Major TV debuts from the year you were born
As the landscape of TV continues to shift, it’s always a good time to pause and look at the medium’s history. Although the latest buzzy Netflix show dominating everyday conversations is normal, television is one of the youngest art forms around. The first American TV station began broadcasting in 1928, but television didn’t really start growing into the influential, widespread phenomenon that it is now until the 1950s.
Since there were initially only three major TV networks—ABC, CBS, and NBC—popular television was limited to a strict number of channels and studios for decades. The advent of cable television and streaming services has allowed more and more diverse forms of TV storytelling to