TV Guide's First Issue

TV Guide's first edition with Desi Arnaz Jr. on the cover
TV Guide's first edition with Desi Arnaz Jr. on the cover

Historical Context

TV Guide cost just 15 cents when it was first published by Triangle Publications in the US in ten cities selling 1,560,000 copies. By the 1960s it was the most widely read magazine in the country.

Published in digest form for the first 52 years of its life today the magazine still features stories on upcoming TV programs. It included for its first issue a feature on Desi Arnaz Jr., baby son of TV star Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz whose birth was incorporated into the storyline of their TV show "I Love Lucy"

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Date taken: April 3, 1953

Source: TV Guide

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