October 2nd

Avery Brooks

October 2nd in TV History

TV technology achievement: In 1946, John Logie Baird achieves the first live television image with tone graduations (not duotone or silhouette images). Baird’s office boy William Taynton becomes the first face to be televised.

In 1982, Mary Jo Catlett joins Diff’rent Strokes as the new housekeeper, Mrs. Pearl Gallagher, replacing Nedra Volz. She would continue in the role for the remainder of the series.

TV Show Debuts

The following tv shows debuted on October 2nd:

Faraway Hill (1946)
The Aldrich Family (1949)
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953)
The Comeback Story (1953)
The Pride of the Family (1953)
The Jimmy Durante Show (1954)
The Imogene Coca Show (1954)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)
The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958)
The Twilight Zone (1959)
Ben Casey (1961)
Password (1961)
Window on Main Street (1961)
Combat! (1962)
Soul Train (1971)
The Devlin Connection (1982)
The Yellow Rose (1983)
Marvel Action Universe (1988)

TV Episode Debuts

The following TV episodes debuted on October 2nd:

The Twilight Zone: “Where is Everybody?” (1959)
The Rifleman: “The Vaqueros” (1961)
The Andy Griffith Show: “Opie and the Bully” (1961)
The Addams Family (1964): “Fester’s Punctured Romance” (1964)
Doctor Who: “The Exploding Planet” (1965)
Get Smart (1965): “School Days” (1965)
Gunsmoke: “Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood” (1965)
I Dream of Jeannie: “Guess What Happened on the Way to the Moon?” (1965)
The Avengers: “The Town of No Return” (1965)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: “The Day the World Ended” (1966)
The Big Valley: “The Time After Midnight” (1967)
Gunsmoke: “Vengeance (1)” (1967)
I Spy (US): “The Medarra Block” (1967)
The Andy Griffith Show: “Andy’s Trip to Raleigh” (1967)
The Avengers: “Game” (1968)
Bewitched: “Samantha’s Caesar Salad” (1969)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: “He’s No Heavy … He’s My Brother” (1971)
Gunsmoke: “Judgement” (1972)
Cannon: “Lady in Red” (1974)
Doctor Who: “The Hand of Fear, Part One” (1976)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: “Mary the Writer” (1976)
Kojak (1973): “The Queen of Hearts is Wild” (1977)
The Six Million Dollar Man: “Deadly Countdown (2)” (1977)
Lou Grant: “Prisoner” (1978)
Happy Days: “Marion Goes to Jail” (1979)
Three’s Company: “Snow Job” (1979)
Taxi: “Nardo Loses Her Marbles” (1979)
Cheers: “The Cape Cad” (1986)
Night Court: “The Next Voice You Hear…” (1986)
The Cosby Show: “Food for Thought” (1986)
Family Ties: “Starting Over” (1986)
ALF: “Wanted: Dead or Alive” (1989)
Night Court: “My Life As a Dog Lawyer” (1991)
Murder, She Wrote: “Amsterdam Kill” (1994)


Moses Gunn (1929, St. Louis, MO) – The Cowboys, Roots, Good Times, Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy, A Man Called Hawk
Avery Brooks (1948, Evansville, IN) – Spencer For Hire, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Charlie Adler (1957, Paterson, NJ) – G.I. Joe, The Transformers, Jem, Tiny Toon Adventures


Paul Hartman (1973) – Petticoat Junction
George Savalas (1985) – Kojak
Rock Hudson (1985) – MacMillan & Wife
Sidney Clute (1985) – Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey
Harriet Nelson (1994) – The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
Gene Autry (1998) – The Gene Autry Show


Actress Joyce Randolph marries Richard Charles, a publisher. (1955)



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