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New Series List 1980


Mystery! (1980–present).
That's Incredible! (1980–1984).
Nightline (1980 - present)
Fridays (1980–1982).
Moneyline (1980 - present)
Solid Gold (1980–1988).
Too Close for Comfort (1980–1985).
Bosom Buddies (1980–1982).
Magnum, P.I (1980–1988).

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Most Watched List 1980-1981


1. Dallas
2. The Dukes of Hazzard
3. 60 Minutes
4. M*A*S*H
5. The Love Boat
6. The Jeffersons
7. Alice
8. House Calls
9. Three's Company
10. Little House on the Prairie
11. One Day at a Time
12. Real People
13. Archie Bunker's Place
14. Magnum, P.I.
15. Happy Days


Miniseries List of 1980-1981

 

Shogun

Beulah Land
The Dream Merchants
The Last Outlaw
The Timeless Land
Water under the Bridge




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Television News 1980

 

Carl Sagan's 13 part "Cosmos" premieres on PBS


Willard Scott becomes the weather forcaster on the Today Show


ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"


Ted Turner's Cable News Network begins broadcasting


CBS TV bans Calvin Klein's jean ad featuring Brooke Shields

Dallas' "Who Shot JR?" episode gets a 53.3 rating (83 mill)


Bravo network premieres on cable TV


Wonderful World of Disney moves from its long time NBC home to CBS

 

Walter Cronkite retirement from the CBS Evening News

 

The Not Ready For Prime Time Players appear in their final episode on NBC's Saturday Night Live, and many feel it is the end of an era for the venerable series

 

Howard Cosell announces the murder of former Beatle John Lennon in the closing seconds of a Monday Night Football game


The Enemy's 1980 - 1981


Outstanding Drama Series -  Hill Street Blues
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Daniel J. Travanti, Hill Street Blues
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Barbara Babcock, Hill Street Blues
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Michael Conrad, Hill Street Blues
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nancy Marchand, Lou Grant
Outstanding Drama Special - Playing for Time
Outstanding Comedy Series - Taxi
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Judd Hirsch, Taxi
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Isabel Sanford, The Jeffersons
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series - Danny DeVito, Taxi
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series - Eileen Brennan, Private Benjamin
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program Lily - Sold Out
Outstanding Limited Series - Shogun
Outstanding Informational Series - Steve Allen's Meeting of Minds (PBS)
Outstanding Informational Special - The Body Human: The Bionic Breakthrough (CBS)
Outstanding Children's Program (Prime Time) - Donahue and Kids: Project Peacock (NBC)
Outstanding Game or Audience Participation Show - The $20,000 Pyramid (ABC)
Outstanding Talk/Service Series - Donahue (Syndicated)

 

Series End List 1980


Love of Life  (1951 - 1980)
The Ultraman  (1979 - 1980)
Hawaii Five-O  (1968 - 1980)
Hello, Larry  (1979 - 1980)
High Rollers  (1974 - 1980)
Hollywood Squares  (1966 - 1980)
The Rockford Files  (1974 - 1980)
Barnaby Jones   (1973 - 1980)
Dinah!  (1974 - 1980)

TV Guide Schedule 1980

 

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