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New Series 1978

Dallas Intro

Dallas 1978Dallas (1978-1991) - Very successful prime time soap opera tells the story of the wicked and wealthy Ewings of Texas who are in the oil and cattle business. Staring Larry Hagman as bad boy J. R., also staring Barbara Bel Geddes, Jim Davis, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Victoria Principal, Charlene Tilton and Priscilla Presley. Dallas the Series Website
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Devito and Kaufman


Taxi 1978Taxi (1978-1983) - A sitcom that takes place inside a taxi garage centered around the nasty dispatcher played by Danny Devito. Also starring Judd Hirsch, Tony Danza, Marilu Henner, Christopher Lloyd and Andy Kaufman. Taxi Series at Crazy About TV website


Mork and Mindy 1978Mork & Mindy (1978-1982) - Another spin off of Happy Days this sitcom becomes the jumping off point for career of Robin Williams. Also starring Pam Dawber. Adding to the general madness of the show, the last season sees Mork and Mindy married and have a child played by Jonathan Winters. Mork and Mindy at sitcoms online.

What's a Pink Floyd?

WKRP 1978WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982) - Off beat sitcom of an FM rock radio station. An enseble cast of quirky characters and drug themes made the show so controversial that a year into the Conservative era of Ronald Reagan the #1 rated sitcom was canceled without warning or explanation. . Starring Gary Sandy, Howard Hesseman, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, Richard Sanders and Frank Bonner. A guide to WKRP

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different strokesDiff'rent Strokes (1978-1986) - Two young brothers from Harlem are transplanted in to the wealthy White world of their new adoptive father. Little Gary Coleman becomes the cutest thing on TV! Also starring Conrad Bain, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato. Different Strokes website


Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979)
Card Sharks (1978-81)

20/20 premieres (1978-present)

Tic Tac Dough (1978-1986)


Series End 1978


The Six Million Dollar Man (1973-1978)
The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)
Police Woman (1974-1978)
The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978)
Maude (1972-1978)
Columbo (1971-1978)
The Bionic Woman (1976-1978)
Baretta (1975-1978)
Chico and the Man (1974-1978)
Rhoda (1974-1978)
The Bobby Vinton Show(1975-1978)

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Television News 1978



The Blues Brothers debut on NBC's Saturday Night Live singing Hey Bartender and Soul Man. The duo of Jake & Elwood Blues played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd soon went on to have both a top record album and movie. The Blues Brothers.


Holocaust 1978Holocaust - The 9 hour miniseries from Marvin Chomsky who directed Roots the year before. The story of German Jews dealing with the Nazi Holocaust. Starring Fritz Weaver, Rosemary Harris, Meryl Streep, James Woods and crazyass Michael Moriarty. The Holocaust miniseries.



The Rutles


The Rutles 1978The Rutles - A parody of The Beatles created by Eric Idle of Monty Python. The Mockumentary took became so popular The Rutles became a real band with albums and tours. It also starred John Halsey, Ricky Fataar. Neil Innes. The Rutles Website.



Bunkers Chairs 1978The chairs on which Archie and Edith Bunker sat through for 8 seasons of All in the Family are presented to the Smithsonian Institution. The Bunker Chairs at the Smithsonian



The Emmy's for 1978 - 1979


Outstanding Drama Series - Lou Grant


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Ron Leibman, Kaz


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Mariette Hartley, The Incredible Hulk


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Stuart Margolin, The Rockford Files


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Kristy McNichol, Family


Outstanding Comedy Series - Taxi


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Carroll O'Connor, All in the Family


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Ruth Gordon, Taxi


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series - Robert Guillaume, Soap


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series - Sally Struthers, All in the Family


Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Program - Steve and Edie Celebrate Irving Berlin

Most Watched 1978 - 1979


1 Laverne and Shirley
2 Three's Company
3 Mork and Mindy
4 Happy Days
5 The Ropers
6 What's Happening!!
7 Alice (8:30)
8 M*A*S*H
9 All in the Family
10 Taxi
11 60 Minutes
12 Charlie's Angels
13 Angie
14 Alice (9:30)
15 All in the Family
16 WKRP in Cincinnati
17 Soap
18 Eight Is Enough
19 Barney Miller
20 CBS Sunday Night Movie


TV Guide Schedule 1978


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The idea behind this project is to present the Seventies in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Seventies websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Seventies including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


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