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TV Guide #9: Oct. 6-12, 1973


October 1973: The Yom Kippur War was starting, VP Spiro Agnew resigns in disgrace, and John Lennon was getting his phone tapped by the FBI.   A lot bad stuff going on in the world; it was nice to have the boob tube for escape.  Here's a look at what was on from the 6th through the 12th of October 1973.






Nice, but I'll take the Starsky & Hutch 1975 Ford Gran Torino.


Put away those "dusty reference works", the future is now.  Technology in the classroom has arrived in 1973 - I wonder what classrooms of 2015 will look like?  The mind can't even comprehend how different it will be.


Saturday Morning Cartoons. Several sitcom cartoon adaptations rear their ugly head: Jeannie, My Favorite Martian, Lassie, and The Brady Bunch.


I loved the flamboyant, yet uber cool, Jason King - especially in his solo spinoff.  Peter Wyngarde was quite a character - and his debut LP is a disturbing novelty record without equal.

Don't remember Roll Out at all (from the creators of MASH no less). The description is on the next page, and maybe we can begin to understand why it didn't last...


The Alpha Caper looks awesome - with Hagman, Nimoy and Vic Tayback!



Thrillseekers: "Houdini-like underwater escapes, motorcycle stunts, and flying with the aid of a jet belt."  Count me in!


Thus begins McLean Stevenson's long string of failures after leaving M*A*S*H*. It was painful to behold.


Guess who's got his own TV show? That bad mother f- Shut yo mouth!


Ancient memories come flooding back when I see the early weekday morning schedule: the shows I'd watch when home from school.  Dina Shore, Romper Room, Match Game, Mister Rogers, and mom's soaps.  (sigh)


Tired of the Watergate hearings? Turn to ABC and catch a show about wife swapping or a movie about demonic urchins terrorizing a woman.




I remember Jack Palance's Jeckyl & Hyde TV special, but haven't seen his Dracula.


Mary Alsager, the original Veronica Corningstone.


Tonight on Midnight Special: The Bee Gees, King Crimson, and Monty Python.  Damn, that was an amazing show - and tragic that I was too young to stay up late and watch it for most of its run.


This may be my favorite shag carpet ad I've come across: a rare treat to see all the 70s colors listed.  Toasted Wheat, Copper Glow, Circus Red, Golden Fig....


24 comments:

  1. That TV movie with McLean Stevenson was a couple years before he left "M*A*S*H". However, it probably laid the groundwork for what was to come. That TV movie with Fonda & Nimoy is available on DVD for modcinema.com. http://modcinema.com/search-product/395-alpha-caper-the-tv-1973-dvd?s=nimoy

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  2. Holy crap! Don't be afraid of the dark scared the shit out of me! I remember watçhing this when it came out. Gave me nightmares for weeks. Anyone else remember that?

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    1. I remember "Don't Be Afraid..." but it didn't stand out for me, not when we were rolling in TV horror movies like "Satan's School For Girls" and "The Devil's Daughter". I never knew "Department S was on US TV- it sure wasn't in my area.

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    2. "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" stands out as a Kindertrauma from childhood for me as well.

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  3. Roll Out! was on Fridays against The Odd Couple. Ed Begley, Jr. and Garrett Morris in pre-fame roles. We watched Roll Out every week until it was cancelled. I even tried out my new Panasonic cassette tape recorder and recorded the audio off one of the episodes. Why it was on Saturday in Salt Lake City meant either it was pre-empted or somehow nudged out of the schedule. TV schedules in Mountain time can seem screwy to people from other parts of the country.

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    1. I noticed that. They seem to have their own line up and start times. First run network shows starting at 6 O'Clock on Saturday afternoon and some shows starting at 10:40.

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  4. There's one segment of Roll Out on youtube and the intro. Looks absolutely horrible. Not "so horrible it's good", just horrible. I wonder if they used the same location and sets as M*A*S*H - sure looks like the same tents, vehicles, and California hills.

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    1. Maybe this was MASH with a little more funk and less "horrors of war"? I would have watched the hell out of this

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    2. M*A*S*H and Roll Out were both created by Larry Gelbart and produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

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  6. There were several "M*A*S*H wanna-be shows on at this time.
    I remember one set in a U.S. Army television station in Vietnam.
    I think Carol Wayne was the weather girl. Not sure.

    Thanks for the post. Love the old TV guides.

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    1. That was the short lived 1979 show THE SIX O'CLOCK FOLLIES...

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  7. >Thrillseekers: "Houdini-like underwater escapes, motorcycle stunts, and flying with the aid of a jet belt." >Count me in!
    Chuck Connors hosting is the clincher.

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  8. Thank you. Love these TV Guide scans. The Alpha Caper, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, the Dan Curtis/Richard Matheson Dracula, I really miss seventies made-for-tv movies. Seventies tv in general.

    Also, forget McLean Stevenson, between Doc Elliot and Hunter (a spy show with Linda Evans) how many other completely fallen off the radar shows does James Franciscus have in his resume?

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    1. He made a bunch of crappy movies until 1985 and he died in 1991 at the age of 57. I think ABC tried and failed to make him a star vehicle with Longstreet and Doc Elliott.

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    2. James Franciscus had two excellent movies: Youngblood Hawk (1964) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). I never could understand why he wasn't a bigger star.

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  9. In your list of cartoons you missed the Star Trek cartoon, Tim Conway as a guest on Scooby Doo and Mission: Magic, which starred Rick Springfield. Proud to say I own a CD of songs from that cartoon show. It was put out in the 80s on a budget label to cash in on his success.

    I'll also bet good money that the Dusty's Trail episode is word for word a recycled script from Gilligan's Island.

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  10. So much to take notice of in this issue. Over 40 years ago but I remember parts of Shirts/Skins like it was yesterday. I guess because the plot was so oddball and the story made several unexpected, even mean-spirited twists. In the end it was not disappointing to find out where the basketballs had been placed.

    Also I'd like to point out that Don Meredith, ex Cowboy QB and at the time Monday Night Football analysis made his first appearance on Police Story that week. The show was an anthology of sorts with a different cast playing members of the LAPD from episode to episode. But the Tony Lo Bianco Don Meredith partnership proved so popular that they were brought back to the show over and over again throughout the run of the program. Many folks were surprised that dandy Don was a fairly descent actor.

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  11. Thanks for posting these, given the context of your comments, we are probably the same age and watched the same junk! It's interesting to see how "mod" some of the graphics are and how commercial art had changed completely in just a few years from the sixties.

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  12. Curious to see Monty Python at this early date, stateside. Their series didn't hit PBS until 1974, if I recall. This preview appearance on some ABC show I'd be real curious to see.

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    1. Monty Python was syndicated before PBS picked it up. Remember, PBS was only a few years old at this time and not as fast with the "new" shows as they are now. I remember seeing cartoons in TV Guide about Monty Python before I ever saw an episode.

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    2. Plus the Python albums had been released in the U.S. as early as 1970, and one reached the bottom of the charts in 1973.
      I collect TV Guides, and the station that did the Mary Alsager ad also did one touting the attractiveness of their female weathercaster. Makes you wonder about KTVB's owner.

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  13. Sunday evening family fare on the Brian Keith show when he visits a nudist camp (?!). Is Nancy "Miss. Hathaway" Culp playing one of the "unfettered"? Yikes!

    Shirts/Skins looks like a fun movie with a cast boasting a whole lot of up n' comers, like Ron Glass (Barney Miller), Rene Auberjonois (Benson, not to mention the mid-'70's Spider-Man LP), Robert Walden (Lou Grant), and a post-Virginian/pre-Barbary Coast Doug McClure.

    PS Re Dandy Don Meredith: he was excellent in a first season Police Woman episode called "The Loner" from 1975. I had only known him from Lipton Tea commercials so was impressed by his acting talents. Now I'm eager to check out his Police Story work

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