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The year 1975 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1975.

For the American TV schedule, see: 1975-76 United States network television schedule.


  • January 3, 1975 - The original Jeopardy! ends its run after almost 11 years and 2,753 episodes on NBC.
    • Also on that same network, the largest Super Jackpot won in the history of Jackpot, $38,750 was won between two contestants, the biggest prize in american daytime television game shows at the time.
  • January 6 – Another World became the first American soap opera to start airing hour-long telecasts.
    • On the same day, Wheel of Fortune aired its first episode on NBC's daytime schedule. The show was hosted by a little-known singer-songwriter named Chuck Woolery; his assistant was Susan Stafford. A modest success when it first premiered, the show went on to become one of the most famous game shows in history (thanks to television syndication) when a syndicated version began in 1983 with a different presenter and hostess.
    • The ORTF was dislocked into 7 societies : TF1, Antenne 2, FR3, INA, SFP, Radio France & TDF.
  • March 1 – It's "C-Day" in Australia. Full-time colour broadcasting takes effect today.
  • March 18 – McLean Stevenson's character Henry Blake dies in the M*A*S*H episode Abyssinia, Henry, its third season finale.
  • April 3 – Meg Richardson (Noele Gordon) married Hugh Mortimer (John Bentley) on the soap opera Crossroads.
  • April 21 – Days of our Lives became the second American soap opera to expand from thirty minutes to an hour in length.
  • April 28 – Tom Snyder interviewed John Lennon on The Tomorrow Show.
  • May 7 – Matt Helm was shown as a pilot episode in the US but the actual television series would not be shown until later that same year.
  • September 5 – A bomb exploded in the wine bar/delicatessen on Number 96, in an attempt to shake up the cast and earn back lost viewers.
  • September 8 – Match Game started airing weekly episodes in syndicated primetime as Match Game PM.
  • October 11 – Andy Kaufman made his debut on the first episode of Saturday Night Live, lip syncing portions of the theme to Mighty Mouse.
  • October 25 – The classic "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show airs on CBS.
  • October 28 – A James Bond film was shown on British television for the first time, Dr. No on ITV.
  • November – Sony introduced the Betamax video recorder in the US. The LV-1901 came in a teakwood console with a 19" color TV set and retailed for $2,495.
  • November 3 – The Price is Right expanded to an hour in length to its current six-game, two Showcase Showdown, and Showcase format, still used as of the 2011–12 season (Season 40).
  • November 7 – The New Original Wonder Woman aired as a TV movie, leading to a weekly series, Wonder Woman, which premiered in 1976.
  • November 10 – The producers of the long-running serial drama The Guiding Light changed the show's name to Guiding Light, in an attempt to modernize the show's image. The show's announcer, however, continued to call the series The Guiding Light in his announcements until the early 1980s.
  • December 1 – Top-rated As the World Turns, bowing to competition from NBC, expanded to one hour in length, its current format. The Edge of Night moves to ABC, as CBS has no room in its schedule; that network starts daytime reruns of All in the Family on this day.
  • Fred Silverman became the head of ABC Entertainment, initiating an era of what was disparagingly called "T&A" or "Jiggle Television". His programming choices resulted in ABC achieving ratings dominance.
  • The first "Love in the Afternoon" television advertisements aired touting ABC's daytime lineup, although sparsely until 1977.
  • The In Soviet Georgia television advertisements for Dannon yogurt first aired in the United States.
  • US television program Match Game (note: not Match Game PM) was rated #1 in overall television programming and game shows for the third year running.
  • January 11 – On All in the Family, a tearful Edith (played by Jean Stapleton) said goodbye to her neighbor for almost five years, Louise Jefferson (played by Isabel Sanford), as The Jeffersons moved on up to their sitcom, until the spin-off aired the next week.
  • In The Second Season of CBS's The Jeffersons, Mike Evans left to work on episodes on Good Times, which Damon Evans (no relation to Michael), joined the cast this season until the fourth season in 1978, the character of Lionel Jefferson was seen less frequently.
  • March 4 – The first "People's Choice Awards" were presented on CBS.
  • September 29 – WGPR-TV, channel 62 in Detroit, became the first television station in the U. S. to be owned and operated by blacks. (It is now CBS-owned WWJ-TV.)
  • September 30 – The Muhammad AliJoe Frazier title fight from the Philippines – the "Thrilla in Manila" – was sent by satellite to the U. S. and shown on HBO.
  • November 23 – Memories of the "Heidi Game" returned to haunt NBC as that network was forced to join Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in progress at the conclusion of an overtime NFL game.


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Changes of network affiliationEdit

  • The Edge of Night moves from CBS to ABC.



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