October 8th

October 8th In TV History

In 1936, Picture Page is first broadcast as part of the BBC’s test transmissions prior to launch
In 1975, a James Bond film is shown on British television for the first time, Dr. No on ITV.
In 1984, NBC broadcasts The Burning Bed, which features Farrah Fawcett as a woman who kills her abusive husband. The fact-based film is the highest-rated entertainment event of the 1984–1985 season.

TV Show Debuts

The following shows debuted on October 8th:

Where’s Raymond? (1953)
Trivia Trap (1984)
Empty Nest (1988)
The Adventures of Superboy (1988)
Freddy’s Nightmares (1988)
The Munsters Today (1988)
Superboy (1988)
Triple Threat (1988)

TV Shows Ended

The following shows ended on October 8th:

The Incredible Hulk (1983)

TV Episode Debuts

The following tv episodes debuted on October 8th:

Gunsmoke: “Home Surgery” (1955)
I Love Lucy: “Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums” (1956)
Gunsmoke: “Shooting Stopover” (1960)
The Rifleman: “Waste (2)” (1962)
The Andy Griffith Show: “Andy’s Rich Girlfriend” (1962)
The Fugitive (1963): “Never Wave Goodbye (1)” (1963)
Bewitched: “Mother Meet’s What’s His Name” (1964)
The Munsters: “A Walk on the Mild Side” (1964)
The Addams Family (1964): “Morticia Meets Royalty” (1965)
Doctor Who: “The Tenth Planet, Episode One” (1966)
Get Smart (1965): “The Only Way to Die” (1966)
Gunsmoke: “The Mission” (1966)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: “Cave of the Dead” (1967)
Bewitched: “The Salem Saga (1)” (1970)
Gunsmoke: “The Widow-Maker” (1973)
Happy Days: “R.O.T.C.” (1974)
Cannon: “The Victim” (1975)
The Rockford Files (1974): “The Family Hour” (1976)
Doctor Who: “The Invisible Enemy, Part Two” (1977)
Mork & Mindy: “Limited Engagement (1)” (1981)
Taxi: “Jim the Psychic” (1981)
The Dukes of Hazzard: “Lawman of the Year” (1982)
Moonlighting: “Money Talks– Maddie Walks” (1985)
The Cosby Show: “It’s Not Easy Being Green” (1987)
Murder, She Wrote: “The Grand Old Lady” (1989)
Cheers: “The King of Beers” (1992)
Murphy Brown: “A Butcher, A Faker a Bummed-Out Promo Maker” (1997)
Columbo: “Ashes to Ashes” (1998)

Births

Chevy Chase (1943, New York City, NY) – Saturday Night Live
Darrell Hammond (1955, Melbourne, FL) – Saturday Night Live
Stephanie Zimbalist (1956, New York City, NY) – Remington Steele
Nick Bakay (1959, Buffalo, NY) – Sabrina, The Teenage Witch

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