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‘Happy Days,’ ‘Little House on the Prairie’: Iconic TV shows turning 50 in 2024

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Many of Hollywood’s classic television series that helped shape a generation are celebrating a milestone anniversary this year.

Here are a few of the shows turning 50 in 2024.

‘Little House on the Prairie’

“Little House on the Prairie” followed the Ingalls family and their struggles living on a farm in Minnesota in the 1870s-1890s. (NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

“Little House on the Prairie,” starring Michael Landon, Melissa Sue Anderson and Melissa Gilbert, premiered on NBC in March 1974 and aired for nine seasons until 1983. The show followed the Ingalls family, who lived on a farm in Minnesota, in the 1870s–1890s.

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‘Good Times’

The cast of "Good Times" in a promotional photo for the show

“Good Times” aired on CBS six seasons, from 1974 to 1979. (CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

In February 1974, the sitcom “Good Times” premiered. The series, starring Jimmy Walker, Ja’Net Dubois, Ralph Carter and Janet Jackson, aired for six seasons on CBS before going off the air in 1979.

‘Happy Days’

The cast of "Happy Days" in a promo shoot for the show

“Happy Days” launched the careers of many of its stars, such as Ron Howard and Henry Winkler. (ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

“Happy Days,” which followed the story of the Cunningham family as they navigate life in Milwaukee in the 1950s and ’60s, premiered on ABC in January 1974. It was a hugely successful show with likable characters and many memorable moments that shaped a generation and launched the careers of many big stars.

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‘Chico and the Man’

Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez in a promotional picture for "Chico and the Man"

“Chico and the Man” aired on ABC from 1974 to 1978. (NBCU Photo Bank)

“Chico and the Man,” starring Freddie Prinze and Jack Albertson, followed two men from different backgrounds who came together to run a business. It premiered in September 1974 and aired for four seasons on NBC, before going off the air in 1978.

‘Rockford Files’

James Garner in a promo photo for "Rockford Files"

The “Rockford Files” won five Emmy Awards during its six-year run on NBC. (Fred Sabine/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

James Garner starred as Jim Rockford in “The Rockford Files” for six seasons on NBC, from 1974 to 1980. The show was hugely successful, receiving 18 Emmy Award nominations, with five wins.

‘Tony Orlando and Dawn’

Tony Orlando and his band members in a promo photo for his show, "Tony Orlando & Dawn"

“Tony Orlando and Dawn” was on CBS for three seasons, from 1974 to 1976. (Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

The variety show “Tony Orlando & Dawn” aired for three seasons, from July 1974 to December 1976, on CBS. It featured famous musician Tony Orlando with backing vocals from the band Dawn, which included Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson.

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‘Six Million Dollar Man’

Lee Majors in a scene for "The Six Million Dollar Man"

“The Six Million Dollar Man” aired for five seasons on ABC. (ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

The Six Million Dollar Man” premiered on ABC in January 1974 and ran for five seasons until it came to an end in 1978. The show starred Lee Majors, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks, with appearances by Farrah Fawcett, and followed a severely injured test pilot who is rebuilt with nuclear-powered bionic limbs.

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‘That’s My Mama’

Cast members of "That's My Mama" posing for a photo

“That’s My Mama” starred Clifton Davis and Theresa Merritt. (ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

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In September 1974, Clifton Davis and Theresa Merritt began playing mother and son on ABC’s “That’s My Mama,” a show that ran for two seasons, until 1975. The show followed a bachelor barber, who is in constant battle with his mother and her plans to find him a wife.

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