Television: The Year's Most

MOST REWARDING VIEWING: the Senate Watergate hearings, which combined public service, comedy, drama and some boredom in what, for this year, was the medium's finest hour—or rather 200 hours.

MOST GRIPPING SOAP OPERA: An American Family (PBS), about the Louds, which showed how the world turns in the upper-middle-class, California division.

MOST IRRITATING DEVELOPMENT: the spread of comedy "roasts"—rarely well done.

MOST IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: Katharine Hepburn, who poignantly played her first TV role in The Glass Menagerie, and gave an even more varied and captivating performance as herself on the Dick Cavett Show (both ABC). Runner-up: Senator Sam Ervin as...

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