TV Dramas in History

TV Programs: Miniseries - Sitcoms - Soap Operas

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928-09-11 1st TV drama-WGY's Queens Messenger
  • 1949-01-18 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
  • 1953-09-28 "Racket Squad" TV Crime Drama last airs on CBS
  • 1958-09-29 "Studio One" TV Anthology Drama last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1960-09-29 "Johnny Ringo" TV Western Drama; last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1960-09-29 "Outlaws" TV Western Drama; debuts on NBC-TV

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1961-02-07 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • 1961-09-29 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV
  • 1968-09-21 Police drama "Adam-12" debuts on NBC in the US
  • 1974-09-10 Controversial TV drama "Born Innocent" premieres on US NBC tv, starring Linda Blair as an abused teen in a juvenile detention home
  • 1975-02-11 Tv drama “Sarah T: Portrait of A Teenage Alcoholic”, starring Linda Blair, premieres on US network NBC
  • 1976-09-27 TV drama “Dawn: Portrait of A Teenage Runaway", starring Eve Plumb premieres on US network NBC
  • 1976-11-14 Satire film drama "Network" directed by Sidney Lumet premieres in Los Angeles and New York City
  • 1977-05-16 TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown
  • 1977-09-15 TV LA drama "CHiPs" debuts on NBC in US
  • 1978-04-25 ABC premiere of crime drama "Vega$"
  • 1978-08-14 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)

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1982-03-13 TV drama "T.J. Hooker" premieres on on US's ABC network starring William Shatner

  • 1983-02-02 CBS' premiere of fact based WW2 drama "The Scarlet and the Black", based on the life of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
  • 1983-10-10 NBC premiere of true life drama "Adam", based on John Walsh's son's murder
  • 1985-01-15 CBS' premiere of TV made teen drug abuse drama, "Not My Kid", based on the previous year's book by Beth Polson
  • 1985-09-18 "The Equalizer" TV spy/crime drama debuts in the US on CBS (starring Edward Woodward)

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1985-11-05 CBS' premiere of TV made Lucille Ball drama "Stone Pillow"

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • 1986-09-29 NBC true life drama "Adam: His Song Continues" premieres, sequel to "Adam" (1983)
  • 1987-04-12 CBS' premiere of fact based World War II drama "Escape from Sobibor"
  • 1988-12-09 Premiere of fact based crime drama film "Mississippi Burning"
  • 1989-05-14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • 1989-10-02 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US
  • 1990-05-19 General Elvis, TV Drama last airs on ABC

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1993-12-15 Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List", an epic historical drama based on the life of Oskar Schindler, is released

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Oskar Schindler
Director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg

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2014-01-12 "True Detective", a crime-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, debuts on HBO

  • 2016-01-24 TV drama "The X-Files" returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1941-11-20 Haseena Moin, Pakistani television drama writer and Urdu playwright

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 2005-06-27 "The Young and The Restless" actress Melody Thomas Scott (49) weds supervising producer of the CBS daytime drama Edward J. Scott (60) for the second time in Las Vegas, Nevada

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2012-06-05 NBC musical drama series "Smash" actress Debra Messing (43) divorces actor and producer Daniel Zelman (44) by their mutual decision after 10 years of marriage