List of years in television (table)

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

For the American TV schedule, see: 1965–66 United States network television schedule.



  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 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 & 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 3 American 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
  • 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 succussful rectangular tube color TV to the mass market.



Ending during 1965Edit

Date Show Debut
January 16 The Outer Limits 1963
March 11 Jonny Quest 1964
May 22 The Jack Benny Program 1950
September 3 The Price Is Right 1956

Changes of network affiliationEdit

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


Date Name Notability
January 3 Penny Smith Television presenter
January 4 Julia Ormond Actress (Witches of East End)
January 22 Diane Lane Actress (Lonesome Dove)
February 3 Maura Tierney Actress (ER)
February 7 Chris Rock Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live)
February 23 Kristin Davis Actress (Charlotte on Sex and the City)
March 25 Sarah Jessica Parker Actress (Carrie on Sex and the City)
April 4 Robert Downey Jr. Actor (Iron Man)
April 16 Martin Lawrence Actor and comedian (Martin)
Jon Cryer Actor (Two and a Half Men)
April 26 Kevin James Actor (The King of Queens)
May 7 Owen Hart Canadian wrestler (WWF)
May 23 Melissa McBride Actress (The Walking Dead)
May 27 Todd Bridges Actor (Willis on Diff'rent Strokes)
May 31 Brooke Shields Actress (Suddenly Susan) and model
July 7 Jeremy Kyle TV presenter (The Jeremy Kyle Show)
July 22 Shawn Michaels Wrestler (WWE)
August 6 Mark Speight British television presenter (SMart)
August 10 Claudia Christian Actress (Babylon 5)
August 29 Dina Spybey Actress
September 3 Charlie Sheen Actor (Two and a Half Men)
September 9 Constance Marie Actress (George Lopez)
November 4 Kiersten Warren Actress (Saved by the Bell: The College Years)
November 21 Alexander Siddig Actor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
November 30 Ben Stiller Actor / producer (The Ben Stiller Show)
December 21 Andy Dick Actor (NewsRadio)


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


  1. ^ New Year's Eve incident
  2. ^ Sales, Soupy; Charles Salzberg (2001). Soupy Sez! My Life and Zany Times. New York: M. Evans and Co. ISBN 0-87131-935-7.