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The year 1972 involved some significant events in television. Below is a list of notable television-related events.


  • January 3 – Show Boat is aired for the first time on network television, on NBC
  • January 21 – The first convention of Star Trek fans is held in New York City's Statler-Hilton hotel
  • Mid-February – John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host an entire week on The Mike Douglas Show
  • February 19 – Sammy Davis Jr. makes a guest appearance on All in the Family
  • March 18 – After losing a 15-year court battle over the legality of its business relationship with The Herald-Traveler, CBS' Boston, Massachusetts affiliate WHDH-TV Channel 5 signs off the air. At 3 a.m. on March 19, WCVB takes over the Channel 5 frequency, simultaneously switching affiliations to the ABC network following CBS' loss of interest in the channel during the long legal wrangle.
  • March 27 - The Amateur's Guide to Love begins on the air, making it CBS' first attempt to make a game show since 1968 when To Tell the Truth go off the air. It eventually failed.
  • April 4 – After a three-year courtship, Emily Nugent married Ernest Bishop on Coronation Street.
  • May – The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson permanently relocates its production from New York City to the NBC studios in Burbank, California. (The Tonight Show would remain there until relocating back to New York in February 2014)
  • July 21 – Victoria Wyndham makes her first appearance as vixen (and later, good girl) Rachel Davis on the soap opera Another World.
  • August 1 – Three years after it was first filmed, the Israel Broadcasting Authority finally agrees to screen Barricades, a controversial documentary film that offered a sympathetic portrayal of Palestinians expelled from their homes in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
  • August 26 – Effective with this issue, TV Guide discontinues the practice of using a "C" to indicate color programs, and instead starts using a "BW" for monochrome, saving a lot of printer's ink in the process. At the time about half of the TV households in the U.S. had color sets.
  • September 1 - A day for CBS' daytime lineup could be described as anything but uneventful. CBS airs reruns of popular primetime shows, The Lucy Show, The Beverly Hillbillies and My Three Sons for the final time, as reruns dominating CBS' daytime lineup (it was a tradition since 1959). The following Monday, all three shows moved to syndication.
  • September 4 – Another eventful day for CBS' daytime schedule. The Price Is Right premieres on CBS. To date, it is the longest running game show on American television. The Joker's Wild and Gambit also debuted, bringing game shows back to CBS' schedule in a more successful attempt than The Amateur's Guide to Love, which was cancelled on June 23, and it replaced the morning reruns dominated by CBS' daytime lineup (it was a staple since 1959).
  • September 9 – The Lawrence Welk Show opens its 18th season on location in Hawaii.
  • October 27 – The 5000th episode of Captain Kangaroo airs.
  • November 8 – Home Box Office (HBO) is launched, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
  • November 21 – In the second part of a two-part story which began the previous week, Beatrice Arthur's character, Maude Findlay, on the television sitcom Maude, decides to go through with an abortion, in a move that shocked CBS executives and Maude advertisers. (Rue McClanahan made her first appearance as Vivian Cavender in this two-parter; she would become a regular cast member the following season.)
  • December 31



Ending this year

Date Show Debut
March 1 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (US) 1969
March 10 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (US) 1971
March 12 The Jimmy Stewart Show (US)
March 25 Bewitched (US) 1964
March 31 Bright Promise (US) 1969
The Return of Ultraman (Japan) 1971
April 27 Me and the Chimp (US) 1972
August 14 Doomwatch (UK) 1970
August 23 The Super (US) 1972
August 24 My Three Sons (US) 1960
September 2 The Road Runner Show 1966
November 10 Clangers (UK) 1969
November 29 Kate (UK) 1970
December 4 Father Brown (West Germany) 1966


Date Name Notability
January 11 Marc Blucas Actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Necessary Roughness, Underground)
Amanda Peet Actress (Jack & Jill)
January 12 Zabryna Guevara Actress (Gotham)
January 13 Nicole Eggert Actress (Charles in Charge, Baywatch)
January 19 Drea de Matteo Actress (The Sopranos, Joey, Desperate Housewives, Sons of Anarchy, Shades of Blue)
January 27 Nic Testoni Actor (Home and Away)
Josh Randall Actor (Ed)
January 28 Gillian Vigman Comic actress (Mad TV)
February 7 Robyn Lively Actress (Savannah, Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street)
Essence Atkins Actress (Smart Guy, Half & Half, Are We There Yet?) and model
February 9 Jason George Actor (Sunset Beach, Eve, Grey's Anatomy)
February 16 Sarah Clarke Actress (24, Bosch)
February 26 Keith Ferguson Voice actor (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Wander Over Yonder)
February 28 Rory Cochrane Actor (CSI: Miami)
March 2 Richard Ruccolo Actor (Two Guys and a Girl)
March 6 Shaquille O'Neal Basketball player, actor (Shaq Vs.)
March 9 Jean Louisa Kelly Actress (Yes, Dear)
Kerr Smith Actor (Dawson's Creek, Charmed)
March 26 Leslie Mann Actress (Allen Gregory)
March 31 Andrew Bowen Actor (Mad TV)
April 3 Jennie Garth Actress (Beverly Hills, 90210, What I Like About You)
April 4 Kevin Brown Comedian and actor (30 Rock)
Jill Scott Singer and actress (Black Lightning, First Wives Club)
April 6 Jason Hervey Actor (The Wonder Years)
April 8 Chuck Todd Television journalist (Meet the Press)
April 17 Jennifer Garner Actress (Alias)
April 18 Eli Roth Actor
April 19 Jennifer Taylor Actress (Two and a Half Men)
April 20 Carmen Electra Model and actress (Baywatch)
Danny McNulty Actor (Boy Meets World)
April 27 David Lascher Actor (Hey Dude, Blossom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
May 1 Julie Benz Actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter, No Ordinary Family, Defiance)
May 2 Dwayne Johnson ("The Rock") Professional wrestler (WWE) and actor
May 3 Reza Aslan Television host
May 12 Rhea Seehorn American actress
May 15 David Charvet French singer and actor (Baywatch)
May 16 Khary Payton Actor (Teen Titans, Young Justice, Teen Titans Go!)
May 20 Busta Rhymes Rapper, actor (The Boondocks)
May 22 Anna Belknap Actress (CSI: NY)
May 31 Archie Panjabi Actress (The Good Wife, The Fall, Blindspot)
June 2 Wayne Brady Actor (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), host (Let's Make a Deal)
Wentworth Miller British-American actor (Prison Break, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow)
June 6 Natalie Morales Journalist
June 12 Finesse Mitchell Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live)
June 15 Poppy Montgomery Australian-American actress (Relativity, Without a Trace, Unforgettable)
June 19 Eric Sheffer Stevens Actor (As the World Turns)
Robin Tunney Actress (Prison Break, The Mentalist)
June 23 Selma Blair Actress (Anger Management)
June 29 Kevin Mambo Zimbabwean-Canadian actor (Guiding Light)
July 7 Kirsten Vangsness Actress (Criminal Minds)
July 10 Sofía Vergara Colombian actress (Modern Family) and model
July 11 Michael Rosenbaum Actor (Smallville)
July 15 Scott Foley Actor (Felicity, The Unit, True Blood, Scandal)
July 23 Marlon Wayans Actor (In Living Color, The Wayans Bros.)
July 27 Maya Rudolph Actress (Saturday Night Live)
July 28 Elizabeth Berkley Actress (Saved by the Bell)
July 29 Wil Wheaton Actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Teen Titans, Ben 10: Alien Force)
August 9 Liz Vassey Actress (All My Children, The Tick, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
August 10 Angie Harmon American actress (Law & Order, Rizzoli & Isles) and model
August 13 Michael Sinterniklaas French-American actor (Kappa Mikey)
August 30 Cameron Diaz Actress
September 6 Dylan Bruno Actor (NCIS, Numb3rs)
Justina Machado Actress (Six Feet Under, Queen of the South)
September 9 Goran Višnjić Croatian-American actor (ER)
September 15 John Schwab American actor, TV producer, musician (Weaponology, Wife Swap, Trust)
September 20 Sergio Di Zio Canadian actor (Flashpoint)
September 26 Melanie Paxson Actress (Notes from the Underbelly) and Red Robin spokesperson
September 27 Gwyneth Paltrow Actress and singer
October 5 Grant Hill Basketball player
October 10 Joelle Carter Actress
October 25 Persia White Actress (Girlfriends)
October 29 Tracee Ellis Ross Actress (Girlfriends, Black-ish) and daughter of Diana Ross
Gabrielle Union Actress
November 1 Toni Collette Actress (United States of Tara) and singer
November 6 Thandiwe Newton English actress (Westworld)
November 7 Jeremy London Actor (Party of Five, 7th Heaven)
November 9 Eric Dane Actor (Charmed, Grey's Anatomy, The Last Ship)
November 11 Adam Beach Actor (Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
November 14 Josh Duhamel Actor (Las Vegas)
November 15 Jonny Lee Miller English-American actor (Eli Stone, Elementary)
Michael Pearlman Actor (Charles in Charge)
November 17 Leonard Roberts Actor (Heroes)
November 29 Brian Baumgartner Actor (The Office) and director
December 6 Mónica Santa María Peruvian model and TV host (d. 1994)
December 9 Reiko Aylesworth Actress (24)
December 14 Miranda Hart Comic Actress and writer (Miranda, Not Going Out, Call the Midwife)
December 19 Rosa Blasi Actress (Strong Medicine, The Thundermans)
Alyssa Milano Actress (Who's the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, Mistresses)
December 27 Brooke Totman Comedic actress (Mad TV)


Date Name Age Notability
January 16 Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. 52 Composer, creator of (The Alvin Show)
May 12 Steve Ihnat 37 Actor (Star Trek)
May 13 Dan Blocker 43 Actor (Hoss Cartwright on Bonanza)
October 16 Leo G. Carroll 85 English actor (Topper, Going My Way, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.)

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