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The year 1985 involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1985.

For the American TV schedule, see: 1985-86 United States network television schedule.



  • January 1 – VH1 launches in the United States.
  • January 4 – Channel 4 in the UK achieves its highest ever audience as 13.8 million viewers tune in for the final part of the mini-series A Woman of Substance.
  • January 6 – The last 405-line transmitters are switched off in the UK.
  • February 8 – The Dukes of Hazzard is cancelled.
  • February 18 – BBC1 in the UK undergoes a major relaunch. At 5.35 p.m., the legendary mechanical "mirror globe" ident, in use in varying forms since 1969, is seen for the last time in regular rotation on national BBC1. Its replacement, the COW (Computer Originated World, a computer generated globe) debuts at 7pm. On the same day, computer-generated graphics replace magnetic weather maps on all BBC forecasts, and Terry Wogan's eponymous talk show is relaunched as a thrice-weekly live primetime programme. EastEnders launches the following day.
  • March 2 – The NBC sitcom Gimme a Break! broadcasts an episode live.
  • April 28 – In the UK, the World Snooker Championship Final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis draws BBC2's highest ever rating of 18.5 million viewers.
  • May 10 – The first episode of Saturday Night's Main Event airs on NBC, the first time that professional wrestling had aired on network television since the 1950s.
  • May 17 – The season finale of Dallas finds Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) on his deathbed after his crazed ex-sister in law Katherine Wentworth (Morgan Brittany) runs him down in her car.
  • July 31 – The War Game, made for the BBC's The Wednesday Play strand in 1965 but banned from broadcast at the time, is finally shown on television as part of BBC2's After the Bomb season.
  • August 19 – David Letterman of NBC's Late Night interrupts The Today Show with a megaphone while both shows are on the air. Letterman leaned out the window of his building and announced "My name is Larry Grossman [then president of NBC News] and I'm not wearing any pants!". The Today Show was taping an interview several stories below.
  • August – After a series of high-profile football hooliganism incidents injuring and killing many, televised football is banned from British television. The ban is lifted early the next year.
  • September 14 – In part one of a three-part season premiere on The Facts of Life, Edna's Edibles, the main focal point of the long-running series since 1983, was burned to the ground.
  • October 27- Mini-Series Anzacs starring Paul Hogan and Andrew Clarke debuts on Australian Network Nine.
  • October 29 – The Price Is Right ended the show with the memory of announcer Johnny Olson.
  • November 8 – The final episode of announcer Johnny Olson was aired on The Price Is Right, after his death.
  • November 17 – Kane & Abel, a miniseries based on the bestselling Jeffrey Archer novel debuts on CBS television.
  • November 18 – Elmo, a new character for Sesame Street, is introduced. In the same episode, the human cast of Sesame Street sees Aloysius Snuffleupagus for the first time since the character's 1971 introduction.
  • December 3 – Copacabana, an original musical starring Barry Manilow (based on his 1978 hit song of the same name), Annette O'Toole, and Estelle Getty, airs on CBS.
  • December 8 – Lindenstraße, the first German soap opera, first airs on ARD.

Also in 1985



Television shows






Ending this year

Changes of network affiliation

  • Diff'rent Strokes moves from NBC to ABC.




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