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New Series 1972


Fred Sanford doesn't like cats

Sanford and Son (1972-1977) Bawdy nightclub comedian Redd Foxx cleans up his act and the ratings with a hit show of a junk yard owner Fred Sanford and his son Lamont played by Demond Wilson. Most recall that whenever Fred heard something he did not like hearing he e would clutch his chest and announce "You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya, honey!" And of course the creative name calling between Fred and Aunt Ethel played by LaWanda Page. History of Sanford and Son ,

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The Waltons(1972-1981). One of the most popular family series of all time. It took place in a small rural town during the Great Depression full of high moral lessons. Starring Richard Thomas as John Boy with Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer and Ellen Corby. The Waltons Home Page

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The bob newhart show 1972The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978). Starring Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Peter Bonerz and Bill Daily. A psychologist and a dentist share office space and a wise cracking secretary played by Marica Wallace.

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are you being served 1972 Are You Being Served? (1972-1985). British BBC begins the successful run of the hilarious goings on at Grace Brothers, a fictional London Department store. Most of the humor is sexual innuendo concerning Mr Humphries the "poof" and Mrs Slocombe and her troublesome "pussy". Starring Mollie Sugden, Frank Thornton, John Inman, Wendy Richard, Nicholas Smith and Trevor Bannister. The AYBS Fun Page
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kung fu 1972Kung Fu (1972-1975). This Martial Arts western become a classic. It starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk traveling through the 19th century American West. It also starred Keye Luke as his mentor in mainland flashbacks. Neither actor was trained in martial arts. Kung Fu TV show at Wiki


Emergency! (1972-1977).

The (New) Price Is Right (1972-present)

The Joker's Wild (1972 - 1986)

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972-1984)



Most Watched 1972 - 1973

1 All in the Family
2 Sanford and Son
3 Hawaii Five-O
4 Maude
5 Bridget Loves Bernie
6 The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie
7 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8 Gunsmoke
9 The Wonderful World of Disney
10 Ironside
11 Adam 12
12 The Flip Wilson Show
13 Marcus Welby M.D.
14 Cannon
15 Here's Lucy
16 The Bob Newhart Show
17 ABC Tuesday Movie
18 NFL Monday Night Football
19 The Partridge Family
20 The Waltons

Series End 1972


Bewitched (1964-1972)
My Three Sons (1960-1972)

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Television News 1972




John Lennon 1972John Lennon and Yoko Ono cohost an entire week on The Mike Douglas Show. Herr change the establishment. Which no one has ever done and lived to tell about. Mike Douglas Show, Video clips of Celebrities from the olden days!


Sammy Davis Jr. makes a guest appearance on All in the Family in the classic television first. A black guy kissing a white guy! And of course the immortal line by Archie to Sammy Davis, "I know you had no choice about bein' colored, but what made you turn Jew?" More on this All in the Family episode



maude 1972Maude (1972-1978). A Norman Lear spinoff from All in the Famly, this sitcom is about a educated middle aged liberal woman rather than a middle aged bigoted male moron played by Archie Bunker. It stars Bea Arthur as Maude and Bill Macey as her husband Walter. In the first season comes the episode "Maude's Dilemma" with the 45 year old Maude having an abortion before Roe V Wade. An illegal abortion. CBS got in lots of trouble with both viewers and advertisers but decided to air it again the following year. It got an unheard of 41 share. This, and then with Erica (Susan Lucci) of All My Children having a legal abortion in 1973 it has since become verboten including even on cable. Even a show as racy as HBO's Sex and the City could not even mention it in a script. More on Maude and TV abortions.

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hbo 1972


Home Box Office (HBO) is launched, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. History of HBO

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Dan Blocker, the actor who played Hoss Cartwright on Bonanza died suddenly from a blood clot. It was a blow to the top show of the 1960s, going out of production the following year. Dan Blocker Hossmaina!



gene roddenberry 1972Three years after Star Trek ended it went into syndication and gained popularity. The first Star Trek convention was held in New York's Statler-Hilton hotel. Gene Roddenberry and his wife Majel attended. More on the First Star Trek convention


The Emmy's for 1972 - 1973


Outstanding Drama Series, Continuing -The Waltons


Outstanding Continued Performance By an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama - Richard Thomas, The Waltons


Outstanding Continued Performance By an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama - Michael Learned, The Waltons


Outstanding Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama - Ellen Corby, The Waltons


Outstanding New Series - America


Outstanding Comedy Series - All in the Family


Outstanding Continued Performance By an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series - Jack Klugman, The Odd Couple


Outstanding Continued Performance By an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series - Mary Tyler Moore, The Mary Tyler Moore Show


Outstanding Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in Comedy - Valerie Harper, The Mary Tyler Moore Show


Outstanding Variety Musical Series - The Julie Andrews Hour

TV Guide Schedule 1972


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