TV of the late 1970s

tv Time '78 cover

TV Time ’78

We have featured many of Peggy’s books here on the site. She generally writes pop culture type stuff for youth. Probably not the most glamorous of writing gigs, given the parameters. Totally appropriate for the time and probably was good for those reluctant readers looking for stuff about television shows. All the big hits from the 70s and 80s are here: Rhoda, Mork and Mindy, and Happy Days.

She also did compilations like this one. A little bit of age appropriate gossip and some pictures of the celebrities. All clean and sanitized for our sensitive children.

I think you can safely weed these books since the intended audience is now approaching retirement. Extra credit for those who can name all the TV shows.


tv time back cover

tv time'78 table of contenets

welcome back Kotter

Erin Moran

cast of what's happening

Fonzie and Happy Days


  1. Boob tube time bomb: where did my life go? Teevee says nothing to me about my life, hang the precious VJ. I can name all the shows and that’s my shame. The TV Golden Age is just pewter plated with pyrite. Oh teevee you don’t love me back. I need to show you my back. The next boring show is on the air, so my TV is now airborne. ….CRASH!…..

  2. I just barely remember watching Wonder Woman as a kid, I must have been around 4 or 5 at the time. I even remember drawing a picture of the lady as she spins and transforms into Wonder Woman. Which is one of the very few times I’ve drawn a character played by a real live actor instead of a cartoon one. 🙂

  3. Lynda Carter is delightful on Twitter these days.

    I find the distribution of ages here interesting; there’s actual teen Kristy up to middle-aged man “Wojo”. You wouldn’t see that today.

  4. The black bar on the cover (to protect the… “guilty”) sure doesn’t make it look clean and sanitized for our sensitive children. We can’t have them seeing what library was that far (or near) gone.

  5. Just a guess, but I’m thinking that the actor who gained 100 pounds eating marshmallows must have been Bozo the Bear from Grizzly Adams.

  6. I have this book! I bought it new back in the day, and just FYI, I am still ten years from retirement!

  7. Voiceover: “It was not, in fact, Henry’s final season as the Fonz.”

    1. My former cleaning person had somehow struck up an acquaintance with Henry Winkler, and she used to visit him in California. That’s my brush with Fonz fame! (She retired and moved to Texas, but I assume she still visits him.)

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