1965 in television

The year 1965 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1965.

List of years in television (table)
In radio


  • January 1 - Comedian Soupy Sales, who hosted the "Lunch With Soupy Sales" children's program on New York City's WNEW-TV, encourages his young viewers to send him money ("those funny little green pieces of paper with pictures of U.S. presidents") from their parents' pants and pocketbooks and send them to him, and in return he would "send you a postcard from Puerto Rico!"[1] Days later, when he actually got response, he declared that he was joking and that cash contributions would be donated to charity, but WNEW suspended Sales for two weeks over the incident.[2]
  • February 22 – A new, videotaped production of the 1957 special Cinderella, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, airs on CBS with young Lesley Ann Warren (in the title role) starring alongside Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, and Celeste Holm.
  • March 24 – Live TV pictures from the US unmanned moon probe Ranger 9 are transmitted prior to its impact.
  • April 5 – TEN10 opens in Sydney, Australia, with the highlight of the opening night being the variety special TV Spells Magic.
  • April 15 – Paul Bryan (Ben Gazzara) gets bad news from his doctor and sets out to do all the things he never had time for, in the Kraft Suspense Theatre episode entitled "Rapture at Two-Forty." This will serve as the pilot for the series Run for Your Life, which will premiere on September 13 and run until 1968.
  • April 21 – The Beach Boys appear on Shindig! performing their most recent hit, "Do You Wanna Dance?"
  • April 26 - Brazil's largest TV network, Rede Globo, begins broadcasting.
  • April 28 – My Name Is Barbra, Barbra Streisand's first TV special, airs on CBS.
  • May 2 – The Rolling Stones make their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • June 4 – The launch of the Gemini 4 space mission is broadcast in color by NBC. All three networks would carry the launch of Gemini 5 in color that August and all subsequent manned space launches.
  • August 1 – Cigarette adverts are banned from UK television, though pipe tobacco and cigar adverts continue until 1992.
  • August 6 – BBC withdraws a planned airing of The War Game on BBC1's Wednesday Play anthology series; the network, officially, deems the film's depiction of a fictional nuclear attack on the United Kingdom and its aftermath as "too horrifying" to air on television, though it was widely believed that government pressure led to the banning. The film would win the 1966 Academy Award for Documentary Feature, and BBC would not screen the film on-air until 1985.
  • September 10 – The first National Geographic Special, a chronicle of a 1963 U.S. expedition to Mount Everest, airs on CBS.
  • September 12
    • NBC takes over telecasts of the American Football League with most of the games being broadcast in color.
    • The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, for the fourth & final time, performing songs from their new album Help!. This appearance was videotaped on August 14 before the group launched their U.S. tour the following night at Shea Stadium (Sunday, August 15, 1965).
  • September 13 – Today on NBC goes color.
  • October 4 – Pope Paul VI's visit to New York receives saturation television coverage on all 3 American networks. The Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium is broadcast in color.
  • October 17 – WBMG-TV in Birmingham, Alabama launches on channel 42, sharing dual CBS/NBC affiliation with crosstown WAPI-TV—and allowing viewers in the Birmingham market to watch more programming from those networks that WAPI did not have room for (including The Ed Sullivan Show, The CBS Evening News, and The Tonight Show). The setup lasts until 1970, when WAPI takes sole affiliation with NBC and WBMG does the same with CBS. At the same time, WCFT-33 in Tuscaloosa and WHMA-40 in Anniston become exclusive affiliates of CBS. Like WBMG, Channels 33 and 40 were dual affiliates of NBC and CBS.
  • November 5 – Katie Holstrum (Inger Stevens) and Congressman Glen Morley (William Windom) are married in The Farmer's Daughter episode entitled "To Have and To Hold".
  • November 15 – The Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC goes color on a regular basis, the first network evening newscast to be colorcast nightly.
  • November 25 – CBS airs the first color broadcast of an NFL football game, a Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions.
  • November 28 – Julie Andrews' first TV special airs on NBC.
  • December 4 – TV Guide launches its Montana edition and now covers all of the contiguous U.S. (A Hawaii edition will be launched in 1968.)
  • December 9 – A Charlie Brown Christmas premieres on CBS.
  • December 21 – A production of The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet airs on CBS.
Also in 1965
  • First television broadcasts in Paraguay.
  • Three independently-affiliated stations in the Philadelphia market—The "Other Big 3 in Philly"—start operations: WIBF (channel 29) opens on May 16; WKBS-TV (channel 48) opens on September 1 (and operates until 1983); and WPHL-TV (channel 17) opens on September 17.
  • Motorola introduces the first successful rectangular tube color TV to the mass market.
  • Jeopardy! moves to 12:00 noon on NBC, which would make the show a hit on the network for many years.



Ending during 1965

January 16 The Outer Limits 1963
March 11 Jonny Quest 1964
May 22 The Jack Benny Program 1950
September 3 The Price Is Right 1956
November 9ABC's Nightlife1964

Changes of network affiliation

Show Moved from Moved to
My Three Sons ABC CBS
Hazel NBC


January 3 Penny Smith Television presenter
January 4 Rick Hearst Soap opera actor
Julia Ormond Actress (Witches of East End)
January 12 Ali Wentworth Actress and comedian (In Living Color)
January 22 Diane Lane Actress (Lonesome Dove)
February 1 Sherilyn Fenn Actress (Twin Peaks)
February 3 Maura Tierney Actress (ER, NewsRadio, The Affair)
February 7 Chris Rock Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live, The Chris Rock Show)
February 12 Raphael Sbarge Actor (Once Upon a Time)
February 23 Kristin Davis Actress (Charlotte on Sex and the City)
March 1 Chris Eigeman Actor (Gilmore Girls)
March 10 Deezer D Actor and rapper (ER)
March 11 Wallace Langham Actor (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
March 18 David Cubitt Canadian actor (Medium)
March 21 Cynthia Geary Actress (Northern Exposure)
March 23 Richard Grieco Actor (21 Jump Street)
March 24 Peter Jacobson Actor (House, Colony)
March 25 Sarah Jessica Parker Actress (Carrie on Sex and the City)
March 30 Juliet Landau Actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and daughter of Martin Landau
April 4 Robert Downey Jr. Actor (Iron Man)
April 9 Mark Pellegrino Actor (Supernatural, Dexter, Being Human)
April 16 Martin Lawrence Actor and comedian (Martin)
Jon Cryer Actor (Two and a Half Men)
April 17 William Mapother Actor (Lost)
April 22 Lauri Hendler Actress (Gimme a Break!)
April 26 Kevin James Actor and comedian (The King of Queens, Kevin Can Wait)
April 30 Adrian Pasdar Actor (Heroes)
May 6 Leslie Hope Canadian actress (24)
May 7 Owen Hart Canadian wrestler (WWF)
May 23 Melissa McBride Actress (The Walking Dead)
May 27 Todd Bridges Actor (Willis on Diff'rent Strokes)
May 31 Brooke Shields Actress (Suddenly Susan) and model
June 4 Vincent Young Actor (Beverly Hills, 90210)
June 13 Lisa Vidal Actress
June 17 Kami Cotler Actress (The Waltons)
June 18 Kim Dickens Actress (Deadwood, Treme, Fear the Walking Dead)
June 24 Danielle Spencer Actress (What's Happening!!, What's Happening Now!!)
July 1 Tom Hodges Actor (The Hogan Family)
July 7 Mo Collins Actress and comedian (Mad TV)
Jeremy Kyle TV presenter (The Jeremy Kyle Show)
Karen Malina White Actress (Malcolm & Eddie, The Proud Family)
July 10 Alec Mapa Actor (Half & Half)
July 16 Daryl Mitchell Actor (The John Larroquette Show, Veronica's Closet, NCIS: New Orleans)
July 19 Clea Lewis Actress (Ellen)
July 22 Shawn Michaels Wrestler (WWE)
Patrick Labyorteaux Actor (Little House on the Prairie, JAG)
July 24 Kadeem Hardison Actor (A Different World)
July 26 Jeremy Piven Actor (Ellen, Entourage, Mr. Selfridge)
August 4 Crystal Chappell Actress (Days of Our Lives, One Life to Live, Guiding Light)
August 6 Jeremy Ratchford Canadian actor (Cold Case)
Mark Speight British television presenter (SMart)
August 10 Claudia Christian Actress (Babylon 5)
August 11 Viola Davis Actress (How to Get Away with Murder)
Duane Martin Actor (All of Us)
August 12 Peter Krause Actor (Sports Night, Six Feet Under, Parenthood)
August 24 Marlee Matlin Actress
August 26 Chris Burke Actor (Life Goes On)
Jon Hensley Actor (As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful)
August 29 Dina Spybey Actress
September 3 Charlie Sheen Actor (Two and a Half Men) and son of Martin Sheen
Costas Mandylor Actor (Picket Fences)
September 9 Charles Esten Actor (Nashville)
Constance Marie Actress (George Lopez)
September 14 Michelle Stafford Actress (The Young and the Restless)
September 17 Kyle Chandler Actor (Early Edition, Friday Night Lights)
September 21 Cheryl Hines Actress (Curb your Enthusiasm, Suburgatory)
October 1 Ted King Actor (Charmed)
October 14 Crystal R. Fox Actress, singer (The Oprah Winfrey Show, In the Heat of the Night)
October 17 Hilary Edson Actress (General Hospital, Another World)
October 26 Kelly Rowan Actress (The O.C.)
October 28 Jami Gertz Actress (Still Standing)
November 4 Kiersten Warren Actress (Saved by the Bell: The College Years)
November 21 Alexander Siddig Actor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
November 24 Jonathan Joss Actor (King of the Hill, Parks and Recreation)
November 26 Scott Adsit Comedian, actor and writer (30 Rock)
November 29 Ellen Cleghorne Actress and comedian (Saturday Night Live, Cleghorne!)
November 30 Ben Stiller Actor, comedian and producer (The Ben Stiller Show)
December 3 Steve Harris Actor (The Practice)
December 14 Ted Raimi Actor (Xena: Warrior Princess)
December 21 Andy Dick Actor (NewsRadio)
December 24 Ian Gomez Actor (Felicity, Cougar Town)


February 15 Nat King Cole 45 Actor and singer (The Nat King Cole Show)
April 27 Edward R. Murrow 57 CBS newsman
November 8 Dorothy Kilgallen 52 Journalist and game show panelist (What's My Line?)

See also


  1. New Year's Eve incident
  2. Sales, Soupy; Charles Salzberg (2001). Soupy Sez! My Life and Zany Times. New York: M. Evans and Co. ISBN 0-87131-935-7.
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