1992 in American television

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The year 1992 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1992.


Date Event
January 6 The weekly overnight news program World News Now debuts on ABC.
January 10 The Days of our Lives nighttime special One Stormy Night is broadcast by NBC.
February 8 Lee Grant guest features on the Empty Nest episode, The Return of Aunt Susan. This marks the first time of television history that she and her daughter Dinah Manoff, one of the series's main actresses, have appeared together.
April 30 The final episode of The Cosby Show was televised by NBC.
The Nickelodeon Time Capsule was buried at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.
May 22 After 30 years, 66 year old Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show for the last time. By this time, NBC has announced that Carson's permanent guest host, Jay Leno, will replace him as host. Later, during 1993, David Letterman quits NBC for CBS.
May 25 Jay Leno debuts as the host of The Tonight Show.
June 1 WNBC New York dropped the -TV suffix from its call letters (following the sale in 1988 of its sister radio station WNBC-AM by NBC's then-parent company General Electric)in favor of the new branding slogan "4 New York". The accompanying station image campaign was titled We're 4 New York and featured a musical theme composed by Edd Kalehoff. The campaign is revived two times, one is during the 2002 Winter Olympics and the recent one in 2007.
June 3 US Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton appears on The Arsenio Hall Show. Clinton even plays the saxophone with the live band.
June 23 The series Another World broadcasts its first and only primetime episode, named Summer Desire, right before the Daytime Emmy Awards.
June 29 The series Family Feud on CBS with Ray Combs becomes the hour-long Family Feud Challenge.
August 7 Growing Pains actress Tracey Gold loses a massive amount of weight due to anorexia nervosa and is placed in hospital care. As a result, she is written out of most of the final episodes.
August 12 The series Seinfeld begins its one-part premiere, "The Trip", for the fourth season.
August 15 Nickelodeon began its regular Saturday night programming sequence SNICK.
September 4 Scared Silent: Ending and Exposing Child Abuse, a 1-hour live special, was telecast by daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
September 8 Initiation of the New York City 24-hour news channel NY1.
September 12 NBC cancels all their Saturday morning cartoons in favor of the series Saved By The Bell, California Dreams, NBA Inside Stuff, and a weekend version of Today, making it the first to end children's programming entirely.
September 21 Square One TV is resumed for its fifth and final season.
September 24 The Sci-Fi Channel is initiated with a broadcast of the movie Star Wars.
September 27 Marlon Wayans and Alexandra Wentworth join the cast of the series In Living Color, Wayans only joins the cast for 13 episodes, Wentworth joins the cast full-time this season, and the 1993–94 season, which was the fifth and final year of the series. Keenan Ivory Wayans appears for one of the last times on the series before quitting Mid-Season.
September 30 The series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's cast member, Janet Hubert-Whitten becomes pregnant, and has conflicts with fellow cast members and a salary dispute; as a result, Hubert-Whitten is replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid during 1993, Hubert-Whitten only appears in nine episodes of the 1992–93 season, and her last appearance is in the 1993 episode "The Way We Were".
October 1 Cartoon Network is initiated in the United States.
October 3 Sinéad O'Connor causes controversy when she rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on the program Saturday Night Live.
October 17 Kristy McNichol's last episode of the series Empty Nest, entitled The Boomerang Affair, is broadcast. McNichol would return for the series finale during 1995.
November 1 Texas billionaire Ross Perot buys blocks of U.S. television time for his Presidential campaign.
November 18 NBC's Seinfeld broadcasts its episode, "The Contest", in which the four friends agree to abstain from all sexually related activity and see who could go without "it" the longest. It is never said who won the contest, however it is assumed to be a tie between Jerry Seinfeld's character, Jerry, and Jason Alexander's character, George.
November 27 The Saved by the Bell nighttime special Hawaiian Style is broadcast by NBC.
December 1 The series The Young and the Restless broadcasts its 5,000th episode. In celebration of this promotion, The Price is Right features a Y&R-themed Showcase.

Programs debuting during 1992[edit]

Date Show Network
January 6 World News Now ABC
January 10 Hearts Are Wild CBS
January 17 Tequila and Bonetti
January 29 Nightmare Cafe NBC
January 31 Billy ABC
February 28 Scorch CBS
March 7 The Powers That Be NBC
March 24 Room for Two ABC
March 31 Dateline NBC NBC
April 5 Mann & Machine
Stand By Your Man Fox
April 6 Barney & Friends PBS
April 11 Code 3 Fox
April 17 Sightings
April 20 Goof Troop Syndication/ABC
May 21 The Real World MTV
May 25 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC
May 30 Julie ABC
June 24 Raven CBS
July 8 Melrose Place Fox
August 15 Roundhouse Nickelodeon
August 16 Secret Service NBC
August 27 The Heights Fox
September 5 Batman: The Animated Series Fox Kids
September 10 Lamb Chop's Play-Along PBS
September 11 The Little Mermaid CBS
September 12 Fievel's American Tails
Raw Toonage
The Addams Family ABC
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa
California Dreams NBC
Name Your Adventure
Eek! The Cat Fox Kids
September 13 Flying Blind Fox
September 14 Hearts Afire CBS
September 15 Delta ABC
September 16 The Hat Squad CBS
September 18 The Golden Palace
Picket Fences
Camp Wilder ABC
Final Appeal NBC
The Round Table
September 19 The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys CBS
Beakman's World
Nickelodeon Guts Nickelodeon
The Plucky Duck Show Fox Kids
September 20 Great Scott! Fox
September 21 Love & War CBS
The Further Adventures of Zook & Alison from Square One TV PBS
September 22 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper ABC
September 23 Mad About You NBC
September 24 Street Stories with Ed Bradley CBS
Rhythm & Blues NBC
September 25 What Happened?
September 26 Dog City Fox Kids
September 27 The Ben Stiller Show Fox
September 30 Laurie Hill ABC
October 4 Ghostwriter PBS
October 5 Born Lucky Lifetime
October 17 I Witness Video NBC
October 31 X-Men Fox Kids

Programs ending during 1992[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 4 Yo Yogi! 1991
March 5 Drexell's Class
March 13 Candid Camera
Scorch 1992
March 19 Danger Mouse 1981
April 25 Growing Pains 1985
Who's The Boss? 1984
April 30 The Cosby Show
May 7 Beetlejuice: The Animated Series 1989
May 9 The Golden Girls 1985
May 13 The Royal Family 1991
May 17 Superboy 1988
May 21 MacGyver 1985
May 22 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962
May 31 Night Court 1984
June 11 McGee and Me! 1989
July 4 Julie 1992
November 5 WWF Saturday Night's Main Event 1985
November 6 Square One TV 1987
November 28 The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys 1992
December 5 Darkwing Duck 1991
Raw Toonage 1992
December 12 The Plucky Duck Show

Made for TV movies and miniseries[edit]

Programs changing networks[edit]

The following shows aired new episodes on a different network than previous first-run episodes:

Show Moved From Moved To
Hi Honey, I'm Home! ABC Nick at Nite
Davis Rules CBS
In the Heat of the Night NBC
Matlock ABC
Jim Henson's Muppet Babies CBS Nickelodeon


Date Name Notability
February 14 Freddie Highmore actor (Bates Motel)
April 8 Shelby Young actress
May 18 Spencer Breslin actor
June 14 Daryl Sabara actor
July 22 Selena Gomez actress/singer (Wizards of Waverly Place)
August 2 Hallie Kate Eisenberg actress (Pepsi commercials)
August 4 Dylan and Cole Sprouse actors
August 20 Demi Lovato actress/singer (The X Factor)
September 28 Keir Gilchrist actor
October 9 Tyler James Williams actor
October 12 Josh Hutcherson actor
October 15 Vincent Martella actor (Phineas and Ferb)
October 30 Tequan Richmond actor
November 23 Miley Cyrus singer and actress (Hannah Montana)


Date Name Age Cinematic Credibility
January 7 Richard Hunt 40 Muppet performer.
January 26 José Ferrer 83 actor.
February 2 Bert Parks 77 longtime host of the Miss America beauty pageant.
February 20 Dick York 63 actor (Darren Stephens #1) on Bewitched.
March 25 Nancy Walker 69 actress (Ida on Rhoda and Rosie the Bounty lady).
March 26 Barbara Frum 54 legendary Canadian television journalist.
April 18 Benny Hill 68 British comedian.
May 12 Robert Reed 59 actor (Mike Brady) on The Brady Bunch, of AIDS.
May 17 Lawrence Welk 89 accordionist and bandleader.
June 5 Laurence Naismith 83 actor.
June 15 Chuck Menville 52 animator and writer, of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
June 22 Chuck Mitchell 64 actor.
July 9 Eric Sevareid 79 news commentator.
October 6 Denholm Elliott 70 actor
October 16 Shirley Booth 94 actress who starred as the title character on the series Hazel.
October 22 Cleavon Little 53 actor.
November 7 Jack Kelly 65 actor (Bart Maverick on Maverick).
November 10 Chuck Connors 71 actor (Lucas McCain on The Rifleman).
November 22 Sterling Holloway 87 actor, voice of Winnie-the-Pooh.
December 18 Mark Goodson 77 prolific producer of game shows such as Match Game, Blockbusters and The Price is Right.
December 24 Pierre Culliford 64 also known as "Peyo"; Belgian creator of The Smurfs.