||The weekly overnight news program World News Now debuts on ABC.
||The Days of Our Lives nighttime special One Stormy Night is broadcast by NBC.
||Barney & Friends debuts on PBS.
||The Cosby Show series finale.
|The Nickelodeon time capsule was buried at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.
||After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time.
||Jay Leno debuted as host of The Tonight Show.
||The final Hee Haw airs in syndication.
||WNBC New York dropped the "-TV" suffix from its call letters (following the sale in 1988 of its sister radio station WNBC-AM by NBC's then-parent company General Electric) in favor of the new branding slogan "4 New York". The accompanying station image campaign was titled We're 4 New York and featured a musical theme composed by Edd Kalehoff. The campaign is revived two times, one is during the 2002 Winter Olympics and the recent one in 2007.
||Presidential candidate Bill Clinton appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show. Clinton even played the saxophone with the band.
||Another World broadcasts its first and only primetime episode, named Summer Desire, right before the Daytime Emmy Awards.
||Family Feud on CBS with Ray Combs becomes the hour-long Family Feud Challenge.
||After Growing Pains actress Tracey Gold loses a massive amount of weight due to anorexia nervosa, she was placed in hospital care (as a result, she is written out of most of the final episodes).
||Nickelodeon began a Saturday night programming block called SNICK.
||Scared Silent: Ending and Exposing Child Abuse, a one-hour live special, was hosted by Oprah Winfrey.
||NY1, a 24-hour news channel dedicated to New York City, launches.
||NBC is the first network to cancel all their Saturday morning cartoons in favor of four shows, Saved By The Bell, California Dreams, NBA Inside Stuff, and Name Your Adventure under the TNBC banner. A weekend version of Today is also added. Animated programming would return to NBC in 2006.
||Square One TV is resumed for its fifth and final season.
||The Sci-Fi Channel launches with a broadcast of Star Wars.
||Marlon Wayans and Alexandra Wentworth joined the cast of In Living Color. Wayans only joins the cast for 13 episodes. Wentworth joins the cast full-time this season, and the 1993–94 season (the fifth and final season).
||The Turner Broadcasting System's Cartoon Network goes on the air.
||Sinéad O'Connor caused controversy when she rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live.
||Kristy McNichol's last episode of Empty Nest, entitled The Boomerang Affair, was broadcast. (McNichol would return for the series finale in 1995.)
||Texas billionaire Ross Perot bought blocks of TV time for his presidential campaign.
||The Seinfeld episode "The Contest" was broadcast. (It was somewhat controversial, but would later win an Emmy Award, as well as be named the number one episode of all time by TV Guide.)
||The TV movie Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style was broadcast by NBC.
||The Young and the Restless broadcast its 5,000th episode. In celebration of this promotion, The Price is Right featured a Y&R-themed Showcase.
The following shows aired new episodes on a different network than previous first-run episodes:
||Actor (Zeke and Luther)
||Canadian actor (Victorious)
||Actor (Bates Motel)
||Actress (Awkward.) and daughter of Kelsey Grammer
||Meaghan Jette Martin
||Actress (10 Things I Hate About You, Awkward.) and singer
||Actor (I'm in the Band)
||Caitlin EJ Meyer
|Jessie T. Usher
||Actor (Level Up)
||Actress (Hannah Montana, Young & Hungry)
||English actress (Harry Potter)
||Actress (Once Upon a Time)
||Actress (Without a Trace, Chasing Life)
||Actress (The Fosters)
||Actress (Zoey 101, The Walking Dead)
||Actress (Days of Our Lives)
||Actress (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
||Actor (Tyler Perry's House of Payne, The Suite Life on Deck, Pair of Kings)
||Actress (The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Scream Queens) and singer
||English actress (House of Anubis)
||Actor (K.C. Undercover)
||Actor (Center of the Universe)
||Irish actor (Game of Thrones)
||Actor (Zeke and Luther)
||Actress (Phineas and Ferb, Adventure Time)
||Actress and model
||English actor (House of Anubis)
||Actress (The Naked Brothers Band)
||Actor (Rex Salazar on Generator Rex)
||Actor (How to Rock)
||Actress (Just Jordan, Good Luck Charlie)
||Actress (iCarly, Sam & Cat, Between)
||Spanish actress (House of Anubis)
||Actor (Days of Our Lives)
||Actress (Scream Queens) and daughter of Carrie Fisher
||Actress and singer (Wizards of Waverly Place)
||Actor (Lab Rats)
||Hallie Kate Eisenberg
||Actress (Pepsi commercials)
||Dylan and Cole Sprouse
||Actors (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck)
||Canadian actor (House of Anubis)
||English actress, model
||Actress (As the Bell Rings, Sonny with a Chance, The X Factor) and singer
||Actor (House of Anubis)
||Actor (Jonas L.A., Scream Queens) and singer (Jonas Brothers)
||Actor (The Secret Saturdays, Suburgatory, The Goldbergs)
||Actor (United States of Tara)
||Tyler James Williams
||Actor (Everybody Hates Chris)
||Actor (Everybody Hates Chris, Phineas and Ferb)
||Actress (General Hospital)
||Actor (Everybody Hates Chris, General Hospital)
||Actress (The Young and the Restless, Scoundrels, Switched at Birth)
||Actress (Hannah Montana) and singer
||Actor (Zeke and Luther, Pair of Kings)
||Actress (Wizards of Waverly Place, Good Luck Charlie, Undateable) and singer
||Michael Eric Reid