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1973 in television
                                     

ⓘ 1973 in television

  • August 6 – James Beck, who stars as Private Walker in the popular U.K. sitcom Dads Army, dies of a burst pancreas at the age of just 44. Although the series continues until 1977, the part of Walker is not recast and the show carries on without him.
  • September 15 – Betty White makes her first appearance as Sue Ann Nivens in The Mary Tyler Moore Show s fourth season opener, "The Lars Affair".
  • August 11 – Programme One airs the first part of the Soviet television miniseries Seventeen Moments of Spring, which would run until the 24th. With an audience of between fifty and eighty million viewers per episode, it becomes the most successful television show of its time in the Soviet Union.
  • May 17 – U.S. daytime television is interrupted by the Watergate hearings, which would continue until August 7. Each network airs coverage in rotation every third day ABC is first, then CBS and NBC.
  • December 12 – Kojaks trademark lollipop makes its debut in the episode "Hot Sunday".
  • March 23 – The longest running daytime game show to date - NBCs Concentration - airs its 3.796th and final show, after a run of fourteen years and seven months. The record will be eclipsed in 1987 by The Price Is Right ; today, Concentration ranks fourth in continual longevity among all daytime/syndicated game shows.
  • November 23 – Julie on Sesame Street, starring Julie Andrews, airs on ABC.
  • March 25 – The pilot episode of Open All Hours airs as part of Ronnie Barkers series Seven of One on BBC1 in the U.K.
  • November – Color television is launched in New Zealand. It will go full-time in November 1975.
  • May 10 – ABC concludes its first run at broadcasting the National Basketball Association with the New York Knicks Finals clinching victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5. With CBS taking over as the NBAs network television partner, this would mark the last time that ABC would broadcast an NBA Finals for 30 years.
  • October 20 – George Jefferson Sherman Hemsley makes his first appearance on All in the Family, at his brother Henrys goodbye party, though he has lived next door to Archie Bunker for the past two years.
  • July 2 – U.S. game show Match Game debuts its 1970s version; it soon becomes the #1-rated daytime television program for 1973, 1974, and 1975, as well as #1 game show from 1973–77.
  • September 20 – The Battle of the Sexes: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a televised tennis match at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. The global television audience in 36 countries is estimated at 90 million.
  • October 8 – Pat Phoenix leaves the role of Elsie Tanner on Coronation Street after thirteen years, when she felt that specific length of time was enough to play one character continuously.
  • November 4 - Filipino television network Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation officially signs on the air using Channel 2 frequency owned by ABS-CBN, which was shut down by President Ferdinand Marcos more than one year ago.
  • April 1 – "Prisoner and Escort", the pilot episode of Porridge, airs as part of Seven of One.
  • November 12 – The record breaking, long-running comedy series in the U.K. and the world, Last of the Summer Wine starts as a series on BBC1 the pilot had aired on January 4. The 295th and last episode is broadcast on 29 August 2010.
  • August 17 – CBS presents an adaptation of David Rabes play Sticks and Bones.but only to about half of its affiliates.
  • January 4 – The record breaking, long-running comedy series in the United Kingdom and the world, Last of the Summer Wine, starts as a 30-minute pilot on BBC1s Comedy Playhouse show. The first series starts on November 12; the 295th and last episode is broadcast on 29 August 2010.
  • March 8 – The TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders airs on CBS. This serves as the pilot for the iconic crime drama series Kojak, which returns as a weekly series in October.
  • January 14 – Elvis Presleys Aloha From Hawaii - Via Satellite television special is seen around the world by over 1 billion viewers. However, it was not shown on the Eastern Bloc countries because of communist censorship, with the sole exception of Der schwarze Kanal on Deutscher Fernsehfunk in East Germany.
  • January 13 – The Lawrence Welk Show airs its Salute to Mexico episode where Anacani makes her debut with the Champagne Music Makers. That episode also marks the final time Sandi Griffiths and Sally Flynn appear together as the act of Sandi & Sally
  • April 16 – James Paul McCartney airs on ABC and on ITV in the U.K. on May 10.
  • November 20 – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving airs on CBS for the first time. It will go onto win an Emmy Award the following year.
  • December 19 – After reading a news item that said the federal government had fallen behind in getting bids to supply toilet tissue, Johnny Carson inadvertently triggers an unprecedented three-week panic when he announces, on The Tonight Show, that there is an acute shortage of toilet paper in the U.S.
  • March 21 – Sitcom Are You Being Served? begins its first regular series on BBC1 in the U.K. pilot aired September 8, 1972.
                                     

1. Programs/programmes

  • Meet the Press 1947–
  • All in the Family 1971–79
  • M*A*S*H 1972–83
  • Rainbow 1972–92
  • Face the Nation 1954–
  • The Lawrence Welk Show 1955–82
  • Ive Got a Secret 1972–73
  • Magpie UK 1968–80
  • Its Academic 1961–
  • Monday Night Football 1970–
  • Masterpiece Theatre 1971–
  • Hee Haw 1969–93
  • Columbo 1971–78
  • Whats My Line 1950–75
  • Sesame Street 1969–
  • Sanford and Son 1972–77
  • The Newlywed Game 1966–74
  • Captain Kangaroo 1955–84
  • To Tell the Truth 1956–68; 1969–78
  • The Benny Hill Show UK 1969–89
  • Maude 1972–78
  • Dixon of Dock Green UK 1955–76
  • The Sky at Night UK 1957–
  • Panorama UK 1953–
  • The Money Programme UK 1966–
  • As the World Turns 1956–2010
  • Top of the Pops UK 1964–2006
  • The Secret Storm 1954–74
  • Coronation Street UK 1960–
  • The Good Old Days UK 1953–83
  • The Waltons 1972–81
  • All My Children 1970–2011
  • McCloud 1970–77
  • General Hospital 1963–
  • The Flip Wilson Show 1970–74
  • Come Dancing UK 1949–95
  • Grandstand UK 1958–2007
  • Days of Our Lives 1965–
  • Police Story 1973–78
  • The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1971–74
  • Opportunity Knocks UK 1956–78
  • The Bob Newhart Show 1972–78
  • Kimba the White Lion 1966–67, re-runs
  • The Partridge Family 1970–74
  • Blue Peter UK 1958–
  • John Cravens Newsround UK 1972–
  • The Edge of Night 1956–84
  • The Mike Douglas Show 1961–81
  • The Odd Couple 1970–75
  • Four Corners Australia 1961–
  • McMillan & Wife 1971–77
  • The Late Show Ireland 1962–
  • 60 Minutes 1968–
  • Heres Lucy 1968–74
  • What the Papers Say UK 1956–
  • Search for Tomorrow 1951–86
  • The Carol Burnett Show 1967–78
  • The Price Is Right 1972–
  • Room 222 1969–74
  • American Bandstand 1952–89
  • Soul Train 1971–2006
  • Dads Army UK 1968–77
  • The Wonderful World of Disney 1969–79
  • Marcus Welby, M.D. 1969–76
  • Truth or Consequences 1950–88
  • Concentration 1958–78
  • Play for Today UK 1970–84
  • Doctor Who UK 1963–89, 1996, 2005–
  • One Life to Live 1968–2012
  • Kung Fu 1972–75
  • Love, American Style 1969–74
  • Candid Camera 1948–
  • The Brady Bunch 1969–74
  • The Today Show 1952–
  • Mary Tyler Moore 1970–77
  • Bozo the Clown 1949–
  • Crossroads UK 1964–88, 2001–03
  • Old Grey Whistle Test UK 1971–87
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids 1972–84
  • Mannix 1967–75
  • Colditz UK 1972–74
  • Play School 1966–
  • Jeopardy! 1964–75, 1984–
  • Love of Life 1951–80
  • The Dean Martin Show 1965–19
  • The Guiding Light 1952–2009
  • Z-Cars UK 1962–78
  • This Is Your Life UK 1955–2003
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951–
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962–92
  • Gunsmoke 1955–75
  • Another World 1964–99
  • World of Sport UK 1965–85
  • The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour 1971–74
  • Ironside 1967–75
  • The Doctors 1963–82
  • Are You Being Served? UK 1972–85
  • Hawaii Five-O 1968–80
  • Emergency! 1972–77
  • Monty Pythons Flying Circus 1969–74
  • Emmerdale Farm UK 1972–
  • Bonanza 1959–73
                                     

1.1. Programs/programmes Debuts

  • January 4 – Last of the Summer Wine pilot episode, first series begins on November 12 1973–2010
  • January 28 – Barnaby Jones on CBS 1973–80
  • The $10.000 Pyramid on CBS with Dick Clark as host
  • The Young and the Restless on CBS 1973–
  • March 20 – Police Story on NBC 1973–78
  • January 6 – Schoolhouse Rock! on ABC 1973–09
  • March 26
  • April 6 – Ultraman Taro on TBS in Japan 1973–74
  • July 17
  • July 2 – CBS revives Match Game with more ribald questions 1962–69, 1973–84, 1990–91, 1998–99
  • The Wizard of Odds, first United States game show hosted by Alex Trebek, premieres on NBC
  • The New Treasure Hunt syndicated 1973–76
  • An animated revival of Star Trek premieres on NBC 1973–74
  • September 8
  • Super Friends 1973–74 premieres on ABC
  • September 21 - Needles and Pins on NBC 1 season
  • September 22 – The Starlost 1973–74
  • September 10 – Lotsa Luck on NBC 1973–74
  • Greatest Sports Legends syndicated 1973–93
  • October 15 – The Tomorrow Show on NBC 1973–82
  • Superstars on BBC1 in the UK 1973–85, 2003–05
  • October 24 – Kojak on CBS 1973–78, 2005
  • September 14 – Adams Rib on ABC 1 season
                                     
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