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This is a list of American television-related events in 1977.



Date Event
January 3 Holly Hallstrom becomes the third model on the CBS game show The Price is Right along with Janice Pennington and Dian Parkinson. This lineup would remain unchanged for the next thirteen years until Kathleen Bradley joined in 1990.
January 15 Bill Murray joins the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live, replacing Chevy Chase who left the previous year.
January 31 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries premieres on ABC, featuring teen detectives Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. The series alternates between The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew each week, with Pamela Sue Martin as Nancy Drew and Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy as Frank and Joe Hardy. Co-starring includes Ed Gilbert as Fenton Hardy, Edith Atwater as Aunt Gertrude Hardy, and Lisa Eilbacher as Callie Shaw in the Hardy Boys part, with William Schallert as Carson Drew, Jean Rasey as George Fayne, and George O'Hanlon, Jr. as Ned Nickerson in the Nancy Drew part.
February 4 American Bandstand celebrates its 25th anniversary on television with a special hosted by Dick Clark and telecast by ABC. An "all-star band" made up of Chuck Berry, Seals & Crofts, Gregg Allman, Junior Walker, Johnny Rivers, the Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels, Doc Severinsen, Les McCann, Donald Byrd, Chuck Mangione and three members of Booker T and the MGs perform "Roll Over Beethoven."
February 27 Fed up with excessive violence and distorted images of sex on TV, the Reverend Donald Wildmon declares "Turn the Television Off Week." He is largely ignored.
March 1 The CBS game show Match Game is named the #1 rated game show on television for the fifth year in a row.
March 7 Second Chance, the forerunner to Press Your Luck, premieres on ABC.
March 15 Renata Scotto and Luciano Pavarotti are seen in "La bohème" on PBS and heard in stereo on local (mostly NPR) stations in the first live "simulcast" from the Met.
March 27 In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ABC affiliate WITI and CBS affiliate WISN-TV swap affiliations, reversing a swap that took place in 1961.[1][2]
March 30 Esther Rolle departs the CBS sitcom Good Times shortly after the conclusion of the two-part fourth-season finale, "Love Has a Spot On It's Lung." due to the dismissal of John Amos (who portrayed her on-screen husband James Evans) and the stereotypical behavior of its de facto star Jimmie Walker (who portrayed her son J.J. Evans). Rolle does not return until the sixth and final season in September 1978.
June 6 Lisa Peluso makes her first appearance on the CBS soap opera Search for Tomorrow.
June 27 In San Diego, California, ABC, angered over the forced loss of their affiliation from XETV in nearby Tijuana, Mexico in 1973, moves from the station which forced the change, KCST-TV, to NBC affiliate KGTV. KCST-TV assumes KGTV's former NBC affiliation and is now KNSD, a NBC O&O.
August 16 Television stations nationwide interrupt regular programming following news of the death of Elvis Presley. As a result, Elvis in Concert airs on CBS on October 3 that year.
September 5 In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ABC affiliate WRBT (now WVLA-TV) and NBC affiliate WBRZ-TV swap affiliations. WBRZ-TV makes its move in search for stronger programming (ABC is, at the time, the nation's #1 rated television network, while NBC is in last place). The move is a precursor to similar events that will take place in the course of the next few years.
September 14 A tube top-clad woman named Yolanda Bowsley is called into Contestants' Row on the CBS game show The Price Is Right, and while running down her breasts pop out of her shirt. The incident was censored with a large blue bar but it is still remembered today.
September 21 11-year old Janet Jackson joins the cast of the CBS sitcom Good Times for its final two seasons as Penny Gordon, an upstairs neighbor who is abused her biological mother (Chip Fields), later adopted by Willona (Ja'Net DuBois), in the four-part season opener "The Evans Get Involved". Comedian Johnny Brown, who recurred as the building superintendent Bookman from seasons 2 to 4, also joins the main cast.
September 24 Marla Gibbs joins the cast of the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons as a series regular in the fourth season as fan-favorite Florence Johnston. Zara Cully, who portrayed Mother Jefferson, appears in only three episodes that season, prior to her death at age 86 in February 1978.
October 23 CBS affiliates WTEN in Albany, New York and WCDC in Adams, Massachusetts swap affiliations with ABC affiliate WAST after WTEN/WCDC's incoming owners Knight-Ridder sign an affiliation deal for the station with ABC.
October 24 A new Peanuts special, It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, airs on CBS. It shows and names "Heather", the Little Red-Haired Girl, thereupon ending the 'mystery'.
November 6 KTVZ in Bend, Oregon signs-on as a NBC affiliate. Bend is technically still part of the Portland DMA at the time, but in 1981, it becomes its own television market.
November 30 CBS commentator Eric Sevareid bade farewell in his final two-minute segment on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, after 48 years at CBS News.
December 2 Billy Crystal sets a winner's circle record by getting the contestant to the top of the pyramid in 26 seconds on ABC's The $20,000 Pyramid. The record still stands today.
December 11 In Huntsville, Alabama, NBC affiliate WAAY-TV swaps affiliations with ABC affiliate WYUR in search for stronger programming (at the time, NBC is in last place among the three major networks, and ABC is in first place).


Series on airEdit





In syndicationEdit

Debuting in 1977Edit

Date Title Network
January 3 Lovers and Friends NBC
Shoot for the Stars
January 10 Circus of the Stars CBS
January 17 Busting Loose
January 30 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries ABC
January 31 The Andros Targets CBS
February 2 Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected NBC
February 18 Hunter CBS
March 7 Second Chance ABC
March 15 Eight Is Enough
Three's Company
March 20 Loves Me, Loves Me Not CBS
March 23 How Do You Like Your Eggs? QUBE
April 1 This Week in Baseball Syndication
May 7 Quark NBC
June 13 It's Anybody's Guess
July 18 The Better Sex ABC
August 3 The Kallikaks NBC
September 5 The Fitzpatricks CBS
September 10 Baggy Pants and the Nitwits NBC
CB Bears
I Am the Greatest: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali
The New Archie and Sabrina Hour
The Red Hand Gang
Search and Rescue
Space Sentinels
Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics ABC
The Skatebirds CBS
Space Academy
September 12 The Betty White Show
Young Dan'l Boone
Lucan ABC
September 13 Soap
Mulligan's Stew NBC
The Richard Pryor Show
September 14 Inside the NFL HBO
September 15 Carter Country ABC
September 16 Sanford Arms
Logan's Run CBS
September 17 Operation Petticoat ABC
September 19 The San Pedro Beach Bums
The Amazing Spider-Man CBS
September 20 Lou Grant CBS
September 21 The Oregon Trail NBC
September 22 Man from Atlantis
September 24 The Love Boat ABC
October 1 We've Got Each Other CBS
October 3 Knockout NBC
To Say the Least
October 9 On Our Own CBS
October 27 James at 15 NBC
December 1 Pinwheel Nickelodeon

Resuming in 1977Edit

Title Final aired Previous network New title Returning network Date of return
The Mickey Mouse Club 1959 ABC The New Mickey Mouse Club Syndication January 17

Ending in 1977Edit

Date Title Debut
January 7 New Howdy Doody Show 1976
January 26 The Practice
March 3 The McLean Stevenson Show
March 18 Sanford and Son 1972
March 19 The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970
March 30 The Streets of San Francisco 1972
April 13 Sirota's Court 1976
April 15 The Electric Company 1971
April 17 McCloud 1970
April 24 McMillan & Wife 1971
April 27 Loves Me, Loves Me Not 1977
May 16 The Andros Targets
May 27 Hunter
July 30 The Feather and Father Gang 1976
August 24 Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected 1977
August 31 The Kallikaks
September 2 Let's Make a Deal 1971
October 4 The Richard Pryor Show 1977
October 14 Sanford Arms
November 16 Busting Loose
November 30 The Oregon Trail
December 3 Emergency! 1972
December 13 Mulligan's Stew 1977
December 19 The San Pedro Beach Bums

Changing networksEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
The Bionic Woman ABC NBC
Wonder Woman CBS
The Tony Randall Show
Tattletales CBS Syndication
The Mickey Mouse Club ABC Syndication

Made-for-TV moviesEdit

Debut Name Network
May 13 The San Pedro Bums ABC
November 10 The Incredible Hulk CBS
November 26 The Hobbit NBC
December 11 It Happened One Christmas CBS


Debut Name Network
January 23 Roots ABC
April 3 Jesus of Nazareth NBC


Date Name Notability
January 7 Dustin Diamond Actor (Saved by the Bell)
January 8 Amber Benson Actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and singer
January 19 Benjamin Ayres Canadian actor (Saving Hope)
January 21 Jerry Trainor Actor (Drake & Josh, iCarly, Wendell & Vinnie), voice actor (T.U.F.F. Puppy, Bunsen Is a Beast)
January 29 Justin Hartley Actor (Passions, Smallville, The Young and the Restless, This Is Us)
Sam Jaeger Actor (Parenthood)
January 31 Bobby Moynihan Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live, We Bare Bears, DuckTales, Me, Myself & I)
Kerry Washington Actress (Scandal)
February 3 Maitland Ward Actress (The Bold and the Beautiful, Boy Meets World)
February 16 Paul Brittain Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live)
February 18 Ike Barinholtz Actor (Mad TV, The Mindy Project)
February 26 Greg Rikaart Actor (The Young and the Restless)
March 8 Alison Becker Actress (Mayne Street, Parks and Recreation)
James Van Der Beek Actor (Dawson's Creek)
March 10 Jeff Branson Actor (The Young and the Restless, All My Children, Guiding Light)
Bree Turner Actress (Undressed, Grimm)
March 12 Rachel Wilson Canadian actress (Heather on Total Drama)
March 15 Brian Tee Actor (Chicago Med)
March 24 Jessica Chastain Actress
March 26 Bianca Kajlich Actress (Rules of Engagement, Undateable)
March 28 Annie Wersching Actress (General Hospital, 24, Bosch, The Vampire Diaries)
April 6 Teddy Sears Actor (Raising the Bar, American Horror Story, Masters of Sex, The Flash)
April 10 Stephanie Sheh Voice actress (Three Delivery, Peter Rabbit, The Legend of Korra)
April 12 Jordana Spiro Actress (The Huntress, My Boys, The Mob Doctor)
Sarah Jane Morris Actress (Brothers & Sisters)
April 14 Sarah Michelle Gellar Actress (Swans Crossing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ringer, The Crazy Ones)
Rob McElhenney Actor (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
April 23 Eric Edelstein Actor (Shameless, Monsters vs. Aliens, Clarence, We Bare Bears)
Kal Penn Actor (House, Designated Survivor)
April 24 Eric Balfour Actor (24, Haven) and singer
Rebecca Mader Actress (Justice, Lost, Once Upon a Time)
April 26 Jason Earles Actor (Hannah Montana, Kickin' It, Hotel Du Loone)
McKenzie Westmore Actress (Passions, All My Children)
Tom Welling Actor (Smallville)
April 30 Alexandra Holden Actress
May 2 Jenna von Oÿ Actress (Blossom)
May 3 Jeffrey Garcia Voice actor (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Back at the Barnyard, Planet Sheen)
May 10 Todd Lowe Actor (Gilmore Girls, True Blood)
May 12 Rebecca Herbst Actress (Days of Our Lives, General Hospital)
May 13 Neil Hopkins Actor (Lost)
May 20 Matt Czuchry Actor (Gilmore Girls, The Good Wife)
May 23 Heather Wahlquist Actress
May 31 Eric Christian Olsen Actor (NCIS: Los Angeles, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil)
June 1 Sarah Wayne Callies Actress (Prison Break, The Walking Dead, Colony)
Andrea Bogart Actress (General Hospital)
Danielle Harris Actress (The Wild Thornberrys, That's Life, Father of the Pride)
June 2 Zachary Quinto Actor (Heroes, American Horror Story)
June 5 Navi Rawat Actress (The O.C., Numb3rs)
Liza Weil Actress (Gilmore Girls, How to Get Away with Murder)
June 12 Richard Ayoade English actor (Gadget Man, Strange Hill High, Apple & Onion)
June 14 Sullivan Stapleton Australian actor (Blindspot)
June 17 Lauren Pritchard Comic actress (Mad TV)
June 29 Zuleikha Robinson British actress (Lost, Rome) and singer
June 30 Colton Dunn Comedian, actor and writer (Superstore)
July 1 Liv Tyler Actress (The Leftovers)
July 8 Milo Ventimiglia Actor (Gilmore Girls, Heroes, This Is Us)
July 12 Steve Howey Actor (Reba, Shameless)
July 13 Ashley Scott Actress (Dark Angel, Birds of Prey, Jericho)
Kari Wahlgren Voice actress (Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Naruto, Ben 10, Legion of Super Heroes, Tak and the Power of Juju, Phineas and Ferb, The Life & Times of Tim, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Fish Hooks, Sym-Bionic Titan, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Gravity Falls, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, Henry Hugglemonster, Rick and Morty, Breadwinners, Harvey Beaks, The Fairly OddParents, The Lion Guard, Bunnicula, Bunsen Is a Beast, Spirit Riding Free, OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Trolls: The Beat Goes On!)
July 15 Lana Parrilla Actress (Spin City, Boomtown, Windfall, Swingtown, Miami Medical, Once Upon a Time)
July 18 Kelly Reilly British actress (Black Box, True Detective, Under Suspicion)
July 26 Tony Sampson Canadian voice actor (Eddy on Ed, Edd n Eddy)
July 27 Jason Zimbler Actor (Clarissa Explains It All)
July 30 Jaime Pressly Actress (My Name Is Earl, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Mom)
August 2 Edward Furlong Actor (CSI: NY)
August 8 Lindsay Sloane Actress (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
August 15 Nicole Paggi Actress (Hope & Faith)
August 17 Emily Schulman Actress (Small Wonder)
August 19 Callum Blue English actor (Smallville, Dead Like Me, The Tudors)
August 25 Jonathan Togo Actor (CSI: Miami)
August 27 Janet MacLachlan Actress
September 1 Adrienne Wilkinson Actress (Venice: The Series, Suspense)
September 11 Jackie Buscarino Voice actress (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe)
September 15 Kenny Blank Actor (The Parent 'Hood, As Told by Ginger)
September 18 Barrett Foa Actor (NCIS: Los Angeles)
September 19 Erica Ash Actress (Mad TV, The Big Gay Sketch Show)
September 24 Elizabeth Bogush Actress (Titans, The Mountain)
September 26 Sirena Irwin Voice actress (SpongeBob SquarePants, Stripperella, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Pig Goat Banana Cricket)
September 27 Mike Maronna Actor (The Adventures of Pete & Pete)
October 11 Matt Bomer Actor (Guiding Light, Tru Calling, Chuck, White Collar)
October 13 Kiele Sanchez Actress (Married to the Kellys, Lost, Related, The Glades, Kingdom)
October 17 Alimi Ballard Actor (Numb3rs, The Catch)
October 20 Jennifer Hall Actress (Up All Night)
Sam Witwer Actor (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Being Human)
October 26 Jon Heder Voice actor (Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Pickle and Peanut, Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh)
Chaz Lamar Shepherd Actor (7th Heaven, The Game)
October 27 Mat Lucas Voice actor (Star Wars: Clone Wars)
October 29 Brendan Fehr Canadian actor (Roswell, CSI: Miami)
November 10 Brittany Murphy Actress (Drexell's Class, King of the Hill) (d. 2009)
Lea Moreno Young Actress (Legacy, Brutally Normal, DAG)
November 14 Brian Dietzen Actors (NCIS)
November 15 Sean Murray
November 16 Gigi Edgley Australian actress (Farscape, The Secret Life of Us, Rescue Special Ops)
Maggie Gyllenhaal Actress, singer and sister of Jake Gyllenhaal
November 18 Miranda Raison British actress (MI-5, Spotless)
November 19 Reid Scott Actor (It's All Relative, My Boys, Motorcity, Veep)
November 25 Jill Flint Actress (Royal Pains, The Night Shift)
November 29 Beatrice Rosen Actress (Cuts, Backstrom)
November 30 Nelsan Ellis Actor (True Blood) (d. 2017)
December 1 Nate Torrence Actor (Motorcity, Hello Ladies, Star vs. the Forces of Evil)
December 6 Lindsey Alley Actress (The Mickey Mouse Club, On the Patio)
December 10 Netfa Perry Actress (The Steve Harvey Show)
December 15 Geoff Stults Actor (7th Heaven)
December 17 Katheryn Winnick Canadian actress (Vikings)
December 24 Michael Raymond-James Actor (True Blood, Terriers, Once Upon a Time)
December 29 Katherine Moennig Actress (The L Word, Three Rivers, Ray Donovan)
December 30 Lucy Punch Actress (The Class, Ben and Kate)


Date Name Age Notability
January 28 Burt Mustin 92 Actor (Leave It to Beaver)
January 29 Freddie Prinze 22 Actor and comedian (Chico and the Man)
February 28 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson 71 Comedian (The Jack Benny Program)
March 27 Diana Hyland 41 Actress (The Fugitive, Peyton Place)
April 21 Gummo Marx 84 Actor
June 13 Matthew Garber 21 English actor (Mary Poppins)
June 14 Alan Reed 69 Actor (original voice of Fred Flintstone on The Flintstones)
August 16 Elvis Presley 42 Singer and actor (The Ed Sullivan Show)
August 19 Groucho Marx 86 Comedian, television host (You Bet Your Life)
August 22 Sebastian Cabot 59 Actor (Family Affair)
August 29 Jean Hagen 54 Actress (Make Room for Daddy)
October 14 Bing Crosby 74 Singer, actor, TV producer (Hogan's Heroes)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "In Brief." Broadcasting, September 27, 1976, pg. 28. [1][permanent dead link] (the text incorrectly states that WISN-TV had been a CBS affiliate since 1954, omitting the 1961 affiliation switch.)
  2. ^ "Milwaukee connection." Broadcasting, October 18, 1976, pg. 36[permanent dead link]