Tuesday, July 20, 2021

This Day in TV History: Make Your Own kind of Music with the Carpenters

50 years ago tonight, NBC premiered a summer variety series starring Richard and Karen Carpenter, Make Your Own Kind of Music. In addition to the brother/sister act, Mark Lindsay was a regular along with Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses. That comedy team went on to write for and produce TV like The Bob Newhart Show and Buffalo Bill before splitting in the mid 1980s and doing stuff like The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (Tarses) and ALF (Patchett).

The show lasted 8 episodes, and each one started with the theme of the letter "A" and went through the alphabet. The series aired 8:00 P.M. on Tuesdays, replacing The Don Knotts Show. In September, NBC revamped the night, with Ironside  at 7:30 (replacing The Bill Cosby Show) and the debuting Sarge with George Kennedy at 8:30.

I don't know if there are a lot of full episodes of Make Your Own Music floating around, but there are a lot of highlights on YouTube!

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