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TV Seasons

1979

1979/80 – 60 Minutes was #1 on CBS Sunday.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1979 season; The Ropers was cancelled in the second season.

Anniversary:

Monday Night Football celebrated ten years on ABC.

That Good Ole Nashville Music celebrated ten years in syndication.

Biggest New Hit: That’s Incredible at #3 on ABC Monday. People do crazy stunts. Please don’t do this at home.

Daytime:

Alice was on CBS weekdays from June 1980–September 1982.

The Jeffersons was on CBS weekdays from February 1980–September 1981.

One Day At A Time was on CBS weekdays from September 1979–September 1982.

Movies 2 TV:

Beyond Westworld was based on the 1973 Yul Brynne movie, Westworld. Michael Cricton created the series; he was more famous for creating the mega hit drama, E/R, in 1994. Oh, yeah. don't forget Jurassic Park or T. rex will eat you alive.

From Here To Eternity was based on the 1953 Burt Lancaster movie. The movie won the Oscar for best picture in 1953. From Here to Eternity was the spin off from the popular NBC miniseries in February 1979. The series lasted for a few months in 1980.

House Calls was based on the 1978 Walter Matthau/Glenda Jackson movie.

Semi–Tough was based on the 1977 Burt Reynolds movie.

Name Change: All In The Family morphed into Archie Bunker’s Place. It was really a different show. Sadly, Edith “Dingbat” Bunker passed away from a stroke. Mike and Gloria left years earlier.

The Return: David Janssen hosted the brief revival of Biography.

Spin Offs:

The Facts Of Live from Diff’rent Strokes – Mrs. Garrett went from being the Drummonds’ housekeeper to the housemother of an Eastland School.

Knots Landing from Dallas – it featured the black sheep of The Ewing Family, Gary Ewing and his wife, Val. Their daughter, Lucy, stayed behind in Dallas.

Benson from Soap – the wonderful butler went to work for Jessica Tate’s cousin. Benson came a long way from Soap!

The Misadventures Of Sheriff Lobo from B.J. And The Bear

TV History: Steve, Danno, Kino, and others turned in their Hawaii Five-O badges and sailed into the record books as the longest running police drama, twelve years. Hawaii was so beautiful that CBS returned to the beach with Magnum P.I. next season.

Tidbits:

60 Minutes is the first ever newsmagazine to be #1 for the season.

Felice Schachter (Nancy) was the first girl to be cast on The Facts Of Life, but soon dropped after the first season. Kim Fields (Tootie) was too short; the producers gave her skates. Kim, age 9, played a twelve-year-old Tootie. Julie Anne Haddock (Cindy) haven’t act since The Facts Of Life; she lives in California, sings for her church and gives her time to fundraising.

California Fever was Lorenzo Lamas’ first series; Falcon Crest brought him fame and fortune two years later.

Robby Weaver starred with his father, Dennis Weaver, in Stone. Hey, that reminds me of something! Let's get stone! I mean now. Right now! I mean at this moment in time...like now!

The sixth season of The Rockford Files was cut short; it was taking too much of a physical toll on James Garner. For the better of his health, James pulled the plug on The Rockford Files.

The Misadventures Of Sheriff Lobo premiered on NBC Tuesday at 8 PM in September 1979. The Big Show replaced Lobo in March 1980 and failed badly against ABC's lineup. Out of the two, Lobo only returned next season in the former time slot, followed by the parent show, B.J. And the Bear.

Charles Frank and Susan Blanchard, real married couple, starred on Young Maverick. They also played husband and wife on ABC's All My Children in the early 1970's.

 

1979/80 Fall Season

One Season (1979/80)

Archie Bunker’s Place – 1979–1983, CBS, comedy, Carroll O'Connor

Benson – 1979–1986, ABC, comedy, Robert Guillaume, James Noble

Buck Rogers In 25th Century – 1979–1981, NBC, sci-fi, Gil Gerard, Erin Gray

Hart To Hart – 1979–1984, ABC, adventure, Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers

The Misadventures Of Sheriff Lobo – 1979–1981, NBC, comedy, Claude Akins

240-Robert – 1979–1981, ABC, adventure, Mark Harmon

 

Cancelled TV Shows

The Associates – ABC, comedy, Martin Short, Joe Regalbuto

Best Of Saturday Night Live – NBC, variety

Big Shamus, Little Shamus – CBS, detective drama, 2 episodes, Brian Dennehy

California Fever – CBS, adventure, Jimmy McNichol, Lorenzo Lamas

Eischied – NBC, crime drama, Alan Oppenheimer

Last Resort – CBS, comedy, Larry Breeding

The Lazarus Syndrome – ABC, drama, Louis Gossett, Jr., Peggy McKay

A Man Called Sloane – NBC, international intrigue, Robert Conrad

A New Kind Of Family – ABC, comedy, Eileen Brennan, Rob Lowe

Out Of The Blue – ABC, comedy, Dixie Carter

Paris – CBS, crime drama, James Earl Jones

Shirley – NBC, comedy/drama, Shirley Jones, Peter Barton

Struck By Lightning – CBS comedy, 3 episodes, Jeffrey Kramer

Working Stiffs – CBS, comedy, 4 episodes, Jim Belushi, Michael Keaton

 

6 out of 20 new series SURVIVED for 1980/81

ABC – 3/7, Benson, Hart To Hart & 240-Robert

CBS – 1/7, Archie Bunker’s Place

NBC – 2/6, Buck Rogers In 25th Century, & Misadventures Of Sheriff Lobo

 

Mid season shows

The Facts Of Life – August 1979–1988, NBC, comedy, Charlotte Rae, Lisa Welchel

Flo – March 1980–1981, CBS, comedy, Polly Holliday

Here’s Boomer – MarchAugust 1980, 1981/82, NBC, adventure

House Calls – December 1979–1982, CBS, comedy, Wayne Rogers, Lynn Redgrave

Knots Landing – December 1979–1993, CBS, soap, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

Palmerston, U.S.A – March 1980–1981, drama, Michael J. Fox

That’s Incredible – March 1980–1984, ABC, documentary, John Davidson, Cathy Lee Crosby

That’s My Line – summer of 1980, Feb–April 1981, CBS, comedy/variety, Bob Barker

The Tim Conway Show – March 1980–1981, CBS, variety, Tim Conway

Universe – July 1980–1982, CBS, science magazine, Walter Cronkite.

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

B.A.D. Cats – ABC, police drama, 6 episodes, Michelle Pfeiffer

Beyond Westworld – CBS, sci fi, 3 episodes, Connie Sellecca

The Big Show – NBC, variety, Edie McClurg

The Contender – CBS, drama, 5 episodes, Marc Singer

From Here To Eternity – NBC, war drama, Kim Basinger, William Devane

Good Time Harry – NBC, comedy, Eugene Roche

Goodtime Girls – ABC, comedy, Annie Potts

Hagen – CBS, detective drama, Chad Everett

Joe's World – NBC, comedy, Ramon Bieri

Me And Maxx – NBC, comedy, Joe Santos

Nobody's Perfect – ABC, comedy, 8 episodes, Ron Moody

One In A Million – ABC, comedy, Shirley Hemphill

Phyl & Mikhy – CBS, comedy, 6 episodes, Murphy Cross

Pink Lady – NBC, comedy/variety, 5 episodes, Mie Nemoto, Jim Varney

Semi–Tough – ABC, comedy, 4 episodes, Markie Post, David Hasselhoff

Skag – NBC, drama, 7 episodes, Piper Laurie, Peter Gallagher

The Stockard Channing Show – CBS, comedy, Stockard Channing

Stone – ABC, crime drama, 7 episodes, Dennis Weaver, Nancy McKeon

Tenspeed & Brown Shoe – ABC, detective drama, Ben Vereen

United States – NBC, comedy, 8 episodes, Beau Bridges

When The Whistle Blows – ABC, comedy, 10 episodes, Dolph Sweet

Young Maverick – CBS, western, 7 episodes, Charles Frank

 

Syndication

The Baxters – 1979–1981, syndication, comedy, Larry Keith

Biography – syndication, documentary, David Janseen

The Guinness Game – syndication, quiz, Don Galloway

 

Late Night

Fridays – April 1980–1982, ABC, comedy/variety, Larry David, Michael Richards

 

Two Season (1978/79)

Angie – February 1979–1980, ABC, comedy

B.J. & The Bear – February 1979–1981, NBC, adventure

Bad News Bears – March 1979–1980, CBS, comedy

The Chisholms – March 1979–1980, western

Dance Fever – January 1979–1987, syndication, dance

Detective School – July 1979–1980, ABC, comedy

Diff’rent Stokes – November 1978–1985, NBC; 1985/86, ABC, comedy

The $1.98 Beauty Show – 1978–1980, syndication, comedy

The Dukes Of Hazzard – January 1979–1985, CBS comedy/adventure

Hello Larry – January 1979–1980, NBC, comedy

Kate Loves A Mystery – February 1979–1980, NBC, detective drama

Mork & Mindy –1978–1982, ABC, comedy

PM Magazine – 1978–1990, syndication, magazine

Prime Time Sunday – June 1979–1980, NBC, newsmagazine

Real People – April 1979–1984, NBC, human interest

The Ropers – March 1979–1980, ABC, comedy

Salvage 1 – January–November 1979, ABC, adventure

Taxi – 1978–1982, ABC; 1982/83, NBC, comedy

WKRP In Cincinnati – 1978–1982, CBS, comedy

The White Shadow – November 1978–1981, CBS, drama

Vega$ – 1978–1981, ABC, detective

 

Three Seasons (1977/78)

Chips – 1977–1983, NBC, crime drama

Dallas – April 1978–1991, CBS, soap

Family Feud – 1977–1985, syndication, quiz

Fantasy Island – January 1978–1984, ABC, romantic drama

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

Lou Grant – 1977–1982, CBS, drama

The Love Boat – 1977–1986, ABC, comedy

Second City TV – 1977–1981, syndication, comedy

Sha Na Na – 1977–1981, syndication, musical variety

Soap – 1977–1982, ABC, comedy

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

20/20 – June 1978–present, ABC, newsmagazine

 

Four Seasons (1976/77)

Alice – 1976–1985, CBS, comedy

The Big Event – 1976–1981, NBC, various

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

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

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

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

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

The Muppet Show – 1976–1981, syndication, variety

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

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

 

Five Seasons (1975/76)

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

Family – March 1976–1980, ABC, drama

Laverne & Shirley – January 1976–1983, ABC comedy

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

 

Six Seasons (1974/75)

Barney Miller – January 1975–1982, ABC, comedy

The Jeffersons – January 1975–1985, CBS, comedy

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

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

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

 

Seven Seasons (1973/74)

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

Happy Days – January 1974–1984, ABC, comedy

The Tomorrow Show – 1973–1982, NBC, talk

 

Eight Seasons (1972/73)

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

M*A*S*H – 1972–1983,CBS, comedy

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

The Waltons – 1972–1981, CBS, drama

 

Ten Seasons (1970/71)

Monday Night Football – 1970–2006, ABC, sports

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

 

Twelve Seasons (1968/69)

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

Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Thirteen Seasons (1967/68)

Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife

 

Nineteen Seasons (1961/62)

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

 

Twenty six Seasons (1954/55)

Disney’s Wonderful World – 1954–1983, anthology

The Lawrence Welk Show – 1971–1982, syndication, music

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – 1962–1992, NBC, talk/variety

 

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