The year 1936 in television involved some significant events.
Below is a list of television-related events during 1936.
- July 7 – At David Sarnoff's request for an experiment of RCA's electronic television technology, NBC's first attempt at actual programming is a 30-minute variety show featuring speeches, dance ensembles, monologues, vocal numbers, and film clips. It is shown to 225 of RCA's licensees on 22 centimeter screens, 343 lines per picture, 30 pictures per second.
- August – 72 hours of medium-definition (180-line) television broadcasts of the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin are seen by approximately 150,000 people in public viewing rooms in Berlin and Potsdam.
- November 2 – The first regular high-definition (then defined as at least 200 lines) television service from the BBC, based at Alexandra Palace in London, officially begins broadcasting (after test transmissions began in August). The service alternates on a weekly basis between John Logie Baird's 240-line mechanical system and the Marconi-EMI's 405-line all-electronic system. Programmes are broadcast daily, Monday to Saturday, at 15:00–16:00 and 20:00–22:00.
- November 6 – NBC in New York demonstrates electronic television to invited members of the press, with a 40-minute program of live acts and films, received on 30 centimeter television screens.
- First coaxial cables are laid between New York and Philadelphia by AT&T; they will transmit television and telephone signals.
- By this year there are approximately 2,000 television receivers worldwide.
- October 8 – Picture Page (UK) is first broadcast as part of the BBC's test transmissions prior to launch (1936–1939; 1946–1952)
- November 3 – Starlight (UK), a variety show, debuts on the BBC (1936–1939; 1946–1949).
- Theatre Parade (UK) premieres on the BBC (1936–1938).
- January 1 – Valora Norland, actress
- January 25 – Diana Hyland, actress, Peyton Place (died 1977)
- January 28 – Alan Alda, actor, star of M*A*S*H
- February 3 – Mariclare Costello, actress, The Waltons
- February 4 – Gary Conway, actor, Burke's Law
- February 11 – Burt Reynolds, actor, Gunsmoke, Dan August, Evening Shade (died 2018)
- February 20
- February 29 – Alex Rocco, actor (died 2015)
- March 5 – Dean Stockwell, actor, Quantum Leap
- March 27 – Jerry Lacy, actor, Dark Shadows
- April 14 – Kenneth Mars, actor, He & She (died 2011)
- April 18 – Richard A. Colla, actor, Days of Our Lives
- May 12 – Tom Snyder, talk show host (died 2007)
- May 14 – Bobby Darin, singer and actor (died 1973)
- May 23 – Charles Kimbrough, actor, Murphy Brown
- May 27 – Louis Gossett, Jr., actor
- June 11 – Chad Everett, actor, Medical Center (died 2012)
- June 30
- July 24 – Ruth Buzzi, actress, comedian, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
- August 15 – Pat Priest, actress, The Munsters
- September 13 – Joe E. Tata, actor, Beverly Hills, 90210
- September 14 – Walter Koenig, actor, Ensign Chekhov on Star Trek
- September 24 – Jim Henson, puppeteer, creator of The Muppets (died 1990)
- October 26 – Shelley Morrison, actress, Will & Grace
- October 31 – Michael Landon, actor and producer, Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie (died 1991)
- November 19 – Dick Cavett, talk show host
- December 8 – David Carradine, actor, Kung Fu, (died 2009)
- December 22 – Héctor Elizondo, actor, Chicago Hope, Last Man Standing
- December 29 – Mary Tyler Moore, actress, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show (died 2017)