1995 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 1995. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel initiations, closures and rebrandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes.

Notable events[edit]


Date Event
2 The 1994–96 United States broadcast TV realignment continues in two major markets: as a by-product of an affiliation deal between ABC and The E.W. Scripps Company, and a related deal between CBS and Westinghouse Broadcasting, Westinghouse-owned WBZ-TV (channel 4) in Boston, Massachusetts switches from NBC to CBS, while NBC aligns with former CBS affiliate WHDH (which will remain affiliated with the network until New Year's Eve 2016). In Baltimore, CBS switches affiliations to Westinghouse-owned WJZ-TV (channel 13) after 46 years as an ABC affiliate, while ABC joins Scripps-owned WMAR (channel 2) and NBC reunites with WBAL-TV (channel 11) after 13 years as a CBS affiliate. Later that year, Westinghouse acquires CBS, making both WBZ-TV and WJZ-TV CBS owned-and-operated stations.
G-Force: Guardians of Space, the second American adaptation of the Japanese anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (the first being Battle of the Planets) becomes the first-ever anime to air on Cartoon Network. On January 29, Robot Carnival, Vampire Hunter D, and Twilight of the Cockroaches also debut, followed in February of next year by Speed Racer. This predates the March 1997 debut of Toonami, which will go on to popularize anime on the network and in the West.
5 All My Children celebrates its 25th anniversary and broadcasts a prime-time special on ABC.
In an interview with Kathleen Gingrich, mother of Republican politician Newt Gingrich, on CBS' Eye to Eye, Mrs. Gingrich said she could not say what her son thought about First Lady Hillary Clinton on the air. Connie Chung asked Mrs. Gingrich to "just whisper it to me, just between you and me," and Mrs. Gingrich's microphone volume was turned up as she replied "He thinks she's a bitch."[1] Many people interpreted Chung's suggestion that if Mrs. Gingrich would whisper this statement it would be promised that the statement would be off the record. Bill Carter for The New York Times reported, "Ms. Chung had become the object of some of the most ferocious criticism, justified or not, ever directed at any network anchor as a result of her now infamous interview with Speaker Newt Gingrich's mother, Kathleen."[2] The interview was also parodied on Saturday Night Live.[3]
11 The WB, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Television and Tribune Broadcasting in conjunction with original network CEO Jamie Kellner, launches. Among the programs offered are four situation comedies (two family-oriented, one family-focused but adult-targeted and one adult-oriented soap opera-inspired satire): The Wayans Bros. (starring former In Living Color DJ/cast member Shawn Wayans and his younger brother, Marlon Wayans), The Parent 'Hood (starring Robert Townsend), Unhappily Ever After and Muscle. While the former three series wound up lasting five seasons, Muscle fails to survive its first season. In addition to being available on around 70 affiliates, The WB is also initially distributed directly to cable and satellite providers via the superstation feed of Chicago charter affiliate WGN-TV (owned by Tribune) to serve markets where the lack of available independent stations or stations that passed over the network in favor of fellow fledgling network UPN prevented The WB from maintaining an exclusive affiliation at launch. (This ended in August 1999, as a result of The WB gaining full-time affiliates in some underserved mid-sized markets and a small-market cable feed being launched to serve smaller markets.)
16 The United Paramount Network (UPN) launches, with a two-hour premiere of Star Trek: Voyager. This results in an affiliation change in San Antonio between Fox affiliate KRRT (now KMYS) and independent station KABB, as KRRT leaves Fox for the new network (due to its then-ownership by Paramount Pictures, UPN's part-owner) and KABB assumes the Fox affiliation.
The 1994–96 United States broadcast TV realignment continues in the Flint/Tri-Cities, Michigan market, as NBC affiliate WNEM-TV in Bay City and CBS affiliate WEYI-TV in Saginaw swap affiliations. The move is deemed necessary by CBS to restore coverage in areas underserved by its then-new affiliate WGPR in adjacent Detroit, since WNEM-TV's signal is stronger than that of WEYI-TV.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys debuts in syndication, starring Kevin Sorbo as "Hercules" and Michael Hurst as "Iolaus".
24 Live broadcasts of the O. J. Simpson trial begin; as a result, many network soap operas are partially pre-empted, more or less, for nine months.


Date Event
2 Seinfeld broadcasts its 100th episode on NBC.
20 What a Cartoon! launches on TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network simultaneously as part of the Space Ghost Coast to Coast special "1st Annual World Premiere Toon-In". The first short, "The Powerpuff Girls in Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins", was shown at the end of the special. The series will prove to launch the careers of many prominent animators such as Butch Hartman, Craig McCracken, Genndy Tartakovsky, and Seth MacFarlane.
21 Ted Danson reprises his role as Sam Malone from Cheers in an episode of its spin–off Frasier.
25 In what would be his final television appearance, George Burns is presented with the very first SAG Lifetime Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild.


Date Event
6 Deborah Norville begins assuming her duties as host of Inside Edition.
The Jenny Jones Show taped an episode titled "Revealing Same Sex Secret Crush", in which the secret admirers of six guests were revealed. Three days after the episode was taped, one of the guests, Jonathan Schmitz, murdered his secret admirer, Scott Amedure.[4]
13 The 1994–96 United States broadcast TV realignment continues in Seattle-Tacoma, as Gaylord Broadcasting-owned KSTW joins CBS for the third time while former CBS affiliate KIRO-TV joins the UPN network.


Date Event
2 Fox airs National Hockey League games for the first time.
6 Jennifer Aniston debuts a hairstyle that would soon be known as "The Rachel" on an episode of Friends on NBC.
12 Drew Barrymore appears on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman. In honor of Letterman's birthday, guest Barrymore dances on his desk and flashes him "on-air".
18 Rox becomes the first television series distributed via internet.[5][6][7]
28–29 WCW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling showcase the "Collision in Korea". It is the first ever American pro wrestling event held in North Korea. It is rebroadcast in both Japan and the United States with the main event being between Ric Flair and Antonio Inoki.


Date Event
7 Jurassic Park makes its network broadcast television premiere on NBC.
9 CBS broadcasts Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan, starring Elizabeth Montgomery. This turned out to be Montgomery's final live-action acting role (her final acting role in general was in a voice-over role on Batman: The Animated Series) as she would die on May 18.
12 As the World Turns broadcasts its milestone 10,000th episode on CBS.
21 Above Suspicion starring Christopher Reeve premieres on HBO. In it, Reeve plays a paralyzed cop who plots to murder his wife. Six days after Above Suspicion first airs, Reeve is seriously injured in a fall while riding on horseback, resulting in him becoming a quadriplegic for the remainder of his life.
24 ABC announces that an episode of the soap opera All My Children was deleted from broadcasting due to the then-recent Oklahoma City bombing; in the story, villainess Janet Green was supposed to explode the church in which her ex Trevor Dillon was to marry her rival Laurel Banning.


Date Event
24 Fox broadcasts the fourth game of the Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. This marks the first time that a clinching game from the Stanley Cup Finals is broadcast on American network television since the sixth game of the 1980 Finals on CBS.


Date Event
1 After being purchased by New World Communications from Argyle Television, three additional stations switch to Fox as part of the 1994–96 United States broadcast TV realignment: KDFW (channel 4) in Dallas-Ft. Worth, KTBC (channel 7) in Austin, Texas and KTVI (channel 2) in St. Louis. KDFW and KTBC both defect from CBS, while KTVI leaves ABC. Independent station KTVT (channel 11) in Dallas takes the CBS affiliation in that area through an affiliation deal between the network and Gaylord Broadcasting (owners of KTVT); in Austin, former Fox affiliate KBVO (channel 42) swaps affiliations with KTBC and changes its calls to KEYE; and in St. Louis, KDNL (channel 30) swaps its Fox affiliation with KTVI and joins ABC. Former Fox-owned station KDAF-TV (channel 33) joins The WB, taking that affiliation from KXTX-TV (channel 39) due to a temporary arrangement in which KXTX would carry WB programming, until such time Fox was cleared to move to channel 4. KXTX-TV then becomes an independent station. Fox Kids, Fox's children programming block, doesn't follow the rest of the network's programming to KTBC and KTVI because of their commitments to news, and instead air on independent stations K13VC and KNLC. As a result of a dispute between Fox and KNLC, however, Fox Kids is moved to KTVI the following year.
11 ABC airs the 66th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game from Arlington, Texas. It was ABC's first broadcast of baseball's All-Star Game since 1988 and their last to date.
24 WFMZ-TV initiates their very first daytime Berks Edition at 5:30 pm and the First Nighttime Newscast at 10:30 pm, covering the entire Berks County and all across the Lehigh Valley of Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey.
31 The Walt Disney Company announces that it would acquire and merge with Capital Cities/ABC Inc. The purchase would include the ABC network itself, stakes in A&E Television Networks, Lifetime and ESPN Inc., and the ownership in the limited partnership-ran animation studio DIC Productions, L.P. The sale would be completed in 1996.


Date Event
4 Shortly after CBS' affiliation agreement with Westinghouse Broadcasting, its flagship station at that time, KDKA-TV finally brings back the program CBS This Morning after a few years of preempting.
7 NBC wins the rights to broadcast the 2002 Winter Olympics from Salt Lake City, Utah for $545 million.
14 ABC affiliate in Rockford, WREX-TV and NBC affiliate WTVO swaps network affiliations due to a group deal with Quincy Newspapers.[8]
17 On the series finale of Yo! MTV Raps, numerous high-profile names in the world of hip-hop close the show out with a freestyle rap session.
The Tribune Company acquired a 12.5% limited partnership interest in The WB for $12 million; the deal gave Tribune an option to increase its stake in the network up to a 25% interest; Tribune would eventually increase its ownership share in the WB to 22.5% on March 31, 1997.
21 As a result of the 1994–96 United States broadcast TV realignment, longtime NBC affiliate WLUK-TV in Green Bay becomes the first of four "Big three" affiliates that SF Broadcasting (a joint venture of Savoy Communications and Fox Broadcasting) has purchased from Burnham Broadcasting to switch its affiliation to Fox. NBC eventually aligns with former Fox affiliate WGBA-TV. Two more NBC-affiliated stations (WALA-TV in Mobile, Alabama, and KHON-TV in Honolulu), along with ABC affiliate WVUE in New Orleans switch their affiliations to Fox on January 1, 1996. NBC again swaps affiliations with the former Fox affiliates in Mobile and Honolulu (WPMI and KHNL respectively), while ABC joins WB affiliate WGNO and former Fox affiliate WNOL joins The WB.
22 Larry Hagman, former main actor of Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie, undergoes a liver transplant.


Date Event
4 The very first edition of WCW Monday Nitro airs from the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota on TNT.
5 Alan Kalter becomes the second announcer of the Late Show with David Letterman replacing Bill Wendell.
6 In front of a nationwide audience watching on ESPN and on HTS in the Baltimore market, Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. surpasses New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig on Major League Baseball's list for most consecutive games played.
8 The 1994–96 United States broadcast TV realignment continues when longtime ABC affiliate WGHP-TV (channel 8) in High Point, North Carolina is sold directly to Fox (acquired via New World Communications from Citicasters, along with WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama due to ownership conflicts) and as a result, becomes a Fox-owned station. Former Fox affiliates WNRW-TV (channel 45)/WGGT-TV (channel 48, now MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYV-TV) assume the ABC affiliation, and WNRW-TV changes its callsign to WXLV-TV to reflect the new affiliation. Both stations retain a secondary UPN affiliation until WGGT-TV leaves its WXLV-TV simulcast to become a full-time UPN affiliate the next year.
9 Kids' WB debuts on The WB, anchored by Animaniacs, which transfers over from Fox's children's programming block, Fox Kids. It debuted on Fox Kids 2 years before.
10 A major compensation deal between NBC and CBS after the Westinghouse-Group W/CBS deal as a result of the 1994–96 United States broadcast TV realignment becomes effective: two NBC O&O's (KCNC-TV in Denver and KUTV-TV in Salt Lake City) and the network's Philadelphia affiliate KYW-TV become CBS-affiliated stations (and quickly after that CBS-owned stations after Westinghouse merged with CBS), while former CBS affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City joins NBC and CBS O&O WCAU in Philadelphia becomes an NBC-owned station. Meanwhile, in Miami, CBS-owned WCIX (channel 6) and NBC-owned WTVJ (channel 4) swap channel positions, with WCIX becoming WFOR-TV as a result of the change. Two related swaps also occur in Denver, as former ABC affiliate KUSA-TV joins NBC, and former CBS affiliate KMGH-TV switches to ABC as a result of an affiliation deal between the network and McGraw-Hill, KMGH's owners.
The 47th Primetime Emmy Awards are aired on Fox.
CBS acquires ABC affiliate WPRI-TV from Narragansett Television and swaps affiliations with WLNE-TV, thus reversing a swap that took place in 1977.
UPN Kids launches on UPN, featuring two new series, Space Strikers and Teknoman.
As part of a deal between Outlet Communications and NBC, WB affiliate WNCN-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina switches to NBC, ending WNCN's 9-month affiliation with The WB. Former NBC affiliate WRDC elevates its UPN affiliation to full-time status, while WRAZ, which had signed on three days earlier, joins the WB.
17 Part 2 of "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" serves as the Season 7 premiere of The Simpsons on Fox. An America's Most Wanted special, "Springfield's Most Wanted", precedes the episode.
22 KASW signs on the air in Phoenix, Arizona, as part of a LMA with, and taking The WB from, KTVK which becomes independent. In addition, KASW also assumes the local broadcast rights to Fox Kids, which Fox affiliate KSAZ-TV is pre-empting in favor of news.
27 Jennifer Love Hewitt joins the cast of Party of Five, after appearing in three failed shows as a cast member, the Fox series Shaky Ground and the ABC series The Byrds of Paradise and McKenna.
30 Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri, and Darrell Hammond join the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live.


Date Event
2 In Major League Baseball's first "do or die" tie-breaker game since 1980, the Seattle Mariners defeat the California Angels 9–1 to clinch the American League West title and their first ever postseason berth. The game is nationally televised on ESPN with Jon Miller and Joe Morgan on the call.
3 More than 150 million people tune in to watch the verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, which ends with Simpson being found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The verdict is met with both praise and criticism.
8 Game 5 of the American League Division Series between the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees is broadcast on ABC/The Baseball Network with Brent Musburger and Jim Kaat on the call. With Seattle down by the score of 5–4 going into the bottom of the 11th inning, Edgar Martínez lines a double to the left field fence off of New York reliever Jack McDowell, scoring both Joey Cora and Ken Griffey Jr. to send the Mariners to the League Championship Series for the first time. Martinez's game-winning hit and the aftermath remains the Mariners' most famous moment. During 1995, there were rumors that the Mariners might relocate to the Tampa area. Their success this season leads to renewed local interest in the team and the building of Safeco Field, which opened in July 1999.
15 ABC affiliate W58BT goes on the air and former ABC affiliate WSJV-TV switches to Fox.
18 In the Michiana region of Indiana, Elkhart-based ABC affiliate WSJV swaps affiliations with South Bend-based Fox affiliate W58BT (which will become WBND-LP by the end of the year). The rush for W58BT to switch to ABC (at the insistence of network executives, who didn't want to wait for W58BT to sign-on a new transmitter) causes a partial transmitter failure, which is fixed within a few days.[9][10]
20 Robert MacNeil anchors The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour on PBS for the last time.
21 ABC and NBC begin their unprecedented shared coverage of the World Series through their soon to be concluding revenue sharing joint-venture with Major League Baseball called The Baseball Network. ABC, who last broadcast a World Series in 1989 airs Games 1, 4, and 5 (with Al Michaels, Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver on the call) while NBC, who last broadcast a World Series in 1988, airs Games 2, 3 and the decisive Game 6 (with Bob Costas, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker on the call). (A seventh game, if necessary, would have been televised by ABC.) While NBC will continue to hold some MLB rights for the next few years, Game 5 on October 26 would prove to be the last Major League Baseball game to be broadcast by ABC until Game 1 of the 2020 American League Wild Card Series between the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.
28 In Toledo, Ohio, NBC affiliate WTVG swaps affiliations with ABC affiliate WNWO and becomes an ABC owned-and-operated station.
The Atlanta Braves win the 1995 World Series in six games over the Cleveland Indians, making them the first Major League team to win a championship for three different cities (first being Boston in 1914 and then Milwaukee in 1957). It is also the final broadcast for The Baseball Network, which as previously mentioned, was a joint-venture between Major League Baseball, ABC, and NBC.


Date Event
1 Clear Channel Communications, owners of recently purchased WHP-TV in Harrisburg, entered into a local marketing agreement with Gateway Communications, owners of WLYH-TV in Lancaster to start operating the station. As a result, WLYH-TV's news operation has been discontinued.[11]
2 Characters from various NBC comedies appear on different shows. The lead character from Caroline in the City appears on Friends, while Friends characters Ross appears on The Single Guy and Chandler appears on Caroline in the City.
On Friends, Phoebe performs the song "Smelly Cat" for the first time.
7 Major League Baseball reaches a television deal[12][13] with Fox[14] and NBC, allowing the former to obtain MLB game rights. Fox paid $575 million for the five-year contract, a fraction less of the amount of money that CBS had paid for the Major League Baseball television rights for the 19901993 seasons.[15][16]
11 On Beakman's World on CBS, long time assistant/co-host Liza (played by Eliza Schneider) makes her final appearance in the episode "Islands, Beakmania & Energy".
13 ABC's 30-minute soap opera Loving (1983–1995) is turned into The City.
20 On ABC, One Life to Live broadcasts its 7,000th episode and debuts a new opening sequence.
ROX and Computer Chronicles are broadcast via the Internet—these are the first Internet broadcasts in the history of television.


Date Event
1 The 1994–96 United States broadcast TV realignment continues as WHBQ-TV (channel 13) in Memphis, Tennessee ends its ABC affiliation after 45 years. WHBQ-TV is acquired by Fox Television Stations from Communications Corporation of America and joins Fox, while former Fox affiliate WPTY-TV (channel 24) joins ABC.
11 On NBC, The Today Show becomes the highest-rated morning news program (and would remain so until 2012).
16 WLYH-TV in Lancaster ends its affiliation with CBS following a local marketing agreement with WHP-TV, and as a result, WLYH-TV became a primary UPN affiliate, cutting back the programming hours within the programming schedule.[17]
18 As part of the Monday Night Wars, World Championship Wrestling booker Eric Bischoff[18] has WWF performer Alundra Blayze (now going by the name Madusa) appear on TNT's WCW Monday Nitro, where she throws her WWF Women's Championship into a trash can.


Programs debuting in 1995[edit]

Date Show Network
January 1 Modern Marvels The History Channel
Taxicab Confessions HBO
January 2 Cybill CBS
The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show Syndication
January 4 Washington Journal C-SPAN
Double Rush CBS
Women of the House
January 8 House of Buggin' Fox
January 9 A Whole New Ballgame ABC
The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder CBS
January 11 Muscle The WB
Unhappily Ever After
The Wayans Bros.
January 14 Fudge ABC
January 15 Get Smart Fox
January 16 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Syndication
Vanishing Son
The Puzzle Place PBS Kids
Star Trek: Voyager UPN
January 17 Marker
The Watcher
Golf Central Golf Channel
January 18 The Parent 'Hood The WB
January 23 Pig Sty UPN
Platypus Man
January 26 Pointman PTEN
January 29 Extreme ABC
January 31 The Marshal
February 20 What a Cartoon! Cartoon Network
March 4 NHL 2Night ESPN2
March 5 The Great Defender Fox
March 8 The George Wendt Show CBS
March 10 VR.5 Fox
March 11 The Office CBS
March 13 Medicine Ball Fox
March 14 Under One Roof CBS
March 21 NewsRadio NBC
Pride & Joy
March 22 Sliders Fox
March 23 Skeleton Warriors CBS
March 26 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child HBO
The Outer Limits Showtime
March 31 The Wright Verdicts CBS
April 1 Amazing Grace NBC
April 2 Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel HBO
April 8 The Maxx MTV
April 10 In the House NBC
April 14 Colby's Clubhouse TBN
April 18 Legend UPN
May 27 Bringing up Jack ABC
May 28 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Comedy Central
My Wildest Dreams Fox
June 5 Singled Out MTV
July 12 20th Century with Mike Wallace The History Channel
July 19 Road Rules MTV
August 7 Squawk Box CNBC
August 8 Aeon Flux MTV
August 20 Exit 57 Comedy Central
August 23 Kirk The WB
August 28 Nowhere Man UPN
August 29 Live Shot
August 31 The Crew Fox
September 2 Wild About Animals Syndication
September 4 Bananas in Pyjamas
WCW Monday Nitro TNT
Xena: Warrior Princess Syndication
September 5 Deadly Games UPN
September 6 Carnie! Syndication
September 8 Timon & Pumbaa Syndication and CBS
September 9 Gadget Boy & Heather Syndcation
Earthworm Jim Kids' WB
Pinky and the Brain
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries
The Preston Episodes Fox
Hang Time NBC
September 10 Cleghorne! The WB
First Time Out
Space Strikers UPN Kids
September 11 Danny! Syndication
Day & Date
LAPD: Life on the Beat
Lauren Hutton and...
The Mark Walberg Show
Ned & Stacey Fox
Bless This House CBS
September 12 The Monroes ABC
September 13 Central Park West CBS
The Drew Carey Show ABC
The Naked Truth
September 14 Charlie Grace
September 15 Maybe This Time ABC
Strange Luck Fox
The Stephanie Miller Show Syndication
September 16 Santo Bugito CBS
The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat
Masked Rider Fox Kids
Brotherly Love NBC
Minor Adjustments
Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Syndication
U.S. Customs: Classified
September 17 Almost Perfect CBS
The Client
September 18 Can't Hurry Love
George & Alana Syndication
September 19 Hudson Street ABC
Murder One ABC
The Pursuit of Happiness NBC
September 21 Caroline in the City NBC
The Single Guy
September 22 American Gothic CBS
September 23 8-Track Flashback VH1
September 24 Space: Above and Beyond Fox
September 28 New York News CBS
October 1 Misery Loves Company Fox
Too Something
Inspiration, Please! Hallmark Channel
October 2 Flipper Syndication
Family Challenge The Family Channel
Wild Animal Games
October 9 Wishbone PBS
October 14 Mad TV Fox
October 16 Littlest Pet Shop Syndication
October 21 Street Fighter: The Animated Series USA Network
October 22 The Little Lulu Show HBO
October 27 Goosebumps Fox Kids
October 28 Dumb and Dumber ABC
October 30 High Society CBS
November 3 Mr. Show with Bob and David HBO
November 4 The Adventures of Hyperman CBS
November 6 Little Bear Nick Jr.
November 13 The City ABC
December 3 What's So Funny? Fox
December 9 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective CBS

Programs returning in 1995[edit]

Show Last aired Previous network New title Returning
Square One TV 1992 PBS Square One TV Math Talk[citation needed] Unknown

Programs ending in 1995[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 1 Liquid Television 1991
January 6 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron 1993
January 21 Wild C.A.T.s 1994
January 26 My So-Called Life
January 27 The New Price is Right
January 28 The Boys Are Back
February 1 Hearts Afire 1992
February 2 My Brother and Me 1994
February 13 2 Stupid Dogs 1993
Ghostwriter 1992
February 19 Get Smart 1995
February 25 Free Willy 1994
February 28 Me and the Boys
March 3 M.A.N.T.I.S.
March 6 Models Inc.
March 12 The Brothers Grunt
March 13 A Whole New Ballgame 1995
March 15 All-American Girl 1994
March 25 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans
March 27 The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show 1995
April 4 On Our Own 1994
April 6 Extreme 1995
April 12 The Pink Panther 1993
The Cosby Mysteries 1994
Double Rush 1995
The George Wendt Show
April 23 House of Buggin'
May 7 Matlock 1986
May 11 Muscle 1995
May 12 VR.5
May 15 Pig Sty
May 16 Marker 1995
In the Heat of the Night 1988
May 20 Star Search 1983
May 21 Sirens 1993
May 22 Blossom 1991
The Critic 1994
May 23 Full House (returned in 2016) 1987
May 28 Tiny Toon Adventures 1990
June 7 The Watcher 1995
June 10 The Mommies 1993
June 11 McGee and Me! 1989
June 14 Earth 2 1994
June 16 Supermarket Sweep (returned in 2000) 1965
June 17 Empty Nest 1988
Madman of the People 1994
June 19 The Maxx 1995
June 23 The Jon Stewart Show 1993
June 24 Bringing up Jack 1995
June 30 Love Connection 1983
July 1 The State 1993
July 4 Thunder Alley 1994
July 10 Platypus Man 1995
July 26 Northern Exposure 1990
July 31 The Great Defender 1995
August 15 Marker
August 17 Yo! MTV Raps (returned in 2022) 1988
August 18 Love & War 1992
August 27 WWF Wrestling Challenge 1986
September 2 Name Your Adventure 1992
September 8 Family Feud (returned in 1999) 1976
Women of the House 1995
September 15 Batman: The Animated Series 1992
October 13 Quicksilver 1994
October 19 Charlie Grace 1995
The Monroes
October 28 The Preston Episodes
November 9 Dweebs
November 9 The Moxy Show 1993
November 10 Loving 1983
November 15 Courthouse 1995
November 24 Legends of the Hidden Temple (returned in 2021) 1993
November 25 Aladdin 1994
December 3 Space Strikers 1995
December 8 Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills 1994
December 9 The Baby Huey Show
Bump in the Night
December 16 Fudge 1995
December 17 Cleghorne! 1995
First Time Out
December 22 Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1991
December 25 The Marshal 1995
Unknown date Return to the Sea 1991

Entering syndication in 1995[edit]

Show Seasons In Production Source
America's Funniest Home Videos 6 Yes [19]
America's Most Wanted 7 Yes [20]
Beyond Reality 2 No [21]
Blossom 5 No [22]
Dinosaurs 4 No [22]
The Hitchhiker 6 No [21]
Home Improvement 4 Yes [23]
Melrose Place 4 Yes [citation needed]
Seinfeld 6 Yes [24]
Step by Step 4 Yes [25]
Tales from the Crypt 6 Yes [26]

Programs changing networks in 1995[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Animaniacs Fox Kids Kids' WB
The Busy World of Richard Scarry Showtime Nick Jr. Channel
G-Force: Guardians of Space TBS Cartoon Network
Madeline The Family Channel ABC
TV Nation NBC Fox
The Critic ABC
Sister, Sister The WB
One West Waikiki CBS First-run syndication

Milestone episodes and anniversaries[edit]

Show Network Episode # Episode title Episode airdate Source
Home Improvement ABC 100th episode "Wilson's Girlfriend" May 23 [citation needed]

Made-for-TV movies and miniseries[edit]

Premiere date Title Channel
January 7 Fudge-a-Mania ABC
April 3 Danielle Steel's Vanished NBC
May 14 The Langoliers ABC
September 17 Danielle Steel's Zoya NBC
October 29 Degree of Guilt

Networks and services[edit]


Network Type Launch date Notes Source
The History Channel Cable and satellite January 1
The Golf Channel Cable and satellite January 17
Classic Sports Network Cable and satellite May 6
Outdoor Life Network Cable and satellite July 31
CNNfn Cable and satellite December 29
Speedvision Cable and satellite December 31
Great American Country Cable television December 31


Network Type End date Notes Sources
Prime Sports Upper Midwest Cable and satellite December 31

Television stations[edit]

Station launches[edit]

Date City of license/Market Station Channel Affiliation
January 2 Grundy, VA WLFG 68 Religious Independent
January 15 Ashland, WI (Duluth, MN) W25CA 25 America One
January 29 Tice/Fort Myers, FL WRXY-TV 49 CTN
January 30 Baltimore, MD W61BT 61 The WB
March 1 Macon, GA WPGA-TV 58 Fox
March 7 Oklahoma City, OK K19EA 19 The Box
April 1 Ketchikan, AK KUBD 4 TBN
April 3 Boston, MA W32AY 32 Telemundo
Hartford-New Haven, CT WTVU 59 The WB
April 5 Hot Springs/Little Rock, AR KVTH 26 Victory Television Network
May 1 Sitka, AK K05KH 5 Fox
June Reno, NV K47CO 47 Univision
June 1 New Orleans, LA WUPL 54 UPN
June 2 Houston, TX KZJK 61 Shop at Home Network
June 5 Littleton, NH WMUR-LP 29 Fox
June 10 Omaha, NE KXVO 15 The WB
June 13 Sioux Falls, SD KCSD-TV 23 PBS / SDPB
June 14 Phoenix, AZ K69HJ 69 ACN
June 21 Austin, TX K09VR 9 Independent (Texas Student Media)
Fort Myers, FL W59CY 59 Daystar
June 28 Joplin, MO K44ER 44 unknown
July 10 Laredo, TX K39EL 39 TBN Enlace USA
July 11 Abilene, TX K40BM 40 Telemundo
Kalispell, MT K52EQ 52 ABC[a]
July 13 Manhattan, KS K21ER 21 Independent
August North Platte, NE K11TW 11 UPN
August 7 Wake Forest, NC (Raleigh/Durham) WRAY-TV 30 Independent
August 12 Bluefield-Beckley, WV WVGV-TV 59 The WB
August 13 Cedar Rapids, IA KFXA 28 Fox
August 28 Bangor, ME WBGR-LP 33 The WB
September 1 Concord, NH WNBU 21 Independent
September 3 Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, MX (Laredo, TX) XHFTX 57 Fox
September 8 Raleigh, NC WRAZ 50 The WB
September 22 Phoenix, AZ KASW 61
September 27 Albuquerque, NM K45DL 45 Religious independent
October 6 Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM KASY-TV 50 UPN/The WB
October 7 Tamuning, GU K26HK 26 Independent
October 18 South Bend, IN W58BT 58 ABC
November 20 Hagåtña, GU KUAM-LP 20 CBS
November 29 Nashville, TN WNAB 58 The WB

Stations changing network affiliation[edit]

Date City of license/Market Station Channel Prior affiliation New affiliation
January 2 Baltimore, MD WMAR-TV 2 NBC ABC
January 9 Phoenix, AZ KTVK 3 ABC[b] Independent[c]
KNXV-TV 15 Independent ABC
January 16 Flint/Saginaw, MI WNEM-TV 5 NBC CBS
San Antonio, TX KABB 29 Independent Fox
January 31 Terre Haute, IN WBAK-TV 38 ABC Fox
March 6 Sacramento/Stockton, CA KXTV 10 CBS ABC
March 13 Seattle/Tacoma, WA KIRO-TV 7 CBS UPN
KSTW 11 Independent CBS
July 1 Austin, TX KTBC 7 CBS Fox
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX KDFW 4 CBS Fox
KTVT 11 Independent CBS
KDAF 33 Fox The WB
KXTX-TV 39 The WB Independent
August 7 Providence, RI/New Bedford, MA WLNE-TV 6 CBS ABC
St. Louis, MO KTVI 2 ABC Fox
August 13 Dubuque, IA KFXB-TV 40 ABC Fox
August 14 Rockford, IL WREX 13 ABC NBC
August 28 Green Bay/Appleton, WI WLUK-TV 11 NBC Fox
September 3 Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC WGHP 8 ABC Fox
WXLV-TV[d] 45 Fox ABC
WGGT-TV[e] 48
Greenville/Spartanburg, SC WFBC-TV 40 ABC[f] Independent
September 7 Raleigh/Durham/Goldsboro, NC WNCN 17 The WB NBC
September 10 Denver, CO KCNC-TV 4 NBC CBS
Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL WCIX 6 CBS NBC[g]
Philadelphia, PA KYW-TV 3 NBC CBS
Salt Lake City, UT KUTV 2 NBC CBS
October 10 West Point, MS WLOV-TV 27 ABC Fox
October 18 South Bend, IN WSJV 28 ABC Fox
October 28 Toledo, OH WTVG 13 NBC ABC
December 1 Jackson, TN WMTU 16 Fox UPN
Memphis, TN WHBQ-TV 13 ABC Fox
December 2 Evansville, IN WTVW 7 ABC Fox
December 16 Harrisburg/Lancaster, PA WLYH-TV 15 CBS UPN


Date Name Notability
January 4 Maddie Hasson Actress (The Finder, Twisted)
January 8 Ryan Destiny Actress
January 9 Nicola Peltz Actress (Bates Motel)
January 13 Natalia Dyer Actress (Stranger Things)
Qaasim Middleton Actor (The Naked Brothers Band)
January 24 Dylan Everett Canadian actor (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
Callan McAuliffe Actor
January 27 Malika Andrews American sports journalist
January 30 Danielle Campbell Actress (The Originals)
February 8 Jordan Todosey Canadian actress (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
February 23 Zion Moreno Actress (Control Z, Gossip Girl)
February 24 Brittany Raymond Actress
February 28 Quinn Shephard Actress
March 2 Veronica Dunne Actress (K.C. Undercover)
March 7 Haley Lu Richardson Actress (Ravenswood, Recovery Road)
March 10 Grace Victoria Cox Actress (Under the Dome)
March 27 Taylor Atelian Actress (According To Jim)
March 29 Marc Musso Actor
April 1 Logan Paul Actor and pro wrestler (Logan Paul VS., Foursome, WWE)
April 9 Cierra Ramirez Actress (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Fosters, Good Trouble)
April 12 Miguel Luciano Actor (Talia in the Kitchen)
April 15 Cody Christian Actor (Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf)
April 21 Thomas Doherty Scottish actor (The Lodge, Descendants, Gossip Girl)
April 23 Gigi Hadid Actress (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)
May 1 Jake Cannavale Actor
May 4 Shameik Moore Actor (Incredible Crew, The Get Down)
May 6 Tiera Skovbye Canadian actress (Riverdale)
May 12 Kenton Duty Actor (Shake It Up)
Luke Benward Actor (Ravenswood)
Sawyer Sweeten (d.2015) Actors (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Sullivan Sweeten
June 2 Sterling Beaumon Actor (Lost, The Killing)
June 20 Serayah Actress (Empire)
Aidan Drummond Canadian actor (The Collector)
June 21 Andrew Dismukes Comedian
July 2 Nicole Alyse Nelson Actress (I Am Frankie)
July 7 Chloe Greenfield Actress (ER)
July 9 Georgie Henley Actress (The Chronicles of Narnia)
July 13 Sam Straley Actor (The Kids Are Alright)
August 12 Austin Zajur Actor
August 18 Parker McKenna Posey Actress (My Wife and Kids)
August 20 Lulu Antariksa Actress (How to Rock)
August 26 Gracie Dzienny Actress (Supah Ninjas)
August 28 Ben Petry Actor
September 5 Caroline Sunshine Actress (Shake It Up)
September 12 Ryan Potter Actor (Supah Ninjas, Lab Rats: Elite Force, Titans), voice actor (Big Hero 6: The Series)
September 16 Victory Van Tuyl Actress (Marvin Marvin)
September 18 Megan Lee Actress (Make It Pop)
September 19 Natalia Wójcik Voice actress (Annie on Little Einsteins)
September 20 Sammi Hanratty Actress
October 10 Da'Vinchi Actor and rapper (All American, BMF)
October 15 Billy Unger Actor (Lab Rats, Lab Rats: Elite Force)
October 23 Ireland Baldwin Actress and daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger
October 25 Conchita Campbell Actress (The 4400)
October 30 Rachel Hilson Actress (Love, Victor)
October 31 Mateo Arias Actor (Kickin' It)
November 2 Brandon Soo Hoo Actor (Incredible Crew, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series)
November 3 Kendall Jenner Actress (Keeping Up with the Kardashians)
November 13 Stella Hudgens Actress
November 16 Noah Gray-Cabey Actor (My Wife and Kids, Heroes)
November 22 Katherine McNamara Actress and singer (Shadowhunters)
November 29 Laura Marano Actress (Without a Trace, The X's, Back to You, Austin & Ally)
December 12 C.J. LeBlanc Actor (NCIS: New Orleans, Queen Sugar)
December 18 Elizabeth Stanton Actress
December 29 Ross Lynch Actor (Austin & Ally, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and singer (R5)
Nick Merico Actor (Every Witch Way)


Date Name Age Notability
February 5 Doug McClure 59 Actor (The Virginian)
February 9 David Wayne 81 Actor (Ellery Queen)
February 22 Ed Flanders 60 Actor (St. Elsewhere)
March 28 Hugh O'Connor 32 Actor (Lonnie Jamison on In the Heat of the Night)
April 23 Howard Cosell 77 Sports journalist/commentator (Monday Night Football)
April 25 Art Fleming 70 Original host of (Jeopardy!)
May 18 Elizabeth Montgomery 62 Actress (Samantha Stephens on Bewitched)
May 26 Friz Freleng 88 Animator (Looney Tunes)
June 30 Gale Gordon 89 Actor (The Lucy Show)
July 4 Eva Gabor 76 Hungarian-born actress (Lisa Douglas on Green Acres)
August 3 Ida Lupino 77 Actress & director
August 11 Phil Harris 91 Actor (The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show)
August 24 Gary Crosby 62 Actor (Adam-12)
October 4 Linda Gary 50 Actress, Voice Actress (Spider-Man)
December 25 Dean Martin 78 Singer, actor and host (The Dean Martin Show)

Television debuts[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ LPTV translator of KTMF.
  2. ^ KTVK only aired ABC's daytime and primetime programming at the point of disaffiliation; the piecemeal dropping of ABC shows from the station throughout the latter half of 1994 resulted in KNXV-TV carrying all ABC News programming from December 1994 onward.
  3. ^ Temporarily carried The WB during part of 1995 before transferring the affiliation to KASW upon that station's sign-on.
  4. ^ Known as WRNW-TV prior to the affiliation switch.
  5. ^ Satellite of WXLV.
  6. ^ As a semi-satellite of WLOS under the WAXA calls.
  7. ^ Exchanged network affiliations, intellectual property and all off- and on-air staff; now NBC owned-and-operated WTVJ.
  8. ^ Exchanged network affiliations, intellectual property and all off- and on-air staff; now CBS owned-and-operated WFOR-TV.


  1. ^ Newt Gingrich: Hillary "She's A Bitch" on YouTube
  2. ^ Carter, Bill (May 22, 1995). "The Empty Chair". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "SNL Transcripts: Jeff Daniels: 01/14/95". SNL Transcripts. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
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  6. ^ The Real Real WorldWired. Dec. 1995. Retrieved May 13, 2022
  7. ^ Break out your bong; kill your TV. Usenet. April 18, 1995.
  8. ^ Flint, Joe (1995-05-29). "AFFILS IN FINE FEATHER AT NBC MEET IN HAWAII". Variety. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  9. ^ "ABC out, Fox in at WSJV". The News-Sentinel. April 21, 1995. Retrieved August 21, 2016. closed access
  10. ^ "Rocky Start for New South Bend ABC Affiliate". Times-Union. October 19, 1995. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "New operator pulls plug on WLYH news team". The Daily News. 1995-11-02.
  12. ^ Nidetz, Steve (November 7, 1995). "BASEBALL'S NEW TV PACKAGE INCLUDES OLD FAVORITES". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  13. ^ Stewart, Larry (6 November 1995). "Fox Gets Baseball; NBC Is Part of Deal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  14. ^ Prisbell, Eric (October 12, 2020). "Fox and MLB: Quarter-century of culture change". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  15. ^ Jim McConville (November 6, 1995). "MLB sews up deal with Fox, NBC. (Major League Baseball, National Broadcasting Co., Fox Broadcasting Co.)". Broadcasting & Cable. HighBeam Research. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
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