1995 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 1995. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel initiations, closures and rebrandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes.

Events[edit]

Date Event
January 1 The History Channel is launched.
January 2 The 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment continues in two major markets: as a buy-product of an affiliation deal between ABC and The E.W. Scripps Company, and a related deal between CBS and Westinghouse Broadcasting, Westinghouse-owned WBZ-TV channel 4 in Boston, Massachusetts switches from NBC to CBS, while NBC aligns with former CBS affiliate WHDH. In Baltimore, CBS switched affiliations to Westinghouse-owned WJZ-TV channel 13 after 46 years as an ABC affiliate, while ABC joins Scripps-owned WMAR channel 2 and NBC reunites with WBAL-TV channel 11 after 13 years as a CBS affiliate. Later that year, Westinghouse acquires CBS, making both WBZ-TV and WJZ-TV CBS owned-and-operated stations.
January 5 All My Children celebrates 25th anniversary and broadcasts a prime-time special.
January 11 The WB Television Network launches.
Former SNL cast member, Ellen Cleghorne broadcast her television series, Cleghorne, on The WB (with other African American family situation comedies, The Wayans Bros. and The Parent 'Hood, the series is only broadcast for one entire season)
January 16 The United Paramount Network (UPN) launches, with a 2-hour premiere of Star Trek: Voyager.
The 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment continues in the Flint/Tri-Cities, Michigan market, as NBC affiliate WNEM-TV in Bay City and CBS affiliate WEYI-TV in Saginaw swap affiliations. The move is deemed necessary by CBS to restore coverage in areas underserved by its then-new affiliate WGPR in adjacent Detroit, since WNEM-TV's signal is stronger than that of WEYI-TV.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys debuts starring Kevin Sorbo as "Hercules" and Michael Hurst as "Iolaus".
January 24 Live broadcasts of the O. J. Simpson trial begin; as a result, many network soap operas are partially pre-empted, more or less, for nine months.
January 27 The Golf Channel, a TV channel dedicated to the sport of golf, launches.
February 1 Classic Sports Network (now known as ESPN Classic) launches.
February 2 Seinfeld broadcasts its 100th episode.
February 20 What a Cartoon! launches on Cartoon Network as "World Premiere Toons" with the first short being "Changes", a pilot for Dexter's Laboratory. The show became a massive success and launched the careers of many individuals in animation such as Butch Hartman, Craig McCracken, and Seth MacFarlane.
March 6 On an episode of The Jenny Jones Show entitled "Same-Sex Crushes", Scott Amedure revealed a crush on his heterosexual friend Jonathan Schmitz. Schmitz killed Amedure several days after the show.[citation needed]
March 13 The 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment continues in Seattle-Tacoma, as Gaylord Broadcasting-owned KSTW joins CBS for the third time while former CBS affiliate KIRO-TV joins the UPN network.
April 12 Drew Barrymore appears on the Late Show with David Letterman. In honor of Letterman's birthday, guest Barrymore dances on his desk and flashes him "on-air".
April 18 Rox becomes first television series distributed via internet.[1][2][3]
May 12 As the World Turns broadcasts its milestone 10,000th episode.
May 24 ABC announces that an episode of the soap opera All My Children was deleted from broadcasting due to the then-recent Oklahoma City bombing; in the story, villainess Janet Green was supposed to explode the church in which her ex Trevor Dillon was to marry her rival Laurel Banning.
July 1 After being purchased by New World Communications from Argyle Television, three additional stations switch to Fox as part of the 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment: KDFW (channel 4) in Dallas-Ft. Worth, KTBC (channel 7) in Austin, Texas and KTVI (channel 2) in St. Louis. KDFW and KTBC both defect from CBS, while KTVI leaves ABC. Independent station KTVT (channel 11) in Dallas takes the CBS affiliation in that area through an affiliation deal between the network and Gaylord Broadcasting (owners of KTVT); in Austin, former Fox affiliate KBVO (channel 42) swaps affiliations with KTBC and changes its calls to KEYE; and in St. Louis, KDNL (channel 30) swaps its Fox affiliation with KTVI and joins ABC. Former Fox-owned station KDAF-TV (channel 33) joins The WB, taking that affiliation from KXTX-TV (channel 39) due to a temporary arrangement in which KXTX would carry WB programming, until such time Fox was cleared to move to channel 4. KXTX-TV then becomes an independent station.
Outdoor Life Network is launched.
July 24 WFMZ-TV initiates their very first daytime Berks Edition at 5:30 pm and the First Nighttime Newscast at 10:30 pm, covering the entire Berks County and all across the Lehigh Valley of Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey.
July 31 The Walt Disney Company announces that it will purchase ABC and ESPN; the deal is finalized during January 1996.
August 21 As a result of the 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment, longtime NBC affiliate WLUK-TV in Green Bay becomes the first of four "Big three" affiliates that SF Broadcasting (a joint venture of Savoy Communications and Fox Broadcasting) has purchased from Burnham Broadcasting to switch its affiliation to Fox. NBC eventually aligns with former Fox affiliate WGBA-TV. Two more NBC-affiliated stations (WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama, and KHON-TV in Honolulu), along with ABC affiliate WVUE in New Orleans switch their affiliations to Fox on January 1, 1996. NBC again swaps affiliations with the former Fox affiliates in Mobile and Honolulu (WPMI and KHNL respectively), while ABC joins WB affiliate WGNO and former Fox affiliate WNOL joins The WB.
August 22 Larry Hagman, former main actor of Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie, undergoes a liver transplant.
September 4 Xena: Warrior Princess debuts featuring Lucy Lawless as "Xena" and Renee O'Connor as "Gabrielle".
September 5 Alan Kalter becomes the second announcer of the Late Show with David Letterman replacing Bill Wendell.
September 8 The 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment continues when longtime ABC affiliate WGHP-TV (channel 8) in High Point, North Carolina is sold directly to Fox (acquired via New World Communications from Citicasters, along with WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama due to ownership conflicts) and as a result, becomes a Fox-owned station. Former Fox affiliates WNRW-TV (channel 45)/WGGT-TV (channel 48, now MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYV-TV) assume the ABC affiliation, and WNRW-TV changes its callsign to WXLV-TV to reflect the new affiliation. Both stations retain a secondary UPN affiliation until WGGT-TV leaves its WXLV-TV simulcast to become a full-time UPN affiliate the next year.
September 9 Kids WB debuts, including Animaniacs which transferred over from Fox Kids.
September 10 A major compensation deal between NBC and CBS after the Westinghouse-Group W/CBS deal as a result of the 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment becomes effective: Former NBC affiliates KCNC-TV, KUTV-TV and KYW-TV become CBS-affiliated stations (and quickly after that CBS-owned stations after Westinghouse merged with CBS), while former CBS affiliates KSL-TV and WCAU become NBC affiliates (and WCAU an NBC-owned station), and CBS-owned WCIX (channel 6) and NBC-owned WTVJ (channel 4) in Miami swap channel positions, with WCIX becoming WFOR-TV as a result of the change. Two related swaps also occur in Denver, as former ABC affiliate KUSA-TV joins NBC, and former CBS affiliate KMGH-TV switches to ABC as a result of an affiliation deal between the network and McGraw-Hill, KMGH's owners.
The 47th Primetime Emmy Awards are aired on Fox.
CBS acquires ABC affiliate WPRI-TV from Narragansett Television and swaps affiliations with WLNE-TV, thus reversing a swap that took place in 1977.
September 11 UPN Kids launched on some stations, featuring two new series, Space Strikers and Teknoman.
Sailor Moon premieres in the United States for the first time.
September 17 Part 2 of "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" serves as the season 7 premiere of The Simpsons on Fox. This was after an America's Most Wanted special, "Springfield's Most Wanted".
October 3 More than 150 million people tune in to watch the verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, which ends with Simpson being found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The verdict is met with both praise and criticism.
October 28 In Toledo, Ohio, NBC affiliate WTVG swaps affiliations with ABC affiliate WNWO and becomes an ABC owned-and-operated station.
November 13 ABC's 30-minute soap opera Loving (1983–1995) is turned into The City.
November 18 Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri, and Darrell Hammond joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.
November 20 One Life to Live broadcasts its 7,000th episode and has a new opening sequence.
ROX and Computer Chronicles are broadcast via the Internet—these are the first Internet broadcasts in the history of television.
December 1 The 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment continues as WHBQ-TV (channel 13) in Memphis, Tennessee ends its ABC affiliation after 45 years. WHBQ-TV is acquired by Fox Television Stations from Communications Corporation of America and joins Fox, while former Fox affiliate WPTY-TV (channel 24) joins ABC.
December 11 The Today Show becomes the highest-rated morning news program (and would remain so until 2012).
December 29 CNNfn, a financial news network from CNN, launches.
Robert MacNeil anchors The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour for the last time.

Programs[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Date Show Network
January 1 Modern Marvels The History Channel
Taxicab Confessions HBO
January 2 Cybill CBS
The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show The Disney Channel
January 4 Washington Journal C-SPAN
January 9 The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder CBS
January 11 Muscle The WB
Unhappily Ever After
The Wayans Bros.
January 15 Get Smart Fox
January 16 The Puzzle Place PTV
Star Trek: Voyager UPN
January 17 Marker
The Watcher
Golf Central Golf Channel
January 18 The Parent 'Hood The WB
January 23 Pig Sty UPN
Platypus Man
January 26 Pointman PTEN
January 31 The Marshal ABC
February 11 The Big Comfy Couch PTV
February 20 What a Cartoon! (World Premiere Toons) Cartoon Network
March 4 NHL 2Night ESPN2
March 10 VR.5 Fox
March 14 Under One Roof CBS
March 21 NewsRadio NBC
March 22 Sliders Fox
March 26 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child HBO
The Outer Limits Showtime
March 31 The Wright Verdicts CBS
April 2 Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel HBO
April 8 The Maxx MTV
April 10 In The House NBC
April 14 Colby's Clubhouse TBN
May 28 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Comedy Central
June 5 Singled Out MTV
July 19 Road Rules
August 7 Squawk Box CNBC
August 8 Aeon Flux MTV
August 23 Kirk The WB
August 28 Nowhere Man UPN
August 29 Live Shot
August 31 The Crew Fox
September 2 Wild About Animals Syndication
September 4 WCW Monday Nitro TNT
September 5 Deadly Games UPN
September 6 Carnie! Syndication
September 9 Earthworm Jim Kids' WB
Freakazoid!
Pinky and the Brain
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries
September 10 Cleghorne! The WB
First Time Out
Simon
Space Strikers UPN Kids
Teknoman
September 11 Ned & Stacey Fox
Partners
Sailor Moon UPN Kids
September 12 The Monroes ABC
The Client CBS
September 13 Central Park West
Courthouse
The Drew Carey Show ABC
The Naked Truth
September 15 Maybe This Time
Strange Luck Fox
The Bonnie Hunt Show CBS
September 16 Santo Bugito CBS Toontastic
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat
Masked Rider Fox Kids
Brotherly Love NBC
September 17 Almost Perfect CBS
September 18 Can't Hurry Love
George & Alana Syndication
September 19 Hudson Street ABC
September 20 Bless This House CBS
September 21 Charlie Grace ABC
Murder One
Caroline in the City
The Single Guy NBC
September 22 American Gothic CBS
Dweebs
The Pursuit of Happiness NBC
September 23 8-Track Flashback VH1
JAG NBC
September 24 Space: Above and Beyond Fox
September 25 Timon & Pumbaa The Disney Channel
September 28 New York News CBS
October 1 Misery Loves Company Fox
Too Something
October 2 Family Challenge Family Channel
October 9 Wishbone PTV
October 14 Mad TV Fox
The Adventures of Hyperman CBS
October 21 Street Fighter: The Animated Series USA Network
October 22 The Little Lulu Show HBO
October 27 Goosebumps Fox Kids
October 28 Dumb and Dumber ABC
October 30 High Society CBS
November 3 Mr. Show with Bob and David HBO
November 6 Little Bear Nick Jr.
November 13 The City ABC
Exit 57 Comedy Central

Returning this year[edit]

Show Last aired Network Retitled as Return date
Square One TV 1994 PTV Square One TV Math Talk[citation needed] Unknown

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 6 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron 1993
January 21 Wild C.A.T.s 1994
January 26 My So-Called Life
January 27 The New Price is Right
January 28 The Boys Are Back
February 1 Hearts Afire 1992
Love & War
February 2 My Brother and Me 1994
February 13 Ghostwriter 1992
February 19 Get Smart 1995
February 28 Me and the Boys 1994
March 3 M.A.N.T.I.S.
March 6 Models Inc.
March 12 The Brothers Grunt
March 15 All-American Girl
March 25 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans
March 27 The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show 1995
April 4 On Our Own 1994
April 12 The Cosby Mysteries
April 29 Empty Nest 1988
May 7 Matlock 1986
May 11 Muscle 1995
May 12 VR.5
May 15 Pig Sty
2 Stupid Dogs 1993
May 16 In the Heat of the Night 1988
May 20 Star Search 1983
May 22 Blossom 1991
Taz-Mania
The Critic 1994
May 23 Full House 1987
May 28 Tiny Toon Adventures 1990
June 7 The Watcher 1995
June 10 The Mommies 1993
June 14 Earth 2 1994
June 19 The Maxx 1995
June 23 The Jon Stewart Show 1993
June 30 Eureeka's Castle 1989
Love Connection 1983
July 1 The State 1993
July 10 Platypus Man 1995
July 26 Northern Exposure 1990
August 15 Marker 1995
August 17 Yo! MTV Raps 1988
August 27 WWF Wrestling Challenge 1986
September 2 Name Your Adventure 1992
September 8 Family Feud (returned in 1999) 1988
September 15 Batman: The Animated Series 1992
September 19 The Discovery Channel 1985
October 13 Quicksilver 1994
October 19 The Monroes 1995
November 9 Dweebs
November 10 Loving 1983
November 15 Courthouse 1995
November 25 Aladdin 1994
December 16 The Ren and Stimpy Show 1991
December 17 First Time Out 1995
December 22 Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1991
December 25 The Marshal 1995

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Aladdin first-run syndication CBS
Animaniacs Fox Kids Kids' WB
Full House ABC The WB
Sister, Sister

Births[edit]

Date Name(s) Notability
January 24 Dylan Everett Canadian actor (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
January 30 Danielle Campbell Actress (The Originals)
February 8 Jordan Todosey Canadian actress (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
March 2 Veronica Dunne Actress (K.C. Undercover)
March 27 Taylor Atelian Actress (According To Jim)
April 9 Cierra Ramirez Actress (The Fosters)
April 23 Gigi Hadid Actress (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)
May 12 Kenton Duty Actor (Shake It Up)
Luke Benward Actor
Sawyer and Sullivan Sweeten Actors (Everybody Loves Raymond)
July 7 Chloe Greenfield Actress (ER)
August 18 Parker McKenna Posey Actress (My Wife and Kids)
August 20 Lulu Antariksa Actress (How to Rock)
August 26 Gracie Dzienny Actress (Supah Ninjas)
September 5 Caroline Sunshine Actress (Shake It Up)
September 12 Ryan Potter Actor (Supah Ninjas)
September 16 Victory Van Tuyl Actress (Marvin Marvin)
September 18 Megan Lee Actress (Make It Pop)
September 20 Sammi Hanratty Actress
October 15 Billy Unger Actor (Lab Rats, Lab Rats: Elite Force)
October 25 Conchita Campbell Actress (The 4400)
November 11 Kendall Jenner Actress (Keeping Up with the Kardashians)
November 16 Noah Gray-Cabey Actor (My Wife and Kids, Heroes)
November 29 Laura Marano Actress (Austin & Ally)
December 29 Ross Lynch Actor (Austin & Ally)

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability
February 5 Doug McClure 59 Actor (The Virginian)
April 23 Howard Cosell 77 Sports journalist/commentator (Monday Night Football)
April 25 Art Fleming 70 Original host of (Jeopardy!)
May 18 Elizabeth Montgomery 62 Actress (Bewitched)
May 26 Friz Freleng 88 Animator (Looney Tunes)
June 30 Gale Gordon 89 Actor (The Lucy Show)
July 4 Eva Gabor 76 Hungarian-born actress (Green Acres)
August 3 Ida Lupino 77 Actress & director
August 11 Phil Harris 91 Actor (The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show)
August 24 Gary Crosby 62 Actor (Adam-12)
December 25 Dean Martin 78 Singer, actor and host (The Dean Martin Show)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Radio Free Cyberspace, Time. June 24, 2001.
  2. ^ The Real Real World, Wired. Dec. 1995.
  3. ^ Break out your bong; kill your TV. Usenet. April 18, 1995.