TV Shows – 1970s

A Question Of Sport

1 9 7 0 - Current (UK) Fresh from the studio soccer game Quiz Ball, David Vine first introduced A Question Of Sport at 6:20 pm on Monday 5 January 1970 with captains Henry Cooper (the boxer) and Cliff Morgan (from the world of Rugby Union). David Coleman later took over the host's chair, and subsequent captains have included Welsh(...)

A Sharp Intake Of Breath

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 8 1 (UK) 22 x 30 minute episodes Following his success as support to Ronnie Barker in the BBC's Open All Hours, and just before taking off as Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses, David Jason starred in this ITV sitcom as Peter Barnes, a hapless Mr Average character, forever trying to(...)

A Touch of Grace

1 9 7 3 (USA) 22 x 30 minute episodes This remake of the British sitcom For the Love of Ada starred Shirley Booth (of Hazel fame) as Grace Simpson and ran for 22 episodes on ABC from January to June 1973. J Patrick O'Malley co-starred as grave-digger Herbert Morrison, with Marian Mercer and Warren Berlinger as Myra and Walter(...)

A Year At The Top

1 9 7 7 (USA) 5 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived series aired for only five episodes on CBS between 5 August 1977 and 2 September 1977. Paul Shaffer (who would later gain fame working on The David Letterman Show) co-starred with Greg Evigan (BJ and the Bear) as two struggling singer/musicians who leave their home(...)

A.E.S. Hudson Street

1 9 7 8 (USA) 5 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived ABC tryout series centred around Dr Antonio ''Tony'' Menzies (Gregory Sierra, who played Detective Chano Amenguale on Barney Miller), the busy chief resident of an overcrowded and poorly equipped inner city emergency ward ("A.E.S." stood for Adult Emergency Services). The location was Hudson Street, New(...)

ABC After School Specials

ABC After School Specials

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 9 5 (USA) Sixty minute specials, both dramatic and documentary, for young people, ABC After School Specials were broadcast on occasional weekday afternoons. After School Specials aired for more than 20 years providing a regular dose of drama to pre-teens and teens during the school year in the hours after school and(...)

ABC Afternoon Playbreak

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 5 (USA) Irregularly scheduled 90 minute drama specials for the afternoon viewing audience. Presentations included: The Things I Never Said with Diana Hyland and Joseph Campanella (31 Oct 1973),The Last Bride Of Salem with Bradford Dillman (who won an Emmy for his performance) and Lois Nettleton (8 May 1974), Heart In Hiding with(...)

ABC Comedy Hour, The

1 9 7 2 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes The ABC Comedy Hour screened between 12 January 1972 and 5 April 1972, and starred top impressionists of the day - Frank Gorshin, Rich Little, George Kirby, Joe Baker, Marilyn Michaels and Charlie Callas. Newcomer Fred Travalena replaced Charlie Callas in the company in mid-series. Collectively the(...)

ABC Monday Night Comedy Special, The

1 9 7 7 (USA) The ABC Monday Night Comedy Special (broadcast between May and September 1977) was an umbrella title covering an assortment of films for proposed series that did not make the schedule, and leftovers from shows that had been cancelled. Included was a John Byner sitcom, an unusual rock music show (30 minutes of(...)

ABC Movie of the Week, The

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 5 (USA)

ABC Saturday Superstar Movie

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 4 (USA) Comedy, adventure, and science fiction themed Saturday morning fare in the form of hour long animated movies, pilots and specials from various production companies. ABC Saturday Superstar Movie was the first anthology of original cartoons designed for network airing. SHOWS INCLUDED The Brady Kids on Mysterious(...)

Abigail’s Party (1977)

Abigail’s Party (1977)

The best British television comedy of 1977 was not exactly written. Abigail's Party was the BBC's first full-length play where much of the dialogue was improvised. The Mike Leigh production, screened as part of Play For Today, starred Leigh's then-wife Alison Steadman as Beverly, nouveau riche Queen Bee in a ghastly orange dress alternately stinging and sweetening her neighbours while(...)

Ace of Wands

Ace of Wands

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 2 (UK) 46 x 25 minute episodes Tarot was a young stage conjurer and escapologist, whose youthful appearance concealed a mysterious background and a resourceful mind. Billed as a "20th Century Robin Hood with a pinch of Merlin and a dash of Houdini", he was assisted in his(...)


1 9 6 8 - 1 9 7 5 (USA) 174 x 30 minute episodes Adam-12 was developed and produced by Jack Webb of Dragnet fame for NBC. It told the story of two uniformed LAPD officers roaming the city in their squad car. Officer Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) was a senior officer who, at the start of(...)

Adam’s Rib

1 9 7 3 (USA) 12 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 60 minute episode An attempt to generate a weekly sitcom based on the 1949 Oscar-nominated hit comedy movie of the same name, in which Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn played husband and wife attorneys Adam and Amanda Bonner, their opposite positions in a court(...)

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