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New Series 1979


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Benson (1979-1986) - A spin off of the successful series SOAP, the butler Benson played by Robert Guillaume moves up to the Governors Mansion. The series follows the wise cracking Benson around the house as he deals with the scattered brained Governor and his dysfunctional family. Also starring James Noble, Missy Gold, Inga Swenson and Jerry Seinfild's first regular gig. Benson TV series.
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The Dukes of Hazzard intro


dukes of hazzard 1979The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985) - Backwoods Georgia moonshiners and cousins Bo and Luke Duke, their 1969 Dodge Charger named the General Lee and their hot girlfriend foil inept police and crooked politicians. Starring Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle, Rick Hurst and Sonny Shroyer it becomes a smash hit airing just before the reigning top TV show, Dallas. Dukes of Hazzard website.

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facts of life 1979The Facts of Life (1979-1988) - A spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes A private school housemother who instills values into her live in brood. Starring Charlotte Rae, John Lawlor, Jenny O'Hara, Lisa Whelchel, Felice Schachter, Julie Piekarski, Kim Fields, Molly Ringwald, Jullie Anne Haddock, and Mindy Cohn. Facts of Life Website.

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Real People Intro

real people 1979Real People (1979-1984) - A reality series that aired for an hour twice a week. In the format of a talkshow with a live audience, it consisted of fast moving segments of interesting and humorous interviews and videos presented by its hosts; John Barbour, Sarah Purcell, Byron Allen, Skip Stephenson, Bill Rafferty, Mark Russell, Peter Billingsley, and Fred Willard. It was NBC's most successful show and can be blamed as the major break for Richard Simmons. Real People at Wiki.


nightline 1979Nightline (1979-present) - A nightly news show first aired on November 8, 1979 in response to the Iran Hostage Crisis. With Ted Koppel replacing Frank Reynolds it soon became clear that ABC had finally found something to compete with NBC's Johnny Carson. It became a regular nightly show still in production today. Nightline Timeline.

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This Old House (1979-present) -
Hosted by Bob Vila this mainstay of PBS was originally a one time 13 part series. Fixing up old houses was more popular than expected and it became a PBS hit for the next 30 years. This Old House History
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Hart to Hart (1979-1984)
Password Plus (1979-1982)

Hello, Larry(1979-1980)

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981)

Archie Bunker's Place (1979-1983)

Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986)

Knots Landing (1979-1993)

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Television News 1979


Kurt Russell as Elvis


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Elvis! - A TV movie directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell - who was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Elvis Presley. Kurt Russell did not do the singing which was dubbed by country singer Ronnie McDowell. It drew 43 million viewers. Kurt Russell as Elvis!



c-span 1979



C-Span the United States Congress cable channel is launched




begins broadcasting sports 24/7 and was the first cable channel to be launched.



the movie channel 1979


The Movie Channel begins broadcasting.




The Emmy's for 1979 - 1980


Outstanding Drama Series - Lou Grant


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Ed Asner, Lou Grant


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Barbara Bel Geddes, Dallas


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


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nancy Marchand, Lou Grant


Outstanding Comedy Series - Taxi


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Richard Mulligan, Soap


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Cathryn Damon, Soap


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series - Harry Morgan, M*A*S*H


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series - Loretta Swit, M*A*S*H


Outstanding Variety or Music Program - IBM Presents Baryshnikov on Broadway

Most Watched 1979 - 1980


1 60 Minutes
2 Three's Company
3 That's Incredible
4 Alice
5 M*A*S*H
6 Dallas
7 Flo
8 The Jeffersons
9 The Dukes of Hazzard
10 One Day at a Time
11 WKRP in Cincinnati
12 Goodtime Girls
13 Archie Bunker's Place
14 Taxi
15 Eight Is Enough
16 Little house on the Prairie
17 House Calls
18 Real People
19 CHiPs
20 Happy Days

Series End 1979


All in the Family (1971-1979)
What's Happening!! (1976-1979)
Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979)
Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-1979)
Good Times (1974-1979)
Wonder Woman (1976-1979)
Fawlty Towers (1975, 1979)

TV Guide Schedule 1979


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1979 Tv Guide

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Seventies Pizzazz


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.


We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Seventies Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.


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