TV Sitcoms Throughout the Century

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In Film
  • Word "television" was first coined at World Fair in Paris

    Word "television" was first coined at World Fair in Paris
    Although researchers had been working on creating televions for many years, this was the first time that this iconic word was used.
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    TV Family Sitcoms Throughout the Century

    Over the past century families across the country have connected, triumphed, laughed, and cried with this iconic families.
  • Images are seen over wires from cathode ray tube.

    Images are seen over wires from cathode ray tube.
    Boris Rosing and his student Vladimir Kosma Zworykin created a mechanical television that showed fuzzy pictures that were created from wires in a cathode ray tube
  • First ever U.S. sitcom, Sam 'n' Henry, aired on WGN

    First ever U.S. sitcom, Sam 'n' Henry, aired on WGN
  • Coronation of King George VI

    Coronation of King George VI
    This caused many people to rush out and buy televisions. In London alone 9,000 sets are sold.
  • BBC airs first episode of Pinwright's Progress, the first ever television sitcom.

    BBC airs first episode of Pinwright's Progress, the first ever television sitcom.
  • CBS broadcasts the first color program.

    CBS broadcasts the first color program.
  • "I Love Lucy" aired on television as first previously filmed sitcom.

    "I Love Lucy" aired on television as first previously filmed sitcom.
  • "Father Knows Best"

    "Father Knows Best"
    Like many of the early television shows, "Father Knows Best" began as a radio show and was later aired as a television show. Unfortunately it did not recieve very good ratings and was then moved to an earlier time slot. There the show earned outstanding ratings and became an infamous family show.
  • First Practical Television Remote is created

    First Practical Television Remote is created
    After many inventors tried and failed to create a practical and working wireless television remote, Dr. Robert Adler created the Zenith Space Command.
  • Launch Of Telstar Satellite

    Launch Of Telstar Satellite
    Two weeks after Telstar was originally launch the nation recieves transatlantic television signal
  • Man on the Moon

    Man on the Moon
    Across the country over 600 million people watch man take the first steps on the moon.
  • "The Brady Bunch" Premiere

    "The Brady Bunch" Premiere
    The Brady family may just be one of the most famous television families in the world. But why were television watchers so interested in the Brady family's fictional life? First one of the first times the show showed 2 families that had joined together and created a bigger and stronger family together. The show focuses on everyday problems that everybody must endure, self esteem issues, bullying, relationships, careers, and countless more problems that made "The Brady Bunch" seem more real.
  • Series premiere of "All in the Family"

    Series premiere of "All in the Family"
    Soon after the premiere of this series, people realized that this was not just another television show. Unlike most of the other shows during this time period, "All in the Family" talked about racial problems, homosexuality, political strife, and other controversal topics that helped to make it one of the most influential family sitcoms.
  • First Daytime Emmy award was given

    First Daytime Emmy award was given
    Although the Emmy's had been going on for several years it was not until 1972 that the ceremony began to focus more on daytime televison shows and family sitcoms.
  • Epic Championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

    Epic Championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
    Even though most people had to wait for the tapes of the fight to be flown across the ocean before they could see it, the subscribers of HBO could see the fight live.
  • "Three's Company" Premiere

    "Three's Company" Premiere
    Although the plot to the show "Three's Company" was very simple, its controversal and different characters also changed television nationwide. John Ritter played a character whom, in order to live with two girls, had to pretend to be homosexual. Throughout the seasons the characters were faced with different hardships that they had to overcome some because of Ritter himself.
  • Family Ties premieres on NBC

    Family Ties premieres on NBC
    This iconic show premiered and helped to launch the careers of infamous stars like Micheal J. Fox.
  • "Cosby Show" premiered on NBC

    "Cosby Show" premiered on NBC
  • Growing Pains premiered on ABC

    Growing Pains premiered on ABC
    After seven successful seasons, Growing Pains aired it series finale on April 25, 1992.
  • Modern Family premiered

    Modern Family premiered
    After the series premiere of Modern Family, America became hooked on the quirky family making it one of the top family sitcoms today.