The Seventies

June 2018

Season 1 Episode 8 - Crime And Cults

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The 1970s experienced an unprecedented wave of violent, sometimes spectacular crimes. Beginning with the Manson Family trial, America remained on edge throughout the decade as homicide rates soared and Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and the Son of Sam made gruesome headlines. Children were kidnapped collectively (the Chowchilla school bus hijacking) and because of their celebrity (Patty Hearst and John Paul Getty lll). Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, and the mayor of San Francisco and Supervisor Harvey Mi...

Season 1 Episode 7 - Battle Of The Sexes

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Sex was everywhere in the 1970s. No decade has witnessed such a seismic shift in sexual mores and customs. Premarital sex became socially acceptable while an increasing number of married couples experimented with swinging and other once-taboo activities. Pornography emerged from the shadows and gay men and women began to "come out" in increasingly public fashion. This new sexual freedom also had a significant impact on the redefinition of traditional gender roles. But many viewed the sexual rev...

Season 1 Episode 5 - The State Of Union Is Not Good

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The second half of the 1970s began with much hope and promise. The 'long national nightmare' of Watergate was over and after a brief transition under President Ford, the country put Jimmy Carter in the White House. But things began to unravel almost immediately. Three Mile Island and Love Canal heightened environmental anxieties. There was a divisive fight over the Panama Canal and the world held it’s breath as the Ayatollah Khomeini supplanted the Shah in Iran and the Soviet Union invaded Afgh...
May 2018

Season 1 Episode 3 - Peace With Honor

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Although it began in the 1960s, many of the most dramatic and controversial events of the war in Vietnam occurred in the 1970s. The incursion into Cambodia, the shooting death of four students at Kent State University, the My Lai massacre court martial, the Paris peace talks, the release of the Pentagon Papers, the “Christmas bombing,” the final peace agreement with the North Vietnamese and the release of hundreds of American POWs, all occurred in the first few years of the decade. But the trau...

Season 1 Episode 6 - Terrorism At Home & Abroad

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Terrorism as we know it was essentially born in the 1970s. From the abduction and murder of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics to the murder of Lord Louis Mountbatten, a member of the British royal family, in 1979, the 1970s witnessed a horrific parade of kidnappings, hijackings and bombings. The Baader Meinhoff Group, the Red Army Brigade, Black September, the IRA, the SLA, the Weather Underground, Carlos 'the Jackal', and others dominated the headlines throughout the decade. ...

Season 1 Episode 4 - What's Goin' On

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Rarely has there been a decade of such musical diversity as the 1970s. Many of the greatest rock & roll bands of all time – the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who – were in peak form; new artists – The Eagles, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen – were emerging and altering the musical landscape. Sixties chart toppers like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder found new and deeper voices in the 70s. And of course the 1970s was also the decade of disco and punk. At opposite ends of the musical spectrum, b...
April 2017

Season 1 Episode 2 - The United States Vs Nixon

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1972 began with the triumph of President Nixon's trip to Communist China and concluded with his landslide electoral victory over Sen. George McGovern. Sandwiched in between these historic events was a so called "third rate burglary" at a Washington office complex known as Watergate that led to the only presidential resignation in American history. This episode explores the maze of break-ins, political trickery and attempted cover-ups as well as the various investigations both in the press and b...

Season 1 Episode 1 - Television Gets Real

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In the 1970s television matured into the medium we know today. There was a new candor to network programming as reflected in shows like MASH, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the half-hour comedies of Norman Lear. The miniseries and the made-for-TV movie were born as was Monday Night Football and Saturday Night Live.