ⓘ 1968 in television

                                     

ⓘ 1968 in television

  • January 31 – Turkeys first national TV channel TRT 1 is opened.
  • RAI in Italy broadcasts the first episode of the miniseries La famiglia Benvenuti The Benvenuti family, by Alfredo Giannetti, with Enrico Maria Salerno and Valeria Valeri, about the life of the Italian middle class. The show, innovative at this time, is received well by the public and critics alike, and the child actor Giusva Fioravanti later infamous right-wing terrorist becomes a star.
  • April 2
  • February 6 – The Xth Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble, France are the first Olympics to be fully broadcast in color for the U.S. market by ABC.
  • January 20 – Houston defeats UCLA 71-69 at the Houston Astrodome on the TVS Television Network in what is billed as "The Game of the Century"; the first prime-time national broadcast of mens college basketball.
  • January 27 – The Lennon Sisters make their final appearance on The Lawrence Welk Show on ABC United States.
  • NBC in the US broadcasts a television special in which British singer Petula Clark appears with Harry Belafonte as her guest. An innocent, affectionate gesture between the two during a song Clark touches Belafonte on the arm has prompted concern from the shows sponsor Chrysler Corporation due to the difference in their races.
  • November 17 – NBC breaks away from a pro football game to air a TV movie adaptation of Heidi, sparking furious protest. After the break away, the Oakland Raiders scored two touchdowns to defeat the New York Jets, in the final minute of play.
  • 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. Joan slurs her lines and appears to be intoxicated during the tapings.
  • December 24 – Apollo 8 broadcasts to the Earth, relaying a report that there is a Santa Claus and reading a passage from the Book of Genesis.
  • May 2 – The Israel Broadcasting Authority commences 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 soon signs Hopkin to Apple Records.
  • December 3 – Elvis Presleys Elvis airs on NBC, followed by a Brigitte Bardot special.
  • November 22 – William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols share the first interracial kiss on US television in the Star Trek episode "Platos Stepchildren".
  • April 6 – The Eurovision Song Contest 1968 is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the first to be televised in colour.
  • June 2 – The first cricket match to be televised in colour by the BBC, Surrey v International Cavaliers held at Cheam Cricket Club Ground. The game attracts 8.000 people.
  • August 20–21 – Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. Events are televised live across Europe.
  • October 14 – First live television broadcast from a spacecraft in orbit, during the Apollo 7 mission. There are six broadcasts during the eleven-day mission.
  • October 13 - Actress Bea Benaderet of the popular CBS-TV sitcom Petticoat Junction dies of lung cancer at the age of 62 shortly after the start of the popular programs sixth season.
  • April 4 – Singer 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.
  • May 20 – Harlech which will become HTV in 1970 starts its dual service for Wales and the West Country, replacing the interim ITSWW, which had replaced TWW.
Also in 1968
  • The Guiding Light and Search for Tomorrow expand to 30 minutes.
  • Nearly 200 million households now own television sets, 78 million of which are in the US.
  • The last round-screen color TV sets are produced by all American manufacturers.
  • Rosemary Prinz, one of the first big soap opera stars, leaves As the World Turns in a less-than-amicable departure.
                                     

1. Programs/programmes

  • Bonanza 1959–1973
  • The Lucy Show 1962–1968
  • Spider-Man 1967–1970
  • Crossroads UK 1964–1988, 2001–2003
  • American Bandstand 1952–1989
  • Z-Cars UK 1962–1978
  • The Late Show Ireland 1962–present
  • Bozo the Clown 1949–present
  • The Good Old Days UK 1953–1983
  • Play School 1966–present
  • Get Smart 1965–1970
  • Captain Kangaroo 1955–1984
  • The Doctors 1963–1982
  • The Dean Martin Show 1965–1974
  • The Avengers UK 1961–1969
  • Dark Shadows 1966–1971
  • The Edge of Night 1956–1984
  • The Mothers-in-Law 1967–1969
  • Green Acres 1965–1971
  • As the World Turns 1956–2010
  • Walt Disneys Wonderful World of Color 1961 – July 1971
  • That Girl 1966–1971
  • The Beverly Hillbillies 1962–1971
  • Four Corners Australia 1961–present
  • Tom and Jerry 1965–1972, 1975–1977, 1980–1982
  • Meet the Press 1947–present
  • Dixon of Dock Green UK 1955–1976
  • TRT 1 Foreign films day Turkey 1968–present
  • Petticoat Junction 1963–1970
  • What the Papers Say UK 1956–present
  • Jeopardy! 1964–1975, 1984–present
  • Its Academic 1961–present
  • Coronation Street UK 1960–present
  • Love of Life 1951–1980
  • Truth or Consequences 1950–1988
  • Doctor Who UK 1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962–1992
  • The Secret Storm 1954–1974
  • The Saint UK 1962–1969
  • TRT 1 Turkish films day Turkey 1968–present
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • Hogans Heroes 1965–1971
  • The Wednesday Play UK 1964–1970
  • I Dream of Jeannie 1965–1970
  • Candid Camera 1948–present
  • Opportunity Knocks UK 1956–1978
  • Ironside 1967–1975
  • Peyton Place 1964–1969
  • This Is Your Life UK 1955–2003
  • The Sky at Night UK 1957–present
  • Star Trek 1966–1969
  • Gunsmoke 1955–1975
  • Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. 1964–1970
  • Daniel Boone 1964–1970
  • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967–1969
  • The Lawrence Welk Show 1955–1982
  • Panorama UK 1953–present
  • Love is a Many Splendored Thing 1967–1973
  • The Newlywed Game 1966–1974
  • Match Game 1962–1969, 1973–1984, 1990–1991, 1998–1999
  • Mannix 1967–1975
  • General Hospital 1963–present
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set 1967–1969
  • The Hollywood Palace 1964–1970
  • Top of the Pops UK 1964–2006
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951–present
  • Come Dancing UK 1949–1995
  • Face the Nation 1954–present
  • Grandstand UK 1958–2007
  • Mission: Impossible 1966–1973
  • The Mike Douglas Show 1961–1981
  • Family Affair 1966–1971
  • The Today Show 1952–present
  • World of Sport UK 1965–1985
  • I Spy 1965-1968
  • The Money Programme UK 1966–present
  • The Carol Burnett Show 1967–1978
  • Days of Our Lives 1965–present
  • Search for Tomorrow 1951–1986
  • The Ed Sullivan Show 1948–1971
  • My Three Sons 1960–1972
  • Another World 1964–1999
  • Bewitched 1964–1972
  • The Flying Nun 1967–1970
  • Heres Lucy 1968–1974
  • The Guiding Light 1952–2009
  • Blue Peter UK 1958–present
                                     

1.1. Programs/programmes Debuts

  • Wacky Races on CBS Saturday Morning 1968-1969
  • January 22 – Rowan & Martins Laugh-In on NBC 1968–1973
  • The Archie Show on CBS Saturday Morning 1968–1969
  • May 18 – The Prisoner has its U.S. premiere on CBS
  • July 15 – One Life to Live created by Agnes Nixon on ABC 1968–2012, 2013–present
  • January 1 – Vremya Вре́мя, "Time" in the Soviet Union 1964–1991, 1994–present
  • July 30 – Magpie on ITV in the UK 1968–1980
  • July 31 – Popular sitcom Dads Army run on BBC1 in the UK 1968–1977
  • February 19 – National Educational Television begins airing Mister Rogers Neighborhood
  • January 5 – Gardeners World on BBC1 in the UK 1968–present
  • September – Whats My Line in first-run syndication 1968–1975
  • April – Audubon Wildlife Theatre on CBC 1968–1974
  • September 14
  • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour and on CBS Saturday Morning 1968–1971; 1975–1985; known as The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show from 1978–1985
  • September 17 – Julia on NBC 1968–1971
  • September 22 – Land of the Giants on ABC 1968–1970
  • 60 Minutes 1968–present on CBS
  • September 24
  • The Mod Squad on ABC 1968–1973
  • September 21 – Adam-12 on NBC 1968–1975
  • September 23 – Heres Lucy on CBS 1968–1974
  • The Doris Day Show on CBS 1968–1973
  • September 25 – Here Come the Brides on ABC 1968–1970
  • September 26 – Hawaii Five-O on CBS 1968–1980
  • September 29 – Fabeltjeskrant on NOS 1968–1989