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: The word "television" is coined by 1900 Constantin Perskyi at the First International Electricity Congress in Paris.
: 1907 Boris Rosing transmits silhouette images of geometric shapes, using a Nipkow disk, mirror-drum, and a cathode ray tube receiver.
: In a letter to 1908 , Nature A.A. Campbell-Swinton describes the modern electronic camera and display system which others are to develop throughout the 1920s.
: 1923 Vladimir Zworykin patents the "iconoscope", the first ancestor of the electric scanning television camera.
: On October 2, 1925 John Logie Baird achieves transmission and remote display of the first television pictures in his laboratory.
: On January 26, Baird gives the first public demonstration of mechanical television to members of the 1926 Royal Institution. This is generally regarded as the world's first public demonstration of a true television set.
: Baird demonstrates the first ever system for recording television. His 1927 Phonovision system records pictures and sound on conventional 78rpm gramophone records. On January 1 British Broadcasting Corporation receives the Royal Charter. NBC is founded.
: Baird demonstrates a mechanical colour television system. On May 28, the first television station, W2XB (forerunner to 1928 WRGB), begins broadcasting mechanical television in Schenectady, New York. Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) is founded.
: In September, the Baird Television Development Company begins experimental broadcasting in association with the BBC. 1929
: Baird installs a television at 1930 10 Downing Street, London, the British Prime Minister's residence. On July 14, Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald and his family use it to watch the first ever television drama, . The Man with the Flower in His Mouth
: 1931 Allen B. DuMont perfects long-lasting reliable cathode ray tubes later used for television reception. TV reaches the Soviet Union and France.
: The 1932 BBC starts a regular public television broadcasting service in the UK.
: The first television revue, 1933 , is broadcast on the BBC. Looking In
: 1934 Philo Farnsworth demonstrates a non-mechanical television system. The agreement for joint experimental transmissions by the BBC and John Logie Baird's company comes to an end. First 30 Line Mechanical Television Test Transmissions commence in April in Brisbane Australia conducted by Thomas Elliott and Dr Val McDowall.
: First TV broadcasts in 1935 Germany. The final transmissions of John Logie Baird's 30-line television system are broadcast by the BBC. First TV broadcasts in France on February 13 on Paris PTT Vision.
: The 1936 1936 Summer Olympics becomes the first Olympic Games to be broadcast on television
: The 1937 BBC Television Service broadcasts the world's first televised Shakespeare play, a thirty-minute version of , and the first Twelfth Night football match, Arsenal F.C. vs. Arsenal reserves.
: DuMont manufactures and sells the first all-electronic television sets to the public. Baird gives the first public demonstration of color projection television. The BBC broadcasts the world's first ever 1938 television science fiction ( ), and television crime series ( R.U.R. ); in one of the lengthiest experimental television broadcasts, the BBC broadcasts a 90-minute version of Telecrime Edmond Rostand's , starring Cyrano de Bergerac Leslie Banks, Constance Cummings, and James Mason
: The BBC suspends its television service owing to the outbreak of the 1939 Second World War. Broadcasts from 1939 New York World's Fair. Japan is the first Asian country to air television.
: the American 1940 Federal Communications Commission holds public hearings on television
: First 1941 television advertisements aired
: FCC terminates all American television broadcasting because of the war; DuMont petitions FCC to resume broadcasting and receives approval 1942
: 1943 is the first complete Hänsel und Gretel opera to be broadcast on television, but only in New York; first (experimental) telecast of Charles Dickens's . Many more telecasts of the story will follow in later years, but until film begins to be used on television, no two of the television versions of the story will have the same casts A Christmas Carol
: 1944 American Broadcasting Company (ABC) formed
: 1945 National Broadcasting Company (NBC) begins the first regularly scheduled television network service in the United States
: 1946 RCA demonstrates all-electronic color television system; the DuMont Television Network begins broadcasting
: First broadcast of 1947 , one of the first long-running color series, a children's show starring Howdy Doody Buffalo Bob Smith and a marionette, a freckle-faced boy named Howdy Doody. It becomes a hit on NBC; , which becomes, as of 2014, the longest-running show on television, premieres, also on NBC; the Meet the Press World Series is broadcast live for the first time; on the DuMont Television Network, John Carradine stars as Scrooge in a presumably now-lost TV version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; then-unknown actress Eva Marie Saint makes an appearance on the program; the 1947 becomes the very first parade ever televised; Tournament of Roses Parade premieres. Kraft Television Theatre
: From now on, more people will begin buying television sets, and the schedule of television programs will grow larger. First broadcast of 1948 , on CBS. On NBC, The Ed Sullivan Show , starring Texaco Star Theater Milton Berle, becomes television's first hit show in prime time; legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini, at the age of eighty-one, conducts the NBC Symphony Orchestra on television for the first time, in a concert of music by Richard Wagner; Verdi's becomes the first opera telecast live from the stage of the old Otello Metropolitan Opera House, on ABC-TV. (The old Met was torn down in 1966 and the opera company then moved to Lincoln Center.) The role of Otello is sung by the most famous interpreter of the role at that time, Ramon Vinay, who sang it on NBC radio with Toscanini conducting in 1947. Lasting more than three hours counting the intermissions, Otello is the longest opera telecast up to that time. That year, Toscanini also conducts the first complete performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony ever telecast, on NBC; the first edition of premieres; it runs only two years; Candid Camera is the first long-running television anthology series to premiere, and among its offerings is the original television version of Philco Television Playhouse , starring Marty Rod Steiger in the role that Ernest Borgnine would later win an Oscar for; during the Christmas season it also telecasts a live adaptation of Charles Dickens's , starring A Christmas Carol Dennis King as Scrooge; the anthology premieres on CBS-TV after years on radio and runs for years more : the original, televised Studio One is shown on the program; part of Twelve Angry Men is telecast nationally for the first time; Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Perry Como's television variety show The Perry Como Chesterfield Supper Club premieres; the title of the show changes three times, but it runs successfully for the next nineteen years.
: First broadcast of 1949 , Come Dancing and The Lone Ranger (the TV series based on Mama ); the I Remember Mama first Emmy Awards are given; on NBC, Arturo Toscanini conducts the first complete performance of Verdi's ever given on television; it is a concert performance, without scenery or period costumes (just formal dress), and is the only opera Toscanini ever conducts on television. Given in two segments telecast a week apart, the production stars Aida Herva Nelli and Richard Tucker. Heard simultaneously on radio, it marks the first and only simulcast of an opera conducted by Toscanini, and one of the first simulcasts ever heard; Harry S. Truman's inauguration is the first inauguration of a U.S. President to be telecast; Jose Ferrer, who starred in the full-length play on Broadway in 1946, makes his television debut in a live, one-hour version of on NBC's Cyrano de Bergerac ; Ferrer will win an Oscar for playing the same role in the 1950 Philco Television Playhouse film version of the play; , which showcases both recent operas and abridged versions of established favorites, all sung in English, premieres and runs for fifteen years. One of its sopranos, NBC Television Opera Theatre Leontyne Price, is the first African American to sing opera on television and will go on to international fame when she begins to sing leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera years later; she will also star in the most-successful-to-that-time staging of , on a world tour from 1952 to 1956; on Porgy and Bess Philco Television Playhouse, celebrated actor-manager Walter Hampden becomes, at 69, the oldest actor to play on TV, when he stars in a one-hour version of the play with Macbeth Joyce Redman and Leo G. Carroll; all three make their U.S. television debuts with this program. , a half-hour, low-budget filmed version of the Dickens classic, makes its first television appearance. Starring A Christmas Carol Taylor Holmes as Scrooge and narrated by Vincent Price, it is the first made-for-TV version of the story shot on film.
: First broadcast of 1950 , Broadway Open House (which showcases hourlong versions of classic Broadway musicals) Musical Comedy Time , , Your Show of Shows and Sua vida me pertence ; What's My Line? Cuba is the first Caribbean country to receive TV; Mexico is the second North American country to receive TV; Nielsen Media Research begins to provide television ratings data; moves from radio to TV; The Jack Benny Program Bob Hope appears in his first TV special; , a two-part marionette film combining The Spirit of Christmas 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Nativity Story, makes its debut in syndication. Made in color although not broadcast in color, the film features the narration of Alexander Scourby; Burns and Allen (George Burns and his wife Gracie Allen) bring their radio sitcom to television, where it is a success, runs eight years on CBS and then goes into rerun syndication. On a television series called (not to be confused with Masterpiece Playhouse Masterpiece Theatre), Shakespeare's is telecast for the first time, in a one-hour version. White actor Othello Torin Thatcher plays Othello in blackface, as nearly all actors do at that time.
: The first broadcast of live United States transcontinental television takes place in San Francisco, California from the 1951 Japanese Peace Treaty Conference. First broadcast of , I Love Lucy , See It Now , and the Dragnet , which runs intermittently for more than half a century – their premiere offering is the first opera written for television, Hallmark Hall of Fame , which will be broadcast annually by NBC during the Christmas season for the next fourteen years; the great British actor Amahl and the Night Visitors Ralph Richardson plays Scrooge on television for the first time in a live NBC production of A Christmas Carol; premieres on Sky King NBC and moves to ABC the next year, where it stays until 1954. It then goes into syndication for years; the premieres on CBS and runs for six years, then goes into reruns for many more as a Saturday morning program. Roy Rogers TV Show
: First broadcast of 1952 (NBC), Today (no relation to the British series with the same name, and ultimately seen on several television networks), and Omnibus ; Flower Pot Men and Hockey Night in Canada move from radio to TV; The Guiding Light Arturo Toscanini conducts his last television concert; it features Beethoven's Fifth Symphony; NBC wins exclusive rights to telecast , which it is still doing in 2013; Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade , a 26-episode documentary series about naval battles in World War II, with music by Victory at Sea Richard Rodgers, premieres on NBC and runs for nearly a year; in a landslide win, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected President of the United States; , starring Ding Dong School Frances Horwich, and nicknamed the "nursery school of the air", begins a four-year run on NBC. The hit show . starring House Party Art Linkletter, moves from radio, where it has been running since 1946, to CBS television, where it has an equally successful run lasting seventeen years. , a new, live-action version of the comic strip, premieres on television. it runs for six years and some of its episodes are filmed in color, but the series does not survive the 1959 suicide of its leading man, Superman George Reeves.
: First broadcast of 1953 ; the Panorama coronation of Elizabeth II is the first of its kind to be broadcast on television; the first U.S. telecast of takes place on NBC, starring actor Hamlet Maurice Evans and running two hours; moves from radio to TV, now hosted by You Are There Walter Cronkite on CBS; the Academy Awards ceremony is telecast for the first time; , a TV Topper sitcom inspired by the 1937 film of the same name, premieres on CBS, with Leo G. Carroll, Robert Sterling, and Anne Jeffreys playing the roles made famous by Roland Young, Cary Grant, and Constance Bennett. It runs two years.
: First broadcast of 1954 , Walt Disney's The Tonight Show television show begins airing on ABC in black-and-white, though many of the programs are made in color, the anthology , which features both adaptations of plays and musicals as well as documentaries, premieres in color on NBC and is telecast every three weeks: many classical music arists make their first network television appearance on this program; Producers' Showcase premieres and is still running sixty years later; Face the Nation NTSC video standard for color television is introduced, and National Educational Television (NET), the ancestor of PBS, is launched; the first filmed musical version of A Christmas Carol, starring Fredric March as Scrooge and Basil Rathbone as Marley's Ghost, airs in color on CBS's anthology, ; neither March nor Rathbone have ever acted on television; this is one of CBS's first color broadcasts. It will be repeated twice in later years. Shower of Stars Leonard Bernstein appears on television for the first time, in a lecture on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony that is telecast on the program . The lecture makes such an impact that it is still talked about more than fifty years later; Bernstein will make more appearances on Omnibus Omnibus between 1954 and 1958; premieres and begins a nineteen-year run on television; its casts change over the years, but the basic premise does not; in a critical analysis telecast on Lassie , See It Now Edward R. Murrow demolishes the tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy during his witchhunt for Communists in the US; the McCarthy hearings begin; Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson bring their famous to television in a live Macbeth production on NBC; the 1954 Hallmark Hall of Fame becomes the first parade ever telecast in color; a live, somewhat revised version of Tournament of Roses Parade Victor Herbert's is telecast as a special. Babes in Toyland Art Linkletter's comes to television from radio and runs six more years. People are Funny
: First broadcast of 1955 , The Honeymooners and Alfred Hitchcock Presents , which becomes the longest-running TV Western ever made (nineteen years); Gunsmoke ITV launches in the UK; premieres on CBS and becomes the most successful network children's morning show until Captain Kangaroo , running for twenty-nine years; the first live broadcast of the 1954 Broadway musical Sesame Street , with Peter Pan Mary Martin, is telecast on Producers' Showcase, becomes the highest rated television program up to then and is restaged live, by popular demand, less than a year later; Tchaikovsky's ballet is telecast for the first time in a 90-minute version on The Sleeping Beauty Producers Showcase that stars Margot Fonteyn; shows commercial network telecasts of British films on U.S. TV, but many are either severely cut or divided into two segments; the series lasts only one season; the first incarnation of Famous Film Festival premieres on ABC daytime TV; it makes The Mickey Mouse Club Annette Funicello famous; Jose Ferrer reprises his Tony and Oscar-winning role as in a 90-minute live version of the play on NBC's Cyrano de Bergerac Producers' Showcase, with Claire Bloom as Roxane; Frank Sinatra stars in a musical version of Thornton Wilder's , presented on Our Town Producers' Showcase. CBS's anthology telecasts a one-hour version of Shakespeare's Camera Three with African-American actor Othello Earle Hyman in the title role. premieres on MGM Parade ABC; it is the first television series to show clips and behind-the-scenes stories of MGM's old films. Among their offerings is a condensed version of the 1938 film version of "A Christmas Carol". The series runs for only one season.
: First broadcast of 1956 , The Edge of Night , As the World Turns , The Price is Right , the Playhouse 90 Eurovision Song Contest, and MGM's 1939 theatrical film Hancock's Half Hour , the first Hollywood film to be telecast uncut over an entire network (CBS) in prime time. The original, live-action version of The Wizard of Oz is telecast live during the Christmas season. Basil Rathbone stars in his only singing role, this time as Scrooge; The Stingiest Man in Town Laurence Olivier's two-and-a-half hour (1948) makes its television debut on ABC, split into two segments telecast a week apart; a slightly edited version of Olivier's Hamlet (1955) makes its television debut in what was a novel experiment for the time: on the same day that it is telecast, the film makes its U.S. theatrical debut; the Richard III , a newscast featuring two anchormen, Huntley-Brinkley Report Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, premieres on NBC and becomes the most popular evening newscast for the next seven years; the DuMont Television Network goes off the air; , a variety series, premieres on NBC and runs seven years; in another landslide win, Eisenhower is re-elected U.S. President, defeating The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Adlai Stevenson, who first ran against him in 1952, a second time.
: First broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1957 , on CBS, the made-for-TV film musical Cinderella on NBC, The Pied Piper of Hamelin , Leave It to Beaver and Senda prohibida ; Carosello Arturo Toscanini dies; Brazil is the first South American country to receive TV; a one-hour production of Tchaikovsky's on the CBS program The Nutcracker is the first version of the ballet to be telecast; The Seven Lively Arts Producer's Showcase telecasts a two-hour version of Shakespeare's with the Romeo and Juliet Old Vic company; Claire Bloom plays Juliet and John Neville is Romeo; , a weekly, half-hour documentary series which concentrates on important world subjects and consists largely of old newsreel footage, premieres on CBS, hosted by The Twentieth Century Walter Cronkite. It runs for nine years; two years after opening on Broadway, Jean Anouilh's Joan of Arc play comes to television on the The Lark Hallmark Hall of Fame with its original star, Julie Harris.
: First broadcast of 1958 , Blue Peter , Quatermass and the Pit , The Donna Reed Show , and Moonlight Mask ; the The Huckleberry Hound Show quiz show scandals wipe out and The $64,000 Question ; the Twenty One New York Philharmonic , with Young People's Concerts Leonard Bernstein, begin to air on CBS Television. Three or four Young People's Concerts a year are given, all on CBS, for the next fourteen years, becoming television's first long-running educational series on classical music; Laurence Olivier makes his television debut starring in a production of Henrik Ibsen's ; in a casting coup, John Gabriel Borkman Alfred Drake and Patricia Morison reprise their 1948 Broadway roles in a production of Hallmark Hall of Fame ; the most complete version of Kiss Me, Kate telecast up to then is staged in color on The Nutcracker ; it is the Playhouse 90 George Balanchine version, with Bonnie Bedelia in an early role as Clara. At the same time, a British production with the Sadler's Wells Ballet is telecast in England, starring Margot Fonteyn; the syndicated series about a scuba driver, , premieres and is a smash hit; it turns Sea Hunt Lloyd Bridges into a television star; the original premieres on NBC and become the longest running game show on that network, running fifteen years. Other versions of the game appear in later years; Concentration , an anthology series hosted by Temple, and sometimes starring her, premieres on NBC. The series presents one-hour versions of classic fantasies, adventure stories, and in one case, an operetta ( Shirley Temple's Storybook Babes in Toyland), all featuring stars such as Charlton Heston, John Raitt, Eric Portman, Agnes Moorehead, Jonathan Winters. It stays on NBC one year, then moves to ABC.
: First broadcast of 1959 , The Twilight Zone , Rocky and His Friends and The Untouchables (which runs for fourteen years); Bonanza The Wizard of Oz is rebroadcast for the first time since 1956 and its annual telecasts begin; moves from radio to TV; The Bell Telephone Hour John Gielgud makes his television debut in an adaptation of , telecast on CBS; The Browning Version Art Carney portrays the Stage Manager in a nearly complete television production of the original non-musical version of Our Town, on NBC; the sitcom , the first-ever dramatized version of the comic strip with live actors, premieres on CBS; reruns of Dennis the Menace Sky King begin to air on CBS, and broadcasts of the show end in 1966; the Western series premieres on CBS, starring Rawhide Eric Fleming and introducing television audiences to Clint Eastwood; it runs for six years.
: First broadcast of 1960 , The Andy Griffith Show , The Flintstones and The Dick Van Dyke Show ; Coronation Street American presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon debate live on television, Mary Martin as returns to television as a standalone special on NBC and this time the production is videotaped, allowing for future telecasts without having to be restaged; the second and most famous edition of Peter Pan premieres and is a huge hit; a British version also premieres; several other versions of the show are ultimately seen; a new production of the Maurice Evans-Judith Anderson Candid Camera is telecast on the Macbeth ; this one is filmed in color on location in Scotland, features a new, all-British supporting cast, and is shown in movie theatres in Europe; Hallmark Hall of Fame goes off the air; Howdy Doody premieres in syndication and runs for one season; The Blue Angels John F. Kennedy is elected U.S. President. Shirley Temple's Storybook moves back to NBC, begins broadcasting in color, and is renamed . It is canceled when The Shirley Temple Show Walt Disney moves his television anthology from ABC to NBC.
: First broadcast of 1961 , The Avengers and The Defenders ; The Morecambe and Wise Show Sea Hunt is canceled despite its success, but reruns will keep it popular; Walt Disney moves his television anthology from ABC to NBC and begins broadcasting in color, the launching of the first American into outer space is covered by NBC, ABC, and CBS. becomes the first U.S. network anthology series to weekly telecast relatively recent, mostly widescreen, Hollywood films in primetime in one evening, and most of them are in color; the fact that they are in widescreen involves much pan-and-scanning of most of the films; NBC Saturday Night at the Movies letterboxing had not been invented yet. The program runs for years and is highly successful and influential, and by the late 1960s there are prime time network telecasts of mostly complete widescreen films every night of the week, all of them pan-and-scanned. The long-running game show premieres, starring Password Allen Ludden, who is married to Betty White. Ludden passes away from cancer during the show's run.
: First broadcast of 1962 , The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson , Steptoe and Son , The Jetsons , University Challenge , Elgar , That Was The Week That Was (Ireland) and The Late Late Show ; Sábado Gigante ABC broadcasts their first series in color; first satellite television relayed by Telstar; premieres on daytime TV and is one of the first long-running daytime talk shows; President John F. Kennedy goes on TV to tell the nation that there are Russian missile sites in Cuba and the The Merv Griffin Show Cuban Missile Crisis begins; the first concert telecast from the recently completed Lincoln Center takes place; the , now headed by CBS Evening News Walter Cronkite, who replaces Douglas Edwards, quickly becomes the nation's leading network newscast; Cronkite is eventually declared "the most trusted man in America"; a two-hour version of is now being shown; Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade , an animated, semi-comic musical version of Dickens's story starring Mr. Magoo as Scrooge, is first telecast by NBC and becomes, for a few years, an annual tradition. It is the first animated cartoon special with a Christmas theme produced specifically for television; Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Judy Garland stars, with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, in the first of two variety specials for CBS; the second special airs in 1963; after being a summer replacement series in 1959, premieres as a weekly, year-round variety program on NBC; the daytime children's science series The Andy Williams Show premieres on ABC-TV as Discovery Discovery '62; every year, in accordance with that year, the title will change: Discovery '63, Discovery '64, etc.; another children's educational series, , premieres in color on NBC, but is not as successful with audiences, though it, along with Exploring Discovery, is critically acclaimed.
: First broadcast of 1963 , General Hospital , The Fugitive and The Outer Limits ; President Kennedy makes his historical Civil Rights speech on television, announcing his intention to grant African-Americans their civil rights; Doctor Who Martin Luther King delivers his "I Have A Dream" speech; MGM's 1953 theatrical film is telecast for the first time, on NBC; in November, there is wall-to-wall four day news coverage of President Kennedy's assassination, the trip to the Capitol Rotunda, the murder of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, and the funeral of President Kennedy; Kiss Me Kate Lyndon B. Johnson becomes the new U.S. President, serving out Kennedy's term in office. As a tribute to the memory of President Kennedy, a special program "from the arts" is telecast only two days after his death, featuring performances by Fredric March, Christopher Plummer, Albert Finney, Marian Anderson, and Charlton Heston. Gustav Mahler's is telecast complete for the first time as a tribute to Kennedy, conducted by Symphony No. 2 (the "Resurrection") Leonard Bernstein. Without the blessing or supervision of composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who is out of the country at time of broadcast, a new production of premieres on NBC; it is seen only three times. For the first time, an African-American, Amahl and the Night Visitors Willis Patterson, sings the role of King Balthazar, rather than a white man in blackface. After 1965, there are no more American televised versions of Amahl until 1978; after years of airing locally, , another daytime talk show, goes into The Mike Douglas Show syndication and runs for the next nineteen years; after starring in two television specials on CBS, Judy Garland's first and only variety series, , premieres on that network, it runs for only one season; The Judy Garland Show , a comedy-variety series, premieres on CBS and runs for four years. The Danny Kaye Show
: First broadcast of 1964 , Gilligan's Island , The Munsters , Bewitched , The Addams Family , Top of the Pops , Match of the Day and Jeopardy! . In a landslide win, the Up series Lyndon B. Johnson is formally elected President of the United States. The Beatles appear on , where most American viewers see them for the first time. Cashing in on the The Ed Sullivan Show James Bond craze, , the first American spy series ever telecast, premieres on NBC and is a smash hit; The Man from U.N.C.L.E BBC 2 commences broadcasting in the UK. Its first night of transmission is curtailed by a massive power failure; the now-classic musical film is telecast for the first time, on NBC; Singin' in the Rain Christopher Plummer plays the title role in a made-for-TV film version of , shot in the actual locale of the play, Hamlet Elsinore; it is telecast on NET after premiering on the BBC and is the longest telecast Hamlet to that date; , the first Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rankin-Bass stop motion animated special, premieres on commercial network television and remains to become the oldest U.S. Christmas special still telecast as of 2013; David Niven, Charles Boyer, Gig Young, Gladys Cooper, and Robert Coote all star in their first and only television series , on NBC. It lasts only one season. The Rogues
: First broadcast of 1965 , Days of our Lives , Get Smart , Hogan's Heroes , Till Death Us Do Part , Des chiffres et des lettres , Tomorrow's World and The Magic Roundabout ; all of the The War Game big three networks begin broadcasting in color on a regular basis; , the first television series featuring an African-American (in this case I Spy Bill Cosby) in a serious leading role, premieres on NBC, and is a success, but some stations in the South ban the program because Cosby is one of the stars; he stars in the show with Robert Culp; Nigeria is the first African country to receive TV; an all-new revision of Rodgers and Hammerstein's , still containing most of the original songs, is telecast for the first time; a one-hour German production of Cinderella , starring three members of the The Nutcracker New York City Ballet, becomes a temporary annual tradition on CBS for the next four years; makes its television debut on commercial network television; nearly fifty years later, it is still a Christmas tradition; A Charlie Brown Christmas , made in 1943, makes its commercial television debut, becoming the oldest film to ever be telecast on The Song of Bernadette ; The ABC Sunday Night Movie , a variety series, premieres on NBC and runs for nine years. The Dean Martin Show
: First broadcast of 1966 , Star Trek (the live-action TV series), Batman , The Monkees Ultra Series, and Cathy Come Home ; Mission: Impossible Walt Disney dies, but his television series will go on for years; CBS telecasts John Gielgud's celebrated one-man Shakespeare play in two black-and-white segments telecast a week apart; however, it is shown in the afternoon rather than in prime time; ABC begins a series of TV adaptations of stage musicals that it will telecast over the next two years, three of them starring Ages of Man Robert Goulet: , Brigadoon , and Carousel . A version of Kiss Me, Kate , starring Kismet Jose Ferrer, is also telecast. The original, half-hour , narrated by How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Boris Karloff, makes its debut on commercial network television; forty-eight years later, it is still a tradition on TV; the game show premieres on NBC; the original version of the show runs for fifteen years; Hollywood Squares , a spinoff from the hugely successful The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Man from U.N.C.L.E., premieres, but is not a hit; it lasts only one season.
: First broadcast of 1967 , The Carol Burnett Show , The Prisoner , The Phil Donahue Show ; Ambassador Magma PAL and SECAM colour standards introduced in Europe, with BBC2 making their first colour broadcasts; local Atlanta TV station WJWJ, which starts out that year as a small, independent station on UHF, is eventually bought by the then little-known Ted Turner. It will be rechristened WTCG-TV and finally, in 1979, WTBS. Ted Turner will become one of the world's best-known media figures and will be responsible for Turner Network Television and Turner Classic Movies; Hal Holbrook brings his acclaimed one-man show to CBS-TV as a 90-minute special; Mark Twain Tonight The Andy Williams Show goes off the air; the 1959 film version of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" receives its first and only commercial television network telecast, on ABC; the Gershwin estate is displeased with the film and will not allow any more network telecasts of it.
: First broadcast of 1968 , 60 Minutes , One Life to Live , Dad's Army , Columbo , Elvis , Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Hawaii Five-O ; for the first time ever, NBC has outbid CBS for the rights to telecast Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and the film is shown on NBC for the next eight years; on television, President The Wizard of Oz Lyndon B. Johnson announces his intention not to run for another term because of his unpopularity over the Vietnam War; Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King are both assassinated, and their deaths are covered extensively on television; now that Robert F. Kennedy is no longer a Presidential hopeful, Richard M. Nixon runs against Hubert Humphrey and is elected President of the United States.
: First broadcast of 1969 , Sesame Street , On the Buses , The Brady Bunch and Nu, pogodi! ; Monty Python's Flying Circus Apollo 11 Moon landing broadcast live worldwide; completion of Fernsehturm Berlin; the 1969 inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon is the first of its kind to be telecast in color; the 1968 film , based on Shakespeare's play, and starring A Midsummer Night's Dream Diana Rigg, Judi Dench, Ian Richardson, Ian Holm, and other members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has its American premiere on CBS in prime time, a highly unusual step for a Shakespeare film; the complete, three-hour is now being shown; Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is shown by CBS for the first time, and becomes another long-running Christmas tradition; more than forty years later, it is still telecast by CBS, and of all the old Christmas specials, Frosty the Snowman Frosty is the only one that has been telecast by the same network year after year; The Andy Williams Show is revived and runs until 1971; Dwight D. Eisenhower dies.
: First broadcast of 1970 , The Mary Tyler Moore Show , Monday Night Football ; All My Children PBS is launched, replacing NET; the 1955 film is telecast on prime time network TV for the first time, making this the first telecast ever of the classic Oklahoma! Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. The film versions of Carousel and The King and I have already been telecast on prime time network TV in previous years; Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic on television for the first time, in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; the performance also marks Placido Domingo's U.S. TV debut; Chet Huntley retires and the Huntley-Brinkley Report now becomes ; NBC Nightly News David Brinkley stays, but John Chancellor becomes the new co-anchor; , a long-running weekly series featuring the Evening at Pops Boston Pops Orchestra premieres on PBS, with Arthur Fiedler conducting. John Williams will become the new conductor in 1980, followed by Keith Lockhart in 1995. The program will not only showcase classical artists, but also Broadway stars such as Ethel Merman and jazz groups like The Manhattan Transfer; the Richard Chamberlain , shot on videotape, makes its U.S. television debut on the Hamlet Hallmark Hall of Fame and wins more Emmys than any other made-for-TV version of a Shakespeare play ever telecast.
: First broadcast of 1971 , All in the Family , Kamen Rider , The Old Grey Whistle Test , Chespirito ; the 1959 theatrical film Parkinson is broadcast uncut in one evening by CBS, over five hours of prime time; this marks its first telecast, and is perhaps the longest of a film up to that time - five consecutive hours had never been devoted to the telecast of a film before. This record will not be equaled until ABC begins telecasting the 1956 film Ben-Hur in 1973 (the Elizabeth Taylor The Ten Commandments and Cleopatra will be split into two two-and-a-half hour segments when first telecast); the Oscar-winning 1951 film Lawrence of Arabia is telecast by NBC for the first time; An American in Paris premieres on Masterpiece Theatre PBS; after being telecast in Europe in 1970, the documentary Beethoven's Birthday: a Celebration in Vienna, with Leonard Bernstein commemorating Beethoven's 200th birthday, is telecast in the U.S. in prime time on Christmas Eve by CBS and wins an Emmy Award; a ninety-minute documentary commemorating a classical composer's birthday in prime time is unheard of on a commercial TV network up until then, and since that time the accomplishment has never been duplicated; goes off the air after twenty-three years; on commercial television, NBC telecasts the film The Ed Sullivan Show in two parts: the first half one evening, and the second half the next. This is the first-ever telecast of the film; all that is cut is the West Side Story Overture (not to be confused with the Prologue), in which a sketched outline of New York City is shown in several different colors as music plays; the 1962 film is telecast nationally for the first time by ABC; it marks the first time a How the West Was Won reduction print of a three-projector Cinerama film is ever telecast.
: From now on, fewer and fewer classical music programs will be telecast on commercial networks, and will instead go to PBS or cable; this is the year of the first broadcast of the TV series 1972 , M*A*S*H , Emmerdale , Mastermind , and El Chavo ; The Bob Newhart Show makes its debut on PBS; the 1958 film Great Performances is telecast for the first time by ABC, making this the first telecast ever of the complete musical; MGM's South Pacific , slightly edited, makes its TV debut on NBC; during the summer, ABC covers the Show Boat Munich massacre, in which eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics are taken hostage and murdered by the terrorist group Black September; Leonard Bernstein's come to an end, and from now on he will be seen mostly on PBS conducting great works and appearing in autobiographical documentaries; a new, heavily revised version of the Young People's Concerts George and Ira Gershwin political musical comedy , starring many CBS-TV sitcom regulars, is telecast on CBS – this marks the first telecast of the musical, which has also never been filmed despite winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1932; the film Of Thee I Sing is telecast in two parts on commercial network television by NBC; the film My Fair Lady , starring Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is telecast by CBS with minimal editing of its language or subject matter; the broadcast is so controversial that some affiliates refuse to show it until 11:30 P.M; the film is telecast by ABC in primetime nearly uncut, and none of the affiliate stations back out; the telecast marks the strongest use of "dirty language" heard in a television broadcast up to that time – Patton's famous remark "Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country, he won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for Patton his country" is left untouched, as are the words "horse dung" and "fornicating", but the word "sh*t" is cut; in a landslide win, Richard M. Nixon is re-elected President of the U.S.; former U.S. President Harry S. Truman dies.
: First broadcast of 1973 , The Ascent of Man , Moonbase 3 , The Young and the Restless , An American Family , Ein Herz und eine Seele , Seventeen Moments of Spring and Last of the Summer Wine ; large-screen projection color TVs hit the market in the USA; the The World at War Watergate hearings are seen by millions on live TV; as CNN does not exist yet, they interrupt some regularly scheduled programming; Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic The Ten Commandments is telecast for the first time and eventually becomes an annual attraction on ABC Television; Katharine Hepburn makes her television acting debut on ABC-TV in a new production of Tennessee Williams's ; CBS broadcasts The Glass Menagerie Joseph Papp's production of Shakespeare's on prime time commercial TV; also on prime time commercial TV, ABC telecasts the Much Ado About Nothing National Theatre of Great Britain's productions of Eugene O'Neill's and Shakespeare's Long Day's Journey into Night , both starring The Merchant of Venice Laurence Olivier. No version of The Merchant of Venice has ever been telecast on U.S. network television until this showing; it is Shakespeare's most controversial play, due to its allegedly anti-Semitic subject matter; , the Broadway musical adaptation of Applause , airs on TV as a videotaped CBS special with most of its original cast, including All About Eve Lauren Bacall and Penny Fuller.
: First broadcast of 1974 , Chico and the Man , Derrick , Happy Days , Little House on the Prairie , Police Woman , Porridge , Rhoda , Good Times , and The Rockford Files ; because of his role in the Tiswas Watergate scandal, Richard M. Nixon becomes the first U.S. President to announce his resignation on live television and Gerald Ford becomes the new U.S. President; Chet Huntley dies, so does Ed Sullivan; an adaptation of Leon Uris's becomes the first all-star miniseries, and the first to be officially called "a novel for television"; it provides QB VII Anthony Hopkins with his best film role up to then; the film is telecast for the first time on commercial network television by NBC; that network also showed the television premiere of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with about a minutes worth of edits, toning down most of the film's violence; the film The Godfather is telecast for the first time as a three-hours-plus TV special by ABC; the made-for-TV special Fiddler on the Roof , starring The Missiles of October William Devane as John F. Kennedy and Martin Sheen as Bobby Kennedy, is the first telecast play to dramatize the Cuban Missile Crisis.
: First broadcast of 1975 , Starsky & Hutch , Baretta , Barney Miller , Fawlty Towers , Good Morning America , One Day at a Time , Saturday Night Live , Super Sentai , Space: 1999 , The Jeffersons , The Naked Civil Servant , Welcome Back, Kotter , Wheel of Fortune ; Wonder Woman , a production of Shakespeare's play starring the Antony and Cleopatra Royal Shakespeare Company, is telecast by ABC, a year after being telecast by the BBC, as a three-hour prime time commercial network special and, so far, marks the last time a new production of a Shakespeare play is telecast by a commercial television network (Olivier's King Lear, telecast in the 1980s, is a syndicated rather than a network telecast); Sony introduces the Betamax home video tape recorder; Laurence Olivier and Katharine Hepburn star together for the first and only time in the made-for-TV film ; a highly watered down and edited version of Love Among the Ruins is broadcast by ABC on commercial network television; the musical film Cabaret is telecast by ABC at an earlier hour than usual so that families can watch it; Oliver! is cancelled. Jeopardy!
: First broadcast of 1976 The Muppet Show", I, Claudius , by the BBC, as well as Loriot , Austin City Limits , Family Feud , Laverne and Shirley and Nuts in May ; Video Home System makes its debut; Gone With the Wind is telecast for the first time over two nights; videocassette recorders go on sale; completion of CN Tower; the film The Sound of Music , one of the biggest moneymakers of all time, is broadcast complete on commercial network TV for the first time; the U.S. Bicentennial is celebrated on television; Live from Lincoln Center begins telecasts on PBS; The Wizard of Oz returns to CBS; Great Performances Georg Solti makes his American television debut conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on PBS's ; The Unanswered Question Leonard Bernstein's six Harvard University lectures on music, given the collective title , are telecast by PBS over six weeks. These are exact recreations of the lectures, not the original lectures themselves, which were given in 1973; for the first time, Disney telecasts a very slightly edited version of one of its classic films as a two-and-a-half hour special; it is the 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea , and unusually for Disney, it is telecast not on the anthology series, but on NBC Saturday Night at the Movies (which also airs the American television debut telecast of 2001: A Space Odyssey that year); Jimmy Carter, a governor of Georgia who has never held any other public office, is elected President of the United States.
: First broadcast of 1977 , Abigail's Party , CHiPs , Eight Is Enough , ¿Qué Pasa, USA? , Soap , Lou Grant , The Love Boat , and Three's Company ; Top Gear begins its telecasts on PBS with Live from the Met starring La Boheme Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto; the live broadcasts are to be eventually replaced by The Metropolitan Opera Presents (videotaped versions of operas performed before a live audience), and finally, live HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera in movie theatres rather than television; ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov makes his commercial television network debut starring in a nearly complete production of with The Nutcracker Gelsey Kirkland ; first telecast by CBS, it will become the most popular Nutcracker ever done on television; Franco Zeffirelli's miniseries premieres during Easter weekend on NBC; although highly acclaimed, it is nominated for only one Emmy that it does not win, perhaps due to competition from the fictionalized miniseries Jesus of Nazareth , which wins several Emmys; a new, made-for-TV production of the full-length Holocaust is shown on NBC-TV as a prime time special. It stars Our Town Hal Holbrook, Sada Thompson, Robby Benson, and Glynnis O'Connor; reaches the U.S., where it is telecast on I, Claudius and becomes one of their highest-rated miniseries; Masterpiece Theatre , the critically acclaimed Roots miniseries, first aired on ABC-TV, receiving 37 Emmy Award nominations and wining nine, while receiving unprecedented Nielsen ratings for the finale, which still holds a record as the third-highest-rated US television program.
: First broadcast of 1978 , An Ordinary Miracle , Abarembo Shogun , Battlestar Galactica , Dallas , Diff'rent Strokes , Fantasy Island , Grange Hill , Matador , Mork & Mindy , Pennies from Heaven , and Taxi ; the televised play 20/20 is performed; previously unavailable because of his blacklisting and controversial political beliefs, Deeply Regretted By... Paul Robeson's films begin to be shown on television, mostly on PBS; beginning in 1978 and continuing over the next seven years, PBS begins broadcasting , a series featuring all of BBC Shakespeare Shakespeare's plays, many of them nearly complete; operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti gives his first one-man television recital; after years of being third in the ratings, ABC Evening News begins to edge its way toward becoming the most-watched evening newscast as , with ABC World News Tonight Peter Jennings as sole anchor beginning in 1983; Jennings has been at ABC for years, but never anchored a successful newscast before; a new, filmed-on-location version of premieres on NBC, but this version will not have the longevity of the earlier productions; Amahl and the Night Visitors is temporarily revived. Jeopardy!
: First broadcast of 1979 , Benson , Blue Remembered Hills , Buck Rogers in the 25th Century , Hart to Hart , Knots Landing , Life on Earth , Los Ricos También Lloran , Real People , The Dukes of Hazzard , The Facts of Life , The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed , The Very Same Munchhausen , and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy ; Trapper John, M.D. ESPN and Nickelodeon launched, premieres, with its first host, CBS Sunday Morning Charles Kuralt; CBS airs for the first time on American network television and ABC-TV airs Rocky and a heavily edited Jaws for the first time on American network television; the film Taxi Driver is telecast by NBC, with its all-important sex scene between a quadriplegic and an able-bodied woman completely deleted by television censors; Coming Home is canceled again. Jeopardy!
: First broadcast of 1980 , Berlin Alexanderplatz , Magnum PI , Nightline and Strumpet City ; Yes Minister Cable News Network (CNN) launched; Jimmy Carter loses popularity, especially after his failure to end the Iran hostage crisis, and former actor and Governor of California Ronald Reagan is elected President of the United States in a landslide victory. Theatrical releases making their debut on American network television that year include on CBS and The Exorcist on ABC respectively. Saturday Night Fever
: First broadcast of 1981 , The Smurfs , Hill Street Blues , Dynasty and Only Fools and Horses ; Brideshead Revisited MTV launched; after twenty years, NBC cancels the Disney television program and it then moves briefly to CBS; Disney's is telecast for the first time, on CBS, as a three-hour special; Baryshnikov's Mary Poppins Nutcracker moves to PBS; Walter Cronkite retires from the and CBS Evening News Dan Rather becomes the new anchorman; from now on, it will become more and more possible to broadcast stereophonic sound in true high-fidelity on television.
: First broadcast of 1982 , Cheers , Family Ties , Brookside , The Mysterious Cities of Gold , Chiquilladas , Boys from the Blackstuff and Newhart ; St. Elsewhere Channel 4 launches in the UK; The Weather Channel launched; Leonard Bernstein appears in Bernstein/Beethoven on PBS and later A&E; the mini-series showcases all nine Beethoven symphonies, plus a few overtures, ballet music, and the Missa Solemnis; John Chancellor and David Brinkley both leave NBC Nightly News and Tom Brokaw becomes the new anchorman; the Royal Shakespeare Company's eight-and-a-half hour play is telecast in England, and is the longest stage production of a Dickens novel; it is telecast over four nights in the U.S. in 1983. On the ABC Television Network in America, Nicholas Nickleby makes its first time telecast, spread over two nights and including many outtakes and deleted scenes. Superman
: First broadcast of 1983 , The A-Team , Oshin , Auf Wiedersehen, Pet , Reading Rainbow , An Englishman Abroad and Blackadder ; Terrahawks Disney Channel launched; after years of being in "broadcast limbo" because of the MGM Technicolor remake as well as Paul Robeson's political beliefs, the way is cleared for the 1936 film version of "Show Boat" to be telecast; it appears on the cable network Showtime; in later years it will be telecast by PBS, Turner Network Television, and Turner Classic Movies, respectively; Laurence Olivier gives his last performance in a Shakespeare play when he stars in a BBC production of . When it is telecast in the U.S. in early 1984, he wins an King Lear Emmy Award for his performance. An adaptation of Herman Wouk's , telecast by ABC with an all-star cast, becomes the longest miniseries up to that time (approximately 15 hours) and ushers in an era of miniseries such as The Winds of War ; The Thorn Birds , the first made-for-TV film dealing with the aftermath of a nuclear war, is telecast as a three-hour special on ABC; CBS cancels the Disney program. The Day After
: First broadcast of 1984 , Murder, She Wrote , Miami Vice , The Cosby Show , Who's The Boss? , Night Court , Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends , La piovra and Heimat ; The Jewel in the Crown A&E launched; George C. Scott stars as Scrooge in an elaborately filmed-on-location production of . telecast on the A Christmas Carol ; the most successful incarnation of Hallmark Hall of Fame premieres and is still running as of 2014; Jeopardy! goes off the air after twenty-nine years. Captain Kangaroo
: First broadcast of 1985 , MacGyver , Edge of Darkness , EastEnders , and The Golden Girls ; the WWF Saturday Night's Main Event Discovery Channel is established.
: First broadcast of 1986 , The Oprah Winfrey Show , Double Dare , Dragon Ball , Vasko de Gama from Rupcha Village , Casualty Matlock, , Saint Seiya and The Singing Detective ; the Pingu Fox Broadcasting Company is launched, Perfect Strangers premieres; Disney's 1940 is telecast complete for the first time, on the Pinocchio Disney Channel. It will not come to commercial network TV until 2002; four nights of prime time telecasting on ABC are devoted to Liberty Weekend, the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty; world-famous pianist Vladimir Horowitz's historic Moscow recital is telecast live on CBS Sunday Morning at 9:00 A.M (which is 4:00 PM in Russia), and signals a rebirth of Horowitz's career; ABC revives the Disney program, in a two-hour format called The Disney Sunday Movies, which shows Disney films rather than shorter programs.
: First broadcast of 1987 , Full House , Ducktales , Thirtysomething , Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , Ramayan , Fireman Sam , Inspector Morse , The Bold and The Beautiful , Married... with Children and Star Trek: The Next Generation . 21 Jump Street (TV series)
: First broadcast of 1988 , Roseanne , Mystery Science Theater 3000 In the Heat of the Night, , Murphy Brown , Yo! MTV Raps and America's Most Wanted ; Mahabharat TNT (Turner Network Television) is launched; the Disney program moves back to NBC.
: First broadcast of 1989 , Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers , Baywatch , Seinfeld , Saved By The Bell , American Gladiators , Dekalog , Wallace and Gromit , Hey Dude , America's Funniest Home Videos , Quantum Leap , COPS , Shining Time Station , Family Matters , The Simpsons , Captain N: The Game Master ; The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! CNBC and Eurosport launched and premieres; a live stage production of TUGS is telecast for the first time by PBS; in a celebration of the fall of the Show Boat Berlin Wall, Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the last time, changing the German word for "joy" in the Ode to Joy to "freedom"; the concert is telecast on PBS on Christmas Day; it is Bernstein's last television appearance before his death; further Bernstein concerts and television programs will be released posthumously; Laurence Olivier and Vladimir Horowitz die; George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan's Vice President, is elected President of the United States.
: First broadcast of 1990 , TaleSpin , Beverly Hills, 90210 , In Living Color , The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , Wings , Law & Order , Tiny Toon Adventures , Twin Peaks , Bobby's World and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 ; Disney's Northern Exposure is telecast complete for the first time, on the Disney Channel; five days after announcing his retirement, Bambi Leonard Bernstein dies at his home; NBC cancels the Disney program.
: First broadcast of 1991 , Home Improvement , Darkwing Duck , Step by Step , Super Mario World , Nummer 28 , The Julekalender , Æon Flux , Doug , Rugrats , and the Ren and Stimpy tabloid talk show . The Jerry Springer Show
: First broadcast of 1992 , The Larry Sanders Show , Mad About You , Batman: The Animated Series , Barney & Friends , Martin , Cha Cha Cha , Sailor Moon , Melrose Place and X-Men: The Animated Series ; Absolutely Fabulous Cartoon Network launched; Bill Clinton is elected President of the United States.
: First broadcast of the 1993 , Late Show with David Letterman , Animaniacs , Beavis and Butt-head , Mighty Morphin Power Rangers , WWF Monday Night Raw , Boy Meets World , Cracker , The X-Files , seaQuest DSV , The Nanny , Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog ; the first made-for-TV production of the classic opera Frasier is telecast, first by the BBC, then by Porgy and Bess PBS; the highly acclaimed production is nominated for several Emmys.
: First broadcast of 1994 , Friends , The Kingdom , Space Ghost Coast to Coast , Spider-Man: The Animated Series , The Tick , ER and All That ; Gullah Gullah Island Turner Classic Movies, the first Turner-owned channel to show films uncut and without commercials, is launched; Charles Kuralt retires and Charles Osgood becomes the new host of CBS Sunday Morning; the complete 132-minute version of the 1935 film becomes available for the first time since the 1930s and is shown on cable; up until then it was generally the 117-minute edited version that was shown; A Midsummer Night's Dream Richard M. Nixon dies.
: First broadcast of 1995 , Father Ted , NileCity 105,6 , Star Trek: Voyager and JAG ; Neon Genesis Evangelion O. J. Simpson murder trial televised; The History Channel launched. The WB and UPN Networks launched.
: First broadcast of 1996 , Jamais deux sans toi...t , Percy tårar , Detective Conan , 3rd Rock from the Sun , Kenan & Kel , Blues Clues , Dexter's Laboratory , Arthur , Hey Arnold , Everybody Loves Raymond and The Daily Show ; first Our Friends in the North high-definition television broadcasts; Al Jazeera launched; first DVDs and DVD players go on sale; John Chancellor dies.
: First broadcast of 1997 , Pokémon , Fóstbræður , Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Un gars, une fille , King of the Hill , South Park , Teletubbies , Alles Kan Beter , Daria , The Angry Beavers , and Johnny Bravo ; ABC revives the Disney program and a third, heavily revised, and politically correct version of I'm Alan Partridge Rodgers and Hammerstein's is telecast on it; it features Cinderella Brandy Norwood in the title role and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother; Charles Kuralt dies; Bill Clinton is easily re-elected President of the United States; though a sex scandal threatens to bring down his Presidency and he is impeached, he survives the impeachment and goes on to a highly successful second term.
: First broadcast of 1998 , Dawson's Creek , Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain , Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? , Will & Grace , Charmed , One Piece , The Powerpuff Girls , Cowboy Bebop , That '70s Show , Sex and the City and The Royle Family ; The King of Queens Kenneth Branagh's four-hour is shown on cable TV for the first time; as of 2014, it has yet to be shown on one of the Big Three commercial networks; Hamlet is shown on CBS for the last time; because of the advent of home video and cable TV, the nightly commercial network anthology movie series such as The Wizard of Oz NBC Saturday Night at the Movies have gradually been phased out; the last to go is the , in 1998; ABC Sunday Night Movie Kingston Communications launches the first major video-on-demand service.
: First broadcast of 1999 , The Sopranos , SpongeBob SquarePants , Family Guy , Futurama , The West Wing , Digimon: Digital Monsters , The Amanda Show (Netherlands), Big Brother , Yo soy Betty, la fea , Freaks and Geeks , Trick , Ed, Edd n Eddy , Angel , and Who Wants to be a Millionaire in America; in the U.S., Sonic Underground is shown on cable TV for the first time, and its regular network showings will gradually be phased out; The Wizard of Oz Bhutan is the last country on Earth to begin regular broadcasts; first digital video recorders released by TiVo; rather than recreating his one-man show, Patrick Stewart stars with a full cast in a new production of Dickens's which deliberately tries to evoke the celebrated 1951 A Christmas Carol Alastair Sim film version in its style. It is first telecast on Turner Network Television.
: First broadcast of 2000 , CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , InuYasha , Summer Snow , Curb Your Enthusiasm , Survivor , Jackass , Beyblade , Even Stevens , Dora The Explorer Gilmore Girls and . A Town Called Panic
: First broadcast of 2001 , 24 , Scrubs , Band of Brothers , O Clone , The Secret Life of Us , The Legend of Condor Hero , The Fairly Odd Parents , Lizzie Mcguire , The Office , Samurai Jack , Yu-Gi-Oh! Smallville and ; Six Feet Under Adult Swim launched; the 9/11 attacks usher in a week of wall-to-wall television coverage on many channels, and because of the advent of cable TV, there is more to choose from than with earlier important news stories in past years; some commercial channels actually shut down temporarily as a sign of respect for the dead
: First broadcast of 2002 , American Idol , CSI: Miami , The Shield , City of Men , The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius , Madventures , Firefly , 100 Greatest Britons , Winter Sonata , Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and The Wire Naruto
: First broadcast of 2003 , Two and a Half Men , That's So Raven , Fullmetal Alchemist , Mythbusters , Dae Jang Geum , NCIS , All In , Little Britain , Peep Show , Arrested Development , and Los Serrano ; the U.S. invasion of Iraq begins and some of it is covered on television. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
: First broadcast of 2004 , Bleach , Desperate Housewives , ¡Anita, no te rajes! , Battlestar Galactica , Hassan and Habibah , Full House , Peppa Pig , Drake & Josh , Phil of the Future , Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide , Super Girl , House and Lost ; The X Factor Euro1080 launches the first high-definition television broadcast, Tom Brokaw retires and Brian Williams becomes the new anchorman of NBC Nightly News; Bob Keeshan, television's Captain Kangaroo, dies.
: First broadcast of 2005 , It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia , Grey's Anatomy , Spiral , Noghtechin , Dancing with the Stars , Ben 10 , The Closer , Bones , American Dad , Everybody Hates Chris , How I Met Your Mother , Criminal Minds , Deal or No Deal , The Suite Life of Zack & Cody , Supernatural , My Lovely Sam Soon , Jayezeye Bozorg , Noah's Ark , Sto Para Pente and Avatar: The Last Airbender ; first new series of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf in 16 years broadcast; Doctor Who Dan Rather is eased out of his job as anchorman of the CBS Evening News because of an alleged controversial journalistic incident; Bob Schieffer takes over the spot; Peter Jennings announces on the air that he has lung cancer, and retires from ABC World News Tonight to begin treatment; he dies a few months later.
: First broadcast of 2006 , Türkisch für Anfänger , Planet Earth , Jumong , Heroes , Dexter , Hannah Montana , Princess Hours and Code Geass ; the 30 Rock Netherlands is the first country to move to digital television; France 24 launched; HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc launched; Katie Couric becomes the new anchorperson of the CBS Evening News; Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas co-anchor ABC World News Tonight until Charles Gibson takes over later that year. The CW Television Network launched from the merger of The WB and UPN.
: First broadcast of 2007 , The Big Bang Theory , Gurren Lagann Chowder, The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince , Gossip Girl , iCarly , Wizards of Waverly Place , Golden Bride , The Killing , Mad Men , and Damages ; a writers' strike shuts down US scripted programming in November.
: First broadcast of 2008 , Breaking Bad , Sons of Anarchy , Total Drama , Vampire Knight , Generation Kill , Underbelly , El Cartel , Wipeout , Phineas and Ferb , The Suite Life on Deck , Fringe and The Inbetweeners ; first Radio Arvyla 3D TV broadcasts; the historical miniseries premieres on John Adams HBO and wins a record thirteen Emmys, more than any other miniseries ever made; except for occasional specials, the Disney program goes off the air on commercial television for good.
: First broadcast of 2009 , Pawn Stars , Tosh.0 , Jersey Shore , Castle , Modern Family , NCIS: Los Angeles , The Good Wife , Parenthood , Cougar Town , The Middle , and Glee ; Misfits Walter Cronkite dies; Charles Gibson retires and Diane Sawyer becomes the new anchorperson at ABC World News Tonight.
: First broadcast of 2010 , Adventure Time , Glass Home , Borgen , Sherlock , Hawaii Five-0 , Downton Abbey , Solsidan , My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic , Boardwalk Empire , Mike & Molly , Team Umizoomi , Regular Show , Good Luck Charlie and The Walking Dead ; Disney's The Voice of Holland is telecast complete for the first time, leaving only Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia as the only classic Disney films never telecast in their entirety, either on cable or on commercial TV. Song of the South
: First broadcast of 2011 , Game of Thrones , Switched at Birth , Jake and the Never Land Pirates , American Horror Story 2 Broke Girls, Homeland , and Once Upon a Time ; PBS telecasts a special CBS Evening News Lincoln Center concert in a 10th anniversary commemoration of the attacks of September 11, 2001; Katie Couric leaves the and Scott Pelley becomes the new anchorman; after being presumed lost for years, the complete 145-minute version of the 1948 Technicolor film Joan of Arc , starring Ingrid Bergman, is telecast on Turner Classic Movies for the first time; up until then, the film, which had been edited because it flopped at the box office, had been telecast only in a 100-minute version.
: First broadcast of 2012 , Duck Dynasty , Gravity Falls , Dog with a Blog , Girls , and Scandal ; Call the Midwife Super Bowl XLVI becomes the then most-watched program in the history of American television, with an average of 111.3 million viewers; , the first U.S. reality series starring disabled women, debuts on the Push Girls Sundance Channel; the cable network Disney Junior revives the Disney program.
: First broadcast of 2013 , The Blacklist , The Following (which debuts on House of Cards Netflix rather than cable or commercial TV), , Bates Motel , Broadchurch , and Hannibal ; Sleepy Hollow Push Girls returns for a second season.
: 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII breaks the record for most-watched program in the history of American television, with an average of 111.5 million viewers; First broadcast of and True Detective . Girl Meets World
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