For the American TV schedule, see: 1975-76 United States network television schedule.
The year 1975 involved some significant events in television. Below is a list of television-related events in 1975.
Events [edit ] January 3, 1975 – The original ends its run after almost 11 years and 2,753 episodes on Jeopardy! NBC Also on NBC, the biggest prize in American daytime television game shows at the time is won on , $38,750, split between two contestants Jackpot January 6 – becomes the first American Another World soap opera to start airing hour-long telecasts January 11 – On , a tearful All in the Family Edith says goodbye to her neighbor, Louise Jefferson as moved on up to their own The Jeffersons sitcom March 1 – " C-Day" in Australia; full-time colour broadcasting takes effect March 4 – The first presentation on CBS People's Choice Awards March 18 – McLean Stevenson's character dies in the episode " M*A*S*H Abyssinia, Henry", its third season finale April 3 – Meg Richardson ( Noele Gordon) marries Hugh Mortimer ( John Bentley) on the soap opera Crossroads April 12 – On The Jeffersons, Mike Evans makes his last appearance (until 1979), with Damon Evans (no relation to Michael) joining the cast April 21 – becomes the second American soap opera to expand from thirty minutes to an hour in length Days of our Lives April 25 – " Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" airs on ABC April 28 – Tom Snyder interviews John Lennon on The Tomorrow Show June 5 – Fred Silverman becomes the head of ABC Entertainment, whose programming choices resulted in ABC achieving ratings dominance (and initiating an era of what was disparagingly called "T&A" or " Jiggle television") September 5 – A bomb explodes in the wine bar/delicatessen on , in an attempt to shake up the cast and earn back lost viewers Number 96 September 8 – is expanded to an hour in length, with six games and two Showcase Showdowns, for one week as an experiment; the format is made permanent two months later The Price is Right starts airing weekly episodes in syndicated primetime as Match Game Match Game PM. September 29 – WGPR-TV, channel 62 in Detroit, becomes 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 Ali– Joe Frazier title fight from the Philippines (the " Thrilla in Manila") is sent via satellite to the U. S. and shown on HBO October 25 – The classic " Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode of airs on CBS The Mary Tyler Moore Show October 28 – A James Bond film is shown on British television for the first time, on Dr. No ITV November – Sony introduces the Betamax video recorder in the US, which comes in a teakwood console with a 19" color TV set and retails for $2,495 November 7 – The New Original Wonder Woman TV movie airs as a pilot for the series, (which premiered in 1976) Wonder Woman November 10 – changes its name to The Guiding Light Guiding Light, in an attempt to modernize the show's image (The show's announcer, however, continues to call the series The Guiding Light in his announcements until the early 1980s) November 23 – Memories of the " Heidi Game" return to haunt NBC as that network is forced to join in progress at the conclusion of an overtime NFL game Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory December 1 – Top-rated , bowing to competition from NBC, expands to one hour in length; As the World Turns moves to The Edge of Night ABC Debuts [edit ] Television shows [edit ] 1940s [edit ] 1950s [edit ] 1960s [edit ] , UK (1960–present) Coronation Street , Australia (1961–present) Four Corners (1961–present) It's Academic (1961–1981) The Mike Douglas Show (1961–1997) Wide World of Sports , The Late Late Show Ireland (1962–present) , UK (1962–1978) Z-Cars , UK (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present) Doctor Who (1963–1982) The Doctors (1963–present) General Hospital (1963–1988, 2002–present) Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1964–1999) Another World , UK (1964–1988, 2001–2003) Crossroads , UK (1964–2006) Top of the Pops (1965–present) Days of our Lives , UK (1965–1985) World of Sport (1966–present) Play School (UK) (1966–present) The Money Programme (1967–1978) The Carol Burnett Show (1968–present) 60 Minutes (UK) (1968–1977) Dad's Army (1968–1980) Hawaii Five-O (UK) (1968–1980) Magpie (1968–present) One Life to Live (1969–1993) Hee Haw (1969–1976) Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–present) Sesame Street (UK) (1969–1989) The Benny Hill Show 1970s [edit ] Programs ending [edit ] Game shows whose runs ended, later revived [edit ] January 3 – (1964–1975, 1984–present) Jeopardy! June 13 – (1972–1975, 1978–1986) The Joker's Wild June 13 – (1974–1975, 1989) Now You See It June 27 – (1961–67, 71–75, 79–82, 84–89, 2008–2009) Password June 27 – (1972–1975, 1986–87) Split Second September – (on and off from 1950–55, 1956–75, 1977–78, 1987–88) Truth or Consequences Changes of network affiliation [edit ] Births [edit ] January 1 – Georgina Mellor, British actress ( ) Footballers' Wives: Extra Time January 29 – Sara Gilbert, actress ( ) Roseanne February 22 – Drew Barrymore, actress March 15 – Eva Longoria, actress ( ) Desperate Housewives March 27 – Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson, actress, singer ( , Kids Incorporated The Black Eyed Peas) April 6 – Zach Braff, actor ( ) Scrubs April 30 – Johnny Galecki, actor ( ) The Big Bang Theory June 4 – Angelina Jolie, actress (as Gia Carangi in ) Gia June 27 – Tobey Maguire, actor August 7 – Charlize Theron, South African actress October 5 – Kate Winslet, English actress ( ) Mildred Pierce October 12 – Marion Jones, WNBA player November 21 – Cherie Johnson, actress ( ) Punky Brewster December 17 – Milla Jovovich, actress December 27 – Heather O'Rourke, actress (died 1988; ) Happy Days December 30 – Tiger Woods, Pro golf player Deaths [edit ]