Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library

NBC, abbreviated as the National Broadcasting Company, was founded in 1926. It launched on July 1, 1941 as the very first television network in the United States. The first of their in-credit text logos debuted on May 7, 1947, with Kraft Television Theatre.

Early years

The "Peacock" logo was introduced in 1956, to increase color programming on the network. Color television became more popular since September 24, 1961, when Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color premiered on NBC, which was replaced by The Wonderful World of Disney in September 1969.

The next logo, known as the "Trapezoid N", debuted on October 11, 1975, with the first broadcast of a comedy series called Saturday Night Live.

The last of the Walt Disney anthology series to air on NBC was Disney's Wonderful World, from 1979 to 1981. When this show premiered, NBC's logo changed again, to combine both the "Trapezoid N" and the return of the Peacock logo, to make a brand-new logo called the "Proud N".

Later years

The current logo debuted on May 12, 1986 on the TV special, NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration.

The official NBC website ( launched in August 1995.

Children's programming

Discovery Kids on NBC, the network's first children's programming block, premiered on September 14, 2002, and was broadcast on NBC every Saturday morning for three hours. The block ran through September 2, 2006, and was replaced by Qubo the next week. The current children's programming block, NBC Kids, replaced Qubo on July 7, 2012.

NBC today

As of 2004, NBC is now a subsidiary of Universal Studios, marking the establishment of NBC Universal Television Distribution (now NBCUniversal Syndication Studios).

NBC's programs gradually became available in HDTV (16:9/1080i) format since December 9, 2004.

On June 26, 2009, after two weeks of repeatedly showing public service announcements about the digital television transition that ended on all full-power stations at that time, the analog signals of NBC's very first TV station, WNBC, signed off at 11:00 a.m. with a montage of the network's five logos shown below in backwards order, and finally, to the word "GOODBYE", before cutting to static. On digital TV sets, the analog signals usually cut to a blue screen of death, while the digital signals (including those from all converter boxes and DVRs) continued to carry regular NBC programming, whereas they were seen on Channel 4.1.


Title Premiere date
(first known)
(or last aired)
The Wizard of Oz April 20, 1968 March 30, 1975
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back November 22, 1987 June 28, 1992
The Goonies October 23, 1988 September 2, 1990
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi March 19, 1989 June 29, 1992
Mary Poppins April 15, 1990
Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 September 8, 1990 1991
Super Mario World September 14, 1991 July 25, 1992
Home Alone November 25, 1993 November 27, 1999
Barney's Imagination Island April 24, 1994
Shrek February 15, 2004 May 13, 2007
The Incredibles November 22, 2007 December 5, 2009
Horton Hears a Who! November 24, 2011 December 25, 2012
Despicable Me 2 June 19, 2016 Present
Despicable Me June 25, 2017 Present
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) December 25, 2017 Present
Minions January 20, 2019 Present
The Secret Life of Pets May 12, 2019 Present


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