1955 in television


1955 in television

The year 1955 in television involved some significant events.Below is a list of television-related events in 1955.

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Events

*January 22 - "Ozark Jubilee" debuts on ABC, the frst national country music program and the first national television program to originate outside of New York City or Hollywood
*March 5 - Elvis Presley appears on television for the first time. The show was "Louisiana Hayride", and televised locally in Shreveport, Louisiana.
*April 1 - The DuMont Television Network drastically cuts back its programming; just eight series keep the network operating.
*May 9 - Harpo Marx makes a memorable appearance on "I Love Lucy".
*June 7 - The "Quiz Show" craze begins with the premiere of "The 64,000 Dollar Question". The show spawns many copycats, including "Twenty One" the following year, which would later be the focus of a scandal that would lead to congressional hearings.
*September 22 - Commercial television starts in the UK, with the launch of ITV in London - Associated-Rediffusion on weekdays, Associated Television Network (ATV) at weekends. The rest of the UK receive their ITV regions over the next seven years.
*September 28 - The World Series is broadcast in color for the first time.
*December 10 - The first Saturday morning cartoon show debuts on American television, "The Mighty Mouse Playhouse" on CBS.
*December 24 - The Lennon Sisters make their television debut on "The Lawrence Welk Show"
*December 25 - After being on radio since 1932, the Royal Christmas Message is broadcast on British television for the first time, in sound only at 3.00pm. The first visual Christmas message is shown in 1957.

Debuts

*January 15 - "The Benny Hill Show" (UK) premieres on BBC Television, later moving to ITV (1955–1989). Its global audience figures will be counted in the billions.
*January 22 - "Ozark Jubilee" premieres on ABC (1955-1960), starring Red Foley
*June 29 - "Life With The Lyons" (UK), one of the first successful British sitcoms (though starring the American, Ben Lyon), premieres on BBC Television (1955–1960).
*July 2 - "The Lawrence Welk Show" premieres on ABC (1955–1982).
*July 9 - "Dixon of Dock Green" (UK) premieres on BBC Television (1955–1976).
*July 29 - "This Is Your Life" (UK) premieres on BBC Television (1955–2003).
*September 10 - "Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS (1955–1975).
*September 20 - "Cheyenne" premieres on ABC (1955–1962).
*October 1 - "The Honeymooners" premieres on CBS, starring Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Audrey Meadows (1955–1956).
*October 2 - "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premieres on CBS (1955–1962).
*October 3 - "Captain Kangaroo" premieres on CBS (1955–1984).
*October 3 - "Mickey Mouse Club" premieres on ABC, featuring "Mouseketeer" Annette Funicello (1955–1959).
*October 22 - "Quatermass II" (UK), sequel to 1953's "The Quatermass Experiment", premieres on BBC Television. It ends on November 26.

Television shows

"listed by starting year"
*"Gillette Cavalcade of Sports" (1946–1960).
*"Kukla, Fran and Ollie" (1947–1957).
*"Howdy Doody" (1947–1960).
*"Kraft Television Theater" (1947–1958).
*"Meet the Press" (1947–present).
*"Candid Camera" (1948–present).
*"The Ed Sullivan Show" (1948–1971).
*"Bozo the Clown" (1949–present).
*"Come Dancing" (UK) (19491995).
*"The Goldbergs" (1949–1956).
*"The Voice of Firestone" (1949–1963).
*"Cisco Kid" (1950–1956).
*"The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" (1950–1958).
*"The Jack Benny Show" (1950–1965).
*"Truth or Consequences" (1950–1988).
*"What's My Line" (1950–1967).
*"Your Hit Parade" (1950–1959).
*"Dragnet" (1951–1959).
*"I Love Lucy" (1951–1957).
*"Love of Life" (1951–1980).
*"Search for Tomorrow" (1951–1986).
*"The Roy Rogers Show" (1951–1957).
*"Hallmark Hall of Fame" (1951–present)
*"American Bandstand" (19521989).
*"The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (1952–1966).
*"Adventures of Superman" (19521958)
*"The Guiding Light" (1952–present).
*"Life is Worth Living" (1952–1957).
*"The Today Show" (1952–present).
*"This Is Your Life" (US) (1952–1961).
*"General Motors Theatre" (Can) (1953–1956, 1958–1961)
*"Panorama" (UK) (1953–present).
*"The Good Old Days" (UK) (1953–1983).
*"Annie Oakley" (1954–1957).
*"Climax!" (1954–1958).
*"Disneyland" (1954–1958).
*"Face the Nation" (1954–present).
*"The Brighter Day" (1954–1962).
*"The Grove Family" (UK) (1954–1957).
*"The Milton Berle Show" (1954–1967).
*"The Secret Storm" (1954–1974).
*"The Tonight Show" (1954–present).
*"Zoo Quest" (UK) (1954–1964).
*"Musical Chairs" (1955) - game show hosted by Bill Leyden
*"Mama's Little Babies-with Ruth DeVoure" (1955-56).
*"Aubrey and Gus" (1955-1956).
*"Beau temps, mauvais temps" (1955-1958).
*"Bim Bam Boom" (1955-1956).
*"Cap-aux-sorciers" (1955-1958).
*"" (1955-2007).
*"Cross-Canada Hit Parade" (1955-1960).
*"Junior Magazine" (1955-1962).
*"Maggie Muggins" (1955-1962).
*"Maman Fonfon" (1955-1962).
*"Ozark Jubilee" (1955-1960).
*"Sailor of Fortune" (1955-1956).

Ending this year

*"Life with Elizabeth" (1952-1955)
*"Muffin the Mule" (UK) (19461955).
*"Hawkins Falls" (1950, 1951–July 1, 1955))
*"My Little Margie" (1952–August 24, 1955)
*"Musical Chairs" (July 9September 17 1955)

Births

*January 4 - Sally Tayler, actress.
*May 5 - Melinda Culea, actress.
*June 28 - Shirley Cheriton, actress.
*August 14 - Gillian Taylforth, actress.


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