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Television or TV was a colloquial term for a form of entertainment medium consisting of live action two-dimensional visual images with sound, to be watched by the viewer via a display module which translated broadcast signals into viewable images known as video. Most information was broadcast by way of a format known as "shows" or "broadcasts". Television shows were typically supported or subsidized by commercials (TOS: "Bread and Circuses") and broadcast in the form of episodes.
On Earth, the first television signals were transmitted during the first half of the 20th century, and it became a popular form of entertainment during the 1950s, especially for its news broadcasts. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")
When a Vulcan survey vessel was stranded on Earth in 1957 and 1958, Mestral became enthralled in the technology, and a form of cuisine that was associated with television, known as TV dinners. Conversely, his crewmate T'Mir considered television to be an "idiotic device." (ENT: "Carbon Creek")
When the USS Voyager traveled back in time to 1996, Neelix and Kes enjoyed watching Earth television shows, particularly soap operas. When Harry Kim expressed that he couldn't imagine a non-interactive (holodeck) story, Kes responded by saying that humanity had been spoiled by interactive stories. Voyager itself was also accidentally broadcast on a Los Angeles-based news report after entering a low-orbit to make use of their emergency transporters. (VOY: "Future's End")
During the 2020s, the multi-function Interface slowly began to replace the television, as it combined broadcast television, e-mail and access to the Net. (DS9: "Past Tense, Part I", "Past Tense, Part II") This trend would have started in the late 20th century with the introduction of the internet. (VOY: "Future's End, Part II")
22nd through 24th centuriesEdit
By the 2260s television was referred to as an antiquated form of entertainment. Communications officer Uhura was somewhat familiar with the form, however mistakenly referred to it as 'video', when the crew of the USS Enterprise encountered the form on planet 892-IV in 2268. (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")
During the 24th century the term was mostly unknown, except to those who enjoyed 20th century nostalgia.
William T. Riker was unfamiliar with the slang term "boob tube" when L.Q. Clemonds wanted to watch a baseball game on a replicator, which he had mistaken for a television screen. (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")
The 2372 holosuite program, Julian Bashir, Secret Agent featured many artifacts of 1960s Earth nostalgia, including the television. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir") As did the 2374 holosuite program Bashir 62. (DS9: "It's Only a Paper Moon")
While living in the holodeck recreation of 1962 in Bashir's latter program, following the loss of his leg in 2375, Nog spent many hours watching television, including several movies, in the hotel room of Vic Fontaine. (DS9: "It's Only a Paper Moon")
- A Briefing with Neelix (also known as: Good Morning, Voyager)
- I Love Lucy
- Mission: Impossible
- Name the Winner
- The Untouchables
- The Three Stooges (technically never a TV series, but their films were widely shown on TV from the 1950s onward)
- The Twilight Zone