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Top years in television: 1970s

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Oct 21 2010
1 1970 in television – Monday Night Football debutes on (ABC) Mary Tyler Moore and All My Children premiere, as does the BBC Nine O'Clock News and The Goodies in the UK. 151
2 1975 in television – Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America and Wheel of Fortune premiere; Sony introduces the Betamax home video tape recorder; Fawlty Towers premieres in Britain on BBC2. Super Sentai begins it's long-running run (year off in 1978) in Japan on NET with the premiere of Goranger. 121
3 1978 in television – Dallas paves the way for the return of prime time soaps in the US. Abarembo Shogun begins 25-year run in Japan. Grange Hill premieres on BBC1 in the UK. 115
4 1977 in television – The mini-series Roots airs on ABC; first episode of Three's Company; kids' network Pinwheel is launched. Dad's Army and Porridge both end on BBC1. 110
5 1979 in television – 43 million viewers watch Elvis! on ABC. All-sports cable channel ESPN is launched. The Pinwheel Channel becomes the world famous Nickelodeon cable channel. A technician's strike forces ITV off air for eleven weeks (except in the Channel Islands) while BBC2 launches the first computer generated ident in the world. 105
6 1974 in television – Happy Days premieres on ABC. Monty Python's Flying Circus ends in the UK, and comes to American TV audiences for the first time. Australian TV tests color transmissions (full-time color comes in '75.) 96
7 1973 in television – Large-screen projection color TVs hit the market in the USA. The Young and the Restless, Match Game and Pyramid begin hugely successful daytime TV runs. Last of the Summer Wine premieres on BBC1. 88
8 1971 in television – All in the Family and Soul Train premiere. Open University broadcasts begin on the BBC. John Chancellor becomes the sole anchor of the NBC Nightly News. 87
9 1972 in television – M*A*S*H and Bob Barker's The Price is Right debut; Home Box Office becomes first pay-TV channel. Emmerdale Farm (now just called Emmerdale) premieres on ITV in the UK. 81
10 1976 in television – South Africa has television service for the first time. UK punk group the Sex Pistols cause controversy and outrage by swearing on Today, a Thames Television regional early evening show. Charlie's Angels debuts on ABC. NBC's 'N' logo replaces the peacock and snake logos. 72


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