1978 television series debuts

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  1. 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.


  2. 3-2-1

    3-2-1 (1978)

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    3–2–1 was a popular British game show that was made by Yorkshire Television for ITV. It ran for ten years, between 29 July 1978 and 24 December 1988, with former Butlins Redcoat Ted Rogers as the host. It was based on a Spanish gameshow called Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez and was three shows in one, a quiz show, a variety show and a game show.


  3. A.E.S. Hudson Street

    A.E.S. Hudson Street (1977)

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    A.E.S. Hudson Street is an American comedy television show that aired on ABC in 1978 on Thursday night from 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm est.


  4. A.M. Weather

    A.M. Weather (1978)

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    A.M. Weather was an American weather news program that ran from October 30, 1978 to February 3, 1995 and was broadcast on PBS member stations throughout the United States. The 15-minute daily program, which aired fifteen minutes before or after the hour (depending on the station's scheduling of the program) and was produced by Maryland Public Television (MPT), featured detailed forecasts presented by meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The program led the way in the use of computer graphics for televised weather reports, but had previously used hand-drawn maps and the show's trademark yellow pointer.


  5. America 2-Night

    America 2-Night (1978)

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    America 2-Night is the continuation of the talk-show parody series Fernwood 2 Night. It ran from April to July 1978. As in Fernwood, Barth Gimble (Martin Mull) was the host and Jerry Hubbard (Fred Willard) was his co-host. Happy Kyne (Frank De Vol) and the Mirth-Makers was the band.


  6. Apple Pie

    Apple Pie (1978)

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    Apple Pie is an American television sitcom that was broadcast on the ABC network from September 23, 1978 until September 30, 1978. It is based on the play Nourish the Beast, by Steve Tesich, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for 1979's Breaking Away.


  7. 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.


  8. Bassie en Adriaan en de plaaggeest

    Bassie en Adriaan en de plaaggeest (1976)

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    Bassie & Adriaan are a Dutch circus duo who star 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". After a break-up of ten years the two perform together again and enjoy a huge popularity in Netherlands and Belgium.


  9. Battle of the Planets

    Battle of the Planets (1978)

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    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.


  10. Battlestar Galactica

    Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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    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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


  13. Challenge of the SuperFriends

    Challenge of the SuperFriends (1978)

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    Challenge of the Super Friends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 9, 1978, to December 23, 1978, on ABC. The complete series (16 episodes) was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Warner Bros. Television and is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics and created by Julius Schwartz, Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. It was the third series of Super Friends cartoons, following the original Super Friends in 1973 and The All-New Super Friends Hour in 1977. It continues to air on Boomerang in the United States.


  14. 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.


  15. David Cassidy - Man Undercover

    David Cassidy - Man Undercover (1978)

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    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, marking 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.


  16. 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).


  17. Dinky Dog

    Dinky Dog (1978)

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    Dinky Dog is an 11-minute animated segment on The All-New Popeye Hour from September 9, 1978 to September 1981 and was Hanna-Barbera's first show created and produced in Australia.


  18. Fabulous Funnies

    Fabulous Funnies (1978)

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    Fabulous Funnies is a Filmation cartoon series on NBC that ran for one season in 1978; it features animated versions of newspaper comic strips and attempted to teach moral lessons to children.


  19. Fangface

    Fangface (1978)

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    Fangface is a 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon produced by Ruby-Spears Productions for ABC which aired from September 9, 1978 to September 8, 1979. The executive producers were Joe Ruby and Ken Spears.


  20. Free Country

    Free Country (1978)

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    Free Country is a short-lived sitcom on ABC in the summer of 1978. The show starred Rob Reiner as Joseph Bresner, the head of a Lithuanian family that emigrated to New York City in the early-1900s [1]. Each episode featured the 89 year old Bresner in present day (i.e. in the 1970s) reminiscing about events in the early-1900s. The bulk of the show would then consist of actually showing those events. The series lasted five episodes.


  21. Future Boy Conan

    Future Boy Conan (1978)

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    Future Boy Conan (未来少年コナン Mirai Shōnen Konan) is a post-apocalyptic science fiction anime series, which premiered across Japan on the NHK network between April 4 and October 31, 1978 on the Tuesday 19:30-20:00 timeslot. The official English title used by Nippon Animation is Conan, The Boy in Future. It is an adaptation of Alexander Key's novel The Incredible Tide.


  22. Galaxy Goof-Ups

    Galaxy Goof-Ups (1978)

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    Galaxy Goof-Ups is a half-hour Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which aired on NBC from September 9, 1978 to September 1, 1979. The "Galaxy Goof-Ups" consisted of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Scare Bear and Quack-Up as space patrolmen (under the leadership of Captain Snerdley) who always goofed-up (hence the name of the show) while on duty and spent most of their time in disco clubs.


  23. GMA Supershow

    GMA Supershow (1979)

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    GMA Supershow, formerly titled Germside and then Germspesyal, was a Sunday noontime variety show formerly aired by GMA Network from 1978 to 1997, making it one of the longest running Sunday noontime shows in Philippine television history.


  24. Godzilla

    Godzilla (1978)

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    Godzilla is a 30-minute animated series co-produced between Hanna-Barbera Productions and Toho in 1978 and aired on NBC in the United States and TV Tokyo in Japan.


  25. Grandpa Goes to Washington

    Grandpa Goes to Washington (1978)

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    Grandpa Goes to Washington is an American comedy-drama that aired on NBC on Tuesday night from September 7, 1978 to January 16, 1979.


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