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TV Shows & Series: Popular TV Shows/Series of 1971

TV shows/series in chronological context: 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1971st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 971st year of the 2nd millennium, the 71st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1970s decade. The year 1971 had three partial solar eclipses (February 25, July 22 and August 20) and two total lunar eclipses (February 10, and August 6). The world population increased by 2.1% this year, the highest increase in history. ()

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Columbo(1971-2003)

TV-PG
| 1h 15min per episode | Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 151 votes)

Columbo is a friendly, verbose, disheveled-looking police detective who is consistently underestimated by his suspects. Despite his unprepossessing appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he shrewdly solves all of his cases and secures all evidence needed for indictment. His formidable eye for detail and meticulously dedicated approach often become clear to the killer only late in the storyline.

With Peter Falk, Vito Scotti, Marshall R. Teague, Richard Dysart, Julie Newmar, Shelley Morrison, ...

All in the Family(1971-1979)

TV-PG
| 25min per episode | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 47 votes)

Archie Bunker, a working class bigot, constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

With Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers, Danielle Brisebois, Tim McIntire, ...

Kamen Rider(1971-)

2.6/5 (with 25 votes)

A Japanese anthology series centered around a man who transforms into a bug-themed superhero.

With Hiroshi Fujioka

The Persuaders!(1971-1972)

49min per episode | Comedy, Action & Adventure
3.9/5 (with 23 votes)

An English aristocrat and an American millionaire come together to tackle crime.

With Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, Laurence Naismith

Lupin the Third(1971-2018)

4.2/5 (with 14 votes)

Arsene Lupin III is the grandson of the master thief Arsene Lupin. With his cohorts Daisuke Jigen and Goemon Ishikawa XIII and his love interest Fujiko Mine, he pulls off the greatest heists of all time while always escaping the grasp of Inspector Koichi Zenigata.

Cannon(1971-1976)

1h per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

Cannon is a CBS detective television series produced by Quinn Martin which aired from March 26, 1971 to March 3, 1976. The primary protagonist is the title character, private detective Frank Cannon, played by William Conrad. He also appeared on two episodes of Barnaby Jones. Cannon is the first Quinn Martin-produced series to be aired on a network other than ABC. A "revival" television film, The Return of Frank Cannon, was aired on November 1, 1980. In total, there were 124 episodes.

With William Conrad

McMillan & Wife(1971-1977)

1h 30min per episode | Mystery
3.6/5 (with 7 votes)

McMillan & Wife is a lighthearted American police procedural that aired on NBC from September 17, 1971 to April 24, 1977. Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James in the title roles, the series premiered in 90-minute episodes as part of the wheel series NBC Mystery Movie, in rotation with Columbo and McCloud. Initially airing on Wednesday night, the original line-up was shifted to Sundays in the second season, where it aired for the rest of its run. This was the first element to be created specially for the Mystery Movie strand.

With Rock Hudson, Susan Saint James

Alias Smith and Jones(1971-1973)

1h per episode | Action & Adventure, Western
3.3/5 (with 7 votes)

Alias Smith and Jones is an American Western series that originally aired on ABC from 1971 to 1973. It stars Pete Duel as Hannibal Heyes and Ben Murphy as Jedediah "Kid" Curry, a pair of cousin outlaws trying to reform. The governor offers them a conditional amnesty, as he wants to keep the pact under wraps for political reasons. The condition is that they will still be wanted— until the governor can claim they have reformed and warrant clemency.

The Two Ronnies(1971-1999)

50min per episode | Comedy
4.2/5 (with 6 votes)

The Two Ronnies is a British sketch show which aired on BBC1 from 1971 to 1987. It featured the double act of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, the "Two Ronnies" of the title.

With Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett

Polizeiruf 110(1971-)

1h 30min per episode | Crime
3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

Polizeiruf 110 is a long-running German language detective television series. The first episode was broadcast 27 June 1971 in the German Democratic Republic, and after the dissolution of Fernsehen der DDR the series was picked up by ARD. It was originally created as a counterpart to the West German series Tatort, and quickly became a public favorite. In contrast with other television crime series, in which killings are practically the primary focus, while Tatort handled homicide cases, the cases handled in the GDR TV's Polizeiruf were more often the more frequent, and less serious, crimes such as domestic violence, extortion, fraud, theft and juvenile delinquency, as well as alcoholism, child abuse and rape. Contrary to Tatort, which concentrated on the primary characters and their private lives, police procedure was the center of attention of Polizeiruf, especially in the earlier episodes. The scriptwriters attached particular importance to representation of the criminal and his state of mind, as well as the context of the crime. Many episodes aimed to teach and enlighten the audience about what does and what doesn't constitute appropriate behaviour and appropriate thought, rather than just to entertain. Polizeiruf was one of the few broadcasts by GDR media in which the real problems and difficulties of the supposedly more advanced socialist society could be displayed and discussed to some extent, albeit in a fictionalized and pedagogicalized environment.

With Uwe Steimle, Faye Montana

The Sea-Wolf(1971)

6h per episode | Action & Adventure
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

4-part TV adaption oft Jack London's novel "The Sea-Wolf" and other Jack London stories.

Directed by Wolfgang Staudte, Sergiu Nicolaescu - With Raimund Harmstorf, Edward Meeks, Emmerich Schäffer, Dieter Schidor, Colea Răutu, Willi Kowalj, ...

Upstairs, Downstairs(1971-1975)

50min per episode | Drama
4.1/5 (with 5 votes)

Upstairs: the wealthy, aristocratic Bellamys. Downstairs: their loyal and lively servants. For nearly 30 years, they share a fashionable townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in London’s posh Belgravia neighborhood, surviving social change, political upheaval, scandals, and the horrors of the First World War.

With Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Rachel Gurney, Angela Baddeley, Jean Marsh, Patsy Smart, ...
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Bless This House(1971-1976)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Bless this house is a British sitcom starring Sid James and Diana Coupland that aired on ITV from the 2nd February 1971 to the 22nd April 1976. It was written by Derek Collyer, David Comming, B.C. Cummins, Harry Driver, George Evans, Dave Freeman, Carla Lane, Brian Platt, Vince Powell, Adele Rose, Mike Sharland, Bernie Sharp, Myra Taylor, Jon Watkins and Lawrie Wyman. It was made for the ITV network by Thames Television. In 2004, Bless this house came 67th in Britain's best sitcom.

Directed by William G. Stewart - With Diana Coupland, Sally Geeson, Sid James, Robin Stewart

Die Sendung mit der Maus(1971-)

30min per episode | Animation, Kids & Family
4.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Die Sendung mit der Maus is a highly acclaimed children's series on German television that has been called "the school of the nation". The show first aired on March 10, 1971. Originally called Lach- und Sachgeschichten für Fernsehanfänger, it was controversial because German law prohibited television for children under six years of age. The program was initially condemned by teachers and childcare professionals as bad for children's development, but is now hailed for its ability to convey information to children. The show has received over 75 awards. The first doctoral dissertation on the program was written in 1991. On March 7, 1999, the program's Internet site was launched and received 2,400 e-mails and 4 million hits on the first day.

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour(1971-1974)

1h per episode | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is an American variety show starring American pop-singer Cher and her husband, Sonny Bono. The show ran on CBS in the United States, when it premiered in August 1971. The show was canceled May 1974, due to the couple's divorce, though the duo would reunite in 1976 for the identically-formatted The Sonny & Cher Show, which ran until 1977.

Directed by Art Fisher

Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!(1971-1972)

30min per episode | Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family, Animation
3.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! is a Saturday morning cartoon, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1971 for CBS.

The House in the Woods(1971)

53min per episode | War & Politics, Drama
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

During World War One, in a small rural French village far away from the front, a gamekeeper and his wife take in children displaced by the war.

The Jackson 5ive(1971-1972)

30min per episode | Animation, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

The Jackson 5ive was a Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Rankin/Bass and Motown Productions on ABC from September 11, 1971 until 14 October 1972; a fictionalized portrayal of the careers of Motown recording group The Jackson 5. The series was rebroadcast in syndication through Worldvision Enterprises during the 1984–1985 Saturday morning season, during a period when Michael Jackson was riding a major wave of popularity as a solo artist. The series was animated mainly in London at the studios of Halas and Batchelor, and some animation done at Estudios Moro, Barcelona, Spain. The director was Spanish-American Robert Balser.

Directed by Arthur Rankin Jr.

Mr. Benn(1971-2005)

15min per episode | Animation, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 3 votes)

Popular British children's animation series, repeated almost constantly since 1971. Mr Benn is the ordinary, bowler-hatted office worker who lives in the ordinary suburban street of Festive Road. However, when he tries on a costume in a mysterious costume shop, he steps out of the changing room into a different time and place, appropriate to his apparel. His adventures include him being a spaceman, a pirate and a cowboy.

Great Performances(1971-)

2h per episode | Comedy, Documentary, Drama
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

The best in the performing arts from across America and around the world including a diverse programming portfolio of classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.

With Angela Lansbury, Derek Jacobi, Loreena McKennitt, Dmitry Khvorostovsky, George Hearn

The Electric Company(1971-1977)

28min per episode | Comedy
4.3/5 (with 2 votes)

The Electric Company is an educational American children's television series that was produced by the Children's Television Workshop for PBS in the United States. PBS broadcast 780 episodes over the course of its six seasons from October 25, 1971 to April 15, 1977. After it ceased production that year, the program continued in reruns from 1977 to 1985, the result of a decision made in 1975 to produce two final seasons for perpetual use. CTW produced the show at Teletape Studios Second Stage in Manhattan, the first home of Sesame Street. The Electric Company employed sketch comedy and other devices to provide an entertaining program to help elementary school children develop their grammar and reading skills. It was intended for children who had graduated from CTW's flagship program, Sesame Street. Appropriately, the humor was more mature than what was seen there.

With Morgan Freeman

Dave Allen at Large(1971-1976)

45min per episode | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 2 votes)

David Tynan O'Mahony, better known as Dave Allen, was an Irish comedian. Initially becoming known in Australia during 1963–64, Allen made regular television appearances in the United Kingdom in the later 1960s and 1970s

Spectreman(1971-1972)

3.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Spectreman is the name and title superhero of a tokusatsu sci-fi TV series. Produced by P Productions and created by producer Souji Ushio, this series aired on Fuji TV from January 2, 1971 to March 25, 1972 with a total of 63 episodes, not counting the pre-series pilot episode. This was the first major superhero show of the 1970s.

With Tetsuo Narikawa

Investigation Held by ZnaToKi(1971-2003)

55min per episode | Mystery, Drama, Crime
4.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Soviet detective television series.

Directed by Vyacheslav Brovkin, Viktor Turbin, Vladimir Khotinenko, Vyacheslav Sorokin - With Georgy Martyniuk, Leonid Kanevsky, Elsa Lezhdey

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes(1971-1973)

50min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Crime
3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Adaptations of mystery stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's contemporary rivals in the genre.

Soul Train(1971-2006)

1h per episode
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Soul Train is an American musical variety show that aired in syndication from 1971 to 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer. Production was suspended following the 2005–06 season, with a rerun package airing for two years after that. As a nod to Soul Train's longevity, the show's opening sequence contained a claim that it was the "longest-running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history," with over 1,100 episodes produced from the show's debut through the 2005-06 season. Despite the production hiatus, Soul Train will continue to hold this honor until at least 2016, if and when its nearest competitor, Entertainment Tonight, completes its 35th season.

Taková normální rodinka(1971)

35min per episode | Comedy
4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Taková normální rodinka was a Czechoslovak television programme which was first broadcast in 1971. The programme was directed by Jaroslav Dudek. It was released on DVD in 2006.

Directed by Jaroslav Dudek - With Dana Medřická, Marie Rosůlková, Jana Štěpánková, Zdeněk Řehoř, Jaromír Hanzlík, Eduard Cupák, ...

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show(1971-1972)

30min per episode | Animation, Comedy
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series spin-off of The Flintstones produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, which ran for 16 half-hour episodes from September 11, 1971, to September 2, 1972, and four 8-minute episodes from September 9, 1972, to September 1, 1973, on CBS.

Parkinson(1971-2004)

1h per episode
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Parkinson is a British television chat show that was presented by Michael Parkinson. It was first shown on BBC1 from 19 June 1971 to 8 May 2004 then on ITV from 4 September 2004 to 22 December 2007.

With Michael Parkinson

Budgie(1971-1972)

1h per episode
4.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Budgie is a popular British television series starring former popstar Adam Faith which was produced by ITV company London Weekend Television and broadcast on the ITV network between 1971 and 1972. The series was created by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall . The show was produced by Verity Lambert, Rex Firkin was the Executive producer.

With Adam Faith
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