The Way It Was (TV series)

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The Way It Was was a 1974 to 1978 PBS television series featuring athletes reminiscing about a particular sporting event from the past. Hosted by Curt Gowdy, the bulk of the 30-minute broadcast was dedicated to rebroadcasting the game, uninterrupted but in edited form, with a short 5-minute discussion segment at the end of the show. The show is also notable for its computer animated intro with the song "Happy Days Are Here Again".

Gerry Gross, who created Sports Challenge, produced the show in association with KCET in Los Angeles.[1] PBS aired the show from October 3, 1974[1] to 1978. Mobil Corporation provided major funding for the series, and had also released a 1975 book on the series, as a tie-in with the show's first season.

In 1976, the show was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Edited Sports Series."[2]

Reruns currently air on ESPN Classic, occasionally under banner titles such as NFL's Greatest Games or Classic World Series Film.


  1. ^ a b Sharbutt, Jay (1974-10-03). "Giving the Credit Where It's Due". The Free-Lance Star. p. 27. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Primetime Emmy Award Database". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2010.