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1 The song "Gentle on My Mind" was used as the opening theme for this variety show which aired from 1969 to 1972 on CBS. Any chance you can name it?
Answer: The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour

Glen Campbell, who was born in 1936 in tiny Billstown, Arkansas, was introduced to the guitar at an early age by his uncle Boo, who also taught his nephew to play. By 1954 he had become so proficient on the instrument, he was asked by another uncle to join him in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to play in his band, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys. In 1960, Campbell decided to move to California, where he became a much sought after session player, eventually joining the L.A. based group of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. In the latter part of the '60s he became a successful solo artist, consistently reaching the top ten on the Billboard Country charts. In 1968, Campbell was chosen to host a summer replacement show for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour". When it became a hit, CBS offered him his own show, which premiered in January of 1969. The show, which was a mix of sketch comedy and musical performances, hosted some of the biggest musical acts of the day, including Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt and Neil Diamond.
    Your options: [ The Jim Nabors Hour ] [ The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour ] [ The Andy Williams Show ] [ The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour ]
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2 On the sitcom "Taxi", which actor played Bobby Wheeler?
Answer: Jeff Conaway

While all the choices above were actors on "Taxi" (1978-1983), Jeff Conaway played Bobby Wheeler, an aspiring, but usually unsuccessful actor. Jeff was also the deuteragonist (2nd protagonist) in the 1978 film "Grease" where he was Kenickie, opposite Stockard Channing as Rizzo; he also appeared on "Babylon 5" as Security Chief Zack Allan. Unfortunately, he had an addiction problem and died in 2011.
    Your options: [ Andy Kaufman ] [ Jeff Conaway ] [ Tony Danza ] [ Danny DeVito ]
  From Quiz: TV Characters from the 1970s
3 During the 1971 television season, a title character played by Hal Holbrook was featured in one of the four weekly rotating drama series that aired under the banner of "The Bold Ones". Which show featured the character Hays Stowe?
Answer: The Bold Ones: The Senator

Hal Holbrook starred in the tile role as U.S. Senator Hays Stowe in the series.

The series ran as part of rotating dramas on "The Bold Ones" (1969-1973)

The critically acclaimed episodes of "The Senator" aired nine 60 minute episodes during only season (1970-71).

The series earned a total of nine Primetime Emmy nominations in 1971, winning in 5 categories including "Outstanding Series - Drama", and "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Series" for Hal Holbrook,
    Your options: [ The Bold Ones: The Enforcers ] [ The Bold Ones: The New Doctors ] [ The Bold Ones: The Senator ] [ The Bold Ones: The Lawyers ]
  From Quiz: TV Title Characters and Series of the '70s
4 Perhaps the most influential American sitcom during the 1970s, this Norman Lear production was based on the British program (or should I say, programme?), "Till Death Us Do Part".
Answer: All in the Family

"All in the Family" aired the span of the entire decade and left an indelible mark on American popular culture. From its debut in January 1971 through the 1976 season, it was the top-rated program on American television. The unforgettable protagonist, Archie Bunker, became a symbol of narrow-minded bigotry. The show was the first to seriously portray many provocative issues, such as race relations, menopause, homosexuality, masturbation, atheism, and cross-dressing.
  From Quiz: It Was the Best of Times - American TV in the 70s
5 1970: This variety show debuted on NBC in the fall of 1970 and quickly became a hit with phrases that were widely copied such as "The devil made me do it" and "What you see is what you get." Name the show.
Answer: The Flip Wilson Show

Flip Wilson was one of the first African-American entertainers to star in a leading role on television. The show also featured well known skits like the "Church of What's Happening Now" and Flip dressed as the female character Geraldine.
    Your options: [ Rowan and Martin's Laugh In ] [ The Flip Wilson Show ] [ Hee Haw ] [ Saturday Night Live ]
  From Quiz: They Said It In the 70s
6 Which television series won the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Drama Series" the most times in the 1970's?
Answer: Upstairs, Downstairs

The highly acclaimed, award winning series, "Upstairs, Downstairs", was the hit British drama series that broadcast 68 episodes over its five season run (1971-1975). The series centered around a wealthy family, the Bellamys, who lived in a large townhouse in Edwardian London, England. Their affluent lifestyle represented the "upstairs" portion of the house. The "downstairs" of the household represented the servant staff who were hired to attend to the needs of the Bellamy family. The series focused on the lives and activities of the family and the hired staff.

Through the run of the series, it earned a total of 16 Primetime Emmy nominations. The series won seven Emmy Awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 1974, 1975, and 1977.

"Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969) won the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 1970.

"The Waltons" (1972) won the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 1973.

"Lou Grant" (1977) won the Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 1978.

Other winners of the award during the decade were, "The Bold Ones: The Senator" (1970) in 1971, "Elizabeth R" (1971) in 1972, "Police Story" (1973) in 1976, and "The Rockford Files" (1974) in 1979.
    Your options: [ The Waltons ] [ Lou Grant ] [ Marcus Welby, M.D. ] [ Upstairs, Downstairs ]
  From Quiz: Television in the 1970s ... Remember?
7 "M*A*S*H" - While most of the characters from the movie were carried over to the television series, only two actors/actresses appeared in both and played the same character. Only one was a recurring role past the first season. Who was the actor/actress?
Answer: Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff, as Walter "Radar" O'Reilly, was the only one to make the transition from the big to small screen in a regular role past the first season. G. Wood, as General Hammond, appeared in the movie and three episodes of the first season. General Clayton (Herb Voland) replaced General Hammond in the occasional role.
  From Quiz: 70s Television
8 1 - 'Laverne and Shirley'; 2 - 'Happy Days'; 3 - 'Charlie's Angels'; 4 - 'M*A*S*H'; and 5 - 'Three's Company'. (Best picture: 'Annie Hall') What year was this, which marked the last for "Sanford and Son"?
Answer: 1977

"Sanford and Son" starred Redd Foxx as 'Fred Sanford' and Demond Wilson as his son, 'Lemont'.
    Your options: [ 1977 ] [ 1976 ] [ 1978 ] [ 1974 ]
  From Quiz: Name the Television Year: 1970s
9 In which city was CBS's hour-long medical drama "Medical Center" set?
Answer: Los Angeles

Chad Everett and James Daly starred in this long-running series, which focused on the day-to-day activities of University Medical Center in Los Angeles. The show, which ran from 1969 until 1976, was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
    Your options: [ Chicago ] [ San Francisco ] [ Philadelphia ] [ Los Angeles ]
  From Quiz: TV Decade - The 1970s
10 What was the last name of the nosy neighbor, Gladys, from "Bewitched"?
Answer: Kravitz

In this program, Darrin & Samantha, have 2 children. The daughter, Tabitha, has her mom's "special powers". The son, Adam, did not appear to at first, but in season 8 it was revealed that he was a warlock.
  From Quiz: Classic Prime Time TV-1970's
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