1975 in television

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For the American TV schedule, see: 1975–76 United States network television schedule.

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The year 1975 involved some significant events in television. Below is a list of television-related events which happened that year.


  • January 3
    • 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
  • 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 - It's "C-Day" in Australia. Full-time color television production takes effect today
  • 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 5 – The Super Sentai series made its debut on TV Asahi with Himitsu Sentai Gorenger
  • 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 AliJoe Frazier title fight from the Philippines (the "Thrilla in Manila") is sent via satellite to the U. S. and shown on HBO
  • October 11 - The premiere episode of Saturday Night Live is broadcast on NBC
  • October 16 – The "Balibo Five" Australian television journalists are killed at Balibo by Indonesian Army special forces in the buildup to the Indonesian invasion of East Timor
  • October 21 – NBC broadcasts the now legendary 12-inning long sixth game of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds. The game ends with Boston catcher Carlton Fisk's home run to send the series to a climatic seventh game. In what has now become an iconic baseball film highlight, the NBC left-field game camera[1] caught Fisk wildly waving his arms to his right after hitting the ball and watching its path while drifting down the first base line, as if he was trying to coax the ball to "stay fair". The ball indeed stayed fair and the Red Sox had tied the Series. (According to the NBC cameraman Lou Gerard, located inside the left field wall scoreboard, cameramen at the time were instructed to follow the flight of the ball. Instead, Gerard was distracted by a rat nearby, thus he lost track of the baseball and instead decided to capture the image of Fisk "magically" waving the ball fair).[2] The game was ranked Number 1 in MLB Network's 20 Greatest Games.[3]
  • 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



Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 3 Jeopardy! (returned in 1984) 1964
January 4 Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers 1974
January 16 Ironside 1967
March 7 The Odd Couple 1970
March 28 Ultraman Leo (Japan) 1974
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
March 31 Gunsmoke 1955
April 13 Mannix 1967
April 18 How to Survive a Marriage 1974
April 26 Kung Fu 1972
May 20 Adam-12 1968
June 13 Now You See It (returned in 1989) 1974
The Joker's Wild (returned in 1977) 1972
June 27 Split Second (returned in 1986)
Password (returned in 1979 as Password Plus) 1961
August 1 Death Valley Days 1952
September 5 What's My Line? 1950
September 26 Jackpot (returned in 1985) 1974

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
The Edge of Night CBS ABC
The Bugs Bunny Show ABC CBS


Date Name Notability
January 2 Dax Shepard Actor (Parenthood)
January 3 Danica McKellar Actress (The Wonder Years)
Jason Marsden Actor (The Fairly OddParents, Justice League, Kim Possible)
January 4 Jill Marie Jones Actress (Girlfriends)
January 5 Bradley Cooper Actor (Alias)
January 9 Patrick Sabongui Canadian actor (The Flash)
January 17 Freddy Rodriguez Actor (Six Feet Under, The Night Shift)
January 28 Terri Conn Actress (As the World Turns, One Life to Live)
January 29 Sharif Atkins Actor (ER, White Collar)
Sara Gilbert Actress (Roseanne, The Talk)
February 18 Sarah Joy Brown Actress (General Hospital)
February 22 Drew Barrymore Actress and producer (youngest host of Saturday Night Live)
February 27 Christina Nigra Actress (Out of This World)
March 5 Jolene Blalock Actress and model (Star Trek: Enterprise)
March 7 Audrey Marie Anderson Actress (Once and Again, The Unit, Arrow)
T. J. Thyne Actor (Bones)
March 12 Marc Menard Canadian actor (All My Children, House, Watch Over Me)
March 15 Eva Longoria Actress (Desperate Housewives)
March 22 Guillermo Diaz Actor (Weeds)
March 27 Fergie Actress (Kids Incorporated) and singer (The Black Eyed Peas)
April 2 Adam Rodriguez Actor (CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds)
Deedee Magno Hall Filipino-American actress (Pearl on Steven Universe)
April 3 Aries Spears Comedian and actor (Mad TV)
April 6 Zach Braff Actor (Scrubs)
April 14 Antwon Tanner Actor (One Tree Hill)
Amy Birnbaum Voice actress (Pokémon, Sonic X, Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Magical DoReMi,Yu-Gi-Oh!) and singer
April 22 Dannah Feinglass Actress (Mad TV, WordGirl, The Mighty B!, Newsreaders)
April 30 Johnny Galecki Actor (Roseanne, The Big Bang Theory)
May 3 Christina Hendricks Actress (Mad Men, Another Period) and singer
Dulé Hill Actor (The West Wing, Psych)
May 10 Andrea Anders Actress (Joey, Better Off Ted)
May 11 Coby Bell Actor (Third Watch, The Game)
May 20 Tahmoh Penikett Canadian actress (Battlestar Galactica)
May 24 Will Sasso Canadian actor and comedian (Mad TV)
June 4 Angelina Jolie Actress (Gia Carangi on Gia) and daughter of Jon Voight
June 6 Staci Keanan Actress (My Two Dads, Step by Step)
June 12 Michael Muhney Actor (Veronica Mars, The Young and the Restless)
June 15 Elizabeth Reaser Actress (Grey's Anatomy, The Ex List)
June 16 Frederick Koehler Actor (Kate & Allie, Oz)
June 17 Jennifer Irwin Canadian actress (Still Standing)
June 24 Carla Gallo Actress (Carnivàle, Bones)
June 25 Linda Cardellini Actress (ER, Freaks and Geeks, Mad Men, Regular Show, Gravity Falls, Sanjay and Craig)
June 27 Tobey Maguire Actor
July 3 Ryan McPartlin Actor (Chuck)
July 11 Jon Wellner Actor (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
July 20 Judy Greer Actress (Glenn Martin DDS, Two and a Half Men, Archer, Reluctantly Healthy)
July 24 Eric Szmanda Actor (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
July 31 Annie Parisse Actress (Law & Order)
August 5 Ami Foster Actress (Punky Brewster)
August 7 Charlize Theron Actress (2-time host of Saturday Night Live)
August 16 George Stults Actor (7th Heaven)
August 18 Kaitlin Olson Actress (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and singer
August 19 Tracie Thoms Actress (Cold Case)
August 21 Alicia Witt Actress and singer (Cybill, Justified)
August 22 Rodrigo Santoro Brazilian actor (Lost, Westworld)
August 25 Michelle Beaudoin Canadian actress (Madison, Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
August 29 Dante Basco Actor (American Dragon: Jake Long, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
August 31 Sara Ramirez American-Mexican actress (Grey's Anatomy)
September 1 Scott Speedman British-Canadian actor (Felicity)
September 18 Jason Sudeikis Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live)
September 22 Mireille Enos Actress (The Killing, The Catch)
October 3 Alanna Ubach Actress (Manny Rivera on El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera)
October 4 Reggie Lee Filipino-American actor (Prison Break, Grimm)
October 5 Kate Winslet English actress (Mildred Pierce)
Parminder Nagra British actress (ER)
Scott Weinger Actor (Full House, Aladdin, Fuller House)
October 11 Nat Faxon Actor (Ben and Kate)
October 12 Marion Jones WNBA player
October 16 Kellie Martin Actress (Life Goes On, Christy, ER)
October 22 Jesse Tyler Ferguson Actor (Modern Family)
October 23 Boti Bliss Actress (CSI: Miami)
November 2 Danny Cooksey Actor (Diff'rent Strokes, The Cavanaughs, Salute Your Shorts) and singer
November 12 Angela Watson Model and actress (Step by Step)
November 17 Diane Neal Actress (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
November 20 Joshua Gomez Actor (Chuck)
November 21 Cherie Johnson Actress (Punky Brewster, Family Matters)
December 1 David Hornsby Actor (Fanboy on Fanboy and Chum Chum)
December 10 Emmanuelle Chriqui Canadian actress (Entourage, Cleaners)
December 12 Mayim Bialik Actress (Blossom, The Big Bang Theory) and singer
December 13 James Kyson South Korean-born American actor (Heroes)
December 14 KaDee Strickland Actress (Private Practice)
December 17 Milla Jovovich Actress
December 27 Heather O'Rourke Actress (Happy Days) (d. 1988)
December 28 Tannis Vallely Director and actress (Head of the Class)
December 29 Shawn Hatosy Actor (Southland)
December 30 Tiger Woods Pro golfer


Date Name Age Notability
January 24 Larry Fine 72 American comic actor (Three Stooges)
May 4 Moe Howard 77
June 3 Ozzie Nelson 69 American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet)
June 28 Rod Serling 50 Television writer and creator of (The Twilight Zone (1959–64) and Night Gallery (1969–73))

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Verducci, Tom (October 21, 2015). "Game Changer: How Carlton Fisk's home run altered baseball and TV". Sports Illustrated.
  2. ^ Bruce Lowitt (November 23, 1999). "Rats! Fisk's homer". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "MLB's 20 Greatest Games". MLB. Retrieved December 27, 2012.