The 61st episode of Irwin Allen’s science fiction series Lost In Space premieres on CBS, starring Guy Williams, June Lockhart, and Jonathan Harris. Robert Foulk and Robert Pine guest star.
NBC premieres the first episode of Search, a “spy-fi” series created by Leslie Stevens (The Outer Limits) and starring Hugh O’Brian and Burgess Meredith. Maurice Evans (Planet Of The Apes) guest stars. The series pilot aired earlier in 1972 under the title PROBE.
The first episode of the TV spinoff of Planet Of The Apes premieres on CBS. Roddy McDowall is the sole cast carryover from the movies, but plays a different character in the TV series; Star Trek’s Mark Lenard makes the first of many appearances as the human refugees’ ape arch-nemesis.
ABC premieres the first episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, based on the 1973 TV movie The Night Stalker and starring Darren McGavin. Beatrice Colen (Wonder Woman) guest stars.
The second episode of Sid & Marty Krofft’s Far-Out Space Nuts airs on CBS, starring Bob Denver (Gillgan’s Island) and Chuck McCann (Herbie Rides Again). John Carradine (House Of Dracula, The Grapes Of Wrath, Stagecoach) guest stars.
ABC airs the second episode of Sid & Marty Krofft’s The Lost Saucer, starring Jim Nabors (The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle USMC) and Ruth Buzzi (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In).
For the second time, the Space Shuttle Enterprise makes a safe landing at Edwards Air Force base after being released from the back of NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at the higher altitude of 26,000 feet over the Mojave Desert. Again testing the shuttle’s glide-only landing method, Enterprise has no engines to keep it aloft and glides to a successful landing.
The 528th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. This is the first story produced by John Nathan-Turner. Adrienne Corri and Nigel Lambert guest star.
Geffen Records releases the fourth self-titled Peter Gabriel album, though it’s given a subtitle of Security to avoid confusion with Gabriel’s three previous self-titled albums. The album includes the hit single “Shock The Monkey”.
The 643rd episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Lynda Bellingham (All Creatures Great & Small) guest stars as the Inquisitor, with Michael Jayston as the Valeyard and David Selby (Dark Shadows) as Sabalon Glitz. The first four parts of the 14-part story are the final complete storyline written by former script editor Robert Holmes, who dies during production.
UK regional broadcaster TVS airs the second episode of Richard Cooper’s alternate-history series Knights Of God, portraying a struggle between oppressive government and rugged resistance fighters in a post-civil-war UK. Tenniel Evans guest stars.
The 13th episode of Black Adder airs on the BBC, starring Rowan Atkinson. Geoffrey McGivern (Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) guest stars in the first episode of the third season.
The eighth episode of the science fiction comedy Red Dwarf airs on BBC 2. John Abineri guest stars.
The 685th episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1. Jean Marsh guest stars, and Nicholas Courtney makes his final original series appearance as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. This story opens the 26th and final season of the original Doctor Who series.
The soundtrack CD Space: 1999 Year One is released – five years to the day after the date the moon is blasted out of orbit, according to the series’ opening credits.