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Major TV debuts from the year you were born

Stacker Logo By Abby Monteil of Stacker | Slide 1 of 71: As the landscape of TV continues to shift, it’s always a good time to pause and look at the medium’s history. Although the latest buzzy Netflix show dominating everyday conversations is normal, television is one of the youngest art forms around. The first American TV station began broadcasting in 1928, but television didn’t really start growing into the influential, widespread phenomenon that it is now until the 1950s. Since there were initially only three major TV networks—ABC, CBS, and NBC—popular television was limited to a strict number of channels and studios for decades. The advent of cable television and streaming services has allowed more and more diverse forms of TV storytelling to be made. The most popular show that aired in 2012 when an 8-year-old was born looks vastly different than the most popular show that aired in 1965 when a 55-year-old was born. Some of the older TV shows obviously still hold a place in American culture and television history today. For example, “The Twilight Zone” forever shaped the anthology series, as well as how the genres of science fiction and suspense unfold within the medium. However, pinpointing every major show that’s come out since TV took off can be a time-consuming task. Stacker conducted manual research to compile a list of notable television debuts from the past 70 years, listing one show for each year and using a variety of unique sources. When selecting TV shows to add, Stacker looked for series that were not just popular when they were airing, but remain influential and iconic in pop culture to this day. Read on to find out which major TV show debuted the same year that you were born, from the 1950 comedy hour “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show” to the 2019 HBO drama “Watchmen.” You may also like:  Film and TV-themed bars and restaurants to visit

Major TV debuts from the year you were born

As the landscape of TV continues to shift, it’s always a good time to pause and look at the medium’s history. Although the latest buzzy Netflix show dominating everyday conversations is normal, television is one of the youngest art forms around. The first American TV station began broadcasting in 1928, but television didn’t really start growing into the influential, widespread phenomenon that it is now until the 1950s.

Since there were initially only three major TV networks—ABC, CBS, and NBC—popular television was limited to a strict number of channels and studios for decades. The advent of cable television and streaming services has allowed more and more diverse forms of TV storytelling to be made. The most popular show that aired in 2012 when an 8-year-old was born looks vastly different than the most popular show that aired in 1965 when a 55-year-old was born.

Some of the older TV shows obviously still hold a place in American culture and television history today. For example, “The Twilight Zone” forever shaped the anthology series, as well as how the genres of science fiction and suspense unfold within the medium. However, pinpointing every major show that’s come out since TV took off can be a time-consuming task.

Stacker conducted manual research to compile a list of notable television debuts from the past 70 years, listing one show for each year and using a variety of unique sources. When selecting TV shows to add, Stacker looked for series that were not just popular when they were airing, but remain influential and iconic in pop culture to this day.

Read on to find out which major TV show debuted the same year that you were born, from the 1950 comedy hour “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show” to the 2019 HBO drama “Watchmen.”

You may also like: Film and TV-themed bars and restaurants to visit

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