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For the American TV schedule, see: 1962–63 United States network television schedule.
The year 1962 involved some significant events in television. Below is a list of notable events of that year.
- January 1
- March 24 – Boxer Benny Kid Paret falls unconscious at the hands of fellow boxer Emile Griffith during a boxing match telecast by ABC from Madison Square Garden, and officiated by Ruby Goldstein. Paret dies ten days later.
- April 16 – Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News; he will remain so for the next 19 years.
- May 27 - General Electric Theater airs its last episode on CBS.
- July 6 - Gay Byrne presents the first edition of The Late Late Show on RTÉ in the Republic of Ireland. Byrne goes on to present the show for 37 years, the longest period through which any individual hosts a televised talk show anywhere in the world, and the show itself becomes the world's second longest-running talk show.
- July 23 – First publicly available live transatlantic television broadcast via Telstar 1.
- August 24 - Indonesia begins the first television broadcast with the newly inaugurated TVRI (Televisi Republik Indonesia, the Television Channel of Indonesia). TVRI is the first national television network in Indonesia before 1989. The establishment of TVRI marked the Day of Indonesian National Television.
- September 1 – Channel Television, the ITV franchise for the Channel Islands, goes on air.
- September 9 - WNYS-TV (now WSYR-TV) signs-on the air, giving Syracuse, New York its first full-time ABC affiliate.
- September 14 – Wales West and North Television (Teledu Cymru) goes on air to the North and West Wales region, extending ITV to the whole of the UK.
- Broadcast of Sábados Alegres begins, program later becomes Sábados Gigantes
- Cigarette adverts are banned from children's programmes in the UK. Actors in these adverts now have to be over 21, and connection to social success is no longer allowed. The tobacco companies also start a policy of not advertising before 9pm.
- The U.S. All-Channel Receiver Act requires UHF tuners to be on all consumer sets (channels 14 through 83), as well as VHF.
- Zenith markets its first color TV, a 21" round screen set.
- American Bandstand (1952–1989)
- Armchair Theatre (UK) (1956–1968)
- As the World Turns (1956–2010)
- Ben Casey (1961–1966)
- Blue Peter (UK) (1958–present)
- Bonanza (1959–1973)
- Bozo the Clown (1949–present)
- Candid Camera (1948–present)
- Captain Kangaroo (1955–1984)
- Car 54, Where Are You? (1961–1963)
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–1995)
- Coronation Street (UK) (1960–present)
- Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
- Dixon of Dock Green (UK) (1955–1976)
- Face the Nation (1954–present)
- Four Corners (Australia) (1961–present)
- Grandstand (UK) (1958–2007)
- Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present)
- Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)
- Hazel (1961–1966)
- It's Academic (1961–present)
- Juke Box Jury (1959–1967, 1979, 1989–1990)
- Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
- Love of Life (1951–1980)
- Meet the Press (1947–present)
- Mister Ed (1961–1966)
- My Three Sons (1960–1972)
- Naked City (1958–1963)
- Opportunity Knocks (UK) (1956–1978)
- Panorama (UK) (1953–present)
- Perry Mason (1957–1966)
- Route 66 (1960–1964)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986)
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
- The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
- The Avengers (UK) (1961–1969)
- The Bell Telephone Hour (1959–1968)
- The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
- The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)
- The Edge of Night (1956–1984)
- The Flintstones (1960–1966)
- The Fulton Sheen Program (1961–1968)
- The Good Old Days (UK) (1953–1983)
- The Guiding Light (1952–2009)
- The Jack Benny Show (1950–1965)
- The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–1982)
- The Lucy Show (1962–1968) (CBS)
- The Mike Douglas Show (1961–1981)
- The Milton Berle Show (1954–1967)
- The Price Is Right (1956–1965)
- The Real McCoys (1957–1963)
- The Secret Storm (1954–1974)
- The Sky at Night (UK) (1957–present)
- The Today Show (1952–present)
- The Tonight Show (1954–present)
- The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
- The Untouchables (1959–1963)
- The Voice of Firestone (1949–1963)
- This Is Your Life (UK) (1955–2003)
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988)
- Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1961–1969)
- What the Papers Say (UK) (1956–2008)
- What's My Line (1950–1967)
- Zoo Quest (UK) (1954–1964)
- January 2 – Z-Cars (UK) on BBC Television (1962–1978)
- April 6 – Little Blue Light (Голубой огонёк, Goluboy ogonyok) in the Soviet Union (1962–present)
- April 17 – Brothers in Law (UK) on BBC Television (1962)
- July 6 – The Late Late Show (Ireland) on RTÉ (1962–present)
- September 3 – The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series on Syndication (1962–1963)
- September 19 – The Virginian on NBC, beginning a nine-year run, and is the first western to air in 90-minute installments (1962–1971)
- September 23 – The Jetsons on ABC (1962–1963, 1984–1985, 1987); the first program to air in color on the network
- September 26 – The Beverly Hillbillies premieres on CBS (1962–1971)
- October 1 – The Lucy Show on CBS (1962–1968); The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on NBC (1962–1992); Discovery on ABC (1962–1971)
- October 2 – Combat! on ABC (1962–1967)
- October 4 – The Saint (UK) on ITV (1962–1969)
- October 11 – McHale's Navy on ABC (1962–1966)
- December 31 – Match Game on NBC (1962–1969, 1973–1984, 1990–1991, 1998–1999, 2016–present)
- To Tell the Truth on CTV (1962–1964)
Ending this year
|January 6||The Yogi Bear Show||1961|
|March 25||Bus Stop|
|September 12||The Alvin Show|
|September 28||The Brighter Day||1954|
|Unknown||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||1955|
|The Quick Draw McGraw Show||1959|
|January 13||Ernie Kovacs||42||Comic actor, director, writer, composer|
|February 8||Myron McCormick||54||Stage actor, radio actor and film actor|
|February 27||Willie Best||45||Actor|
|March 1||Roscoe Ates||67|
|June 19||Will Wright||68|
|August 5||Marilyn Monroe||36||Iconic sex symbol, actress|
|October 2||Frank Lovejoy||50||Actor|
|October 26||Louise Beavers||60||Actress|
|December 16||Lew Landers||61||Director|
|December 17||Thomas Mitchell||70||Actor|