Can You Pass This 1970s TV "True Or False" Quiz?

By: Stella Alexander
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About This Quiz

"Sunday, Monday, Happy Days!" Whether it's Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, if you're taking this quiz, it's sure to be a happy day, just like the 1970s TV show. Entertainment was iconic during the '70s. While people were headed to the theater to see films like The Godfather, Jaws, and Star Wars, many of them were settling down to watch their favorite TV shows. From the sitcoms to the actors, can you pass this 1970s TV quiz?

The 1970s was a decade that focused on the family dynamic. There were tons of sitcoms like All in the Family, Good Times, and The Brady Bunch, all of which focused on two parents raising their family. While viewers could get their fill of familial sitcoms, there were also medical dramas like M*A*S*H and crime dramas like Kojak. There were even a handful of shows like Maude, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Charlie's Angels that featured strong leading ladies. Like these shows and many of the others throughout the decade, many people came back for the cast. Stars like Farrah Fawcett, Alan Alda, Sherman Helmsley, and Gary Coleman became household names. When it comes to these TV stars and their shows, can you differentiate between the truth and a lie? There's only one way to find out! We're traveling back to the 1970s with this quiz! Let's go!

"Bonanza" followed the Rogers family.

"Bonanza" premiered in 1959 on NBC and would run for 14 seasons until its end in 1973. The series starred Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright and Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon as his three sons.

In "Mork & Mindy," Mork is from the planet Ork.

"Mork & Mindy" is a spin-off of "Happy Days." The show starred Robin Williams as Mork and Pam Dawber as Mindy. Mork is an extraterrestrial from the planet, Ork.

By the end of "Little House on the Prairie," Charles and Caroline have 10 children.

"Little House on the Prairie" premiered in 1974 about the Ingalls family. While the series starts with Charles, Caroline, and their four daughters, they adopt three more children by the end of the series.

Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" lives in Washington, D.C.

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" debuted in 1970 starring Mary Tyler Moore. She played the character, Mary Richards, who moves to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The series ran for 7 years.

In "The Bob Newhart Show," Jerry Robinson, a doctor in Robert's building, is an orthodonist.

"The Bob Newhart Show" premiered in 1972 starring Bob Newhart. It followed the life of his fictitious character, Robert Hartley, a psychologist. In his building, there is also the orthodontist, Jerry Robinson, played by Peter Bonerz.

"Hawaii-Five-O" was named "Five-O" because of the leading star's age at the time of casting.

"Hawaii Five-O" premiered in 1968 and would run for 12 seasons until 1980. The series was named as such because Hawaii was the 50th U.S. state, admitted into the Union in 1959.

"Taxi" originally aired on ABC.

"Taxi" first premiered in 1978 on ABC. The series was about a group of NYC taxi drivers. For the show's last season, it was moved to NBC.

Farrah Fawcett starred in all 5 seasons of "Charlie's Angels."

"Charlie's Angels" premiered in 1976 starring Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith. Farrah Fawcett only starred in Season 1 as Jill Munroe. She would make guest appearances during Seasons 3 and 4.

Archie Bunker and his family live in Queens, New York.

Archie Bunker is the star character of the popular 1970s sitcom "All in the Family." The series starred Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker and Jean Stapleton as his wife, Edith. The show premiered in 1971.

In "Dukes of Hazzard," the Duke boys live in Georgia.

"The Dukes of Hazzard" premiered in 1979 starring Tom Wopat and John Schneider. The series followed "The Duke Boys" living in the fictional Hazzard County.

In "Happy Days," Chachi was Fonzie's best friend.

"Happy Days" premiered in 1974. The character "Chachi," was introduced later in the series as Fonzie's younger cousin.

Peter Falk starred in the crime drama "Columbo."

"Columbo" premiered in 1968 starring Peter Falk as detective, Columbo, who worked for LAPD. The series originally ran until 1978 until it was renewed in 1989.

In "Welcome Back, Kotter, Gabe students are called "Sweathogs."

"Welcome Back, Kotter" premiered in 1975 starring Gabe Kaplan as Gabe Kotter. In the series, he returns to his high school to teach. The students in his class are referred to as "Sweathogs."

"The Odd Couple" TV show premiered after the film.

Neil Simon wrote the play "The Odd Couple" which premiered on Broadway in 1965. Three years later, the film came out, and in 1970, the TV series starring Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson premiered on ABC.

In "Three's Company," Jack Tripper was an Air Force veteran.

"Three's Company" premiered in 1977 starring John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, and Suzanne Somers. John Ritter played the character, Jack Tripper. In the series he became a chef, but he was a Navy veteran.

"Starsky & Hutch" detectives were radioed in as Cobra-2.

"Starsky & Hutch" premiered in 1975 starring David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser. The series followed two detectives who were radioed in as Zebra-Three.

"Adam-12" took place in NYC.

"Adam-12" was a crime drama released in 1968 and it would stay on the air until 1975. Starring Martin Milner and Kent McCord, it starred two officers working for the LAPD.

"Laverne & Shirley" worked in Budweiser Brewery.

"Laverne & Shirley" premiered in 1976. Starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams as Laverne and Shirley, respectively, they were two roommates who worked at Shotz Brewery.

Dick Van Dyke starred in all 11 seasons of "The Carol Burnett Show."

"The Carol Burnett Show" premiered in 1967 starring Carol Burnett. Dick Van Dyke didn't join the cast until its very last season, a season he didn't complete.

In "Kojak," the lieutenant's first name was Theofilides.

"Kojak" premiered in 1973 starring Telly Savalas as Theo Kojak. The series aired for 5 seasons.

"The Waltons" takes place during the Great Depression.

"The Waltons" first premiered in 1972 starring Richard Thomas as John Walton, Jr. The show focused on "John-Boy" and his family during most of the Great Depression and World War II.

The Jeffersons owned a deli.

"The Jeffersons" is one of the popular 1970s sitcoms that was a spin-off of "All in the Family." The series stared Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford as the Jefferson couple. They owned a dry-cleaning chain.

"Rhoda" was a spin-off of "Maude."

"Rhoda" premiered in 1974 starring Valerie Harper as Rhoda. The series was actually a spin-off of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." The character played Mary Richards' best friend.

In "The Partridge Family," Shirley worked as a bank teller.

"The Partridge Family" premiered in 1970 about a widowed mother who is convinced by her children to turn their family into a musical act and take their talents on the road. The series starred Shirley Jones as Shirley Partridge.

"Maude" is a spin-off of "All in the Family."

"Maude" debuted in 1972 starring Bea Arthur as the title character. The series was a spin-off of "All in the Family." Maude's character first appeared as Edith Bunker's cousin.

Hal Linden stars as Captain Barney Miller in "Barney Miller."

"Barney Miller" premiered in 1975 starring Hal Linden as Barney Miller, an NYPD captain.

Doc from "The Love Boat" appeared in every episode.

"The Love Boat" premiered in 1977 about a crew on board a cruise ship. Three of the shows characters appeared in every episode, Captain, Doc and Isaac Washington, all played by Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, and Ted Lange, respectively.

M*A*S*H took place during the Korean War?

M*A*S*H is the popular TV show starring Alan Alda. The series followed a group of surgeons and soldiers during the Korean War from 1950-1953.

In "Sanford and Son," Fred is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

"Sanford and Son" premiered in 1972 starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson. Red Foxx starred as Fred G. Sanford. Before moving to Los Angeles, he lived in St. Louis, Missouri.

In "Bewitched," Samantha's mother's name is Endora.

"Bewitched" premiered in 1964 and ran for 8 seasons until 1972. The series starred Elizabeth Montgomery, as Samantha, a witch who marries a mortal man.

In "Dallas," the Ewings are enemies of the Kennedy family.

"Dallas" premiered in 1978 on CBS with an ensemble cast. The series followed the wealthy Ewing family who run an oil company. One of their sons marries, Pamela Barnes, the daughter of their rival.

William Conrad starred as "Marshal Matt Dillon" in Gunsmoke.

"Gunsmoke" first started off at a radio series before moving to the television screen in 1955. William Conrad voiced the character in the radio series while James Arness starred in the series that lasted until 1975.

In "Good Times," Florida and James Evans have three children.

"Good Times" premiered in 1974 starring John Amos and Esther Rolle. In the series, they play James and Florida Evans, respectively. They have three children, J.J., Thelma, and Michael.

In "The Brady Bunch," the Brady boys have a dog named Lion.

"The Brady Bunch" premiered in 1969 and ran for 5 seasons until 1974. The series starred Robert Reed and Florence Henderson as Mike and Carol Brady. The Brady boys had a pet dog named Tiger.

In "The Rockford Files," Rockford served 5 years in prison before becoming a private investigator.

"The Rockford Files" premiered in 1974 starring James Garner. The series follows a private investigator who prior to starting his career, was wrongfully convicted of a crime and served 5 years in prison.

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