Pure TV Trivia
(Although the site is more hardware than program
related, people have requested these answers!)
- The first use of "canned laughter" or the Laugh Track was in
1950 on NBC's 'The Hank McCune Show'.
Visit this website to learn
the history of the laughtrack.
- The first female guest
host of "Saturday Night Live" was Candace Bergen.
- The first TV couple to
share a bed was not on "The Brady Bunch" or "The Munsters,"
but was on "The Mary Kay and Johnny" show in 1947. It was the
first situation comedy ever.
- In 1933, Mickey Mouse, an
animated cartoon character, received 800,000 fan letters.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt was
the first president to be televised, in ceremonies opening the New York
World's Fair in April 1939.
- The first television shows
to have the characters take bathroom breaks were "All in the
Family" and "Married with Children."
- The Simpsons is the
longest running animated series on TV.
- MTV first aired at 12:01
AM on August 1, 1981. The first video was "Video Killed the Radio
Star" by the Buggles.
- The first toilet ever seen
on television was on "Leave It to Beaver."
- In every episode of
Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
- In the 1950s, the US National Association of Broadcasters introduced the Television Code, which awards
TV shows and stations a Seal Of Good Practice if they follow certain
guidelines. The Television Code disbanded in the 1980s, but still
lives on at the end of most TV reruns produced up to that time.
to FCC website for today's standards
of conduct, rules, regulations and codes.
- On 3 April 1962, the U.S. Air Force announced it had successfully
completed the first satellite TV broadcast.
On 10 July 1962, the first commercial satellite (Telstar-I) was
launched with one TV channel and 600 voice channels.
- 9 June 1946 -- Chevrolet is the first automaker to advertise on network
- 20 March 1948 -- First simulcast over television, AM and FM. LP
records debut about one year later.
- First successful American TV Soap Opera -- Search for Tomorrow --
debuts in 1951
- 26 September 1960 -- First Televised US Presidential Debate (John F.
Kennedy and Richard Nixon)
- September 1962: ABC begins color broadcasting -- NBC at 68% -- CBS
in Black and White until 3 Dec 1967.
- 1971 -- Cigarette advertising is banned from television
- 20 January 1993 -- FOX becomes the first new American national TV network
since the 1950s
Some Info on "Soaps" (Courtesy of "Big Dave")
- "THE EDGE OF NIGHT" also
premiered on the same day as "AS THE WORLD TURNS".
- 13 FEB 1967 "AS THE WORLD
TURNS" is the first CBS soap to go to COLOR.
("EDGE" was last).
- 1 DEC 1975 CBS expands "AS
THE WORLD TURNS" to 60 minutes. CBS didn't have airtime for EDGE. This made
EDGE the first TV soap to change networks during its run.
- "AS THE WORLD TURNS" was the
only network program on at the time news of JFK's assassination broke. NBC
and ABC apparently were on their local slot. The NBC affiliate in Dallas was
sending feeds in color to New York for the first few hours of coverage.
- 1981 (or 1982?) "SEARCH FOR
TOMORROW" is the second and last soap opera to switch networks. Both soaps to
change networks began on CBS. SEARCH went to NBC.
- 1975: ANOTHER WORLD is the
first soap to expand to 60 minutes and only soap to go to 90 minutes.
- 1973: Organ music is retired
on Proctor and Gamble soaps.
- "DAYS OF OUR LIVES" is the
first of the long running soaps to be in color for its entire run. (Can
someone confirm this?)
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