TV Series

Events in Film & TV

  • 1928-05-10 WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming
  • 1936-07-07 RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show and monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)
  • 1946-05-09 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
  • 1947-11-06 NBC's "Meet the Press" debuts - US's longest running TV show
  • 1948-01-13 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin
  • 1949-07-07 "Dragnet" premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967
  • 1949-12-28 20th Century Fox announces it will produce TV programs
  • 1950-08-27 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC
  • 1950-09-11 Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence

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1952-09-19 "Adventures of Superman" TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US

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1954-10-27 Walt Disney's 1st TV show, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1955-01-19 "The Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
  • 1956-04-10 Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs

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1956-07-07 "Hancock's Half Hour" premieres as a TV show starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • 1957-01-04 "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)
  • 1957-02-27 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)

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1957-09-21 "Perry Mason" TV series based on the character by author Erle Stanley Gardner, starring Raymond Burr premieres on CBS-TV

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner

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1960-02-26 Vera Miles stars in the famous "Mirror Image" episode of the classic CBS television series "The Twilight Zone"

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles
  • 1960-10-07 TV series "Route 66" premieres on CBS
  • 1961-09-23 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire

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1961-10-10 Variety TV show "The Bob Newhart Show" premieres on NBC in the US

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

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1962-01-15 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff] is the subject of the BBC TV programme "This is Your Life"

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown
  • 1962-08-23 1st Europe-US live TV program (via Telstar)

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1962-09-23 ABC's 1st color TV series - The Jetsons by Hanna-Barbera first broadcast

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
  • 1963-08-09 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
  • 1966-01-08 The Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • 1966-12-23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
  • 1967-06-25 First global satellite television programme "Our World" broadcast featuring 19 acts representing 19 nations including The Beatles singing "All You Need is Love"
  • 1968-09-24 "That's Life" premieres-A Broadway musical type TV show
  • 1968-12-12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired

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1969-06-14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1971-06-01 Ed Sullivan's final TV show on CBS
  • 1972-09-14 "The Waltons" TV program premieres on CBS starring Richard Thomas and Ralph Waite
  • 1972-09-16 1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie
  • 1975-01-24 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV

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1976-02-01 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • 1977-09-23 Cheryl Ladd replaces Farrah Fawcett on TV show "Charlie's Angels"

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1978-01-08 TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" debuts on BBC TV, based on the books by James Herriot, starring Robert hardy and Christopher Timothy

Novelist James Herriot
Novelist
James Herriot

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1978-09-12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny Devito

  • 1978-10-14 1st TV movie from a TV series-"Rescue from Gilligan's Island"

  • 1980-03-21 On TV show "Dallas", J.R. is shot
  • 1981-04-20 Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs
  • 1984-01-17 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws
  • 1985-09-18 "The Equalizer" TV spy/crime drama debuts in the US on CBS (starring Edward Woodward)

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1987-07-15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Singer-Songwriter
Boy George
  • 1988-09-16 Jury awards Valerie Harper $1.6 M in dispute over TV series
  • 1988-10-19 US Senate passes bill curbing ads during children's TV shows

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1989-04-05 David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1990-04-13 Final episode of Pat Sajak's late night TV show on CBS
  • 1991-11-29 TV show "Roc" has a gay wedding episode - Can't Help Loving that Man
  • 1992-07-01 Fox broadcasting adds Wednesday night TV programming
  • 1992-09-30 Mariel Hemmingway appears nude on TV show Civil Wars

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1993-04-21 Action TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger" starring Chuck Norris debuts on CBS

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1993-09-27 British crime series "Cracker" created by Jimmy McGovern starring Robbie Coltrane debuts on ITV in the UK

Actor and Comedian Robbie Coltrane
Actor and Comedian
Robbie Coltrane

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1993-12-16 Shannen Doherty (Brenda) is fired from TV series Beverly Hills 90210

  • 1994-06-20 Howard Stern begins 30-minute (Radio) TV show on E! cable network

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1995-09-04 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless

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1997-02-23 NBC TV shows "Schindler's List" completely uncensored, 65M watch

Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Cinematographer
Janusz Kamiński

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1997-12-25 Jerry Seinfeld announces the final season of his TV show "Seinfeld" will air the following year

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
  • 1998-09-14 British TV show "The Royle Family" written and starring Caroline Adherne and Craig Cash, also starring Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston premieres on BBC Two
  • 2002-03-05 American reality TV program The Osbournes" featuring family of Ozzy Osbourne premieres on MTV
  • 2002-03-12 US crime series "The Shield" starring Michael Chiklis premieres on FX
  • 2005-05-19 TV political comedy "The Thick of It" created by Armando Iannucci, starring Peter Capaldi and Chris Langham premieres on BBC 4
  • 2010-12-31 Post-apocalyptic zombie TV series "The Walking Dead" premieres, starring Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal on AMC

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

Actress Claire Danes
Actress
Claire Danes

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2012-04-22 TV political comedy "Veep" created by Armando Iannucci, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Chlumsky premieres on HBO

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • 2014-04-15 US TV series "Fargo" created by Noah Hawley, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman premieres on FX
  • 2015-11-18 "Kangaroo Dundee" wildlife TV series premieres featuring Brolga and Roger the ripped Kangaroo on BBC Two

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2016-05-22 TV series "Preacher", developed by Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Seth Rogen, premieres on AMC

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen

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2018-05-31 Matt LeBlanc announces he is leaving TV show "Top Gear"

  • 2018-07-21 Re-boot of TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" announced with creator Joss Whedon as executive producer
  • 2018-07-22 TV show "Supergirl" announces casting of first live-action transgender superhero, by transgender actor Nicole Maines as Nia Nal
  • 2018-11-09 Korean pop band BTS appearance on Japanese TV show cancelled after member Jimin wore shirt with atomic bomb image