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TV Shows & Series: Popular TV Shows/Series of 1972

TV shows/series in chronological context: 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1972nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 972nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 72nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1970s decade. Within the context of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) it was the longest year ever, as two leap seconds were added during this 366-day year, an event which has not since been repeated. (If its start and end are defined using mean solar time [the legal time scale], its duration was 31622401.141 seconds of Terrestrial Time (or Ephemeris Time), which is slightly shorter than 1908). ()

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M*A*S*H(1972-1983)

TV-PG
| 25min per episode | War & Politics, Drama, Comedy
4.0/5 (with 207 votes)

The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable.

Mazinger Z(1972-1974)

3.9/5 (with 139 votes)

Mazinger Z, known briefly as Tranzor Z in the United States, is a Japanese super robot manga series written and illustrated by Go Nagai. The first manga version was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump from October 1972 to August 1973, and it later continued in Kodansha TV Magazine from October 1973 to September 1974. It was adapted into an anime television series which aired on Fuji TV from December 1972 to September 1974. A second manga series was released alongside the TV show, this one drawn by Gosaku Ota, which started and ended almost at the same time of the TV show. Mazinger Z has spawned several sequels and spinoff series, among them UFO Robot Grendizer and Mazinkaiser. It was a very popular cartoon in Mexico during the 1980s, where it was dubbed into Spanish directly from the Japanese version, keeping the Japanese character names and broadcasting all 92 episodes, unlike the version aired in the U.S.

The New Scooby-Doo Movies(1972-1973)

TV-G
| 40min per episode | Animation, Mystery, Comedy, Kids & Family, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 79 votes)

Aside from doubling the length of each episode, The New Scooby-Doo Movies differed from its predecessor in the addition of a rotating special guest star slot; each episode featured real-life celebrities or well known fictional characters joining the Mystery, Inc. gang in solving the mystery of the week. Some episodes, in particular the episodes guest-starring the characters from The Addams Family, Batman, and Jeannie, deviated from the established Scooby-Doo format of presenting criminals masquerading as supernatural beings by introducing real ghosts, witches, monsters, and other such characters into the plots.

Directed by William Hanna

Kung Fu(1972-1975)

50min per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama, Western
4.0/5 (with 64 votes)

The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.

Cantinflas Show(1972)

5min per episode | Animation, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 46 votes)

Cantinflas, the main character, is present in popular stories like Samson and Delilah, and meets famous geniuses like Einstein and Edison.

Emmerdale(1972-)

TV-PG
| 30min per episode | Soap / Telenovela, Drama
1.9/5 (with 33 votes)

The lives of several families in the Yorkshire Dales revolve around a farm and the nearby village. With murders, affairs, lies, deceit, laughter and tears, it's all there in the village.

With John Nayagam, Richard Thorp, Chris Chittell, Clive Hornby, Stan Richards, Steve Halliwell, ...

Sanford and Son(1972-1977)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 30 votes)

The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

Are You Being Served?(1972-1985)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 26 votes)

- No description / details available yet. -

The Streets of San Francisco(1972-1977)

1h per episode | Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure
3.6/5 (with 25 votes)

Two police officers, the older Lt. Stone and the young upstart Inspector Keller, investigate murders and other serious crimes in San Francisco. Stone would become a second father to Keller as he learned the rigors and procedures of detective work.

The Price Is Right(1972-)

TV-G
| 1h per episode
3.1/5 (with 24 votes)

"Come on down!" The Price Is Right features a wide variety of games and contests with the same basic challenge: Guess the prices of everyday (or not-quite-everyday) retail items.

Directed by Marc Breslow, Paul Alter - With George Gray

Science Ninja Team Gatchaman(1972-1980)

TV-PG
| 30min per episode | Animation
4.4/5 (with 24 votes)

Science Ninja Team Gatchaman is a five-member superhero team that is composed of the main characters in several anime created by Tatsuo Yoshida and originally produced in Japan by Tatsunoko Productions and later adapted into several English-language versions. It is also known by the abbreviated name Gatchaman.The original series, produced in 1972, was eponymously named Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman and is most well known to the English-speaking world as the adaptation titled Battle of the Planets. The series received additional English adaptations with G-Force: Guardians of Space and ADV Films' uncut 2005 release. Tatsunoko also uses the official translation Science Commando Gatchaman, as shown in numerous related products and media. Because the English-language versions are notoriously inconsistent not only with one another but also with the original Japanese series, viewers most familiar with the English versions often experience some confusion upon re-examining the series after a long hiatus.The original 1972 Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman series was followed by an animated film, two sequel series, Gatchaman II, and Gatchaman Fighter. In the 90's, episodes from both series were dubbed into English by Saban as Eagle Riders. In 1994, the original series was remade as a condensed OVA series.

The Waltons(1972-1981)

50min per episode | Drama
3.4/5 (with 23 votes)

The Waltons live their life in a rural Virginia community during the Great Depression and World War II.

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The Bob Newhart Show(1972-1978)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 18 votes)

The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired 142 original episodes on CBS from September 16, 1972, to April 1, 1978. Comedian Bob Newhart portrays a psychologist having to deal with his patients and fellow office workers. The show was filmed before a live audience.

Emergency!(1972-1979)

1h per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama
4.0/5 (with 15 votes)

Emergency! is an American television series that combines the medical drama and action-adventure genres. It was produced by Mark VII Limited and distributed by Universal Studios. It debuted as a midseason replacement on January 15, 1972, on NBC, replacing the two short-lived series The Partners and The Good Life, and ran until May 28, 1977, with six additional two-hour television films during the following two years. Emergency! was created and produced by Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader, both of whom were also responsible for the police dramas Adam-12 and Dragnet.

Maude(1972-1978)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

Well-educated and upper middle class, Maude Findlay is the archetypal feminist of her generation. She lives in suburban Tuckahoe, New York, with her fourth husband, Walter, their divorced daughter, Carol, and grandson Phillip.

Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space(1972)

30min per episode | Animation, Kids & Family, Kids & Family
4.6/5 (with 8 votes)

Josie and the gang are accidentally launched into space.

Banacek(1972-1974)

1h 10min per episode | Mystery, Drama, Crime
4.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Banacek is an American detective TV series starring George Peppard that aired on the NBC network from 1972 to 1974. The series was part of the rotating NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie anthology. It alternated in its time slot with several other shows but was the only one to last beyond its first season.

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids(1972-1985)

30min per episode | Animation
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an animated series created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. Filmation was the production company for the series. The show premiered in 1972 and ran until 1985. The show, based on Cosby's remembrances of his childhood gang, centered on Albert, and his friends.The show always had an educational lesson emphasized by Cosby's live-action segments, and in early episodes the gang would usually gather in their North Philadelphia junkyard to play a rock song on their cobbled-together instruments at the end of the show.

Directed by Hal Sutherland - With Bill Cosby

Rainbow(1972-1992)

20min per episode | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

Children's puppet programme featuring music and stories. Join George, Bungle, Zippy, and all their friends at the Rainbow House, always an exciting place to be.

Directed by Jackie Cooper - With Stanley Bates, Rod Burton, David Cook, Matthew Corbett, Geoffrey Hayes, Ronnie Le Drew, ...

The Rookies(1972-1976)

1h per episode | Drama, Crime
3.8/5 (with 6 votes)

The Rookies is an American crime drama series that aired on ABC from 1972 until 1976. It follows the exploits of three rookie police officers working in an unidentified city for the fictitious Southern California Police Department.

Trip for One Smile(1972)

30min per episode | Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

Two cousins are traveling to the sea for summer vacations.

Colditz(1972-1974)

1h per episode | Drama
4.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Colditz is a British television series co-produced by the BBC and Universal Studios and screened between 1972 and 1974.The series deals with Allied prisoners of war imprisoned at the supposedly escape-proof Colditz Castle when designated Oflag IV-C during World War II, and their many attempts to escape captivity, as well as the relationships formed between the various nationalities and their German captors.Colditz was created by Brian Degas working with the producer Gerard Glaister, who went on to devise another successful BBC series dealing with the Second World War — Secret Army. Technical consultant for the series was Major Pat Reid, the real British Escape Officer at Colditz. One of the locations used in filming was Stirling Castle.

Love Thy Neighbour(1972-1976)

30min per episode | Comedy
4.6/5 (with 4 votes)

Love Thy Neighbour is a British sitcom, which was transmitted from 13 April 1972 until 22 January 1976, spanning seven series. The sitcom was produced by Thames Television for the ITV network. The principal cast included Jack Smethurst, Rudolph Walker, Nina Baden-Semper and Kate Williams. In 1973, the series was adapted into a film of the same name, and a later sequel series was set in Australia.

Around the World in Eighty Days(1972-1973)

30min per episode | Comedy, Animation, Kids & Family
4.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Around the World in 80 Days is an animated television series that lasted one season of sixteen episodes, broadcast during the 1972-1973 season by NBC. It was the first Australian-produced cartoon to be shown on American network television. Leif Gram directed all sixteen episodes, and the stories were loosely adapted by Chester "Chet" Stover from the novel by Jules Verne.

The Adventures of Aladár Mézga(1972)

3.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Every night Aladár visits a different inhabited planet using an inflatable interstellar cosmic ship with his talking dog Blöki.

Directed by József Nepp

Pinocchio: The Series(1972)

24min per episode | Animation, Drama, Kids & Family
3.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Mokku of the Oak Tree, also known as Mokku Woody the Oak Tree, or Saban's Adventures of Pinocchio in the United States, is a 52 episode anime series by Tatsunoko Productions first aired on Fuji Television in 1972. The story is based on the novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian author Carlo Collodi.Unlike the more cheerful lighter tones of the Disney Version and Nippon Animation's version Piccolino no Bōken, this series has a distinctly sadistic darker theme and portrays the main character, Pinocchio, as suffering from constant physical and psychological abuse and freak accidents.

Devilman(1972-1973)

3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

Devilman features Akira Fudo, a shy and timid teenager who has gone mountain climbing in the Himalayas with his father. While in the middle of the expedition, both father and son are killed in a tragic accident. Akira's body is found and possessed by the demon soldier Devilman, who uses his new human form as a disguise in order to fulfill his mission of causing chaos on Earth in order to pave the way for a demonic invasion of the planet.Before his mission can begin in earnest, Devilman meets Akira's childhood friend Miki Makimura and quickly falls in love with her. Devilman resolves to protect Miki and humanity as a whole by battling against his fellow demons. Demon Tribe leader Zennon becomes greatly angered at Devilman's betrayal and is quick to send Devilman's former comrades to destroy him. The other demons soon learn that Miki is precious to Devilman and he must now work to protect her, as well as protect himself. Will the power of love be able to overcome that of true evil?

Directed by Tomoharu Katsumata

Seigi wo ai suru mono: Gekkô kamen(1972-)

4.9/5 (with 3 votes)

- No description / details available yet. -

Van der Valk(1972-1992)

50min per episode | Drama
2.4/5 (with 3 votes)

Van der Valk is a British television series that was produced by Thames Television for the ITV network. It starred Barry Foster in the title role as Dutch detective Commissaris "Piet" van der Valk. Based on the characters and atmosphere of the novels of Nicolas Freeling, the first series was shown in 1972.

Mastermind(1972-)

30min per episode | Talk-Show
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Mastermind is a British quiz show, well known for its challenging questions, intimidating setting and air of seriousness.Devised by Bill Wright, the basic format of Mastermind has never changed — four and in later contests five contestants face two rounds, one on a specialised subject of the contestant's choice, the other a general knowledge round. Wright drew inspiration from his experiences of being interrogated by the Gestapo during World War II.The atmosphere is helped by Mastermind's famously ominous theme music, "Approaching Menace" by the British composer Neil Richardson. The quiz programme originated and was recorded in Manchester at studios such as New Broadcasting House and Granada Studios, before permanently moving to MediaCityUK in 2011.

Directed by Derek Hallworth
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