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TV Shows & Series: Popular TV Shows/Series of 1978

TV shows/series in chronological context: 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1978th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 978th year of the 2nd millennium, the 78th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1970s decade. ()

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Diff'rent Strokes(1978-1986)

30min per episode | Comedy, Kids & Family, Drama
3.5/5 (with 91 votes)

The series stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman named Phillip Drummond and his daughter Kimberly, for whom their deceased mother previously worked. During the first season and first half of the second season, Charlotte Rae also starred as the Drummonds' housekeeper, Mrs. Garrett.

Battlestar Galactica(1978-1979)

TV-PG
| 1h per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 67 votes)

When the 12 Colonies of Man are wiped out by a cybernetic race called the Cylons, Commander Adama and the crew of the battlestar Galactica lead a ragtag fleet of human survivors in search of a "mythical planet" called Earth.

Dallas(1978-1991)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Soap / Telenovela, Drama
3.1/5 (with 57 votes)

The world's first mega-soap, and one of the most popular ever produced, Dallas had it all. Beautiful women, expensive cars, and men playing Monopoly with real buildings. Famous for one of the best cliffhangers in TV history, as the world asked "Who shot J.R.?" A slow-burner to begin with, Dallas hit its stride in the 2nd season, with long storylines and expert character development. Dallas ruled the airwaves in the 1980's.

Taxi(1978-1983)

TV-PG
| 30min per episode | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 47 votes)

Louie De Palma is a cantankerous, acerbic taxi dispatcher in New York City. He tries to maintain order over a collection of varied and strange characters who drive for him. As he bullies and insults them from the safety of his “cage,” they form a special bond among themselves, becoming friends and supporting each other through the inevitable trials and tribulations of life.

Mork & Mindy(1978-1982)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 45 votes)

Mork & Mindy is an American science fiction sitcom broadcast from 1978 until 1982 on ABC. The series starred Robin Williams as Mork, an alien who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man egg-shaped spaceship. Pam Dawber co-starred as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate. In 1997, the episode "Mork's Mixed Emotions" was ranked #94 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time list.

Spider-Man(1978-1979)

3.7/5 (with 44 votes)

Young motorcycle racer Takuya Yamashiro sees a UFO falling to earth, in fact a space warship named the Marveller. Takuya follows his scientist father to the Marveller and discovers Garia, the last surviving warrior of Planet Spider. Garia injects Takuya with some of his own blood, giving Takuya spider-like powers. Using his powers, Takuya fights Professor Monster's army and other threats to Earth under the name Spiderman.

Conan, the Boy in Future(1978)

4.5/5 (with 44 votes)

After the great disaster of 2008, A war that destroyed the planet, the world is now largely ocean with the continents having sunk. Conan lives on a remote island with his grandpa and nature, never having seen another human being. But one day a mysterious girl, Lana, washes up on his beach. The two become quick friends, but she’s soon kidnapped and taken to Industria, a technological remainder from the world before. Conan leaves his island in pursuit, braving new lands and many hardships with new friends and enemies just beyond the horizon.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Top Gear(1978-2009)

30min per episode | Documentary
3.9/5 (with 31 votes)

Motoring programme featuring reviews of and reports about cars of all types.

Captain Future(1978-1979)

4.1/5 (with 31 votes)

Curtis Newton, aka Captain Future, is an orphan. His parents died in their artificial satellite while he was an infant. His father was a scientist, who has abandoned earth for the satellite to dedicate his life for science along with his aging friend the genius Dr Simon Wright. Wright senses his death, and decides to implant his brain in a mechanical container. They both manufactured a superior robot and an android. Captain future dedicated his life to fight evil along with his three men, the brain, android, and robot.

Holocaust(1978)

1h 28min per episode | Drama, War & Politics
3.8/5 (with 22 votes)

Berlin, Germany, 1935. The day Karl Weiss, a Jewish painter, and Inga Helms, a Christian woman, marry, is the one in which both of them and the entire Weiss family are caught up in the maelstrom of the Nazi regime, the storms of World War II and the horrors of the criminal Final Solution, the Holocaust, the Shoah; while Erik Dorf, an ambitious lawyer, undertakes his fall into hell at the hands of the sinister Reinhard Heydrich.

WKRP in Cincinnati(1978-1982)

TV-PG
| 25min per episode | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 21 votes)

When a Cincinnati radio station switches from sedate music to top-40 rock 'n' roll, its staff of oddball characters is forced to switch gears quickly. New programming director Andy Travis brings in a new DJ named Venus Flytrap to work with the station's burned-out veteran, Dr. Johnny Fever. Neurotic newsman Les Nessman, eager beaver Bailey Quarters, sleazy salesman Herb Tarlek, blonde bombshell Jennifer Marlowe, who serves as the station's ultra-capable receptionist, and station manager Arthur Carlson, whose domineering mother owns WKRP, round out the eccentric bunch.

The All-New Popeye Show(1978-1980)

1h per episode | Animation
3.4/5 (with 14 votes)

The All-New Popeye Hour is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and King Features Syndicate. Starring the popular comic strip character Popeye, the series aired from 1978 to 1983 on CBS.

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Message from Space: Galactic Wars(1978-1979)

30min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.3/5 (with 13 votes)

The 15th solar system is invaded by the Stressos. Two men, Ryû and Ayato, and a man-ape, Baru, organize the resistance. They are helped by Eolia, a mysterious woman traveling on a three masted space ship.

Starzinger(1978-1979)

25min per episode | Action & Adventure, Animation
4.0/5 (with 12 votes)

Three powerful cyborgs must assist Princess Aurora on her dangerous journey to the Great Planet, in order to restore balance in the universe.

With Kazuko Sugiyama, Hiroya Ishimaru, Kei Tomiyama, Kōsei Tomita, Eiko Masuyama, Jōji Yanami, ...

Blake's 7(1978-1981)

50min per episode | Drama
3.7/5 (with 12 votes)

A group of convicts and outcasts fight a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.

With Gareth Thomas, Michael Keating, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, David Jackson, Peter Tuddenham, ...

Centennial(1978-1979)

1h 25min per episode | Western, Drama
4.0/5 (with 12 votes)

The economic and cultural growth of town of Centennial, Colorado, through the intertwining lives of the brave men and women inhabiting it. Spanning two centuries from the settling of the area in the 1700s, to the late 1970s.

All Creatures Great and Small(1978-1990)

1h per episode | Comedy, Drama
4.1/5 (with 11 votes)

All Creatures Great and Small is a British television series, based on the books of the British veterinary surgeon Alf Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym James Herriot. Ninety episodes were aired over two three-year runs. The first run was based directly on Herriot's books; the second was filmed with original scripts.

Battle of the Planets(1978-2003)

30min per episode | Animation, Action & Adventure
3.8/5 (with 10 votes)

Battle of the Planets cast five young people as G-Force, consisting of Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny. G-Force protects Earth from planet Spectra and other attacks from beyond space. The most prominent field commander of the Spectra forces was a villainous, masked individual known as Zoltar, who received his orders directly from the "Luminous One".Battle of the Planets is an American adaptation of the Japanese anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.

Directed by Alan Dinehart

20/20(1978-)

TV-PG
| 40min per episode | News, Documentary
3.5/5 (with 9 votes)

20/20 is an American television newsmagazine that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. Created by ABC News executive Roone Arledge, the show was designed similarly to CBS's 60 Minutes but focuses more on human interest stories than international and political subjects. The program's name derives from the "20/20" measurement of visual acuity.The hour-long program has been a staple on Friday evenings for much of the time since it moved to that timeslot from Thursdays in September 1987, though special editions of the program occasionally air on other nights.

With Elizabeth Vargas, Barbara Walters, John Stossel

Challenge of the Super Friends(1978)

3.8/5 (with 9 votes)

Challenge of the Super Friends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 9, 1978, to December 23, 1978, on ABC. The complete series was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Warner Bros. Television and is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics and created by Julius Schwartz, Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. It was the third series of Super Friends cartoons, following the original Super Friends in 1973 and The All-New Super Friends Hour in 1977. It continues to air on Boomerang in the United States.

The New Fantastic Four(1978)

3.8/5 (with 9 votes)

The super-elastic Mr. Fantastic, the force field-wielding Invisible Girl, the orange rock-covered Thing and the data-crammed robot H.E.R.B.I.E. make up a team of superheroes dedicated to thwarting would-be world-dominating villains.

Lineman(1978-1986)

3.8/5 (with 9 votes)

La Linea is an Italian animated series created by the Italian cartoonist Osvaldo Cavandoli. The series consists of 90 episodes, each about 2–3 minutes long, which were originally broadcast on the Italian channel RAI between 1971 and 1986. Over the years the series aired in more than 40 countries around the world. All episodes of the series are available today on DVD.Due to its short duration, it has often been used in many networks as an interstitial program.The tune played in the background of the series was created by Franco Godi.Even though the episodes are numbered up to 225, there are, in fact, only 90 La Linea episodes. The 1971 series had 8 episodes, the 1978 series had 56, and the 1986 series had 26.

Grange Hill(1978-2008)

25min per episode | Drama
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

Grange Hill is a British television drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began in 1978 on BBC1 and was one of the longest-running programmes on British television when it ended its run on 15 September 2008. It was created by Phil Redmond who is also responsible for the Channel 4 dramas Brookside and Hollyoaks; other notable production team members down the years have included producer Colin Cant and script editor Anthony Minghella.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock(1978-1979)

3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

Follows Captain Harlock, an outcast turned space pirate after he rebelled against Earth's Government and humanity's general apathy.

Connections(1978)

50min per episode | Documentary
4.6/5 (with 8 votes)

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the history of science and invention, Connections explores an "Alternative View of Change" that rejects the conventional linear and teleological view of historical progress. To demonstrate this view, Burke begins each episode with a particular event or innovation in the past (usually ancient or medieval) and traces a path from that event through a series of connections to a fundamental and essential aspect of the modern world.

Directed by Mick Jackson

Matador(1978-1982)

1h per episode | Drama
4.5/5 (with 7 votes)

Matador is a Danish TV series produced and shown between 1978 and 1982. It is set in the fictional Danish town of Korsbæk between 1929 and 1947. It follows the lives of a range of characters from across the social spectrum, focusing specifically on the rivalry between the families of two businessmen: The banker Hans Christian Varnæs, an established local worthy, and social climber Mads Skjern, who arrives in town as the series opens. The name Matador was taken from the localised edition of the boardgame Monopoly, also the series' tentative English title. In addition, in contemporary Danish a "matador" is often used to describe a business tycoon, in the series referring to the character of Mads Skjern and his craftiness as a self-made entrepreneur.Directed by famed Danish film maker Erik Balling, Matador was the idea of author Lise Nørgaard who wrote the bulk of the episodes alongside Karen Smith, Jens Louis Petersen and Paul Hammerich. The series is one of the most well-known and popular examples of Danish television and represents the peak of longtime development of Danish TV drama by the public service channel Danmarks Radio.The series has become part of the modern self-understanding of Danes, partly because of its successful mix of melodrama and a distinct warm Danish humour in the depiction of characters, which were portrayed by a wide range of the most popular Danish actors at the time; but also not least because of its accurate portrayal of a turbulent Denmark from around the start of the Great Depression and through Nazi Germany's occupation of Denmark in World War II.

Butterflies(1978-1983)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 6 votes)

Ria Parkinson is a bored housewife and mother. She spends her time daydreaming, and meets regularly with wealthy businessman Leonard to relieve the monotony. Husband Ben, a dentist and avid butterfly collector is oblivious to it all, and her unemployed grown up sons, who both live at home also have other things on their minds, especially girlfriends.

Going Straight(1978)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 6 votes)

Going Straight is a BBC sitcom which was a direct spin-off from Porridge, starring Ronnie Barker as Norman Stanley Fletcher, newly released from the fictional Slade Prison where the earlier series had been set.It sees Fletcher trying to become an honest member of society, having vowed to stay away from crime on his release. The title refers to his attempt, 'straight' being a slang term meaning being honest, in contrast to 'bent', i.e., dishonest.Also re-appearing was Richard Beckinsale as Lennie Godber, who was Fletcher's naïve young cellmate and was now in a relationship with his daughter Ingrid. Her brother Raymond was played by a teenage Nicholas Lyndhurst.Only one series, of six episodes, was made in 1978. It attracted an audience of over 15 million viewers and won a BAFTA award in March 1979, but hopes of a further series had already been dashed by Beckinsale's premature death earlier in the same month.

The Adventures of the Little Prince(1978-1979)

4.0/5 (with 5 votes)

Anime series based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The series showed the extended adventures of the Little Prince, Swifty The Space Bird, and the Rose Girl.

Godzilla(1978-1979)

3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

Godzilla is a 30-minute animated series co-produced between Hanna-Barbera Productions and Toho in 1978 and aired on NBC in the United States and TV Tokyo in Japan.The series is an animated adaptation of the Japanese Godzilla films produced by Toho. The series continued to air until 1981, for a time airing in its own half-hour timeslot until its cancellation.

Directed by Ray Patterson
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