The year 1953 in television involved some significant events.
Below is a list of television-related events in 1953.
- January 19 - 68% of all US television sets were tuned in to I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.
- February 1 - Japanese television goes on the air for the first time, when JOAK-TV signs on from Tokyo.
- February 18 - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz sign an $8,000,000 contract to continue the I Love Lucy television series through 1955.
- February 26 - Fulton Sheen, on his program Life Is Worth Living, reads Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, with the names of high-ranking Soviet officials replacing the key characters. At the end of the reading, Sheen intoned that "Stalin must one day meet his judgment". Stalin died one week later.
- March 17 - Patrick Troughton becomes television's first Robin Hood, playing the eponymous folk hero in the first of six half-hour episodes of Robin Hood, shown weekly until April 21 on the BBC Television Service.
- March 25 - CBS concedes victory to RCA in the war over color television standards.
- April 3 - TV Guide is published for the first time, with 10 editions and a circulation of 1,562,000.
- May 25 - KUHT in Houston becomes the first non-commercial educational TV station.
- June 2 - The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II is televised in the UK. Sales of TV sets rise sharply in the weeks leading up to the event. It is also one of the earliest broadcasts to be deliberately recorded for posterity and still exists in its entirety today.
- July 18 - The Quatermass Experiment, first of the famous Quatermass science-fiction serials by Nigel Kneale, begins its run on the BBC.
- The Tonight Show begins as a local New York variety show.
- August 30 - NBC's Kukla, Fran, and Ollie is the first publicly announced experimental broadcast of a program in RCA compatible color.
- October 19 - Arthur Godfrey fires Julius La Rosa on the air.
- October 23 - The first television station in the Philippines, DZAQ-TV of Alto Broadcasting System goes on the air.
- November 22 - RCA airs (with special permission from the FCC) the first commercial color program in compatible color, the Colgate Comedy Hour with Donald O'Connor.
- December 2 - BBC broadcasts its 'Television Symbol' for the first time, the first animated television presentation symbol in the world.
- December 17 - The FCC reverses its 1951 decision and approves the RCA/NTSC color system.
- December 24 - NBC's Dragnet becomes the first network-sponsored television program.
- December 30 - Westinghouse releases the first color television for a price of $1,250
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