Television: The Unloved Ones

However else it is in the rest of the entertainment business, in television the show must go off. The average life expectancy of a TV series is less than two seasons, and this month 38 shows, a full 40% of the prime-time programs, will be sent packing.

Senior on the superannuated list is Ozzie and Harriet, which has persisted for 13 years. Perry Mason will sign off after nine years, Donna Reed after eight, and Hazel and The Flintstones after six. The top-rated Dick Van Dyke Show is the only one retiring—after five...

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