TV Shows – 1970s

Alice

1 9 7 6 – 1 9 8 5 (USA) 209 x 30 minute episodes Mel’s Diner – a greasy-spoon truck-stop in Phoenix, Arizona – was the setting for this US comedy series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, was an aspiring singer who arrived in Phoenix with her teenage son, Tommy, after the death of her(…)

Alistair Cooke’s America

1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 3 (UK) 13 x episodes British native, but long-term American resident Alistair Cooke hosted this long-running documentary on the development of the United States from before Columbus, through the colonial period, the revolutionary war and pioneer expansionist eras, into the global conflicts and economic domination of the twentieth(…)

All Creatures Great And Small

1 9 7 7 – 1 9 8 0 (UK) 1 9 8 8 – 1 9 9 0 (UK) 88 x 50 minute episodes 3 x 90 minute episodes James Herriot’s tales of his time as a country vet first appeared on screen in a 1974 movie starring Simon Ward, followed by a sequel, It Shouldn’t Happen(…)

All Gas And Gaiters

1 9 6 6 (UK) 1 9 6 7 – 1 9 7 1 (UK) 33 x 30 minute episodes 1 x short special Another intelligent sitcom from the BBC, All Gas And Gaiters starred Derek Nimmo as the bumbling, inept but well-meaning chaplain Mervyn Noote of St Oggs, a 13th Century cathedral. Reverend Noote never used one word(…)

All In The Family

1 9 7 1 – 1 9 9 1 (USA) 196 x 30 minute episodes 5 x 60 minute episodes 1 x 90 minute episode Though nearly cancelled after its first few months on air, All In The Family went on to become the number one show in the USA for five consecutive years. It was also perhaps(…)

All My Children

1 9 7 0 – 2 0 1 3 (USA) 3477 x 60 mibute episodes First airing on Monday 5 January 1970, this long-running ABC soap concerned itself with the lives of the Chandler family, the Tyler family and the Martin family. By the 1980s, the Martin family had become history (they were to reappear years(…)

All Our Saturdays

1 9 7 3 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Following the end of Queenie’s Castle Yorkshire TV came up with a new sitcom for Diana Dors, also not without easy laughs but equally lacking in subtlety. On All Our Saturdays she played the no-nonsense Di Dorkins – known as ”Big D” – who runs a large textile company, Garsley Garments,(…)

All Our Yesterdays

1 9 6 0 – 1 9 7 3 (UK) 1 9 8 7 – 1 9 8 9 (UK) A half-hour nostalgia documentary programme from Granada which screened old newsreel footage from that week but 25 years ago. The shows comprised footage from the old twice-weekly Pathé cinema newsreels which were shown in the 1930s and(…)

All-New Super Friends Hour, The

1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 8 (USA) Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman returned to save our imperilled world, aided by the Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna and their mischievous blue space monkey, Gleek. Using their combined powers, cunning and wit, the DC super heroes saved the day again and again with the reminder(…)

All’s Fair

1 9 7 6 – 1 9 7 7 (USA) 23 x 30 minute episodes This CBS sitcom starred Richard Crenna as Richard Barrington III and Bernadette Peters as Charley Drake. Problems were frequent for couple Richard and Charlotte – the main one being that Richard was 49 and Charley was less than half his age(…)

Almost Anything Goes (Australia)

1 9 7 6 – 1 9 7 8 (Australia) Based on the British show It’s a Knockout, Almost Anything Goes featured teams competing against each other in various challenges. Example challenges included; ‘Hilltop Quoits’ where contestants had to run up a hill greased with detergent and hang a quoit over a pole at the top ‘Hanging(…)

Almost Anything Goes (USA)

1 9 7 5 – 1 9 7 6 (USA) Based on the successful UK series It’s A Knockout, this short-lived show featured three teams each week (each representing a particular town) competing for money and prizes in bizarre obstacle courses, pie throwing contests, swing relays, and other such wacky contests. Regis Philbin and Sam Riddle hosted, with(…)

Alright Now

1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 0 (UK) Running for two seasons between 1979 and 1980, Alright Now was an ITV music series featuring the very latest top rock, pop and punk bands performing live in the Tyne Tees television studios in Newcastle, intercut with interviews, music-related location reports and archive film clips. The show was(…)

Alternative Three

1 9 7 7 (UK) On 20 June 1977, Anglia TV in England caused a nationwide stir when it aired a ‘documentary’ called Alternative Three as part of the station’s Science Report programme. By linking facts with half-truths, and by staging interviews with so-called “astronomers” and “astronauts,” the makers suggested that both NASA’s space programme and the Cold(…)

Alvin Purple

1 9 7 6 (Australia) 13 x 30 minute episodes Alvin Purple was a spin-off from the Australian film of the same name which had been an immense box office hit in 1973. Unfortunately, part of the film’s popular success was its vulgarity and bawdiness and although television had loosened up somewhat since the advent of Number 96, the ABC(…)

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