TV Dramas in History

TV Programs: Miniseries - Sitcoms - Soap Operas

Events in Film & TV

  • 1860-12-24 Actor Joseph Jefferson's dramatization of "Rip Van Winkle" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-09-11 1st ever TV drama WGY's "Queens Messenger" broadcast in the New York area starring Izetta Jewell

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1939-12-15 "Gone With the Wind", drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time)

  • 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
  • 1957-09-18 US Western TV drama "Wagon Train" premieres

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1958-07-02 Musical drama Film "King Creole" starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
Writer Harold Robbins
Writer
Harold Robbins
  • 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
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • 1961-09-29 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV

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1967-12-22 "The Graduate" American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, is released (Best Director 1968)

  • 1968-09-21 Police drama "Adam-12" debuts on NBC in the US
  • 1972-01-15 TV drama "Emergency" with Randolph Mantooth and Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
  • 1974-09-10 Controversial TV drama "Born Innocent" premieres on 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

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1976-11-14 "Network", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and William Holden, premieres in Los Angeles and New York City (Finch - Academy Awards Best Actor 1977)

  • 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%)
  • 1979-02-09 Walter Hill's drama film "The Warriors" is released in the United States, sparking gang violence at many theaters and a halt to the film's marketing campaign

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1982-03-13 ABC TV crime drama "T.J. Hooker" premieres, 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"

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • 1986-09-15 1st broadcast of legal drama "L.A. Law" created by Steven Bochco, with ensemble cast including Corbin Bersen, Jill Eikenberry and Harry Hamlin on NBC
  • 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 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC
  • 1994-05-19 Final Episode of TV drama "LA Law" after 8 year run
  • 1999-02-23 British TV drama "Queer as Folk" written by Russell T. Davies, starring Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam premieres on Channel 4
  • 2000-10-06 Swedish comedy drama "Songs from the Second Floor" written and directed by Roy Andersson is released in Sweden

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2001-06-03 TV drama "Six Feet Under" created by Alan Ball, starring Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall and Frances Conroy premieres on HBO

Television Writer and Director Jill Soloway
Television Writer and Director
Jill Soloway
  • 2001-11-06 TV drama series "24" starring Kiefer Sutherland premieres on Fox

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2002-06-02 Crime drama "The Wire" created by David Simon and starring Idris Elba and Dominic West debuts on HBO

Actor Idris Elba
Actor
Idris Elba
  • 2003-09-23 Crime drama "NCIS" starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherley, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum premieres on CBS in the US

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2005-03-27 TV medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" created by Shonda Rhimes starring Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh debuts on ABC

TV Producer Shonda Rhimes
TV Producer
Shonda Rhimes
Actress Ellen Pompeo
Actress
Ellen Pompeo
Actress Sandra Oh
Actress
Sandra Oh
  • 2006-10-03 American drama series "Friday Night Lights" starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton premieres on NBC
  • 2007-01-07 Danish TV drama "The Killing" created by Søren Sveistrup and starring Sofie Gråbøl premieres on DR1

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2007-07-19 TV drama "Mad Men" debuts starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and Vincent Kartheiser on cable network AMC

Actor Jon Hamm
Actor
Jon Hamm
Actress Elisabeth Moss
Actress
Elisabeth Moss

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2009-09-22 Crime drama "NCIS LA" starring Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J and Daniela Ruah premieres on CBS

Actor Chris O'Donnell
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Chris O'Donnell
Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • 2010-09-26 TV Period drama "Downton Abbey" premieres in the UK created by Julian Fellowes, starring Hugh Bonnevillle and an ensemble cast
  • 2011-09-21 Scandinavian crime drama "The Bridge" created by Hans Rosenfeldt, starring Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia premieres

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2011-10-02 TV spy drama "Homeland" starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis premieres on Showtime

Actress Claire Danes
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Claire Danes

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2012-04-15 TV comedy drama "Girls" created by and starring Lena Dunham premieres on HBO

Writer, Actress and Producer Lena Dunham
Writer, Actress and Producer
Lena Dunham
Actor Adam Driver
Actor
Adam Driver
  • 2013-01-30 Spy drama "The Americans" created by Joe Weisberg, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys premieres on FX

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2013-03-04 British TV drama "Broadchurch" created by Chris Chibnall, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman premieres on ITV

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

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2014-12-25 "Unbroken", drama film directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O'Connell and Domhall Gleeson, released in the United States

  • 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

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2016-12-21 Indian sports drama film "Dangal" directed by Nitesh Tiwari and starring Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra premieres - first Indian film to earn $300 million worldwide

Actor and Director Aamir Khan
Actor and Director
Aamir Khan
  • 2017-11-10 BBC removes drama from Christmas line-up after one of its stars, Ed Westwick, accused of rape by two women
  • 2019-09-22 Billy Porter becomes the first openly gay actor to win an Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for "Pose"

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1692-04-05 Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (Comédie-Française) inspiration for 1849 drama "Adrienne Lecouvreur", born in Damery, Marne (d. 1730)
  • 1883-03-04 Maude Fealy, American actor and drama coach (The Ten Commandments), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1900-07-03 John Mason Brown, American drama critic (Tonight on Broadway), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1969)
  • 1941-11-20 Haseena Moin, Pakistani television drama writer and Urdu playwright, born in Kanpur, India
  • 1970-06-14 Todd Manning, fictional character portrayed by Roger Howarth and Trevor St. John from US daytime drama "One Life to Live", is born

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

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1384-06-08 Kan'ami [Yūsaki Kiyotsugu], Japanese actor, playwright, musician and co-founder of Noh drama, dies at 51
  • 1730-03-20 Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (Comédie-Française) inspiration for 1849 drama "Adrienne Lecouvreur", dies at 37
  • 1984-01-14 Brooks Atkinson, American drama critic (The New York Times), dies at 89