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.
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
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
Kung 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
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
Television News 1972
John 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 (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.
Home Box Office (HBO) is launched, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. History of HBO
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!
Three 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.
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
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