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The year 1944 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1944.
- May 22 – The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increases its limits for single ownership of television stations from three to five.
- May 25 – First commercial U.S. telecast by relay. Eddie Cantor is broadcast from NBC's Manhattan station WNBT to Philco's Philadelphia station WPTZ, via an automatic relay tower halfway between the two cities. (The AT&T corporation's coaxial cable between the cities is unavailable because of the war.) NBC stops broadcasting Cantor in the middle of his rendition of the song "We're Having a Baby, My Baby and Me" when it finds some of the lyrics and his gestures "objectionable."
- August 16
- Paris télévision – Fernsehsender Paris stops broadcasting. Broadcasting is resumed by the new French government in October 1944 under the name Télévision française with the same technical equipment.
- John Logie Baird demonstrates the world's first color television picture tube. Color movies are shown from a flying-spot scanner.
- The War As It Happens, an early news show debuts (1944-1945)
- At Home, variety series (1944-1945)
- Missus Goes a Shopping, a game series, premieres (1944–1949)
- The World in Your Home, an educational series, (1944–1948)
- Opinions on Trial, a discussion series (1944-1945?)
- Will You Remember?, a music series (1944-1945)
|Thrills and Chills Everywere||August 27, 1941||June 4, 1946|
|The Face of the War||September 12, 1941||1945|
|The Voice of Firestone Televues||1943||1947|
|The War As It Happens||February 21, 1944||1945|
|Missus Goes a Shopping||August 1, 1944||1949|
|The World in Your Home||1944||1948|
|Will You Remember?||1944||1945?|
|Opinions on Trial||1944||1945?|
- January 6 – Bonnie Franklin, actress and director, One Day at a Time (died 2013)
- January 10 - William Sanderson, actor, Newhart, Deadwood, True Blood
- January 19 – Shelley Fabares, actress and singer, The Donna Reed Show, Coach
- January 23 – Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor
- February 3 – Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
- February 8 – Roger Lloyd-Pack, English actor (died 2014)
- February 13 – Stockard Channing, actress, The West Wing
- February 28 - Kelly Bishop, actress, Gilmore Girls
- February 29 – Dennis Farina, actor, Crime Story, Law & Order (died 2013)
- March 26 – Diana Ross, singer and actress
- March 28 – Ken Howard, actor, The White Shadow (died 2016)
- April 4 – Craig T. Nelson, actor, Coach, The District, Parenthood
- April 8 – Hywel Bennett, Welsh actor, Shelley (died 2017)
- April 29 – Richard Kline, actor and director, Three's Company
- May 5 - John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor, Sliders
- May 14 – George Lucas, director and producer
- June 4 – Michelle Phillips, singer and actress
- June 20 - John McCook, actor, The Bold and the Beautiful
- July 8 – Jeffrey Tambor, actor, The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development, Transparent
- July 12 - Denise Nicholas, actress, Room 222, In the Heat of the Night
- July 15 – Jan-Michael Vincent, actor, Airwolf
- August 4 - Richard Belzer, actor, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- August 7
- August 11 – Ian McDiarmid, Scottish actor
- August 13 – Kevin Tighe, actor, Emergency!
- August 25 - Anthony Heald, actor, Boston Public
- September 6 - Swoosie Kurtz, actress, Sisters
- September 13 – Jacqueline Bisset, English actress
- September 16 - Linda Kaye Henning, actress, Petticoat Junction
- September 21 - Fannie Flagg, actress, Match Game
- September 25 - Michael Douglas, actor, producer, The Streets of San Francisco
- October 28 – Dennis Franz, actor, NYPD Blue
- November 16 - Jay Hammer, actor, Guiding Light
- November 17 – Danny DeVito, actor, director and producer, Taxi, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- December 2 – Cathy Lee Crosby, actress and host, That's Incredible!
- December 11 – Lynda Day George, actress, Mission: Impossible
- December 17 – Bernard Hill, English actor
- December 19 - Tim Reid, actor
- Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2009-06-24). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 9780307483201.