Tom Barr shot me over a a link to a Gong Show video along with a suggestion to look into finding some old 70’s TV shows to share with those of us that were actually around back then, as well as a few of us that were not…
It amazes me how much of the old stuff you can actually find floating around the Intertubes. Who the heck is digitizing all this content? Anyway, I’m not going to complain. Below I’ve got clips from CHiPs, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Gong Show, Knight Rider, The Muppet Show and more. Enjoy!
The Gong Show
To kick things off, The Gong Show was the American Idol of it’s day. Contestants performed in front of a panel of celebrity judges who would either watch an entire act, or sound a big gong to stop the unbearable ones. Here is a little compendium of the hilarity (beware: there’s profanity at the end):
The Dukes of Hazzard
Now, the Gong Show might have been the worthless talent show of the decade, but one of the greatest TV shows around was the Dukes of Hazzard. It had it all… car chases, moonshine running, and Daisy’s hot ass hanging out of her shorts. (Did you see the General Lee race the Gran Torino?)
Speaking of cool cars, let’s not forget about Kit from Knight Rider. I wanted a Trans Am with digital instrument cluster so bad when I was a kid that it hurt. (Don’t forget the Knight Rider Theme Song – Beatbox Edition.)
Oh, and we had more than cars on TV. Don’t forget Ponch and John’s Harley Davidson motorcycles from CHiPs! Here is a montage from the very first episode of the TV show.
The Muppet Show
We also had some great shows for kids. For example, Jim Henson’s Muppet Show was such a great show that adults loved it as much as kids! Here is a classic episode featuring comedic genius Peter Sellers (of Pink Panther fame).
Compilations of 70’s TV Shows
And to wrap things up, here are two little compilations of other TV shows and movies from the 1970’s: