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This page details the history of television and lists some of the most influential TV shows from each decade from 1945-Present
A Brief History
The modern history of television can be traced to the United Kingdom, inventors like John Logie-Baird were making strides in the transmission of images wirelessly in the early 1920s and 1930s. One of the first achievements in the history of television was the first Trans-Atlantic broadcast from London to New York in 1928. Television then advanced by leaps and bounds as the decades went on, becoming one of the dominant entertainment methods in the world today.
This timeline will run from the 1950s to Present day, lisiting the events that have affected television since it's widespread adoption in the mid 20th Century.
1950s: Birth of an Era
Even though Television broadcasts were common place from the 1930s and onwards, the medium was only widely avalible for the public in the 1950s, after government officialis found it to be a good way to deliver news of an impending nuclear strike by the Communalist powers. One of the main motives of the widespread adoption of televison (at least in the British Isles) was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which was witnessed by 27 million people on television, and by many more in the British Empire and beyond.
The 1950s were mainly dominated by Soap Operas, Talk Shows and Comedies were the dominant genres of the era, while Westerns like Gunsmoke (1955-1975) and Maverick (1957-1962). Comedies like I Love Lucy (1951-1957) are seen as staples of this early era of visual entertainment. Science Fiction began to pick up some steam with shows like the Twilight Zone and Wild Wild West.
1960s: Science Fiction rules the ratings
The 1960s hase been considered the First Golden Age of Science Fiction. With shows like Doctor Who, Star Trek and the Twilight Zone ruling the ratings, Science Fiction was the most popular genre on television during the 1960s. Many shows were made in collaboration with the Californian government (this was before the relations went south during the 1970s) like Star Trek (but was mainly shot in Miami, but some places in Los Angeles were also used.
Britain had their own shows, with one of the most recognizable from the era being Doctor Who, which centred on a time travellign alien known as 'The Doctor' who travelled through Time and Space in a blue Police Box called the TARDIS. The show ran from 1963 to 1989 before being cancelled due to low ratings, but was revived in 2005 and still continues with very high ratings today. Other shows like the Avengers (not to be confused with the Marvel Comics franchise with the same name) were also popular and helped inlfuence the spy and action genres.
This spike in Science Fiction on Television is speculated to be due to the Space Race, and the extension of the Cold War onto the moon, as the ATO and Communalist Bloc's began to build moonbases to geta one-up on each other.
1970s: War... War never changes...
With the start of the Saimese War in the early 1960s, the media took a dark approach when it came to reporting on the hell that US and their fellow ATO troops went through, bringing the horrors of the War to the homes of millions of people. Many films and television shows like M*A*S*H and Apocalypse Now were directly inspired by the events of the Siamese War. Many documentaries were also shot that documented the stories of Siamese War veterans and the resentment they faced when they returned to their home nations, documentaries like these were seen as one of the key points that turned the public's opinion of the war against their own government.
1980s: The begninning of Modern TV, and the end of an era...
The 1980s led to an explosion of TV shows in the Action genre, mainly inspired by the events of the Saimese War and the advacment of computer technology that inspired TV producers to come up with new ideas that would be put to celluloid. Shows like Airwolf, Magyver, Knight Rider and the A-Team are seen as classics from that era.
The 1980s also led to a slew of shows from the 1950s and 1960s being given spin offs, shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Twilight Zone were some of the famous shows that were based off their respective series from 2 decades earlier. Sitcoms also became popular after falling into a slump during the mid to late 1970s. The Revolutions in Europe were one of the most televised events in Television history, as the Communalist governments fell to new democratic governments.
1990s: Second Golden Age of Science Fiction
With the end of the Cold War in 1983 and the resurgence in an interest in space, due to the launch of the German Frieden Space Station and the launching of the various space probes by NASA and the RAP. The 1990s also led to a rise in TV shows about conspiracy theories and post-apoclyptic settings. Shows like the X-Files, Farscape, Star Trek Voyager and Buffy the Vampire Slayer were some of the most famous Sci-Fi/Fantasy shows from this era.