Playhouse Without a Puppet, December 27, 1947

  In the winter of 1947, television history was made, thanks to a blizzard and production mishap. The television schedule was still sparse, consisting of a quiz show, a western movie, three hours of sports, a newsreel, and not much more. The few homes, businesses, and bars with television were lucky to get even 2 […]

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A Case of Rape, February 20, 1974

At last check, this made for TV movie is still one of the Top Ten All Time ratings winners in the entire history of made-for-television movies. Starring the actress responsible for lovable witch Samantha Stephens on Bewitched, Elizabeth Montgomery raised the bar on television production with A Case of Rape. The story-line featured graphic rape […]

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Sonny & Cher Reunite, November 13, 1987

The return of Cher to Late Night with David Letterman was destined to be a ratings winner. A press-fueled rumor lingered of a Cher/Letterman feud. Cher had nailed Letterman on her previous appearance, calling him “an asshole” following a string of typically indulgent Letterman questions. This time, Sonny joined Cher for the interview. Any viewers hoping to […]

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James Turns 16, But Only Without a Condom – February 9, 1978

James at 15 is a well-remembered teen drama for those growing up in the 1970’s, yet it ran a only a single season. The critics found the show sensitive and real, but the ratings were only mediocre. Perhaps in 1978, parents still had some control over what their children watched, and the show’s controversial themes kept […]

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Felix the Cat, ca. March 30, 1929

The 1929 regular broadcast of Felix the Cat is legendary, and is often cited as the first television broadcast. It was not. In actuality, there had been many broadcast before, including presidential speeches, windmills, a dramatic play, and regular programming. It is not even RCA/NBC’s first broadcast. It does not even pre-date the first Milton Berle telecast! […]

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