Television Hall of Fame

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Television Academy Hall of Fame
FormationMarch 4, 1984;38 years ago (1984-03-04)
FounderJohn H. Mitchell
Founded at California, U.S.
TypeEntertainment hall of fame
Legal statusactive
PurposeTo honor individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to television in the United States

The Television Academy Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. television. The hall of fame was founded by former Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) president John H. Mitchell (1921–1988). [1] Inductions are not held every year.



The awards were inaugurated in 1984, [2] in the words of the selection committee, the Hall of Fame is for "persons who have made outstanding contributions in the arts, sciences or management of television, based upon either cumulative contributions and achievements or a singular contribution or achievement." Mitchell remained the chair of the Hall of Fame until his death in January 1988. He was succeeded by Edgar Scherick, who in turn passed the reins to Norman Lear.

The first ceremony in 1984 celebrated the careers of Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Norman Lear, Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley and David Sarnoff. The honorees received glass statuettes in the form of two ballet dancers that were created by sculptor and painter Pascal to reflect the self-discipline required in all facets of the arts. Since 1988, inductees have brought home an award in the form of a crystal television screen atop a cast-bronze base. The new awards were designed by art director Romain Johnston.

Inductions are not held every year. Five or more inductees are usually announced at a time. All inductees have been individuals or pairs, with the exceptions of the series I Love Lucy in 1990 and the entire original Saturday Night Live cast in 2017.

In 2016, the four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC) were honored with special "Hall of Fame Cornerstone" Awards. [3]

Bill Cosby was inducted in 1991, but following his 2018 conviction of rape, he has since been removed. [4]

Hall of Fame inductees

1st induction (1984)
2nd induction (1985)
3rd induction (1986) [5]
4th induction (1987)
5th induction (1988)
6th induction (1989)
7th induction (1990)
8th induction (1991)
9th induction (1992) [6]
10th induction (1993)
11th induction (1995)
12th induction (1996)
13th induction (1997)
14th induction (1999)
15th induction (2002)
16th induction (2004)
17th induction (2006)
18th induction (2008)
19th induction (2010)
20th induction (2011)
21st induction (2012)
22nd induction (2013)
23rd induction (2014) [8]
Cornerstone Award (2016) [3]
24th induction (2017) [9]
25th induction (2020) [10] [11]
26th induction (2022)

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