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The year 1954 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1954.
- January 1 – NBC broadcasts the Rose Parade from Pasadena, California in NTSC color. The broadcast uses a new mobile color TV studio(truck) and the program is carried across the continent on 21 stations. RCA strategically places Color TV sets in public viewing areas such as hotel lobbies because the first sets only become available to the public in the spring.
- January 3 – RAI launched in Italy.
- January 10 – CBMT opens in Montreal, making that city the first in Canada to have 2 stations operating. The new station uses the English language, leaving CBFT to continue entirely in French.
- January 11 – The first weather forecast with an in-vision presenter is televised in the UK.
- March 28 – WKAQ-TV became the first television station in Puerto Rico.
- April – The American Broadcasting Company broadcasts the Army-McCarthy hearings live and in their entirety.
- May 1 – WAPA-TV became the second television station in Puerto Rico.
- May 17 – May 23 – One week (the so-called "Sandrewsveckan" or "Sandrews week") of experimental television broadcasts are aired in Sweden, the first such programs in the country.
- June 5 – The last new episode of the comic variety program, Your Show of Shows, airs.
- June 13 – First television broadcast begins in Colombia.
- July 5 – First actual news bulletin, News and Newsreel, aired on BBC Television, replacing Television Newsreel.
- September 11 – The Miss America Beauty Contest airs for the first time on national television in the United States. 27 million viewers watched as Lee Ann Meriwether won the title. Meriwether would later become a television actress, co-starring in Barnaby Jones (1973–1980).
- October 2 – The Jimmy Durante Show premieres on NBC (1954–1956).
- October 29 – Sveriges Radio begins broadcasting TV in Sweden and apart from news and a weather forecast, the first Swedish TV programme is "En skål för televisionen" ("A Toast to Television") led by Lennart Hyland. For the first few months (until spring 1955), Swedish TV is broadcast one evening a week and for about an hour each time.
- November 3 – Disney's Alice in Wonderland airs on ABC.
- November 19 – TMC Monte Carlo launched in Monaco is the first Microstate Television
- December 12 – BBC Television broadcasts its famous, and controversial, adaptation of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
- The Television Act 1954 authorises setting up the infrastructure for British commercial television.
- The British Academy Television Awards, the most prestigious awards of the British television industry, are first awarded.
- The RCA CT-100 and Westinghouse 15" color sets hit the market. Neither are big sellers.
Series on the air in 1954
- January 1 – Annie Oakley (1954–1957)
- January 4 – The Brighter Day (1954–1962)
- January 23 – Stories of the Century (1954–1955)
- February 1 - The Secret Storm (1954–1974)
- March 11 – The Public Defender on CBS (1954–1955)
- April 2 – The Grove Family, on BBC Television (1954–1957); generally considered the first British TV soap opera
- April 8 – Justice on NBC (1954–1956)
- April 18 – The Martha Wright Show on ABC
- April 26 – The Tony Martin Show on NBC
- August 5 – So You Want to Lead a Band on ABC (1954–1955)
- August 28 – The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan on NBC (1954–1955)
- September 7
- September 12 – Lassie on CBS (1954–1973)
- September 18 – Willy starring June Havoc on CBS (1954–1955)
- September 27 – The Tonight Show on the NBC (1954–present)
- October 2
- October 7 – The Mail Story, subtitled Handle with Care, on ABC (1954)
- October 14 – Flash Gordon (1954–1955), starring Steve Holland
- October 15 – The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin on ABC (1954–1959)
- October 21 – The CBS anthology series, Climax! (1954–1958) airs an adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel, Casino Royale, starring Barry Nelson as an Americanized version of spy James Bond; the first dramatic adaptation of a Bond novel
- October 27 – The Walt Disney anthology series debuts as Disneyland (1954–present; as Disneyland 1954–1958)
- November 13 – Fabian of the Yard, the first British TV police procedural, debuts on BBC (1954–1956)
- December 21 – Zoo Quest on BBC Television (1954–1964)
- Face the Nation on CBS (1954–present)
- The Jo Stafford Show, a 15-minute primetime variety series, on CBS (1954–1955)
- The National premieres as The National News on CBC (1954–present)
- That's My Boy on CBS
Ending this year