Roots, January 23 – 30, 1977

Roots is the dramatic television event that truly changed America. Overnight, a national dialog was created regarding the historical treatment of African Americans, and America had to face, head-on, the horrible truth about the American past and their ancestors. ABC’s nervousness about the miniseries Roots was essentially financial. Suspecting the series would bomb and displace […]

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Barney Miller, “Hash,” The 12th Gets Stoned, December 30, 1976

Written by Tom Reeder and directed by Noam Pitlik, this third season Barney Miller episode titled “Hash” is one of the most beloved of all the sitcoms from the 1970’s. Reeder’s script brilliantly keeps the brownies’ ingredients secret for half of the episode, allowing for the viewer to grasp the details of the plot as it […]

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A Case of Rape, February 20, 1974

At last check, this made for TV movie is still one of the Top Ten All Time ratings winners in the entire history of made-for-television movies. Starring the actress responsible for lovable witch Samantha Stephens on Bewitched, Elizabeth Montgomery raised the bar on television production with A Case of Rape. The story-line featured graphic rape […]

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The Soupy Sales Show, The $80,000 Scandal, January 1, 1965

The Soupy Sales Show was an early version of Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Broadcast live, it featured silly humor for children with plenty of inside jokes for the adults. In the 1950s and 60s, Soupy’s shows appeared in numerous formats and time slots, but his Saturday afternoon show proved to be the most popular. At the show’s […]

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James Turns 16, But Only Without a Condom – February 9, 1978

James at 15 is a well-remembered teen drama for those growing up in the 1970’s, yet it ran a only a single season. The critics found the show sensitive and real, but the ratings were only mediocre. Perhaps in 1978, parents still had some control over what their children watched, and the show’s controversial themes kept […]

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