27 Popular Network Shows That Premiered In The Summer

Typically, making a debut from May to August means that the network doesn’t have much faith in your success. These programs defied the odds and stuck around long after their first summer.

1. The Ed Sullivan Show (premiered June 20, 1948)

WTF is that?

2. I Love Lucy (June 15, 1951)

3. Guiding Light (June 30, 1952)

4. The Lawrence Welk Show (July 2, 1955)

5. The Dick Van Dyke Show (July 19, 1960)

6. The Newlywed Game (July 11, 1966)

7. Hee Haw (June 15, 1969)

8. The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (August 1, 1971)

9. The Gong Show (June 14, 1976)

10. Family Feud (July 12, 1976)

11. What’s Happening!! (August 5, 1976)

No question mark in the show’s title. Too excited to use proper grammar!

12. Alice (August 31, 1976)

13. 20/20 (June 2, 1978)

14. Seinfeld (July 5, 1989)

15. Saved By The Bell (August 20, 1989)

16. Northern Exposure (July 12, 1990)

17. Melrose Place (July 8, 1992)

18. Late Show with David Letterman (August 30, 1993)

19. My So-Called Life (August 25, 1994)

20. That ’70s Show (August 23, 1998)

21. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (August 16, 1999)

22. Survivor (May 31, 2000)

23. The Office (UK) (July 9, 2001)

24. American Idol (June 11, 2002)

25. The O.C. (August 3, 2003)

26. Dancing With The Stars (June 1, 2005)

27. The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (June 1, 2009)

Maybe not the best example…

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