Today in TV History

August 4, 1983: Somehow the videotape of today’s episode of “Search for Tomorrow” is “lost,” so the cast has to assemble and do a live broadcast of the show for the first time since 1967. Later some doubt will be cast on whether the tape (and a backup) were lost, or whether this was a publicity stunt to goose the soap’s failing ratings. If it’s a stunt, it doesn’t work, and “Search for Tomorrow” will go off the air in 1986.

Here’s a clip of “Search for Tomorrow” from the early 1950s, with — really — Don Knotts:

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