TV Shows – 1970s

Amazing Chan & the Chan Clan, The

1 9 7 2 (USA) This family of super sleuths comprised Chinese detective Charlie Chan, his 10 children and their family dog, Chu Chu. The children always try to help their dad to bring in the bad guy, but in the meantime, get caught up in many adventures as they travel around the world. The voice(…)

Amazing Spider-Man , The

1 9 7 8 – 1 9 7 9 (USA) 2 x 90 minute episodes 11 x 60 minute episodes This drama series about the famous web-slinger first aired on 5 April 1978 and starred Nicholas Hammond as Peter Parker/Spidey. Photographer Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and develops super powers. He whips up a(…)

Amazing World Of Kreskin, The

1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 5 (Canada) 90 x 30 minute episodes This syndicated magic variety show screened from 1971 to 1975 (and was known in 1975 as The New Kreskin Show). The prestidigitator Kreskin (born George Joseph Kresge) performed mind-boggling feats of magic and mind reading, introduced by Bill Luxton. Kreskin specialized in(…)

American Bandstand

1 9 5 2 – 1 9 8 9 (USA) American Bandstand became a powerful symbol of American teenage culture with its nearly four-decade look at the ever-changing tastes of the country’s youth. Featuring guest artists who lip-synced to their latest tunes, and a teenage audience whose members danced for the cameras, the show launched a conga(…)

American Girls, The

1 9 7 8 (USA) 11 x 60 minute episodes They could type, but that skill appeared to be secondary. “They” were The American Girls, two curvy lasses who made up the research team for a television news magazine show called The American Report. CBS billed it as an adventure series and provided dilemma after dilemma for(…)

Amy Prentiss

1 9 7 4 – 1 9 7 5 (USA) 3 x 120 minute episodes This crime drama screened as part of extremely popular NBC Mystery Movie series on Sunday nights. The pilot had been an episode of Ironside. It starred Jessica Walter as the widowed 30-something Amy Prentiss who suddenly finds herself promoted to Chief of Detectives with(…)

An American Family

1 9 7 3 (USA) 12 x 60 minute episodes Craig Gilbert’s PBS documentary about the Loud family (yes, “Loud” was their surname) of Santa Barbara, California, anticipated MTV‘s Real World – and an onslaught of ‘reality” TV – by a good twenty years. Bill Loud was the president of American Western Foundries, seemingly happily married to wife Pat,(…)

An Apple A Day

1 9 7 1 (UK) 1 x 50 minute episode An interesting one-off with a heavyweight comedy cast. Dudley Moore played Dr Clive Elwood, whose overwhelming desire to show his patients care and attention is liable to be misunderstood. Peter Cook played Elwood’s father who, when he discovers his son’s plans, sets out to destroy them.(…)

An Englishman’s Castle

  1 9 7 8 (UK) 3 x 50 minute episodes The story in this BBC drama is set in an alternate 1970’s Britain where Germany won WWII and England has been occupied ever since. Peter Ingram (Kenneth More) is a writer on a popular long-running soap opera (also titled An Englishman’s Castle) which is set in London during the Blitz and lives(…)

And Mother Makes Five

1 9 7 4 – 1 9 7 6 (UK) 26 x 25 minute episodes This charming sequel to And Mother Makes Three saw scatter-brained widow Sally Harrison re-marry. Her new husband was widower and antiquarian bookseller David Redway, who also had a child of his own, Jane. The domestic scope of this new series was much the(…)

And Mother Makes Three

1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 3 (UK) 26 x 30 minute episodes 1 x Christmas special An ITV version of the comedy premise that scored award-winning success in the BBC sitcom Not In Front Of The Children with the much underrated actress Wendy Craig starring again as a somewhat scatter-brained, harassed mother in a series(…)

Andros Targets, The

1 9 7 7 (USA) 13 x 60 minute episodes James Sutorius was Mike Andros, an investigative news reporter for the New York Forum who focused much of his attention on seeking to expose corruption in the big city which had been hushed up by the powers that be. He was helped in his fight against(…)

Andy Pandy

1 9 5 0 – 1 9 5 7 (UK) 26 x black & white episodes 1 9 7 0 (UK) 13 x colour episodes Although Andy Pandy was actually produced in the late fifties, it was repeated often up to 1980 as the mainstay of the Watch With Mother series. Initially it was shown in the afternoon between 3:45pm and(…)

Andy Williams Show, The

1 9 5 8 (USA) 1 9 5 9 (USA) 1 9 6 2 – 1 9 6 7 (USA) 1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 1 (USA) The first Andy Williams Show aired on ABC as a summer replacement in 1958. He then moved to CBS before, in 1962, settling with NBC – where he would stay until(…)


1 9 7 5 – 1 9 8 3 (UK) 97 x 30 minute episodes 58 x 50 minute episodes Angels was the BBC’s twice-weekly story of six student nurses at (the fictitious) St Angela’s Hospital, Battersea – and later, the brand new Heath Green Hospital in Birmingham. St James’ Hospital in Balham (demolished in 1992) was used(…)

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