Posted July 18 2011 - 01:27 PM
NBC was the main proponent of color television, mainly to sell color television sets manufactured by the parent company, RCA. What happened in the 1965-66 season wasn't that NBC "went color" -- several shows had been in color for many years (most of them live or on tape, a few filmed). What happened that season was that ABC and CBS started broadcasting many shows in color. I used to think nothing had been in color on ABC and CBS prior to that season, but that's not true. I was looking through old TV Guides from 1955, and I was surprised to see some shows in color on CBS, for instance that week's episode of "My Favorite Husband" (which I think was live). As for shows being filmed in color before 1965, there were quite a few of them. Two syndicated shows come to mind: Seasons 3 through 6 of "The Adventures of Superman" were filmed in color and the first season of "Science Fiction Theatre." I think there were others, too. The Hanna-Barbera network cartoon series "The Flintstones," "Top Cat," "The Jetsons," etc.. were all made in color, and they even may have been shown in color on ABC originally. Walt Disney moved his show to NBC from ABC in 1961 specifically so it could be shown in color. The name was even changed to "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color." "Hazel" and "The Joey Bishop Show" were already mentioned. There were many dramatic shows (including Westerns) in color on NBC, for instance, "Bonanza," "The Virginian," "Laramie," "Chrysler Theatre," and many more. Even ABC had color earlier than 1965. The 1963-64 season for "Wagon Train," when it expanded to 90 minutes, was broadcast in color on ABC.