The 1974-1975 television season began 45 years ago tonight on Monday, September 9th, 1974. Two new shows debuted that night: Rhoda on CBS and Born Free on NBC. In all, the networks unveiled 24 new shows that fall. Most of them failed. Many were pulled off the air by mid-season. Others managed to hold on for the duration of the season.
Only a handful of the new shows introduced during Fall 1974 returned for the 1975-1976 season. Among them were Rhoda (CBS), Little House on the Prairie (NBC), That’s My Mama (ABC), and The Rockford Files (NBC).
Here’s a complete list of the news shows for Fall 1974. Shows marked with an asterisk (*) were not renewed for the 1975-1976 season.
New Shows for Fall 1974
Get Christie Love!*
Kolchak: The Night Stalker*
The New Land*
The Texas Wheelers*
That’s My Mama
The Sonny Comedy Revue*
Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers*
Planet of the Apes*
Sons and Daughters*
Chicago Chico and the Man
Little House on the Prairie
The Rockford Files
How many of these shows did you watch in 1974?
I’ve long been fascinated by the 1974-1975 season. One of my earliest articles was a three-part look at Fall 1974:
Another early article took an in-depth look Sons and Daughters (CBS, 1974). I’ve also written spotlights on Sierra (NBC, 1974) and The Texas Wheelers (ABC, 1974; 1975). And I’ve examined The Fall 1974 That Wasn’t, which examines the impact of a court ruling blocking the FCC from returning a half-hour of prime time to the networks. As a result, the networks were forced to shuffle their schedule, cancelling or postponing a half dozen sitcoms.
Five years ago, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Fall 1974, I wrote a three-part special feature about pilots developed for the 1974-1975 season:
Later this year, look for my article about one season wonder Lucas Tanner (NBC, 1974-1975) as my obsession with Fall 1974 continues.