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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 2004. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.




Date Event
7 The Apprentice, a reality show franchise produced by Mark Burnett involving a test of skill to be 'hired' into a company, which was hosted by businessman Donald Trump (who would later become the nation's President in 2016), premieres its first episode.
22 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire aired a spin-off of Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire which offered its biggest cash prize in a game show history of $10,000,000. Only one contestant, Robert Essig, won at least $1,000,000 during the run, and no contestants won the top prize of $10,000,000.


Date Event
1 In CBS, the infamous Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy occurred during a performance "Rock Your Body" by Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake over indecency, causing the incident to go viral and the rise of a term, "wardrobe malfunction"; in the wake of the incident, the Federal Communications Commission strengthens its rules concerning certain types of indecency, while Jackson was temporarily blacklisted from Viacom (a CBS parent company) and along with other music websites, as well as revoking her invitation in the forthcoming Grammy Awards ceremony.
14 Jetix was introduced on Toon Disney and ABC Family, making it the first trade-name to be introduced as an anime-based block.
22 Sex and the City broadcasts its last episode on HBO, "An American Girl in Paris, Part Deux."


Date Event
1 On CBS, The Price Is Right broadcasts its 6,000th episode.
4 Rich Fields debuts as the new announcer for the Price is Right, a role he would hold on to until the end of Season 38.
8 Tiffany, host of Countdown, and Young Sir, host of The Center, switch places to each other's BET shows.
In Casper, Wyoming, independent station/Pax TV affiliate KTWO-TV (having lost NBC to KCWY in September of last year) finally becomes an ABC affiliate after ABC's outgoing affiliate KFNB reaches an agreement with KTWO-TV ending its affiliation three months earlier than scheduled. KFNB then becomes a satellite of KLWY, the Fox affiliate in Cheyenne, while sister station K26ES (now KWYF-LD) elevates its secondary UPN affiliation to full-time status.
15 Game Show Network began fraying out the rebranding known as GSN.
18 The 57th episode of The Powerpuff Girls "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" airs in Canada on YTV as the episode was banned in the United States due to religious controversy.


Date Event
12 KLSB-TV in Nacogdoches, Texas, a satellite station of NBC affiliate KETK-TV, separates from its parent station to become a CBS affiliate, returning CBS to the Tyler-Longview market for the first time since KLMG-TV became Fox affiliate KFXK-TV in April 1991. The next day, the Federal Communications Commission approves KLSB-TV's call letter change to the current KYTX.


Date Event
6 Friends ends its run after 10 years, broadcasting the last episode, The Last One, on NBC. A spinoff, Joey, debuts on NBC the following season.
11 NBC Universal is founded by General Electric and Vivendi Universal.
13 Frasier broadcasts its last episode on NBC, "Goodnight Seattle".
15 Jimmy Fallon makes his last appearance as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, for its season finale.
26 Fantasia Barrino wins the third season of Fox's American Idol. This series also marked the first time it topped viewerships in the television ratings of this season.
28 TechTV merges with G4 to form G4techTV, one of the most controversial mergers of television history as less than a year later, the merged network becomes G4 once again.


Date Event
2 Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah, begins a long run as Jeopardy! champion.
7 ABC broadcasts its final NHL game, which turned out to be the last one before the lockout that canceled the league's 2004–05 season.
10 TBS reintroduces its Very Funny campaign.
14 Cartoon Network reveals its new logo and establishes new branding with a "CN city".
18 Rodney Dangerfield (who appeared more than seventy times as a guest on The Tonight Show) makes his final appearance as a talk show guest on CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.


Date Event
9 David Muir resigns as co-anchor of World News Now on ABC and is replaced by Ron Corning.
15 In Charlottesville, Virginia, NBC affiliate WVIR-TV, long the only commercial station in its market, receives competition for the first time ever when WCAV signs-on as a CBS affiliate. Shortly thereafter, WCAV adds WVAW-LP as an ABC affiliate.
27 Craig Kilborn ends his five-year run as host of The Late Late Show.
28 PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch ended.
Nickelodeon's successful Saturday night block, SNICK, is discontinued after 12 years. It would then be revamped as a Saturday night edition of TEENick for the 2004-2005 television season and onward until the TEENick name was dropped in February 2009.
30 ABC affiliate WDTN in Dayton, Ohio swaps affiliations with NBC affiliate WKEF, reversing a swap that took place in 1980.


Date Event
5 Thomas & Friends returns to PBS as a stand alone program with Michael Brandon taking over as the narrator.
19 The 56th Primetime Emmy Awards are given out on ABC.
21 Drew Daniel is the winner of the American version of Big Brother 5 on CBS. Runner-Up Michael "Cowboy" Ellis wins $50,000.
28 Longtime veteran Marcy Walker makes her final appearance on the ABC soap opera All My Children after two decades of being affiliated with the program.


Date Event
2 Amy Poehler succeeds Jimmy Fallon as Tina Fey's co-anchor of NBC's Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update skit, making the first Weekend Update female duos.
Nickelodeon and its affiliated channels begin debuting special educational programming, Worldwide Day of Play, after the Let's Just Play campaign.
11 PBS Kids debuts a programming block targeted at children aged 6–10 entitled PBS Kids Go!, with new shows Maya & Miguel and an Arthur spinoff, Postcards from Buster, debuting on this day with Cyberchase and Arthur moving to PBS Kids Go! from PBS Kids.
27 The Boston Red Sox baseball team won their first world series since 1918.


Date Event
1 The Young and the Restless broadcasts its 8,000th episode on CBS.
7 Dallas airs a third TV movie, Dallas Reunion: The Return to Southfork, on CBS.
9 Tiffany resigns as host of BET's The Center and is replaced by Julissa.
15 Young Sir resigns as host of Countdown and is replaced by recording artist Ray J.
23 Longtime CBS News anchor and manager editor Dan Rather announces he will step down in March.
30 After seventy-four consecutive wins, Ken Jennings finally loses on Jeopardy!, to competitor Nancy Zerg. Jennings' final cash winnings total is $2,522,700 making him the richest winner of American television history.


Date Event
2 Tom Brokaw resigns as anchorman of NBC Nightly News and is replaced by Brian Williams.
15 CNN's financial news channel, CNNfn, is ended.
16 All My Children broadcasts its 9,000th episode.
29 Rogers Media buys remaining 20% ownership of Rogers Sportsnet from Fox.
General Electric, owner of NBC, purchases Universal Studios from Vivendi, leaving all six U.S. broadcast networks part of a company which also owns a movie studio.
For the first time in its history, Nielsen Media Research, the official American television ratings service, began counting original shows on pay Television premium channels in its prime-time ratings.[1] At the time, most of these were broadcast by competitors HBO and Showtime, but Starz has since begun producing original shows.



Date Debut Network
January 7 The Apprentice NBC
January 11 Drake & Josh Nickelodeon
January 14 Seven Little Monsters PBS Kids
January 17 Astro Boy Kids' WB
January 18 Whoopi's Littleburg Nick Jr.
The L Word Showtime
January 23 Dave the Barbarian Disney Channel
February 14 Power Rangers Dino Thunder Toon Disney and ABC Family
February 15 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC
March 4 Pimp My Ride MTV
March 5 The Help The WB
March 10 Game Over UPN
March 21 Deadwood HBO
April 3 Danny Phantom Nickelodeon
April 9 The D.A. ABC
April 12 Peep and the Big Wide World Discovery Kids
April 28 Shorties Watchin' Shorties Comedy Central
May 1 Megas XLR Cartoon Network
May 31 Peppa Pig Nick Jr.
June 1 Summerland The WB
June 4 TNA iMPACT! Fox Sports Net
June 16 Quintuplets Fox
The Ashlee Simpson Show MTV
June 18 Phil of the Future Disney Channel
June 19 Winx Club Fox Box
June 20 Fatherhood Nick at Nite
July 1 Trading Spouses Fox
July 6 Seconds From Disaster National Geographic Channel
July 16 Stargate Atlantis Sci Fi
July 18 Entourage HBO
July 21 Rescue Me FX
July 29 Blue Collar TV The WB
July 30 O'Grady The N
July 31 Justice League Unlimited Cartoon Network
August 1 Stroker and Hoop Adult Swim
August 10 Blue's Room Nick Jr.
August 13 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Cartoon Network
August 16 LazyTown Nick Jr.
August 21 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Disney Channel
August 30 The Jane Pauley Show Syndication
August 31 Curious Buddies Nick Jr.
Father of the Pride NBC
September 1 Hawaii
September 6 Atomic Betty Cartoon Network
September 7 Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends Nick Jr.
September 9 Joey NBC
Medical Investigation
September 11 The Batman Kids' WB
Da Boom Crew
September 12 The Benefactor ABC
Higglytown Heroes Playhouse Disney
Jack & Bobby The WB
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Nickelodeon
September 13 Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan National Geographic Channel
The Insider Syndication
The Tony Danza Show
September 18 F-Zero: GP Legend Fox Box
One Piece
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Jetix
September 20 Listen Up! CBS
Second Time Around UPN
September 21 Rodney ABC
September 22 CSI: NY CBS
The Mountain The WB
Veronica Mars UPN
Lost ABC
September 24 Complete Savages
Dr. Vegas CBS
September 28 Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County MTV
September 29 Kevin Hill UPN
October 2 Darcy's Wild Life Discovery Family
Austin Stevens: Snakemaster Animal Planet
October 3 Boston Legal ABC
Desperate Housewives
October 5 BET Style BET
Wanda Does It Comedy Central
October 6 Ghost Hunters Sci Fi
Proof Positive
October 7 Drew Carey's Green Screen Show The WB
Life as We Know It ABC
October 11 The Backyardigans Nick Jr.
Maya & Miguel PBS Kids Go!
Postcards From Buster
October 18 Battlestar Galactica Sci Fi
October 19 The Biggest Loser NBC
He's a Lady TBS
October 27 Center of the Universe CBS
Drawn Together Comedy Central
November 3 Nanny 911 Fox
November 4 ToddWorld Discovery Family
November 5 Cartoon Alley TCM
November 6 Fullmetal Alchemist Adult Swim
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
November 7 Perfect Hair Forever
6teen Teen Channel
Huff Showtime
My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss Fox
November 14 Tom Goes to the Mayor Adult Swim
November 16 House Fox
November 19 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Cartoon Network
December 1 Project Runway Bravo
December 18 W.I.T.C.H. Disney Channel

Returning this yearEdit

Ending this yearEdit

Date Show Debut
January 23 Fillmore! 2002
January 25 10-8: Officers on Duty 2003
January 28 Becker 1998
January 29 Threat Matrix 2003
January 30 Boston Public 2000
The Handler 2003
February 3 Sabrina's Secret Life
February 6 Jake 2.0
Ed 2000
Little Bill 1999
February 7 Scout's Safari 2002
February 12 All About the Andersons 2003
February 14 Lizzie McGuire 2001
February 22 Sex and the City 1998
February 27 Lloyd in Space 2001
February 29 The Weekenders 2000
March 13 Hack 2002
March 17 The Mullets 2003
March 20 The Tracy Morgan Show
March 25 The Chris Isaak Show 2001
Good Morning, Miami 2002
April 1 Stripperella 2003
April 2 Game Over 2004
April 4 Home Movies 1999
April 6 It's All Relative 2003
April 9 The D.A. 2004
Life with Bonnie 2002
April 12 Space Ghost Coast to Coast (returned in 2006) 1994
April 14 Karen Sisco 2003
April 16 The Help 2004
April 20 Happy Family 2003
April 22 Like Family
April 23 Married to the Kellys
April 26 A Walk In Your Shoes 2000
April 27 I'm with Her 2003
April 28 Rolie Polie Olie 1998
April 29 The Jamie Kennedy Experiment 2002
April 30 Living It Up! with Ali & Jack 2003
May 1 The District 2000
May 4 The Guardian 2001
May 6 Friends 1994
May 7 Run of the House 2003
May 10 The Parkers 1999
May 13 Frasier 1993
May 16 The Practice 1997
May 17 Mutant X 2001
She Spies 2002
May 19 Angel 1999
May 21 Ricki Lake 1993
The 5th Wheel 2001
The Wayne Brady Show
May 22 Static Shock 2000
May 25 Rock Me Baby 2003
May 26 Soul Food 2000
May 28 The Sharon Osbourne Show 2003
May 29 Justice League 2001
May 30 Line of Fire 2003
June 4 Hollywood Squares 1966
June 7 Whoopi's Littleburg 2004
June 8 Hey Arnold! 1996
June 11 The Wild Thornberrys 1998
June 19 The Man Show 1999
June 25 VH1 ILL-ustrated 2003
July 5 Ozzy & Drix 2002
July 27 King of the Jungle 2003
July 29 106 & Park: Prime
July 30 Rocket Power 1999
August 1 Rugrats 1991
August 8 The Brothers García 2000
August 9 Franklin 1997
August 10 The Joe Schmo Show (returned in 2013) 2003
August 17 Teamo Supremo 2002
August 27 Johnny Bravo 1997
September 1 Braceface 2001
It's a Miracle 1998
September 8 The Drew Carey Show 1995
September 10 George Shrinks 2000
September 12 Oliver Beene 2003
September 24 Jeremiah 2002
September 25 Samurai Jack (returned in 2017) 2001
September 27 Out of the Box 1998
September 28 The Berenstain Bears 2003
October 1 Knock First
October 5 Rubbadubbers 2002
October 6 Hawaii 2004
October 22 Evil Con Carne 2003
October 25 The Benefactor 2004
October 29 Dr. Vegas
All About Me 2002
October 31 Dead Like Me 2003
November 11 Unscrewed with Martin Sargent
Insomniac with Dave Attell 2001
November 14 He's a Lady 2004
November 16 Wanda Does It
November 20 Power Rangers Dino Thunder
November 26 Stanley 2001
November 28 Doc
November 29 Engie Benjy 2002
December 8 Proof Positive 2004
December 12 My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss
December 15 Wonderfalls
December 16 Shorties Watchin' Shorties

Entering syndication this yearEdit

Show Seasons In Production Source
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 4 Yes [2]
Girlfriends 4 Yes [citation needed]
Malcolm in the Middle 4 Yes [3]
Yes, Dear 4 Yes [citation needed]

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
Arthur PBS Kids PBS Kids Go!
As Told by Ginger Nickelodeon Nicktoons
Fillmore! Disney Channel Toon Disney
The Surreal Life The WB VH1
National Geographic Explorer MSNBC National Geographic Channel
Project Greenlight HBO Bravo
Braceface ABC Family Disney Channel
Bob The Builder Nick Jr. PBS Kids


Date Name Notability
January 4 Peyton Kennedy Canadian actress (Odd Squad, Everything Sucks!)
January 7 Sofia Wylie Actress (Andi Mack)
January 8 Berkley Silverman Canadian voice actress (PAW Patrol)
January 9 Tyree Brown Actor (Parenthood)
January 24 Brandon Rossel Actor (Fast Layne)
January 26 Addison Riecke Actress (The Thundermans)
February 3 Theodore Barnes Actor (Legendary Dudas, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn)
February 19 Millie Bobby Brown English actress (Stranger Things) and model
March 4 Donielle T. Hansley Jr. Voice actor (Darwin on The Amazing World of Gumball (2017–18))
March 10 Mace Coronel Actor (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn)
March 21 Forrest Wheeler Actor (Fresh Off the Boat)
April 6 Casey Simpson Actors (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn)
April 17 Kyla Drew Simmons
May 22 Peyton Elizabeth Lee Actress (Andi Mack)
June 4 Mackenzie Ziegler Actress (Dance Moms)
June 7 Saara Chaudry Canadian actress (Max & Shred)
June 8 Francesca Capaldi Actress (Dog with a Blog)
June 22 Laya DeLeon Hayes Actress
July 28 Lauren Lindsey Donzis Actress (Liv and Maddie)
July 30 Daniel DiMaggio Actor (Clarence, American Housewife)
August 5 Albert Tsai Actor (Trophy Wife, Dr. Ken, Coop and Cami Ask the World)
August 14 Marsai Martin Actress (Black-ish)
August 19 Siena Agudong Actress (Star Falls)
August 26 Hannah Nordberg Actress (Fancy Nancy)
October 3 Noah Schnapp Actor (Stranger Things)
October 9 Tomaso Sanelli Actor (Star Falls)
November 27 Jet Jurgensmeyer Actor
December 3 Ruby Jay Actress (Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure, Fancy Nancy)
December 4 Sophie Pollono Actress (Fast Layne)
December 12 Sky Katz Actress (Raven's Home)
December 14 Timothy Colombos Actor (WITS Academy)
December 17 Dakota Lotus Actor (Coop and Cami Ask the World)
December 18 Isabella Cramp Actress (Shimmer and Shine, Colony, Vampirina)
December 22 Bryce Gheisar Actor (Walk the Prank)
December 25 Andre Robinson Voice actor (Clyde McBride on The Loud House (Episode 101 onwards))
December 28 Miles Brown Actor (Black-ish)


Date Name Age Notability
January 17 Noble Willingham 72 Actor (C.D. Parker on Walker, Texas Ranger)
January 19 Jerry Nachman 57 MSNBC editor-in-chief
January 23 Bob Keeshan 76 Children's show host (Captain Kangaroo)
January 27 Jack Paar 85 Host of (The Tonight Show)
January 29 Mary-Ellis Bunim 57 Producer and co-creator of (The Real World)
February 15 Jan Miner 86 Actress (Madge the Manicurist)
February 23 Carl Anderson 58 Actor (Another World)
February 24 John Randolph 88 Actor (Grand)
March 7 Paul Winfield 64 Actor (King, 227)
March 8 Robert Pastorelli 49 Actor (Murphy Brown)
March 9 Christopher R. Biello 27 Very Funny And Very Handsome
March 17 J.J. Jackson 62 MTV VJ
March 26 Jan Sterling 82 Actress
March 27 Art James 74 Game show host and announcer
April 1 Carrie Snodgress 58 Actress
April 13 Caron Keating 41 British TV presenter
May 9 Alan King 76 Comedian and actor
May 14 Anna Lee 91 Actor (Lila Morgan Quartermaine on General Hospital from 1978 to 2003)
May 17 Tony Randall 84 Actor (Felix on The Odd Couple)
May 21 Gene Wood 78 Announcer of (Family Feud and other game shows)
May 22 Richard Biggs 44 Actor
June 5 Ronald Reagan 93 Actor and U.S. president; host of General Electric Theater and Death Valley Days
July 6 Eric Douglas 46 Actor
July 9 Isabel Sanford 86 Actress (Louise "Weezie" Mills Jefferson on The Jeffersons)
July 28 Eugene Roche 75 Actor (Soap, Webster, more)
August 13 Julia Child 91 Host of The French Chef on PBS
September 15 Johnny Ramone 55 Singer-songwriter (Ramones)
October 5 Rodney Dangerfield 82 Actor and comedian (The Dean Martin Show, frequent Tonight Show guest)
October 10 Christopher Reeve 52 Actor
November 7 Howard Keel 85 Actor, singer (Clayton Farlow on Dallas)
December 28 Jerry Orbach 69 Actor (Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mike Reynolds. "Multichannel News 12/16/2008: Dexter's Third Season Finale's A Killer – Series Delivers Best Original Series Viewership Since 2004". Archived from the original on October 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  2. ^ [1] from Broadcasting & Cable
  3. ^ [2] from Broadcasting & Cable