1992 in American television

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The year 1992 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1992.


Date Event
January 6 The weekly overnight news program World News Now debuts on ABC.
January 10 The Days of Our Lives nighttime special One Stormy Night is broadcast by NBC.
April 6 Barney & Friends debuts on PBS.
April 30 The Cosby Show series finale.
The Nickelodeon time capsule was buried at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.
May 22 After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time.
May 25 Jay Leno debuted as host of The Tonight Show.
May 30 The final Hee Haw airs in syndication.
June 1 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.
June 3 Presidential candidate Bill Clinton appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show. Clinton even played the saxophone with the band.
June 23 Another World broadcasts its first and only primetime episode, named Summer Desire, right before the Daytime Emmy Awards.
June 29 Family Feud on CBS with Ray Combs becomes the hour-long Family Feud Challenge.
August 7 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).
August 15 Nickelodeon began a Saturday night programming block called SNICK.
September 4 Scared Silent: Ending and Exposing Child Abuse, a one-hour live special, was hosted by Oprah Winfrey.
September 8 NY1, a 24-hour news channel dedicated to New York City, launches.
September 12 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.
September 21 Square One TV is resumed for its fifth and final season.
September 24 The Sci-Fi Channel launches with a broadcast of Star Wars.
September 27 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).
October 1 The Turner Broadcasting System's Cartoon Network goes on the air.
October 3 Sinéad O'Connor caused controversy when she rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live.
October 17 Kristy McNichol's last episode of Empty Nest, entitled The Boomerang Affair, was broadcast. (McNichol would return for the series finale in 1995.)
November 1 Texas billionaire Ross Perot bought blocks of TV time for his presidential campaign.
November 18 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.)
November 27 The TV movie Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style was broadcast by NBC.
December 1 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.


Debuting this year[edit]

Date Show Network
January 6 World News Now ABC
January 10 Hearts Are Wild CBS
January 17 Tequila and Bonetti
January 29 Nightmare Cafe NBC
January 31 Billy ABC
February 28 Scorch CBS
March 7 The Powers That Be NBC
March 24 Room for Two ABC
March 31 Dateline NBC NBC
April 5 Mann & Machine
Stand By Your Man Fox
April 6 Barney & Friends PBS
April 11 Code 3 Fox
April 17 Sightings
May 21 The Real World MTV
May 25 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC
May 30 Julie ABC
June 24 Raven CBS
July 8 Melrose Place Fox
August 15 The Larry Sanders Show HBO
Roundhouse Nickelodeon
August 16 Secret Service NBC
August 27 The Heights Fox
September 5 Batman: The Animated Series Fox Kids
Goof Troop Syndication and ABC
September 10 Lamb Chop's Play-Along PBS
September 11 The Little Mermaid CBS
September 12 Fievel's American Tails
Raw Toonage
The Addams Family ABC
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa
California Dreams TNBC
Name Your Adventure
Eek! The Cat Fox Kids
September 13 Flying Blind Fox
September 14 Hearts Afire CBS
September 15 Delta ABC
September 16 The Hat Squad CBS
September 18 Bob
The Golden Palace
Picket Fences
Camp Wilder ABC
Final Appeal NBC
The Round Table
September 19 The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys CBS Toontastic
Beakman's World
Nickelodeon Guts Nickelodeon
The Plucky Duck Show Fox Kids
September 20 Great Scott! Fox
September 21 Love & War CBS
The Further Adventures of Zook & Alison from Square One TV PBS
September 22 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper ABC
September 23 Mad About You NBC
September 24 Street Stories with Ed Bradley CBS
Rhythm & Blues NBC
September 25 What Happened?
September 26 Dog City Fox Kids
September 27 The Ben Stiller Show Fox
September 30 Laurie Hill ABC
October 4 Ghostwriter PBS
Great Scott! Fox
October 5 Born Lucky Lifetime
October 17 I Witness Video NBC
October 31 X-Men Fox Kids

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 3 Pacific Station 1991
January 4 P.S. I Luv U
January 11 Super Mario World
January 24 Best of the Worst
March 2 James Bond Jr.
March 5 Drexell's Class
March 13 Candid Camera
Hearts Are Wild 1992
March 19 Danger Mouse 1981
April 3 Nightmare Cafe 1992
April 12 Eerie, Indiana 1991
April 17 Tequila and Bonetti 1992
April 25 Growing Pains 1985
Who's The Boss? 1984
April 30 The Cosby Show
May 6 Jake and the Fatman 1987
Sibs 1991
May 7 Beetlejuice 1989
May 9 The Golden Girls 1985
May 13 The Royal Family 1991
May 17 Superboy 1988
May 21 MacGyver 1985
May 22 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962
May 31 Night Court 1984
The Adventures of Mark & Brian 1991
June 3 Anything but Love 1989
June 11 McGee and Me!
June 29 Salute Your Shorts 1991
July 4 Billy 1992
July 13 Man of the People 1991
July 14 Mann & Machine 1992
July 22 Dear John 1988
October 24 Rhythm & Blues 1992
November 5 WWE Saturday Night's Main Event 1985
November 6 Square One TV 1987
November 26 The Heights 1992
November 28 Good Morning, Mickey! 1983
The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys 1992
November 29 Great Scott!
December 5 Fievel's American Tails
Raw Toonage
December 12 The Plucky Duck Show
Darkwing Duck 1991
December 26 Widget the World Watcher 1990

Changing networks[edit]

The following shows aired new episodes on a different network than previous first-run episodes:

Show Moved From Moved To
Hi Honey, I'm Home! ABC Nick at Nite
Davis Rules CBS
In the Heat of the Night NBC
Matlock ABC
Muppet Babies CBS Nick Jr.
Tiny Toon Adventures Fox Kids


Date Name Notability
January 17 Nate Hartley Actor (Zeke and Luther)
February 9 Avan Jogia Canadian actor (Victorious)
February 11 Taylor Lautner Actor
February 14 Freddie Highmore Actor (Bates Motel)
February 15 Greer Grammer Actress (Awkward.) and daughter of Kelsey Grammer
February 17 Meaghan Jette Martin Actress (10 Things I Hate About You, Awkward.) and singer
February 18 Logan Miller Actor (I'm in the Band)
Melinda Shankar Canadian actress
February 29 Caitlin EJ Meyer Actress
Jessie T. Usher Actor (Level Up)
March 7 Justin Kelly Canadian actress
March 10 Emily Osment Actress (Hannah Montana, Young & Hungry)
March 15 Anna Shaffer English actress (Harry Potter)
March 23 Vanessa Morgan Canadian actress
March 25 Elizabeth Lail Actress (Once Upon a Time)
March 26 Haley Ramm Actress (Without a Trace, Chasing Life)
March 30 Caitlin Carver Actress (The Fosters)
April 4 Alexa Nikolas Actress (Zoey 101, The Walking Dead)
April 8 Shelby Young Actress (Days of Our Lives)
April 10 Daisy Ridley British actress
April 13 Emma Degerstedt Actress (Unfabulous)
April 18 Chloe Bennet Actress (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
April 24 Doc Shaw Actor (Tyler Perry's House of Payne, The Suite Life on Deck, Pair of Kings)
May 4 Courtney Jines Actress
Grace Phipps Actress (The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Scream Queens) and singer
May 8 Ana Mulvoy-Ten English actress (House of Anubis)
May 17 Ross Butler Actor (K.C. Undercover)
May 18 Spencer Breslin Actor (Center of the Universe)
May 19 Sam Smith English singer
May 20 Jack Gleeson Irish actor (Game of Thrones)
May 21 Hutch Dano Actor (Zeke and Luther)
Olivia Olson Actress (Phineas and Ferb, Adventure Time)
June 10 Kate Upton Actress and model
June 11 Eugene Simon English actor (House of Anubis)
June 12 Allie DiMeco Actress (The Naked Brothers Band)
June 14 Daryl Sabara Actor (Rex Salazar on Generator Rex)
June 21 Max Schneider Actor (How to Rock)
June 24 Raven Goodwin Actress (Just Jordan, Good Luck Charlie)
June 26 Jennette McCurdy Actress (iCarly, Sam & Cat, Between)
July 3 Nathalia Ramos Spanish actress (House of Anubis)
July 13 Dylan Patton Actor (Days of Our Lives)
July 17 Billie Lourd Actress (Scream Queens) and daughter of Carrie Fisher
July 22 Selena Gomez Actress and singer (Wizards of Waverly Place)
July 28 Spencer Boldman Actor (Lab Rats)
August 2 Hallie Kate Eisenberg Actress (Pepsi commercials)
August 4 Dylan and Cole Sprouse Actors (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck)
August 9 Burkely Duffield Canadian actor (House of Anubis)
August 12 Cara Delevingne English actress, model
August 20 Demi Lovato Actress (As the Bell Rings, Sonny with a Chance, The X Factor) and singer
August 21 Brad Kavanagh Actor (House of Anubis)
August 27 Blake Jenner Actor (Glee)
September 16 Nick Jonas Actor (Jonas L.A., Scream Queens) and singer (Jonas Brothers)
September 27 Sam Lerner Actor (The Secret Saturdays, Suburgatory, The Goldbergs)
September 28 Keir Gilchrist Actor (United States of Tara)
October 9 Tyler James Williams Actor (Everybody Hates Chris)
October 12 Josh Hutcherson Actor
October 15 Vincent Martella Actor (Everybody Hates Chris, Phineas and Ferb)
October 17 Jacob Artist Actor (Glee)
October 22 Sofia Vassilieva Actress (Medium)
October 28 Lexi Ainsworth Actress (General Hospital)
October 30 Tequan Richmond Actor (Everybody Hates Chris, General Hospital)
October 31 Vanessa Marano Actress (The Young and the Restless, Scoundrels, Switched at Birth)
November 18 Nathan Kress Actor (iCarly)
November 23 Miley Cyrus Actress (Hannah Montana) and singer
November 28 Adam Hicks Actor (Zeke and Luther, Pair of Kings)
December 18 Bridgit Mendler Actress (Wizards of Waverly Place, Good Luck Charlie, Undateable) and singer
December 30 Michael Eric Reid Actor (Victorious)


Date Name Age Notability
January 7 Richard Hunt 40 Puppeteer (The Muppet Show)
January 26 José Ferrer 80 Actor (Newhart recurring role)
February 2 Bert Parks 77 Longtime host of the Miss America beauty pageant
February 20 Dick York 63 Actor (the 1st Darren Stephens on Bewitched)
March 25 Nancy Walker 69 Actress (Ida on Rhoda, Rosie the Bounty lady)
May 12 Robert Reed 59 Actor (Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch)
May 17 Lawrence Welk 89 Accordionist and bandleader (The Lawrence Welk Show)
June 6 Larry Riley 38 Actor (Knots Landing)
June 15 Chuck Menville 52 Animator and writer (The Smurfs)
June 22 Chuck Mitchell 64 Actor (General Hospital)
July 9 Eric Sevareid 79 News commentator
October 16 Shirley Booth 94 Actress (Hazel)
October 22 Cleavon Little 53 Actor (Temperatures Rising)
November 7 Jack Kelly 65 Actor (Bart Maverick on Maverick)
November 10 Chuck Connors 71 Actor (Lucas McCain on The Rifleman)
November 22 Sterling Holloway 87 Actor (voice of Winnie-the-Pooh)
December 18 Mark Goodson 77 Producer of game shows (Match Game, Blockbusters, The Price Is Right)
December 24 Peyo 64 Also known as "Peyo"; Belgian creator of The Smurfs