TV & Violence in 1968: The Outcasts

I wrote briefly about ABC’s The Outcasts in yesterday’s Q & A but today I thought I’d focus on how the network changed the show following the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy on June 5th, 1968. Within days of Kennedy’s death, several congressmen called on the television network’s to shift focus away from violence and … Continue Reading →

DVD Tuesday: The Patty Duke Show, Various Fan Favorites

Out today is Shout! Factory’s The Patty Duke Show: Season One, featuring all 36 black-and-white episodes from the 1963-1964 season. Bonus features include new interviews with Patty Duke, William Schallert and others (they may be part of a featurette, I’m not quite sure). The ABC sitcom ran for three seasons and 104 episodes, plus an … Continue Reading →

The 1985-1986 Season, Week by Week

Here’s a chart listing the top programs for each week of the 1985-1986 season, including the summer repeat months. The season officially began on Monday, September 23rd, 1985 and ended 30 weeks later on Sunday, April 14th, 1986. NBC was easily the top network in the Nielsen ratings with a 17.5 rating. CBS was second … Continue Reading →

Status Guide – Kraft Television Theatre, Season Two

I’ve written a brief overview of NBC’s long-running Kraft Television Theatre — which ran from 1947 to 1958 — and the status of its hundreds of episodes, which you can read here. Because the show ran year-round, I initially considered each season to run from May to May (in other words, the first season would … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, Week of July 14th, 1940

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week beginning Sunday, July 14th, 1940, straight from television listings printed in The New York Times. The station was off the air on Sunday, Monday and Saturday and spent the rest of the week focusing heavily on footage from the Democratic … Continue Reading →