|List of years in television (table)|
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1949 1950 1951 -1952- 1953 1954 1955
… 1956 . 1957 . 1958 . 1959 . 1960 . 1961 . 1962 …
In radio: 1949 1950 1951 -1952- 1953 1954 1955
In film: 1949 1950 1951 -1952- 1953 1954 1955
The year 1952 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1952.
- January 14 – NBC's Today show debuts, with host Dave Garroway, newsreader Jim Fleming and announcer Jack Lescoulie.
- February 15 – The funeral of King George VI is televised in the UK.
- July 20 – Arrow to the Heart, the first collaboration between director Rudolph Cartier and scriptwriter Nigel Kneale, is broadcast by BBC Television.
- August 1 – First TV broadcast in the Dominican Republic by La Voz Dominicana, a TV station based on the radio station of the same name.
- September 6 – TV debuts in Canada with the launch of CBFT in Montreal, Quebec.
- September 8 – CBLT in Toronto, Ontario goes to air as Canada's second TV station.
- September 20 – The first commercial UHF television station in the world, KPTV (today a Fox affiliate), begins broadcasting in Portland, Oregon on channel 27.
- October 7 – WFIL-TV Philadelphia's afternoon show Bandstand, which will become American Bandstand, changes focus to teens dancing to popular records
- November 16 - CBS Television City in Hollywood California opens.
- The first political advertisements appear on US television. Democrats buy a 30 minute slot for their candidate, Adlai Stevenson. Stevenson is bombarded with hate mail for interfering with a broadcast of I Love Lucy. Dwight Eisenhower buys 20 second commercial spots and wins the election.
- The first telecast of an atomic bomb detonation (KTLA).
- The FCC sets aside channels for non-commercial, public broadcasting.
- There are approximately 146,000 television sets in Canada and most antennas are pointed towards Buffalo's WBEN-TV (now WIVB).
- The first telecast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast by CBS.
- January 14 – The Today Show premieres on NBC (1952–present).
- March 1 – Death Valley Days premieres in syndication (1952–1975).
- June 19 – I've Got a Secret premieres on CBS (1952–1967).
- June 30 – The Guiding Light premieres on CBS (1952–2009). This soap opera began on radio in 1937 and finished in 1952. It went on to become the longest-running regularly scheduled drama program in television history.
- September – This Is the Life on DuMont. This religious drama ran from 1952 through the late 1980s, for most of its life in syndication.
- September 19 – Adventures of Superman premieres in syndication (1952–1958).
- October 26 – Victory at Sea, one of the first historic documentary series, premieres on NBC (1952–1953).
- November 1 – Hockey Night in Canada premieres on CBC (1952–present).
- November 6 - Biff Baker, U.S.A. premieres on CBS (1952-1953)
- December 15 – Flower Pot Men premieres on BBC Television (1952).
- American Bandstand, originally called Bandstand, premieres as local program in Philadelphia (1952–1989).
- Life Is Worth Living with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen premiers on DuMont (1952–1955), then on ABC (1955–1957)
- My Little Margie (1952–1955), starring Gale Storm.
- See It Now premieres, hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on ABC (1952–1966).
- The Ernie Kovacs Show premieres. Kovacs pushes the limits of television technology with his use of camera tricks and special effects (1952–1953).
- Meet the Masters, a program about classical music, premieres on NBC and WGN-TV.
- This Is Your Life premieres in the US (1952–1961).
- Life with Elizabeth Famous sitcom starring Betty White (1952–1955).
listed by starting year
- Muffin the Mule (UK) (1946–1955).
- Gillette Cavalcade of Sports (1946–1960).
- Kaleidoscope (UK) (1946–1953).
- Café Continental (UK) (1947–1953).
- Author Meets the Critics (1947–1954).
- Juvenile Jury (1947–1954).
- Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947–1957).
- Howdy Doody (1947–1960)
- Kraft Television Theater (1947–1958)
- Meet the Press (1947–present)
- Candid Camera (1948–present)
- Television Newsreel (UK) (1948–1954)
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)
- The Texaco Star Theater (1948–1953)
- Bozo the Clown (1948–present).
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–1995)
- Martin Kane, Private Eye (1949–1954)
- The Goldbergs (1949–1955)
- The Voice of Firestone (1949–1963)
- Hawkins Falls (1950, 1951–1955))
- Cisco Kid (1950–1956)
- The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958)
- The Jack Benny Show (1950–1965)
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988)
- Your Hit Parade (1950–1959)
- Your Show of Shows (1950–1954)
- What's My Line (1950–1967)
- Amos & Andy (1951–1953)
- Dragnet (1951–1959)
- I Love Lucy (1951–1960)
- Love of Life (1951–1980)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986)
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present)
- The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957)
- Life with Elizabeth (1952–1955)
Ending this yearEdit
- March 2 – Laraine Newman, actress, comedian, Saturday Night Live
- March 4 - Ronn Moss, actor, musician, The Bold and the Beautiful
- April 1 - Annette O'Toole, actress
- April 5 - Mitch Pileggi, actor, The X-Files
- April 6 - Marilu Henner, actress & producer
- May 4 – Michael Barrymore, British comedian & presenter
- May 6 - Gregg Henry, actor & musician
- May 11 - Frances Fisher, British-born actress
- May 21 – Mr. T, actor, The A-Team
- June 18 – Carol Kane, actress
- June 20 – John Goodman, actor
- July 1 – Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor, comedian, Saturday Night Live
- July 17 – David Hasselhoff, actor
- August 10 - Daniel Hugh Kelly, actor
- August 18 – Patrick Swayze, actor & dancer (d. 2009)
- August 19 - Jonathan Frakes, actor, director, Star Trek: The Next Generation
- September 25 – Christopher Reeve, actor (d. 2004)
- October 9 – Sharon Osbourne, The Osbournes, The X Factor
- October 28 - Annie Potts, actress, Designing Women
- November 3 – Roseanne Barr, actress & comedian
- November 8 - Alfre Woodard, actress
- December 9 - Michael Dorn, actor, Star Trek: The Next Generation
- December 12 - Sarah Douglas, English actress