1971 in television

The year 1971 involved some significant events in television. Below is a list of notable TV-related events.

List of years in television (table)
In home video




Ending this year

Date Show Debut
January 7 Nancy 1970
March 4 Family Affair 1966
March 12 The Doris Day Show 1968
March 19 That Girl 1966
March 23 Julia 1968
The Beverly Hillbillies 1962
March 28 Hogan's Heroes 1965
March 29 Mayberry R.F.D. 1968
April 2 Dark Shadows 1966
April 27 Green Acres 1965
May 5 The Johnny Cash Show 1969
June 6 The Ed Sullivan Show 1948
July 24 UFO (UK) 1970
October 22 What's New 1959

Changes of network affiliation

Show Moved from Moved to
Hee Haw CBS Syndication
Let's Make a Deal ABC
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Road Runner Show CBS


January 1 Suzanne Virdee British regional newscaster (Midlands Today)
January 2 Taye Diggs American actor (Private Practice)
January 5 Jayne Middlemiss UK presenter (Orange Playlist)
January 7 Kevin Rahm American actor (Judging Amy, Desperate Housewives, Mad Men)
Jeremy Renner American actor (The Unusuals)
January 12 Jay Burridge UK presenter (SMart)
January 13 Sarah Tansey UK actress (Heartbeat)
January 14 Yiolanda Koppel UK presenter
January 15 Regina King American actress (227, Southland)
January 16 Julia Ford English actress
January 19 Shawn Wayans American actor (In Living Color, The Wayans Bros.)
January 20 Pixie McKenna Irish presenter (Embarrassing Bodies)
January 23 Lorne Spicer British presenter (Cash in the Attic)
January 25 Ana Ortiz American actress (Devious Maids, Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh)
January 26 Dorian Gregory American actor (Charmed)
February 1 Michael C. Hall American actor (Six Feet Under, Dexter)
Hynden Walch American actress (Chalkzone, Teen Titans, Adventure Time, Teen Titans Go!)
February 4 Trent Dawson American actor (As the World Turns)
February 9 Sharon Case American actress (The Young and the Restless)
February 12 Scott Menville American actor (Full House, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!)
February 13 Galen Gering American actor (Days of Our Lives)
February 15 Alex Borstein American actress and comedian (Mad TV, Family Guy)
February 16 Amanda Holden UK actress (Wild at Heart)
February 23 Melinda Messenger British presenter, model (Live from Studio Five)
February 25 Sean Astin American actor (Special Agent Oso, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and son of Patty Duke
March 2 Lisa Lackey Australian actress (Heroes)
March 4 Shavar Ross American actor (Diff'rent Strokes)
March 5 Yuri Lowenthal American voice actor (Ben 10)
March 9 Emmanuel Lewis American actor (Webster)
March 10 Jon Hamm American actor (Mad Men)
March 11 Johnny Knoxville American actor and host (Jackass)
March 13 Tracy Wells American actress (Mr. Belvedere)
March 16 Alan Tudyk American actor (Firefly, Dollhouse, Suburgatory), voice actor (Star vs. the Forces of Evil)
March 20 Murray Bartlett Australian actor (Guiding Light)
Alexander Chaplin American actor (Spin City)
March 22 Keegan-Michael Key American actor and comedian (Mad TV, Key & Peele, Playing House)
March 24 Megyn Price American actress (Grounded for Life, Rules of Engagement)
March 27 Nathan Fillion Canadian-American actor (Firefly, Two Guys and a Girl, Castle)
April 12 Nicholas Brendon American actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds)
Shannen Doherty American actress (Beverly Hills, 90210, Charmed)
April 15 Andrew Daly American actor and comedian (Mad TV, Review)
April 18 Fredro Starr American rapper and actor (Moesha)
April 20 Brody Hutzler American soap opera actor
April 28 Simbi Khali American actress (Martin, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
Bridget Moynahan American actress (Blue Bloods)
May 1 Shep British dog actor (Blue Peter) (died 1987)
May 7 Ivan Sergei American actor (Charmed, Crossing Jordan)
May 12 Jamie Luner American actress (Just the Ten of Us, Melrose Place)
May 26 Matt Stone American writer and animator (South Park)
May 30 John Ross Bowie American actor (Speechless)
June 2 Anthony Montgomery American actor (Star Trek: Enterprise)
June 4 Noah Wyle American actor (ER, Falling Skies)
June 5 Mark Wahlberg American actor and producer (Entourage)
Emy Coligado American actress (Malcolm in the Middle)
June 8 Mark Feuerstein American actor (Prison Break, Royal Pains)
June 22 Mary Lynn Rajskub American actress (24)
June 25 Angela Kinsey American actress (The Office)
June 30 Monica Potter American actress (Parenthood)
July 1 Julianne Nicholson American actress (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
Melissa Peterman American actress (Reba)
July 4 Koko American sign language gorilla
July 9 Dani Behr English presenter, actress (I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!)
Scott Grimes American actor (Party of Five, ER, American Dad!)
July 12 Kristi Yamaguchi American professional ice skater (Dancing with the Stars winner)
July 15 Jim Rash American actor (Community)
July 20 Sandra Oh Canadian actress (Grey's Anatomy)
July 27 Eric Martsolf American actor and singer (Passions, Days of Our Lives)
July 29 Bryan Dattilo American actor (Days of Our Lives)
July 30 Tom Green Canadian comedian (The Tom Green Show)
Christine Taylor American actress (Hey Dude)
August 6 Merrin Dungey American actress (The King of Queens, Alias)
August 9 Kate Sanderson English presenter (Newsround)
August 10 Justin Theroux American actor (The Leftovers)
Angie Harmon American actress (Law & Order, Rizzoli & Isles)
August 12 Michael Ian Black American comedian and actor
Yvette Nicole Brown American actress (Community)
August 28 Daniel Goddard Australian actor (The Young and the Restless)
August 29 Carla Gugino American actress (Karen Sisco, Threshold)
September 1 Ricardo Antonio Chavira American actor (Desperate Housewives)
September 2 Lisa Snowdon British presenter (Britain's Next Top Model)
September 8 Brooke Burke Dancing with the Stars winner (season 7), co-host (seasons 10–17)
September 9 Natasha Kaplinsky British presenter (Strictly Come Dancing winner)
Eric Stonestreet American actor (Modern Family)
September 14 Kimberly Williams American actress (According to Jim)
September 15 Josh Charles American actor (Sports Night, The Good Wife)
September 16 Amy Poehler American actress (Saturday Night Live, The Mighty B!, Parks and Recreation)
September 17 Bobby Lee American actor and comedian (Mad TV)
September 18 Jada Pinkett Smith American actress (Gotham)
September 19 Sanaa Lathan American actress (The Cleveland Show)
September 21 Alfonso Ribeiro American actor and host (Silver Spoons, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, America's Funniest Home Videos)
Luke Wilson American actor (Enlightened)
September 25 Jessie Wallace British actress (EastEnders)
September 28 Liza Walker British actress (Teenage Health Freak)
September 30 Jenna Elfman American actress (Dharma & Greg)
October 5 Samuel Vincent Canadian voice actor (Edd on Ed, Edd n Eddy)
October 13 Sacha Baron Cohen British comedian (Da Ali G Show)
October 20 Snoop Dogg American rapper and actor (Doggy Fizzle Televizzle)
October 25 Leslie Grossman American actress (Popular, What I Like About You)
Craig Robinson American actor and comedian (The Office)
October 29 Winona Ryder American actress
November 2 Meta Golding Haitian-American actress (Criminal Minds)
November 5 Corin Nemec American actor (Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Stargate SG-1)
November 10 John Roberts American actor (Bob's Burgers)
November 17 David Ramsey American actor (Dexter, Arrow)
November 20 Joel McHale American actor (Community)
November 23 Lisa Kushell American comedian and actress (Mad TV)
Chris Hardwick American comedian and actor (Back at the Barnyard, Talking Dead, Sanjay and Craig)
November 24 Lola Glaudini American actress (The Sopranos, Criminal Minds)
November 25 Christina Applegate American actress (Married... with Children, Samantha Who?)
November 27 Kirk Acevedo American actor (Oz, Band of Brothers, Fringe, 12 Monkeys)
November 29 Gena Lee Nolin American actress and model (The Price is Right, Baywatch)
December 14 Tia Texada American actress (Third Watch, The Unit)
Michaela Watkins American actress (Saturday Night Live, Trophy Wife, Casual)
December 26 Jared Leto American actor (My So-Called Life)
December 30 Chris Vance English actor (Prison Break)


March 11 Philo Farnsworth 64 Television pioneer
March 16 Bebe Daniels 70 Actress (42nd Street)
August 27 Bennett Cerf 73 Publisher and game show panelist (What's My Line?)
December 12 David Sarnoff 80 Television pioneer
December 30 Melba Rae 49 Actress (Search for Tomorrow)
December 31 Pete Duel 31 Actor (Alias Smith and Jones)
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