Category:1974 American television series debuts
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1. Good Times – Good Times is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from February 8,1974, to August 1,1979. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, Good Times is a spin-off of Maude, which is itself a spin-off of All in the Family. Florida and James Evans and their three children live at 921 N. Gilbert Ave. apartment 17C, in a project in a poor. The project is unnamed on the show, but is implicitly the infamous Cabrini–Green projects, Florida and James have three children, James Jr. also known as J. J. Thelma, and Michael, called the militant midget by his father due to his passionate activism, when the series begins, J. J. is seventeen years old, Thelma is sixteen, and Michael is eleven. Their exuberant neighbor, and Floridas best friend, is Willona Woods and their building superintendent is Nathan Bookman, who James, Willona and later J. J. refer to as Buffalo Butt, or, even more derisively, Booger. The characters originated on the sitcom Maude as Florida and Henry Evans, with Florida employed as Maude Findlays housekeeper in Tuckahoe, New York, and Henry employed as a firefighter. When producers decided to feature the Florida character in her own show, they changed the history, Henrys name became James, there was no mention of Maude. Episodes of Good Times deal with the attempts to overcome poverty living in a high rise project building in Chicago. James Evans often works at least two jobs, mostly manual labor such as dishwasher, construction laborer, etc, often he is unemployed, but he is a proud man who will not accept charity. When he has to, he hustles money playing pool, although Florida disapproves of this, Good Times was intended to be a good show for Esther Rolle and John Amos. Both expected the show to deal with topics in a comedic way while providing positive characters for viewers to identify with. However, Jimmie Walkers character of J. J. was a hit with audiences. J. J. s frequent use of the expression Dy-no-mite, credited to director John Rich, became a popular catchphrase. Rich insisted Walker say it in every episode, Walker and executive producer Norman Lear were skeptical of the idea, but the phrase and the J. J. Evans character caught on with the audience. As a result of the popularity, the writers focused more on J. J. s comedic antics instead of serious issues. Through seasons two and three, Rolle and Amos grew increasingly disillusioned with the direction of the show and especially with J. J. s antics, Rolle was vocal about her dislike of his character. In a 1975 interview with Ebony magazine she stated, Hes 18 and he doesnt work
2. Planet of the Apes (TV series) – Planet of the Apes is an American science fiction television series that aired on CBS in 1974. The series stars Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Mark Lenard and it is based on the 1968 Planet of the Apes film and its sequels, which were inspired by the novel Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. The series begins with the crash of an Earth spaceship that encountered a time warp while approaching Alpha Centauri on August 19,1980, the spaceship is manned by three astronauts, one of whom has died in the crash. The other two astronauts, Colonel Alan Virdon and Major Peter J. Burke, are unconscious but are rescued by a human who carries them to an old bomb shelter. After the human opens a book containing text and pictures of Earth circa 2500. The crash is also witnessed by a chimpanzee who tells his father. Ape counselor Zaius, notes that such incident occurred ten years earlier. He orders the gorilla, Security Chief Urko, to find the humans. Zaius wants to find out as much as he can about the humans before they are eventually killed, Zaius doesnt trust Urko to follow his orders and bring back any surviving humans, so he sends along his newly hired chimpanzee assistant, Galen. Both Virdon and Burke go back to their ship to check the ships chronometer and they are more than 1000 years in the future from when they left Earth. Galen finds the book that the old man had been carrying. He reads parts of the book and begins to doubt the history that he has told, apes have always been dominant. When Galen finds out that Urko has arranged for the two astronauts to escape and be killed in the attempt, he stops the shooter and helps the humans escape. During the escape, a guard is killed, and Galen is found standing over him with a gun in his hand, Galen discusses the book that he found with Zaius, who then accuses him of heresy. Galen is sentenced to death for his crime, then Virdon and Burke find out about his sentence and rescue Galen. They are all then declared enemies of the state and become fugitives, the three fugitives wander around the territory that used to be the western United States having various encounters with apes, humans, and old human civilization ruins. Roddy McDowall as Galen, a chimpanzee that is sent by Zaius with Urko to ensure the safety of two humans that have survived a crash landing on Earth. McDowall previously played Cornelius and Caesar throughout the film versions
3. Chico and the Man – Chico and the Man is an American sitcom that aired on NBC for four seasons from September 13,1974 to July 21,1978. It was the first U. S. television series set in a Mexican-American neighborhood, Cheech and Chong have both stated that Komack had originally approached them to star in the show, but they turned down the offer, preferring to stick to films. Komack told the Associated Press that he first tried working with Cheech and Chong on a show about a Chicano, Komack said he decided to make the show about a young Chicano and a seventh-generation WASP after he and the comedy team couldnt get it together. A hard-drinking Anglo widower, Ed stubbornly refuses to fit in with the changing East L. A. neighborhood and has alienated most of the people who live around him. He uses ethnic slurs and berates Chico, a Latino, in an effort to get him to leave when Chico comes looking for a job. Yet Chico sees something in Ed, and sneaks back in at night to clean up the garage, as Ed sees all the effort Chico has put in, he begins to warm to Chico. Over the course of the show, Ed grows to see Chico as family, the chemistry between Jack Albertsons Ed and Freddie Prinzes Chico was a major factor in making the show a hit in its first two seasons. It debuted in the top 10 and remained there for the first two seasons, the show was created by James Komack, who produced other successful TV shows such as The Courtship of Eddies Father and Welcome Back, Kotter. Freddie Prinze was discovered by Komack after he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in December 1973, Komack thought he would be perfect for the role of Chico Rodriguez. As the show progressed, Chicos background was revealed as being Mexican on his fathers side and Puerto Rican on his mothers side, Chico was revealed to have spent part of his childhood in Hungary following the death of his mother, being raised by his Aunt Connie. During this scene and this episode, the love between these characters was made clear for the first time, which Chicos cousin Carlos notes when he releases Chico from his promise. By the second season, Ed begins to see that he is a part of a bigger world, by this time he has found himself a girlfriend by the name of Flora. The theme song was written and performed by Jose Feliciano, after struggling with depression and drug use, Freddie Prinze shot himself on January 28,1977. He was taken off life support and died the day at the age of 22. The last episode to star Prinze, Ed Talks to God, was taped several hours before Prinzes death, after Prinzes death, the producers considered canceling the show, but opted instead to try replacing the character. To write Chico out of the script, they had the characters comment that he had gone to visit his father in Mexico. The third season finished out with episodes focusing on the characters in the show. Early in the season, a replacement for Chico was introduced
4. Happy Days – Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15,1974, to September 24,1984, on ABC, with a total of 255 half-hour episodes spanning over eleven seasons. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents a vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s United States. The series was produced by Miller-Milkis Productions and Henderson Productions in association with Paramount Television, Happy Days was one of the highest-rated shows of the 1970s. The earlier episodes revolve around Richie and his friends, Potsie Weber and Ralph Malph, in later seasons, other characters were introduced including Fonzies young cousin, Charles Chachi Arcola, who became a love interest for Joanie Cunningham. Each of the seasons of the series roughly tracks the eleven years from 1955 to 1965, inclusive. The show is the basis for the Happy Days musical touring the United States since 2008, the leather jacket worn by Winkler during the series was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution for the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History. With season four, Al Molinaro was added as Al Delvecchio, Al Molinaro also played Als twin brother Father Anthony Delvecchio, a Catholic priest. Al eventually married Chachis mother and Father Delvecchio served in the wedding of Joanie to Chachi in the series finale, the most major character changes occurred after season five with the addition of Scott Baio as Fonzies cousin, Charles Chachi Arcola. Originally, the character Spike was supposed to be the character who became Chachi, after Ron Howard left the series, Ted McGinley joined the cast as Roger Phillips, the new physical education teacher at Jefferson High and nephew to Howard and Marion. He took over from the departed Richie Cunningham character, acting as counterpoint to Fonzie, both actors were originally credited as guest stars but were promoted to the main cast during season ten after several series regulars left the show. The real focus of the series was now on the Joanie and Chachi characters, and often finding ways to incorporate Fonzie into them as a shoulder to cry on, advice-giver, and savior as needed. Billy Warlock joined the cast in season 10 as Rogers brother Flip and they were intended as replacements for Erin Moran and Scott Baio and were credited as part of the semi-regular cast. Both characters left with the return of Moran and Baio, following the cancellation of Joanie Loves Chachi, Al Molinaro also left Happy Days in season 10 for Joanie Loves Chachi. Pat Morita then returned to the cast as Arnold in his absence, in season 11, the story line of Richie and Lori Beth is given closure with the two-part episode Welcome Home. Richie returns home from the Army, but barely has time to unpack when he learns that his parents have lined up a job interview at the Milwaukee Journal for him. However, they are taken aback when he tells them he prefers to take his chances in California to become a Hollywood screenwriter. They remind him of his responsibilities and while Richie gives in, he becomes angry and discontent, after a confrontation that ends with a conversation with Fonzie, he decides to face his family and declare his intentions. While somewhat reluctant at first, they support him and bid Richie, Lori Beth, Richie Cunningham – The protagonist for the first seven years of the series
5. Nova (TV series) – Nova is an American popular science television series produced by WGBH Boston. It is broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service in the U. S. the series has won many major television awards. Nova often includes interviews with scientists doing research in the areas covered. Some episodes have focused on the history of science, the Nova programs have been praised for their good pacing, clear writing, and crisp editing. Websites accompany the segments and have won awards. Nova was created on March 3,1974, by Michael Ambrosino, inspired by the BBC2 television series Horizon, which Ambrosino had seen while working in the UK. Of the first 50 programs, only 19 were original WGBH productions, the practice continues to this day. All the producers and associate producers for the original Nova teams came from either England, Ambrosino was succeeded as executive producer by John Angier, John Mansfield, and Paula S. Apsell, actually as senior executive producer. Nova has been recognized with multiple Peabody Awards and Emmy Awards, the series won a Peabody in 1974, citing it as an imaginative series of science adventures, with a versatility rarely found in television. This episode also won an Emmy, spy Machines was cited for neatly recount the key events of the Cold War and look into the future of American/Soviet SDI competition. The episode also won an Emmy for editing, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized the series with awards in 1978,1981,1983, and 1989. Julia Cort won an Emmy in 2001 for writing Lifes Greatest Miracle, PBS Nova ScienceNow Nature Equinox - Channel 4 popular science series, last aired in 2001. Horizon comparable BBC2 strand, on air since 1964, Q. E. D. more populist BBC1 science documentary series, which ran from 1982 to 1999. Official website Nova at the Internet Movie Database Nova at TV. com Nova show on YouTube
6. Hong Kong Phooey – Hong Kong Phooey is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on ABC from September 7,1974, to December 21,1974. It was a parody of kung fu shows and movies of the time, the main character, Hong Kong Phooey himself, is the clownishly clumsy secret identity of Penrod Penry Pooch, working at a police station as a mild-mannered janitor under the glare of Sergeant Flint. He fights crime relying on his copy of The Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu, however, his successes are only either thanks to Spot, who provides a solution to the challenges, or the direct result of a comically unintended side effect of his conscious efforts. The background was designed by Lorraine Andrina and Richard Khim, each episode begins with Rosemary, the telephone operator, getting a call and explaining the crime to Sergeant Flint. After sliding behind an ironing board to the floor below, he bounces off an old sofa, through a window, into a dumpster outside. Even when he crashes into, harms, or otherwise inconveniences a civilian, the passer-by feels honored, as opposed to being annoyed or embarrassed, when they see who did it. One example was when he drove the Phooeymobile through wet cement, splattering the workers, Hong Kong Phooey was voiced by Scatman Crothers. Sergeant Flint was voiced by Joe E. Ross, best known as Officer Gunther Toody in the early 60s television series Car 54, as Flint, Ross revived Toodys famous Ooh. Sergeant Flint was very similar both in voice and appearance to Botch, assistant zookeeper at the Wonderland Zoo on Help and its the Hair Bear Bunch, whom Ross also voiced. The final episode, Comedy Cowboys, was a pilot for a new series. In this two-part episode, several new characters appeared and helped to clear Hong Kong Phooey of a crime he did not commit. These characters later appeared in their own continuing segment, Posse Impossible on CB Bears, like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show used the limited Hanna-Barbera laugh track. The show’s theme song, titled Hong Kong Phooey, was written and composed by Hoyt Curtin, William Hanna, and Joseph Barbera, and was sung by lead character-voice provider Scatman Crothers. A cover of the theme song, performed by Sublime, is included on the 1995 tribute album Saturday Morning, Cartoons Greatest Hits. On August 15,2006, Warner Home Video released the series on 2-disc DVD in Region 1. The DVD set includes commentary on select episodes as well as a documentary of the show from its development through its legacy, the set also includes production designs, never-before-seen original artwork, new interviews, and the special feature Hong Kong Phooey—The Batty Bank Gang, The Complete Storyboard. The series is available in the UK as a Region 2 two-disc set. The shorts Car Thieves and Zoo Story were also released on a 1970s Saturday morning cartoon compilation, while Penry appears identical to the original incarnation, Hong Kong Phooey is a much larger, cut, and highly competent and skilled fighter—even without Spot the cat
7. Little House on the Prairie (TV series) – The show is an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilders best-selling series of Little House books. Television producer and NBC executive Ed Friendly became aware of the story in the early 1970s and he asked Michael Landon to direct the pilot movie. Landon agreed on the condition that he could also play Charles Ingalls, the regular series was preceded by the two-hour pilot movie, which first aired on March 30,1974. The series premiered on the NBC network on September 11,1974, during the 1982–83 television season, with the departure of Landon and Grassle, the series was broadcast with the new title Little House, A New Beginning. In 1997, TV Guide ranked the two-part episode Ill Be Waving As You Drive Away at 97 on its 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time list, many episodes concern the maturation of the familys second daughter, Laura. However, episodes focus on other family and community members. Robert Alden, Lars Hanson, the founder and proprietor of the towns mill, and Dr. Hiram Baker. Teacher-turned-lawyer Adam Kendall is introduced at the end of four and later weds Mary Ingalls. Melissa Gilbert has the most appearances of the series, a total of 190 of the 204 episodes. Michael Landon appeared in all but four episodes of one through eight. Hiram Baker Dabbs Greer as Rev, of the 204 episodes, Michael Landon directed the largest number at 90, producer William F. Claxton handled the majority of the remaining shows at 68, while co-star Victor French helmed 18. Maury Dexter and Leo Penn directed the episodes at 21 and 3 episodes respectively. Interior shots were filmed at Paramount studios in Los Angeles, while exteriors were filmed at the nearby Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley. Many other filming locations were used during the course of the series including Old Tucson Studios and various locations in Sonora. The series theme song was titled The Little House and was written, the ending theme music, also written by Rose, originally appeared as a piece of incidental music in a later-season episode of Michael Landons previous long-running series, Bonanza. Little House explored many different themes including frequently portrayed ones of adoption, alcoholism, faith, poverty, blindness, some plots also include subjects such as drug addiction, leukemia, child abuse, and even rape. Although predominantly a drama, the program has many lighthearted and comedic moments as well, some of the episodes written by Michael Landon were recycled storylines from ones that he had written for Bonanza. When Michael Landon decided to leave the show, season nine was renamed, the focus was put on the characters of Laura and Almanzo, a new family, the Carters, move into the Ingalls house
8. Mac Davis – Morris Mac Davis, known as Mac Davis, is a country music singer, songwriter, and actor, originally from Lubbock, Texas, who has enjoyed much crossover success. His early work writing for Elvis Presley produced the hits Memories, In the Ghetto, Dont Cry Daddy, a subsequent solo career in the 1970s produced hits such as Baby, Dont Get Hooked on Me, making him a well-known name in pop music. He also starred in his own variety show, a Broadway musical, Davis graduated at 16 from Lubbock High School in Lubbock, Texas. Davis describes his father, who was divorced from Davis mother, as religious, very strict. Though Davis was physically small, he had a penchant for getting into fistfights, in those days, it was all about football, rodeo, and fistfights. Oh, man, I got beat up so much while I was growing up in Lubbock, Davis said in a March 2,2008, I was 5 feet,9 inches, and weighed 125 pounds. I joined Golden Gloves, but didnt do good even in my division, after he finished high school, Davis moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where his mother lived, to get out of Lubbock. Once he was settled in Atlanta, he organized a rock and roll group called the Zots, Davis also worked for the Vee Jay record company as a regional manager, and later also served as a regional manager for Liberty Records. Davis became famous as a songwriter and got his start as an employee of Nancy Sinatras company, Boots Enterprises, during his time there, he played on many of Sinatras recordings, and she worked him into her stage shows. Davis left Boots Enterprises in 1970 to sign with Columbia Records, One of the songs he wrote in 1968, called A Little Less Conversation, was recorded by Elvis Presley. Shortly after, Presley recorded Davis song In the Ghetto in his sessions in Memphis, Davis, the only Caucasian man in the room at the time, eventually told Bowen, I dont know whether to thank ya, or to kill ya. Davis eventually recorded the tune after Presleys version became a success and it was later released on a campy Rhino Records Golden Throats compilation in 1991. The song became a success for Presley and he continued to more of Davis material, such as Memories. Bobby Goldsboro also recorded some of Daviss songs, including Watching Scotty Grow, other artists who recorded his material included Vikki Carr, O. C. Smith, and Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, I Believe in Music, often considered to be Daviss signature song, was recorded by several artists before it finally became a success in 1972 for the group Gallery. Later, he became known as a country singer. Also, during the 1970s, he was active as an actor, appearing in several movies. Davis soon decided to pursue a career of his own in country music, after several years of enriching the repertoires of other artists, his big success came two years after signing with Columbia
9. Nakia (TV series) – Nakia is a 1974 United States dramatic television series starring Robert Forster about a Native American police officer in New Mexico. It aired from September 21 to December 28,1974, Nakias pilot was the made-for-television movie Nakia, which was broadcast on April 17,1974. In the sheriffs department, he works for Sheriff Sam Jericho, as fellow deputy sheriff Hubbel Martin. Ben Redearth is a Native American friend of Nakias, and Half Cub is Nakias 12-year-old nephew, Nakia is often torn between ancient tribal customs and the use of modern police methods. Rather than use a car, he alternates between driving a pickup truck and riding a horse while investigating cases. Michael Butler and Christopher Trumbo created Nakia, and Charles Larson was its executive producer. Episode directors included Nicholas Colasanto, Alvin Ganzer, Leonard Horn, and Alexander Singer, and episode producers included Larson, David Gerber, Peter Katz, Ernest A. Losso, and George Sunga. Butler, Larson, and Trumbo all wrote for the show, as did Sy Salkowitz, Jim Byrnes, Mark Saha, Phyllis White, and Robert White. Nakia, a rarity among American television series in its attempt to depict the challenges of modern-day Native Americans, was filmed largely on location in and around Albuquerque, the pilot for the series aired on ABC as the made-for-television movie Nakia on April 17,1974. Nakia premiered as a weekly ABC series on September 21,1974, the show aired at 10,00 p. m. on Saturday throughout its run. Sources Nakia at the Internet Movie Database Nakia at TV. com Nakia opening credits on YouTube Nakia episode No Place to Hide on YouTube
10. The New Land (TV series) – It stars Scott Thomas, Bonnie Bedelia, and Kurt Russell. It aired from September 14 to October 19,1974, also there is Christians brother Bo. Reverend Lundstrom and his wife Molly live in the area, william Blinn was the executive producer of The New Land. Philip Leacock produced the show and directed at least one of its episodes, Blinn wrote for the show, as did Gerry Day, Ray Goldrup, Bethel Leslie, Larry Brody, Michael Michaelian, and Katharyn Powers. Loosely based on two Swedish movies, 1971s The Emigrants and 1972s The New Land, the show was filmed on location in California and central Oregon, popular singer John Denver sang the theme song for The New Land. The New Land received almost universal acclaim from critics, many of whom compared it favorably with the hit series The Waltons, the New Land premiered on ABC on September 14,1974. Facing tough competition in its slot from CBSs All in the Family. It drew low ratings despite its acclaim and was cancelled after the broadcast of its sixth episode on October 19,1974. The New Land aired Saturdays at 8,00 p. m. EDT/PDT throughout its brief run, sources Theme song to The New Land and still photos from the show on YouTube
11. Police Woman (TV series) – Police Woman is an American television police drama starring Angie Dickinson that ran on NBC for four seasons, from September 13,1974, to March 29,1978. Based on a screenplay by Lincoln C. Hilburn, the show revolves around Sgt, Pepper Anderson, an undercover police officer working for the Criminal Conspiracy Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Sergeant William Bill Crowley was her superior, and Pete Royster and Joe Styles were the other half of the undercover team that investigated everything from murders to rape. In many episodes, Pepper went undercover in order to get enough to the suspects to gain valuable information that would lead to their arrest. Although Dickinsons character was called Pepper, sources differ as to the given name of the character. Most sources give the legal name as Suzanne. Others give it as Leanne or Lee Ann, the Police Story episode entitled The Gamble, which serves as a pilot for Police Woman, gives Dickinsons characters name as Lisa Beaumont. This TV series had 91 episodes and each episode was 60 minutes, flowers of Evil was the eighth episode of season one, airing November 8,1974. In it, Pepper investigates a trio of lesbians who run a retirement home while robbing and murdering the elderly residents, Gay and lesbian groups protested the episode, calling its portrayal of lesbianism stereotypical and negative. A group of lesbian activists zapped NBCs corporate offices a week after the episode aired, following negotiations with activists NBC agreed in 1975 not to rebroadcast the episode. Flowers of Evil is available on the season 1 DVD box set, Police Woman became the first successful hour-long drama series in American primetime television history to feature a woman in the starring role. This helped to make Dickinson a household name, Dickinson would win a Golden Globe award, and receive three Emmy nominations for the role. Police Woman caused an avalanche of applications for employment from women to police departments around the United States, in February 1976, President Gerald Ford re-scheduled a Tuesday press conference so as not to delay an episode of Police Woman, reportedly his favorite show. On March 7,2005, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Season 1 of Police Woman on DVD in Region 1, factory announced that they had acquired the rights to the series, and plan to release additional seasons on DVD. They subsequently released Season 2 on February 7,2012, several episodes from the first season are available to view for free in Minisode format on Crackle. Alternate Channels, The Uncensored Story of Gay and Lesbian Images on Radio, Police Woman at the Internet Movie Database Police Woman at TV. com
12. Chopper One – Chopper One is a short-lived ABC drama/adventure television series in early 1974 depicting the activities of a California police helicopter team. The program aired in a time slot on Thursdays at 8 p. m. Eastern. It aired adjacent to Firehouse, a series about a Los Angeles fire station. Chopper One was cancelled six months and Firehouse ended in the following month. Chopper One was directed by E. W. Swackhamer and was about two flying police officers and their adventures in a police helicopter, the helicopter was a Bell 206 Jetranger. It starred Jim McMullan as Officer Don Burdick and Dirk Benedict as officer Gil Foley, Benedict would later earn fame as Lt. Starbuck in the original 1978 TV show Battlestar Galactica and as Lt. Templeton Faceman Peck in the TV show The A-Team. Ted Hartley played their boss Capt. McKeegan and Lou Frizzell played Mitch, on July 12,2016, Sony Pictures released Chopper One, The Complete Series on DVD in region 1. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand release, available exclusively in the US and is part of the Sony Pictures Choice Collection in partnership with Amazon. com, Chopper One on ABC at TV Guide Chopper One at the Internet Movie Database Chopper One at TV. com