Before Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, DoorDash -, Golan-Globus =, and any other streaming service entered our lives, there was just plain ol’ regular TV. While we’re multiple generations into thinking television always was in human life (even though TV is less than a century old), believe it or not there were several firsts in its history. No, we aren’t talking about cable or satellite.

Did you know that the first “wardrobe malfunction” on live TV was during the Truman administration? Or that the word “diarrhea” wasn’t uttered in commercials until 1990? Or that the first infertility storyline on a TV show was on an animated sitcom?

We all know that every art form has its firsts, but the stories behind the firsts in television are very unique and bizarre compared to other mediums, especially the chimpanzee that helped anchor national news. Take a look at some of the firsts within television history that are unique, fun, weird, or all three. 

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

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19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

19 Television Firsts (That We Never Really Recovered From)

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