1975 in television
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The year 1975 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1975.
For the American TV schedule, see: 1975-76 United States network television schedule.
- January 3, 1975 – The original Jeopardy! ends its run after almost 11 years and 2,753 episodes on NBC.
- Also on NBC, the biggest prize in American daytime television game shows at the time is won on Jackpot, $38,750, split between two contestants.
- January 6 – Another World becomes the first American soap opera to start airing hour-long telecasts.
- January 11 – On All in the Family, a tearful Edith says goodbye to her neighbor, Louise Jefferson as The Jeffersons moved on up to their own sitcom.
- March 1 – "C-Day" in Australia; full-time colour broadcasting takes effect
- March 4 – The first People's Choice Awards presentation on CBS
- March 18 – McLean Stevenson's character dies in the M*A*S*H episode "Abyssinia, Henry", its third season finale.
- April 3 – Meg Richardson (Noele Gordon) marries Hugh Mortimer (John Bentley) on the soap opera Crossroads.
- April 12 – On The Jeffersons, Mike Evans makes his last appearance (until 1979), with Damon Evans (no relation to Michael) joining the cast.
- April 21 – Days of our Lives becomes the second American soap opera to expand from thirty minutes to an hour in length.
- April 25 – "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" airs on ABC
- April 28 – Tom Snyder interviews John Lennon on The Tomorrow Show.
- June 5 – Fred Silverman becomes the head of ABC Entertainment, whose programming choices resulted in ABC achieving ratings dominance (and initiating an era of what was disparagingly called "T&A" or "Jiggle television").
- September 5 – A bomb explodes in the wine bar/delicatessen on Number 96, in an attempt to shake up the cast and earn back lost viewers.
- September 8 – The Price is Right is expanded to an hour in length, with six games and two Showcase Showdowns, for one week as an experiment; the format is made permanent two months later.
- Match Game starts airing weekly episodes in syndicated primetime as Match Game PM.
- September 29 – WGPR-TV, channel 62 in Detroit, becomes the first television station in the U. S. to be owned and operated by blacks (It is now CBS-owned WWJ-TV).
- September 30 – The Muhammad Ali–Joe Frazier title fight from the Philippines (the "Thrilla in Manila") is sent via satellite to the U. S. and shown on HBO.
- October 25 – The classic "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show airs on CBS.
- October 28 – A James Bond film is shown on British television for the first time, Dr. No on ITV.
- November – Sony introduces the Betamax video recorder in the US, which comes in a teakwood console with a 19" color TV set and retails for $2,495.
- November 7 – The New Original Wonder Woman TV movie airs as a pilot for the series, Wonder Woman (which premiered in 1976).
- November 10 – The Guiding Light changes its name to Guiding Light, in an attempt to modernize the show's image (The show's announcer, however, continues to call the series The Guiding Light in his announcements until the early 1980s).
- November 23 – Memories of the "Heidi Game" return to haunt NBC as that network is forced to join Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in progress at the conclusion of an overtime NFL game.
- December 1 – Top-rated As the World Turns, bowing to competition from NBC, expands to one hour in length; The Edge of Night moves to ABC.
- January 2 – The Sweeney on ITV in the UK (1975–78)
- January 6 – Wheel of Fortune on NBC's daytime lineup (1975–89)
- Blank Check the same day, and lasts 26 weeks
- January 17 – Baretta, starring Robert Blake, on ABC (1975–78)
- January 18 – The Jeffersons, a spinoff of All in the Family, on CBS (1975–85)
- January 23 – Barney Miller on ABC (1975–82)
- February 17 – S.W.A.T. on ABC (1975-76)
- April 4 – The Good Life on BBC1 in the UK (1975–78)
- April 5 – Himitsu Sentai Gorenger on TV-Asahi (formerly NET) in Japan (1975–77)
- April 16 - Survivors on BBC1 (1975–77)
- May – The Don Lane Show on the Nine Network in Australia (1975–83)
- May 31 – Jim'll Fix It on BBC1 (1975–94)
- June 16 – Spin-Off and Musical Chairs on CBS's daytime lineup
- July 7 – Ryan's Hope on ABC's daytime lineup (1975–89)
- September 2 – Runaround on ITV (1975–81)
- September 4 – "The Bobby Vinton Show" on CTV in Canada and across the U.S. in syndication (1975–78)
- Space: 1999 (syndicated 1975–77)
- September 6 – Hanna-Barbera's The New Tom and Jerry/Grape Ape Show on ABC Saturday Morning (1975–76)
- September 8 – Phyllis, a spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show on CBS (1975–77)
- Match Game PM (1975–82)
- September 9 – Welcome Back, Kotter on ABC (1975–79)
- September 14 – Three for the Road on CBS and ends promptly on November 30
- September 19 – Fawlty Towers on BBC Two in the UK (1975, 1979)
- September 25 – King of Kensington on CBC (1975–80)
- September – The Fifth Estate on CBC (1975–present)
- October 1 – Arena on BBC2 in the UK (1975–present)
- October 11 – NBC's Saturday Night (later changed to Saturday Night Live) with host George Carlin and guest Andy Kaufman (1975–present)
- November 3 – Good Morning America on ABC with co-anchors David Hartman and Nancy Dussault (1975–present)
- November 30 – McCoy on NBC (1975–76)
- December 16 – One Day at a Time, produced by Norman Lear, on CBS (1975–84)
- Meet the Press (1947–present)
- Candid Camera (1948–present)
- Bozo the Clown (1949–present)
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–1995)
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988)
- Love of Life (1951–1980)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986)
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present)
- American Bandstand (1952–1989)
- The Guiding Light (1952–2009)
- Hockey Night in Canada (1952–present)
- The Today Show (1952–present)
- Panorama (UK) (1953–present)
- The Good Old Days (UK) (1953–1983)
- Face the Nation (1954–present)
- The Tonight Show (1954–present)
- The Wonderful World of Disney (1954–present; 1969–79 with this title)
- Captain Kangaroo (1955–1984)
- Dixon of Dock Green (UK) (1955–1976)
- The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–1982)
- This Is Your Life (UK) (1955–2003)
- As the World Turns (1956–2010)
- Opportunity Knocks (UK) (1956–1978)
- The Edge of Night (1956–1984)
- What the Papers Say (UK) (1956–present)
- The Sky at Night (UK) (1957–present)
- Blue Peter (UK) (1958–present)
- Grandstand (UK) (1958–2007)
- Coronation Street, UK (1960–present)
- Four Corners, Australia (1961–present)
- It's Academic (1961–present)
- The Mike Douglas Show (1961–1981)
- Wide World of Sports (1961–1997)
- The Late Late Show, Ireland (1962–present)
- Z-Cars, UK (1962–1978)
- Doctor Who, UK (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present)
- The Doctors (1963–1982)
- General Hospital (1963–present)
- Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963–1988, 2002–present)
- Another World (1964–1999)
- Crossroads, UK (1964–1988, 2001–2003)
- Top of the Pops, UK (1964–2006)
- Days of our Lives (1965–present)
- World of Sport, UK (1965–1985)
- Play School (1966–present)
- The Money Programme (UK) (1966–present)
- The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)
- 60 Minutes (1968–present)
- Dad's Army (UK) (1968–1977)
- Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
- Magpie (UK) (1968–1980)
- One Life to Live (1968–present)
- Hee Haw (1969–1993)
- Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976)
- Sesame Street (1969–present)
- The Benny Hill Show (UK) (1969–1989)
- All My Children (1970–present)
- Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
- McCloud (1970–1977)
- Monday Night Football (1970–present)
- Play for Today (UK) (1970–1984)
- All in the Family (1971–1979)
- Columbo (1971–1978)
- Masterpiece Theatre (1971–present)
- McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)
- Old Grey Whistle Test (UK) (1971–1987)
- Soul Train (1971–2008)
- Are You Being Served? (UK) (1972–1985)
- Emergency! (1972–1977)
- Emmerdale Farm (UK) (1972–present)
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–1984)
- John Craven's Newsround (UK) (1972–present)
- Maude (1972–1978)
- M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
- Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
- The Bob Newhart Show (1972–1978)
- The Price Is Right (1972–present)
- The Waltons (1972–1981)
- Barnaby Jones (1973–1980)
- Kojak (1973–1978, 2005–present)
- Last of the Summer Wine (UK) (1973–present)
- Match Game (1962–1969, 1973–1984, 1990–1991, 1998–1999)
- Schoolhouse Rock! (1973–1986)
- The Six Million Dollar Man (1973–1978)
- Superstars (UK) (1973–1985, 2003–2005)
- The Tomorrow Show (1973–1982)
- The Young and the Restless (1973–present)
- Chico and the Man (1974–1978)
- Countdown (Australia) (1974–1987)
- Derrick (1974–1998)
- Dinah! (1974–1980)
- Good Times (1974–1979)
- Happy Days (1974–1984)
- Land of the Lost (1974–1977)
- Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)
- Police Woman (1974–1978)
- Rhoda (1974–1978)
- Tattletales (1974–1978, 1982–1984)
- Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974–1984)
- The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
- The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)
- Tiswas (UK) (1974–1982)
- Wish You Were Here...? (UK) (1974–present)
- Tom and Jerry (1965–1972, 1975–1977, 1980–1982)
Programs ending during 1975
|January 4||Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers||1974|
|March 7||The Odd Couple||1970|
|March 28||Ultraman Leo (Japan)||1974|
|April 18||How to Survive a Marriage||1974|
|April 26||Kung Fu||1972|
|August 1||Death Valley Days||1952|
|September||What's My Line?||1950|
Game shows whose runs ended, later revived
- January 3 – Jeopardy! (1964–1975, 1984–present)
- June 13 – The Joker's Wild (1972–1975, 1978–1986)
- June 13 – Now You See It (1974–1975, 1989)
- June 27 – Password (1961–67, 71–75, 79–82, 84–89, 2008–2009)
- June 27 – Split Second (1972–1975, 1986–87)
- September – Truth or Consequences (on and off from 1950–55, 1956–75, 1977–78, 1987–88)
Changes of network affiliation
|Show||Moved from||Moved to|
|The Edge of Night||CBS||ABC|
- January 1 – Georgina Mellor, British actress
- January 29 – Sara Gilbert, actress (Roseanne)
- February 22 – Drew Barrymore, actress
- March 15 – Eva Longoria, actress
- March 27 – Stacy Ferguson ("Fergie"), actress, singer (Kids Incorporated, The Black Eyed Peas)
- April 6 – Zach Braff, actor (Scrubs)
- April 30 – Johnny Galecki, actor
- June 4 – Angelina Jolie, actress
- June 27 – Tobey Maguire, actor
- August 7 – Charlize Theron, South African actress
- October 5 – Kate Winslet, English actress
- October 12 – Marion Jones, athlete player
- November 21 – Cherie Johnson, actress
- December 17 – Milla Jovovich, actress
- December 27 – Heather O'Rourke, actress (died 1988)
- December 30 – Tiger Woods, Pro golf player
- January 24 – Larry Fine, 72, American comic actor (Three Stooges)
- May 4 – Moe Howard, 77, American comic actor (Three Stooges)
- June 28 – Rod Serling, 50, television writer and creator of The Twilight Zone (1959–64) and Night Gallery (1969–73)