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The year 1949 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1949.
- January 3: Colgate Theatre premieres on NBC.
- January 11: A two-hour special on all American networks celebrates the linking of the eastern and midwestern networks via coaxial cable.
- January 21: Your Show Time becomes the first filmed dramatic series on American network television.
- January 31: The first Emmy Awards are presented and broadcast on television from Los Angeles.
- May: The first telethon, benefitting the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund, is hosted by Milton Berle and lasts for 24 hours.
- August 25: RCA announces the development of a compatible color TV system.
- December 17: The Sutton Coldfield television transmitter is opened in the English Midlands, making it the first part of the UK outside London to receive BBC Television.
- December 29: KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
- First television broadcasts begin in Cuba.
- For the first time, the Sears & Roebuck catalog includes televisions.
- January 16: ABC Television Players, a dramatic anthology, debuts on ABC (1949).
- January 17: The Goldbergs, a situation comedy, debuts on CBS (1949–55).
- May 5: Series Stop the Music debuts on American Broadcasting Company for a five-year run over seven years.
- June 27: Captain Video and His Video Rangers, apparently the first science fiction series televised, debuts.
- July 15: This Is Show Business, panel discussion program, premieres on CBS (1949–54; 1956).
- September 28: Photocrime, detective program, premieres on ABC (1949).
- September 29: Come Dancing, a ballroom dancing competition, is first broadcast by the BBC (1949–95).
- Martin Kane, Private Eye premieres on NBC, becoming the first detective series televised (1949–54).
- The Voice of Firestone premieres (1949–63).
- Bozo the Clown premieres (1949–present).
- The Lone Ranger premieres on ABC (1949–57).
- January 1: KTTV, Los Angeles, California, begins broadcasting.
- March 21: WTVJ signs on the air becoming the first television station in the state of Florida.
|Picture Page (UK)||October 8, 1936||1939|
|Starlight (UK)||November 3, 1936||1939|
|For The Children (UK)||April 24, 1937||1939|
|July 7, 1946||1950|
|The Voice of Firestone Televues||1943||1947|
|Missus Goes A Shopping||August 1, 1944||1949|
|Kaleidoscope (UK)||November 2, 1946||1953|
|Gillette Cavalcade of Sports||November 8, 1946||June 24, 1960|
|Muffin the Mule (UK)||1946||1955|
|Television Screen Magazine||1946||1949|
|You Are an Artist||1946||1950|
|Doorway to Fame||May 2, 1947||July 4, 1949|
|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|
|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|
|Stop Me If You've Heard This One||March 4, 1948||April 22, 1949|
|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|
|Champagne and Orchids||September 6, 1948||January 10, 1949|
|Stained Glass Windows||September 26, 1948||October 16, 1949|
|Ford Theatre||October 17, 1948||July 10, 1957|
|The Growing Paynes||October 20, 1948||August 3, 1949|
|The Adventures of Oky Doky||November 4, 1948||May 26, 1949|
|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|
|The Bigelow Show||1948||1949|
|Break the Bank||1948||1957|
|Celebrity Time||1948||September 1952|
|The Philco Television Playhouse||1948||1955|
|Winner Take All||1948||1952|
|The Goldbergs||January 17, 1949||1956|
|These Are My Children||January 31, 1949||February 25, 1949|
|A Woman to Remember||February 21, 1949||July 15, 1949|
|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 Family Genius||September 1949||September 1949|
|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|
|Let There Be Stars||October 6, 1949||November 27, 1949|
|The Ruggles||November 3, 1949||June 19, 1952|
|One Man's Family||November 4, 1949||June 21, 1952|
|March 1, 1954||April 1, 1955|
|The Admiral Broadway Revue||1949||1949|
|Arthur Godfrey and His Friends||1949||1959|
|Follow That Man||1949||1956|
Programs ending during 1949
|January 10||Champagne and Orchids||1948|
|May 26||The Adventures of Oky Doky|
|June 23||King Cole's Birthday Party||1947|
|Doorway to Fame|
|The Bigelow Show|
|Missus Goes A-Shopping||1944|
|Television Screen Magazine|
Changes of network affiliation
|Show||Moved from||Moved to|
|January 7||Steven Williams||actor, (21 Jump Street)|
|January 8||Anne Schedeen||actress, (ALF)|
|January 13||Brandon Tartikoff||executive (died 1997)|
|January 16||Caroline Munro||English actress and model|
|January 17||Andy Kaufman||actor and comedian (died 1984)|
|January 24||John Belushi||actor and comedian, (Saturday Night Live) (died 1982)|
|February 2||Brent Spiner||actor, (Star Trek: The Next Generation)|
|February 3||Brenda Dickson||actress, (The Young and the Restless)|
|February 8||Brooke Adams||actress|
|February 9||Judith Light||actress, (One Life to Live, Who's The Boss?)|
|February 18||Jess Walton||actress, (The Young and the Restless)|
|February 28||Ilene Graff||actress and singer, (Mr. Belvedere)|
|March 2||Gates McFadden||actress and choreographer, (Star Trek: The Next Generation)|
|March 16||Erik Estrada||actor, (CHiPs)|
|Victor Garber||Canadian actor and singer, (Alias, Legends of Tomorrow)|
|March 17||Patrick Duffy||actor, (Dallas, Step by Step)|
|March 26||Vicki Lawrence||actress and comedian, (The Carol Burnett Show, Mama's Family)|
|Ernest Lee Thomas||actor, (What's Happening!!, What's Happening Now!!)|
|April 14||John Shea||actor|
|April 20||Veronica Cartwright||English-born actress|
|April 23||Joyce DeWitt||actress, (Three's Company)|
|April 28||Paul Guilfoyle||actor, (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)|
|May 1||Douglas Barr||actor, (The Fall Guy)|
|May 9||Billy Joel||American singer-songwriter|
|Beverly Penberthy||Actress (Another World)|
|May 26||Philip Michael Thomas||actor, (Miami Vice)|
|June 12||Roger Aaron Brown||actor, (The District)|
|June 15||Jim Varney||actor and comedian (died 2000)|
|June 16||Geoff Pierson||actor, (Ryan's Hope, Unhappily Ever After, Dexter)|
|June 22||Lindsay Wagner||actress, (The Bionic Woman)|
|June 25||Kene Holliday||actor, (Matlock)|
|July 3||Jan Smithers||actress, (WKRP in Cincinnati)|
|July 10||Mark Shera||actor, (Barnaby Jones, S.W.A.T.)|
|July 11||Jay Johnson||ventriloquist, actor, (Soap)|
|July 24||Michael Richards||actor, (Seinfeld)|
|August 21||Loretta Devine||actress and singer, (Boston Public, Grey's Anatomy)|
|August 23||Rick Springfield||Australian singer-songwriter and actor|
|Shelley Long||actress, (Cheers)|
|August 24||Joe Regalbuto||actress, (Murphy Brown)|
|August 25||John Savage||actor, (Dark Angel)|
|September 10||Bill O'Reilly||television journalist, host, (The O'Reilly Factor)|
|September 16||Ed Begley, Jr.||actor, (St. Elsewhere)|
|September 23||Bruce Springsteen||American singer-songwriter|
|September 25||Anson Williams||actor and director, (Happy Days)|
|September 30||Ann Risley||actress and comedian, (Saturday Night Live)|
|October 9||Shera Danese||actress, (Columbo)|
|October 14||Katy Manning||English actress|
|November 1||Belita Moreno||actress, (Perfect Strangers, George Lopez)|
|November 4||Berlinda Tolbert||actress, (The Jeffersons)|
|November 5||Armin Shimerman||actor, (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)|
|November 6||Nigel Havers||English actor|
|November 23||Jerry verDorn||Soap opera actor (Guiding Light, One Life to Live)|
|November 24||Damon Evans||actor, (The Jeffersons)|
|November 29||Garry Shandling||actor and comedian, (The Larry Sanders Show) (died 2016)|
|December 2||Ron Raines||American actor, (Guiding Light)|
|December 3||Heather Menzies||Canadian actress, (Logan's Run) (died 2017)|
|December 4||Pamela Stephenson||New Zealand actress and comedian|
|December 15||Don Johnson||actor, (Miami Vice, Nash Bridges)|
|December 21||Michael Horse||actor, (Twin Peaks)|
- Irvin, Richard (2018). The Early Shows: A Reference Guide to Network and Syndicated PrimeTime Television Series from 1944 to 1949. BearManor Media. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 619. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- "KTTV Opens" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 3, 1949. p. 31. Retrieved 16 August 2017.