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Ten Surprising Facts About Television

The first television was invented by John Logie Baird in 1925.

We think of color television as a fairly recent invention, but the first time color was shown on a TV screen was just four years later in 1929.

For a while you could buy an accessory for your black & white TV that was a see-through plastic cover. It was blue at the top, green in the middle, and brown at the bottom, so it would seem that you were seeing many scenes in nearly true colors.

The first commercial television broadcast as we know it was in London, 1936, to about 100 TV sets.

In the ten years between 1946 and 1956 television sets in American homes jumped from a total of 10,000 to 28 million.

The first commercial color television broadcast was in 1953.

The first TV remote control, invented in 1950, was called the “Lazy Bones.”

The first TV commercial was for Bulova watches, and it aired in 1941.

The first TV sitcom was “I Love Lucy,” which aired from 1951 to 1957.

The first TV soap opera was “Guiding Light,” which aired from 1952 to 2009.

The first TV news anchor was Walter Cronkite.

The first TV show to be recorded and watched later was “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1956.

The first TV series to have a female lead was “Bewitched,” which aired from 1964 to 1972.

The first TV show to feature an African American family was “The Jeffersons,” which aired from 1975 to 1985.

The first TV show to feature a same-sex couple was “Roseanne,” which aired from 1988 to 1997.

The first TV show to feature a transgender character was “All My Children,” which aired in 2006.

The highest-rated TV show of all time is the final episode of “MAS*H,” which aired in 1983.

The first TV show to use the word “pregnant” was “I Love Lucy.”

The first TV show to show a toilet was “Leave it to Beaver.”

The first TV show to feature a character with a disability was “Ironside,” which aired from 1967 to 1975.

The longest-running TV show in the world is “Meet the Press,” which has been on the air since 1947.

The first TV show to air in HD was “CBS Sunday Morning” in 1998.

The first TV show to be streamed online was “House of Cards,” which premiered on Netflix in 2013.

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