The History of Prime Time Television is a new infographic poster from HistoryShots co-founder and designer Larry Gormley. Covering 70+ years of television history, the timeline plots out the most important/popular/trendsetting shows grouped by genre.
This graphic charts the history of prime time television from the origins of the industry in 1940s to the present day. More than 550 of the most important, popular, and trendsetting television shows are mapped into more than 20 genres. Shows selected have won critical acclaim according to recognized television critics or have wide audience appeal based on Nielsen ratings and awards won. The number of years each show has been aired is mapped allowing you to quickly see how long each show lasted.
This graphic was created by Larry Gormley. Reebee Garofalo’s Genealogy of Pop/Rock Music was a key inspiration for the design.
Compared to prior designs, it looks like this new project presented the additional challenge of visualizing multi-year television series, which were addressed with extended dotted lines showing the date range for each television show.
The design is available for purchase as a 41”x20” poster for $39.00 from the HistoryShots site.