Television: The 1979-80 Season: 1

Retreads, spin-offs and rip-offs dominate prime time

If American mass culture is a true index of the national spirit, then the 1980s may be more boring than the 1970s. Or so one might conclude after surveying the network television schedules that will usher in the next decade. The new series of the 1979-80 season are a mostly flavorless assortment of retreads, spin-offs and ripoffs; there are no innovative programs and few fresh faces in sight. Though the past few years were not much better, they did at least offer such novel phenomena as Soap,...

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