Today in TV History 9/26





Today is Sunday, September 26, 2021

Today in
Television History

1960 – The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, IL.

1962 – “The Beverly Hillbillies” premiered on CBS-TV.

1964 – “Gilligan’s Island” premiered on CBS-TV. The show aired for the last time on September 4, 1967.

1968 – CBS began airing the first season of “Hawaii Five-O.”

1969 – “The Brady Bunch” series premiered on ABC-TV.

1982 – The first episode of “Knight Rider” was aired.

1986 – The episode of “Dallas” that had Bobby Ewing returning from the dead was aired.

1987 – The first episode of “Jake and the Fatman” aired.

1993 – The 200th episode of “Murder, She Wrote” aired on CBS.

1998 – MTV Russia debuted at midnight. The first video shown on the network was Mummy Troll’s “Vladivostock 2000.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1957 – The Rays performed “Silhouettes” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – Dion performed “Runaround Sue” on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – The Ventures performed “Slaughter on 10th Ave.” and “Walk Don’t Run ’64” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 9/25





Today is Saturday, September 25, 2021

Today in
Television History

1953 – “TV Guide” released its cover with Superman leaping over the head of Clark Kent.

1965 – The half hour Saturday morning cartoon “The Beatles” premiered on ABC-TV. The show ran until September 7, 1969.

1997 – The first episode of “Veronica’s Closet” was aired.

1997 – NBC sportscaster Marv Albert pled guilty to assault and battery of a lover. He was fired from NBC within hours.

1999 – Peter Benchley’s “Amazon” began airing in syndication.

1999 – The 10th season of “Baywatch” began with the airing of the 200th episode.

2012 – The 10th season of “NCIS” began on CBS.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1957 – Eileen Rodgers performed “Third Finger, Left Hand” on “American Bandstand.”

1959 – The Rock-a-Teens performed “Woo-Hoo” on “American Bandstand.”

1965 – Dobie Gray performed “The In Crowd” on “American Bandstand.”

1976 – The Walter Murphy Band performed “A Fifth of Beethoven” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 9/24





Today is Friday, September 24, 2021

Today in
Television History

1955 – Judy Garland made her TV debut on the “Ford Star Jubilee” on CBS.

1961 – “The Bullwinkle Show” premiered in prime time on NBC-TV. The show was originally on ABC in the afternoon as “Rocky and His Friends.”

1968 – “60 Minutes” premiered on CBS-TV.

1968 – “The Mod Squad” premiered on ABC-TV.

1970 – The first episode of “The Odd Couple” aired on ABC.

1977 – “The Love Boat” debuted on ABC-TV. The theme song was sung by Jack Jones and was written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox.

1985 – The first episode of “Growing Pains” aired on ABC.

1987 – The series “A Different World” debuted on NBC.

1989 – Prince made an appearance on the 15-year anniversary of Saturday Night Live. He performed the song “Electric Chair.”

1991 – The Perry Mason TV movie “The Case of the Fatal Fashion” aired.

1993 – ABC debuted the series “Boy Meets World.”

1994 – The 20th season of “Saturday Night Live” began on NBC. Eric Clapton performed on the show.

1996 – The 200th episode of “Roseanne” aired on ABC.

1997 – ABC began airing the series “Dharma and Greg.”

2007 – The pilot episode of “The Big Bang Theory” aired.

2009 – The 10th season of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” began.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Johnny Tillotson performed “Will I’m Your Man” and “Dreamy Eyes” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt Kickers performed “Monster Mash” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Martha & the Vandellas performed “What Am I Going to Do Without Your Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – Paul Nicholas performed “Heaven on the 7th Floor” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – Debby Boone performed “You Light Up My Life” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 9/23





Today is Thursday, September 23, 2021

Today in
Television History

1951 – The first transcontinental telecast was received on the west coast. The show “Crusade for Freedom” was broadcast by CBS-TV from New York.

1952 – The first Pay Television sporting event took place. The Marciano-Walcott fight was seen in 49 theaters in 31 cities.

1956 – Mickey Dolenz began his television career in NBC’s “Circus Boy” series. He later became a member of the Monkees.

1962 – “The Jetsons” premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be carried in color.

1968 – “Here’s Lucy” aired for the first time.

1976 – The first season of “Black Sheep Squadron” began on NBC under the name “Baa Baa Black Sheep”.

1986 – The first season of “Matlock” began on NBC.

1992 – The first episode of “Mad About You” aired.

2002 – The first season of “CSI: Miami” began.

2003 – The series “NCIS” premiered on CBS.

2004 – It was announced that a “lost” episode of The Honeymooners” had been found in the Peabody Awards archive at the University of Georgia. The episode, entitled “Love Letter,” originally broadcast on October 16, 1954, on “The Jackie Gleason Show.”

2004 – The fifth season of “CSI” began.

2011 – “All My Children” aired its last episode. The show had run for 41 years.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 – The Clovers performed “Love Potion #9” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – Strawberry Alarm Clock performed “Incense and Peppermints” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 9/22





Today is Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Today in
Television History

1964 – “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” debuted on NBC-TV.

1974 – “The Sonny Comedy Revue” made its television debut.

1979 – ABC began airing the first episode of “Hart to Hart.”

1985 – NBC began airing the series “Amazing Stories.”

1986 – The TV show “ALF” debuted on NBC.

1987 – ABC aired the first episode of “Full House.”

1989 – NBC began airing the series “Baywatch.”

1992 – “MTV Unplugged” renamed one episode “MTV Plugged” when Bruce Springsteen played an electric set on the show.

1994 – NBC began airing the series “Friends.”

1999 – The 10th season of “L.A. Law” began.

2003 – The pilot episode of “Two and a Half Men” aired.

2004 – The Federal Communications Commission voted to fine CBS a record $550,000 for indecency related to the Super Bowl in which Janet Jackson’s right breast was exposed. The FCC fined each of the 20 CBS-owned television stations the maximum penalty of $27,500.

2004 – CBS News announced that a panel would investigate the “60 Minutes” story that used forged documents to question U.S. President George W. Bush’s National Guard Service. The segment was based on several alleged memos from Bush’s days in the National Guard. The memos were called forged or fake by many document experts.

2004 – The first season of “CSI: New York” began.

2004 – The pilot episode of “Lost” aired.

2005 – The first episode of “Criminal Minds” aired.

2011 – The pilot episode of “Person of Interest” aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1960 – Johnny Tillotson performed “Poetry in Motion” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – Lee Dorsey performed “Ya-Ya” on “American Bandstand.”

1973 – Lobo performed “How Can I Tell Her” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – Gary U.S. Bonds performed “Standing in the Line of Fire” and “Sneaking Away” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – The video for Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was aired on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – The Psychedelic Furs performed “Heaven” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 9/21





Today is Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Today in
Television History

1948 – Milton Berle debuted as the host of “The Texaco Star Theater” on NBC-TV. The show later became “The Milton Berle Show.” Berle was the regular host until 1967.

1953 – CBS aired Orwell’s “1984” as a TV movie.

1957 – The first episode of “Perry Mason” aired on CBS.

1968 – The television show “Adam-12” debuted on NBC.

1970 – “NFL Monday Night Football” made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.

1972 – ABC-TV debuted “In Concert.” Alice Cooper appeared in the first episode.

1993 – The first episode of “NYPD Blue” aired on ABC.

1998 – The first episode of “Will & Grace” aired on NBC.

1999 – HBO’s live music show, “Reverb,” debuted with performances by Alanis Morissette and Everlast.

2001 – “America: A Tribute to Heroes” was shown on 35 separate broadcast and cable networks simultaneously. The telethon raised $150 million in pledges to benefit families of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. The pledges were made from September 21 through September 24, 2001.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1960 – Dorsey Burnetter performed “Hey Little One” on “American Bandstand.”

1963 – Skeeter Davis performed “I Can’t Stay Mad at You” on “American Bandstand.”

1963 – Garnett Mimms performed “Cry Baby” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – Jay & the Techniques performed “Baby, Make Your Own Sweet Music” on “American Bandstand.”

1974 – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles performed “Do It Baby” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 9/20





Today is Monday, September 20, 2021

Today in
Television History

1953 – The TV show “Letter to Loretta” premiered. The name was changed to “The Loretta Young Show” on February 14, 1954.

1953 – Jimmy Stewart debuted on the radio western “The Six Shooter” on NBC.

1955 – “You’ll Never Be Rich” premiered on CBS-TV. The name was changed less than two months later to “The Phil Silvers Show.”

1975 – The Bay City Rollers appeared live on the premiere of the Howard Cosell’s Saturday Night show on ABC-TV. It was their U.S. debut.

1976 – The Captain & Tennille show premiered on ABC-TV.

1979 – The first episode of “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” aired on NBC.

1980 – Los Angeles Police Office Kenneth Osmond was shot three times while chasing a suspected car thief. He eventually retired in 1988. Osmond is known for playing Eddie Haskell on the television show “Leave It to Beaver.”

1984 – The first episode of “The Cosby Show” aired on NBC.

1984 – The first episode of “Who’s the Boss?” aired on ABC.

2004 – CBS News announced that they could not authenticate several documents that had been used in a “60 Minutes” story that questioned U.S. President George Bush’s service in the National Guard. Two days later CBS announced that a panel would be appointed to investigate the story.

2016 – The first episode of “This Is Us” premiered on NBC.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1957 – Don Rondo performed “There’s Only You” on “American Bandstand.”

1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival performed “Commotion” and “Down on the Corner” on “American Bandstand.”

1975 – Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods performed “Our Last Song Together” on “American Bandstand.”

1975 – Ralph Carter performed “When You’re Young and in Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1980 – The Spinners performed “Cupid/I’ve Loved You for a Long, Long Time” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 9/19





Today is Sunday, September 19, 2021

Today in
Television History

1955 – Eva Marie Saint, Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman starred in the “Producer�s Showcase” presentation of “Our Town” on NBC-TV.

1970 – The first episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” aired on CBS.

1972 – The 100th episode of “Hawaii Five-O” aired.

1981 – Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded “The Concert in Central Park” for an HBO special. The material was recorded live in New York’s Central Park.

1984 – NBC began airing “Highway to Heaven.”

1992 – The pilot episode of “Renegade” aired.

1994 – NBC began airing the television series “ER.”

1994 – “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” began its 5th season with its 100th episode.

1997 – VH1 aired “Storytellers” live for the first time. The show was a 90 minute special featuring Elton John from the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA.

1999 – The first episode of “Judging Amy” aired.

2005 – The pilot episode of “How I Met Your Mother” aired on CBS.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 – Troy Shondell performed “This Time” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – Brian Hyland performed “Warmed Over Kisses (Left Over Love)” on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – The Superbs performed “Baby Baby All the Time” on “American Bandstand.”

1970 – Bobby Bloom performed “Montego Bay” on “American Bandstand.”

1981 – A video of the Jacksons’ “The Triumph (Can You Feel It)” was aired on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 9/18





Today is Saturday, September 18, 2021

Today in
Television History

1955 – The “Ed Sullivan Show” began on CBS-TV. The show had been “The Toast of the Town” since 1948.

1957 – “The Big Record” premiered on CBS-TV. The show only lasted one season.

1963 – “The Patty Duke Show” premiered on ABC-TV.

1965 – The first episode of “I Dream of Jeannie” was shown on NBC-TV. The last show was televised on September 1, 1970.

1969 – Tiny Tim announced on “The Tonight Show” to Johnny Carson his engagement to Miss Vicki Budinger. Carson asked the two to be married on the show. They made TV history with the wedding on December 17, 1969.

1978 – The first episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati” aired on CBS.

1983 – ABC began airing “Hardcastle and McCormick.”

1983 – KISS appeared unmasked on MTV for the first time.

1989 – A California Raisins commercial that featured a “claymation” version of Michael Jackson debuted on U.S. television.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1957 – Frankie Avalon made an appearance on “American Bandstand.”

1958 – Arlene Smith & the Chantels performed “I Love You So” on “American Bandstand.”

1971 – Bobbie Russell performed “Saturday Morning Confusion” on “American Bandstand.”

1971 – A taped performance of Creedence Clearwater Revival performing “Sweet Hitchhiker” was played on “American Bandstand.”

1976 – A taped performance of Elton John & Kiki Dee performing “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” on “American Bandstand.”

1982 – Men at Work performed “Who Can It Be Now” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 9/17





Today is Friday, September 17, 2021

Today in
Television History

1955 – “The Perry Como Show” moved to Saturday nights on NBC-TV.

1963 – “The Fugitive” premiered on ABC-TV. The show starred David Janssen.

1964 – ABC began airing the series “Bewitched.”

1965 – The first episode of “Hogan’s Heroes” aired.

1965 – “The Smothers Brothers Show” premiered on CBS-TV.

1966 – “Mission Impossible” premiered on CBS-TV.

1967 – The Doors appear on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and performed “Light My Fire” and “People Are Strange.”

1972 – The first episode of “M*A*S*H” aired on CBS.

1978 – The series “Battlestar Galactica” began airing on ABC.

1991 – The first episode of “Home Improvement” aired on ABC.

1995 – The 10th season of “Married With Children” began.

2002 – “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” returned to television on Animal Planet.

2010 – CBS aired the final episode of “As the World Turns.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1966 – Neil Diamond performed “Cherry Cherry” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – The Brothers Johnson performed “Strawberry Letter #23” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Amy Holland performed “I Hand on Your Every Word” and “Shake Me, Wake Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Scott Baio performed “Some Girls” and “She’s Trouble” on “American Bandstand.”