Full Episode Summary

Live from New's I Love 1975! Smack in the middle of the decade, 1975 is hard to forget. It was the year you were begging Mom to stay up and watch that new show Saturday Night Live. The year you requested your first pet, the no-maintenance Pet Rock. And the year Jaws scared you enough to make a vow of no ocean swimming...ever!

Your favorite TV show featured a group of remedial students called the sweathogs. And you drove your teachers crazy with imitations. Up your nose with a rubber hose. Oh-oh-oh Mr. Kotter! While everyone in America had their own difficulties with the new metric system. There's a little sweathog in all of us!

You're a shining star, no matter who you are Shining bright to see what you can truly be...

Your Panasonic "Dy-no-mite" Plunger 8-track player was blasting Earth, Wind and Fire. Playing the first home video game Pong was a lesson in reverse ADD...patience! You dug Baretta, the crazy detective with the cockatiel named Frank. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was about birds of a different kind. Everyone could relate to the crazy McMurphy, Jack Nicholson taking on the institution of Nurse Ratched.

Feelings, oh, oh oh, Feelings...nothing more than Feelings!

Albert Morris taught us that a song, and a feeling, could lead to some violent thoughts. The Secret Lives of Plants showed that plants had feelings -- and talking to plants became the fad-du-jour, right along with mood rings - put one on and learn how you're feeling. If the ring turns blue, you're happy! Black and you're stressed, or you get stressed knowing you should be stressed. How stressful!

Perhaps Squeaky Fromme and Sara Jane Moore were wearing mood rings when they decided to try and assassinate President Ford. Yes, craziness was catching: it's enough to make you want to join a cult. Maybe EST perhaps? Pay some cash for a weekend away where you are not allowed to use the bathroom, and are berated and humiliated publicly. Sounds like fun!

Safer staying at home riding on your chopper bike with the banana seat and ape hanger handlebars. Or doing burnouts on your big wheel. Trying to kick a soccer ball like Pele.

Watching the tube, superheros Shazam and Isis. Grizzly Adams and his bear, Ben. Land of the Lost with Holly and Will and the little freak Chaka. Or your favorite variety show. Captain and Tennille singing about love. Tony Orlando and Dawn. Tie a yellow ribbon...

More than anything you wanted to be a Rhinestone Cowboy. Or rich as Liberace -- pioneer of bling bling. You had no idea why mom liked Barry Manilow, except that he wrote the songs that made the young girl's cry. You learned to take it One Day at a Time, thanks to a divorcee, her 2 girls and her super, Schnieder. You didn't get Monty Python but you knew you would one day. You learned how much fun a car breakdown and cross-dressing could be thanks to Rocky Horror.

It was an eye-opening year. 1975, Welcome Back!