What are some of the most memorable TV moments? Take the quiz!


TV has evolved and expanded over the years and created countless memorable moments. Most of us rely on our TV to deliver our news or use it as a medium to briefly escape reality and sometimes even waste time.

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Question 1 of 20

The first televised presidential debate was between which two candidates?

Eisenhower and Stevenson
Nixon and Kennedy
Truman and Dewey
Johnson and Goldwater

... Vice President Richard Nixon and Sen. John F. Kennedy held the first televised presidential debate in September 1960.


Question 2 of 20

How did the first televised debate change campaigning for office?

It showed that image matters.
It encouraged more people to buy TVs.
It resulted in more TV ads for candidates.
It increased sales of makeup.

... Television audiences felt Kennedy was the winner because he looked tan and fit, while Nixon appeared pale and gaunt.


Question 3 of 20

The Beatles appeared on which U.S. variety show in 1964?

The Steve Allen Show
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
The Ed Sullivan Show

... More than 73 million people tuned in to "The Ed Sullivan Show" to see the Beatles, establishing its place in history as one of the highest-rated non-sports shows of all time.


Question 4 of 20

When the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, what song didn't they sing?

All My Loving
She Loves You
I Want to Hold Your Hand

... The Beatles sang the following songs on the Ed Sullivan Show: "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand."


Question 5 of 20

Which Apollo mission televised man's landing on the moon?

Apollo 9
Apollo 11
Apollo 10
Apollo 13

... On July 20, 1969, hundreds of millions of people around the globe sat glued to their television sets in anticipation of the Apollo 11 moon landing.


Question 6 of 20

Who said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" ?

Buzz Aldrin
Neil Armstrong
Wally Schirra
John Glenn

... After planting a flag on the surface of the moon, Neil Armstrong said what are believed to be the first words ever uttered outdoors on the moon.


Question 7 of 20

What was the Thrilla in Manila?

a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier
a Michael Jackson tour stop
an Imelda Marcos shoe sale
a durian-flavored ice cream from Ben & Jerry's

... The 1975 Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier boxing match, fought in the Philippines, was known as the Thrilla in Manila.


Question 8 of 20

What network aired the fight between Ali and Frazier live?


... Home Box Office (HBO) purchased the rights to the fight and on October 1, 1975, its subscribers saw "The Thrilla in Manila" live, via satellite.


Question 9 of 20

What type of program was "Roots?"

a gardening program
a miniseries about a slave family
a documentary on genealogy
a how-to on coloring your hair

... "Roots" was a 12-hour mini-series that followed the lives of a family of slaves over several generations.


Question 10 of 20

Why was "Roots" groundbreaking?

It was a night-time soap opera.
It depicted whites as the bad guys and blacks as the heroes.
It was aired in 3-D.
It was television's first miniseries.

... The story depicted blacks as the heroes and whites as the villains, a move that eventually changed the industry's thinking about black-oriented programming.


Question 11 of 20

J.R. was a character on which show?

Falcon Crest
Blue Collar TV

... J.R. is J.R. Ewing, the slick and slimy Texas oil baron character from the television show "Dallas."


Question 12 of 20

Who shot J.R.?

Kristen, his sister-in-law
Sue Ellen, his bitter and alcoholic wife
Bobby, his uptight, resentful brother
Jack Ruby, a nightclub operator

... Although many people had motive and opportunity, J.R. was shot by his sister-in-law, Kristen, whom he'd been sleeping with.


Question 13 of 20

What did the term M*A*S*H mean?

what the U.S. Army would do to the enemy
the food served in the mess tent
code name of elite forces
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

... The hit television show M*A*S*H took its name from the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.


Question 14 of 20

What war was being fought in the show M*A*S*H?

Vietnam War
Korean War
World War II
War in Iraq

... MASH was an anti-war comedy about the Korean War, shown during a time when Americans were protesting involvement in the Vietnam War.


Question 15 of 20

Which of the following is O.J. Simpson known for?

winning football's Heisman Trophy
running through the airport in Hertz commercials
running from police after being accused of murder
all of the above

... In June 1994, police suspected the much-admired football player turned actor and commercial pitchman of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend.


Question 16 of 20

Who was NOT a character in the O.J. Simpson murder trial?

Al Michaels, the sports commentator
Kato Kaelin, the houseguest
Marcia Clark, the prosecutor
Al Cowlings, the former teammate and driver of the white Bronco

... Sportscaster Al Michaels was OJ Simpson's golf partner, and had no connection to the case.


Question 17 of 20

How many planes were hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11?


... Four planes were hijacked. Two crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York, one hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa.


Question 18 of 20

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, what product quickly sold out in stores across America?

bottled water
American flags
peanut butter

... The resurgence of interest in the American flag boomed after Sept. 11, 2001. Throughout the country, flag makers and sellers met demands in the millions.


Question 19 of 20

What states did Hurricane Katrina hit the hardest?

Florida and Mississippi
Louisiana and Mississippi
Texas and Louisiana
Mississippi and Texas

... Hurricane Katrina formed in the Atlantic and struck the Gulf Coast, hitting Louisiana and Mississippi the hardest.


Question 20 of 20

After Hurricane Katrina passed, why did New Orleans suffer so badly?

The levees protecting the city gave way.
The city took a direct hit from the storm.
Residents did not have sufficient warning.
An earthquake followed the hurricane.

... In New Orleans, the levees gave way, flooding the storm-battered city.


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