Herbie J Pilato: 1973 TV – My Favorite Year

1973tvguideby Herbie J Pilato

Sunday night with Mannix and Barnaby Jones.

Monday night with Gunsmoke,  Here’s Lucy, The Doris Day Show and Medical Center.

Tuesday night Maude and Marcus Welby, M.D.

Wednesday night with Sonny & Cher, Cannon and Kojak.

Thursday Night with The Waltons

Friday Night with The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, The Odd Couple, Room 222 and Love, American Style.

Saturday night with All in the Family, M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and The Carol Burnett Show.

Seriously…what else are you supposed to want in life – or in TV writing?

Class.  Sophistication.  Fun.  Humor.  Adventure.  Knowledge.  Wisdom.   Diversity.  Family.  Surrealism.  Music.  Flawed characters.  Likable performances.  Sweet writing.

Take a lesson, 2014 Television.

EDITOR’S NOTE BY LB: I found the pic at the top of this article fascinating. Not only does it show the entire season (as compared to Herbie J’s snapshot in time), but it also reminded me of all the shows of that era – well, hell, that year – that I wrote as either freelancer or as part of what would’ve been, in those days, the very small staff. God, no wonder I had so much fun.

Oh, the shows? Here they are:

  • BARNABY JONES
  • THE ROOKIES
  • MEDICAL CENTER
  • HAWAII FIVE-0
  • CANNON
  • THE MAGICIAN
  • THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO
  • IRONSIDE

Good times. (No, not the show, just the feeling. Although the show wasn’t bad either, was it?)