1950 in television

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The year 1950 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1950.

Events[edit]

  • February 12 – European Broadcasting Union (EBU) inaugurated.
  • February 23 – First televised report of general election results in the UK.
  • April 3 – The BBC aspect ratio changes from 5:4 to 4:3.
  • May – Desilu Productions formed by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball.
  • August 31 – First television broadcast station in Mexico, XHTV, Mexico City on channel 4.
  • September 18 – First television broadcast station in Brazil, PRF-TV, São Paulo on channel 3.
  • September 30 – First BBC television broadcast from an aircraft.
  • October 10 – The US Federal Communications Commission approves CBS's color television system, effective November 20.
  • The number of homes in the US that own a television set reaches one million.

New Shows[edit]

Television series[edit]

Series Debut Ended
Picture Page (UK) October 10, 1936 1939
1945 1952
For The Children (UK) April 26, 1937 1939
July 7, 1946 1950
The Voice of Firestone Televues 1943 1947
1949 1963
Kaleidoscope (UK) November 2, 1946 1953
Gillette Cavalcade of Sports November 8, 1946 June 24, 1960
Muffin the Mule (UK) 1946 1955
You Are an Artist 1946 1950
Kraft Television Theater May 7, 1947 1958
Kukla, Fran and Ollie October 13, 1947 1957
Meet the Press November 6, 1947
Mary Kay and Johnny November 18, 1947 March 11, 1950
Howdy Doody December 27, 1947 September 24, 1960
Café Continental (UK) 1947 1953
Juvenile Jury 1947 1954
Small Fry Club 1947 1951
Television Newsreel (UK) January 5, 1948 1954
The Original Amateur Hour January 18, 1948 September 27, 1970
Court of Current Issues February 9, 1948 June 26, 1951
Author Meets the Critics April 1948 October 10, 1954
Hollywood Screen Test April 15, 1948 1953
Texaco Star Theater June 8, 1948 1953
The Ed Sullivan Show June 20, 1948 June 6, 1971
Candid Camera August 10, 1948
CBS Evening News August 15, 1948
Foodini the Great August 23, 1948 June 23, 1951
Actors Studio September 1948 June 1950
Ford Theatre October 17, 1948 July 10, 1957
The Morey Amsterdam Show December 17, 1948 October 12, 1950
The Alan Dale Show 1948 1951
Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts 1948 January 1, 1958
Break the Bank 1948 1957
Cartoon Teletales 1948 1950
Celebrity Time 1948 September 1952
Club Seven 1948 1951
The Philco Television Playhouse 1948 1955
Winner Take All 1948 1952
The Goldbergs January 17, 1949 1956
Ripley's Believe It or Not! March 1, 1949 October 5, 1950
Think Fast March 26, 1949 October 8, 1950
Captain Video June 27, 1949 April 1, 1955
Mama July 1, 1949 March 17, 1957
Martin Kane, Private Eye August 7, 1949 June 17, 1954
The Little Revue September 4, 1949 April 21, 1950
The Lone Ranger September 15, 1949 June 6, 1957
Come Dancing (UK) September 29, 1949 1995
The Aldrich Family October 2, 1949 May 29, 1953
The Life of Riley October 4, 1949 March 28, 1950
January 2, 1953 August 22, 1958
The Ruggles November 3, 1949 June 19, 1952
One Man's Family November 4, 1949 June 21, 1952
March 1, 1954 April 1, 1955
Arthur Godfrey and His Friends 1949 1959
What's My Line? February 2, 1950 1975
Your Show of Shows February 25, 1950 June 5, 1954
Hawkins Falls June 17, 1950 July 1, 1955
Your Hit Parade July 10, 1950 1959
1974 1974
Andy Pandy (UK) July 11, 1950 1970
2002 2005
Truth or Consequences September 7, 1950 1988
You Bet Your Life October 5, 1950 1961
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show October 12, 1950 1958
The Jack Benny Show October 28, 1950 1965
The Adventures of Ellery Queen 1950 1959
1975 1976
The Cisco Kid 1950 1956

Programs ending during 1950[edit]

Date Show Debut
March 11 Mary Kay and Johnny 1947
June 23 Actors Studio 1948
Unknown Cartoon Teletales
For The Children (UK) 1946
You Are an Artist

Births[edit]

Date Name Notability
January 3 Victoria Principal actress
January 7 Erin Gray
January 16 Debbie Allen actress, dancer, choreographer
January 20 Liza Goddard English actress
January 23 Richard Dean Anderson actor
January 29 Ann Jillian actress
January 30 Trinidad Silva actor (died 1988)
February 3 Morgan Fairchild actress
February 12 Michael Ironside Canadian actor
February 18 Cybill Shepherd actress
March 18 Brad Dourif actor
March 30 Robbie Coltrane Scottish actor
April 4 Christine Lahti actress
April 12 David Cassidy actor, singer
April 13 Ron Perlman actor
April 28 Jay Leno comedian, talk show host
June 8 Kathy Baker actress
June 13 Belinda Bauer Australian actress
July 26 Susan George English actress
September 21 Bill Murray actor, comedian, Saturday Night Live
October 3 Pamela Hensley actress
October 5 Jeff Conaway actor (died 2011)
October 17 Howard Rollins actor (died 1996)
October 31 John Candy Canadian comedian and actor (died 1994)


References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1979). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows: 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-25525-9.
  2. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8.