All of these shows premiered in 1971 – but which ones made it past 1972?

Stars from years past came back in the Seventies with varying degrees of success.

Fifty years ago, television was changing. The wholesome family sitcoms and Westerns that had defined the medium during its first two decades were giving way to grittier detective dramas and more adult, work-oriented comedies.

Multiple big-name stars from the Fifties and Sixties tried their luck with new shows in 1971 — some of which lasted many seasons while others flopped.

Here are ten shows that all premiered in 1971. Can you guess which ones made it past their first season, lasting until 1973, '74, '75 and beyond?

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  1. Did this 1971 detective drama make it past 1972?
  2. Did Andy Griffith's '70s show make it past 1972?
  3. Another Sixties star premiered a new sitcom the same year. Did Dick Van Dyke's '70s show make it past 1972?
  4. Movie star Rock Hudson came to TV with this 1971 show. Did it make it past 1972?
  5. This 1971 series featured Bruce Lee. Did it make it past 1972?
  6. This famous couple had more than one variety show, starting with this one in 1971. Did this iteration make it past 1972?
  7. Before he became Jim Rockford, James Garner went back to his TV Western roots in this 1971 series. Did it make it past 1972?
  8. This 1971 show featured 'The Fugitive' star David Janssen and Will Geer before The Waltons. Did it make it past 1972?
  9. This 1971 series about endearing outlaws came at the tail end of the TV Western heyday. Did it make it past 1972?
  10. The '70s even saw Jimmy Stewart come to the small screen. Did his 1971 sitcom make it past 1972?

All of these shows premiered in 1971 – but which ones made it past 1972?

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Lillyrose 7 months ago
7 out of 10. I didn't know that Jimmy Stewart had his own T.V. series. His best movie was "The Glenn Miller Story."
GregLemieux 7 months ago
10/10 Back then, when there were only 3 networks, I was a real TV expert.
silverbelle7070 7 months ago
I didn't know there was a "new" Dick Van Dyke show
MarthaWashington 7 months ago
I got 10/10 but results said 8/10. Not the first time answers vs end results were different.
Must be the same counting system they used for this past election
jwj 7 months ago
9/10 , 71 the year I was born
DonnaNMI 7 months ago
9/10 missing #3. Several I have never heard of. Wouldn’t mind seeing the Jimmy Stewart show.
Moverfan DonnaNMI 7 months ago
It was a comedy--the basic premise was they had a son, a daughter-in-law, an eight-year-old grandson--and an eight-year-old son of their own (talk about a surprise baby) who insisted that his nephew address him as Uncle. I remember watching it, but I was only eight or nine myself at the time.
Jamesatkinson 7 months ago
9 out of 10 : Hell I didn't even know there was a second Dick Van Dyke Show, let alone that it made it to a second season.😁😜
Moody 8 months ago
9/10. A lot of these shows I've never heard of.
JohnAustin779 8 months ago
9/10. This was a pretty easy quiz and I wasn't born until the end of the '70s 😊😄🖖!
purplerose60 8 months ago
9/10! I loved Alias Smith and Jones 🥰
musicman37 8 months ago
9/10. I thought the "New Dick Van Dyke" died before it actually had.
Moody musicman37 8 months ago
It did but they didn't bury it right away.
Tresix 8 months ago
100%. The only one I knew for certain that went past ‘72 was “Cannon”. I knew it started when I was still in elementary school and ended when I was in high school.
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moax429 stephaniestavr5 7 months ago
Quinn Martin was once married to Madeline Pugh, one of Lucille Ball's writers (she was sometimes credited as "Madeline Martin").
Jaxter14 stephaniestavr5 7 months ago
I believe he also did The Invaders.
moax429 7 months ago
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LalaLucy 8 months ago
9/10. Alias Smith and Jones tripped me up. I vaguely recall hearing of the show but that's about it.
Tresix LalaLucy 8 months ago
Think of it as “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” as a TV show.
Tresix LalaLucy 8 months ago
Oh, yes. Almost forgot: Peter Duel, one of the original stars, committed suicide as the first season was ending. He was replaced by Ben Murphy.
Moverfan Tresix 22 days ago
No, Ben Murphy was there from the beginning (don't know who played Hannibal Heyes and who played Kid Curry, but I do know that). After Duel's death, his part was recast with Roger Smith.
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