1984 in television


1984 in television

The year 1984 in television involved some significant events.Below is a list of television-related events in 1984.

"For the American TV schedule, see: 1984-85 United States network television schedule."

Events

*January 2 - RTL Television launched a second programme, this one in German.
*January 4 - Patricia Phoenix left "Coronation Street" for the second and final time as Elsie Tanner went to live with old flame Bill Gregory in Portugal.
*January 9 - Clara Peller was featured in the "Where's the Beef?" commercial campaign for Wendy's for the first time.
*January 22 - Apple Computer launched its Apple Macintosh with its famous half-time Super Bowl commercial (this was the only airing).
*January 28 - Michael Jackson's hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.
*March 16 - Peter Davison's last serial as the Fifth Doctor in "Doctor Who", 'The Caves of Androzani', finished; Colin Baker became the Sixth Doctor in the same episode.
*May 18 - Bobby Ewing found himself in the crossfire as a rival tries to gun down his brother J.R. on the season finale of "Dallas".
*May 19 - CBS taped the Michael Larson episodes of "Press Your Luck" in which Larson won $110,237 in cash and prizes.
*August 31 - MuchMusic launched in Canada.
*September 1 - TSN launched in Canada.
*September 1 - The Childrens Channel launched in the UK
*September 10 - "Jeopardy!" returned to television with a new host (Alex Trebek) in syndication.
*September 23 - British single TV drama play "Threads" premiered on BBC.
*Prime Minister Bob Hawke and opposition leader Andrew Peacock participated in the first televised Australian Federal Election debate.
*"Batibot" premiered on GMA in the Philippines as "Sesame!".
*ABC purchased a majority stake of the ESPN networks and franchises.
*January 9 - Glenn Close, Ted Danson, and Roxana Zal starred in a powerful, sensitive look at incest in "Something About Amelia" on ABC.

Debuts

* January 4 - "Night Court" premieres on NBC (1984–1992).
* January 16 - "Mother and Son" premieres on ABC in Australia (1984–1994).
* January 22 - "Airwolf" premieres on CBS (1984-1987).
* January 28 - "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" premieres on CBS (1984-1985).
* February 4 - "Choudenshi Bioman" premieres on TV-Asahi (1984-1985).
* February 26 - "Spitting Image" premieres on ITV (1984-1996).
* March 19 - "Kate and Allie" premieres on CBS (1984–1989).
* April 1984 - "Video Music Box" premieres on WNYC-TV.
* April 9 - "Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends" premieres on ITV in the UK (1984-present).
* April 24 - "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" premieres on ITV in the UK (1984–1988, 1991–1994).
* July 2 - "Scrabble" premieres on NBC hosted by Chuck Woolery (1984–1990, 1993).
* July 30 - "Santa Barbara" premieres on NBC (1984–1993).
* August 13 - "Call to Glory" premieres on ABC (1984-1985)
* September 10 - "Jeopardy!" premieres in SYN, now hosted by Alex Trebek (1984-present).
* September 15 - "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies" premieres on CBS's Saturday morning line-up (1984—1992).
* September 16 - "Punky Brewster" premieres on NBC (1984–1986, 19871988).
* September 17 -
**"Let's Make a Deal returns with all new shows and Monty Hall continues as host.

* September 19 - "Highway to Heaven" premieres on NBC (1984–1989).
* September 20 -
**"The Cosby Show" debuts on NBC (1984–1992).
** "Who's the Boss?" premieres on ABC (1984–1992).
* September 22 - "Cover Up" premieres on CBS (1984–1985).
* September 24 - "Super Password" premieres on NBC hosted by Bert Convy (1984–1989)
* September 28 - "Miami Vice" premieres on NBC (1984–1990).
* September 30 - "Murder, She Wrote", starring Hollywood veteran Angela Lansbury, premieres on CBS (1984–1996).
*"Tales from the Darkside" (syndicated, 1984–1988).
* October 8 - "Trivia Trap" premieres on ABC (1984–1985).
* "The Gillies Report" premieres on ABC in Australia (1984–1985).

Miniseries

*"Celebrity"
*"Fatal Vision"
*""
*"Bodyline"
*"Waterfront"
*"Eureka Stockade"
*"The Last Bastion"

Television shows

1940s

*"Meet the Press" (1947— )
*"Candid Camera" (1948— )
*"Come Dancing" (UK) (19491995)

1950s

*"Truth or Consequences" (1950–1988)
*"Search for Tomorrow" (1951–1986)
*"Hallmark Hall of Fame" (1951— )
*"American Bandstand" (1952–1989)
*"Guiding Light" (1952— )
*"The Today Show" (1952— )
*"Panorama" (UK) (1953— )
*"Face the Nation" (1954— )
*"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (19621992)
*"This Is Your Life" (UK) (19552003)
*"As the World Turns" (1956— )
*"What the Papers Say" (UK) (1956— )
*"The Sky at Night" (UK) (1957— )
*"Blue Peter" (UK) (1958— )
*"Grandstand" (UK) (1958-2007)

1960s

*"Coronation Street" (UK) (1960— )
*"Four Corners" (Australia) (1961- ).
*"It's Academic" (1961— )
*"The Late Late Show" (Ireland) (1962-present).
*"Doctor Who" (UK) (1963–1989, 1996, 2005— )
*"General Hospital" (1963— )
*"Another World" (19641999)
*"Crossroads" (UK) (1964–1988, 2001–2003)
*"Top of the Pops" (UK) (1964-2006)
*"Days of Our Lives" (1965— )
*"World of Sport" (UK) (1965–1985)
*"Play School" (1966— )
*"The Money Programme" (UK) (1966— )
*"60 Minutes" (1968— )
*"One Life to Live" (1968— )
*"Hee Haw" (1969–1993)
*"Sesame Street" (1969— )
*"The Benny Hill Show" (UK) (1969–1989)

1970s

*"All My Children" (1970— )
*"Monday Night Football" (1970–2005)
*"Masterpiece Theatre" (1971— )
*"Whistle Test" (UK) (1971–1987)
*"Soul Train" (1971— )
*"Are You Being Served?" (UK) (1972–1985)
*"Emmerdale Farm" (UK) (1972— )
*"John Craven's Newsround" (UK) (1972— )
*"The Price Is Right" (1972— )
*"Last of the Summer Wine" (UK) (1973— )
*"Match Game—Hollywood Squares Hour" (1962–1969, 1973–1984, 19901991, 1998–1999)
*"Schoolhouse Rock!" (1973–1986)
*"Superstars" (UK) (1973–1985, 2003–2005)
*"The Young and the Restless" (1973— )
*"Countdown" (Australia) (1974–1987)
*"Derrick" (1974–1998)
*"Wish You Were Here...?" (UK) (1974— )
*"Arena" (UK) (1975— )
*"Good Morning America" (1975— )
*"Jim'll Fix It" (UK) (1975–1994)
*"Ryan's Hope" (1975–1989)
*"Saturday Night Live" (1975— )
*"the fifth estate" (Canada) (1975— )
*"The Jeffersons" (1975–1985)
*"Wheel of Fortune" (1975— )
*"Alice" (1976–1985)
*"Family Feud" (1976–1985, 1988–1995, 1999— )
*"The P.T.L. Club" (1976–1987)
*"The Love Boat" (1977–1986)
*"20/20" (1978— )
*"3-2-1" (UK) (1978–1987)
*"Battle of the Planets" (1978–1985)
*"Dallas" (1978–1991)
*"Diff'rent Strokes" (1978–1986)
*"Grange Hill" (UK) (1978— )
*"Benson" (1979–1986)
*"Knots Landing" (1979–1993)
*"Tales of the Unexpected" (UK) (1979–1985, 1987–1988)
*"The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979–1985)
*"The Facts of Life" (1979–1988)
*"Trapper John, M.D." (1979–1986)
*"You Can't Do That on Television" (Canada) (1979–1990)
*"Antiques Roadshow" (UK) (1979— )
*"Nightline" (1979— )
*"This Old House" (1979— )

1980s

*"Magnum, P.I." (1980–1988)
*"Solid Gold" (1980–1988)
*"Too Close for Comfort" (1980–1986)
*"Dynasty" (1981–1989)
*"Entertainment Tonight" (1981— )
*"Falcon Crest" (1981–1990)
*"Gimme a Break!" (1981–1987)
*"Hill Street Blues" (1981–1987)
*"Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats" (1984-1987)
*"Inspector Gadget" (1983-1986)
*"Simon & Simon" (1981–1988)
*"The Fall Guy" (1981–1986)
*"Today's Special" (Canada) (1981–1987)
*"What Now" (1982— )
*"Timewatch" (UK) (1982— )
*"Cagney & Lacey" (1982–1988)
*"Capitol" (1982–1987)
*"Cheers" (1982–1993)
*"Fame" (1982–1987)
*"Family Ties" (1982–1989)
*"Knight Rider" (1982–1986)
*"Late Night with David Letterman" (1982–1993)
*"Newhart" (1982–1990)
*"Remington Steele" (1982–1987)
*"Silver Spoons" (1982–1987)
*"St. Elsewhere" (1982–1988)
*" The Journal" (Canada) (1982–1992)
*"Fraggle Rock" (1983–1988)
*"Loving" (1983–1995)
*"Mama's Family" (1983–1985, 1986–1990)
*"Press Your Luck" (1983–1986)
*"Scarecrow and Mrs. King" (1983–1987)
*"The A-Team" (1983–1987)
*"Tucker's Luck" (UK) (1983–1985)
*"Webster" (1983–1989)
*"Jeopardy!" (1964–1975, 1984— )
*"The Jetsons" (1962–1963, 1984–1985, 1987)
*"Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends"(1984— )

Ending this year

*"Australia, You're Standing in It" (Australia) (1983–1984)
*"Captain Kangaroo" (1955–December 8, 1984)
*"The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast" (1974–1984)
*"The Dukes" (1983–1984)
*"The Edge of Night" (1956–December 28, 1984)
*"Fantasy Island" (1977–August 18, 1984)
*"Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" (1972–August 1984)
*"Happy Days" (1974–July 12, 1984)
*"Hart to Hart" (1979-May 1984)
*"Kingswood Country" (Australia) (1980–September 1984)
*"One Day at a Time" (1975–September 2, 1984)
*"The Other 'Arf" (UK) (1980–1984)
*"Play for Today" (UK) (1970–1984)
*"Real People" (1979–July 4, 1984)
*"Second City Television (SCTV)" (Canada) (1976–1984)
*"Tattletales" (1974–1978, 1982–June 1, 1984)
*"That's Incredible!" (1980–April 30, 1984)
*"Three's Company" (1977–September 18, 1984)
*"Whiz Kids" (1983 – June 2, 1984)
*"The Young Ones" (UK) (1982, 1984)

Births

*January 2 - Bryony Afferson, actress
*February 24 - Patrick John Kennedy, Irish politician and only elected member of an ancient royal house
*March 20 - Christy Carlson Romano, actress
*March 28 - Nikki Sanderson, actress
*April 8 - Taran Noah Smith, actor
*April 22 - Michelle Ryan, actress
*May 29 - Carmelo Anthony, American basketball player
*June 13 - Phillip Van Dyke, voice actor ("Arnold" from "Hey Arnold!" in 1997-1999)
*September 23 - Anneliese van der Pol, actress
*November 22 - Scarlett Johansson, American actress
*December 30 - LeBron James, American basketball player

Deaths

*March 1 - Jackie Coogan, actor, Uncle Fester in "The Addams Family"
*March 24 - Sam Jaffe, actor, co-starred as Dr. Zorba in "Ben Casey"
*May 4 - Jack Barry, game show host/producer
*May 4 - Diana Dors, British actress
*May 16 - Andy Kaufman, comedian, played Latka Gravas on "Taxi"
*June 15 - Ned Glass, actor
*October 18 - Jon-Erik Hexum shot himself in a freak accident on the set of the TV series "Cover Up"


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