1982/83 – 60 Minutes was #1 on CBS Sunday.
Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1982 season; Little House: A New Beginning
was cancelled in the ninth season.
Happy Days celebrated ten years on ABC.
Hee Haw celebrated fifteen years on TV.
60 Minutes celebrated fifteen years on CBS.
Biggest New Hit: The A-Team was #10 on NBC Tuesday. The men and the kids love this action packed show. Mr. T became
a huge star from this show. “You better watch out, sucker!”
Foot In The Door was based on Tom, Dick & Harriet.
Reggie was based on the BBC series, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.
Daytime: The Facts Of Life was on NBC weekdays from December 1982–June 1985.
Death: Hill Street Blues’ third season, Michael Conrad died on November 22, my brother’s birthday, from
urethral cancer. The fans sorely missed him. He was best known for his weekly line, "Hey, let's be careful out there". Sgt.
Philip Freemason (Phil) Esterhaus really cares for the well being of his officers.
Movies to TV:
Gun Shy was based on the 1975 Walt Disney movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang, starring Bill Bixby, Don Knotts and Tim Conway.
Richard Dean Anderson & Drake Hogestyn starred in their first prime time series, the updated failed version of Seven
Brides for Seven Brothers, the 1954 movie. Richard found success in two longest running series, MacGyver and Stargate SG-1.
His co star, Drake starred on Days Of Our Lives over twenty years, there’s no wonder – his character is married
to the popular doctor, Marlena Evans, the former serial killer.
Remake: The Odd Couple was back with a new name, The New Odd Couple, and a new cast. Besides the name, the only difference
between the two shows that The New Odd Couple cast is all black. It wasn’t the same without the original Odd Couple.
The remake lasted a season.
Sonny Shroyer returned to The Dukes Of Hazzard as Deputy Enos Strate. It was so great to have him back! Enos was one of
my favorites. I always like him with Daisy Duke! He was still the sweet loving Enos we all know.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not returned after a thirty-two absence with a new host, Jack Palance. The next season, his
real life daughter, Holly Palance, became his new co host.
Reruns: NBC aired repeats of the failed series, Eischied, during the summer of 1983.
Spin Off: Gloria from All In The Family – Mike & Gloria Stivic’s marriage was kaput, she moved back
to NY with her son to be closer to her dad, Archie, who never ever appear in the spin off. Then again, Archie was in the original
Gloria pilot, which CBS rejected. It ranked #18 for the season, but CBS ended the series for once and for all.
Switch Networks: Taxi went from ABC to NBC.
Walt Disney ended a successful twenty-nine years run. It was the longest running show.
Little House tied with The Waltons as the longest running family drama.
Cheers premiered on NBC. It was DEAD last in the ratings. Brandon Tartikoff had strong faith in Cheers and stuck with it.
Brandon sure knows his TV!
Mama’s Family was based on The Family skit on The Carol Burnett Show. Vicki Lawrence was brilliant as Mama.
Betty White and Rue McClanahan co-starred on Mama’s Family; they went on greater fame playing two of The Golden Girls
in the 1980’s.
David Hasselhoff was a popular soap star on The Young & The Restless for six years, playing Dr. Snapper Foster. He
made a successful leap to prime time in Knight Rider, his first major role, in 1982.
Something funny – David Hasselhoff’s ex wife, Catherine Hickland, appeared on Knight Rider three times. David’s
character’s name is Michael Knight. Get this: Catherine was married to Michael E Knight, another famous soap star from
All My Children. How weird is that?
Silver Spoons was Ricky Schroder’s first TV show. Jason Bateman was previously on The Little House On The Prairie,
his first show. Both child actors went on successful Hollywood careers. Ricky joined the police force on NYPB Blue. Jason
was on an Emmy winning comedy, Arrested Development, for three years.
The Powers Of Matthew Star supposed to debut in the fall of 1981, but Peter Barton was badly burned during the shooting.
He spent some months in the hospital; the show resumed filming.
Stephen Collins and Catherine Hicks appeared on the same night with different failed series on different networks at different
times. Stephen was on ABC’s Tales Of The Gold Monkey; Catherine was on CBS’ Tucker’s Witch. Fourteen years
later, they both played husband and wife on WB’s 7th Heaven.
Meredith Baxter-Birney & David Birney, a real married couple, both started new shows at the same time. Meredith was
on Family Ties; David was on St. Elsewhere.
The New Odd Couple failed miserably against the new Dukes on CBS. Worst yet, the new Dukes failed miserable with the viewers.
No one took a liking to Coy and Vance. The Dukes Of Hazzard lost lots of viewers; it went from #6 to #29 this season. The
real Dukes came back the following February and the new Dukes was gone that fall. The Dukes Of Hazzard never recapture the
former glory; the damage already been done. To this day, the new Dukes weren’t popular. Only Daisy Duke was on the cover
of the fifth season DVD set. For sure, the sexy Daisy will help sell the DVD! The New Odd Couple didn't make it for a second
season. Hey, networks! Something new is always not better; sometimes, it made things much worse. Just stick with the original!
Genie Francis met her future husband, Jonathan Frakes, on the set of Bare Essence. Genie and Jonathan was the only actors
from the movie to be in the series. The TV movie was a big hit on CBS in October 1982. Bare Essence was in the makings of
a great soap. CBS didn't have room for another soap; they already had Dallas, Knots Landing and Falcon Crest. ABC had Dynasty.
NBC was very interest in the new soap; they didn't have a successful soap in prime time yet. It wasn't meant to be for NBC.
It lasted for three months. Better luck next time, NBC!
Hal Linden turned down the lead role on St. Elsewhere.
The Quest ended on my sister's birthday.
Jan Hooks and Victoria Jackson were regulars on The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour on ABC. The series lasted a month. They both later
joined Saturday Night Live the same year in 1986. They both had great success on SNL.
1982/83 Fall Season
One Season (1982/83)
Cheers – 1982–1993, NBC, comedy, Ted Danson, Shelley Long
Family Ties – 1982–1989, NBC, comedy, Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter-Birney, Michael Gross
Knight Rider – 1982–1986, NBC, adventure, David Hasselhoff
Matt Houston – 1982–1985, ABC, detective drama, Lee Horsley
Newhart – 1982–1990, CBS, comedy, Bob Newhart, Mary Frann
Remington Steele – 1982–1987, NBC, detective drama, Pierce Brosnan, Stephanie Zimbalist, Doris Roberts
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – 1982–1986, CBS, variety, Jack Palance
St. Elsewhere – 1982–1988, NBC, drama, William Daniels, Howie Mandel, David Birney
Silver Spoons – 1982–1986, NBC, comedy, Ricky Schroder, Joel Higgins, Erin Gray
Bring ‘Em Back Alive – CBS, adventure, Bruce Boxleitner
The Devlin Connection – NBC, detective drama, Rock Hudson, Jack Scalia
Gavilan – NBC, adventure, Robert Urich
Gloria – CBS, comedy, Sally Struthers
It Takes Two – ABC, comedy, Richard Crenna, Patty Duke Astin
The New Odd Couple – ABC, comedy, Ron Glass, Demond Wilson
The Powers Of Matthew Star – NBC, sci-fi, Peter Barton, Louis Gossett, Jr.
The Quest – ABC, adventure, 6 episodes, Perry King
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers – CBS, adventure, Richard Dean Anderson
Square Pegs – CBS, comedy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Linker
Star Of The Family – ABC, comedy, Brian Dennehy, Kathy Maisnik
Tales Of The Gold Monkey – ABC, adventure, Stephen Collins, Jeff MacKay
Tucker’s Witch – CBS, detective drama, Tim Matheson, Catherine Hicks
Voyagers – NBC, sci-fi, Jon-Erik Hexum; Meeno Peluce
9 out 0f 23 new series SURVIVED for 1983/84
ABC – 1/6, Matt Houston
CBS – 2/7, Newhart & Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
NBC – 6/10, Cheers, Family Ties, Knight Rider, Remington Steele,
St. Elsewhere & Silver Spoons
Mid Season Shows
The A Team – January 1983–1987, NBC, adventure, George Peppard, Mr. T
Buffalo Bill – May 1983–1984, NBC, comedy, Dabney Coleman, Geena Davis
Goodnight, Beantown – April 1983–1984, CBS, comedy, Bill Bixby, Mariette Hartley
Mama’s Family – January 1983–1984, NBC, comedy, Vicki Lawrence, Rue McClanahan
The Mississippi – March 1983–1984, CBS, drama, Ralph White
Monitor – March 1983–1984, NBC, newsmagazine, Steve Delaney
Two Marriages – August 1983–1984, ABC, drama, Kirk Cameron
Cancelled Mid Season Shows
Ace Crawford, Private Eye – CBS, comedy, Tim Conway, Joe Regalbuto
Amanda's – ABC, comedy, Bea Arthur
At Ease – ABC, comedy, Jimmie Walker
Baby Makes Five – ABC, comedy, Peter Scolari
Bare Essense – NBC, soap, Genie Francis, Jessica Walter
Condo – CBS, comedy, McLean Stevenson, Marc Price
Eye On Hollywood – ABC, magazine, Chuck Henry
The Family Tree – NBC, drama, Frank Converse
Foot In The Door – CBS, comedy, Harold Gould, Diana Canova
Gun Shy – CBS, comedy, 6 episodes, Barry Van Dyke, Adam Rich
The Hamptons – ABC, soap, Michael Goodwin, Bibi Besch
The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour – ABC, comedy/variety, Arsenio Hall
High Performance – ABC, adventure, 4 episodes, Lisa Hartman, Jack Scalia
The News Is The News – NBC, comedy/variety, 5 episodes, Michael Davis
On The Road With Charles Kuralt – CBS, magazine, Charles Kuralt
Our Times With Bill Moyers – CBS, documentary, Bill Moyers
Reggie – NBC, comedy, 6 episodes, Richard Mulligan
Renegades – ABC, crime drama, 6 episodes, Patrick Swayze, Kurtwood Smith
Ryan's Four – ABC, medical drama, 5 episodes, Tom Skerritt
Small & Frye – CBS, comedy, 6 episodes, Darren McGavin
Wizards And Warriors – CBS, adventure, 8 episodes, Jeff Conaway
Zorro And Son – CBS, comedy, Henry Darrow, Paul Regina
Fraggle Rock – January 1983–1987, HBO, puppets, Gerard Parkes
Nashville Now – March 1983–1993, TNN, talk/variety, LIVE, Ralph Emery
The Paper Chase – February 1983–1986, Showtime, drama, John Houseman
At The Movies – 1982–1990, syndication, commentary, Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel
The Glen Campbell Music Show – syndication, music, Glen Campbell
Lie Detector – syndication, discussion, F. Lee Bailey
Lorne Greene's New Wilderness – 1982–1986, syndication, wildlife/nature, Lorne Greene
Madam's Place – syndication, comedy, Wayland Flowers
The Last Word – ABC, news, LIVE, Greg Jackson, Phil Donahue
One On One – ABC, interview, Greg Jackson
Two Seasons (1981/82)
Cagney & Lacey – March 1982–1988, CBS, crime drama
Entertainment Tonight – 1981–present, syndication, news/gossip
Fall Guy – 1981–1986, ABC, adventure
Falcon Crest – 1981–1990, CBS, soap
Fame – January 1982–1983, NBC, drama
Father Murphy – 1981–1983, NBC, drama
Filthy Rich – August 1982–1983, CBS, comedy
Gimme A Break – 1981–1987, NBC, comedy
Joanie Loves Chachi – March 1982–1983, ABC, comedy
Late Night With David Letterman – February 1982–1993, NBC, talk
Love, Sidney – 1981–1983, NBC, comedy
9 To 5 – March 1982–1984, ABC, comedy
The People's Court – 1981–1993, syndication, courtroom
Simon & Simon – November 1981–1989, CBS, detective drama
TJ Hooker – March 1982–1987, ABC, crime drama
Teachers Only – April 1982–1983, NBC, comedy
Three Seasons (1980/81)
Dynasty – January 1981–1989, ABC, soap
The Greatest American Hero – March 1981–1983, ABC, adventure
Hill Street Blues – January 1981–1987, NBC, crime drama
Magnum P.I. – December 1980–1988, CBS, detective drama
Private Benjamin – April 1981–1983, CBS, comedy
Solid Gold – 1980–1988, syndication, music
Too Close For Comfort – 1980–1983, ABC, comedy
Four Seasons (1979/80)
Archie Bunker’s Place – 1979–1983, CBS, comedy
Benson – 1979–1986, ABC, comedy
The Facts Of Life – August 1979–1988, NBC, comedy
Knots Landing – December 1979–1993, CBS, soap
That’s Incredible – March 1980–1984, ABC, documentary
Trapper John MD – 1979–1986, CBS, drama
Five Seasons (1978/79)
Dance Fever – January 1979–1987, syndication, dance
Diff’rent Stokes – November 1978–1985, NBC; 1985/86, ABC, comedy
The Dukes Of Hazzard – January 1979–1985, CBS, comedy/adventure
PM Magazine – 1978–1990, syndication, magazine
Real People – April 1979–1984, NBC, human interest
Taxi – 1978–1982, ABC; 1982/83, NBC, comedy
Six 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 Love Boat – 1977–1986, ABC, comedy
SCTV Network – May 1981–1983, NBC, comedy
20/20 – June 1978–present, ABC; newsmagazine
Seven Seasons (1976/77)
Alice – 1976–1985, CBS, comedy
The Joker's Wild – 1976–1986, syndication, quiz
Quincy, M.E. – 1976–1983, NBC, crime drama
Three’s Company – March 1977–1984, ABC, comedy
Eighth Seasons (1975/76)
Laverne & Shirley – January 1976–1983, ABC, comedy
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
Nine Seasons (1974/75)
The Jeffersons – January 1975–1985, CBS, comedy
Little House: A New Beginning – 1974–1983, NBC, drama
Ten Years (1973/74)
Happy Days – January 1974–1984, ABC, comedy
Eleven Seasons (1972/73)
M*A*S*H – 1972–1983, CBS, comedy
Thirteen Seasons (1970/71)
Monday Night Football, 1970–2006, ABC, sports
That Good Ole Nashville Music – 1970–1985, syndication, music
Fifteen Seasons (1968/69)
Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety
60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine
Sixteen Seasons (1967/68)
Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife
Twenty two Seasons (1961/62)
The David Susskind Show – 1961–1987, syndication, talk
Twenty nine Seasons (1954/55)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – 1962–1992, NBC, talk/variety
Walt Disney – 1954–1983, anthology