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|Description||Reflecting Back on Television Shows of the 1970s
viewing. Comedy, action and drama ruled the airwaves, and many of these shows often presented groundbreaking themes in scripts as social values and changing of the times crept into episodes with dialogue reflecting and, in some cases, addressing these issues. Even without exploring social themes, many of the shows were just fun. A few of them even lasted into the 1980s.
Social Themes Move to the Forefront
The 1950s and 1960s were full of westerns and comedies that focused on the family with light conflict (for instance "I Love Lucy" and "Dick Van Dyke"). This stuff was funny, no doubt about it, but most of it was not anything "heavy". This is not to say there weren't groundbreaking events happening in TV during the '50s and '60s, there were, as these were the decades of change that eventually made its way into the television of the '70s.
The decade started with 30 year old Mary Richards on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show", who moved to the big city after a breakup with her live in boyfriend (divorce was still way too controversial for these times!) The show centered on Mary's desire to start anew as an independent and self sufficient career woman. The show was a huge success, having a 7 year run, with words such as "acclaimed" often used to describe it. Many of its stars would go on to lead their own series, either in spin offs of MTM or on totally unrelated shows.
Shortly thereafter, shows like "All in the Family" took racism and discrimination issues head on, and "Three's Company" reflected a single man sharing an apartment with two single women. While "Three's Company" was primarily straight forward situation comedy, "All in the Family" used comedy to highlight important societal issues. Throughout its 8 year run, in addition to racism, it addressed topics such as homophobia, menopause, sex, abortion and anti semitism, to name a few.
Adventure and Live Action Drama
Social themes were not the only front and center topic in '70s television. Adventure and live action drama held a prominent place in the network's prime time lineups. Those watching TV in this era will likely not forget shows like "Charlie's Angels", "Dukes of Hazzard" and "Wonder Woman".
Technology also continued to develop during this decade. "Buck Rogers", "The Bionic Woman" and "The Six Million Dollar Man" highlighted technical concepts that, at the time, suspended belief. What's interesting is some of the things presented in those shows aren't so far fetched by today's tech standards in the 21st century.
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Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson original cast of "Charlie's Angels"
Comedy and Variety Shows
Comedy and variety shows ruled the 1970s, and copy mother of pearl clover bracelet shows like "Carol Burnett" and "Sonny and Cher" stand out to mind. Many other music stars would get their own weekly shows during this era. Before decade's end, these would fade in popularity, and the '80s would see the rise of the "talk show". Today comedy and variety shows don't really exist in the same way, and have been somewhat replaced copy van cleef sweet alhambra bracelet with late night talk and reality shows. (But reality shows are a whole 'nother topic entirely.)
During this decade Saturday Night Live (SNL) also emerged and quickly claimed a status that indicated "king" of late night television; many might possibly argue the subsequent decades of this show couldn't touch the mastery that this show's birth and formative years did. SNL brought us John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, Gilda Radner and Jane Curtin. Even frequent guest Steve Martin made the show memorable. and movie history and performed in some of the most memorable pieces ever still often referenced today.
More of the Family
While the Bunkers were grabbing viewers during these years, the rural and family oriented shows that were the trend of the '60s still continued into the '70s to some extent. "Little House on the Prairie" and "Happy Days" reflected the nostalgia of an earlier time. While the "Bradys" lived in the current times during its 5 season run, they were "groovy" and reflected the changing of times while still playing off the earlier traditional "family" television shows. These shows also evolved into fantasy imaginings where society watched characters on the "Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" travel different or unexpected paths to taking an experience or discovering the life of their dreams.
Saturday morning cartoons were every kid's dream. Ewing (OK, technically this episode was run in early 1980, but the show rose to the top during the late 1970s). Anyone who lived in that day, fan of the show or not, will remember the large presence of "Dallas". This show paved the road for what would become the next decade of continuity drama shows (night time "soaps") that dominated prime time of the 1980s. In 1980 a song was even written to capture the "hysteria" surrounding the show's season finale that year.
(As an aside, cable vintage alhambra bracelet fake network TNT launched a "reboot" of the "Dallas" series that ran a few seasons, bringing back some of the original characters and building its foundation on the next generation using the previous generation's story lines. As of fall 2014, that new series had been canceled, but was looking for a new home).
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