In the United States, from the 1940s to the 1960s, live television broadcasts were in their prime. This was considered the first Golden Age of television. The late 1990s and early 2000s, TV saw an uptick in visual quality and more diverse storytelling. Since then, advances such as streaming services have become independent television producers in and of themselves. We're in the second Golden Age of television, also known as Peak TV.
The term Peak TV came from FX CEO John Landgraf, who believes we may have reached a point where they may be too many television shows—they’re popping up by the hundreds, and many of them are great!
So we have a challenge for you! Since we’re in the age of Peak TV, we’re wondering just how well you know this era of television. There may even be some questions about actors and actresses! Let’s see how you do!
Don’t let her focus on food-related quizzes fool you, Peg is a pro in many arenas. Even though she spends most of her free time whipping up delicious cookies and concocting new recipes for easy but impressive gluten-free cakes, Peg’s brain holds a vast collection of knowledge about everything from baby animals to what you need to know to graduate from different school grades. While she’s the first to admit everything she reads doesn’t necessarily stick in her head, Peg keeps her mind fresh by reading the Financial Post and Globe and Mail on the regular, and coming up with fantastic ideas for new quizzes. She’s a secret fan of gossip, too, so watch out for her intense celeb topics!
After years of development by individuals and companies around the world, Philo Farnsworth held a demonstration in 1928 in San Francisco of the first electronic television. By 1929, Farnsworth was able to transmit an image of a human—his wife, in fact.
In 1936, the BBC created the first regular television service, and in 1937, a British audience could watch the King laid a wreath on Armistice Day. 1938 brought with it the first color broadcast, but the first practical application wasn’t until the 1940s. An interesting historical note is that from 1942-1944 in America, the War Production Board banned the production of television and radio products to the general public.
The first broadcast in color in the US was the Tournament of Roses parade in 1954. By 1972, all networks had all color. As digital television has risen to prominence, the transition to an all-digital signal might be worldwide by the end of the decade.
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