1951 in television
The year 1951 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1951.
- March 22 – RCA introduces an eight-pound (3.6 kg) monochrome television camera with a 53-pound (24 kg) backpack transmitter, both operated by batteries. It is the first portable television camera.
- May 28 – Then US Supreme Court upholds the Federal Communications Commission's approval of the CBS color television system.
- May 31 – Nederlandse Televisie Stichting (NTS), as predecessor of Nederlandse Omroep Stichting Televisie (NOS), a first regular television broadcasting service start in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- June 25 – CBS presents its first commercial color telecast featuring Arthur Godfrey, Ed Sullivan, and Faye Emerson.
- June – RCA demonstrates its new electronic color system.
- August 11 – The first baseball game is televised in color, a double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves.
- September 4 – The first live transcontinental television broadcast occurs in San Francisco, California from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference.
- September 29
- The first live sporting event broadcast coast-to-coast, a college football game between Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh, is televised by NBC.
- CBS broadcasts the first American football game in color, between the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia.
- October 2 – Danish language television station, DR1, first launched in Copenhagen.
- October 3 – The first live coast-to-coast network telecast of a World Series baseball game.
- October 12 – The Holme Moss transmitter is initiated in Northern England, making BBC Television available to the region for the first time.
- October 17 – Television broadcasts begin in Argentina from Primera Televisora Argentina on channel 7, Buenos Aires.
- October 20 – The CBS Eye logo makes its television debut.
- November 11 – Bing Crosby Enterprises demonstrates black-and-white video recording using a modified Ampex tape recorder.
- November 18 – Edward R. Murrow on See It Now presents a split screen view of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City and the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. It has erroneously been referred to as the first live transcontinental telecast.
- December – TV Tupi in São Paulo (Brazil) begins broadcasting Sua Vida Me Pertence ("Your Life Belongs To Me") starring Vida Alves, pioneering the telenovela genre.
- December 24 – The first televised opera composed for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti, is broadcast by NBC.
- Ernie Kovacs' Time for Ernie and Ernie in Kovacsland television series premiere. Kovacs explores the boundaries of television technology with his use of camera tricks and special effects.
|Picture Page (UK)||October 8, 1936||1939|
|The Voice of Firestone Televues||1943||1947|
|Kaleidoscope (UK)||November 2, 1946||1953|
|Gillette Cavalcade of Sports||November 8, 1946||June 24, 1960|
|Muffin the Mule (UK)||1946||1955|
|Kraft Television Theater||May 7, 1947||1958|
|Kukla, Fran and Ollie||October 13, 1947||1957|
|Meet the Press||November 6, 1947|
|Howdy Doody||December 27, 1947||September 24, 1960|
|Small Fry Club||1947||1951|
|Television Newsreel (UK)||January 5, 1948||1954|
|The Original Amateur Hour||January 18, 1948||September 27, 1970|
|Court of Current Issues||February 9, 1948||June 26, 1951|
|Author Meets the Critics||April 1948||October 10, 1954|
|Hollywood Screen Test||April 15, 1948||1953|
|Texaco Star Theater||June 8, 1948||1953|
|The Ed Sullivan Show||June 20, 1948||June 6, 1971|
|Candid Camera||August 10, 1948||May 23, 2004|
|CBS Evening News||August 15, 1948|
|Foodini the Great||August 23, 1948||June 23, 1951|
|Ford Theatre||October 17, 1948||July 10, 1957|
|The Alan Dale Show||1948||1951|
|Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts||1948||January 1, 1958|
|Break the Bank||1948||1957|
|Celebrity Time||1948||September 1952|
|The Philco Television Playhouse||1948||1955|
|Winner Take All||1948||1952|
|The Goldbergs||January 17, 1949||1956|
|Captain Video||June 27, 1949||April 1, 1955|
|Mama||July 1, 1949||March 17, 1957|
|Martin Kane, Private Eye||August 7, 1949||June 17, 1954|
|The Lone Ranger||September 15, 1949||June 6, 1957|
|Come Dancing (UK)||September 29, 1949||1995|
|The Aldrich Family||October 2, 1949||May 29, 1953|
|January 2, 1953||August 22, 1958|
|The Ruggles||November 3, 1949||June 19, 1952|
|One Man's Family||November 4, 1949||June 21, 1952|
|March 1, 1954||April 1, 1955|
|Arthur Godfrey and His Friends||1949||1959|
- January 3 – Dragnet, crime drama, on NBC (1951–1959 Series One B&W, 1967-1970 Series Two Color)
- January 8 - Say It with Acting, game show, on NBC.
- March 3 – Watch Mr. Wizard on NBC (1951–1965)
- March 12 - Miss Susan, soap opera on NBC (1951)
- June 2 - The daytime version of A Date with Judy debuts on ABC.
- June 16 – Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town, variety show, with Faye Emerson and Skitch Henderson, on CBS
- July 6 – Front Page Detective debuts on Dumont.
- July 16 – A British version of the What's My Line?, game show, on BBC (Like its American counterpart, it became one of the top-rated programs for the rest of the decade and made a celebrity of its host, Eamonn Andrews)
- August 3 - The Ad-Libbers, comedy sketch game show, on CBS. (1951)
- September 3 – The first long-running soap opera, Search for Tomorrow, on CBS (1951–1986)
- September 11 - The Bill Goodwin Show, a talk/variety program on NBC. (1951-1952)
- September 24 – Love of Life on CBS (1951–1980)
- October 15 – Situation comedy I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball with her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, on CBS (1951–1957); produced on film in front of a studio audience, using three film cameras, instead of being broadcast live, and making Ball the world's first major female television star
- Television version of Amos & Andy (1951–1953)
- The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957), on NBC, starring Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present)
- nl:Nederlandse Televisie Stichting (Dutch language) Retrieved date on October 3, 2017.
- en:DR1 Retrieved date on October 3, 2017.
- Watch Mr. Wizard at Encyclopedia of Television
- Erickson, Hal (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Law Shows: Factual and Fictional Series About Judges, Lawyers and the Courtroom, 1948-2008. McFarland. p. 189. ISBN 9780786438280. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
- Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1979). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows: 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-25525-9.
- McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th ed.). New York, New York: Penguin Books USA, Inc. p. 98. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8.
- McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8.