Today in TV History 1/20





Today is Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Today in
Television History

1953 – “Studio One” became the first television show to be transmitted from the United States to Canada.

1965 – The Rolling Stones and the Kinks made their first appearance on ABC-TV’s “Shindig!”

1985 – The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The San Francisco 49ers downed the Miami Dolphins, 38-16. Super Bowl XIX marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute.

1989 – The 100th episode of “Miami Vice” aired on NBC.

1998 – The first episode of “Dawson’s Creek” aired on the WB network.

1999 – ESPN announced the creation of the Great Outdoor Games to be held in Lake Placid, NY, in 2000.

2008 – The pilot episode of “Breaking Bad” aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Dale Wright & the Rock-its performed “She’s Neat” on “American Bandstand.”

1959 – Jim Reeves performed “Billy Bayou” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – Joe Simon performed “No Sad Songs” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – American Breed performed “Green Lite” on “American Bandstand.”

1979 – Livingston Taylor performed “I Will Be In Love With You” on “American Bandstand.”

1979 – Grace Jones appeared on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/19





Today is Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Today in
Television History

1953 – Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of “I Love Lucyve birth to a baby boy.

1955 – U.S. President Eisenhower allowed a filmed news conference to be used on television (and in movie newsreels) for the first time.

1957 – Philadelphia comedian, Ernie Kovacs, did a half-hour TV show without saying a single word of dialogue.

1957 – Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS’ “Jackie Gleason Show.”

1967 – Lesly Gore appeared on ABC-TV’s “Batman” as Catwoman’s sidekick, Pussycat.

2012 – The 100th episode of “The Big Bang Theory” aired.

2013 – In Scottsdale, AZ, the original Batmobile for the TV series “Batman” sold at auction for $4.6 million. It was the first of six Batmobiles produced for the show.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1960 – Ray Smith performed “Rockin’ Little Angel” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – Skeeter Davis performed “My Last Date (With You)” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – Frankie Avalon performed “You Are Mine” on “American Bandstand.”

1974 – Jim Stafford performed “Spiders and Snakes” on “American Bandstand.”

1985 – Dan Hartman performed “I Can Dream About You” and “Second Nature” on “American Bandstand.”

1985 – Kashif performed “Ooh Love” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/18





Today is Monday, January 18, 2021

Today in
Television History

1951 – Joan Blondell made her TV debut on “Pot of Gold” episode of “Airflyte Theatre” on CBS-TV.

1974 – The first episode of “The Six Million Dollar Man” aired.

1975 – “The Jeffersons” debuted on CBS-TV.

1976 – The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in Super Bowl X. The CBS telecast was viewed by an estimated 80 million people.

1978 – The 100th episode of “Good Times” was aired by CBS.

1987 – For the first time in history the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) was seen by over 100 million viewers. The audience was measured during the week of January 12-18.

1995 – The 100th episode of “Northern Exposure” aired on CBS.

2001 – The Cartoon Network exclusively aired the last episode of “Batman Beyond.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 – Johnny Tillotson performed “Jimmy’s Girl” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – Ike & Tina Turner performed “Poor Fool” on “American Bandstand.”

1963 – Paul & Paula performed “Hey Paula” on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – Major Lance performed “Um Um Um Um Um” on “American Bandstand.”

1975 – The Chi-Lites performed “Toby” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/17





Today is Sunday, January 17, 2021

Today in
Television History

1949 – “The Goldbergs” debuted on CBS-TV. The program had been on radio since 1931. The TV version lasted for four years.

1966 – NBC ordered 32 episodes of “The Monkees” for its upcoming fall schedule.

1975 – The television show “Baretta” debuted on ABC.

1985 – Leonard Nimoy got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1992 – “Michael Jackson…the Legend Continues” aired on CBS-TV.

1994 – Donny Osmond fought the Partridge Family’s Danny Bonaduce in a charity boxing match in Chicago, IL. Bonaduce won a split decision.

1997 – Metallica’s video “King Nothing” premiered on MTV.

1999 – Cindy Lauper was a voice on the TV show “The Simpsons.”

2002 – Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appeared on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

2003 – It was announced that FOX had renewed “The Simpsons” for two more seasons. The extension pushed the show past “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” as the all-time longest-running situation comedy.

2003 – It was announced that Madonna would make an appearance on NBC’s “Will & Grace” in May. The appearance was Madonna’s first episodic TV series debut.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1963 – Dion performed “Ruby Baby” on “American Bandstand.”

1970 – The 1910 Fruitgum Co. performed “The Train” on “American Bandstand.”

1970 – Ohio Express performed “Sausalito” on “American Bandstand.”

1976 – The Captain & Tennille performed “Lonely Nights” on “American Bandstand.”

1981 – Rockpile performed “Teacher Teacher” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/16





Today is Saturday, January 16, 2021

Today in
Television History

1939 – The “I Love a Mystery” debuted on NBC’s West-Coast outlets.

1976 – The TV show “Donny & Marie” premiered on ABC-TV.

1987 – The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on “American Bandstand.”

1988 – Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, DC, that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 – Mickey & Sylvia performed “What Would I Do” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – Gene Pitney performed “Town Without Pity” on “American Bandstand.”

1965 – James Darren performed “Goodbye Cruel World” on “American Bandstand.”

1971 – King Floyd performed “Groove Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1971 – A video of Ike & Tina Turner performing “Proud Mary” was aired on “American Bandstand.”

1982 – Del Shannon performed “Sea of Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1982 – Sneaker performed “More Than Just The Two Of Us” and “Don’t Let Me In” on “American Bandstand.”

1987 – The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/15





Today is Friday, January 15, 2021

Today in
Television History

1967 – The Rolling Stones performed on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show” and were forced to change their lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together.”

1967 – The first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10. The game was televised by both CBS and NBC.

1974 – “Happy Days” premiered on ABC-TV.

1981 – The first episode of “Hill Street Blues” aired.

1995 – The first episode of “Star Trek: Voyager” aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 – Duane Eddy performed “The Lonely One” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – The Shirelles performed “Baby It’s You” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels performed “Jenny Take a Ride” and “Little Latin Lupe Lu” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Bobby Goldsboro performed “Broomstick Cowboy” and “It’s Too Late” on “American Bandstand.”

1972 – Bread performed “Baby I’m a Want You” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – The Bus Boys performed “The Boys Are Back In Town” and “American Worker” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Ray Parker, Jr. performed “Bad Boy” and “The People Next Door” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/14





Today is Thursday, January 14, 2021

Today in
Television History

1952 – NBC’s “Today” show premiered.

1972 – NBC-TV debuted “Sanford & Son.”

1976 – “Bionic Woman” debuted on ABC.

1985 – Former Miss America, Phyllis George, joined Bill Kurtis as host of “The CBS Morning News”.

1990 – “The Simpsons” began airing regularly.

1990 – America’s Funniest Home Videos debuted as a regular weekly series. The show was originally aired as a special on November 26, 1989.

1993 – TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.

1996 – Fox aired the San Francisco 49er/Dallas Cowboy NFC championship game. The game pulled a 34.2/57 Nielsen rating.

1997 – The Beach Boys guest starred on ABC-TV’s “Home Improvement”.

1998 – NBC agreed to pay Warner Bros. $13 million per episode to retain the TV show “ER.”

1999 – Garth Brooks appeared on Sesame Street. He sang the song called “Together We Make Music”.

2001 – The final episode of “The Jamie Foxx Show” aired.

2002 – NBC’s “Today” celebrated its 50th anniversary on television.

2002 – TNT world premiered the TV movie “Monday Night Mayhem.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Sam Cooke performed “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” and “Desire Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – The Youngbloods performed “Grizzly Bear” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – Mike Williams performed “Lonely Soldier” on “American Bandstand.”

1978 – Peter Brown performed “Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1978 – High Energy performed “You Can’t Turn Me Off” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – Quarterflash performed “Take Me to Heart” and “Take Another Picture” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – Madonna performed “Holiday” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/13





Today is Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Today in
Television History

1928 – Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.

1966 – Elizabeth Montgomery’s character, Samantha, on “Bewitched,” had a baby. The baby’s name was Tabitha.

1973 – ABC aired the final episode of “Alias Smith and Jones.”

1997 – The first episode of “La Femme Nikita” aired.

1998 – NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show E.R. It was the highest amount ever paid for a TV show.

1998 – ABC and ESPN negotiated to keep “Monday Night Football” for $1.15 billion a season.

1998 – One of the 110 missing episodes of the British TV show “Doctor Who” was found in New Zealand.

1998 – The NFL completed a $9.2 billion deal with to keep “Monday Night Football” on ABC and the entire Sunday night cable package for ESPN.

1998 – The 100th episode of “NYPD Blue” aired on ABC.

2001 – TV Guide issued a set of commemorative Elvis Presley covers.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Dickie Doo & the Don’ts performed “Click-Click” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – The Box Tops performed “Cry Like a Baby” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – Jimmie Rodgers performed “Child of Clay” on “American Bandstand.”

1973 – The Chi-Lites performed “We Need Order” on “American Bandstand.”

1979 – Peaches & Herb performed “Reunited” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/12





Today is Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Today in
Television History

1949 – “Arthur Godfrey and His Friends” was debuted on CBS-TV. The show stayed on the network for seven years.

1949 – “Kukla, Fran and Ollie”, the Chicago-based children’s show, made its national debut on NBC-TV.

1955 – Rod Serling’s career began with the TV production of “Patterns.”

1958 – Major league baseball players Stan Musial and Johnny Padres were guests on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

1964 – The Beatles made their second appearance on BBC-TV’s “Sunday Night at the London Palladium.”

1965 – The dance show “Hullabaloo” premiered on NBC TV.

1966 – The television series “Batman” debuted on ABC.

1967 – “Dragnet” returned to NBC-TV after being off the network schedule for eight years.

1968 – The Supremes appeared in an episode of “Tarzan” on NBC-TV. The ladies played a group of nuns.

1971 – “All In the Family” debuted on CBS-TV.

1991 – “The Superfans,” the #1 fans of the Chicago Bears, sketch debuted on “Saturday Night Live.”

1997 – The first episode of “King of the Hill” was aired.

1997 – On ABC, Paula Abdul made her dramatic acting debut in “In The Shadow of Evil.”

2002 – Conan O’Brien and Liza Powel were married. The two had met when Powel appeared on NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in a skit about advertising a year earlier.

2004 – NBC announced that the series “Frasier” would end the following May after 11 seasons.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1974 – Kool & the Gang performed “Jungle Boogie” and “Funky Stuff” on “American Bandstand.”

1974 – Albert Hammond performed “Half a Million Miles Away” on “American Bandstand.”

1985 – General Public performed “Tenderness” and “Never You Done that” on “American Bandstand.”

1985 – Rebbie Jackson performed “Centipede” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/11





Today is Monday, January 11, 2021

Today in
Television History

1958 – “Seahunt” debuted on CBS-TV. The show was aired on the network for four years.

1963 – The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the U.K. They performed the song “Please Please Me” on the show “Thank Your Lucky Stars.”

1983 – “The Joy of Painting” aired for the first time.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 – Brian Hyland performed “That’s How Much” on “American Bandstand.”

1963 – Freddy Cannon performed “If You Were a Rock’n’Roll Record” on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – The Crystals performed “Little Boy” on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – Freddy Cannon performed “Abigail Beecher” on “American Bandstand.”

1969 – Dorsey Burnette performed “The Greatest Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1975 – The B.T. Express performed “Do It (Til Your Satisfied)” on “American Bandstand.”