A 1970’s Time Capsule
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948 – 1971)
The Carol Burnett Show (1967 – 1978)
If I was to list my top female comedians of all time, Carol Burnett would only come second to Lucille Ball. The Carol Burnett Show was an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. In 1975, frequent guest star Tim Conway became a regular when Waggoner left this show due to a mutual agreement with the producer about the series not having reruns. In 1977, Dick Van Dyke replaced Korman for much of its final season. The show originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967, to March 29, 1978, for 279 episodes, and again with nine episodes in the fall of 1991. The series won 25 prime-time Emmy Awards.
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1968 – 1973)
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (often simply referred to as Laugh-In) is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin and featured, at various times, Chelsea Brown, Johnny Brown, Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Richard Dawson, Moosie Drier, Henry Gibson, Teresa Graves, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Larry Hovis, Sarah Kennedy, Jeremy Lloyd, Dave Madden, Pigmeat Markham, Gary Owens, Pamela Rodgers, Barbara Sharma, Jud Strunk, Alan Sues, Lily Tomlin and Jo Anne Worley.
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour/ The Sonny & Cher Show (1971 – 1977)
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is an American variety show starring American pop-singer Cher and her husband Sonny Bono. The show ran on CBS in the United States, when it premiered in August 1971. The show was canceled May 1974, due to the couple’s divorce, though the duo would reunite in 1976 for the identically-formatted The Sonny & Cher Show (a title sporadically used during the run of the Comedy Hour), which ran until 1977.
Donny & Marie (1976 – 1979)
Donny & Marie was an American variety show which aired on ABC from January 1976 to January 1979. The show starred brother and sister pop duo Donny and Marie Osmond. Donny had first become popular singing in a music group with his brothers, The Osmonds, and Marie was one of the youngest singers to reach #1 on the Billboard Country Music charts (with “Paper Roses”, in 1973). Donny and Marie (18 and 16 years old, respectively, when the program premiered) were the youngest entertainers in TV history to host their own variety show.
Hee Haw (1969 – 1992 really?)
Saturday Night Live (1975 – Present)
A to Z on the Music Charts
Record and released in 1971, Don McLean’s Vincent became a number one hit on the UK charts. Although it only reached number 12 on the US Charts it stayed in Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks.