Photo Essays

See Pictures of a Young Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin prides himself on his humble, rough and tumble upbringing. Putin, who won this year’s TIME 100 reader’s poll and is included in...

19 Real-Life Ads from the Mad Men Era

On Sunday, Mad Men returns for its final lap around the boardroom table, with just seven episodes to go before Don, Peggy and the Sterling Cooper family ascend...

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...

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.”...

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...