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    The Sonny & Cher Show

    The Sonny & Cher Show

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    CBS (ended 1977)
    Following their very public and bitter divorce, Sonny & Cher each hosted their own variety series. With their solo ventures limping along after one season, a professional reconciliation was reached and the duo reteamed for The Sonny & Cher Show in February 1976.The new series debuted to outstanding ratings and high expectations. With a whole new array of comedy sketches and sets, Sonny & Cher sought to rekindle their former primetime success. Unfortunately, the show never reached the status that their former series, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour had. While the stars felt that the show was funnier than ever, audiences were not to keen on the couple's new relationship. Many of the barbs that catipulted them into the top ten two years ago didn't go over very well with viewers, now that the couple was divorced. By the end of the 1975-1976 season the show had slipped to number 23 in the Nielson Ratings, not a bad spot, but not on par with CBS's original expectations. The second season of the series brought few changes to the format. An attempt to romantically reunite Sonny & Cher (or at least their alter egos, LaVerne and Alvin) did not seem to be enough to keep the show from slipping in the ratings. Many felt all attempts to catipult the show back into the top 10 were too little too late. Then, to add insult to injury, CBS moved the show from their native Sunday night timeslot, to Fridays at 9, and then finally to Monday at 10. By August 1977 the show had fallen out of the top thirty, the first time in five years. This proved to be enough of a reason to cancel the series. On August 29, 1977 the last episode of the Sonny & Cher Show was aired, thus closing the book on the decades most memorable and beloved variety series.moreless
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    The New Dick Van Dyke Show

    The New Dick Van Dyke Show

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    CBS (ended 1974)
    The New Dick Van Dyke Show was Dick Van Dyke's return to television after pursuing movie roles, following the highly sucessful run of the Dick Van Dyke Show.

    In this incarnation he was Dick Preston, a talk show host and later a soap-opera actor. The show focused on his work and his home life with wife Jenny (Hope Lange) and daughter Annie (Angela Powell). The show ran on CBS from 1971 to 1974.

    For the first two seasons, the Prestons lived in Arizona. Dick hosted a local talk/variety show called "The Dick Preston Show." His sister/secretary was "Mike" Preston, and he and Jenny's best friends were Bernie Davis and his wife Carol. Dick's boss was Ted Atwater, a money-greedy type of man.

    For the last season, Dick, Jenny, and Annie left Arizona (after Dick's talk show was cancelled) for Hollywood, where Dick got an acting job on the soap opera "Those Who Care." New characters were Richard and Connie Richardson. Sadly, when the first format was just kicking up, the second format came in and caused the ratings to decline. The second format was made because of the fact that Carl Reiner left the show after 1973 because of a censorship dispute. Famously, the show had filmed an episode where the Powell's daughter walked in at a delicate time. Nothing shocking was shown on-screen, but the network demanded the whole episode be cut and reworked. Carl claimed censorship and walked away from the whole show.

    Airdate History Season 1 1971-72 CBS Saturdays 9:00pm EST Season 2 1972-73 CBS Sundays 9:00pm EST (Sept72 through Dec72) CBS Sundays 7:30pm EST (Jan73 through Summer73) Season 3 1973-74 CBS Mondays 9:30pm ESTmoreless
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    The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)

    The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)

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    CBS (ended 1979)
    This live-action drama followed the exploits of Peter Parker, a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle. Peter is bitten by a radioactive spider while on an assignment and gains the abilities of a spider. He can cling to walls and has the proportional strength and agility of a human-sized arachnid. Peter is also a part time college student at a local University where he is majoring in science. After receiving his new abilities, he constructs unique web-shooters which he wears on his wrists over the costume in this version, and later on only one wrist which allow him to swing from building to building and to catch crooks in a massive web. This version of the wall-crawler's exploits suffered from a low effects budget and long periods of hiatus between episodes. Still it holds pride of being the first live-action version of the comic book hero. Over the thirty-plus years since the TV series first debuted, this show has become a cult favorite.moreless
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    Speed Buggy

    Speed Buggy

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    CBS (ended 1974)
    In the early 1970's Hanna-Barbera created this classic series starring a special car named Speed Buggy, created by his mechanic and best friend Tinker. Despite his small size, he can be a race car and can be utilized for various uses like flying, digging, and even floating on water as a boat. He's also very acrobatic. When Speed Buggy isn't racing, he's out thrwarting the diabolical plots of various megalomaniacs looking to rule the world with various insane plans. Along with Tinker, Speedy is helped by their friends Mark and Debbie, the latter usually having to use her charm to sweet talk the guys into getting into action to stop the bad guys. This series has some similarities to Josie and the P u s s y cats, which also had its gang stopping megalomaniacs of their own. In fact, a few episodes of both series are carbon copies of each other. Regardless, Speed Buggy does work out on its own, even though it only lasted one season (1973-74). The show originally aired Saturday mornings on CBS, and was rerun on NBC, ABC, and syndication before it was picked up on Cartoon Network, and eventually Boomerang, which is the home of many Hanna-Barbera classic shows, including Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics, in which Speed Buggy and Tinker returned as part of the Scooby Doobies team. Other than this Speed Buggy is sporatically referenced on various Cartoon Network series including The Powerpuff Girls, and even made a cameo appearance on Johnny Bravo, which proves that the little spunky car may have been gone a long time, but not forgotten as he has a special place in the hearts of fans and other cartoon viewers alike.moreless
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    Cher

    Cher

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    CBS (ended 1976)
    Following their divorce in 1974, pop singers Sonny & Cher Bono, who had formerly starred together on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, each hosted a variety series of their own. Sonny's, entitled The Sonny Comedy Revue, debuted on ABC in the fall of 1974. The show featured the same regulars as The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, except for Cher. Each episode starred a female guest star that ribbed Sonny about how short and untalented he was. The show's lack of originality and Cher, lead to the shows cancellation after 13 episodes. However, six weeks later, On February 12, 1975 Cher debuted on CBS at 7:30, with guest stars Elton John, Bette Midler, and Flip Wilson. The pilot episode (billed as a special) served as Cher's return to television. The special garnered high ratings, and rave reviews. "I'm scared to death" Cher said at the time. "I'm so afraid of that first walk-out. Here I am- alone, naked to the world. What do you think world? Do you forgive me?" The series was produced by Laugh-In vet George Schlatter, and always started with Cher draped in the dark, singing low over a lone piano slowly beginning the opening song. Then, throwing off the covering as the music picks up tempo, Cher struts to the front of the stage, revealing her latest navel-exposing Bob Mackie outfit. A lot of press was generated by Cher's exposed belly-button, it had never been done on television before. Even 'Jeannie' obscured hers with scarves. After a spectacular premiere, the show settled into a respectable number 22 in the ratings. Despite not being being on par with CBS' original expectations Cher was renewed for another season, but ratings continued to fall, so in January of 1976, Cher called it quits and announced that she and Sonny Bono were re-teaming for a brand new Sonny and Cher Show. "I made the decision after I'd done four Cher shows last Fall. Nothing to do with the ratings." Cher said later, "Doing a show alone was more than I could handle. I had to be into everything, from helping on scripts to picking the music. And they had me doing a monologue. That's not like me, to be out there alone making with the jokes."moreless
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    Switch

    Switch

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    CBS (ended 1978)
    Pete was a former con man and Frank was a retired bunco cop. Together they had formed a private detective agency that specialized in pulling "switches" on the other con men still operating on the wrong side of the law. They would concoct elaborate schemes that would hopefully result in the swindlers swindling themselves. Based in Los Angeles, they traveled far and wide on assorted cases. A great show that was a little tongue in cheek!moreless
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    Apple's Way

    Apple's Way

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    CBS (ended 1975)
    Los Angeles architect George Apple decides to leave the hustle and bustle of big-city life and return to the small town where he grew up, Appleton, Iowa, which was founded by his ancestors. He drags along his wife Barbara, their four children, and Grandpa Alton, all of whom had some difficulty making the adjustment. The idealistic George often increased their difficulties by getting involved with strange causes. This homespun series was created by Earl Hamner Jr. in the wake of his success with The Waltons. It aired Sundays at 7:30 pm on CBS.moreless
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    Popi

    Popi

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    CBS (ended 1976)
    Based on the 1969 movie of the same name, a Puerto Rican widower raises his two mischievous sons in New York.

    Airing opposite ABC's "Laverne & Shirley," the show failed to attract an audience.

    One of the very few TV shows to feature a mostly Hispanic cast.moreless
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    People's Choice Awards

    People's Choice Awards

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    CBS
    For more than 30 years fans have been honoring their favorites in the world film, television and music by voting in a variety of categories. When the polls close for the People's Choice Awards, the red carpet rolls out and the Hollywood venue fills with stars and power-players as awards are handed out to the top of each prestigious category, and only then can it be known that the people have spoken.moreless
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    NBA on CBS

    NBA on CBS

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    CBS (ended 1990)
    CBS was the first broadcast network to cover the National Basketball association. The NBA on CBS ran for 17 seasons from 1973 to 1990. Brent Musburger, Dick Stockton, Hubie Brown and Bob Costas were among the announcers for the show.moreless
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    Clue Club

    Clue Club

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    CBS (ended 1979)
    Clue Club was a cartoon about four precocious young investigators (Dotty, Larry, D.D. and Pepper) who solved crimes with the help of two bloodhounds, Woofer and Wimper. Dotty, the brains of the team, would stay at home and analyze any clues that the gang found. The older dog, Woofer, thought he was a very good detective so he would always take the credit for solving the case. The laughs in the show were provided by Woofer and Wimper, due to their fear of the spooky places the gang went. The show only had one year of first run episodes, after which it aired in repeats on The Skatebirds under the new title Woofer and Wimper, Dog Detectives. These repeats were severely edited, which made the show particularly hard to follow. In January 1978, The Three Robonic Stooges was split off from the Skatebirds show and took the Woofer And Wimper segment with them. After a year on The Skatebirds, CBS reinstated the full episodes and re-ran them on Sundays under the original title. The show ran for another four months, cancelled in September of 1979. Theme Song: There they go, and on the double, to the spot where there is trouble Clue Club! Wimper: Clue Club makes the scene! Woofer: You better believe it, boy! Dotty does her thing computin', checking clues and trouble-shootin' Clue Club! Wimper: Clue Club, it's routine! Woofer: You go in first, Wimper! One trap door and they go spillin', face to face, another villian Clue Club! Wimper: Clue Club, just in time! Woofer: We'll be safe in here, Wimp! No fun runnin' from a mummy, even though he is a dummy Clue Club! Wimper: Clue Club solves the crime! Woofer: I knew it all the time! Clue Club!moreless
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    The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show

    The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show

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    CBS (ended 1972)
    Welcome to The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show guide at TV.com. One of the better and more memorable spin-offs of The Flintstones, The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show follows the teen hijinks of Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble. Bypassing several important growth stages, Bedrock's favorite tots are now teenagers attending Bedrock High where, not surprisingly, they become embroiled in a variety of misadventures along with their pals Wiggy, Penny, and teen inventor Moonrock. Other characters include Fred and Wilma Flintstone, Barney and Betty Rubble, Pebbles' rival Cindy with her sidekick Fabian, a motorcycle gang called the Bronto Bunch, and Bad-luck Schleprock. The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show is definitely dated with signs of the times -- drag-racing, "groovy" lingo, mini-skirts, cave buggies, brontoburger hangouts, motorcycle gangs, teen music idols, etc. Pebbles -- much like her father Fred -- is always coming up with "brilliant ideas" that end up getting the gang into some sort of trouble -- and making Bamm-Bamm cringe. The series ran for one season as The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show, then was combined with four new episodes, vignettes, and a dance of the week to expand into The Flintstone Comedy Hour (1972-1973) and The Flintstones Show (1973-1974). From 1974-1976, The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show returned to its original 30-minute format -- repeating the same episodes. **Series information, episode guide and images courtesy of Webrock - The Flintstones & Hanna-Barbera Page and T.R. Adams' The Flintstones - A Modern Stone Age Phenomenon from Turner Publishing.moreless
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    The Great Adventure

    The Great Adventure

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    CBS (ended 1964)
    TV series of dramatizations of the lives of famous historical persons, as well as important historical events.
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    Phyllis

    Phyllis

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    CBS (ended 1977)
    Phyllis, following Rhoda, the second spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Phyllis, who had been Mary Richards' landlady, leaves Minneapolis after the death of her husband, Lars, and heads for San Francisco to live with Lars' parents. Daughter Bess is in tow, as well as her odd ideas about parenting and life in general. In the first season she worked at a photography studio and learned to deal with the peculiarities of Lars' family, especially clashing with her step-grandmother, "Mother" Dexter. A precipitous ratings slide led to a retooling for the second season that saw Phyllis now working in the office of a city supervisor, but it did not save the show, and it was cancelled after just two years.moreless
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    Tarzan Lord of the Jungle

    Tarzan Lord of the Jungle

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    CBS (ended 1977)
    The jungle...this is my domain...and I protect those who come here. For I am Tarzan, lord of the jungle. ThisTarzan, Lord of the Jungle cartoon was produced by Filmation. Filmation is no longer around and many of the rights to their shows were sold. Most of them were owned by Hallmark Entertainment Co. But, Hallmark sold all of their Filmation properties to a British media company called Entertainment Rights. Tarzan is one of those shows. There were a total of 65 episodes produced and are as follows: 1st Season (1976) - 16 episodes - Shown as Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle 2nd Season (1977) - 6 episodes - Shown as part of The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour 3rd Season (1978) - 6 episodes - Shown as part of Tarzan and the Super Seven 4th Season (1979) - 8 episodes - Shown as part of Tarzan and the Super Seven 5th Season (1980) - 16 episodes - Shown as part of The Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour 6th Season (1981) - 13 episodes - Shown as part of The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hourmoreless
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    House Calls

    House Calls

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    CBS (ended 1982)
    House Calls is a short-lived series that airs on CBS. The show took place around a surgeon and the administrative assistant's love life. By using comedy, the show is able to demonstrate just how crazy the hospital workers were. The series is from the 1979 movie House Calls. Ann Anderson (Lynn Redgrave) and Dr. Charley Michaels (Wayne Rogers) share a love for the first two seasons, until Dr Michaels moves on to Jane Jeffries (Sharon Gless), in the third season of the show. The show abruptly comes to an end, due to bad ratings and the short series. Despite the poor quality, Lynn Redgrave and Wayne Rodgers both receive Emmy nominations for their roles. Lynn Redgrave also receives a nomination for a Golden Globe. Sharon Gless leaving the show after the second season, is due to difficulties with the producers of the show, but she moves on to star in the hit show Cagney and Lacy. moreless
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    Ark II

    Ark II

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    CBS (ended 1977)
    Made in the 1970s when ecology was ascendant, Ark II posited a world where mankind's environmental carelessness had caused the collapse of civilization by the 25th century. A few scientists remained, though, and they've created the Ark to be the envoy of science and progress to scattered communities that have regressed to primitive agrarian conditions. It cruised a desolate, desert-like wasteland, where pockets of humanity survived in isolated oases. Manning the Ark was a crew of four. Jonah was the captain of the Ark and normally the driver. Young scientists Ruth and Samuel provided support. Finally, there was Adam, a talking chimpanzee with intelligence on a par with some humans. Aside from a utility laser, the Ark crew, as part of their pacifist beliefs, carried no weapons. As a last resort, they carried blinding dazzler devices to temporarily disable attackers. The crew never used violence, not even striking others. A long vehicle the size of a tractor-trailer, the Ark was packed with scientific equipment. A second, smaller vehicle, the Roamer, was used for side missions. The Ark also carried the Jet Jumper, a jetpack that Jonah would use for aerial scouting. Whenever they had to leave the Ark unattended, a forcefield could be used to secure the vehicle from intruders. Like many other children's shows of the era, Ark II always left its young viewers with a clear moral at the end of each episode. It was produced by Filmation, one of the leaders of Saturday morning children's programming in the 1970s. Opening narration: For millions of years the Earth was fertile and rich. Then pollution and waste began to take their toll. Civilization fell into ruin. This is the world of the 25th Century. Only a handful of scientists remain. Men, who have vowed to rebuild what has been destroyed... This is their achievement: Ark II, a mobile storehouse of scientific knowledge, manned by a highly-trained crew of young people. Their mission: to bring the hope of a new future to mankind. Ark II log, entry #1: I, Jonah, Ruth, Samuel and Adam are fully aware of the dangers we face as we venture into unknown, maybe even hostile areas. But, we're determined to bring the promise of a new civilization to our people and our planet.moreless
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    Bearcats

    Bearcats

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    CBS (ended 1971)
    Rod Taylor and Dennis Cole starred as Hank Brackett and Johnny Reach, two soldiers of fortune in the American Southwest circa 1914. Hank and Johnny traveled in a Stutz Bearcat hence the name of the show. Unfortunately for Bearcats!, it was swamped by Flip Wilson and Alias Smith and Jones in the ratings and lasted only 13 episodes.moreless
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    Frosty the Snowman

    Frosty the Snowman

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    Frosty the Snowman is the classic tale about a snowman who comes to life when wearing a silk hat. He brings joy to the neighborhood kids until he is threatened by the warm sun as winter slips away.moreless
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    CBS Playhouse

    CBS Playhouse

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    CBS (ended 1970)
    CBS Playhouse was an umbrella title for a series of original dramas that aired on CBS from 1967 to 1970. A direct descendant of Playhouse 90, many of the writers and directors from the golden age of original TV drama participated in the series. The programs were very well received and won many awards, including a Peabody in 1967. After 1970 CBS reverted back to the title Playhouse 90 for their forays, now less frequent, into prestige drama. The show opened with avant-garde animated titles and theme music specially composed for the series by Aaron Copland. The theme garnered Copland an Emmy nomination.moreless
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