1978 television series debuts

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  1. Dallas

    Dallas (1978)

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    Dallas is a long-running American prime time television soap opera that aired from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991, on CBS. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texan family, the Ewings, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork. The series originally focused on the marriage of Bobby Ewing and Pamela Barnes, whose families were sworn enemies with each other. As the series progressed, oil tycoon J.R. Ewing grew to be the show's main character, whose schemes and dirty business became the show's trademark. When the show ended in May 1991, J.R. was the only character to have appeared in every episode.


  2. Mork & Mindy

    Mork & Mindy (1978)

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    Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 until 1982 on ABC. The series starred Robin Williams as Mork, an alien who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man egg-shaped spaceship. Pam Dawber co-starred as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate. In 1997, the episode "Mork's Mixed Emotions" was ranked 94 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time list.


  3. WKRP in Cincinnati

    WKRP in Cincinnati (1978)

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    WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was created by Hugh Wilson and was based upon his experiences working in advertising sales at Top 40 radio station WQXI (AM) in Atlanta. Many of the characters and even some of the stories (including the season 1 episode 7 "Turkeys Away") are based on people and events at WQXI.


  4. Diff'rent Strokes

    Diff'rent Strokes (1978)

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    Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman and widower named Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain) and his daughter Kimberly (Dana Plato), for whom their deceased mother previously worked. During the first season and first half of the second season, Charlotte Rae also starred as the Drummonds' housekeeper, Mrs. Garrett (who ultimately spun-off into her own successful show, The Facts of Life).


  5. Centennial

    Centennial (1978)

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    Centennial is a 12-episode American television miniseries that aired on NBC from October 1978 to February 1979. It was based on the novel of the same name by James A. Michener. The miniseries was produced by John Wilder.


  6. Taxi

    Taxi (1978)

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    Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series, which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for "Outstanding Comedy Series", focuses on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers and their abusive dispatcher. The series, produced by the John Charles Walters Company, in association with Paramount Network Television, was created by James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, David Davis, and Ed. Weinberger.


  7. 20/20

    20/20 (1978)

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    20/20 is an American television newsmagazine (similar in depth to a print newsmagazine) that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. Created by ABC News executive Roone Arledge, the show was designed similarly to CBS's 60 Minutes but focuses more on human interest stories than international and political subjects. The program's name derives from the "20/20" measurement of visual acuity.


  8. Jeopardy!

    Jeopardy! (1984)

    2,217 views

  9. Battlestar Galactica

    Battlestar Galactica (1978)

    1,821 views

    Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, it ran for one season in 1978–79. After cancellation, its story was continued in 1980 as Galactica 1980 with Adama, Lieutenant Boomer (now a colonel) and Boxey (now called Troy) being the only continuing characters. Books have been written continuing the stories.


  10. SOKO 5113

    SOKO 5113 (1978)

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    SOKO 5113 is a long-running German police procedural television series. It was first aired in 1978 on 2 January. SOKO is an abbreviation of the term "Sonderkommission" (Special [Police] Commission - meaning special investigation team) in German.


  11. Baby, I'm Back

    Baby, I'm Back (1977)

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    Baby, I'm Back is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from January to April 1978. The series stars former Sanford and Son star Demond Wilson (in his first role after that series' cancellation), Room 222 alumna Denise Nicholas, Helen Martin, and future Facts of Life co-star Kim Fields.


  12. Vega$

    Vega$ (1978)

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    Vega$ is an American detective television drama series that aired on ABC from 1978 until 1981. It was produced by Aaron Spelling. The series (with the exception of special episodes filmed in Hawaii and San Francisco) was filmed in its entirety in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is believed to be the first television series produced entirely in Las Vegas.


  13. The White Shadow

    The White Shadow (1978)

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    The White Shadow is an American drama television series that ran on the CBS network from November 27 1978, to March 16 1981.


  14. Hello, Larry

    Hello, Larry (1979)

    786 views

    Hello, Larry is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from January 26, 1979 to April 30, 1980.


  15. Holocaust

    Holocaust (1978)

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    Holocaust is an American television miniseries broadcast in four parts in 1978 on the NBC television network. The series tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the (fictional) Weiss family of German Jews and that of a rising member of the SS, who gradually becomes a merciless war criminal. Holocaust highlighted numerous important events which occurred up to and during World War II, such as Kristallnacht, the creation of Jewish ghettos and later, the use of gas chambers. Although the miniseries won several awards and received critical acclaim, it was criticized by some, including noted Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel, who described it as "untrue and offensive."


  16. Card Sharks

    Card Sharks (1978)

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    Card Sharks is an American television game show created by Chester Feldman for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions. Two contestants compete for control of a row of oversized playing cards by answering questions posed by the host and then guessing if the next card is higher or lower in value than the previous one. The concept has been made into a series four separate times since its debut in 1978, and also appeared as part of CBS's Gameshow Marathon. The primary announcer for the first three series was Gene Wood.


  17. The Paper Chase

    The Paper Chase (1978)

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    The Paper Chase is an American television series based on a 1970 novel by John Jay Osborn, Jr., as well as a 1973 film based on the novel. It follows the lives of law student James T. Hart and his classmates at Harvard Law School.


  18. Project U.F.O.

    Project U.F.O. (1978)

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    Project U.F.O. is a NBC television series which lasted two seasons, from 1978 to 1979. Based loosely on the real-life Project Blue Book, the show was created by Dragnet veteran Jack Webb, who pored through Air Force files looking for episode ideas. This was the final show produced by Webb's Mark VII Limited, but in the case of this show it was produced in association with Worldvision Enterprises (now CBS Television Distribution); this was the only Mark VII production not produced with the two other studios closely associated with Mark VII -- Warner Bros. or MCA TV / Universal Television.


  19. Pilot

    Pilot (1977)

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    Fantasy Island is an American television series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company network from 1977 to 1984. A revival of the series originally aired on the same network during the 1998–99 season.


  20. Watch Your Mouth

    Watch Your Mouth (1978)

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    Watch Your Mouth is an American comedy-drama television series which aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television in 1978. The series focused upon Mr. Geeter (Joe Morton), a resourceful language skills teacher, and his ethnically diverse group of high schoolers. Like many PBS series of the 1970s, it was considered both educational and groundbreaking.


  21. Jason of Star Command

    Jason of Star Command (1978)

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    Jason of Star Command is a live action television series by Filmation which ran between 1978 and 1981. The show revolved around the exploits of space adventurer Jason (Craig Littler) and his colleagues, including Professor E.J. Parsafoot (Charlie Dell) and the pocket robot "Wiki" (formally W1K1). The show also starred Sid Haig as the evil Dragos, and, in the first season, James Doohan of Star Trek fame. Jason was a spin-off of another Filmation live action show called Space Academy, which starred another sci-fi luminary, Jonathan Harris of Lost in Space fame.


  22. Pearl

    Pearl (1978)

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    Pearl was a 1978 American miniseries on ABC about events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. It starred a large cast, notably Dennis Weaver, Tiana Alexandra, Robert Wagner, Angie Dickinson, Brian Dennehy, Lesley Ann Warren, Gregg Henry, Max Gail, Richard Anderson, Marion Ross, Audra Lindley, Char Fontane, Katherine Helmond and Adam Arkin. To keep production costs manageable, the scenes of the attack were footage originally shot for the film Tora! Tora! Tora!; the miniseries also used newly dubbed footage of So Yamamura to portray the Japanese commander of the attack.


  23. David Cassidy - Man Undercover

    David Cassidy - Man Undercover (1978)

    191 views

    David Cassidy: Man Undercover (the word "undercover" in the series title appeared at various times written as one word or two) was an American police drama starring David Cassidy, four years after his run starring in the The Partridge Family, mnarking his first starring role since that series was cancelled. The series was spun off after Cassidy starred in a special two-hour episode of Police Story, titled "A Chance to Live," which aired in May 1978; this episode served as the pilot for Man Undercover.


  24. Battle of the Planets

    Battle of the Planets (1978)

    141 views

    Battle of the Planets (1978) is an American adaptation of the Japanese anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1972). Of the 105 original Gatchaman episodes, 85 were used in the Battle of the Planets adaptation, produced by Sandy Frank Entertainment. The adaptation was generally faithful to the plot and character development of the original Gatchaman series, but significant additions and reductions were made in order to increase appeal to the North American juvenile-male television market of the late 1970s, as well as avoid controversy from parents; most notable was the removal of elements of graphic violence, and profanity.


  25. Bassie en Adriaan en de plaaggeest

    Bassie en Adriaan en de plaaggeest (1976)

    109 views

    Bassie & Adriaan were a Dutch circus duo who starred in their own television series. Bassie is a ginger-haired red-nosed clown who wears a red tartan-jacket and green trousers; he's fond of cream-cakes, and calls himself "stupid, but not smart". Adriaan is an acrobat in a blue (used to be purple) 1970s-style shirt; his philosophy is "Whatever happens, keep smiling". They don't perform together anymore but they still enjoy a huge popularity in both the Netherlands and Belgium.


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