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Aging gracefully _ or otherwise

The most-watched TV show Sunday night was CBS's live three-hour 75th anniversary special, according to the Nielsen ratings. The bad news for CBS (motto: "We are NOT the network for old people!") is that the show was only No. 2 among the hot, hip, advertiser-coveted 18- to 49-year-olds. (They were watching Fox.) Sideshow is one of the hot, hip and coveted who didn't watch. But once we saw pictures from the night, we knew we had a duty to drag other nonwatchers into the CBS time warp.

JUST KEEP JIMMIE WALKER AWAY FROM ME: Choosing between his CBS legacies of Mr. Dy-no-MITE's father and Gordy the weatherman, John Amos, far right, avoided a cast photo for Good Times (debuted 1974) and snuggled up with Mary Tyler Moore Show co-stars, from left, Betty White, Georgia Engel, Gavin MacLeod and Valerie Harper. MTM, which went on the air in 1970, gave Amos his first big acting job; Good Times gave him a headache. He left two years into the show's five-year run, and the writers killed off his character.

WHEN "ONE DAY AT A TIME" WAS MORE THAN THE REHAB MANTRAS OF MACKENZIE PHILLIPS AND VALERIE BERTINELLI'S ESTRANGED HUSBAND: Bonnie Franklin, center, was 31 and playing a woman with 17- and 15-year-old daughters when the show debuted in 1975. Bertinelli, left, met husband Eddie Van Halen while she was on the show, and Phillips developed a drug problem while on the show.

HOW DO THEY KEEP THOSE GIRLISH GOOD LOOKS? The women of Knots Landing (debuted 1979): Joan Van Ark, left, Donna Mills and Michele Lee.

SEE WHAT GOOD BREEDING DOES: Lassie _ a ninth-generation Lassie, but Lassie nonetheless _ was looking good, with Jon Provost, left, who played owner Timmy Martin from 1958 to 1964 (the show ran from 1954 to '74), and June Lockhart, who played Timmy's mother, Ruth. (We saw no evidence that Lockhart had just rushed in from a photo shoot for Lost in Space, which debuted a year after she left Lassie. It wouldn't have been the same without Dr. Smith anyway.)

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