The year 2002 in television involved some significant events.
Below is a list of television-related events in 2002.
For the American TV schedule, see: 2002-03 United States network television schedule.
- January 25 - Bloody Sunday (TV film), a television drama based on the events of the controversial Bloody Sunday incident in Northern Ireland in 1972 airs on ITV in the UK.
- February 3 - Super Commercials: A Mental Engineering Special airs on PBS stations reaching 85% of the U.S. after Super Bowl XXXVI; reportedly the best coverage yet achieved by a former public access television program.
- February 11 - Two new BBC children's channels, CBeebies (aimed at children under 6) and CBBC (aimed at children aged 6-13) launch.
- March 2 - BBC Knowledge in the UK ceases transmission, the first BBC channel to permanently close.
- March 2 - BBC Four launches in the UK, replacing BBC Knowledge. The opening night is simulcast on BBC Two.
- March 17 - WrestleMania X8 invades the Toronto's Skydome when 68,227 fans see WrestleMania X8 which was headlined by The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan.
- March 27 - ITV Digital placed into administration. Most subscription channels cease broadcasting on the network on May 1.
- March 29 - At 2.10am, the last Balloon ident is shown on BBC One, and with it, the last time the globe is used as the channel's symbol (having been used since 1963). Its replacement, the 'Rhythm & Movement' idents, première at 9am.
- April 17 - General Hospital airs its milestone 10,000th episode.
- May - One Life to Live airs a full week of episodes broadcast live from the ABC New York studios.
- May 1 - NickToons Network was released.
- May 6 - WWF RAW becomes WWE RAW following a name change from World Wrestling Federation to World Wrestling Entertainment earlier in day.
- June 3 - Sailor Moon returns to Cartoon Network at 3:30pm EST/PST after a year of the network not showing the program.
- June 7 - Kim Possible has its first three episodes aired on Disney Channel
- June 12- The NBA on NBC airs its last game after 12 years with the NBA.
- June 16 - The Dead Zone premieres on USA Network. It was the highest-rated cable series debut in television history.
- July 5 - Cartoon Network stops airing the popular anime Sailor Moon, this is the last time the network or any other network in the US has aired the series.
- September 4 - Kelly Clarkson wins the first season of American Idol.
- September 14 - Fox Kids, then owned by ABC Family, leaves Fox and is replaced by the Fox Box (now known as 4Kids TV).
- September 14 - Cartoon Network shows Sailor Moon SuperS - The Movie: Black Dream Hole again, this is the last Sailor Moon feature aired in states, as of 2006.
- September 16 - Channel 5 in the UK rebrands itself to Five, and drops its Digital On-screen Graphic.
- September 25 - Lisa Donahue is crowned the winner of Big Brother 3 and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Danielle Reyes wins $50,000.
- October 1 - Cartoon Network celebrates its 10th Anniversary.
- October 5 - The programming strand Discovery Kids on NBC launches on NBC.
- 20 October – BBC motoring series Top Gear is relaunched with a new format
- October 27 - London Weekend Television (LWT) broadcast their final day after 34 years. A modern day recreation of a 1970s-style startup is shown in the early morning, and just after midnight a montage of LWT presentation over the years is broadcast, introduced in-vision by two of LWT's announcers, Trish Bertram and Glen Thompsett.
- October 28 - In England and Wales, ITV drops regional identification from most programmes and adopts a unified branding of just ITV1. The names for the London (Carlton and LWT), West (HTV West) and Wales (HTV Wales) are dropped altogether, and replaced with ITV1 London, ITV1 West of England and ITV1 Wales respectively, though the names continue to appear elsewhere.
- October 30 - Warren Zevon is featured on the Late Show with David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour. Zevon performs several songs and talks in length about being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.
- October 30 - Longtime castmember Hunter Tylo's character, Dr. Taylor Hamilton Forrester, is killed off the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, which is seen worldwide. Taylor would later return from the dead in 2005.
- December - Talk show host David Letterman, Paul Shaffer and a stage hand from the Late Show with David Letterman, Biff Henderson, spend Christmas in Afghanistan with the United States and international military forces stationed in the country.
- December 15 - Animation for The Simpsons changes from cel animation to digital ink and paint.
- December 25 - Strangers on the Shore, a Christmas special and the penultimate episode of Only Fools and Horses, is the highest rated show of the year in the UK, with an audience of 17.40 million.
- Fox News Channel overtakes CNN as the #1 cable TV news service in the US.
- Alter and Tempo, the Greek speaking channels switches much of family/children's programming.
- Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Ultimate M.U.S.C.L.E., and Ultraman Tiga debut on Fox Box.
- January 13 - The Jamie Kennedy Experiment premieres (2002-2004).
- March 5 - The Osbournes reality show premieres on MTV (2002-2005).
- March 8 - All About Me premieres on BBC One (2002-2004)
- March 12 - The Shield premieres on FX.
- March 18 - ZeD premieres on CBC Television.
- March 22 - ChalkZone premieres on Nickelodeon (2002-2004).
- March 25 - The Bachelor premieres on ABC (2002-present).
- March 27 - The George Lopez Show premieres on ABC (2002-2007).
- April 1 - Degrassi: The Next Generation the Canadian hit TV-series premieres in the U.S. on The N. (2002-Present).
- April 15 - Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck, an updated version of the 1983-1986 game show Press Your Luck, hosted by E! star and Hollywood Showdown host Todd Newton.
- May 4 - Guinevere Jones debuts on YTV. It ends on December 7.
- May 13 - Spy drama Spooks (later aired as "MI5" in America) debuts on BBC One (2002—).
- May 25 - Paranormal show Most Haunted debuts on LivingTV (2002—)
- June 2 - Crime drama The Wire premieres on HBO (2002—).
- June 18 - American Idol: The Search for a Superstar premieres on FOX. The show is based on the 2001 British ITV program, Pop Idol (2002-present).
- June 7 - Kim Possible premieres on Disney Channel (2002-2005, 2007—).
- July 10 - Big Brother 3 premieres on CBS (2000-present).
- July 12 - Monk premieres on USA Network (2002-present).
- July 20 - Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius premieres on Nickelodeon (2002-present).
- August 25 - I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! premieres on ITV in the UK (2002-present).
- August 31 - Dick and Dom in da Bungalow premieres on the CBBC Channel in the UK (2002-2006).
- August 31 - InuYasha premieres on Cartoon Network in the US (2002-Present).
- September 15 - ABC Kids debuts as a replacement of Disney's One Saturday Morning (2002-present).
- September 15 - Stargate: Infinity premieres on the Fox Box (2002-2003).
- September 16- Everwood premieres on The WB (2002-2006)
- September 16- Dr. Phil premieres in Syndication (2002-present)
- September 17 - Life with Bonnie premieres on ABC (2002-2004).
- September 17 - 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, later known as 8 Simple Rules, premieres on ABC (2002-2005).
- September 17 - Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom returns to TV, this time on Animal Planet (1963-1988, 2002-present).
- September 18 - The Twilight Zone returns to TV, this time on UPN (1959-1964, 1985-1988, 2002-2003).
- September 20 - Firefly premieres on FOX (2002-2003).
- September 23 - CSI: Miami premieres on CBS (2002—).
- September 26 - Without a Trace premieres on CBS (2002—).
- September 27 - Hack premieres on CBS (2002-2004).
- September 29 - American Dreams premieres on NBC (2002-2005).
- October 1 - Less Than Perfect premieres on ABC (2002-2006).
- October 3-Naruto premeries in Japan and becomes a successful anime series
2002-present including Naruto Shippuden
- See also 2002-03 United States network television schedule
Changes of network affiliation
Ending this year
- January 13 - Ted Demme, 37, film and television director. (Blow, Beautiful Girls).
- February 22 - Chuck Jones, 89, animator.
- February 24 - Mel Stewart, 72, character actor (Henry Jefferson on All in the Family and Billy Melrose on Scarecrow and Mrs. King).
- February 27 - Spike Milligan, 83, comedian.
- February 28 - Mary Stuart, 75, soap opera actress who starred as Jo in the entire 35-year run of Search for Tomorrow.
- March 15 - Sylvester (Pat) Weaver, 93, longtime president of NBC, credited with creating The Today Show and The Tonight Show.
- March 17 - Rosetta LeNoire, 90, Mother Winslow on Family Matters.
- March 27
- April 2 - Jack Kruschen, 80, character actor (Papa Papadopolous on Webster).
- April 16 - Robert Urich, 55, actor (Spenser For Hire).
- May 24 - Susie Garrett, 72, actress (Betty Johnson on Punky Brewster), sister of Marla Gibbs.
- June 5 - Dee Dee Ramone, 49, actor/songwriter of the Ramones.
- September 14 - LaWanda Page, 81, comedian, actress (Aunt Esther on Sanford and Son).
- September 28 - Whitney Blake, 76, actress (Dorothy Baxter on Hazel), co-creator of One Day at a Time, and mother of Meredith Baxter.
- October 3 - Bruce Paltrow, 58, producer (St. Elsewhere).
- October 13 - Keene Curtis, 79, actor (John Allen Hill on Cheers).
- October 20 - Barbara Berjer, 82, most known for her roles as Claire Cassen Shea on As the World Turns, Barbara Norris Thorpe on Guiding Light, and Bridget Connell on Another World.
- November 3 - Jonathan Harris, 87, actor (Bradford Webster on The Third Man, Doctor Zachary Smith on Lost in Space, Commander Isaac Gampu on Space Academy)
- December 3 - Glenn Quinn, 32, actor (Mark on Roseanne)
- December 5 - Roone Arledge, 71, sports producer, credited with creating Monday Night Football.