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Saturday Night Strive

- Abstract

In the winter of 1972, CBS began to air four of its most successful comedy shows, All in the FamilyThe Bob Newhart ShowThe Carol Burnett Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, back to back on Saturday evenings, customarily the night of the week people were least likely to watch television. CBS undermined this custom with its Saturday-night shows, which were so popular that large numbers of people stayed home to watch them.

About the Author

Terry Teachout, Commentary’s critic-at-large and the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal, is the author of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, out in October from Gotham Books.