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2002 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2002. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.



Date Event
1 KRON-TV/San Francisco ends its affiliation with NBC after 52 years and becomes an independent station after Young Broadcasting, which purchased the station for $823 million in November 1999 from the deYoung family (who also sold the San Francisco Chronicle to the Hearst Corporation), refuses to agree to demands made by NBC to manage KRON under the conventions of a network-owned station (which included rebranding from "KRON 4" to "NBC 4", and airing the entire network schedule in pattern with pre-emptions reduced to those necessitated due to extended breaking news coverage). San Jose-based WB affiliate KNTV (which served as the ABC affiliate for the South Bay from 1960 until 2000, when it agreed to disaffiliate at the request of the Bay Area's primary ABC station, O&O KGO-TV) assumes the NBC affiliation and soon afterward is sold to the network by the Granite Broadcasting Corporation, whose remaining Bay Area station, KBWB-TV (now independent station KOFY-TV), consequently became the market's sole WB affiliate.
5 Soul Train airs its 1000th episode. Faith Evans, Rayvon, and Mack 10 performed.
8 The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss premieres on PBS Kids after Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]
14 TeleFutura, Univision's second Spanish-language channel was launched.
17 The Price Is Right tapes its 30th Anniversary Special broadcast in Las Vegas, and it was broadcast by CBS January 31.
19 After being out of production for over a year, Nickelodeon revives All That with an entirely brand new cast. This particular incarnation would last for four seasons.
21 Cyberchase premieres on PBS Kids.
MTV broadcasts the television film Is It College Yet?, which also officially serves as the series finale for the animated series Daria.


Date Event
3 Super Commercials: A Mental Engineering Special is broadcast by PBS member stations reaching 85% of the U.S. after Super Bowl XXXVI; reportedly the best coverage yet achieved by a former public-access television program.
Pat Summerall calls his 26th and final Super Bowl overall for television and radio. This was also the eighth final Super Bowl telecast (and final NFL telecast of any kind) to be called by Summerall and John Madden. The duo called five for CBS and three for Fox. The New England Patriots win their first championship ever against the St. Louis Rams, leading a start of their dynasty.
6 The two Elmo's World episodes premiered on PBS during the 33rd season of Sesame Street which is Matthew Joplin as Mr. Noodle’s cousin Mr. Noodle made his first appearance.
8 The opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics are televised by NBC.
In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, WNBC in New York City revives the We're 4 New York campaign.
13 The UPN series Special Unit 2 airs its 19th and final episode. One of the guest stars in this episode was a then-19-year old Canadian actress by the name of Cobie Smulders, who would go on to star in the CBS series How I Met Your Mother with Josh Radnor and Jason Segel 3 years later. (ironically enough, both UPN and CBS were Viacom properties at that time).
14 CBS buys KCAL (channel 9) in Los Angeles, California from Young Broadcasting for $650 million, making it a sister station to KCBS channel 2.
The final Family Guy episode airs after Fox announces its cancellation (however, record DVD sales and high ratings in syndication convince Fox to bring it back in 2005).
18-22 Wheel of Fortune introduces $30,000-$50,000 (in increments of $5,000) on the Bonus Round as part of the Big Money theme week. These envelopes were made permanent in gameplay starting on the next season on September 2 until Season 31. From season 32 onwards, cash envelopes of $1,000 multiplied by the season number was introduced (in place next higher cash envelope was removed).


Date Event
1 Sesame Street broadcasts its 4,000th episode.
10 CBS broadcasts its first commercial-free 9/11 documentary TV movie, about the Sept 11 attacks. It is aired without edits to content or language.
25 The first WWF draft lottery is broadcast live on the show Raw, causing a split between the two brands Raw and SmackDown.


Date Event
1 The N, a digital cable and satellite channel intended for teenagers, is launched as a nighttime programming block on Noggin, the network premieres with a Canadian drama until it ended in 2005.
15 The 63rd and final episode of Once and Again is broadcast by ABC. This would mark Evan Rachel Wood's final appearance as a main cast member on a television series until Westworld premieres on HBO in 2016.
17 The ABC soap opera General Hospital broadcasts its milestone 10,000th episode.
19 Tribune Broadcasting buys WB affiliate WTTV (channel 4) in Bloomington, Indiana and its translator WTTK (channel 29) in Kokomo, Indiana from Sinclair for $125 million.
22 The Discovery Science Channel becomes the first Discovery Networks-owned cable network to drop the Discovery branding from its name, rebranding as the Science Channel.
24 G4 launches.
29 Donovan Patton replaces Steve Burns as the second host of Nick Jr.'s live-action animated children's television series Blue's Clues.


Date Event
1-14 Jeopardy! hosted a Million Dollar Masters Tournament held at Radio City Music Hall in commemoration of host Alex Trebek's 4,000th episode. Brad Rutter won the tournament aired May 14 and the $1,000,000 grand prize. The day after the finals, Jeopardy! celebrates the airing of Trebek's 4,000th episode in syndication.[8]
1 Nicktoons TV (renamed Nicktoons Network in 2003, then simply Nicktoons in 2009) launches in the United States.
All of the MTV themed channels begin broadcasting on digital cable services as well as the VH1 affiliated network, VH1 Country (now known as CMT Pure Country).
6 One Life to Live broadcasts a full week of episodes broadcast live from the ABC New York studios.
The first Monday Night Raw episode under the World Wrestling Entertainment name is broadcast after following a lawsuit by the World Wildlife Fund for the initials "WWF".
12 CNN Sports Illustrated (known as CNN/SI) ceases operations.
13 TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time is presented by ABC.
17 The 29th Daytime Emmy Awards are broadcast by CBS.
19 The X-Files' two-hour series finale is broadcast on Fox.
In CBS, Vecepia Towery was named the Sole Survivor in Survivor: Marquesas. That episode was also panned with criticism over the infamous tiebreaker dubbed "Purple Rock" leading to the elimination of frontrunner Paschal English. As of today, this is the last reunion special hosted by someone other than the host Jeff Probst, Rosie O'Donnell hosted the special.
22 The Rosie O'Donnell Show airs its last live episode.


Date Event
1 The very first HD cable channel, Discovery HD Theater (now known as Motor Trend), begins broadcasting.
The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Chocolate with Nuts", airs on Nickelodeon.
3 Sailor Moon returns to Cartoon Network after a one-year hiatus, airing at 3:30pm EST/PST. That same day Cartoon Network also premieres Hamtaro.
7 Kim Possible has its first three episodes broadcast by Disney Channel.
12 NBC broadcasts its last NBA game after 12 years with the league.
16 The Dead Zone premieres on USA Network, with the highest ratings of a cable series debut in history.
18 FX broadcasts a "lost episode" of Married...with Children entitled "I'll See You in Court". Produced during the show's third season (1988–89), the episode was pulled from Fox's schedule due conflicts between the show's producers and the network over its content.
27 Fox Television Stations acquire WPWR-TV from Newsweb Corporation.


Date Event
4 ABC broadcasts a three-hour primetime news special, entitled In Search of America: Celebration.
5 After seven years on the air Cartoon Network pulls the plug on the popular anime series Sailor Moon.
13 Fox News Channel overtakes CNN as the #1-rated news channel.
15 After negotiations concerning a new affiliation agreement with CBS fail, WJXT (channel 4) in Jacksonville, Florida becomes an independent station on this date, with former UPN affiliate WTEV-TV (channel 47) assuming the market's CBS affiliation. This also results in an affiliation change in nearby Gainesville (where WJXT had long been the market's default CBS affiliate), as WB/UPN affiliate WGFL joins CBS (giving the Gainesville market its first-ever CBS affiliate).[9]


Date Event
21 Fine Living Network debuted.


Date Event
1 Clear Channel reverts the KMOL-TV branding in San Antonio back to the WOAI-TV branding, since Clear Channel traded WFTC to Fox in return for two network-based affiliates originally by Chris Craft, KTVX, and KMOL.
2 Disney Channel stops broadcasting its afternoon and late night programming blocks "Zoog Disney" and "Vault Disney".
Liberty's Kids premieres on PBS Kids.
In Portland, Oregon, the Meredith Corporation's duopoly of UPN affiliate KPTV and Fox affiliate KPDX (which Fox had sold to Meredith on June 17 in exchange for WOFL in Orlando, Florida and its semi-satellite in Gainesville, WOGX) swap affiliations.
KPSP-LP in Palm Springs, California signs-on the air, giving the Coachella Valley its first-ever CBS affiliate.
Wheel of Fortune introduced a round, entitled Mystery Round, in which contestants are offered a $500 cash buyout per consonant to risk their current winnings for a bigger prize (a car or $10,000). The cash buyout was raised to $1,000 starting Season 22.
4 Kelly Clarkson wins the first season of Fox's reality series American Idol.
The Price Is Right celebrates its 30th anniversary.
6 The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Graveyard Shift", airs on Nickelodeon.
7 The Fox Network's Fox Kids block (which had been on the air since 1990) airs for the final time. It was replaced the following week (on September 14) by the 4Kids-programmed FoxBox.[10]
8 In Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, Fox O&O WFTC swaps affiliations with sister station and UPN affiliate KMSP-TV, due to Fox's desire to place their programming on a stronger station (in addition to being on VHF, KMSP-TV has higher ratings, a stronger signal, and a well-established news department).[11]
9 John Madden officially makes his debut as the new color commentator for Monday Night Football on ABC. Madden's first regular season broadcast was a game in New England between the Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Working alongside Al Michaels, Madden would later that season, be in the booth for ABC's broadcast of Super Bowl XXXVII from San Diego. Madden would become the first person to do televised color commentary for two consecutive Super Bowls on two different networks (having previously called Super Bowl XXXVI for Fox).
14 Major upheavals take place on Saturday mornings, as the four major networks change their programming on this day. Fox, having sold Fox Kids Worldwide to The Walt Disney Company the previous year, ends Fox Kids and sells its airtime to 4Kids Entertainment, who begin programming a new children's programming block as the Fox Box. Disney, meanwhile, having acquired the Fox Kids brand, ends Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC and renames Fox Kids to ABC Kids. CBS, whose then and now-corporate sibling Nickelodeon programs its lineup, rebrands its Nick Jr. on CBS block as Nick on CBS and refocuses it on children 2–11 years old, while NBC signs a contract with Discovery Networks to air a programming strand called Discovery Kids on NBC (a spinoff of digital cable channel Discovery Kids), which replaces the teen-oriented block TNBC.[10][12]
Cartoon Network shows Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie again; this is the last time Sailor Moon was featured in the United States, until 2009.
17 Release date of Kelly Clarkson's debut single, the double-A side CD "A Moment Like This"/"Before Your Love".
20 The SpongeBob SquarePants episodes "New Student Starfish" and "Clams" air on Nickelodeon.
22 Two NBC programs, Friends and The West Wing, respectively win Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series at the 54th Primetime Emmy Awards, which, by coincidence, airs on NBC.
25 Lisa Donahue is the winner of CBS's contest Big Brother 3 and wins the $500,000 prize; runner-up Danielle Reyes wins $50,000.
28 After being on the air for over ten years, NBC's Saturday morning block TNBC airs for the final time. TNBC would be replaced by Discovery Kids on NBC.
30 American Movie Classics is revamped to become a commercial general movie channel.
The All News Channel ceases broadcasting.


Date Event
1 Cartoon Network celebrates its 10th anniversary.
7 Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney unveil their new logo and graphics. Toon Disney also launches their new graphics, but still keeps their same logo.
14 Nickelodeon debuts its weekly programming variety block U-Pick Live.
The PBS children's animated series Arthur airs its 100th episode: "Elwood City Turns 100!"
17 Four television stations debut in Guam carrying programming from the Trinity Broadcasting Network: K28HS, K30HB, K32GB, and K36GJ. All four stations will become translators of NBC affiliate KUAM-TV in 2007.
25 CBS News weatherman Mark McEwen leaves after 15 years.
27 Game 7 of the World Series is broadcast on Fox. The Anaheim Angels win their first championship by defeating the San Francisco Giants.
30 Warren Zevon is featured on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour, performing several songs and talking about being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.
Longtime cast member Hunter Tylo's character, Dr. Taylor Hamilton Forrester, is killed in the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, which is seen worldwide.


Date Event
20 The 2002 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is broadcast on CBS. 10.5 million people tune in.[13][14][15]


Date Event
15 Animation for The Simpsons changes from cel animation to digital ink and paint.



Date Show Network
January 1 Mike's Super Short Show Disney Channel
January 2 The Crocodile Hunter Diaries Animal Planet
January 8 Last Call with Carson Daly NBC
Imagine That NBC
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss PBS Kids
January 13 The Jamie Kennedy Experiment The WB
The Chamber Fox
January 15 The Chair ABC
First Monday CBS
January 16 Combat Missions USA Network
Glory Days The WB
January 18 NOW PBS
January 19 The Nick Cannon Show Nickelodeon
Teamo Supremo ABC
DragonflyTV PBS Kids
January 21 Cyberchase
January 23 American Family PBS
February 4 Morning Call CNBC
Closing Bell
February 9 Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension Fox Kids
Power Rangers Wild Force
February 12 On the Record Fox News Channel
February 23 Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory Adult Swim
Outlaw Star
Pilot Candidate
Tenchi Muyo!
Yu Yu Hakusho
February 26 Watching Ellie NBC
February 28 Leap of Faith
March 3 Jeremiah Showtime
March 4 Late World with Zach VH1
March 5 The Osbournes MTV
The Random Years UPN
March 11 The American Embassy Fox
March 12 The Shield FX
March 14 My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star The WB
March 18 Baby Bob CBS
March 19 Yankeeography YES Network
Andy Richter Controls the Universe Fox
March 21 Under One Roof UPN
March 22 ChalkZone Nickelodeon
March 25 The Bachelor ABC
March 26 The Court
March 27 George Lopez
Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)
Greg the Bunny Fox
March 29 AFP: American Fighter Pilot CBS
April 1 $40 a Day Food Network
Degrassi: The Next Generation Noggin (during "The N" block)
Play with Me Sesame Noggin
April 7 Super Duper Sumos Nickelodeon
April 12 Vellie’s All Grown Up! Cartoon Network
April 15 Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck Game Show Network
April 22 Made MTV
May 1 Arena G4
Game On
May 3 Max & Ruby Nickelodeon
May 6 Taildaters MTV
May 11 Bryan Stafford: Becoming Reality HBO
May 24 WWE Afterburn Syndication
WWE Bottom Line
May 25 WWE Velocity TNN
Phantom Investigators Kids' WB
June 2 The Wire HBO
June 3 Crank Yankers Comedy Central
Friend or Foe? Game Show Network
Russian Roulette
June 7 Hamtaro Cartoon Network
Kim Possible Disney Channel
June 8 Mobile Suit Gundam Adult Swim
June 10 I Bet You Will MTV
June 11 American Idol Fox
June 12 World Music Link TV
June 16 The Dead Zone USA Network
June 17 Dog Eat Dog NBC
June 18 Houston Medical ABC
June 19 NWA Total Nonstop Action Pay Per View
June 21 Def Poetry HBO
Odyssey 5 Showtime
June 23 Street Time
Monster Garage Discovery Channel
Totally in Tune Disney Channel
June 24 Sorority Life MTV
July 6 While You Were Out TLC
July 7 The Most Extreme Animal Planet
July 11 Wide Angle PBS
July 12 Monk USA Network
July 17 30 Seconds To Fame Fox
Breaking News Bravo
July 19 Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? Cartoon Network
July 20 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius Nickelodeon
She Spies NBC
July 21 For the People Lifetime
July 22 Meet My Folks NBC
July 29 One-Hit Wonders VH1
August 1 The Rerun Show NBC
Contest Searchlight Comedy Central
Cavuto on Business Fox News Channel
August 6 A Haunting Discovery Channel
August 12 Studio B with Shepard Smith Fox News Channel
August 16 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Cartoon Network
August 17 ¡Mucha Lucha! Kids' WB
August 25 Nickelodeon Robot Wars Nickelodeon
August 31 InuYasha Adult Swim
September 2 The Caroline Rhea Show Syndication
Liberty's Kids PBS Kids
Make Way For Noddy
September 9 Digimon Frontier UPN
September 12 Family Affair The WB
September 14 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Kids' WB
Ozzy & Drix
Fillmore! ABC Kids
Fighting Foodons Fox Box
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
Stargate Infinity
Ultraman Tiga
Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy
As Told By Ginger Nickelodeon on CBS
Blue's Clues
Dora the Explorer
Hey Arnold!
The Wild Thornberrys
September 15 Just Cause PAX TV
September 16 Baby Looney Tunes Cartoon Network
Beyond with James Van Praagh Syndication
The Daily Buzz
Dr. Phil
The Rob Nelson Show
Everwood The WB
September 17 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter ABC
Life with Bonnie
Push, Nevada
Beg, Borrow & Deal ESPN
September 18 Cedric the Entertainer Presents Fox
The Twilight Zone UPN
September 19 Do Over The WB
September 20 Greetings from Tucson
What I Like About You
Firefly Fox
John Doe
September 22 The Chris Matthews Show Syndication
O2Be Oxygen
September 23 CSI: Miami CBS
Half & Half UPN
September 24 Haunted
Hidden Hills NBC
Presidio Med CBS
September 25 MDs ABC
September 26 Good Morning, Miami NBC
Without a Trace CBS
September 27 Hack
Robbery Homicide Division
That Was Then ABC
September 28 Biker Build-Off Discovery Channel
September 29 American Dreams NBC
September 30 Recipe TV Featuring the World's Greatest Chefs Syndication
Still Standing CBS
Taboo Nat Geo
October 1 Less Than Perfect ABC
October 5 TNA Xplosion Sunshine Network
Croc Files Discovery Kids on NBC
Operation Junkyard
Scout's Safari
Strange Days at Blake Holsey High
Prehistoric Planet
October 6 Bram & Alice CBS
October 9 Birds of Prey The WB
Unsolved History Discovery Channel
October 13 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye PAX TV
October 14 U-Pick Live Nickelodeon
October 21 Girls Club Fox
October 22 Scaredy Camp Nickelodeon
October 28 Page to Screen Bravo
October 30 3 South MTV
November 2 Clone High
November 4 Around the Horn ESPN
November 7 3-South MTV
November 16 Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket Adult Swim
November 25 Doggy Fizzle Televizzle MTV
November 28 Dinotopia ABC
November 30 Barefoot Contessa Food Network
December 1 Conquest The History Channel
December 6 Codename: Kids Next Door Cartoon Network
December 9 WinTuition Game Show Network
December 11 Extreme Makeover ABC
December 16 I Love the '80s VH1
December 25 NBA on ABC ABC

Shows changing networks[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
The News with Brian Williams MSNBC CNBC
Stargate SG-1 Showtime Sci-Fi Channel
The Wiggles ABC Family Playhouse Disney
Digimon: Digital Monsters Fox Kids UPN
Power Rangers Wild Force ABC Kids
Medabots ABC Family
NBA Inside Stuff TNBC ABC
The Wayne Brady Show Syndication
Lingo Game Show Network
The Twilight Zone UPN
Wild Kingdom NBC Animal Planet
The Weakest Link Syndication
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ABC
Making the Band MTV
Lloyd in Space Toon Disney
Mary Kate and Ashley in Action!
Teacher's Pet
Disney's House of Mouse
The Weekenders
Teamo Supremo
Mission Hill The WB Adult Swim
The Oblongs
Baby Blues

Returning this year[edit]

Show Last aired Previous network New/Same network Returning
Baby Blues 2000 The WB Adult Swim January 20
Mission Hill The WB Adult Swim July 14
The Oblongs 2001 The WB Adult Swim August 25
Barney & Friends 2000 PBS Kids Same September 2
The $100,000 Pyramid 1992 Syndication Pyramid September 16
Wild Kingdom 1988 NBC Animal Planet September 17

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 1 Tales from the Neverending Story 2001
January 5 Sk8
January 11 The Ellen Show
Card Sharks (returned in 2019) 1978
January 15 Max Steel 2000
January 18 The Outer Limits 1995
January 21 Daria 1997
January 26 That's Life 2000
January 27 Nikki
January 31 The Tick 2001
February 1 Market Watch 1998
February 5 Three Sisters 2001
February 10 Action League Now!
February 13 Special Unit 2
Dr. Katz Professional Therapist 1995
February 14 Family Guy (returned in 2005) 1999
Going to California 2001
February 17 The Steve Harvey Show 1996
Jackass 2000
February 23 Sheena
March 4 The Chair 2002
March 5 100 Centre Street 2001
March 10 Any Day Now 1998
Baby Blues 2000
March 12 Undeclared 2001
March 15 To Tell the Truth (returned in 2016) 1956
March 16 The Nightmare Room 2001
March 19 The Random Years 2002
March 21 My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star
March 22 Louise and the housekeepers 1999
March 23 UC: Undercover 2001
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
March 25 Glory Days 2002
March 31 Phred on Your Head Show 1999
The URL With Phred Show 2001
April 7 Sheep in the Big City 2000
April 9 The Court 2002
April 11 Eco-Challenge (returned in 2019) 1995
April 15 Once and Again 1999
April 17 Combat Missions 2002
April 21 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd 1999
April 24 The Job 2001
April 25 Leap of Faith 2002
April 26 Lexx 1997
April 28 Caitlin's Way 2000
April 30 Dharma & Greg 1997
Spin City 1996
May 1 Wolf Lake 2001
May 2 Late World with Zach 2002
May 3 Dark Angel 2000
First Monday 2002
Maybe It's Me 2001
May 4 So Little Time
May 10 Raising Dad
Teacher's Pet 2000
May 11 Taina 2001
May 12 Ponderosa
May 13 Beastmaster 1999
The Lost World
May 14 Roswell
Mysterious Ways 2000
May 17 Talk Soup (returned in 2004 as The Soup) 1991
May 18 V.I.P. 1998
The Andy Dick Show 2001
May 19 The X-Files (returned in 2016) 1993
WWF Jakked/Metal 1999
May 20 Ally McBeal 1997
Earth: Final Conflict
Relic Hunter 1999
The Hughleys 1998
May 22 Felicity
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996
Sally 1983
May 24 Friday Night Videos
Shop 'til You Drop (returned in 2003) 1991
May 25 Maximum Exposure 2000
May 27 Family Law 1999
May 28 Philly 2001
June 2 The Education of Max Bickford
June 6 Celebrity Deathmatch (returned in 2006) 1998
June 12 NBA on NBC 1990
June 15 The Tex Avery Show 1996
June 21 Smush 2001
June 22 Alienators: Evolution Continues
June 25 Unscripted with Chris Connelly
June 29 Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action!
Phantom Investigators 2002
July 5 Politically Incorrect 1993
July 9 Duck University 1999
July 13 Spy Groove 2000
July 17 Breaking News 2002
July 27 The New Woody Woodpecker Show 1999
August 8 Pop-Up Video (returned in 2011) 1996
August 10 The Zeta Project 2001
Mon Colle Knights
August 11 For Your Love 1998
Greg the Bunny 2002
Mission Hill 1999
August 12 Titus 2000
August 18 A Nero Wolfe Mystery 2001
Totally in Tune 2002
August 20 The Rerun Show
August 24 Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension
August 26 Witchblade 2001
August 30 I Bet You Will 2002
Dennis Miller Live 1994
August 31 Teen Summit 1989
September 1 Contest Searchlight 2002
The Ink and Paint Club 1997
September 5 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
Undressed 1999
September 7 Just Deal 2000
September 8 Arliss 1996
September 18 Resurrection Blvd. 2000
September 20 Unsolved Mysteries 1987
September 21 The Amanda Show 1999
October 1 Son of the Beach 2000
October 4 That Was Then 2002
October 5 Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (returned in 2004) 2001
October 6 Nickelodeon Robot Wars 2002
October 7 Wild & Crazy Kids 1990
Beat the Geeks 2001
October 14 The Oblongs
October 15 Odyssey 5 2002
October 18 Grim & Evil 2001
October 24 Push, Nevada 2002
October 27 Bram & Alice
October 28 Girls Club
October 31 Off Centre 2001
November 2 Medabots
November 4 Diesel and the keepers 2000
November 5 Haunted 2002
November 15 Pelswick 2000
November 16 Power Rangers Wild Force 2002
November 22 In Search of... (returned in 2018) 1977
Courage the Cowardly Dog 1999
December 4 State of Grace 2001
December 10 Invader Zim (returned in 2006)
December 11 MDs 2002
December 15 Do Over 2002
December 18 The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries 1995
Rescue Heroes 1999
December 20 Providence
Firefly 2002
I Love the '80s
December 21 BattleBots (returned in 2015) 2000

Entering syndication this year[edit]

Show Seasons In Production Source
Charmed 4 Yes [citation needed]
Dawson's Creek 5 Yes [16]
Dharma & Greg 5 Yes [17]
The Larry Sanders Show 6 No [18]
Providence 3 Yes [citation needed]
Stargate SG-1 5 Yes [19]
The Hughleys 4 Yes [20]
That 70's Show 4 Yes [21]
Will & Grace 4 Yes [22]

Television films[edit]

Title Network Date of airing
Cadet Kelly Disney Channel March 8
9/11 CBS March 10
A Season on the Brink ESPN
Get a Clue Disney Channel June 28
Gotta Kick It Up! July 26
Hope Ranch Animal Planet September 2
Home Alone 4 ABC November 25
Live from Baghdad HBO December 7
The Man Who Saved Christmas CBS December 15


Title Channel Premiere
Dinotopia ABC May 12
Taken Sci-Fi December 2

Television stations[edit]

Station launches[edit]

Date City of License/Market Station Channel Affiliation Notes/Ref.
January 18 Pago Pago, American Samoa K11UU 11 Baha’I religious independent (primary)
Australia Network (secondary)
March Juneau, Alaska K24FM 24 Pax TV
April Goldfield/Reno, Nevada KTVY-TV 7 ImaginAsian
Sheridan, Wyoming KJCW 7 CBS Satellite of KTVQ
June 9 Richmond, Virginia W39CD 39 TBN
June 13 Lewiston, Idaho K61HN 61 America One
Redding, California K50LD 50 Daystar
September Columbus/Tupelo, Mississippi WCBI-DT2 4.2 UPN
September 2 Palm Springs, California KPSP-LP 38 CBS
October 6 Tazewell/Knoxville, Tennessee WVLR 48 CTN
October 17 Hagåtña, Guam (Agana) K28HS 28 TBN
K30HB 30
K32GB 32
K36GJ 36
November 27 Chisholm, Minnesota KRII 11 NBC Semi-satellite of KBJR/Duluth
December 1 Waterloo/Cedar Rapids, Iowa KWWF 22 LeSEA/World Harvest Television
Unknown date Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands W52DG 52 Religious independent
Farmington, New Mexico KOFT 8 ABC Satellite of KOAT-TV/Albuquerque, New Mexico
Huntsville, Alabama WZDX-DT2 54.2 The WB
Missoula, Montana KMMF 17 Fox
Pago Pago, American Samoa K30HO 30 TBN
Parkersburg, West Virginia
(Marietta, Ohio)
W64CS 64 unknown
W22CU 22
Pascagoula/Biloxi, Mississippi W07DG 7 America One
Syracuse, New York WNYI 52 Univision
Woodward, Oklahoma KUOK 36 Pax TV

Network affiliation changes[edit]

Date City of License/Market Station Channel Old affiliation New affiliation Notes/Ref.
March Berrien Springs, Michigan
(South Bend/Elkhart, Indiana)
WRDY-LP 25 Independent ABC (via WBND-LP)
July 15 Gainesville, Florida WGFL 23 The WB (primary)
UPN (secondary)
CBS (primary)
UPN (secondary)
Jacksonville, Florida WJXT 4 CBS Independent
September 2 Portland, Oregon KPTV 12 UPN Fox
September 8 Minneapolis–Saint Paul KMSP 9 UPN Fox
October Berrien Springs, Michigan
(South Bend/Elkhart, Indiana)
November 1 Sheridan, Wyoming KJCW 7 CBS NBC
Unknown date Bellingham, Washington
(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
KVOS-TV 12 Independent (primary)
CityTV (secondary)
Independent (full-time)
Calipatria/El Centro, California
Yuma, Arizona, United States/Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico)
KAJB 54 Independent Telefutura
Lima, Ohio WLMO-LP 38 Fox (as W65DP) CBS
Madison, Wisconsin WISC-DT2 3.2
WBUW 57 UPN (as WHPN) The WB


Date Name Notability
February 2 Soni Nicole Bringas Actress (Fuller House)
February 4 Graham Verchere Actor (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, The Good Doctor)
February 5 Davis Cleveland Actor (Shake It Up)
February 6 Shelby Simmons Actress (Bunk'd)
February 11 Chase Vacnin Actor (Drama Club)
February 24 Louis Tomeo Actor (Every Witch Way)
March 4 Jacob Hopkins Voice actor (Gumball on The Amazing World of Gumball (2014–17))
March 29 Mohana Krishnan Actress (I Am Frankie)
April 8 Skai Jackson Actress (Bubble Guppies, Jessie, Dora the Explorer, Bunk'd)
April 26 Kristen Li Voice actress (Bubbles on The Powerpuff Girls)
May 6 Emily Alyn Lind Actress (Revenge, Gossip Girl)
May 8 Ethan Wacker Actor (Miles from Tomorrowland, Bizaardvark)
May 9 Cree Cicchino Actress (Game Shakers)
May 16 Sadie Sink Actress (Stranger Things)
May 19 Kayden Muller-Janssen Actress (The Villains of Valley View)
May 29 Aidan Miner Actor (School of Rock)
June 2 Madison Hu Actress (Bizaardvark)
June 4 Eva Bella Actress (Shimmer and Shine)
June 16 Isaak Presley Actor (Stuck in the Middle)
Matthew Zhang Actor (Henry Danger, Harvey Beaks)
June 17 Jake Goodman Canadian actor (Life with Boys, Max & Shred)
June 25 Mason Vale Cotton Actor (Desperate Housewives, Mad Men)
July 23 Benjamin Flores Jr. Actor (The Haunted Hathaways, Game Shakers)
July 26 Michael Campion Actor (Fuller House)
Theodore Barnes Actor (Legendary Dudas, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn)
July 31 Lela Brown Actress (Just Roll with It) and Rapper
August 18 Murray Wyatt Rundus Actor (Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything)
August 19 Brighton Sharbino Actress (The Walking Dead)
August 21 Isabella Pappas Actress (The Villains of Valley View)
August 30 Grant Palmer Voice actor (Lincoln Loud on The Loud House (Episodes 1–22))
September 3 Iman Vellani Actress (Ms. Marvel)
September 6 Asher Angel Actor (Andi Mack)
Pearce Joza Actor (Legendary Dudas, Mech-X4)
September 8 Gaten Matarazzo Actor (Stranger Things)
September 12 DeVion Harris Actor (Legendary Dudas)
September 19 Isaac Kragten Actor (Odd Squad)
September 21 Ethan Estrada Actor (Talia in the Kitchen)
September 22 Cody Veith Actor (Walk the Prank)
September 27 Jenna Ortega Actress (Jane the Virgin, Stuck in the Middle, Elena of Avalor)
Jillian Shea Spaeder Actress (Walk the Prank)
September 30 Maddie Ziegler Actress (Dance Moms)
October 3 Felix Avitia Actor (Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Raven's Home)
October 6 Rio Mangini Actor (Bella and the Bulldogs, Everything Sucks!)
October 12 Iris Apatow Actress (Love)
October 14 Thomas Kuc Actor (Game Shakers)
October 25 Johnny Sequoyah Actress
November 15 Van Crosby Actor (Splitting Up Together)
November 20 Madisyn Shipman Actress (Saturday Night Live, Game Shakers)
November 26 Baylee Littrell Actor
November 30 Emily Skinner Actress (Andi Mack)
December 6 Cade Sutton Actor (Kirby Buckets)
December 20 Isabella Ferreira Actress (Love, Victor)
December 23 Finn Wolfhard Actor (Stranger Things, Carmen Sandiego)


Date Name Age Notability
January 13 Ted Demme 38 Director
February 6 Guy Stockwell 68 Actor, brother of Dean Stockwell
February 13 Waylon Jennings 64 Singer (balladeer/narrator on The Dukes of Hazzard)
February 22 Chuck Jones 89 Animator (Looney Tunes), director (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)
February 24 Mel Stewart 72 Character actor (Henry Jefferson on All in the Family and Billy Melrose on Scarecrow and Mrs. King)
February 28 Mary Stuart 75 Soap opera actress (Jo for the entire 35-year run of Search for Tomorrow)
March 15 Sylvester Weaver 93 President of NBC, credited with creating (The Today Show and The Tonight Show)
March 17 Rosetta LeNoire 90 Actress (Mother Winslow on Family Matters)
March 27 Milton Berle 93 Comedian, actor (Texaco Star Theater)
April 2 Jack Kruschen 80 Character actor (Papa Papadopolous on Webster)
April 16 Robert Urich 55 Actor (Spenser on Spenser: For Hire and Dan Tanna on Vega$)
April 25 Lisa Lopes 30 Rapper of TLC
May 24 Susie Garrett 72 Actress (Betty Johnson on Punky Brewster), sister of Marla Gibbs
June 3 Sam Whipple 41 Actor (Open All Night, Seven Days)
June 5 Dee Dee Ramone 50 Singer-songwriter (Ramones)
June 13 John Hope 83 Meteorologist of The Weather Channel
July 8 Ward Kimball 88 Animator
August 5 Josh Ryan Evans 20 Actor (Timmy Lenox on Passions)
September 7 Erma Franklin 64 Singer
September 14 LaWanda Page 81 Comedian, actress (Aunt Esther on Sanford and Son)
September 28 Whitney Blake 76 Actress (Dorothy Baxter on Hazel), co-creator of One Day at a Time and mother of Meredith Baxter
October 10 Teresa Graves 54 Actress (Get Christie Love!)
October 13 Keene Curtis 79 Actor (John Allen Hill on Cheers)
October 20 Barbara Berjer 82 Actress (Claire Cassen Shea on As the World Turns, Barbara Norris Thorpe on Guiding Light, Bridget Connell on Another World)
November 3 Jonathan Harris 87 Actor (Bradford Webster on The Third Man, Doctor Zachary Smith on Lost in Space, Commander Isaac Gampu on Space Academy)
November 9 Merlin Santana 26 Actor (Romeo Santana on The Steve Harvey Show)
December 3 Glenn Quinn 32 Actor (Mark on Roseanne)
December 5 Roone Arledge 71 Sports producer, credited with creating (Monday Night Football)

See also[edit]

  • 2002 in the United States
  • List of American films of 2002


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