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2017
Sep
23
 
 
Fifty years ago today, viewers met George Jetson (and his family) when ABC launched the animated space-age series, The Jetsons...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
22
 
 
On this day in 1999, NBC introduced one of television's most honored dramatic series, The West Wing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
21
 
 
On this day in 1970, ABC introduced Monday Night Football...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
20
 
 
On this day in 1977, ABC aired the third episode in a three-part story arc that took the Happy Days gang to Hollywood, and subjected The Fonz to a nail-biting water-skiing contest...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
19
 
 
On this day in 1970, CBS introduced one of television's most memorable sitcoms, The Mary Tyler Moore Show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
18
 
 
This day in 1965 marked the debut of I Dream of Jeannie, NBC's answer to ABC's hit show, Bewitched...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
17
 
 
On this day in 1966, CBS premiered the espionage series Mission: Impossible...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
16
 
 
On this day in 1972, CBS introduced The Bob Newhart Show, a sitcom starring comedian Bob Newhart as a Chicago psychologist...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
15
 
 
This day in 1965 marked the debut of Lost in Space on CBS...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Sep
14
 
 
On this day in 1992, Hearts Afire, with John Ritter and Markie Post, debuted...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available in paperback for under $15. Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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