1954 in television
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The year 1954 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1954.
- January 1 – NBC broadcasts the Rose Parade from Pasadena, California in NTSC color. The broadcast uses a new mobile color TV studio (truck) and the program is carried across the continent on 21 stations. RCA strategically places Color TV sets in public viewing areas such as hotel lobbies because the first sets only become available to the public in the spring.
- January 3 – RAI launched in Italy.
- January 10 – CBMT opens in Montreal, making that city the first in Canada to have 2 stations operating. The new station uses the English language, leaving CBFT to continue entirely in French.
- January 11 – The first weather forecast with an in-vision presenter is televised in the UK.
- March 28 – WKAQ-TV became the first television station in Puerto Rico.
- April – The American Broadcasting Company broadcasts the Army-McCarthy hearings live and in their entirety.
- May 1 – WAPA-TV becomes the second television station in Puerto Rico.
- May 17–23 – One week (the so-called "Sandrewsveckan" or "Sandrews week") of experimental television broadcasts are aired in Sweden, the first such programs in the country.
- June 5 – The last new episode of the comic variety program, Your Show of Shows, airs.
- June 13 – First television in Colombia broadcast.
- July 5 – First actual news bulletin, News and Newsreel, aired on BBC Television, replacing Television Newsreel.
- September 11 – The Miss America Beauty Contest airs for the first time on national television in the United States. 27 million viewers watched as Lee Ann Meriwether wins the title. Meriwether would later become a television actress, co-starring in Barnaby Jones (1973–1980).
- October 2 – The Jimmy Durante Show premieres on NBC (1954–1956).
- October 29 – Sveriges Radio begins broadcasting TV in Sweden and apart from news and a weather forecast, the first Swedish TV programme is "En skål för televisionen" ("A Toast to Television") led by Lennart Hyland. For the first few months (until spring 1955), Swedish TV is broadcast one evening a week and for about an hour each time.
- November 3 – Disney's Alice in Wonderland airs on ABC in the United States.
- November 19 – TMC Monte Carlo launched in Monaco, the first microstate television
- December 12 – BBC Television broadcasts its famous, and controversial, adaptation of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
- The Television Act 1954 authorises setting up the infrastructure for British commercial television.
- The British Academy Television Awards, the most prestigious awards of the British television industry, are first awarded.
- The RCA CT-100 and Westinghouse 15" color sets hit the market. Neither are big sellers.
Series on the air in 1954Edit
- Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)
- American Bandstand (1952–1989)
- Bozo the Clown (1949–present)
- Buick-Berle Show (1953–1954); the show was renamed The Milton Berle Show (1954–1967) this year
- Candid Camera (1948–present)
- Cisco Kid (1950–1956)
- The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950-1955)
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–1995)
- Death Valley Days (1952–1975)
- Dragnet (1951–1959)
- General Motors Theatre (Can) (1953–1956, 1958–1961)
- Gillette Cavalcade of Sports (1946–1960)
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present)
- Hawkins Falls (1950, 1951–1955))
- Hockey Night in Canada (1952–present)
- Howdy Doody (1947–1960)
- I Love Lucy (1951–1960)
- Kraft Television Theater (1947–1958)
- Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947–1957)
- Life is Worth Living (1952–1957)
- Life with Elizabeth (1952–1955)
- Love of Life (1951–1980)
- Meet the Press (1947–present)
- Muffin the Mule (1946–1955)
- My Little Margie (1952–1955)
- Panorama (UK) (1953–present)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986)
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
- The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950-1955)
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)
- The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958)
- The Goldbergs (1949–1955)
- The Good Old Days (UK) (1953–1983)
- The Guiding Light (1952–2009)
- The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
- The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957)
- The Today Show (1952–present)
- The Voice of Firestone (1949–1963)
- This Is Your Life (US) (1952–1961)
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988)
- What's My Line (1950–1967)
- Where's Raymond? or The Ray Bolger Show (1953–1955)
- Your Hit Parade (1950–1959)
- January 1 – Annie Oakley (1954–1957)
- January 4 – The Brighter Day (1954–1962)
- January 23 – Stories of the Century (1954–1955)
- February 1 - The Secret Storm (1954–1974)
- March 11 – The Public Defender on CBS (1954–1955)
- April 2 – The Grove Family, on BBC Television (1954–1957); generally considered the first British TV soap opera
- April 8 – Justice on NBC (1954–1956)
- April 18 – The Martha Wright Show on ABC
- April 26 – The Tony Martin Show on NBC
- August 5 – So You Want to Lead a Band on ABC (1954–1955)
- August 28 – The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan on NBC (1954–1955)
- September 7
- September 12 – Lassie on CBS (1954–1973)
- September 18 – Willy starring June Havoc on CBS (1954–1955)
- September 27 – The Tonight Show on the NBC (1954–present)
- October 2
- October 3 - Father Knows Best on CBS (1954-60)
- October 7 – The Mail Story, subtitled Handle with Care, on ABC (1954)
- October 14 – Flash Gordon (1954–1955), starring Steve Holland
- October 15 – The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin on ABC (1954–1959)
- October 21 – The CBS anthology series, Climax! (1954–1958) airs an adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel, Casino Royale, starring Barry Nelson as an Americanized version of spy James Bond; the first dramatic adaptation of a Bond novel
- October 27 – The Walt Disney anthology series debuts as Disneyland (1954–present; as Disneyland 1954–1958)
- November 13 – Fabian of the Yard, the first British TV police procedural, debuts on BBC (1954–1956)
- December 21 – Zoo Quest on BBC Television (1954–1964)
- Face the Nation on CBS (1954–present)
- The Jo Stafford Show, a 15-minute primetime variety series, on CBS (1954–1955)
- The National premieres as The National News on CBC (1954–present)
- That's My Boy on CBS
Ending this yearEdit
|January 11||Of Many Things||1953|
|February 5||The Comeback Story|
|February 24||Answers for Americans|
|March 9||This Is Show Business||1949|
|March 28||Jukebox Jury||1953|
|May 11||Judge for Yourself|
|June 5||Your Show of Shows||1950|
|June 17||Martin Kane, Private Eye||1949|
|July 2||The Pride of the Family||1953|
|Television Newsreel (UK)||1948|
|August 1||Juvenile Jury||1947|
|August 2||The Dennis Day Show||1953|
|August 21||Bank on the Stars|
|October 10||Author Meets the Critics||1947|
|November 20||The Paul Winchell Show||1950|
|December 5||The Martha Wright Show||1954|
|December 26||Rocky King Detective||1950|
|December 30||The Mail Story||1947|
|January 12||Howard Stern||Radio and TV personality (America's Got Talent)|
|January 19||Katey Sagal||Actress and singer (Married... with Children)|
|January 29||Oprah Winfrey||Actress and talk-show host (The Oprah Winfrey Show)|
|January 27||Ed Schultz||Talk show host and sportscaster|
|February 1||Bill Mumy||Actor and musician (Lost in Space)|
|February 2||Christie Brinkley||Model and actress|
|February 15||Matt Groening||Creator of The Simpsons and Futurama|
|February 17||Rene Russo||Actress|
|February 18||John Travolta||Actor (Welcome Back, Kotter)|
|March 1||Catherine Bach||Actress (Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard)|
|Ron Howard||Actor and director (Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, Richie Cunningham on Happy Days) and director|
|March 15||Craig Wasson||Actor (One Life to Live)|
|March 17||Lesley-Anne Down||Actress (The Bold and the Beautiful)|
|March 24||Donna Pescow||Actress and director|
|Robert Carradine||Actor (Lizzie McGuire)|
|April 29||Jerry Seinfeld||Actor and comedian (Seinfeld)|
|June 15||James Belushi||Actor (According to Jim)|
|June 22||Chris Lemmon||Actor (Duet)|
|Freddie Prinze||Actor and comedian (Chico and the Man) (d. 1977)|
|June 24||Richard Newman||Voice actor|
|June 28||Alice Krige||Actress|
|August 12||Sam J. Jones||Actor|
|September 8||Anne Diamond||Television presenter (The Wright Stuff)|
|September 30||Barry Williams||Actor (The Brady Bunch)|
|October 9||Scott Bakula||Actor (Quantum Leap, NCIS: New Orleans)|
|November 12||Rhonda Shear||TV personality, actress|
|November 28||Marty Grabstein||Actor (Courage the Cowardly Dog)|
|December 4||Tony Todd||Actor and producer|
|December 28||Denzel Washington||Actor (St. Elsewhere)|