History Stories
CATEGORY: Television
A Brief History of Creepy Clowns
September 13, 2017

Why exactly have creepy clowns become such a trope in pop culture? Read More

Nine of the Most Collectible School Lunch Boxes, 1935 to Now
September 7, 2017

Iconic school lunchboxes through the ages. Read More

Why the Real-Life Hawkeye Pierce Hated ‘M*A*S*H’
August 28, 2017

Richard Hornberger was famous for his wisecracking characters, but his real accomplishments were as a surgeon. Read More

Before TV ‘Revivals,’ There Were Just Endless Spin-Offs
August 9, 2017

Television has always recycled itself. Read More

Why HBO’s Planned ‘Confederate’ Series Alarms Some Historians
August 1, 2017

Controversy surrounds Confederate, an upcoming alternative history series. Read More

This Midcentury Show Turned Unhappy Housewives into TV Royalty
July 19, 2017

"Queen for a Day" traded big prizes for women’s sob stories—and predicted the reality shows of today. Read More

How Johnny Carson Saved Twister
November 2, 2016

Find out how a late-night television show rescued the game from history’s scrap heap and made it a pop culture sensation. Read More

8 Ways the Original “Star Trek” Made History
September 8, 2016

Fifty years after the cult classic science fiction TV series “Star Trek” made its debut, take a look back at its enduring cultural impact. Read More

The Birth of Satellite TV, 50 Years Ago
July 23, 2012

On the 50th anniversary of the first live transatlantic television feed beamed by Telstar, revisit the historic broadcast of July 23, 1962. Read More

The Music Video, Before Music Television
August 1, 2011

On MTV’s 30th anniversary, explore the history of the music video, which stretches back to the late 19th century. Read More