Friday, June 4, 2021

This Day in TV History: The Bobby Sherman Special (1971)

50 years ago tonight, ABC followed a Brady Bunch rerun with The Bobby Sherman Special at 8:30. 

(Note that I believe the airdate in the description on YouTube is incorrect.)

Sherman's guests were Rip Taylor and The Fifth Dimension in this half-hour "sneak preview" of sorts for his sitcom vehicle Getting Together, which itself was set up in an episode of The Partridge Family in March. The teen idol's career had peaked by the time the show debuted, and Getting Together was yanked at the end of the year and replaced by Bewitched (in its final days) for the rest of the season.

It's easy to second-guess now, but you can't blame ABC for giving Sherman a shot after several smash records and a popular stint on Here Come the Brides. Sherman eventually became a full-time EMT in the 1970s!

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