October 1st

October 1st in TV History

In 1962, Johnny Carson began hosting The Tonight Show.

TV Show Debuts

The following shows debuted on October 1st:

This Is Your Life (1952)
The Honeymooners (1955)
The Lucy Show (1962)
Centennial (1978) *miniseries
Remington Steele (1982)

TV Shows Ended

The following shows ended on October 1st:

Kraft Television Theater (1958)

TV Episode Debuts

The following tv episodes debuted on October 8th:

Gunsmoke: “Word of Honor” (1955)
I Love Lucy: “Lucy and Bob Hope” (1956)
Gunsmoke: “Say Uncle” (1960)
The Rifleman: “Waste (1)” (1962)
The Andy Griffith Show: “Mr. McBeevee” (1962)
The Fugitive (1963): “The Other Side of the Mountain” (1963)
Bewitched: “It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dog” (1964)
The Munsters: “My Fair Munster” (1964)
The Addams Family (1964): “Morticia’s Romance (2)” (1965)
Hogan’s Heroes: “Kommandant of the Year” (1965)
Doctor Who: “The Smugglers, Episode Four” (1966)
Get Smart (1965): “A Spy for a Spy” (1966)
Gunsmoke: “The Jailer” (1966)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: “The Deadly Dolls” (1967)
Bewitched: “Salem, Here We Come (2)” (1970) – *200th episode
Night Gallery: “The Girl with the Hungry Eyes” (1972)
Gunsmoke: “The Boy and the Sinner” (1973)
Happy Days: “You Go to My Head” (1974)
Cannon: “The Iceman” (1975)
The Rockford Files (1974): “The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit” (1976)
Doctor Who: “The Invisible Enemy, Part One” (1977)
The Bionic Woman: “Fembots in Las Vegas (2)” (1977)
Lou Grant: “Slammer” (1979)
The Dukes of Hazzard: “Dukes Strike it Rich” (1982)
Moonlighting: “The Lady in the Iron Mask” (1985)
Cheers: “‘I’ on Sports” (1987)
The Cosby Show: “Theogate” (1987)
Murder, She Wrote: “Seal of the Confessional” (1989)
Cheers: “The Beer is Always Greener” (1992)


James Whitmore (1921, White Plains, NY) – The Law and Mr. Jones, My Friend Tony, The New Temperatures Rising Show
Tom Bosley (1927, Chicago, IL) – Happy Days
George Peppard (1928, Detroit, MI) – Banacek, The A-Team
Stella Stevens (1936, Hot Coffee, MS) – Ben Casey, Flamingo Road, The Love Boat
Stephen Collins (1947, Des Moines, IA) – Tales of the Gold Monkey, Tattinger’s, 7th Heaven
Randy Quaid (1950, Houston, TX) – Saturday Night Live


Joe Devlin (1973, Burbank, CA) – Dick Tracy




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