replaced Florence Halop, who replaced Selma Diamond, as the bailiff. Both Selma and Florence died from lung cancer in real life. Marsha joined Empty Nest in 1993 for the last two seasons.

John Witherspoon finally found TV success in 1995; he was the hugely funny father, John "Pops" Williams, on WB's The Wayans Bros. It's a eighteen year gap between the two series.

The one and only, Robin Williams, had more success than any of them. He was funny enough to get a spin off from one appearance on Happy Days. We all know how that turned out. From there, he conquered the movies and won a best supporting Oscar for Good Will Hunting, the 1997 Matt Damon/Ben Affleck written/starred movie. He was on Laugh In in 1977; Richard Pryor was still his first series - Laugh In was specials on NBC.

Paul Moody was the head writer for The Richard Pryor Show and the first season of In Living Colour, created Homey The Clown, played by Damon Wayans. He wrote stand up material for Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx. His greatest fame was Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central till Dave Cappelle, the creator, abruptly quit the show after two seasons. It's a twenty-six year gap between Richard Pryor and Chappelle's Show.

The Return: Baby, I'm Back! Well, not so fast, Demond Wilson! You wished you were declared legally dead. For a top dog like you, you deserved something better. The New Odd Couple wasn't it either! It was such a shame that the producers didn't meet you halfway. Could the son go on without his dad? We will never know the answer to that question. They didn't give you a chance. Oh well. Life goes on. Then again, we ALREADY know the answer. Sanford wasn't the same without you in 1980. It just proved that Sanford & Son need each other. Without one another, there was no point of going alone.

Simultaneous:

Patrick Duffy was The Man From Atlantic, but he made a much bigger splash on Dallas.

Robert Urich was on Soap and Tabitha.

Spin Off:

Richie Brockelman, Private Eye from The Rockford Files.

The Sanford Arms from Sanford & Son. Well, what can I say? It was a complete disaster all around. NBC shouldn't do the spin off in the first place. Sanford & Son was good enough for the audience. What's a spin off without one of the main stars? Demond Wilson was very interest of going on without Redd Foxx; the producers didn't want to meet his salary demands. Redd Foxx jumped ship to host a variety show on ABC.

Switch Networks:

The Bionic Woman went from ABC to NBC.

Wonder Woman went from ABC to CBS.

Tidbits:

Dallas made the return of the prime time soap since Peyton Place. Dallas wasn’t successful at first, but Who Shot JR storyline put Dallas on the map in 1979.

Walt Disney tied with Ed Sullivan with most TV seasons – twenty-four each.

20/20, the second longest running newsmagazine, premiered on ABC.

Rosetti & Ryan was Jane Elliot's first series. She joined the popular ABC daytime soap, General Hospital, in 1978, then she appeared on Knots Landing in 1980 for a year. She returned to her greatest role ever, Tracy Quartermaine, in 1989. She played the role on and off since then.

Bea Arthur left Maude and the series was cancelled, just like The Golden Girls in 1992.

Rob Reiner was co–writer and co–producer of Free Country. His famous father is Carl Reiner.

The Amazing Spiderman was a limited series. The following season, it aired as specials. Spiderman creator, Stan Lee, hated the series, deeming it "too juvenile."

Joan Rivers created Husbands, Wives & Lovers. It lasted for a few months on CBS.

On Our Own was the only series to be produce in New York of this season.

 

1977/78 Fall Season

One Season (1977/78)

Carter Country – 1977–1979, ABC, comedy, Victor French, Kene Holliday

Chips – 1977–1983, NBC, crime drama, Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox

Lou Grant – 1977–1982, CBS, drama, Edward Asner

The Love Boat – 1977–1986, ABC, comedy, Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell

Operation Petticoat – 1977–1979, ABC, comedy, John Astin, Jamie Lee Curtis

Soap – 1977–1982, ABC, comedy, Robert Mandan, Katherine Helmond

 

Cancelled TV Shows

The Betty White Show – CBS, comedy, Betty White

Big Hawaii – NBC, adventure, Cliff Potts

The Fitzpatricks – CBS, drama, Bert Kramer

Logan’s Run – CBS, sci-fi, Gregory Harrison

The Man From Atlantis – NBC, adventure, Patrick Duffy, Belinda Montgomery

Mulligan’s Stew – NBC, comedy/drama, 6 episodes, Elinor Donahue

On Our Own – CBS, comedy, Dixie Carter, Bess Armstrong

The Oregon Trail – NBC, western, 6 episodes, Darleen Carr, Andrew Stevens

Rafferty – CBS, drama, Patrick McGoohan

The Redd Foxx Show – ABC, variety, Redd Foxx

The Richard Pryor Show – NBC, variety, 4 episodes, Richard Pryor

Rosetti & Ryan – NBC, law drama, Tony Roberts, Squite Fridell

San Pedro Beach Bums – ABC, comedy, Christopher Murney

The Sanford Arms – NBC, comedy, 5 episodes, Theodore Wilson, LaWanda Page

We’ve Got Each Other – CBS, comedy, Tom Poston, Joan Van Ark

Young Dan’l Boone – CBS, adventure, 4 episodes, Rick Moses

 

6 out of 22 new series SURVIVED for 1978/79

ABC – 5/7, Carter Country, Love Boat, Operation Petticoat, Soap & What’s Happening!!

CBS – 2/9, Lou Grant & New Adventures Of Wonder Woman

NBC – 1/9, Chips

 

Mid season shows

Dallas – April 1978–1991, CBS, soap, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy

Fantasy Island – January 1978–1984, ABC, romantic drama, Richardo Montalban, Herve Villechaize

How The West Was Won – February 1978–1979, ABC, western, James Arness, Bruce Boxleitner

The Incredible Hulk – March 1978–1982, CBS, adventure, Bill Bixby

Joe & Valerie – April 1978–1979, NBC, comedy, Paul Regina

Lucan – December 1977–1978, ABC, adventure, Kevin Brophy

Operation: Runaway – April 1978–1979, NBC, drama, Robert Reed

Project U.F.O. – February 1978–1979, NBC, drama, William Jordan

Szysznyk – August 1977–1978, CBS, comedy, Ned Beatty

20/20 – June 1978–present, ABC, newsmagazine, Hugh Downs, Geraldo Rivera

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

ABC Saturday Comedy Special – ABC, comedy anthology

A.E.S Hudson Street – ABC, comedy, Gregory Sierra

The Amazing Spiderman – CBS, adventure, Nicholas Hammond

Another Day – CBS, comedy, 4 episodes, David Groh

Baby, I'm Back – CBS, comedy, Demond Wilson, Kim Fields

Celebrity Challenge Of The Sexes – CBS, sports, Tom Brookshier

The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show – NBC, comedy variety, Chuck Barris

Free Country – ABC, comedy, 5 episodes, Rob Reiner

The Hanna–Barbera Happy Hour – NBC, comedy/variety, 4 episodes

Having Babies – ABC, comedy, Susan Sullivan

Headliners With David Frost – NBC, talk/interview, David Frost

Husbands, Wives & Lovers – CBS, comedy, Jesse Welles

James At 15 – NBC, drama, Lance Kerwin

Quark – NBC, comedy, 7 episodes, Conrad Janis

Richie Brockelman, Private Eye – NBC, detective drama, 5 episodes, Dennis Dugan

The Roller Girls – NBC, comedy, 4 episodes, Joanna Cassidy

Sam – CBS, crime drama, Mark Harmon

Tabitha – Nov 1977–August 1978, ABC, comedy, Lisa Hartman, Robert Urich

The Ted Knight Show – CBS, comedy, 6 episodes, Ted Knight

What Really Happened To The Class Of '65? – NBC, dramatic anthology, Tony Bill

 

Syndication

Family Feud – 1977–1985, syndication, quiz, Richard Dawson

Sha Na Na – 1977–1981, syndication, musical variety, Jon Bauman, Lennie Baker

Second City TV – 1977–1981, syndication, comedy, John Candy

That's Hollywood – 1977–1982, syndication, documentary, Tom Bosley

 

Two Seasons (1976/77)

Alice – 1976–1985, CBS, comedy

America 2–Night – July 1977–1978, satire

Baa Baa Black Sheep – 1976–1978, NBC, drama

The Big Event – 1976–1981, NBC, various

Busting Loose – January 1977–1978, CBS, comedy

Charlie’s Angels – 1976–1981, ABC, crime drama

Eight Is Enough – March 1977–1981, ABC, drama

Fish – February 1977–1978, ABC, comedy

The Gong Show – 1976–1980, syndication, comedy/audience participation

The Hardy Boys Mysteries – January 1977–1979, ABC, adventure

In Search Of... – 1976–1982, syndication, documentary

The Joker's Wild – 1976–1986, syndication, quiz

The Life & Time Of Grizzly Adams – February 1977–1978, NBC, adventure

Liar's Club – 1976–1978, syndication, quiz

The Muppet Show – 1976–1981, syndication, variety

The Nancy Drew Mysteries – February 1977–1978, ABC, adventure

The New Adventures Of Wonder Woman – December 1976–1979, CBS, adventure

The $128,000 Question – 1976–1978, syndication, quiz

Quincy, M.E. – 1976–1983, NBC, crime drama

Shields And Yarnell – June 1977–1978, CBS, variety

Sugar Time! – August 1977–1978, ABC, comedy

Tony Randall – 1976–1978, ABC, comedy

Three’s Company – March 1977–1984, ABC, comedy

What’s Happening!! – 1976–1979, ABC, comedy

 

Three Seasons (1975/76)

Bionic Woman – January 1976–1978, ABC, adventure

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

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

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

Family – March 1976–1980, ABC, drama

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

Saturday Night Live – 1975–present, NBC, variety

Starsky & Hutch – 1975–1979, ABC, crime drama

Switch – 1975–1978, CBS, crime drama

Welcome Back, Kotter – 1975–1979, ABC, comedy

 

Four 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

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

Weekend – 1974–1979, NBC, newsmagazine

 

Five 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 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

 

Six Seasons (1972/73)

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

Bob Newhart – 1973–1978, CBS, comedy

M*A*S*H – 1973–1983,CBS, comedy

Maude – 1973–1978, CBS, comedy

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

The Waltons – 1972–1981, CBS, drama

 

Eight Seasons (1970/71)

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

Monday Night Football – 1970–2006, ABC, sports

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

 

Ten Seasons (1968/69)

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

Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Eleven Seasons (1967/68)

The Carol Burnett Show – 1967–1978, CBS, variety

Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife

 

Seventeen Seasons (1961/62)

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

 

Twenty four 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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