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The Very VERY Best of the '70s

The Very VERY Best of the '70s

  • Premiered: 
    May 16, 2019
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  • Network: AXS TV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Countdown
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: celebrity

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Executive produced by Katie Daryl, each half-hour episode of THE VERY VERY BEST OF THE '70S focuses on a different topic about the 1970s -- everything from action TV shows and sci-fi films to stand-up comedians, TV Moms, and amazing toys -- while experts count down the best of the best with help from the most famous faces of '70s entertainment, including Morgan Fairchild, Anson Williams, Catherine Bach, George Wallace, Sebastian Bach, Bob Eubanks, Mindy Cohn, Barry Williams, Fred Willard, Scott Patrick, Brian McDaniel, Michael Winslow, Dee Wallace, David Chokachi, and more. "The '70s were such an incredible time packed with some of the greatest movies, larger-than-life personas, and groundbreaking series in entertainment history," Daryl said. "We have an absolute blast every week as we look back at those enduring icons that made the decade so memorable, and I think that really resonates with our viewers."

The series opener, "Action TV Shows," ranks favorite action TV shows of the '70s. From car jumps to explosions, this episode will have viewers' hearts pumping as it looks back at these fast-paced shows of the 1970s. Find out which '70s action TV shows made the list as Morgan Fairchild, Catherine Bach, Fred Willard and more reveal their opinions!

"Teen Flicks" (Thursday, May 23, 2019): From slapstick to romance, these movies had every teenager flocking to theaters especially one of the most famous movies of the era, National Lampoon's Animal House! This outrageous film and its wild content crossed the line more than once, and was clearly written specifically for a teenage audience. With Barry Williams, Sebastian Bach, Anson Williams, David Chokachi, Ben Mankiewicz, Todd Bridges, Pete Giovine, Mark Steines, Jaleel White, Dax Holt and Catherine Bach, who rate the top teen flicks.

"Stand-Up Comedians" (Thursday, May 30, 2019): This week's episode talks about the comedians that had you belly laughing all night long! From subtle jokes to raunchy ones, these jokesters will have you rolling in laughter. In this sneak peek, we pay homage to one of the greatest, Rodney Dangerfield! Rodney is known for his witty and outrageous one-liners that made him one of the best comedians of the era. Join us Thursday as George Wallace, Fred Willard, Michael Winslow, and more 70s experts give us their opinions on the top ten stand-up comedians.

"Sci-Fi Movies" (Thursday, June 6, 2019): From robots to aliens, these futuristic films gave audiences of the '70s the chills. Find out which sci-fi movies of the '70s made the list as Jaleel White, Morgan Fairchild, Dee Wallace, and more experts give their opinions.

"Amazing Toys" (Thursday, June 13, 2019): From silly to groundbreaking -- including frustrating games like Simon -- these playthings provided hours of fun for the whole family. Find out which amazing toys of the 70s made the list, as Mindy Cohn, Sebastian Bach and Todd Bridges give their opinions.

"TV Moms" (Thursday, June 20, 2019): From tough love to sympathetic, these lovely ladies made everyone long for a hug -- including, the independent, sometimes controversial yet hilarious mom, Maude. Find out which '70s TV moms made the list as Barry Williams, Jimmie Walker and Catherine Bach give their opinions.

"Epic Movies of '75" (Thursday, June 27, 2019): From dramas to action flicks, this episode runs down the movies from 1975 that left an impact and still has people talking today. Find out which epic movies of '75 made the list as Bob Eubanks, Anson Williams and Elisabeth Rohm give their opinions! Besides MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, what other movies made the list?

"Sexy Sirens" (Thursday, July 11, 2019): The mid-season finale counts down through the sexiest sirens of the era! From darling to sultry, these lovely ladies had pulses racing throughout the decade. In this episode the 70s experts remember the one and only, Oliva Newton-John, revealing why she almost turned down the role of Sandra Dee in GREASE. Which other sexy stars made the list? Find out when Todd Bridges, Chris Booker, Morgan Fairchild, Ben Mankiewicz, Catherine Bach, George Wallace, Mark Steines, Mindy Cohn, Dax Holt, David Chokachi and Pete Giovine give their opinions.

"Game Shows" (Thursday, September 12, 2019; mid-season premiere): This episode will have your heart pumping as the clock is ticking while the episode looks back at these fast-paced game shows of the 70s. Find out which 70s game shows made the list as Bob Eubanks, Anson Williams, Catherine Bach and George Wallace give their opinions!

"Crime Movies" (Thursday, September 19, 2019): From fraud to mobsters, these movies had audiences of the 70s flocking to theaters. In the words of one of the experts, "Stanley Kubrick's head has to be like a person on too much acid." A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, a dystopian crime film, rattled audiences across the world with disturbing images and the "ultra-violence." Find out which 70s crime movies made the list as Morgan Fairchild, Fred Willard, Anson Williams, John Schneider, and more give their opinions!

"Early 70s Sitcoms" (Thursday, September 26, 2019): From light-hearted to insightful, these lovable shows had households tuned in. Find out which early '70s sitcoms made the list, as Barry Williams, Marion Ross, Marilu Henner, and more share their opinions!

"Celebrity Couples" (Thursday, October 3, 2019): From drama to romance, these couples had everyone mesmerized. Find out which celebrity couples of the 70s made the list as Morgan Fairchild, Todd Bridges, Mindy Cohn, and more give their opinions. In this episode, the experts talk about one of the decades most confusing couples: Cher and Gregg Allman. Their roller-coaster romance started just days after Cher's divorce from Sonny, then Cher filed for divorce from Gregg nine days later...only to reunite the next month.

"Epic Movies of '72" (Thursday, October 10, 2019): From dramatic to groundbreaking, these movies captivated audiences. Robert Redford teamed up with director Michael Ritchie in this timeless classic, THE CANDIDATE, which leaves viewers wondering how it's possible for Redford's acting to be just as impressive as his stunning good looks. This thought-provoking film from 1972 offers a look into the campaign trail of a decent man that internally struggles with his ambition vs. the innate sense of right and wrong. The show's '70s experts break down the reasons why this movie was so culturally significant at the time and how it is still relevant to politics of today. In addition, find out which other epic movies of '72 made the list as Morgan Fairchild, Joely Fisher, Anson Williams, and more give their opinions!

"Catchphrases" (Thursday, October 17, 2019): From slapstick to sassy, these catchphrases still have everyone talking. It started out as a typo, but ended up becoming one of the most recognizable quotes from a TV series EVER. When Gary Coleman first uttered the words "what choo talkin' 'bout Willis?" on DIFF'RENT STROKES, it got an immediate laugh. From then on out, the writers of the show found any break during the show they could to fit in the iconic line. What other catchphrases from the '70s made the list? Find out, as Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Jaleel White, and more, give their opinions!

"Cartoons" (Thursday, October 24, 2019): Your favorite cartoon will always hold a special place in your heart and take you back to a simpler time. From the silly to the educational, this Thursday the program counts down all of the best cartoons from the 1970s, including the cartoon that helped us learn what a conjunction was and how a bill got passed, Schoolhouse Rock! The iconic songs are still stuck in our heads and still come in handy forty years later. Find out which other cartoons from the 70s make the list.

"Horror Films" (Thursday, October 31, 2019): From gory to heart-stopping, these films had pulses racing. On Halloween Night, this episode celebrates the spooky holiday by counting down the top '70s horror films. One film has been haunting audiences for over 40 years: THE EXORCIST. When it was released scary movie lovers waited for hours to finally get into the the theater to see it. However, some of them left vomiting, fainting, and reportedly, some even had heart attacks. Which other films made the list? Catherine Bach, George Wallace, Morgan Fairchild, Anson Williams, and more give their opinions!

On Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, the second season of THE VERY VERY BEST OF THE 70s premiered on AXS TV. Each week, a panel of experts continue to guide viewers through a catalog of topics covering the best television, movies, and pop culture moments from the 1970s. This season covers everything from our favorite mustache men to disaster movies and everything in between. Guest commentators include Morgan Fairchild, Perez Hilton, Anson Williams, John Schneider, Kim Fields, Catherine Bach, George Wallace, Mindy Cohn, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Nicole Sullivan and more!

"Famous Rides" (Thursday, January 23, 2020): The season opener highlights cool rides that got everyone's engines purring in the '70s. The ride that ranked at #4 on the list -- and the one that you had to sit on a waiting list for three years to get -- is James Bond's 1977 Lotus Esprit. This wasn't JUST a car however, when it was fully submerged, it turned into submarine. It was so incredible, even Elon Musk bought the car that was used in the movie with intentions of outfitting it with Tesla technology and making it driveable. Find out which other '70s famous rides made the list as Catherine Bach, Perez Hilton, Christopher Knight, Marion Ross and more share their opinions.

"Comedy Movies" (Thursday, January 30, 2020): From slap stick to physical comedy, these movies had audiences of the '70s flocking theaters, including one of the stupidest, yet most hilarious movies to ever hit the screen: Carl Reiner's THE JERK. We all grew to know and love Steve Martin from SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and based off of this movie, he can do no wrong. THE JERK was one of the first low budget comedy movies that completely exceeded all expectations. Find out which other '70s comedy movies made the list as Kim Fields, Marilu Henner, Jaleel White, and more give their opinions

"War Movies" (Thursday, February 6, 2020): From gut wrenching to powerful, these movies had audiences of the '70s flocking to theaters. Ranked #7 on the list, M*A*S*H. is a movie that captured the humor and high jinks used by the staff at a Korean War field hospital to deal with the horrors of the Korean War. Find out which other '70s war movies made the list as Morgan Fairchild, Michael Winslow, Anson Williams, Jaleel White and more give their opinions.

"Sketch Stars" (Thursday, February 13, 2020): From silly to hilarious, these sketch comedy stars had everyone in stitches. Coming in at #10 on the list is Bill Murray, who got his start with an improv group in Chicago and went on to to become a cast member on the second season of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. From there, his movie career skyrocketed and his deadpan delivery has made him a comedic legend. Find out which other sketch stars from the '70s made the list as Barry Williams, George Wallace, Nicole Sullivan, Christopher Knight and more give their opinions.

"Disaster Movies" (Thursday, February 20, 2020): From dramatic to groundbreaking, these movies captivated audiences. THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE was released in 1972 by the "master of disaster" himself, Irwin Allen, and was one of the first movies of its kind. It features an ensemble cast including five Oscar winners -- Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, and Red Buttons -- who are all trapped inside giant cruise-liner that is overturned by a 90-foot tidal wave. Find out which other '70s disaster movies made the list, as Morgan Fairchild, Michael Winslow, Anson Williams, Perez Hilton and more give their opinions.

"Late '70s Sitcoms" (Thursday, February 27, 2020): From light hearted to insightful, these lovable shows had households tuned in each week. One series on the list, TAXI, ran for five seasons starting in 1978 and throughout its runtime, it won 18 Emmy awards, including three for best comedy series -- and with a cast featuring Andy Kaufman, Danny Devito, and Christopher Lloyd, it's pretty easy to see why. Find our which other late '70s sitcoms made the list as Barry Williams, Marion Ross, Marilu Henner, Catherine Bach give their opinions.

"Family Movies" (Thursday, March 5, 2020): Both light-hearted and heartwarming, these are the movies that had families cuddling on the couch crowded around the TV in the '70s. The list includes the 1970s animated version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Find our which other family movies made the list as Marion Ross, Barry Williams, Dee Wallace, Dawn Wells and more give their opinions
Tonight (Thursday, March 12, 2020) at 8pm ET/5pm PT, AXS TV premieres "Mustache Men," a new episode of THE VERY VERY BEST OF THE 70s. From sexy and strong to silly and bizarre, these dudes with mustaches had pulses racing in the 1970s -- people like Richard Pryor and his incredible 'stache. Pryor started as a clean-cut comedian -- in both definitions of the phrase -- but hadn't quite hit the big time. That is, until he grew out his mustache. Find our which other '70s mustache men make the list as Barry Williams, Mindy Cohen, Kim Fields, John Schneider, and more give their opinions.