Sunday, June 20, 2010

First Color Television Show

The first color television show broadcast in America was Dragnet, a popular show about a stone-faced police sergeant named �Friday�. Dragnet was broadcast in color in 1953. The second program broadcast in color was the Tournament of Roses Parade in early 1954. It is ironic that the first color television show was a cop show. It seems detective and police programs have always been extremely popular with the general public. I guess we really just like to hear all about how cruel and brutal one human being can be to another. Of course, way back in 1953, the show was bland by today�s standards, but still basically the typical actions show without thee profanity and graphic gore.

The first color television show was followed in 1955 by the president of the country at that time, Dwight D. Eisenhower, addressing the American people from the white house. Later in the same year, the World Series was televised in color. That year, the World Series was played between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees, who were bitter rivals. Thousands of fans flocked to local bars and department stores that had color TV sets on display to marvel at America�s favorite past time in living color. Until that time, only high budget movies were filmed in color.

Nine years after the first color television show, Walt Disney�s Wonderful World of Color premiered. Disney�s show was what persuaded millions of TV viewers to go out and buy a color TV set. Disney�s World of Color was always bigger than life and was also the first totally family oriented program to be broadcast in color. Mom and Dad were finally willing to spend money so they could share in the wonder that was Disney with their children. In 1962, the Jetsons became the first cartoon broadcast in color to the delight of children everywhere.

Thirteen years after the first color television show NBC pioneered the technology that made the color that we take for granted today possible. It was a turning point in television history. It still took approximately 25 years from the introduction of the first color television show for the general public to accept the new technology and for 90% of them to finally get rid of all of their old black & white TV sets.

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