These star-studded sweeping dramatic miniseries were all too common at the close of the decade. I'm reminded of Will Ferrell's "Spoils of Babylon", a funny-ish sendup of these shows. Take note: before Caruso's cocky sunglasses-removal shtick, there was Robert Vaughn in Centennial.
I didn't scan the cover - it's just a picture of three network news chiefs looking really curmudgeonly and boring. However, inside the front cover is Mr. Lou Rawls "easin' into evening" selling big round bottles of Bud. Puts me in good spirits just looking at it.
The White Shadow took itself ever so seriously. Hee Haw Honeys was a Hee Haw spinoff starring Kathie Lee Gifford as one of the titular Honeys. As you can imagine, it left a lot to be desired... you're probably better off just having a quick smoke whilst staring at your Light Fountain.
Was there a profession cooler than stuntman in the 1970s? Truck drivers ran a close second, but even before The Fall Guy, stuntmen were tops.
I can't picture Playboy magazine being allowed to advertise in today's TV Guide - am I wrong on this? Also note: Jan Brady (Eve Plumb) starring on this week's Fantasy Island.
That is a badass advertisement - almost looks like a Frazetta. I'm sure there's a full color version of this out there somewhere, and I want it hanging above my fireplace.
Men were obsessed with the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders back then. This lousy special had 48% share of the national television audience. The girls made appearances on shows like Donny & Marie and had several TV specials of their own. They were a damn empire in the 1970s. (Take note that Yankee shortstop Bucky Dent makes an appearance!)
Seeing Robin Williams just makes me sad. It's still just a bit too fresh. I will say Make Me Laugh was my favorite show on television this year. I loved seeing the comedians try and make contestants laugh - it was an amazing show (or at least that's how I remember it 36 years later).
That giant ventriloquist dummy is the stuff of nightmares.
The double feature to the right demonstrates how damn awesome TV was back then. I would argue it was far better, but I'd probably be in the minority.
Then again, it did have its share of duds. I can't imagine sitting through 2 full hours of Eight Is Enough! I loved The Incredible Hulk - my one gripe is that, for a kid of the 70s, there was too much Bixby, not enough Ferrigno.
Watch a little One Day at a Time, then catch Magic Johnson and Kareem - this was livin'. (No idea what this "KAZ" is about.)
I have only a vague memory of this and can only find crummy barely-watchable clips on YouTube. I remember it being simply godawful, but would still love to see a good quality version. The cast is listed on the next page...
Today, superheroes are popular on the big screen, but in the late 1970s, they ruled the small screen: Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Isis, Shazam, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Superfriends, The Amazing Spider Man, The Man from Atlantis, and....
And we'll end with an advertisement for a technology that would explode in just a couple years. No longer would we be at the mercy of the networks - soon, we'd be making our own selection of what movies to watch, and the television experience would never be the same.