In 1975, the NBC Friday night lineup was “Sanford and Son” at 8, “Chico and the Man” at 8:30, “Rockford Files” at 9, and “Police Woman at 10.” That’s outrageously solid, but check out what CBS was dropping at the same time: “Big Eddie,” “M*A*S*H,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and “Barnaby Jones.” What did people do back then?! With all due respect to “Chico and the Man,” I suppose it’s reasonable to assume that you started with “Sanford” and then switched over to “M*A*S*H” at 8:30 — and I appreciate that maybe “Barnaby Jones” vs. “Police Woman” sorted itself out based on demographics — but how on God’s Green Earth was a person supposed to choose between “Rockford” and “Hawaii Five-O?!” There were no DVRs then, people, and only Bob Crane and the ultra-rich had VCRs. I don’t know that I’ve had as difficult a choice in my entire adult life, and as I sit here today, I can’t say what I would have done. I simply can’t say.
OK, you put a gun to my head and I’m probably picking “Rockford Files,” but I can’t say it would be a choice I’d live with easily.