T is for Television

This website is based on an exhibition that was on view at the National Museum of American History from November 21, 2017 to September 4, 2018.

Children’s television should be both educational and entertaining.

Since Americans first brought televisions into their homes, performers and producers have created beloved characters that teach children about getting along with others and understanding the world. Adults increasingly voiced concerns about what children learn spending hours in front of TV screens and by the 1960s began to push for greater emphasis on education. Some of the most successful series, from the early days of television to today, have deftly combined lessons and laughter.