Photo Essays

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...

LIFE Goes to a College Joust, 1952

It lasted roughly one thousand years (give or take a few centuries). It generated mind-boggling advances in science, technology and medicine. It saw magnificent...

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.”...

Swimsuit Issue: The LIFE Edition

Every February, in the very depths of winter, Sports Illustrated unveils its storied swimsuit issue. And when that issue comes out, the media — print, online,...

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...

LIFE Rides With the Hells Angels, 1965

From Jesse James and Butch Cassidy to Scarface and Tony Soprano, outlaws have always held a singularly ambiguous place in America’s popular imagination: we fear...