7/29/13

The Boob Tube #46: Weekend 1981 Schedule


 Here's a pictorial schedule for the weekend of January 3-4, 1981.  I certainly have a lot of memories of this schedule; I was old enough to remember these shows vividly.  I'll refrain from commenting on them (I could say volumes - for me, this was the Golden Age of Television).  Instead, I'd like to hear your memories and thoughts on this weekend lineup.








17 comments:

  1. Saturday night was pretty good. Depending on the year the local lineup may have been In Search Of, That's Hollywood, Dance Fever (I think that was the name) and then Love Boat and Fantasy Island. My parents would watch Lawrence Welk and then Hee-Haw - that's such an ingrained memory that I can't see either one without thinking of my late parents. It probably sounds like a super cheesy lineup to anyone who only knows the shows from reruns and didn't watch them new in the 70's. It was a time less poisoned by cynicism and a early teenager like myself at the time was a lot more sheltered from the world then someone that age would be today.

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    1. AnonymousJuly 30, 2013

      At least there WAS a Saturday night lineup back then. Major networks did away with it circa late 90s/early 2000s, due to their claim of a lack of viewership among the all important (to them) 8-to-49-year-old demographic.
      In the 70s, Saturday nights had the cream of the crop, like All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show,The Carol Burnett Show. Even M*A*S*H was on Saturday nights for a while. Saturday night TV now on the networks is just a wasteland of reruns, infomercials, etc. Friday nights are starting to pretty much follow suit.

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  2. Magic KennyJuly 30, 2013

    I keep waiting for a "Holmes and Yo Yo" shout out!

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  3. I was 16 years old by this time and didn't spend a lot of time watching network television. I was usually hanging out with my friends, listening to records, or going to the movies. I've never even heard of Secrets of Midland Heights. I always think of this time as the era just before the fall of network TV. The networks were putting on any old garbage because they knew the viewers didn't have any choice, but cable was starting to make inroads and they had to step up their game. This was the season when NBC was dumping shows like Hello Larry and pushing quality programs like Hill Street Blues.

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  4. I was almost 10 at that time. I would have been watching whatever someone else had on, for the most part. I remember WKRP and Love Boat. And on Sunday, I am sure we would have convinced whoever was there to let us watch CHiPs and then Alice.

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  5. 1/4/81 was my 19th birthday. And I remember most of those shows. Now the networks have given up on Saturdays (and to some extent, Fridays) but Sunday night is as powerful as ever.

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  6. AnonymousJuly 30, 2013

    Ah, the golden age indeed!!
    And of course, Ann-Margaret's tits were cut out of MAGIC, but damn that is a creepy movie.

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  7. We watched The Mandrell Sisters all the time.

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  8. AnonymousJuly 30, 2013

    I'm trying to figure out where Hart to Hart fits in. I could've sworn it was on CBS on Sunday nights.

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  9. HART TO HART was Tuesdays on ABC at 10PM.

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  10. I loved that CBS Sunday night lineup as a kid. I remember having to go to bed after The Jeffersons. Saturday night we would have been watching Barbara Mandrell, because my dad had a fixation with Louise.

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  11. AnonymousJuly 31, 2013

    Your dad had a fixation with Louise Jefferson? [shudder]!

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  12. Wish I could see The Tim Conway Show!

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  13. There was a time in the early to mid 70's (My Golden TV Age) I would've been 10-14 years old - when Saturday nights on JUST CBS alone went something like

    All In the Family
    M*A*S*H
    Mary Tyler Moore Show
    Bob Newhart Show
    Carol Burnett Show

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    1. 1973-74, as I recall; they moved M*A*S*H off Saturdays the next season. In 1975-76, ALL IN THE FAMILY was similarly moved away, in part to help create the "Family Hour" on network primetime from 8-9pm ET/PT (7 Central/Mountain!)...but, in at least my part of New England, Saturday night now ran:
      CBS: 8p THE JEFFERSONS (eh); 8:30 DOC (eh); 9p MT MOORE; 9:30 BOB NEWHART; 10p CAROL BURNETT; PBS: 11p MONTY PYTHON (in its first uncensored run in the US); NBC 11:30 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in its first season, so much fresher and as a result better than most years since, with every third Saturday given over to the amusing newsmagazine WEEKEND instead. Eyeballs glued on Saturday nights that year.

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  14. Sorry, every fourth Saturday was WEEKEND...three SNLs (then known as NBC'S SATURDAY NIGHT since ABC had a doomed primetime SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WITH HOWARD COSELL variety show), then a WEEKEND.

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