“60 Minutes” will mark its golden anniversary Sept. 24 — 50 years to the day it debuted in its original time slot, Tuesday at 10 p.m. (it didn’t move to Sundays until 1972). Tuesday nights that fall featured five other shows that were new for the 1968-69 season (and all but one made their debuts on Sept. 24 as well):
THE MOD SQUAD (ABC at 7:30) Three counterculture types on probation from earlier offenses (Michael Cole, Peggy Lipton and Clarence Williams III) get the chance to clean up their lives by becoming undercover cops. The show lasted five seasons, spawned a 1979 reunion TV-movie and 1999 big-screen movie with Giovanni Ribisi, Omar Epps and Claire Danes.
LANCER (CBS at 7:30) Yes, TV was still churning out prime-time Westerns as late as 1968. This one, set in the 1870s, starred James Stacy and Wayne Maunder as half-brothers who moved to their father’s California ranch to help defend it against locals trying to take it over. The show hung on for three seasons.
JULIA (NBC at 8:30, debuted Sept. 17) This groundbreaking comedy featured TV’s first African-American female lead to play a character other than a domestic — Diahann Carroll’s title character, a widowed nurse and single mother. Lasted three seasons.
THE DORIS DAY SHOW (CBS at 9:30) The sitcom lead-in to “60 Minutes” starred America’s sweetheart as Doris Martin, a widow with two kids who moved back to her family’s ranch after many years of urban living. Lasted five seasons.
THAT’S LIFE (ABC at 10) “60 Minutes” faced no competition from this one-season curiosity that used sketches, monologues, dance and music to tell the story of a young married couple (Robert Morse and E.J. Peaker).