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For the American TV schedule, see: 1968–69 United States network television schedule.

The year 1968 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1968.

List of years in television (table)



Also in 1968
  • Rosemary Prinz, one of the first big soap opera stars, leaves As the World Turns in a less-than-amicable departure.
  • Nearly 200 million households now own television sets, 78 million of which are in the US.
  • The Guiding Light and Search for Tomorrow expand to 30 minutes.
  • The last round-screen color TV sets are produced by all American manufacturers.



Ending this yearEdit

Date Show Debut
January 15 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1964
February 4 The Prisoner (UK) 1967
March 6 Lost in Space 1965
March 11 The Lucy Show 1962
March 14 Batman 1966
March 15 Speed Racer (Japan) 1967
March 25 The Monkees 1966
Armchair Theatre (UK) 1956
The Bell Telephone Hour 1959
The Fulton Sheen Program 1961
The Stairlit Starways
April 15 I Spy 1965
September 8 Ultra Seven (Japan) 1967
Unknown The Mavis Bramston Show (Australia) 1964
The Gumby Show 1957
The Road Runner Show (returned in 1971) 1966


Date Name Notability
January 2 Cuba Gooding, Jr. American actor
January 14 LL Cool J American actor and rapper (NCIS: Los Angeles)
January 19 Matt Hill Canadian voice actor (Ed on Ed, Edd n Eddy)
February 1 Pauly Shore American actor and comedian
February 8 Gary Coleman American actor (Diff'rent Strokes) (died 2010)
February 24 Andy Berman American actor (Invader ZIM)
March 1 Kat Cressida American voice actress (Dexter's Laboratory, Archer)
March 29 Lucy Lawless Australian actress (Xena: Warrior Princess)
April 14 Anthony Michael Hall American actor (Saturday Night Live, The Dead Zone, Psych)
April 24 Stacy Haiduk American actress (The Young and the Restless)
July 24 Kristin Chenoweth American actress and singer
August 2 Melanie Hutsell American comic actress (Saturday Night Live)
August 25 Rachael Ray American author, chef and television host
September 4 John DiMaggio American actor (voice of Bender on Futurama and Jake the Dog on Adventure Time)
September 20 Philippa Forrester British television presenter
September 21 Ricki Lake American actress, talk show host
September 25 Will Smith American actor (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and rapper
September 28 Naomi Watts British actress
October 12 Hugh Jackman Australian actor
November 10 Tracy Morgan American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live, Scare Tactics, 30 Rock)
November 18 Owen Wilson American actor
December 3 Brendan Fraser


Date Name Age Notability
May 9 Marion Lorne 84 Actress (Aunt Clara on Bewitched)
June 7 Dan Duryea 61 Actor (Peyton Place)
October 13 Bea Benaderet 62 Actress (Kate on Petticoat Junction; the original voice of Betty Rubble on The Flintstones)