1968 in television

1968 in television

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

"For the American TV schedule, see: 1968-69 American network television schedule."


*January 20 - Game of the Century in college basketball between the University of Houston Cougars and the UCLA Bruins played at the Houston Astrodome. It was the first prime-time national broadcast of a college basketball game and paved the way for the CBS March Madness television coverage.
*January 27 - The Lennon Sisters make their final appearance on "The Lawrence Welk Show".
*April 4 - James Brown appears on national television, in an attempt to calm feelings of anger in the United States following the assassination of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.
*April 8 - British singer Petula Clark appears on a US television special on NBC with Harry Belafonte as a guest. An innocent, affectionate gesture between the two during a song (Clark touched Belafonte on the arm) prompts concern from the show's sponsor (Chrysler Corporation) due to the difference in their races, but the scene is aired intact at Clark's insistence. The special airs to high ratings and marks the first time two different races share friendly bodily contact on American television.
*May 2 - The Israel Broadcasting Authority commence television broadcasts.
*May 4 - Mary Hopkin performs on the British TV show "Opportunity Knocks". Hopkin catches the attention of model Twiggy, who recommends her to Beatle Paul McCartney. McCartney would soon sign Hopkin to Apple Records.
*May 20 - Harlech (which would become HTV in 1970) finally started its duel service for Wales and the Westcountry, replacing the interim ITSWW, which had replaced TWW.
*October 14 - First live network transmission of video from inside a manned US space capsule in orbit ("Apollo 7") There were six such broadcasts during their eleven-day mission.
*October 21-25 - Joan Crawford makes a guest appearance for five episodes on the soap opera "The Secret Storm," filling in for her ailing daughter, Christina. However, Joan slurs her lines and is obviously intoxicated during the tapings.
*November 17 - NBC breaks away from a pro football game to air a TV movie adaptation of "Heidi", sparking furious protest.
*November 22 - William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols share the first interracial kiss on US television in the "" episode "Plato's Stepchildren".
*December 3 - Elvis Presley's "'68 Comeback Special" airs on NBC, followed by a Brigitte Bardot special.
*Rosemary Prinz, one of the first big soap opera stars, leaves "As the World Turns" in a less-than-amicable departure.
*CBS uses a portable minicam for political convention coverage.
*December 24 - Apollo 8 broadcasts to the Earth the message that there is a Santa Claus and later reads from Genesis.
*Nearly 200 million households now own television sets, (78 million of which are in the US).


*January 22 - Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In" debuts on NBC (1968-1973).
*February 19 - National Educational Television begins airing Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
*April - Audubon Wildlife Theatre debuts on CBC (1968-1974).
*July 15 - "One Life to Live" (created by Agnes Nixon) premieres on ABC (1968-present).
*July 31 - Popular sitcom "Dad's Army" begins its nine-year run on BBC1 in the UK (1968-1977).
*September 14 - "The Archie Show" premieres on CBS Saturday Morning (1968-1969).
*September 17 - "Julia" premieres on NBC (1968-1971).
*September 22 - "Land of the Giants" premieres on CBS (1968-1970).
*September 23 - "Here's Lucy" premieres on CBS (1968-1974).
*September 24 - "The Doris Day Show" premieres on CBS (1968-1973).
**"The Mod Squad" premieres on ABC (1968-1973).
**"60 Minutes" premieres (1968-present) on CBS.
*September 25 - "Here Come the Brides" premieres on ABC (1968-1970).
*September 26-"Hawaii Five-O" premieres on CBS (1968-1980).
*July 30 - "Magpie" premieres on ITV (1968-1980).
*May 18 - "The Prisoner" has its US premiere on CBS.

Television shows


*"Meet the Press" (1947-present).
*"Candid Camera" (1948-present).
*"The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948-1971).
*"Bozo the Clown" (1949-present).
*"Come Dancing" (UK) (1949-1995).


*"Truth or Consequences" (1950-1988).
*"Love of Life" (1951-1980).
*"Search for Tomorrow" (1951-1986).
*"Hallmark Hall of Fame" (1951-present).
*"American Bandstand" (1952-1989).
*"The Guiding Light" (1952-present).
*"The Honeymooners" (1952-1970).
*"The Today Show" (1952-present).
*"Panorama" (UK) (1953-present).
*"The Good Old Days" (UK) (1953-1983).
*"Face the Nation" (1954-present).
*"The Secret Storm" (1954-1974).
*"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962-1992).
*"Captain Kangaroo" (1955-1984).
*"Dixon of Dock Green" (UK) (1955-1976).
*"Gunsmoke" (1955-1975).
*"The Lawrence Welk Show" (1955-1982).
*"This Is Your Life" (UK) (1955-2003).
*"As the World Turns" (1956-present).
*"Opportunity Knocks" (UK) (1956-1978).
*"The Edge of Night" (1956-1984).
*"What the Papers Say" (UK) (1956-present).
*"The Sky at Night" (UK) (1957-present).
*"Blue Peter" (UK) (1958-present).
*"Grandstand" (UK) (1958-2007).
*"Bonanza" (1959-1973).


*"Coronation Street" (UK) (1960-present).
*"My Three Sons" (1960-1972).
*"Four Corners" (Australia) (1961-present).
*"It's Academic" (1961-present).
*"The Avengers" (UK) (1961-1969).
*"The Mike Douglas Show" (1961-1981).
*"Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (1961-July 1971).
*"Match Game" (1962-1969, 1973-1984, 1990-1991, 1998-1999).
*"The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962-1971).
*"The Late Late Show" (Ireland) (1962-present).
*"The Saint" (UK) (1962-1969).
*"Z-Cars" (UK) (1962-1978).
*"Doctor Who" (UK) (1963-1989, 1996, 2005-present).
*"General Hospital" (1963-present).
*"Petticoat Junction" (1963-1970).
*"The Doctors" (1963-1982).
*"Another World" (1964-1999).
*"Bewitched" (1964-1972).
*"Crossroads" (UK) (1964-1988, 2001-2003).
*"Daniel Boone" (1964-1970).
*"Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964-1970).
*"Jeopardy!" (1964-1975, 1984-present).
*"Peyton Place" (1964-1969).
*"The Wednesday Play" (UK) (1964-1970).
*"Top of the Pops" (UK) (1964-2006).
*"Days of Our Lives" (1965-present).
*"Get Smart" (1965-1970).
*"Green Acres" (1965-1971).
*"Hogan's Heroes" (1965-1971).
*"I Dream of Jeannie" (1965-1970).
*"The Dean Martin Show" (1965-1974).
*"Tom and Jerry" (1965-1972, 1975-1977, 1980-1982).
*"World of Sport" (UK) (1965-1985).
*"Dark Shadows" (1966-1971).
*"Family Affair" (1966-1971).
*"Play School" (1966-present).
*"" (1966-1969).
*"That Girl" (1966-1971).
*"" (1966-1973).
*"The Money Programme" (UK) (1966-present).
*"The Newlywed Game" (1966-1974).
*"The Carol Burnett Show" (1967-1978).
*"Do Not Adjust Your Set" (1967-1969).
*"The Flying Nun" (1967-1970).
*"Ironside" (1967-1975).
*"Love is a Many Splendored Thing" (1967-1973).
*"Mannix" (1967-1975).
*"The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (1967-1969).
*"The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1971, became Mayberry RFD on September 23 of this year).

Ending this year

*January 15 - "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964-1968).
*February 4 - "The Prisoner" (UK) (1967-1968).
*March 6 - "Lost in Space" (1965-1968).
*March 11 - "The Lucy Show" (1962-1968).
*March 14 - "Batman" (1966-1968).
*March 25 - The 58th and final episode of "The Monkees" airs on NBC.
*"Armchair Theatre" (UK) (1956-1968).
*"The Bell Telephone Hour" (1959-1968).
*"The Fulton Sheen Program" (1961-1968).
*"The Mavis Bramston Show" (Australia) (1964-1968).


*January 14 - LL Cool J, actor and rapper
*February 8 - Gary Coleman, actor
*February 28 - Wendi Peters, actress.
*March 29 - Lucy Lawless.
*April 24 - Stacy Haiduk.
*May 15 - Sophie Raworth, television presenter.
*August 9 - Gillian Anderson, British actress (born in the US).
*August 9 - Kate Sanderson, television presenter.
*August 25 - Rachael Ray, author, chef and television host.
*September 20 - Philippa Forrester, television presenter.
*September 25 - Will Smith, actor and rapper
*October 12 - Hugh Jackman, Australian actor
*December 3 - Brendan Fraser, American actor


*April 4 - Martin Luther King, Jr.
*May 9 - Marion Lorne, actress (Aunt Clara on "Bewitched").
*June 7 - Dan Duryea, actor
*October 13 - Bea Benaderet, actress (Kate on "Petticoat Junction"; the original voice of Betty Rubble on "The Flintstones").

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