1999 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 1999. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel initiations, closures and re-brandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes.


Date Event
January 1 The Biography Channel, a spinoff of A&E Network, launches.
DIY Network, a spinoff of Home and Garden Television, launches.
January 6 Bob Newhart receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
January 11 Jon Stewart debuts as host of The Daily Show.
February 1 Prevue Channel re-brands as TV Guide Channel while HBO Family HBO's third multiplex channel is launch with the premiere of Anthony Ant and Crashbox.
February 2 Noggin debuts.
March 1 Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids debuts.
March 26 Tom Snyder's last show on The Late Late Show.
April 12 NBC announces the cancellation of long-running daytime drama Another World after years of declining ratings (a new serial Passions replaces AW on July 5).
May 21 Susan Lucci receives a Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Erica Kane on All My Children, after eighteen failed nominations during previous years.
June 11 Cartoon Cartoon Fridays premieres on Cartoon Network.
June 12 Esquire Network debuts.
July 18 The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria marries actress Helen Hunt. The couple would file for divorce over a year later.
August 2 Discovery Health Channel, one of the Discovery digital networks, debuts.
August 30 Countess Vaughn leaves the cast of Moesha to star in her own television spin-off The Parkers with Mo'Nique, making her the first female African-American comedian to receive a spin-off.
September 6 PTV is completely re-branded as PBS Kids with new idents, bumpers, and promos. The weekly UPN children's programming block Disney's One Too, debuts, a spinoff of ABC's Disney's One Saturday Morning.
September 12 The 51st Primetime Emmy Awards presentation aired on Fox.
September 13 Discovery Military, one of the Discovery digital networks, debuts.
September 20 After a four-year hiatus, Family Feud resumes with a new host, Louie Anderson, a new set and a new theme.
After four years, WGN drops programming from The WB and Kids' WB to make room for movie broadcasts.
October 1 The infamous "YOU FOOL!" episode of Hollywood Squares airs.
November 1 The PBS affiliate WNET is revamped to feature new promos and a new logo which appears on their shows.
November 19 John Carpenter becomes the first player on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to win $1,000,000.
December 17 10th anniversary of the first half-hour episode of The Simpsons.
December 31 ABC 2000 Today is broadcast live around the world. Peter Jennings hosts the special from New York City, joined later by Dick Clark who hosts the countdown in Times Square.



Date Show Network
January 1 The Blame Game MTV
Cold Case Files A&E
Early Today NBC
Scrapbook Memories DIY Network
January 4 Ed, Edd n Eddy Cartoon Network
January 5 Total Recall 2070 Showtime
January 8 Providence NBC
January 10 Batman Beyond Kids' WB
The Sopranos HBO
The PJs Fox
January 13 60 Minutes II CBS
January 18 So Weird Disney Channel
January 25 Zoboomafoo PBS
January 30 The Jersey Disney Channel
January 31 Family Guy Fox
February 1 Crashbox HBO
February 6 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy Fox Kids
February 8 Kipper Nick Jr.
February 11 Maisy
February 17 The Planet's Funniest Animals Animal Planet
March 19 Farscape Sci-Fi Channel
March 24 It's Like, You Know... ABC
The Norm Show
Tenacious D HBO
March 28 Futurama Fox
March 30 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn CBS
April 18 The Weekenders Disney's One Saturday Morning
April 26 Home Movies UPN
May 1 Mickey Mouse Works Disney's One Saturday Morning
SpongeBob SquarePants Nickelodeon
May 8 The New Woody Woodpecker Show Fox Kids
June 10 The Chimp Channel TBS
June 19 Beggars and Choosers Showtime
July 5 Passions NBC
July 7 Good Eats Food Network
July 11 Making the Video MTV
July 26 Undressed
Phred on Your Head Show Noggin
August 1 Grown Ups UPN
August 3 Downtown MTV
August 9 Independent Lens PBS
August 14 Digimon: Digital Monsters Fox Kids
August 16 Rocket Power Nickelodeon
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ABC
August 17 City Confidential A&E
Chicken Soup for the Soul Pax TV
August 26 The Parkers UPN
WWF SmackDown!
September 4 Battle Dome Syndication
September 6 Dragon Tales PBS
Sabrina: The Animated Series UPN
September 8 Get Real Fox
September 9 Early Today NBC
September 11 Detention Kids' WB
September 12 Hope Island Pax TV
September 13 Blind Date Syndication
The Martin Short Show
The Queen Latifah Show
Fox Report Fox News Channel
September 16 Action Fox
September 18 Beast Machines: Transformers Fox Kids
Monster Rancher
Rescue Heroes CBS Kidshow
September 19 Judging Amy CBS
September 20 Family Law
Ladies Man
Judge Mathis Syndication
Safe Harbor The WB
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC
September 21 The Mike O'Malley Show
Once and Again ABC
September 22 Oh, Grow Up
The West Wing NBC
September 23 Stark Raving Mad
Third Watch
September 24 Cold Feet
Mission Hill The WB
Now and Again CBS
Odd Man Out ABC
September 25 Freaks and Geeks NBC
Xyber 9: New Dawn Fox Kids
September 26 Snoops ABC
Jack & Jill The WB
September 29 Popular
Judge Mathis Syndication
Work with Me CBS
September 30 Curb Appeal HGTV
October 2 Archie's Weird Mysteries Pax TV
Spider-Man Unlimited Fox Kids
October 5 Shasta McNasty UPN
Angel The WB
October 6 Roswell
October 7 House Hunters HGTV
Wasteland ABC
October 8 Harsh Realm Fox
Love & Money CBS
Random Acts of Comedy Fox Family
October 9 Angela Anaconda
October 12 The Strip UPN
October 15 Ryan Caulfield: Year One Fox
October 16 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Nickelodeon
The Amanda Show
October 18 Farmclub.com USA Network
October 25 Time of Your Life Fox
October 30 The Avengers: United They Stand Fox Kids
November 1 The Early Show CBS
November 4 Greed Fox
November 12 Mike, Lu, & Og Cartoon Network
Courage the Cowardly Dog
November 28 Little Bill Nick Jr.
November 29 webRIOT MTV

Ending this year[edit]

Date Title Debut
January 2 Birdz 1998
Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? 1994
January 16 The New Batman Adventures 1997
January 18 The Charlie Horse Music Pizza 1998
Guys Like Us
January 20 Brats of the Lost Nebula
Encore! Encore!
January 25 Working 1997
February 11 Cupid 1998
February 21 The Little Lulu Show 1995
February 27 Mad Jack the Pirate 1998
The Mr. Potato Head Show
March 1 DiResta
March 7 Beast Wars 1996
March 8 Hyperion Bay 1998
March 11 Jumanji 1996
March 13 Maggie 1998
March 14 Due South 1994
March 16 LateLine 1998
March 17 Tracey Takes On... 1996
April 4 Women: Stories of Passion
April 10 Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain 1998
April 13 The Sifl and Olly Show 1997
May 4 NewsRadio 1995
May 10 L.A. Doctors 1998
May 14 Brother's Keeper
May 16 Smart Guy 1997
May 20 The Wayans Bros. 1995
Promised Land 1996
May 21 Millennium
Homicide: Life on the Street 1993
May 22 Cracker 1997
Viper 1994
May 23 Sister, Sister
Unhappily Ever After 1995
May 24 Mad About You 1992
Melrose Place
Home Movies (returned in 2001) 1999
The Sentinel 1996
May 25 Clueless
Home Improvement 1991
May 29 Hard Copy 1989
June 2 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1993
June 11 Unsolved Mysteries (returned in 2001) 1987
June 23 The Nanny 1993
Turning Point 1994
June 25 Another World 1964
June 26 Doug 1991
July 9 Two of a Kind 1998
July 24 Cow and Chicken 1997
July 25 The Parent 'Hood 1995
July 30 Legacy 1998
August 11 In the House 1995
September 12 Mystery Science Theater 3000 1988
September 17 Match Game 1998
September 24 Iron Chef 1993
Timon & Pumbaa 1995
September 28 The Mike O'Malley Show 1999
October 21 Wasteland
October 29 CBS This Morning (returned in 2012) 1987
Cold Feet 1999
November 8 Downtown
November 22 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1995
November 28 Safe Harbor 1999
December 18 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
December 28 Oh, Grow Up
December 31 Sunset Beach 1997

Returning this year[edit]

Title Last aired Previous network New/same network Date of return
Zoom 1978 PBS Same January 4
Are You Afraid of the Dark? 1996 Nickelodeon February 6
Johnny Bravo 1997 Cartoon Network July 2
Divorce Court 1992 Syndication September 7
Family Feud 1995 September 20

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Franklin CBS Kidshow Nick Jr.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective CBS Nickelodeon
ReBoot (US terrestrial rights) ABC Cartoon Network
Pokémon Syndication Kids' WB
Timon & Pumbaa Toon Disney
Rupert Nick Jr. CBS Kidshow

Made-for-TV movies and miniseries[edit]

Title Channel Date of airing
Great Expectations PBS May 9
Joan of Arc CBS May 15
Atomic Train NBC May 16
A Lesson Before Dying HBO May 22
Pirates of Silicon Valley TNT June 20
Cinderelmo FOX December 6


Date Name Notability
January 18 Karan Brar Actor (Jessie, Bunk'd)
January 22 Ricky Garcia Actor (Best Friends Whenever)
February 10 Tiffany Espensen Actress (Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures, Kirby Buckets)
March 5 Madison Beer American singer
March 20 Olivia Stuck Actress (Kirby Buckets)
April 2 Sophie Reynolds Actress (Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything)
April 6 Kwesi Boakye Voice actor (Darwin on The Amazing World of Gumball (2011–14)
April 7 Conner Rayburn Actor (According to Jim)
April 9 Isaac Hempstead-Wright English actor (Game of Thrones)
May 5 Jonny Gray Actor (Max & Shred)
May 11 Sabrina Carpenter Actress (Girl Meets World) and singer
May 25 Brec Bassinger Actress (Bella and the Bulldogs)
May 28 Cameron Boyce Actor (Jessie, Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything)
May 30 Sean Giambrone Actor (The Goldbergs, Clarence)
June 20 Kayla Maisonet Actress (Dog with a Blog, Stuck in the Middle)
July 5 Gus Kamp Actor (Best Friends Whenever)
August 4 Kelly Gould Actress (Rita Rocks, Jessie)
August 13 Corey Fogelmanis Actor (Girl Meets World)
August 21 Maxim Knight Actor (Falling Skies)
September 7 Cameron Ocasio Actor (Sam & Cat)
September 13 Zoey Burger Actress (Every Witch Way)
October 13 Nell Tiger Free English actress (Game of Thrones)
October 15 Bailee Madison Actress (Trophy Wife, Once Upon a Time)
November 1 Buddy Handleson Actor (Shake It Up, Wendell and Vinnie, Bella and the Bulldogs)
November 10 Kiernan Shipka Actress (Mad Men)


Date Name Age Notability
January 4 Iron Eyes Cody 94 Actor (well-known for an anti-littering campaign ad of the 1970s)
February 20 Gene Siskel 53 Film critic (co-host of Siskel & Ebert)
March 22 David Strickland 29 Actor (Todd Stities on Suddenly Susan)
March 30 Gary Morton 74 Producer, second husband of Lucille Ball
April 10 Jean Vander Pyl 79 Voice actor (Wilma Flintstone on The Flintstones and Rosie the Robot Maid on The Jetsons)
April 14 Ellen Corby 87 Actress (Grandma Esther Walton on The Waltons)
May 8 Dana Plato 34 Actress (Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes)
May 23 Owen Hart 34 Wrestler (Superstar on WWF RAW is WAR)
June 11 DeForest Kelley 79 Actor (Bones McCoy on Star Trek)
July 20 Sandra Gould 82 Actress (Gladys Kravitz #2 on Bewitched)
August 23 Martha Rountree 87 Broadcast journalist (Meet the Press)
August 24 Mary Jane Croft 83 Actress (I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy)
September 5 Allen Funt 84 Creator and host of Candid Camera
November 9 Mabel King 66 Actress (Mabel Thomas on What's Happening!!)
November 11 Mary Kay Bergman 38 Voice actress (South Park)
November 29 Gene Rayburn 81 Host of Match Game
December 3 Madeline Kahn 56 Actress
December 28 Clayton Moore 85 Actor (The Lone Ranger)