Photo Essays

World Television Day: LIFE Watches TV

Television gets a bad rap. As early as 1961, President Kennedy’s FCC chairman, Newton Minow, famously characterized most programming as a “vast wasteland.”...

Sarah Palin's Reality-TV Show

"Sarah Palin's Alaska", all about the Mama Grizzly in Chief, mixes nature, family and politics Photographs by Gilles Mingasson / TLC / Getty Images for Mark...

LIFE on the Set of Classic TV Westerns

The writer and essayist Gerald Early once asserted that “two thousand years from now, there will only be three things that Americans will be known for: the...

A Brief History of Sex on TV

Racy teen drama Skins is far from the first show to cause a stir about what's appropriate for television. TIME takes a look at the boob tube's long, delicate...