Television Obscurities is dedicated to studying and exploring the history of television in the United States, with a particular emphasis on short-lived television shows and other forgotten aspects of the television industry. It is my personal belief that our television history is a history of us. Over the decades, television shaped our society even as it was itself influenced by societal changes.
My focus has always been broadcast television, primarily network prime time programming but also daytime and late night, as well as syndicated programs aired on network affiliates and independent stations. That means you won’t find much information about cable television here.
The website dates back to November 2002, when an early prototype version first went live. It was relaunched on June 11th, 2003 and celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013. The Television Obscurities blog was created in November 2008. A two-part history of the site written in June 2013 can be found here and here.
My name is Robert and I love television. I love watching television, reading about television and writing about television. I was born in the mid-1980s, which means the vast majority of the shows I write about were originally aired decades before I was born. I was in high school when I started Television Obscurities and have since finished college and graduate school. Believe it or not, I wrote a college application essay about The New People, a short-lived television show from 1969 (you can read more about it here). And I got in to that college.
Television Obscurities wouldn’t be here without the support of so many people, including family and friends who have encouraged me over the years. I am deeply indebted to my good friend Scott Savage, who designed a website layout for Television Obscurities that was used from 2006 to 2013, as well as other friends who provided graphics for and proofread early versions of the website.
All copyrighted material reproduced at Television Obscurities is used under the “fair use” section of United States copyright law. If you are the copyright holder to specific material and have questions about its use, please contact me.
I welcome comments to the Television Obscurities website and blog. Please remain civil at all times, refrain from profanity and avoid posting links to bootleg recordings. I reserve the right to remove any comments for any reason at any time.
Last Updated January 8th, 2014