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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 1999. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel initiations, closures and re-brandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes.




Date Event
1 The Biography Channel, a spinoff of A&E Network, launches.
DIY Network, a spinoff of Home and Garden Television, launches.
4 Ed, Edd n Eddy premieres on Cartoon Network as the very first cartoon ever created for the network that was not produced by Hanna-Barbera.
The infamous Fingerpoke of Doom incident occurs on Nitro, while on Raw is War, wrestler Mankind wins for the first time his WWF Championship in a match against The Rock.
6 Bob Newhart receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
11 Jon Stewart debuts as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, replacing Craig Kilborn who moves to CBS to succeed Tom Snyder as host of The Late Late Show.
23 Gene Siskel hosts his final episode of Siskel & Ebert with Roger Ebert. On February 3, 1999, Siskel announced that he would take a leave of absence for the rest of the season but promised to be back the next fall. On February 20, 1999, Siskel died suddenly from complications from a second brain surgery. On that final episode, Siskel and Ebert reviewed At First Sight, Another Day in Paradise, The Hi-Lo Country, Playing by Heart, and The Theory of Flight
31 Family Guy airs its first pilot episode on Fox, after a new episode of The Simpsons which airs after Super Bowl XXXIII.


Date Event
1 Prevue Channel re-brands as The TV Guide Channel, an EPG-branded version of TV Guide magazine.
HBO Family, HBO's fourth multiplex channel, is re-launched and premieres four new shows; A Little Curious, George and Martha, Anthony Ant and Crashbox.
2 Noggin debuts.


Date Event
1 Nick GAS debuts.
26 Tom Snyder's last show on CBS' The Late Late Show. The following Monday, Craig Kilborn, late of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, takes his place as the show's host.


Date Event
4 Odyssey Network introduced new programs: Jim Henson Programs, Classic Sitcoms, Children's Programmings, and Family Movies.
11 Fox airs new Sunday Block: The World's Funniest!, The Simpsons, Season Premiere of Family Guy, and The X-Files.
12 NBC announces the cancellation of its long-running daytime drama Another World after years of declining ratings (a new serial, Passions, replaces AW on July 5).
26 NBC's The Tonight Show is broadcast in high-definition for the first time, making it the first late-night program to be broadcast in this format. Host Jay Leno's guests are: Salma Hayek, David Arquette, and Jewel.
29 The pilot episode of WWF SmackDown! is broadcast on UPN as a single television special. (The show would officially premiere again on the network with a new stage on August 26.)


Date Event
1 Starz launches two multiplex channels; Starz Cinema and Starz Family.
SpongeBob SquarePants premieres on Nickelodeon after Kids' Choice Awards 1999, with the episode Help Wanted.
6 HBO launches two multiplex channels; HBO Zone and HBO Comedy.
21 Susan Lucci receives a Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Erica Kane on the ABC soap opera All My Children, after eighteen failed nominations during previous years. The ceremony is telecast live on CBS.
23 World Wrestling Federation wrestler Owen Hart was killed after falling 70 ft (21 m) from the rafters at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, during a live broadcast of Over The Edge, in which it was aired on pay-per-view during that night's broadcast.
24 During an in-ring promo professional wrestler Bret Hart pays tribute to his brother Owen who was killed in an in-ring accident the night before at Over the Edge on that night's episode of WCW Monday Nitro.
25 Home Improvement ends its eight season run with its series finale on ABC. Mad About You ends its seventh season run with its series finale on NBC.


Date Event
11 Cartoon Cartoon Fridays premieres on Cartoon Network.
17 The NHL on Fox airs for the final time.


Date Event
17 SpongeBob SquarePants officially begins.
18 The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria marries actress Helen Hunt. The couple would file for divorce over a year later.


Date Event
14 The Spongebob SquarePants episode Pizza Delivery, airs on Nickelodeon.
26 WWF SmackDown! airs its first episode, live from the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, on the UPN.
30 Countess Vaughn leaves the cast of Moesha to star in her own television spin-off The Parkers with Mo'Nique, making her the first female African-American comedian to receive a spin-off.


Date Event
6 A big day for children's television: On PBS, PTV is completely re-branded as PBS Kids with new IDs, bumpers, and promos, whilst on UPN, a new weekly block called Disney's One Too debuts, a spinoff of ABC's Disney's One Saturday Morning.
In Schenectady, New York, PBS member station WMHQ is relaunched as WEWB-TV, a commercial broadcast station affiliated with The WB Television Network (the Capital District's first affiliate of that network).
12 The 51st Primetime Emmy Awards presentation aired on Fox.
20 After a four-year hiatus, Family Feud resumes with a new host, Louie Anderson, a new set and a new theme.
After four years, WGN's superstation feed drops programming from The WB and Kids' WB at the request of the network. The network's programs are replaced by movie, sports from Chicago's sporting teams and other broadcasts.


Date Event
1 The infamous "YOU FOOL!" episode of Hollywood Squares airs.
27 The fourth and deciding game of the World Series airs on NBC. This is to date, NBC's 39th and final World Series.


Date Event
12 Courage the Cowardly Dog and Mike, Lu & Og premiere on Cartoon Network.
19 John Carpenter becomes the first player on ABC's game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to win $1,000,000.
29 The WB affiliate TV station WGRB 34 in Campbellsville, Kentucky changes its call sign to "WWWB", likely done in tribute to the network's "dubba-dubba-WB!" jingle.


Date Event
17 10th anniversary of the first half-hour episode of Fox's The Simpsons.
31 ABC participates in the global broadcast 2000 Today with ABC 2000 Today. Peter Jennings anchors ABC's broadcast of the special from New York City, joined later by Dick Clark who hosts the countdown in Times Square.



Date Show Network
January 1 The Blame Game MTV
Cold Case Files A&E
Scrapbook Memories DIY Network
January 4 Ed, Edd n Eddy Cartoon Network
January 5 Total Recall 2070 Showtime
Mega Babies Fox Family
January 8 Providence NBC
January 10 Batman Beyond Kids' WB
The Sopranos HBO
The PJs Fox
January 13 60 Minutes II CBS
January 17 The Brothers Flub Nickelodeon
January 18 So Weird Disney Channel
January 21 Turks CBS
January 25 Zoboomafoo PBS
January 26 A Little Curious HBO Family
January 30 The Jersey Disney Channel
January 31 Family Guy Fox
February 1 George and Martha HBO Family
Anthony Ant
February 11 Maisy Nick Jr.
February 17 The Planet's Funniest Animals Animal Planet
March 8 Strange World ABC
March 9 Family Rules UPN
Sons of Thunder CBS
March 15 Payne
Rescue 77 The WB
March 19 Farscape Sci-Fi Channel
March 24 It's Like, You Know... ABC
The Norm Show
Tenacious D HBO
March 28 Futurama Fox
March 30 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn CBS
April 1 Snap Judgment Court TV
April 3 The Big Moment ABC
April 6 Everything's Relative NBC
April 26 Home Movies UPN
May 1 Mickey Mouse Works ABC
SpongeBob SquarePants Nickelodeon
May 8 The New Woody Woodpecker Show Fox Kids
June 7 Where Are They Now? VH1
June 10 The Chimp Channel TBS
June 14 Power Play UPN
June 19 Beggars and Choosers Showtime
July 5 Passions NBC
July 7 Good Eats Food Network
July 11 Making the Video MTV
July 18 G vs E USA Network
July 26 Undressed MTV
Phred on Your Head Show Noggin
August 1 Grown Ups UPN
August 3 Downtown MTV
August 9 Independent Lens PBS
August 14 Digimon: Digital Monsters Fox Kids
August 16 Rocket Power Nickelodeon
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ABC
August 17 City Confidential A&E
Chicken Soup for the Soul Pax TV
August 19 The Lot American Movie Classics
August 26 The Parkers UPN
WWF SmackDown!
September 4 Battle Dome Syndication
September 6 Dragon Tales PBS
Sabrina: The Animated Series UPN
Storytime with Thomas Fox Family
September 7 Strip Poker USA Network
September 8 Get Real Fox
September 9 Early Today NBC
Later Today
September 11 Detention Kids' WB
September 12 Hope Island Pax TV
September 13 Blind Date Syndication
The Dr. Joy Browne Show
The Martin Short Show
The Queen Latifah Show
Fox Report Fox News Channel
September 16 Action Fox
September 18 Beast Machines: Transformers Fox Kids
Monster Rancher
Rescue Heroes CBS
September 19 Judging Amy CBS
September 20 Family Law
Ladies Man
Judge Mathis Syndication
Richard Simmons' DreamMaker
Relic Hunter
Cita's World BET
Safe Harbor The WB
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC
September 21 The Mike O'Malley Show
Once and Again ABC
September 22 Oh, Grow Up
The West Wing NBC
September 23 Stark Raving Mad
Third Watch
September 24 Cold Feet
Mission Hill The WB
Now and Again CBS
Odd Man Out ABC
September 25 Freaks and Geeks NBC
Peter Benchley's Amazon Syndication
Xyber 9: New Dawn Fox Kids
September 26 Snoops ABC
Jack & Jill The WB
September 29 Popular
Judge Mathis Syndication
Work with Me CBS
September 30 Curb Appeal HGTV
October 2 Archie's Weird Mysteries Pax TV
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World Syndication
Spider-Man Unlimited Fox Kids
October 5 Emma VH1
Shasta McNasty UPN
Angel The WB
October 6 Roswell
October 7 House Hunters HGTV
Wasteland ABC
October 8 Harsh Realm Fox
Love & Money CBS
Random Acts of Comedy Fox Family
October 9 Angela Anaconda
BeastMaster Syndication
October 12 The Strip UPN
October 15 Ryan Caulfield: Year One Fox
October 16 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Nickelodeon
The Amanda Show
October 18 USA Network
October 25 Time of Your Life Fox
October 30 The Avengers: United They Stand Fox Kids
November 1 The Early Show CBS
November 4 Greed Fox
November 12 Mike, Lu, & Og Cartoon Network
Courage the Cowardly Dog
November 28 Little Bill Nick Jr.
November 29 webRIOT MTV

Ending this yearEdit

Date Title Debut
January 2 Birdz 1998
Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? 1994
January 16 The New Batman Adventures 1997
January 18 The Charlie Horse Music Pizza 1998
Guys Like Us
January 20 Brats of the Lost Nebula
Encore! Encore!
January 24 Fantasy Island
January 25 Working 1997
February 3 Maggie Winters 1998
February 11 Cupid
February 12 Brimstone
February 21 The Little Lulu Show 1995
February 25 Vengeance Unlimited 1998
February 27 Mad Jack the Pirate
The Mr. Potato Head Show
February 28 Trinity
March 1 DiResta
March 7 Beast Wars 1996
March 8 Hyperion Bay 1998
March 11 Jumanji 1996
March 13 Maggie 1998
March 14 Due South 1994
March 16 LateLine 1998
March 17 Tracey Takes On... 1996
April 4 Women: Stories of Passion
April 10 Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain 1998
April 11 Anthony Ant 1999
April 13 Family Rules
The Sifl and Olly Show 1997
April 26 Caroline in the City 1995
May 4 NewsRadio
May 10 L.A. Doctors 1998
May 14 Brother's Keeper
May 16 Smart Guy 1997
May 20 The Wayans Bros. 1995
Promised Land 1996
May 21 Millennium
Homicide: Life on the Street 1993
Love Boat: The Next Wave 1998
May 22 Air America
Mortal Kombat: Conquest
Viper 1994
May 23 Sister, Sister
Unhappily Ever After 1995
May 24 Mad About You 1992
Melrose Place
Home Movies (returned in 2001) 1999
The Sentinel 1996
May 25 Clueless
Home Improvement 1991
June 2 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1993
June 11 Unsolved Mysteries (returned in 2001) 1987
June 23 The Nanny 1993
Turning Point 1994
June 25 Another World 1964
June 26 Doug 1991
July 9 Two of a Kind 1998
July 15 Mercy Point
July 24 Cow and Chicken 1997
July 25 The Parent 'Hood 1995
July 30 Legacy 1998
August 11 In the House 1995
August 28 The New Addams Family 1998
September 6 NBC News at Sunrise 1983
September 10 Hard Copy 1989
September 12 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (returned in 2017) 1988
September 17 Match Game (returned in 2016) 1998
September 24 Timon & Pumbaa 1995
September 28 The Mike O'Malley Show 1999
October 20 Work with Me
October 21 Wasteland
October 22 Ryan Caulfield: Year One
October 29 CBS This Morning (returned in 2012) 1987
Cold Feet 1999
November 8 Downtown
November 22 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1995
November 28 Safe Harbor 1999
December 1 Viva Variety 1997
December 2 Action 1999
December 12 Figure It Out (returned in 2012) 1997
December 16 The Chimp Channel 1999
December 17 Little Men 1998
December 18 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy 1999
December 28 Oh, Grow Up
December 31 Sunset Beach 1997

Entering syndication this yearEdit

Show Seasons In Production Source
3rd Rock from the Sun 4 Yes [1]
Caroline in the City 4 Yes [2]
Clueless 3 No [3]
The Drew Carey Show 4 Yes [4]
In the House 5 No [5]
The Parent 'Hood 5 No [6]
Star Trek: Voyager 5 Yes [7]
Unhappily Ever After 5 No
The Wayans Bros. 5 No [8]

Resuming this yearEdit

Title Last aired Previous network New network Date of return
Timon and Pumbaa 1996 The Disney Channel and CBS Toon Disney January 1
Zoom 1978 PBS Same January 4
Are You Afraid of the Dark? 1996 Nickelodeon Same February 6
ReBoot Syndication Toonami March 15
Divorce Court 1992 Syndication Same September 7
Tales from the Cryptkeeper 1994 ABC CBS September 11
Family Feud 1995 Syndication Same September 20
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1997 CBS Nickelodeon October 29

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
Timon and Pumbaa The Disney Channel Toon Disney
Franklin CBS Kidshow Nick Jr.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective CBS Nickelodeon
Tales from the Cryptkeeper ABC CBS
Recess UPN and Disney Channel
Pepper Ann
ReBoot (US terrestrial rights) Syndication Toonami
Pokémon Kids' WB
Hercules Disney Channel and ABC UPN
Rupert Nick Jr. CBS Kidshow
National Geographic Explorer TBS CNBC
Leeza NBC Syndication
Between Brothers Fox UPN
Little Dracula Fox Kids Fox Family Channel

Made-for-TV movies and miniseriesEdit

Title Channel Date of airing
Alice in Wonderland NBC February 28
Great Expectations PBS May 9
Joan of Arc CBS May 15
Atomic Train NBC May 16
A Lesson Before Dying HBO May 22
Pirates of Silicon Valley TNT June 20
Vendetta HBO July 3
First Daughter TBS August 15
RKO 281 HBO November 20
Cinderelmo FOX December 6
The Lady in Question A&E December 12


Date Name Notability
January 1 Diamond White Actress (The Haunted Hathaways, The Lion Guard, Pinky Malinky) and singer
January 4 Gage Munroe Canadian voice actor (Stoked, PAW Patrol, Hotel Transylvania: The Series)
January 18 Karan Brar Actor (Jessie, Bunk'd)
January 22 Ricky Garcia Actor (Best Friends Whenever)
January 30 Mavrick Moreno Actor (Every Witch Way)
February 10 Tiffany Espensen Actress (Phineas and Ferb, Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures, Kirby Buckets)
March 5 Madison Beer American singer
March 20 Olivia Stuck Actress (Kirby Buckets)
March 21 Lexi DiBenedetto Actress (Knight Squad)
March 22 Gavin MacIntosh Actor (The Fosters)
April 2 Sophie Reynolds Actress (Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Youth & Consequences)
April 6 Kwesi Boakye Actor (Men of a Certain Age, The Looney Tunes Show, The Amazing World of Gumball)
April 7 Conner Rayburn Actor (According to Jim)
April 9 Isaac Hempstead-Wright English actor (Game of Thrones)
May 5 Jonny Gray Canadian actor (Max & Shred)
May 11 Madison Lintz Actress (The Walking Dead, Bosch)
Sabrina Carpenter Actress (Sofia the First, Girl Meets World, Milo Murphy's Law) and singer
May 22 Camren Bicondova Actress (Gotham)
May 25 Brec Bassinger Actress (The Haunted Hathaways, Bella and the Bulldogs, School of Rock, All Night)
May 26 Kerry Ingram English actress (Game of Thrones)
May 28 Cameron Boyce Actor (Jessie, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Descendants: Wicked World) (d. 2019)
May 30 Sean Giambrone Actor (The Goldbergs, Clarence)
June 5 Denisea Wilson Actress (Every Witch Way)
June 10 William Healy Canadian voice actor (Arthur)
June 11 Katelyn Nacon Actress (The Walking Dead, T@gged)
Saxon Sharbino Actress (Touch, Love)
June 20 Kayla Maisonet Actress (Dog with a Blog, Stuck in the Middle)
June 21 Natalie Alyn Lind Actress (The Goldbergs, Gotham, The Gifted)
June 27 Chandler Riggs Actor (The Walking Dead)
July 5 Gus Kamp Actor (Best Friends Whenever)
July 9 Claire Corlett Canadian voice actress (Sweetie Belle on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
August 4 Kelly Gould Actress (Rita Rocks, Jessie)
August 13 Corey Fogelmanis Actor (Girl Meets World)
August 21 Maxim Knight Actor (Falling Skies)
August 22 Ricardo Hurtado Actor (School of Rock)
September 7 Michelle Creber Voice actress (Martha Speaks, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
Cameron Ocasio Actor (Sam & Cat)
September 9 Ronni Hawk Actress (Stuck in the Middle, On My Block)
September 13 Zoey Burger Actress (Every Witch Way)
September 14 Emma Kenney Actress (Shameless)
October 2 Nathaniel Potvin Actor (Mech-X4)
October 6 Will Shadley Voice actor (Gorgonzola on Chowder)
October 13 Nell Tiger Free English actress (Game of Thrones)
October 15 Bailee Madison Actress (Trophy Wife, Once Upon a Time, The Fosters)
October 16 Jadiel Dowlin Actor (Star Falls)
Joshua Hoffman Actor (Talia in the Kitchen)
November 1 Buddy Handleson Actor (Shake It Up, Wendell and Vinnie, Bella and the Bulldogs)
November 5 Zachary S. Williams Actor (I Am Frankie)
November 10 Kiernan Shipka Actress (Mad Men, The Legend of Korra, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)


Date Name Age Notability
January 4 Iron Eyes Cody 94 Actor (well known for an anti-littering campaign ad of the 1970s)
January 25 Herman Wedemeyer 74 Actor (Duke Lukela on Hawaii Five-O)
February 20 Gene Siskel 53 Film critic (co-host of Siskel & Ebert)
March 22 David Strickland 29 Actor (Todd Stities on Suddenly Susan)
March 28 Freaky Tah 27 American rapper
March 30 Gary Morton 74 Producer, second husband of Lucille Ball
April 10 Jean Vander Pyl 79 Voice actress (Wilma Flintstone on The Flintstones and Rosie the Robot Maid on The Jetsons)
April 14 Ellen Corby 87 Actress (Grandma Esther Walton on The Waltons)
May 8 Dana Plato 34 Actress (Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes)
May 21 Sachiko Hirasawa 25 Japanese R&B Singer of the Sister duo Double
May 23 Owen Hart 34 Wrestler (Superstar on WWF RAW is WAR)
June 11 DeForest Kelley 79 Actor (Bones McCoy on Star Trek)
July 16 John F. Kennedy Jr. 38 American lawyer and son of President John F. Kennedy
July 20 Sandra Gould 82 Actress (Gladys Kravitz #2 on Bewitched)
August 23 Martha Rountree 87 Broadcast journalist (Meet the Press)
August 24 Mary Jane Croft 83 Actress (I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy)
September 5 Allen Funt 84 Creator and host of Candid Camera
November 9 Mabel King 66 Actress (Mabel Thomas on What's Happening!!)
November 11 Mary Kay Bergman 38 Voice actress (South Park)
November 18 Beatrice Colen 51 Actress (Happy Days, Wonder Woman)
November 29 Gene Rayburn 81 Host of (Match Game)
December 3 Madeline Kahn 57 Actress (Oh Madeline)
December 10 Shirley Hemphill 52 Comedian and actress (What's Happening!!)
December 28 Clayton Moore 85 Actor (The Lone Ranger)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1] from Broadcasting & Cable
  2. ^ [2] from Broadcasting & Cable
  3. ^ [3] from Broadcasting & Cable
  4. ^ [4] from Broadcasting & Cable
  5. ^ [5] from Broadcasting & Cable
  6. ^ [6] from Broadcasting & Cable
  7. ^ Star Trek: Voyager Syndication Promo - "Are You a Voyager?" - YouTube from YouTube
  8. ^ [7] from Broadcasting & Cable