It is that time of year again. Time for new shows on your TV. Seeing as this blog is about historical things, I will be reporting about the new shows from 50 years ago. All of the new shows from fall 1968 are hard to impossible to find on your TV schedule today.
The links in the titles are to Wikipedia where you can find more information on each show. The broadcast times are all Eastern Time Zone.
ABC had 9 new series for fall 1968. The highest rated show on ABC for 1968-9 was Bewitched in it’s 5th season which was the 11th most popular show of the season.
- Land of the Giants; Sunday at 7:00. This was another sci-fi show created by producer Irwin Allen. A small passenger space ship is thrown into a space warp and they end up on a planet similar to Earth except that the people are giants. The crew and passengers total 7 and they have to run away from a security agency that want to capture them. The theme for the show was composed by John Williams. The theme for the first season is different than the theme for the second season. If you want to watch this series it is on MeTV (Rochester channel 10-2) at 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
- The Outcasts; Monday at 9:00. A western with an ex-slave owner and a former slave that reluctantly team up as bounty hunters. All reviews mention that the series was very violent. This show only lasted for 26 episodes. Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
- The Mod Squad; Tuesday at 7:30. Three young people (Julie Barnes, Pete Cochran and Linc Hayes) who had minor run-ins with the law are recruited to be special detectives for the police. Their age would serve to get them into places that the police were unable to infiltrate. This series lasted five seasons. You buy a complete collection on Amazon but some of the episodes are going to look dated with cultural references from the 60s. Watch the opening credits on YouTube. Then in there was The Mod Squad movie in 1999 that didn’t make money.
- That’s Life; Tuesday at 10:00. This was a comedy series about the courtship and marriage of a couple in New York City. Characters would also break into a song that would go along with the story. Starred Robert Morse. It only lasted one season. Watch a promo for the show on YouTube.
- Here Come the Brides; Wednesday at 7:30. This was a western but it also had some comedy in it. About marriageable women from the east being brought to Seattle which at the time was not more than a logging camp full of men. Joan Blondell was in the cast but Bobby Sherman and David Soul were propelled to stardom by this series. It only lasted two seasons.Watch a promo for the show on YouTube.
- The Uglist Girl in Town; Thursday at 7:30. Set in London, England and about a man portraying a woman model. Supposedly a comedy. It is known as one of the worse TV shows of all time. Somehow managed to stay on a whole season. Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
- Journey to the Unknown; Thursday at 9:30. This was similar to The Twilight Zone but made by Hammer Films from Britain. That company was known for their horror films. Only ran for 17 episodes until Jan. 1969 before being cancelled. You can watch a whole episode starring Barbara Bel Geddes on YouTube.
- The Felony Squad; Friday at 8:30. A half-hour police drama starring veteran actor Howard Duff. This was being shown a few years ago on a channel that I no longer get. It was just OK. It ran for 3 seasons for a total of 73 episodes. Watch the opening credits on YouTube.
- The Don Rickles Show; Friday at 9:00. A half-hour comedy variety show with Don doing his insult act and some other comedy bits. Canceled in Jan. 1969. There is one very poor quality video taped episode on YouTube.
Sources used in this series of articles:
- The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs; 1947-1979 (1979) by Vincent Terrace.
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time and Network and Cable TV Shows; 1946-Present (1995) by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh