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Were the '70s really a huge waste of time best left forgotten? Don't jump to any conclusions before watching VH1 tonight.

"The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In a repeat from two years back, the Woman With the Most Irritating Voice in the World runs into Corbin Bernsen, once the World's Sleaziest Lawyer. Only this time he's not Arnie Becker, but rather hot-dog hawker mistaken for a stockbroker. CBS.

"Dr. Laura Schlessinger on Character, Courage and Conscience" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Devotees of Dr. Laura, the no-nonsense radio therapist whose advice often seems to boil down to insisting people grow up and take responsibility for themselves, can finally put a face to the name and voice, thanks to this filmed speech from Hartford, Conn. She certainly has no shortage of fans -- some 10 million listeners at last count, including those who catch her daily on WCBM-AM (680). PBS.

"The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAl, Channel 11) -- Will Smith is the host for this backstage retrospective featuring interviews with the actors, a blooper reel and even a cameo from Dick Clark. NBC.

"A Child's Cry For Help" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Veronica Hamel is a doctor convinced a young girl's various ailments can be traced back to the child's seemingly doting mother (Pam Dawber, late of "Mork and Mindy"). The cast also includes Daniel Benzali, attorney Ted Hoffman on "Murder One." NBC.


"VH1 Presents the '70s" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats 11: 30 p.m.-12: 30 a.m., VH1) -- The decade so disparaged by those who lived through it is treated so adroitly and warmly that you'll almost end up nostalgic for bell bottoms, big hair, disco and Jerry Ford. Tonight's opening segment of the five-night tribute (succeeding parts air at this same time through Friday) provides an overview of the decade, separating it primarily into the pre- and post-Watergate years. Is Nixon really to blame for disco and Studio 54? "Transplant -- The Clock Is Ticking" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., The Learning Channel) -- It's been almost 30 years since the first heart transplant made headlines; today, the operation rarely gets a mention. Still, it's a remarkable procedure, as this documentary proves, and one that has saved thousands of lives.

Pub Date: 8/19/96

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