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TV In The 1970s

How The 1960s Made Us Scared Of Quicksand

August 31, 2019

Why were we afraid of quicksand? On TV shows and in movies of the '60s and '70s, quicksand was a go-to plot twist that could be inserted virtually anywhere for a jolt of susp...

Mr. Rogers, 'Neighborhood' Hero: Facts And True Stories

August 7, 2019

Fred Rogers, whose Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was a children's TV institution, became not just a popular TV host for kids but also a folk hero of sorts to thos...

'Roots:' The Show About Race That United American Viewe...

June 27, 2019

Left: LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte in 'Roots.' Right: Lloyd Bridges (as Evan Brent) and Georg Stanford Brown (as Tom Harvey). Source: IMDB; Walt Disney Televisio...

Erin Gray: 'Buck Rogers's Col. Wilma Deering, Then And ...

June 5, 2019

Left: Erin Gray on an episode of 'Love Boat' from 1980. Right: Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering on 'Buck Rogers In The 25th Century.' Sources: Photo by ABC Photo A...

Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's 'Art Fern' Sidekick: A Lat...

May 25, 2019

Left: Carol Wayne with Johnny Carson in an 'Art Fern' sketch on 'The Tonight Show.' Right: Wayne in another 'Tonight Show' appearance. Source: NBC/NBCU Photo Ba...

Vampira, Ghoulardi, Dr. Shock: 20 Classic Creeps Of Reg...

May 17, 2019

Left: Finnish-born actor and television host Vampira, a.k.a. Maila Nurmi, circa 1956. Source: Hulton Archive/Getty Images. Right: Dr. Shock and Bubbles on the c...

What Really Became Of Mikey, The Life Cereal Commercial...

February 25, 2019

In the 1970s, it was one of the most frequently-aired advertisements on TV: the Life cereal "Mikey Likes It" TV commercial. The spot starred a very cute youn...

Farrah Fawcett's Red Swimsuit: The Poster That Made Her...

January 14, 2019

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 02: Farrah Fawcett memorabilia included in a donation ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum Of American History on February 2, 2011 ...

Battle Of The Network Stars: This Is Celebrity Sparta!

January 12, 2019

'Battle of the Network Stars' - 11/13/76 on the ABC Television Network competition 'Battle of the Network Stars'. Source: (Photo by ABC via Getty Images) When fam...

Tonight Show Guest Hosts: Keeping Johnny Carson's Seat ...

January 5, 2019

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - Season 12 Pictured: (l-r) Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes, guest host Jerry Lewis on December 27, 1973. Sourc...

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl From The Krofft Supershow: ...

January 1, 2019

'Electra Woman and Dyna Girl', starring Judy Strangis and Deidre Hall- Airdate September 11, 1976. Source: (ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) In 197...

Peggy Lipton, Mod Squad's Julie Barnes, Was An Icon Of ...

December 31, 2018

Peggy Lipton in publicity photos for 'The Mod Squad' from in 1969 and 'Twin Peaks' from 1990. Photos: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty; IMDBImages) Actress Pe...

McHale, 'MASH,' And Gomer Pyle: War Is Hell, And Makes ...

December 20, 2018

The U.S. military is such a huge part of our life and national culture -- it's no wonder military-themed TV shows have been a staple of television since its ...

Christmas Episodes From The Groovy Era

November 23, 2018

With Christmas music starting the day after Halloween and retail giants having their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day, it can be quite easy to become overwhelmed by the ma...

Sitcom Catchphrases You'll Never Forget As Long As You ...

November 17, 2018

Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson, Todd Bridges as Willis Jackson on 'Diff'rent Strokes' -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank There's nothing like a ...

Nichelle Nichols As Lt. Uhura, 'Star Trek's Barrier-Bre...

November 15, 2018

Star Trek, with its brainy plots and serious sci-fi tone, was a groundbreaking TV series when it hit the air in 1966. But no character broke more ground than...

The Groovy Era Launched Penny Marshall to Stardom

November 13, 2018

Penny Marshall became a household name after staring in the sitcom, Laverne and Shirley, in the mid-seventies. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) The d...

Remember Romper Room?

November 6, 2018

Hostess Susan Gifford of the TV show 'Romper Room' instructing the children. (Photo by Carl Iwasaki/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) If you are a child of the sixties or seventies, you pr...

Odd Couples And Midnight Cowboys: Dynamic Duos of TV an...

October 28, 2018

Laverne and Shirley, Butch and Sundance -- call them partners in crime or dynamic duos, a well-matched TV or movie team is comedy or drama gold. The buddy mo...

Game Shows Of The '60s And '70s: TV Winners (And Losers...

October 17, 2018

Bob Eubanks on 'The Newslywed Game,' 1969. Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images From the very beginning of television, classic game shows came out...

Farrah Fawcett TV Commercials – “If You’ve Got It, Flau...

September 21, 2018

Farrah Fawcett American actress Farrah Fawcett (1947 - 2009), USA, 4th May 1970. (Photo by Harry Benson/Daily Express/Getty Images) Hopefully, you weren...

Jimmie 'JJ' Walker: 'Good Times' Wasn't Such A Good Tim...

September 17, 2018

Jimmie Walker in 1974. (Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images) As the character JJ Evans on Good Times, famous for dropping the catchphr...

Randolph Mantooth On Emergency!: John Gage To The Rescu...

August 17, 2018

Randolph Mantooth as Johnny Gage on 'Emergency!' Sources: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; IMDB In 1972, the world created by Dragnet and Adam-12 got a ...

Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! Eight Facts You Never Knew Abou...

August 16, 2018

In a departure from the traditional family structure represented on other TV shows, ABC debuted a new television series in 1969 about a blended family called...

New 1973 Soap Opera Targeted The Young And Restless TV ...

August 9, 2018

The soap opera was a fast-growing television genre in the 1960s and 1970s and viewers, mostly housewives, were glued to their TV sets in the afternoons to wa...

57 Wild And Wonderful Late-Night Talk Show Moments

August 2, 2018

Late night talk shows are a wellspring of salacious discussions and witty banter. This is especially true when the show books a controversial or cutting-edge guest to ap...

Adam-12: On The Beat With L.A. Cops In Changing Times

July 18, 2018

Kent McCord as Officer James A. Reed, and Martin Milner as Officer Peter J. Malloy in the TV show Adam 12 (ran 1968-1975). Undated. Source: Bettmann/Getty On the T...

Garrett Morris: Chico Escuela Been Berry Berry Good For...

July 11, 2018

Left: Garrett Morris on 'Saturday Night Live' in 1980. Right: Morris in 'Cooley High' (1975). Sources: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; IMDB ...

Elizabeth Montgomery And 'Bewitched:' Behind The Scenes

May 31, 2018

Elizabeth Montgomery of 'Bewitched,' circa 1960; Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur on 'Bewitched.' Source: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images; IMDB. On Bewitched, El...

Top WWF Professional Wrestlers from the 70s

May 2, 2018

Until the 1920’s, professional wrestling in the United States was viewed as a serious and legitimate sport showcasing true athletic competition. Moving forward into the 193...

Our Favorite TV Actresses Of The '70s

April 16, 2018

The 1970s was an extremely notable time in America. Times were changing. Some felt that it was for the better and some for the worse; but everybody agreed that things were changing. ...

Lassie: The Collie Who Saved People On TV For 60 Years

February 6, 2018

Left: A 14-year-old Elizabeth Taylor with Lassie in the 1946 film 'Courage of Lassie.' Right: The classic TV show cast of Lassie, June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly and Joh...

Sandy Duncan: An American Sweetheart

January 26, 2018

In 1970, Sandy Duncan was considered to be one of latest up and coming television stars. That year, Time magazine had named her one of the "most promising faces of tomorrow". ...

Bruce Jenner - When He Was a Man…

January 26, 2018

Bruce Jenner Holding His Gold Medal (Original Caption) USA's Bruce Jenner, San Jose, CA., displays the gold medal he won in the Olympic decathlon here 7/30. Jenner was one of the mo...

Schoolhouse Rock!: Saturday Morning Schooling We Didn't...

January 12, 2018

1/28/97.Painted production cell of 'I'm just a Bill' from the America Rock series. (Getty Images) Schoolhouse Rock!, the Saturday-morning cartoon series of ed...

Why Did Andy Kaufman Wrestle 400 Women?

January 12, 2018

1983: Caitlin Clarke inflicts pain on Andy Kaufman while Debbie Harry looks on. The three were involved in a wrestling-themed play called 'Teaneck Tansi.' (Photo by The LIFE Pictu...

The Mary Ann Vs. Ginger Debate: Why Does Dawn Wells Alw...

January 3, 2018

It's hard to believe that it has been over 50 years since we last saw Dawn Wells as Mary Ann on the final original episode of Gilligan’s Island. Wells portra...

'The Brady Bunch:' Little Known Facts About The Family ...

December 26, 2017

Left: Greg Brady tries on his 'Johnny Bravo' identity. Right: Maureen McCormic circa 1976, on 'The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.' Source: bradybunchreviewed.blogspo...

The Beauties of Hee Haw!

December 19, 2017

Hee Haw was a variety show featuring country music and cornpone-humor. Although it only aired from 1969 to 1971, it remained popular in syndication until 1997. Despite the fact that the premi...

That Time Bewitched's Elizabeth Montgomery Played An Ax...

December 18, 2017

In 1975, Elizabeth Montgomery of Bewitched fame starred in The Legend of Lizzie Borden, a historical mystery made-for-TV movie on ABC. The program chronicled...

Charlene Tilton… a.k.a., Lucy Ewing

December 4, 2017

From the American television series 'Dallas' shows Charlene Tilton (as Lucy Ewing) as she leans across the arm of a chair, September 1978. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images) ...

Even if You Weren’t a Country Music Fan, You May Rememb...

November 21, 2017

Hee Haw was a variety show featuring country music and cornpone-humor set in the fictional, rural, "Kornfield Kounty." Although it only aired (on CBS) fro...

“The Mod Squad," Cool Cops!

November 3, 2017

The Mod Squad was a crime/drama television series that ran from 1968 to 1973. At the time, the show pushed the limits on what we, as a society, were willing to accept and buy into. Ame...

Was Barbara Eden Of 'I Dream Of Jeannie' The Queen Of '...

October 31, 2017

Midriff bared and peppy as the day is long, Barbara Eden on I Dream Of Jeannie seemed out of place on TV during the show's run, which lasted from 1965-70. Te...

Maureen McCormick As Marcia Brady: TV Perfection, Probl...

October 30, 2017

Maureen McCormick on 'The Brady Bunch' (1969-74), and in a publicity photo for 'The Brady Bunch Variety Hour' (1976-77). Source: IMDB; ABC Photo Archives/ABC vi...

Live From New York, It's Saturday Night!

October 23, 2017

Saturday Night Live, a sketch comedy/variety show, first aired in 1975. The show was the brainchild of genius producer, Lorne Michaels, and was originally titled, NBC’s Satur...

'Welcome Back, Kotter:' Gabe Kaplan Was Our Teacher And...

October 19, 2017

Gabe Kaplan as Mr. Kotter on 'Welcome Back, Kotter.' (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) In 1975, a new sitcom set in a Brooklyn high school ca...

Catherine Bach As Daisy Duke: How The Jean Shorts Got T...

October 17, 2017

Catherine Bach on the set of the television show, 'The Dukes of Hazzard,' July 1980. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images); IMDB Catherine Bach as Daisy...

'Laugh-In's Catchphrase Comedy Socked It To The '60s

October 10, 2017

With all the weird and wonderful things happening in the late'60s, America needed a new kind of comedy to help us figure it out. That show was Rowan & Martin’s Lau...

Freddie Prinze - Chico and the Man

September 29, 2017

Television sitcom, Chico and the Man, created by James Komak, first aired on NBC in 1974 and ran for 4 seasons. Actor, Freddie Prinze (Frederick Karl Pruetzel), was cast as Chico ...

How Ginger Grant Marooned Tina Louise On 'Gilligan's Is...

September 28, 2017

Tina Louise, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images) She'll never be forgotten as Gilligan's Island's Ginger, but Tina Louise is a multi-...

Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman: Behold The Wonder Wardrobe

September 22, 2017

Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman is the canonical screen version -- Gal Gadot isn't bad, but she's not Lynda. We can all picture that groovy costume Carter wore most...

Charlie's Angels Fought Crime And Looked Good Doing It

September 22, 2017

Left: the Charlie's Angels cast in season 4 consisted of Cheryl Ladd, Jaclyn Smith, and Shelley Hack. Right: Farrah Fawcett in the season 1 episode 'Angels On Wheel...

"Jiggle TV" Definition: Scantily Clad Women Jumping Aro...

September 20, 2017

“Jiggle, or "T&A TV," as it has also been called, refers to the marvel of scantily clad women depicted, in television sitcoms, who capitalize on their curvy,...

1970: Mary Tyler Moore Brings Empowered Women To Prime ...

September 18, 2017

Cloris Leachman (left), Mary Tyler Moore (centre), Valerie Harper pose, sitting on stools, wearing Seveties fashions, in a publicity portrait issued for the US ...

What Happened To The Variety Shows Of The '60s And '70s...

September 15, 2017

Left: Cher (center) and the popular musical group the Jackson 5 in prehistoric garb for a skit on the television variety show 'The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,' 19...

How Elizabeth Montgomery Worked Her Magic: 'Bewitched' ...

September 11, 2017

Elizabeth Montgomery on Bewitched, 1964. Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images The '6os sitcom Bewitched, with Elizabeth Montgomery in the lead rol...

Vietnam The First Televised War

November 29, 2016

In 1955 a long and drawn out conflict began between the Communist North and the anti-communist South in Vietnam. While countless people fought and died, this entire conflict served as just...

Evel Knievel's Most Daring Stunt You Never Knew About

November 29, 2016

The most legendary daredevil the world has ever seen, Evel Knievel, can rightly receive this accolade not just for his daring jumps but for his amazing foresight,...