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For the American TV schedule, see: 1996-97 United States network television schedule.
- 1 Events
- 2 Debuts
- 3 Miniseries
- 4 Television shows
- 5 Ending this year
- 6 Changes of Network Affiliation
- 7 Deaths
- January 1 - Speedvision premiered as a new cable channel, it will change its name to the Speed Channel in 2002.
- January 15-March 11 - Our Friends in the North, a nine-part serial spanning the 1960s to the 1990s in the lives of four friends, is shown on BBC2.
- January 28 - Chris Isaak and Brooke Shields make guest appearances on the television show Friends.
- April 29- TV Land, a United States cable network launches.
- May 14 - Doctor Who, an American television movie continuation of the famous British series of the same name, airs on the Fox Network in the Tuesday Night Movie slot. This television movie is regarded as being a part of the same story as the original series and is an unsuccessful pilot for a new, American co-produced series. Paul McGann stars as the Eighth Doctor. It was the only film considered canon, but Doctor Who only made a proper comeback in 2005
- June 14 - After 32 years (barring six months in 1973), Top of the Pops moves from its traditional Thursday evening slot to Fridays.
- July - When it becomes evident that Anna Stuart will be next to die in a serial killer storyline on Another World, many fans start letter-writing campaigns to save the actress; the NBC studios in New York City also report a high number of switchboard calls regarding Stuart's imminent demise. Executive producer Jill Farren Phelps decides that actress Alice Barrett will be killed off the show instead.
- 14-15 July - America's Talking ceases transmissions, and using its transponders and positions, MSNBC, a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC, launches the following morning.
- September 1 - Sky 2 launches in the UK, a sister channel to Sky One. It closes a year later, but a channel of almost the same name (Sky Two) would later launch in 2005.
- September 2 - The ITV region Tyne Tees Television is rebranded as Channel 3 North East. The rebranding is unsuccessful, and the original name returns two years later.
- September 13 - The dubbed version of the Japanese series Dragonball Z premieres in the U.S.
- September 17 - The O.J. Simpson civil trial begins.
- October 7 - News Corporation gets into the cable news fray with the launch of Fox News Channel.
- October 20 - Canada's Sesame Street switches to showing exclusively Canadian content, renaming itself Sesame Park 1996-2002), as it no longer uses any American made segments from Sesame Street
- November 2 - Final episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the 1987 series airs. Episode is Divide and Conquer.
- December 29 - Time On Our Hands, the final episode of a Christmas trilogy of the popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses, airs on BBC1. Publicised as the last ever episode, it draws 24.35 million viewers, the largest ever audience for a sitcom in the UK, and discounting Diana, Princess of Wales's funeral, the biggest UK television audience of the 1990s. In the event, however, the show returns for three subsequent specials, one shown each Christmas from 2001.
- Zenith introduces the first HDTV-compatible front projection TV in the U.S. Broadcasters, TV & PC manufacturers set industry standards for digital HDTV.
- Over a billion households worldwide now own television sets.
DebutsDate Debut Canceled January 2The Demon Headmasteron BBC 11998 January 93rd Rock from the Sunon NBC2001 January 23Moeshaon UPN2001 February 7Dragon Ball GTon Fuji TV1997 March 29Nash Bridgeson CBS2001 April 27Dexter's Laboratoryon Cartoon Network1998 & 2003 April 28The What-A-Cartoon! Showon Cartoon Network1997 July 22The Daily Showon Comedy CentralAugust 267th Heavenon The WB2007 August 26Malcolm & Eddieon UPN2000 August 28The Jamie Foxx Showon The WB2001 September 2Arthuron PBS September 9Access Hollywoodin syndication September 13Dragonball Zin syndication September 13Everybody Loves Raymondon CBS2005 September 16Judge Judyin syndication September 17Spin Cityon ABC2002 September 24Relativityon ABC1997 September 27Sabrina, the Teenage Witchon ABC12003 September 28Early Editionon CBS2000 September 30Shopping Spreeon ABC Family1998 October 7Hey Arnold!on Nickelodeon2004 October 21The Newsroomon CBC1997, (2003-2004)
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951-present).
- Guiding Light (1952-present).
- The Today Show (1952-present).
- Panorama (UK) (1953-present).
- Face the Nation (1954-present).
- The Tonight Show (1954-present).
- This Is Your Life (UK) (1955-2003).
- As the World Turns (1956-present).
- What the Papers Say (UK) (1956-present).
- The Sky at Night (UK) (1957-present).
- Blue Peter (UK) (1958-present).
- Grandstand (UK) (1958-2007).
- Coronation Street (UK) (1960-present).
- Four Corners (Australia) (1961-present).
- It's Academic (1961-present).
- The Late Late Show (Ireland) (1962-present).
- General Hospital (1963-present).
- Another World (1964-1999).
- Top of the Pops (UK) (1964-2006).
- Days of Our Lives (1965-present).
- Play School (Australia) (1966-present).
- The Money Programme (UK) (1966-present).
- 60 Minutes (1968-present).
- One Life to Live (1968-present).
- Sesame Street (1969-present).
- All My Children (1970-present).
- Monday Night Football (1970-present).
- Masterpiece Theatre (1971-present).
- Soul Train (1971-present).
- Emmerdale (UK) (1972-present).
- Newsround (UK) (1972-present).
- The Price Is Right (1972-present).
- Last of the Summer Wine (UK) (1973-present).
- The Young and the Restless (1973-present).
- Derrick (1974-1998).
- Wish You Were Here...? (UK) (1974-present).
- Arena (UK) (1975-present).
- Good Morning America (1975-present).
- Saturday Night Live (1975-present).
- the fifth estate (Canada) (1975-present).
- Wheel of Fortune (1975-present).
- 20/20 (1978-present).
- Grange Hill (UK) (1978-present).
- Antiques Roadshow (UK) (1979-present).
- Nightline (1979-present).
- This Old House (1979-present).
- Entertainment Tonight (1981-present).
- What Now (1982-present)
- Timewatch (UK) (1982-present)
- Jeopardy! (1964-1975, 1984-present).
- The Bill (UK) (1984-present).
- EastEnders (UK) (1985-present).
- Neighbours (Australia) (1985-present).
- Sally (1985-2002).
- The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986-present).
- Comic Relief (UK) (1986-present).
- ChuckleVision (UK) (1987-present).
- Inspector Morse (UK) (1987-2000).
- Married... with Children (1987-1997).
- The Bold and the Beautiful (1987-present).
- America's Most Wanted (1988-present).
- The American Experience (1988-present).
- Electric Circus (Canada) (1988-2003).
- Fair City (1988-present).
- Home and Away (1988-present).
- This Morning (UK) (1988-present).
- Red Dwarf (UK) (1988-1999).
- Murphy Brown (1988-1998).
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988-1999).
- Roseanne (1988-1997).
- The Ward (UK) (1988-2000).
- Baywatch (1989-2001).
- COPS (1989-present).
- Family Matters (1989-1998).
- Seinfeld (1989-1998).
- The Simpsons (1989-present).
- Life's Work (1996-1997)
- Law & Order (1990-present).
- America's Funniest Home Videos (1990-present).
- One Foot in the Grave (UK) (1990-2000).
- Home Improvement (1991-1999).
- Rugrats (1991-2004).
- The Jerry Springer Show (1991-present).
- The Red Green Show (1991-2006).
- Absolutely Fabulous (UK) (1992-1996, 2001-2003).
- Barney & Friends (1992-2002).
- Dateline NBC (1992-present).
- Mad About You (1992-1999).
- The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998).
- The Real World (1992-present).
- Shortland Street (NZ) (1992-present)
- Beavis and Butt-head (1993-1997).
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996).
- Frasier (1993-2004).
- Ricki Lake (1993-2004).
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993-present).
- Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997).
- NYPD Blue (1993-2005).
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999).
- The Late Show with David Letterman (1993-present).
- The Nanny (1993-1999).
- The X-Files (1993-2002).
- WWF Monday Night RAW (1993-present).
- ER (1994-present).
- Friends (1994-2004).
- Time Team (UK) (1994-present).
- Party of Five (1994-2000).
- Touched by an Angel (1994-2003).
- JAG (1995-2005).
- Pamela Wallin Live (Canada) (1995-1999).
- Sesame Park (Canada) (1995-2002).
- Sliders (1995-2000).
- Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001).
- Stickin' Around (1996-1998, 2004).
- The Drew Carey Show (1995-2004).
- Timon and Pumbaa (1995-1998).
- Doctor Who (UK) (1963-1989, 1996, 2005-present).
- Doug (1991-1994, 1996-1999).
- Only Fools and Horses (UK) (1981-1983, 1985-1993, 1996-1997, 2001-2003).
- Martin (1992-1997).
- Kenan & Kel (1996-2000).
- Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990-1996)
Ending this yearDate Show Debut February 3Are You Afraid of the Dark?1992 February 10Mighty Morphin Power Rangers1993 February 24Biker Mice From Mars1993 March 27Neon Genesis Evangelion(Japan) 1995 March 31Road to Avonlea1990 May 4Sisters1991 May 16Murder, She Wrote1984 May 20The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1990 May 28Matlock1986 June 9seaQuest DSV1993 July 19Tales from the Crypt1989 November 2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1987 November 14The Ren and Stimpy Show1991 November 24Rocko's Modern Life1993 Unknown WWF Wrestling Challenge1986 Unknown Dream On1990
Changes of Network AffiliationShow Moved from Moved to Brotherly LoveNBCThe WBDougNickelodeonABCMystery Science Theater 3000Comedy CentralSci Fi Channel
- February 3 - Audrey Meadows, actress (Alice Kramden on The Honeymooners)
- February 13 - Martin Balsam, actor (Murray on Archie Bunker's Place)
- February 15 - McLean Stevenson, actor (Lt. Col. Henry Blake on M*A*S*H)
- February 15 - Tommy Rettig, former child actor (Jeff on Lassie)
- March 4 - Minnie Pearl, comedian
- March 5 - Whit Bissell, character actor
- March 9 - George Burns, 100, comedian
- March 11 - Vince Edwards, actor (Ben Casey)
- April 21 - Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, sports commentator
- May 20 - Jon Pertwee, 76, former star of Doctor Who.
- June 2 - Ray Combs, 40, former host of Family Feud.
- June 16 - Mel Allen, sports commentator
- July 21 - Herb Edelman, actor (Stanley Zbornak on The Golden Girls)
- August 27 - Greg Morris, actor (Mission: Impossible)
- September 13 - Tupac Shakur, 25, actor/songwriter.
- September 29 - Leslie Crowther, 63, British TV comedian & game show host
- October 6 - Ted Bessell, actor (That Girl)
- October 27 - Morey Amsterdam. actor and comedian (Buddy on The Dick Van Dyke Show)
- December 8 - Howard E. Rollins, Jr., actor (Tibbs on the TV version of In the Heat of the Night)
- December 11 - Willie Rushton, 59, comedian, actor, and performer.
- December 12 - Larry Gates, soap opera actor (Guiding Light)
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