What I was watching 1979-1980

September 20, 2014

Journal, Lloyd

First, I should point out that this is Lloyd. Lauren has better taste in all things, so she was maybe watching something completely different… more sophisticated, no doubt. Here’s the complete prime-time lineup for the 1979 – 1980 season.

  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
S Mork & Mindy One Day at a Time Alice The Jeffersons Trapper John, MD
M Little House on the Prarie M*A*S*H WKRP in Cincinnati Lou Grant
T Happy Days x Three’s Company Taxi x x
W Real People Different Strokes x x x
T1 Quincy Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 20/20
T2 The Waltons Barney Miller x 20/20
F Fantasy Island vs.
The Incredible Hulk
The Dukes of Hazard NOT Dallas
S CHiPs B.J. and the Bear vs.
The Love Boat
Hart to Hart


  • x: Nothing on, didn’t watch.
  • Thu 1: Dad not home
  • Thu 2: Dad home
  • vs.: Whichever one wasn’t a rerun
  • NOT Dallas: This is the only show I remember not being allowed to watch.

What about you?

part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5

About Lloyd

Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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9 Responses to “What I was watching 1979-1980”

  1. Mom Said on:

    I liked all those shows. A milder, kinder time.


  2. Deborah Said on:

    I watched many of those shows, but none that were on ABC. We didn’t get that channel. I’ll have to research Real People. I know I watched that, but only vaguely remember it.


  3. Lauren Said on:

    Some of these shows I’ve never watched -- mostly the cop shows.

    Also, I don’t know what was wrong with your Missouri programming, but Love Boat and Fantasy Island were both on Saturday night, if I remember correctly, which I probably don’t.


    • Rachel Said on:

      I remember Love Boat and Fantasy Island on Saturdays too. That would have been in Iowa.


      • Lloyd Said on:

        They were both on Saturday, but not this season. It is amazing how much the daily lineups changed from season to season in the early 80’s.


        • Brad Said on:

          You beat me to it. I was scrolling through the different years too. How did people keep up with what show was on when? TV Guide, right? I remember seeing them in grocery store checkouts all the time.


          • Lloyd Said on:

            There were only 3 channels to keep track of and no pesky video games to distract us. And there were always commercials for other TV shows and “Stay tuned for scenes from our next exciting episode.”

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