1969 in television
The year 1969 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1969.
- January 4 – NBC expands the Huntley-Brinkley Report to Saturdays, with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley alternating weeks anchoring the news solo. Later, mediocre ratings prompt NBC to replace the duo with other newsmen, with the broadcast rechristened NBC Saturday News.
- January 13 – Dick York collapses on the set of Bewitched and is rushed to the hospital. He resigns from the show due to health reasons and is replaced by Dick Sargent.
- February 5 – ABC runs the one and only airing of the notorious flop Turn-On.
- February 9 – CBS presents the Royal Shakespeare Company's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, starring Diana Rigg, David Warner, and Helen Mirren.
- February 19 – At exactly 4:31 p.m. at the CBS Studio Center, with Jim Nabors saying the line "How interesting – and did she?", Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. shoots its final scene and completes its run.
- March 29 – Lulu performs "Boom Bang-a-Bang" at the Eurovision Song Contest 1969 in Madrid, and ends up in a four-way tie for first place, with 18 votes.
- April 4 – CBS bans the Smothers Brothers. Three days later, Walter Cronkite opens the evening newscast by confirming that the Smothers Brothers have been replaced by Hee Haw – effective immediately. But because it takes two months to assemble a typical Hee-Haw segment, CBS has to fill the time period with specials until Hee Haw premieres on June 15.
- April 11 – Rome, as only he could see it, is presented in Fellini, a Director's Notebook, an NBC special.
- April 13 – Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore are reunited for a special, Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman, on CBS.
- June 3 – The science fiction television series Star Trek airs its final new episode after being canceled by NBC. Its subsequent sale into rerun syndication soon after leads to a rise in popularity that transforms Star Trek into one of the century's most successful entertainment franchises.
- June 21 – Patrick Troughton makes his last regular appearance as the Second Doctor in the concluding moments of Episode 10 of the Doctor Who serial The War Games. It also marks the final time that the series was broadcast in black and white.
- July 3 – An elephant called Lulu runs amok on Blue Peter. The clip is subsequently repeated many times, becoming the archetypal British TV "blooper".
- July 20 – A live transmission from the Moon is viewed by 720 million people around the world, with the landing of Apollo 11: at 10:56 p.m. EDT on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the surface of the Moon, broadcast live.
- July 25 – Senator Edward Kennedy goes on TV to talk about the incident at Chappaquiddick
- August 14 – Roman Polanski goes on TV to give his take on the Tate-LaBianca murders.
- August 18 – CBS pits Merv Griffin against Johnny Carson in the late-night talk-show arena – Carson wins.
- September 1 – TV Globo launches its first news and current-affairs program, Jornal Nacional, running Monday through Saturday.
- September 8 – From now on, all daytime programs on ABC and CBS are in color.
- September 26 – The Brady Bunch premieres on ABC.
- October 18 – The Jackson 5 make their national television debut on The Hollywood Palace.
- November 10 - Sesame Street makes its debut on NET (later PBS)
- November 12 – The animated special Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert, based on Bill Cosby's stand-up comedy, airs on NBC (it would be the inspiration for the later Saturday-morning cartoon, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids).
- November 13 – Vice-President Spiro Agnew, in a televised speech from Des Moines, Iowa, stirs up a national controversy by attacking the network news commentaries.
- November 15 – Colour introduced to BBC1 and ITV in the UK.
- November 16 – The Rolling Stones make their final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
- December 2 – In tonight's episode of I Dream of Jeannie, Jeannie (Barbara Eden) finally becomes Mrs. Anthony Nelson
- December 12 – The Archies' Sugar Sugar Jingle Jangle Christmas Show airs on CBS. It is not a success.
- December 17 – Tiny Tim gets married on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show.
- 60 Minutes (1968–present)
- Adam-12 (1968-1975)
- American Bandstand (1952–89)
- Another World (1964–99)
- As the World Turns (1956–2010)
- Bewitched (1964–1972)
- Blue Peter (UK) (1958–present)
- Bonanza (1959–73)
- Bozo the Clown (1949–present)
- Candid Camera (1948–present)
- Captain Kangaroo (1955–84)
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–95)
- Coronation Street (UK) (1960–present)
- Crossroads (UK) (1964–88, 2001–03)
- Dad's Army (UK) (1968–77)
- Daniel Boone (1964–70)
- Dark Shadows (1966–71)
- Dragnet (franchise) (1951-1959, 1967-1970)
- Days of Our Lives (1965–present)
- Dixon of Dock Green (UK) (1955–76)
- Doctor Who (UK) (1963–89, 1996, 2005–present)
- Face the Nation (1954–present)
- Family Affair (1966–71)
- Four Corners (Australia) (1961–present)
- General Hospital (1963–present)
- Get Smart (1965–70)
- Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964–70)
- Grandstand (UK) (1958–2007)
- Green Acres (1965–71)
- Gunsmoke (1955–75)
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present)
- Hawaii Five-O (1968–80)
- Here Come the Brides (1968–70)
- Here's Lucy (1968–74)
- Hockey Night in Canada (1952–present)
- Hogan's Heroes (1965–71)
- I Dream of Jeannie (1965–70)
- Ironside (1967–75)
- It's Academic (1961–present)
- Jeopardy! (1964–75, 1984–present)
- Julia (1968–71)
- Kimba the White Lion (1966–67)
- Laugh-In (1968–73)
- Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1967–73)
- Love of Life (1951–80)
- Magpie (UK) (1968–80)
- Mannix (1967–75)
- Mayberry R.F.D. (a continuation of The Andy Griffith Show, 1960–71)
- Meet the Press (1947–present)
- Mission: Impossible (1966–73)
- Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963–88, 2002–present)
- My Three Sons (1960–72)
- One Life to Live (1968–2012)
- Opportunity Knocks (UK) (1956–78)
- Panorama (UK) (1953–present)
- Petticoat Junction (1963–70)
- Play School (1966–present)
- Scooby Doo, Where Are You (1969–71)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–86)
- Sesame Street (1969–Present)
- Spider-Man (1967–70)
- That Girl (1966–71)
- The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–71)
- The Carol Burnett Show (1967–78)
- The Dean Martin Show (1965–74)
- The Doctors (1963–82)
- The Doris Day Show (1968–73)
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–71)
- The Edge of Night (1956–84)
- The Flying Nun (1967–70)
- The Good Old Days (UK) (1953–83)
- The Guiding Light (1952–2009)
- The Honeymooners (1952–70)
- The Johnny Cash Show (1969–71)
- The Late Late Show (Ireland) (1962–present)
- The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–82)
- The Mike Douglas Show (1961–81)
- The Mod Squad (1968–73)
- The Money Programme (UK) (1966–present)
- The Mothers-in-Law (1967–69)
- The Newlywed Game (1966–74)
- The Secret Storm (1954–74)
- The Sky at Night (UK) (1957–present)
- The Today Show (1952–present)
- The Tonight Show (1954–present)
- The Wednesday Play (UK) (1964–70)
- This Is Your Life (UK) (1955–2003)
- Tom and Jerry (1965–72, 1975–77, 1980–82)
- Top of the Pops (UK) (1964–2006)
- Truth or Consequences (1950–88)
- Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1961 – July 1971 under this title; has aired regularly since 1954)
- What the Papers Say (UK) (1956–present)
- World of Sport (UK) (1965–85)
- Z-Cars (UK) (1962–78)
- January 3 – Der Kommissar (1969–76) on ZDF in Germany
- February 7 – This Is Tom Jones (1969–71) on ABC
- June 7 – The Johnny Cash Show (1969–71) on ABC
- June 15 – Hee Haw (1969–92) on CBS
- June 18 – The Main Chance (1969–75) on ITV
- September 6 – H.R. Pufnstuf (1969–71) on NBC
- September 8 – Where the Heart Is (1969–73) on CBS daytime
- September 11 – Time for Living (1969) on CBC Television
- September 13 –
- September 17 –
- September 20 – Warner Brothers releases the final Looney Tunes animated short of the classic (1929–69) era
- September 21 – Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) ITV in the UK
- September 23 – Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–76) on ABC
- September 24 – Medical Center (1969–76) on CBS
- September 26 – The Brady Bunch (1969–74) on ABC
- September 29
- October 5
- November 8 – NBC airs the pilot episode of Rod Serling's science fiction anthology series Night Gallery, which would be picked up as a regular series for the 1970–71 television season
- November 10 – Sesame Street on National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) (1969–present)
- November 16 – The first episode of Clangers (1969–72) (a British stop motion animated television program for children) is broadcast by the BBC
- November 19 – The Benny Hill Show (1969–89) on Thames Television (UK)
- November 23 – Paul Temple (1969–71) on the BBC
Ending this yearEdit
|January 4||Wacky Races (returned in 2017)||1968|
|February 9||The Saint (UK)||1962|
|April 13||The Mothers-in-Law||1967|
|May 2||Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.||1964|
|May 14||Do Not Adjust Your Set (UK)||1967|
|May 21||The Avengers (UK)||1961|
|June 2||Peyton Place||1964|
|June 3||Star Trek||1966|
|June 8||The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour||1967|
|September 20||Match Game||1962|
Changes of network affiliationEdit
|Show||Moved from||Moved to|
|The Ghost & Mrs. Muir||ABC|
|January 1||Mr. Lawrence||American voice actor (voice of Plankton on SpongeBob SquarePants and Filburt on Rocko's Modern Life)|
|January 14||Jason Bateman||American actor (The Hogan Family, Arrested Development)|
|January 22||Guy Fieri||American celebrity chef and game show host|
|January 27||Patton Oswalt||American actor and comedian (The King of Queens, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)|
|February 11||Jennifer Aniston||American actress (Rachel on Friends)|
|February 22||Clinton Kelly||Panamanian-American television host|
|March 10||Paget Brewster||American actress (Criminal Minds)|
|March 11||Terrence Howard||American actor (Sparks, Empire)|
|May 12||Kim Fields||American actress (The Facts of Life)|
|June 13||Laura Kightlinger||American actress and comedian (Will & Grace, The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman)|
|July 7||Cree Summer||American-Canadian actress (A Different World, Tiny Toon Adventures, Codename: Kids Next Door)|
|July 13||Ken Jeong||American actor (Community, Dr. Ken)|
|July 21||Godfrey||American actor, comedian (The Mr. Men Show)|
|July 22||James Arnold Taylor||American voice actor (Drawn Together, Johnny Test, Star Wars: The Clone Wars)|
|July 24||Jennifer Lopez||American actress and singer (American Idol)|
|July 27||Triple H||American WWE wrestler|
|August 18||Christian Slater||American actor (Breaking In)|
|Edward Norton||American actor|
|August 19||Matthew Perry||American actor (Chandler on Friends)|
|September 23||Michelle Thomas||American actress (Family Matters) (d. 1998)|
|October 19||Trey Parker||American actor and director (South Park)|
|November 4||Matthew McConaughey||American actor (True Detective)|
|February 2||Boris Karloff||81||Actor (Thriller, voice of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas)|
|February 9||George "Gabby" Hayes||83||Actor (The Gabby Hayes Show)|
|February 19||Madge Blake||69||Actress (Aunt Harriet on Batman)|
|May 3||Karl Freund||79||Cinematographer who (as director of photography on I Love Lucy) developed the practical use of the three-camera TV sitcom production|
|June 22||Judy Garland||47||Singer/actress (The Judy Garland Show)|
|July 18||Barbara Pepper||54||Actress (Doris Ziffel #1 on Green Acres)|
|September 8||Bud Collyer||61||Game show host (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth)|
|September 19||Rex Ingram||73||Actor|
|December 22||Wilbur Hatch||67||Musical director for many TV shows (including I Love Lucy)|
- 1969: The Year Everything Changed (Skyhorse, 2009) The definitive history of 1969 in American society and culture