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1 1990 in television – David Lynch's Twin Peaks airs along with the debut of Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000), and Law & Order (1990–present). Meanwhile in the UK British Satellite Broadcasting launches and is merged with Sky Television plc, becoming British Sky Broadcasting. 275
2 1998 in television – The Seinfeld finale reaches 76.3 million Americans. Long-running series debuts include Sex and the City, Will & Grace, Charmed, That '70s Show and, in the UK, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is a massive hit. 236
3 1996 in television – Zenith introduces the first HDTV-compatible front projection TV in the US, The 'last ever' episode of Only Fools and Horses is watched by 24.35 million Britons. 200
4 1997 in television – Ellen DeGeneres and her sitcom character, both come out of the closet; parental advisories debuted on the show. Adult-targeted animated series become accepted, with the debuts of King of the Hill and South Park. Stargate SG-1, the longest-running sci-fi show in US history, premieres. Channel 5 launches in the UK. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, though only a moderate ratings hit but later to become a pop culture phenomenon, debuts on The WB. Ally McBeal debuts on FOX, sparking questions about feminism in the 1990s. For kids Pokémon becomes the latest fad tv show. 199
5 1999 in television – The Sopranos (HBO), Spongebob Squarepants (Nickelodeon) Family Guy and Futurama (Fox), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The West Wing (NBC) premiere. Gay Byrne retires from RTÉ's The Late Late Show. The Walking with Dinosaurs documentary airs on BBC One. In the Netherlands, the original Big Brother premieres on Veronica. Bhutan becomes the final country in the world to start television transmissions. 197
6 1994 in television – Friends and ER premiere on NBC. NFL on Fox debuts, The National Lottery Live premieres on BBC One in the UK and gets 20.17 million viewers. 186
7 1993 in television – Homicide: Life on the Street and The X-Files debuts on NBC and the Fox Network respectively. Carlton Television takes over the London Weekday ITV franchise from Thames Television. The Cheers finale reaches 80.4 million US viewers. Beavis and Butt-head begins airing on MTV. David Letterman moves from NBC to CBS; Conan O'Brien debuts on NBC, and takes his place. The Power Rangers, a long running children's program, debuts on Fox. 176
8 1995 in television – The O.J. Simpson trial disturbs daytime television for nine months. The WB and UPN networks are launched. Britain's Come Dancing ends after 46 years. MADtv debuts on the Fox Network 168
9 1992 in television – After 30 years on the air, Johnny Carson retires from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and is replaced by Jay Leno. Absolutely Fabulous premieres on BBC One. Melrose Place debuts, becoming one of the biggest water cooler shows of the 1990s. Mad About You begins its seven year run on NBC. 163
10 1991 in television – First television sets with built-in closed-caption display are introduced in the US. Cigar and pipe tobacco adverts are banned from UK television. The last episode of Dallas airs on CBS. Home Improvement and Step by Step premiere on ABC. 160


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