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 1962 .  1963 .  1964 .  1965  . 1966  . 1967  . 1968 
1969 1970 1971 -1972- 1973 1974 1975
 1976 .  1977 .  1978 .  1979  . 1980  . 1981  . 1982 
In home video: 1969 1970 1971 -1972- 1973 1974 1975     
          In film : 1969 1970 1971 -1972- 1973 1974 1975     

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

For the American TV schedule, see: 1972-73 American network television schedule.


  • January 21 – The first convention of Star Trek fans is held in New York's Statler-Hilton hotel.
  • Mid-February – John Lennon and Yoko Ono cohost 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.
  • April 4 – After a three-year courtship, Emily Nugent married Ernest Bishop on Coronation Street.
  • 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 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 – ORTF 3ème Chaîne launches in France for the first time.


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