In 1977, I was all of 12 years old. In that time, television was purer, fewer channels to choose from, pretty much everyone was watching the same things. Monday Night Baseball/Football, Johnny Carson, and the news was then brought to us by Camel Cigarettes courtesy of Walter Cronkite and the CBS News team.
For kids, we were routine with shows like Batman, The Monkees, The Waltons and Happy Days. While Dad and Mom tuned into Gunsmoke, we were watching the Duke Boys (and girl) tear up the roads of Hazzard County.
I remember the episode of Happy Days as if it were yesterday. I looked up the date; it was 1977, not so much yesterday after all. Robin Williams made an appearance as Mork from Ork. The show was a two-parter, the cliffhanger was The Fonz frozen by Mork, but what we as kids were seeing was one of the very first television debuts of a comedic mastermind.