Television is one of the major mass media of the United States. , household ownership of television sets in the country is 96.7%, with approximately 114,200,000 American households owning at least one television set as of August 2013. The majority of households have more than one set. The peak ownership percentage of households with at least one television set occurred during the 1996-97 season, with 98.4% ownership.
As a whole, the television networks that broadcast in the United States are the largest and most distributed in the world, and programs produced specifically for U.S.-based networks are the most widely syndicated internationally. Due to a recent surge in the number and popularity of critically acclaimed television series during the 2000s and the 2010s to date, many critics have said that American television is currently undergoing a modern golden age.
Friends is an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. The series revolves around a group of friends in Manhattan. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The original executive producers were Crane, Kauffman and Kevin S. Bright, with numerous others being promoted in later seasons. Kauffman and Crane began developing Friends under the title Insomnia Cafe in November/December 1993. They presented the idea to Bright, with whom they had previously worked, and together they pitched a seven-page treatment of the series to NBC. After several script rewrites and changes, including a second title change to Friends Like Us, the series was finally named Friends and premiered on NBC's coveted Thursday 8:30 pm timeslot. Filming for the series took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California in front of a live studio audience. After ten seasons on the network, the series finale was promoted by NBC, and viewing parties were organized around the U.S. The series finale (the 236th episode), airing on May 6, 2004, was watched by 51.1 million American viewers, making it the fourth most-watched series finale in television history and the most watched episode of the decade. (More...)
Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall
(born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall
, is an American actor, film producer and director who achieved stardom in several successful teen-oriented films of the 1980s. Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child, and made his screen debut in 1980. His films with director-screenwriter John Hughes
, beginning with the popular 1984 coming-of-age
comedy Sixteen Candles
, shaped his early career. Hall's next movies with Hughes were the teen classics The Breakfast Club
and Weird Science
, both in 1985. His performances as lovable geeks
in these three films connected his name and face with the stereotype for an entire generation. Hall diversified his roles to avoid becoming typecast
as his "geek" persona, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live
(1985-1986) and starring in films such as Out Of Bounds
(1986), Johnny Be Good
(1988), Edward Scissorhands
(1990) and Six Degrees of Separation
(1993). After a series of minor roles in the 1990s, his performance as Microsoft
's Bill Gates
in the Emmy
-nominated 1999 film Pirates of Silicon Valley
put him back in the spotlight. He is now starring in the popular USA Network
series The Dead Zone
, which has aired since 2002. (More...)
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New Year's Eve 1962, with (L-R) Skitch Henderson, Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon.
The bottom product is a set-top box, an electronic device which cable subscribers use to connect the cable signal to their television set.
The layout of the Jeopardy! game board since November 26, 2001, showing the dollar values used in the first round
American family watching TV, 1958.
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife, Deborah, appear on The View on Nov 24, 2010.
3D version of Univision's 2013 logo.
Satellite TV receiver dishes.
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