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Top 30
TV Shows: 1977 - 78

1. Laverne & Shirley
2. Happy Days
3. Three's Company
4. Charlie's Angels
5. All In The Family
6. Little House on the Prairie
7. 60 Minutes
8. M*A*S*H
9. One Day At A Time
10. Alice
11. Soap
12. How The West Was Won
13. NBC Monday Night at the Movies
14. Eight Is Enough
15. Monday Night Football
16. Love Boat
17. Barney Miller
18. Sunday Night Movie (ABC)
19. Fantasy Island
20. Project UFO
21. Barnaby Jones
22. Monday Night Movie (ABC)
23. Carter Country
24. The Waltons
25. Hawaii Five-0
26. Harvey Korman Show
27. Big Event - Sunday
28. Family
29. Welcome Back, Kotter
30. Rhoda


BOTTOM 20 SHOWS:
110: Comedy Time
109: Mulligan's Stew
108: The Fitzpatricks
107: Sugar Time!
106: Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour
105: Another Day
104:Celebrity Challenge
103: Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show
102: Shields and Yarnell
101: Mel and Susan Together
100: Big Hawaii
99: Monday Night Baseball
98: Ted Knight Show
97: Man From Atlantis
96: Sanford Arms
95: Szysznyk
94: Rosetti and Ryan
93: James at 16
92: We've Got Each Other
91: Chico and the Man

 

Program Profile

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The Redd Foxx
Comedy Hour

Thursday nights at 10:00
ABC / Sept. 1977 - Jan. 1978

ABC paid big money to get Redd Foxx to jump ship from NBC where his 'Sanford and Son' series was tops in the ratings. They gave Foxx his own hour variety show with top writer/producers Allan Blye and Bob Einstein ('Sonny and Cher', 'Smothers Brothers')

Foxx was famous for his dirty humor, and in the first episode of his new show he joked, "The only thing I can do from my nightclub act is smoke."

The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour marked the first appearance of Bob Einstein's 'Super Dave Osborne' character, the return of Andy Kaufman's surrealistic routines to prime-time television, along with regulars Slappy White, Billy Barty, Hal Smith (Drunk Otis on 'The Andy Griffith Show'), Bill Saluga (as Raymond J. "You doesn't have to call me" Johnson), The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and "Iron Jaw" Wilson

 

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Wonder Woman (who was fighting WWII Nazi's on ABC) moved to CBS and into the present time.


Program Profile
On Our Own
Sunday nights at 8:30
CBS / Sept. 1977 - Aug 1978

A rare series that made it all the way through the 1977-78 season, about two women who operate an ad agency in New York. A weak showing by lead-in Rhoda killed this sitcom's chances. On Our Own was filmed in New York, common in the Fifties, but a rarity by 1977.

Program Profile
Hardy Boys /
Nancy Drew Mysteries

Sunday nights at 7:00
ABC / Jan. 1977 - Jan. 1979

When the 1977 season started, these mystery-dramas were two separate productions, but they joined together for the special season opener.

Hardy BoysMid-season, ABC merged the casts 'permanently' to boost ratings. Pamela Sue Martin (who played Nancy Drew) didn't like the idea of a three lead series, so she quit and was replaced by Janet Louise Johnson. Turned out to be a bad idea, in the fall of 1978 Nancy Drew was dropped entirely and only the Hardy Boys returned.

The Hardy Boys were played by Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy, who became a major teen idol. "When I was in London", Cassidy told TV Guide in 1977, "there were about 30 or 40 young girls standing in the rain outside my hotel. I went downstairs to talk to them, to try and find out why they'd do such a silly thing. But they don't even know."

 


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A TIME FOR KILLING
Elizabeth Montgomery and O. J. Simpson star as detectives (who become lovers) in the TV-movie 'A Killing Affair'.

Hey, Elizabeth, watch out - you look an awful lot like Nicole!

 


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Soap
Tuesday nights at 9:30
ABC / Sept. 1977 - April 1981

One of the few hit shows of the 1977-78 season - the first TV show to be controversial before it even debuted. Religious and family groups were up in arms that adulterers and homosexuals were being paraded before the home audience, and that was just on the pilot.

Advertisers pulled out and some ABC affiliates refused to carry the show - at first. Big ratings changed that.

 


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James at 15
Thursday nights at 9:00
NBC / Oct. 1977 - July 1978

Why someone hasn't snatched this series up for a revival is beyond me, it's the 'Malcolm in the Middle' of the polyester decade, 'That Seventies Show' for real.

Lance Kerwin starred as James Hunter, a displaced high school student in this semi-realistic hour long drama about growing up in the Seventies. James' hobby was photography and he would often have elaborate daydreams ala Walter Mitty.

Typical plot: James' friend from school is distraught over her affair with a professor. Late in the season, this show was renamed 'James at 16' - this was when James had sex with a Swedish exchange student, a first for a teen TV character. There were protests, but light ratings (despite critical accolades) made cancellation inevitable.

 


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1977 Fall Seasons
[The beginning of the end for the nets]
by Billy Ingram

 

JJ By the end of the 1976-77 season, the networks had unleashed 70 new shows, almost all failures. In 1977-78, more that 110 new programs were slotted and for the first time in history, television viewership dropped - by an unsettling 6.4 percent.

Carol BurnettABC (who's slogan that year was We're Still The One) lunged unexpectedly into first place for 1976, causing CBS and NBC to shake up their faltering schedules. Network programmers attempted to create shows that catered to every taste (always a recipe for disaster).

One Day22 new shows debuted in September, 1977 - few of them making it to the next fall. CBS and Wonder Woman NBC were so desperate they picked up three shows that ABC cancelled in 1977 - The Bionic Woman, The Tony Randall Show, and Wonder Woman.

Here is a look at some of the network offerings that year.
Program Profile
Logans Run
Friday nights at 9:00
CBS / Sept. 1977 - Jan. 1978

Logan

Based on the cheesy Sci-fi movie of the same name, the TV series starred Gregory Harrison (later 'Trapper John, MD') as a young man on the run from an overcrowded, futuristic society dictating that everyone must die when they reach the age of thirty (as opposed to just becoming irrelevant, as it is today).

Produced by Leonard Katzman ('Dallas'). Most of the budget went for the futuristic cars, I think.

Program Profile
Carter Country
Thursday nights at 9:30
ABC / Sept. 1977 - Aug. 1979

Carter CountryMeant to be 1977's answer to 'The Andy Griffith Show', with racial tensions thrown in for laughs (?!?). Hailed by critics as one of the best shows of the season, though it hardly seems possible.

Incredibly, in 1977 a black character on TV still HAD to do the shuck and jive routine with white southerners portraying prejudiced crackers. Fried chicken and watermelon jokes were plentiful. Typical joke: Redneck cop says, "Would you press my uniform?" Policewoman says, "Sorry, I don't do sheets." Insert laughter here.

UNKNOWN CBS THEMES? Waltons
These theme songs were sent to TVparty but we had no idea what shows they belonged to. They come from CBS shows from around the 1976-78 seasons, and were identitfied by TVparty viewers like you.

Theme 1 - generic action show theme that builds slowly - sounds a lot like 'The A-Team' theme in spots. "Bronk" with Jack Palance seems to be the consensus.

Theme 2 - another generic actioner, with elements from themes like 'Ironside' and 'Kojak'. 'The Blue Knight' with George Kennedy has been guessed.

Theme 3 - "It's gonna to be terrific" is the hook - sung with an Hispanic flavor. Identified as 'Popi' (Jan-Aug 1976), a sitcom starring Hector Elizondo.

Theme 4 - this one's nice, recorded with a brass band. Identified as: 'Doc' (MTM show), the SECOND version of the theme. The first was a song called, "My Friend" by musician Ray Vitte, who played with Stevie Wonder and also was in Cheech and Chong's "Up In Smoke". - Brian P.

Program Profile
Quark
Friday nights at 8:00
ABC / Feb. 1978 - April 1978

'Star Wars' was an unparalleled motion picture phenomenon in late 1977 and the TV networks were sure that science-fiction was back for them as well.

Rather than risk a huge investment on a hour-long serious science-fiction project (like CBS's flop Logan's Run), NBC wanted a half-hour comedy that was set in outer space. A perfect vehicle to replace the under-performing 'Sanford Arms' that was killing their winning Friday night line-up of Chico, Rockford, and Quincy.

QuarkRichard Benjamin starred as Adam Quark, commander of the garbage scow for the United Galaxy Sanitation Patrol space station 'Perma One'. His assistants were: Ficus (Richard Kelton), the plant organism science officer, Otto Palidrome (Conrad Janis from 'Mork and Mindy'), the ships persnickety architect, Betty I and Betty II (Trisha and Cyb Barnstable), identical gorgeous cloned twin sisters, and Andy (Bobby Porter), a malfunctioning, cowardly robot that was more trouble than he was worth.

First mate Gene/Jean (Timothy Thomerson) was a half-man half woman person that was constantly fighting with him/herself. Orders for the missions would come from a disembodied head known as 'The Head' (Alan Cailou), appearing on the ship's video screen. Well-liked but little watched.

1977 will be remembered for:

Marie OsmondMarie Osmond, star of Donny and Marie, got a make-over by Bob Mackie now that Cher was off the air. She and Donny Osmond performed on the ABC fall Preview Special in August, 1977. The special starred magician David Copperfield.

Carol Burnett Last seasons for -The Bob Newhart Show, Six Million Dollar Man, The Carol Burnett Show, Maude, Police Woman, Barretta, the 'Barney Miller' spin-off Fish, Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, Kojak, Chico and the Man, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and the Bionic Woman.

What's Happening What's Happening!! debuted in August, 1976 and ran until April, 1979 featuring a young cast of unknowns.

Love BoatFirst season for two long running hits, The Love Boat (based on a very popular series of 1976 TV-movies) starring MTM's Gavin McLeod and CHIPS with Eric Estrada.

Nancy Walker returned to Rhoda after two flops - The Nancy Walker Show and Blansky's Beauties were both debuted and canceled on ABC during the 76-77 season.

Chico Chico and the Man and Eight is Enough return despite stars that died the previous season. Freddie Prinze (Chico) committed suicide and Diana Hyland (who played the mom on 'Eight is Enough') died of Cancer. Scott Baio joins Happy Days as Fonzie's cousin Chachi.

JJEster Rolle left Good Times because too much focus was put on Jimmie Walker (she returned a year later for a last season) and Larry Linville (Maj. Frank Burns) quit M*AS*H and disappeared into obscurity.

The Bing Crosby Christmas Specials come to an end, the last one (with guest David Bowie) was taped five weeks before Bing's death.

Program Profile
The Betty White Show
Monday nights at 9:00
CBS / Sept. 1977 - Jan 1978


Lou GrantFor the past 7 seasons, 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' ruled on CBS. When Mary quit the series, all of the cast members were herded into new productions.

The Lou Grant character (played by Ed Asner) was successfully spun off as a hour-long drama while Betty White and Georgia Engle were teamed in a very funny half-hour sitcom. Both were produced by MTM productions.

Betty White In the CBS comedy, Betty White played a TV actress starring in a fictional police series ('Undercover Woman') and the cast was a good one - including dour John Hilerman, who later played basically the same character in 'Magnum PI'. Even though 'The Betty White Show' was bright and genuinely hilarious, the show failed to catch on opposite ABC Football and NBC movies and was gone by mid-season.

Two other MTM alumni got their own shows during the 77-78 season. Gavin McLeod clicked with The Love Boat and The Ted Knight Show flopped on ABC, but Knight had a better run with 'Too Close For Comfort' 1980-1986 (later re-titled 'The Ted Knight Show').

Man from Atlantis FLOPS AND FAILURES

The Man From Atlantis was an embarrassment for NBC in the fall, but series star Patrick Duffy gained success on a CBS show that debuted on CBS just weeks after 'Man From Atlantis' was cancelled - Dallas.

A young Stuart Pankin is one of five moronic frat guys living in a houseboat onThe San Pedro Beach Bums. This toxic beach was cleared in December.

Patrick McGoohan ('Secret Agent Man', 'The Prisoner') stars as Rafferty, an unconventional doctor. The series, the only medical show on the schedules, lasted only a few weeks.

TVparty.com TM 1999Young Dan'l Boone on CBS is trumped by Little House on the Prairie (then in a fourth season on NBC). The Fitzpatricks, Richard Pryor Show, Rosetti and Ryan, Busting Loose, The Oregon Trail, Mulligan's Stew, Big Hawaii and Sanford Arms all went down quickly in 1977.

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Lucan
Monday nights at 8:00
ABC / Sept. 1977 - Dec. 1978

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A 20 year-old boy, raised by wolves in the woods, tries to make his way in civilization, looking for the parents who left him behind. Lucan has a special connection with wild animals and has wolf-like senses.

Tracking him are bounty hunter Prentiss (Don Gordon) and ruthless University researcher Dr. Hoagland - who performed experiments on Lucan when he was discovered as a boy.

TVparty.com TM 1999This adventure/drama only ran irregularly but got strong ratings, at least for the first few outings. Kevin Brophy starred in the title role. In the first episode, Lucan helps a foreign gymnast caught up in a sinister plot.

Program Profile
The Incredible Hulk
Friday nights at 9:00
CBS / March 1978 - June 1982

Hulk Dr. David Banner experiments with gamma Rays and finds himself morphing into a raging, green alter ego, The Incredible Hulk, when he gets angry.

Bixby was firm in his contention that Banner was the focus of the show, not the monster. The formula followed those of previous hit shows like 'The Fugitive', 'The Invaders', and others. Dr. Bruce Banner must stay on the run for a murder he didn't commit, looking for a cure and avoiding newspaperman Jack McGee (played by Jack Colvin) who follows him from town to town.

HulkIt wasn't long before Lou Ferrigno began to have a problem with his second banana status. After all, the show was called The Incredible Hulk and he played the title character - he deserved more airtime, and the Hulk should have some lines now and then, he reasoned. This led to behind the scenes battles later in the series run.

Operation Petticoat Program Profile
Operation Petticoat
Monday nights at 9:00
CBS / Sept. 1977 - Oct 1978

From the executive producer of 'Get Smart', Leonard Stern, comes the mis-adventures of a co-ed med crew serving aboard a pink submarine during World War II. Lots of sexist jokes and obvious humor in the 'Three's Company' vein.

Operation PetticoatJohn Astin ('Addams Family') heads a large cast that includes a young Jamie Lee Curtis (her first acting gig) and Jim 'Ernest' Varney.

Operation PetticoatWhen the show returned for the 1978-79 season, most of the cast was let go (including Jamie) and Jo Anne Flug joined the cast, but the series was one of the first casualties of the season.


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