1973 in television
Further information: 1973–74 United States network television schedule
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The year 1973 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in that year.
- January 4 – The record breaking, long-running comedy series in the United Kingdom and the world, Last of the Summer Wine, starts as a 30-minute pilot on BBC1's Comedy Playhouse show. The first series starts on November 12; the 295th and last episode is broadcast on 29 August 2010.
- January 13 – The Lawrence Welk Show airs its Salute to Mexico episode where Anacani makes her debut with the Champagne Music Makers. That episode also marks the final time Sandi Griffiths and Sally Flynn appear together as the act of Sandi & Sally
- January 14 – Elvis Presley's Aloha From Hawaii - Via Satellite television special is seen around the world by over 1 billion viewers.
- March 8 – The TV movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders airs on CBS. This serves as the pilot for the iconic crime drama series Kojak, which returns as a weekly series in October.
- March 21 – Sitcom Are You Being Served? begins its first regular series on BBC1 in the U.K. (pilot aired September 8, 1972).
- March 23 – The longest running daytime game show to date — NBC's Concentration — airs its 3,796th and final show, after a run of fourteen years and seven months. The record will be eclipsed in 1987 by The Price Is Right; today, Concentration ranks fourth in continual longevity among all daytime/syndicated game shows.
- March 25 – The pilot episode of Open All Hours airs as part of Ronnie Barker's series Seven of One on BBC1 in the U.K.
- April 1 – "Prisoner and Escort", the pilot episode of Porridge, airs as part of Seven of One.
- April 16 – James Paul McCartney airs on ABC (and on ITV in the U.K. on May 10).
- May 17 – U.S. daytime television is interrupted by the Watergate hearings, which would continue until August 7. Each network airs coverage in rotation every third day (ABC is first, then CBS and NBC).
- July 2 – U.S. game show Match Game debuts its 1970s version; it soon becomes the #1-rated daytime television program for 1973, 1974, and 1975, as well as #1 game show from 1973–77.
- August 6 – James Beck, who stars as Private Walker in the popular U.K. sitcom Dad's Army, dies of a burst pancreas at the age of just 44. Although the series continues until 1977, the part of Walker is not recast and the show carries on without him.
- August 11 – Programme One airs the first part of the Soviet television miniseries Seventeen Moments of Spring, which would run until the 24th. With an audience of between fifty and eighty million viewers per episode, it becomes the most successful television show of its time in the Soviet Union.
- August 17 – CBS presents an adaptation of David Rabe's play Sticks and Bones...but only to about half of its affiliates.
- September 15 – Betty White makes her first appearance as Sue Ann Nivens in The Mary Tyler Moore Show's fourth season opener, "The Lars Affair".
- September 20 – The Battle of the Sexes: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a televised tennis match at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. The global television audience in 36 countries is estimated at 90 million.
- October 8 – Pat Phoenix leaves the role of Elsie Tanner on Coronation Street after thirteen years, when she felt that specific length of time was enough to play one character continuously.
- October 20 – George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) makes his first appearance on All in the Family, at his brother Henry's goodbye party, though he has lived next door to Archie Bunker for the past two years.
- November 12 – The record breaking, long-running comedy series in the U.K. and the world, Last of the Summer Wine starts as a series on BBC1 (the pilot had aired on January 4). The 295th and last episode is broadcast on 29 August 2010.
- November 20 – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving airs on CBS for the first time. It will go onto win an Emmy Award the following year.
- November 23 – Julie on Sesame Street, starring Julie Andrews, airs on ABC.
- November – Color television is launched in New Zealand. (It will go full-time in November 1975).
- December 12 – Kojak's trademark lollipop makes its debut in the episode "Hot Sunday".
- December 19 – After reading a news item that said the federal government had fallen behind in getting bids to supply toilet tissue, Johnny Carson inadvertently triggers an unprecedented three-week panic when he announces, on The Tonight Show, that there is an acute shortage of toilet paper in the U.S.
- 60 Minutes (1968–)
- All in the Family (1971–79)
- All My Children (1970–2011)
- American Bandstand (1952–89)
- Another World (1964–99)
- Are You Being Served? (UK) (1972–85)
- As the World Turns (1956–2010)
- Blue Peter (UK) (1958–)
- Bonanza (1959–73)
- Bozo the Clown (1949–)
- Candid Camera (1948–)
- Captain Kangaroo (1955–84)
- Colditz (UK) (1972–74)
- Columbo (1971–78)
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–95)
- Concentration (1958–78)
- Coronation Street (UK) (1960–)
- Crossroads (UK) (1964–88, 2001–03)
- Dad's Army (UK) (1968–77)
- Days of Our Lives (1965–)
- Dixon of Dock Green (UK) (1955–76)
- Doctor Who (UK) (1963–89, 1996, 2005–)
- Emergency! (1972–77)
- Emmerdale Farm (UK) (1972–)
- Face the Nation (1954–)
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–84)
- Four Corners (Australia) (1961–)
- General Hospital (1963–)
- Grandstand (UK) (1958–2007)
- Gunsmoke (1955–75)
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–)
- Hawaii Five-O (1968–80)
- Hee Haw (1969–93)
- Here's Lucy (1968–74)
- I've Got a Secret (1972–73)
- Ironside (1967–75)
- It's Academic (1961–)
- Jeopardy! (1964–75, 1984–)
- John Craven's Newsround (UK) (1972–)
- Kimba the White Lion (1966–67), re-runs
- Kung Fu (1972–75)
- Love of Life (1951–80)
- Love, American Style (1969–74)
- Magpie (UK) (1968–80)
- Mannix (1967–75)
- Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–76)
- Mary Tyler Moore (1970–77)
- M*A*S*H (1972–83)
- Masterpiece Theatre (1971–)
- Maude (1972–78)
- McCloud (1970–77)
- McMillan & Wife (1971–77)
- Meet the Press (1947–)
- Monday Night Football (1970–)
- Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–74)
- Old Grey Whistle Test (UK) (1971–87)
- One Life to Live (1968–2012)
- Opportunity Knocks (UK) (1956–78)
- Panorama (UK) (1953–)
- Play for Today (UK) (1970–84)
- Play School (1966–)
- Police Story (1973–78)
- Rainbow (1972–92)
- Room 222 (1969–74)
- Sanford and Son (1972–77)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–86)
- Sesame Street (1969–)
- Soul Train (1971–)
- The Benny Hill Show (UK) (1969–89)
- The Bob Newhart Show (1972–78)
- The Brady Bunch (1969–74)
- The Carol Burnett Show (1967–78)
- The Dean Martin Show (1965–19)
- The Doctors (1963–82)
- The Edge of Night (1956–84)
- The Flip Wilson Show (1970–74)
- The Good Old Days (UK) (1953–83)
- The Guiding Light (1952–2009)
- The Late Late Show (Ireland) (1962–)
- The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–82)
- The Mike Douglas Show (1961–81)
- The Money Programme (UK) (1966–)
- The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–74)
- The Newlywed Game (1966–74)
- The Odd Couple (1970–75)
- The Partridge Family (1970–74)
- The Price Is Right (1972–)
- The Secret Storm (1954–74)
- The Sky at Night (UK) (1957–)
- The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971–74)
- The Today Show (1952–)
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–92)
- The Waltons (1972–81)
- The Wonderful World of Disney (1969–79)
- This Is Your Life (UK) (1955–2003)
- To Tell the Truth (1956–68; 1969–78)
- Top of the Pops (UK) (1964–2006)
- Truth or Consequences (1950–88)
- What the Papers Say (UK) (1956–)
- What's My Line (1950–75)
- World of Sport (UK) (1965–85)
- Z-Cars (UK) (1962–78)
- January 4 – Last of the Summer Wine pilot episode, first series begins on November 12 (1973–2010)
- January 6 – Schoolhouse Rock! on ABC (1973–86)
- January 28 – Barnaby Jones on CBS (1973–80)
- March 20 – Police Story on NBC (1973–78)
- March 26
- April 6 – Ultraman Taro on TBS in Japan (1973–74)
- July 2 – CBS revives Match Game with more ribald questions (1962–69, 1973–84, 1990–91, 1998–99)
- July 17
- September 8 – An animated revival of Star Trek premieres on NBC (1973–74); Super Friends (1973–74) premieres on ABC
- September 10 – Lotsa Luck on NBC (1973–74)
- September 14 – Adam's Rib on ABC (1 season)
- September 21 - Needles and Pins on NBC (1 season)
- September 22 – The Starlost (1973–74)
- October 15 – The Tomorrow Show on NBC (1973–82)
- October 20 – The Six Million Dollar Man on ABC (1973–78)
- October 24 – Kojak on CBS (1973–78, 2005)
- Superstars on BBC1 in the UK (1973–85, 2003–05)
- Greatest Sports Legends (syndicated 1973–93)
Ending this yearEdit
|March 23||Love is a Many Splendored Thing||1967|
|Where the Heart Is||1969|
|March 30||Ghost Story||1972|
|Ultraman Ace (Japan)|
|August 24||The Mod Squad|
|September 9||The Doris Day Show|
|Bridget Loves Bernie||1972|
|October 27||The New Scooby-Doo Movies|
|December 28||Needles and Pins||1973|
|January 24||J. Carrol Naish||77||Character actor (Life With Luigi)|
|January 28||John Banner||63||Actor (Sgt. Schultz on Hogan's Heroes)|
|March 13||Stacy Harris||54||U.S. actor (Dragnet, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp)|
|April 26||Irene Ryan||70||Actress (Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies)|
|September 21||Diana Sands||39||Actress (The Fugitive)|
|December 23||Irna Phillips||72||Soap opera writer and creator (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns)|