1966 in television

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The year 1966 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in that year.


Also in 1966
  • The 1951–53 CBS sitcom Amos & Andy is pulled from syndication broadcast due to complaints from civil rights organizations.
  • Macdonald Carey starts reciting the epigram "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives" at the beginning of his soap opera, Days of Our Lives, a tradition that continues today, over a decade after his death.



Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 4 Rawhide 1959
January 8 Shindig! 1964
February 6 Mister Ed 1961
March 19 The Donna Reed Show 1958
March 21 Ben Casey 1961
April 1 The Flintstones 1960
April 7 Danger Man (UK) 1964
April 8 The Addams Family
April 12 McHale's Navy 1962
May 4 The Patty Duke Show 1963
May 8 This Hour Has Seven Days 1964
May 12 The Munsters
May 22 Perry Mason 1957
June 1 The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961
July 3 Ultra Q (Japan) 1966
August 29 Hullabaloo 1965
September 3 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 1952
September 4 My Favorite Martian 1963
October 23 Peter Potamus 1964
October 14 Showdown & Chain Letter 1966
December 16 WJW-TV's Shock Theater 1963
December 23 Ready Steady Go!


Date Name Notability
January 13 Patrick Dempsey Actor (Grey's Anatomy)
January 17 Joshua Malina Actor (Sports Night, The West Wing, Scandal)
January 20 Rainn Wilson Actor and comedian (Dwight Schrute on The Office)
February 13 Neal McDonough Actor (Band of Brothers, Desperate Housewives, Justified)
February 19 Justine Bateman Actress (Family Ties)
February 22 Rachel Dratch Actress (Saturday Night Live)
February 25 Alexis Denisof Actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
Téa Leoni Actress (Madam Secretary)
February 27 Donal Logue Canadian-American actor (Grounded for Life, Sons of Anarchy, Vikings)
Gregg Rainwater Actor (The Young Riders)
March 14 Elise Neal Actress (The Hughleys)
Gary Anthony Williams Actor (The Boondocks)
March 22 Eric Bruskotter Actor (Tour of Duty)
March 23 Marin Hinkle Actress (Once and Again, Two and a Half Men)
March 26 Michael Imperioli Actor (The Sopranos)
April 4 Nancy McKeon Actress (The Facts of Life)
April 8 Robin Wright Actress (Santa Barbara, House of Cards)
April 9 Cynthia Nixon Actress (Sex and the City)
April 10 Brad William Henke Actor (Nikki, Going to California, October Road)
April 22 Jeffrey Dean Morgan Actor (Supernatural, The Good Wife, The Walking Dead)
May 1 Charlie Schlatter Actor (Diagnosis: Murder, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil)
May 12 Stephen Baldwin Actor (The Young Riders)
May 17 Hill Harper Actor (CSI: NY)
May 20 Mindy Cohn Actress (The Facts of Life)
May 21 Lisa Edelstein Actress (House, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce)
May 23 H. Jon Benjamin Actor (Bob's Burgers)
June 8 Julianna Margulies Actress (ER, The Good Wife)
June 14 Traylor Howard Actress (Two Guys and a Girl, Monk)
June 28 Sara Stewart Actress (Sugar Rush)
June 30 Mike Tyson Boxer
July 2 Kathryn Erbe Actress (Oz, Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
July 3 Sandra Lee Author, chef/host
July 9 Pamela Adlon Actress (King of the Hill, Recess, Time Squad, Squirrel Boy)
July 11 Debbe Dunning Actress (Home Improvement)
Greg Grunberg Actor (Felicity, Alias, Heroes)
July 14 Matthew Fox Actor (Party of Five, Lost)
July 15 Amanda Foreman Actress (Felicity)
Kristoff St. John Actor (The Young and the Restless) (died. 2019)
July 19 Nancy Carell Actress, comedian (Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Office) and wife of Steve Carell
July 29 Richard Steven Horvitz Actor (The Angry Beavers, Invader Zim, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Squirrel Boy, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil)
July 31 Dean Cain Actor (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)
August 9 Patrick Petersen Actor (Knots Landing)
August 14 Halle Berry Actress (Living Dolls)
August 25 Robert Maschio Actor (Scrubs)
August 30 Michael Michele Actress (Homicide: Life on the Street, ER)
September 2 Tuc Watkins Actor (One Life to Live, Desperate Housewives)
September 9 Adam Sandler Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live)
September 12 Darren E. Burrows Actor (Northern Exposure)
September 23 LisaRaye Actress (All of Us)
September 29 Jill Whelan Actress (The Love Boat)
October 6 Jacqueline Obradors Actress (NYPD Blue)
October 8 Karyn Parsons Actress (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
October 11 Luke Perry Actor (Beverly Hills, 90210, Riverdale) (died. 2019)
October 19 Roger Cross Jamaican-born Canadian actor (24)
October 26 Steve Valentine Actor (Crossing Jordan)
October 28 Andy Richter Talk show announcer and comedian (Late Night, Conan)
October 28 Chris Bauer Actor
October 31 Mike O'Malley Actor (Yes, Dear, Glee)
November 2 David Schwimmer Actor (Ross on Friends)
November 6 Peter DeLuise Actor, director and screenwriter (21 Jump Street)
November 15 Rachel True Actress (Half & Half)
November 26 Garcelle Beauvais Actress (NYPD Blue, The Jamie Foxx Show)
December 4 Fred Armisen Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, Documentary Now!)
December 8 Matthew Labyorteaux Actor (Little House on the Prairie)
December 9 Toby Huss Actor (The Adventures of Pete & Pete, King of the Hill)
December 11 Gary Dourdan Actor (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
December 15 Molly Price Actress (Third Watch)
December 21 Michelle Hurd Actress (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Kiefer Sutherland Canadian actor (24, Designated Survivor) and son of Donald Sutherland
Kari Turner Actress (JAG)
December 27 Bill Goldberg WCW wrestler
Eva LaRue Model and actress (All My Children, CSI: Miami)


Date Name Age Notability
March 3 Alice Pearce 48 Actress (Gladys Kravitz No. 1 on Bewitched)
William Frawley 79 Actor (Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy and Bub O'Casey on My Three Sons)
June 19 Ed Wynn 79 Actor, comedian (The Ed Wynn Show)
September 14 Gertrude Berg 66 Actress (The Goldbergs)
September 28 Eric Fleming 41 Actor (Gil Favor on Rawhide)
December 15 Walt Disney 65 Founder of Walt Disney Productions (host of Disney TV series)

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