1965 in television

The year 1965 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1965.

List of years in television (table)
In radio


  • January 1 – Comedian Soupy Sales, who hosted the "Lunch With Soupy Sales" children's program on New York City's WNEW-TV, encourages his young viewers to send him money ("those funny little green pieces of paper with pictures of U.S. presidents") from their parents' pants and pocketbooks and send them to him, and in return he would "send you a postcard from Puerto Rico!"[1] Days later, when he actually got response, he declared that he was joking and that cash contributions would be donated to charity, but WNEW suspended Sales for two weeks over the incident.[2]
  • February 22 – A new, videotaped production of the 1957 special Cinderella, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, airs on CBS with young Lesley Ann Warren (in the title role) starring alongside Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, and Celeste Holm.
  • March 11 – After months of speculation, Vivian Vance announces she is departing The Lucy Show following the conclusion of its third season. She would return to the series for guest appearances a few years later, a tradition that continued into Lucille Ball's following series, Here's Lucy.
  • March 24 – Live TV pictures from the US unmanned moon probe Ranger 9 are transmitted prior to its impact.
  • April 5 – TEN10 opens in Sydney, Australia, with the highlight of the opening night being the variety special TV Spells Magic.
  • April 15 – Paul Bryan (Ben Gazzara) gets bad news from his doctor and sets out to do all the things he never had time for, in the Kraft Suspense Theatre episode entitled "Rapture at Two-Forty." This will serve as the pilot for the series Run for Your Life, which will premiere on September 13 and run until 1968.
  • April 21 – The Beach Boys appear on Shindig! performing their most recent hit, "Do You Wanna Dance?"
  • April 26 – Brazil's largest TV network, Rede Globo, begins broadcasting.
  • April 28 – My Name Is Barbra, Barbra Streisand's first TV special, airs on CBS.
  • May 2 – The Rolling Stones make their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • June 4 – The launch of the Gemini 4 space mission is broadcast in color by NBC. All three networks would carry the launch of Gemini 5 in color that August and all subsequent manned space launches.
  • July 31 - GTV (Ghana) began as GBC TV, making it the first television station in Ghana.
  • August 1 – Cigarette adverts are banned from UK television, though pipe tobacco and cigar adverts continue until 1992.
  • August 6 – BBC withdraws a planned airing of The War Game on BBC1's Wednesday Play anthology series; the network, officially, deems the film's depiction of a fictional nuclear attack on the United Kingdom and its aftermath as "too horrifying" to air on television, though it was widely believed that government pressure led to the banning. The film would win the 1966 Academy Award for Documentary Feature, and BBC would not screen the film on-air until 1985.
  • September – ABC, CBS, and NBC, begin transitioning a majority of their prime-time programming towards color, with NBC virtually all their programming in color, and ABC and CBS over half of their programs, while keeping some of them in black-and-white due to production costs.[3]
  • September 10 – The first National Geographic Special, a chronicle of a 1963 U.S. expedition to Mount Everest, airs on CBS.
  • September 12
    • NBC takes over telecasts of the American Football League, with most of the games being broadcast in color.
    • The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show for the fourth and final time, performing songs from their new album Help!. This appearance was videotaped on August 14 before the group launched their U.S. tour the following night at Shea Stadium (Sunday, August 15, 1965).
  • September 13 – Today on NBC goes color.
  • October 4 – Pope Paul VI's visit to New York receives saturation television coverage on all three major American television networks. The Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium is broadcast in color.
  • October 17 – WBMG-TV in Birmingham, Alabama launches on channel 42, sharing dual CBS/NBC affiliation with crosstown WAPI-TV—and allowing viewers in the Birmingham market to watch more programming from those networks that WAPI did not have room for (including The Ed Sullivan Show, The CBS Evening News, and The Tonight Show). The setup lasts until 1970, when WAPI takes sole affiliation with NBC and WBMG does the same with CBS. At the same time, WCFT-33 in Tuscaloosa and WHMA-40 in Anniston become exclusive affiliates of CBS. Like WBMG, Channels 33 and 40 were dual affiliates of NBC and CBS.
  • November 5 – Katie Holstrum (Inger Stevens) and Congressman Glen Morley (William Windom) are married in The Farmer's Daughter episode entitled "To Have and To Hold".
  • November 15 – The Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC goes color on a regular basis, the first network evening newscast to be colorcast nightly.
  • November 25 – CBS airs the first color broadcast of an NFL football game, a Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions.
  • November 28 – Julie Andrews' first TV special airs on NBC.
  • December 4 – TV Guide launches its Montana edition and now covers all of the contiguous U.S. (A Hawaii edition will be launched in 1968.)
  • December 9 – A Charlie Brown Christmas premieres on CBS.
  • December 21 – A production of The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet airs on CBS.
Also in 1965
  • Sistema Nacional de Televisión (as TV Cerro Cora) began the first television broadcasts in Paraguay.
  • Three independently affiliated stations in the Philadelphia market—The "Other Big 3 in Philly"—start operations: WIBF (channel 29) opens on May 16; WKBS-TV (channel 48) opens on September 1 (and operates until 1983); and WPHL-TV (channel 17) opens on September 17.
  • Motorola introduces the first successful rectangular tube color TV to the mass market.
  • Jeopardy! moves to 12:00 noon on NBC, which would make the show a hit on the network for many years.



Ending during 1965Edit

Date Show Debut
January 16 The Outer Limits 1963
March 11 Jonny Quest 1964
March 14 The Porky Pig Show
April 10 Kentucky Jones
April 21 The Cara Williams Show
May 22 The Jack Benny Program 1950
September 3 The Price Is Right 1956
September 22 The Sullavan Brothers 1964
November 9 ABC's Nightlife
December 25 The Magilla Gorilla Show

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
My Three Sons ABC CBS
Hazel NBC


Date Name Notability
January 4 Rick Hearst Soap opera actor
Julia Ormond Actress (Witches of East End)
January 10 Butch Hartman Director (Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Bunsen Is a Beast, Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder)
January 12 Ali Wentworth Actress and comedian (In Living Color)
January 14 Jemma Redgrave Actress
Mark Addy English actor (Still Standing)
January 22 DJ Jazzy Jeff Disc jockey and actor (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Diane Lane Actress (Lonesome Dove)
February 1 Sherilyn Fenn Actress (Twin Peaks)
February 3 Maura Tierney Actress (ER, NewsRadio, The Affair)
February 7 Chris Rock Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live, The Chris Rock Show)
February 12 Raphael Sbarge Actor (Once Upon a Time)
February 22 John Leslie TV presenter
February 23 Kristin Davis Actress (Charlotte on Sex and the City)
March 1 Chris Eigeman Actor (Gilmore Girls)
March 8 Kenny Smith NBA basketball player and analyst
March 10 Deezer D Actor and rapper (ER) (died 2021)
March 11 Wallace Langham Actor (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
Barbara Alyn Woods Actress (One Tree Hill)
March 13 Gigi Rice American actress
March 14 Kevin Williamson American screenwriter
March 15 Robyn Malcolm Actress
March 18 David Cubitt Canadian actor (Medium)
March 21 Cynthia Geary Actress (Northern Exposure)
March 23 Richard Grieco Actor (21 Jump Street)
Wayne Péré Actor
March 24 Peter Jacobson Actor (House, Colony)
The Undertaker Actor
March 25 Sarah Jessica Parker Actress (Carrie on Sex and the City)
Avery Johnson American basketball coach
Colin Lane TV host
March 27 Eric Horsted Writer
March 30 Juliet Landau Actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and daughter of Martin Landau
Piers Morgan Television broadcaster
April 1 José Zúñiga Actor
April 4 Robert Downey Jr. Actor (Iron Man)
April 9 Mark Pellegrino Actor (Supernatural, Dexter, Being Human)
April 14 Catherine Dent Actress
April 16 Martin Lawrence Actor and comedian (Martin)
Jon Cryer Actor (Two and a Half Men)
April 17 William Mapother Actor (Lost)
April 22 Lauri Hendler Actress (Gimme a Break!)
April 26 Kevin James Actor and comedian (Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens, Kevin Can Wait)
April 30 Adrian Pasdar Actor (Heroes)
May 1 Lee Cowan Correspondent
May 3 Rob Brydon Actor
May 6 Leslie Hope Canadian actress (24)
May 7 Owen Hart Canadian wrestler (WWF) (died 1999)
May 13 John Anderson American sports commentator
May 17 Abigail Pogrebin Writer
May 23 Melissa McBride Actress (The Walking Dead)
May 27 Todd Bridges Actor (Willis on Diff'rent Strokes)
Zenobia Shroff Actress and comedienne (Ms. Marvel, The Resident)
May 30 Antoine Fuqua Actor
May 31 Brooke Shields Actress (Suddenly Susan) and model
June 4 Vincent Young Actor (Beverly Hills, 90210)
June 5 Ruth Marshall Actress
Tyler Bates Producer
June 13 Lisa Vidal Actress
June 17 Kami Cotler Actress (The Waltons)
June 18 Kim Dickens Actress (Deadwood, Treme, Fear the Walking Dead)
June 24 Danielle Spencer Actress (What's Happening!!, What's Happening Now!!)
June 25 Andrew Dan-Jumbo Nigerian television presenter
June 29 Matthew Weiner American television writer
June 30 Mitch Richmond NBA basketball player
July 1 Tom Hodges Actor (The Hogan Family)
July 5 Kathryn Erbe Actress (Oz, Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
July 7 Mo Collins Actress and comedian (Mad TV)
Jeremy Kyle TV presenter (The Jeremy Kyle Show)
Karen Malina White Actress (Malcolm & Eddie, The Proud Family)
July 9 David O'Hara Actor
July 10 Alec Mapa Actor (Half & Half)
July 16 Daryl Mitchell Actor (The John Larroquette Show, Veronica's Closet, NCIS: New Orleans)
July 19 Clea Lewis Actress (Ellen)
July 22 Shawn Michaels Wrestler (WWE)
Curt Menefee TV Host
Patrick Labyorteaux Actor (Little House on the Prairie, JAG)
July 23 Slash British-American guitarist
July 24 Kadeem Hardison Actor (A Different World)
July 26 Jeremy Piven Actor (Ellen, Entourage, Mr. Selfridge)
August 4 Crystal Chappell Actress (Days of Our Lives, One Life to Live, Guiding Light)
August 6 Jeremy Ratchford Canadian actor (Cold Case)
David Robinson NBA basketball player
Mark Speight British television presenter (SMart) (died 2008)
August 10 Claudia Christian Actress (Babylon 5)
August 11 Viola Davis Actress (How to Get Away with Murder)
Duane Martin Actor (All of Us)
August 12 Peter Krause Actor (Sports Night, Six Feet Under, Parenthood)
August 17 Dottie Pepper Golfer
August 18 Bob Harper Trainer
August 19 Kyra Sedgwick Actress
Kevin Dillon Actor
August 24 Marlee Matlin Actress
Reggie Miller NBA basketball player
August 25 Doug Aarniokoski American television director
August 26 Chris Burke Actor (Life Goes On)
Jon Hensley Actor (As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful)
September 3 Charlie Sheen Actor (Two and a Half Men) and son of Martin Sheen
Costas Mandylor Actor (Picket Fences)
September 9 Charles Esten Actor (Nashville)
Dan Majerle NBA basketball player
Constance Marie Actress (George Lopez)
September 14 Michelle Stafford Actress (The Young and the Restless)
September 16 Lorne Spicer British presenter (Cash in the Attic)
September 17 Kyle Chandler Actor (Early Edition, Friday Night Lights)
September 21 Cheryl Hines Actress (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Suburgatory)
September 25 Scottie Pippen NBA basketball player
September 28 Scott Fellows Producer
October 1 Ted King Actor (Charmed)
October 10 Chris Penn Actor (died 2006)
October 19 Brad Daugherty NBA basketball player
October 26 Kelly Rowan Actress (The O.C.)
October 28 Jami Gertz Actress (Still Standing)
October 30 Charnele Brown American actress (A Different World)
November 4 Kiersten Warren Actress (Saved by the Bell: The College Years)
November 7 Mike Henry Voice actor (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show)
November 20 Jay Bienstock American television producer
November 21 Alexander Siddig Actor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
November 25 Cris Carter NFL football player
November 26 Scott Adsit Comedian, actor and writer (30 Rock)
November 29 Ellen Cleghorne Actress and comedian (Saturday Night Live, Cleghorne!)
November 30 Ben Stiller Actor, comedian and producer (The Ben Stiller Show)
December 3 Steve Harris Actor (The Practice)
December 14 Ted Raimi Actor (Xena: Warrior Princess)
December 16 J. B. Smoove Actor
December 19 Jessica Steen Actress
December 21 Andy Dick Actor (NewsRadio)
December 22 Jonathan Joss Actor (King of the Hill, Parks and Recreation)


Date Name Age Notability
February 15 Nat King Cole 45 Actor and singer (The Nat King Cole Show)
April 27 Edward R. Murrow 57 CBS newsman
November 8 Dorothy Kilgallen 52 Journalist and game show panelist (What's My Line?)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mikkelson, David (20 March 2001). "Soupy Sales' 'Green Pieces of Paper' Scandal". Snopes. Retrieved 9 April 2023.
  2. ^ Sales, Soupy; Charles Salzberg (2001). Soupy Sez! My Life and Zany Times. New York: M. Evans and Co. ISBN 0-87131-935-7.
  3. ^ "Color Revolution: Television In The Sixties - TVObscurities". Television Obscurities. Retrieved 9 April 2023.