Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television (MGM TV) (commonly known as MGM Television, and previously as MGM-UA Television) is the television production and distribution unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a division of MGM Holdings Inc.
From 2005 to 2006, as the result of a Sony-led consortium buying MGM, Sony Pictures Television distributed MGM's library of TV shows. On May 31, 2006, MGM resumed sole production and distribution for all of its television programs.
MGM first started using television as a right for promotional purposes, resulting in a tie with The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s. They later attempted to get a promotional agreement with NBC, but failed to come to terms on the specifics.
In 1956, MGM took bids for its movie library from Lou Chesler, PRM, Inc., the owner of the pre-1948 Warner Bros. library and others, but later decided to enter the TV market by itself. It was then that Chesler offered the studio $50 million for the film library.
The company was started with the hiring of Bud Barry in June 1956, who would become the head of the operation. MGM-TV was set out to distribute its films to TV (which started with the networks), TV production, and purchasing TV stations. Its production was set to being during the 1957-1958 television season, which would include half-hour remakes of or TV shows based on the studio's motion pictures. Its initial feature films sales focused on selling shows to the networks. In April 1957, they began producing commercials, producing ads for Kickerbocker and Standard Oil of Indiana (now Amoco).
List of shows produced by MGM Television
Note: With the exceptions of Flipper (the original version) and Fame (which are both still owned by MGM) and the 1985 revival of The Twilight Zone (which is now owned by CBS Studios and distributed by CBS Television Distribution), all MGM TV shows produced prior to May 1986 are now owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Television via Turner Entertainment.
|The Thin Man||Mystery comedy||NBC||1957–1959|
|Northwest Passage||Adventure drama||NBC||1958–1959|
|National Velvet||Adventure drama||NBC||1960–1962|
|The Asphalt Jungle||Crime drama||ABC||1961|
|Cain's Hundred||Legal drama||NBC||1961–1962|
|Dr. Kildare||Medical drama||NBC||1961–1966|
|Father of the Bride||Sitcom||CBS||1961–1962|
|Sam Benedict||Legal drama||NBC||1962–1963|
|The Eleventh Hour||Medical drama||NBC||1962–1964|
|The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters||Western||ABC||1963–1964|
|Many Happy Returns||Sitcom||CBS||1964–1965|
|The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Action / adventure||NBC||1964–1968|
|A Man Called Shenandoah||Western||ABC||1965–1966|
|Please Don't Eat the Daisies||Sitcom||NBC||1965–1967|
|Tom & Jerry||Animated comedy||CBS||1965–1968|
|The Rounders||Western sitcom||ABC||1966–1967|
|The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.||Action / adventure||NBC||1966–1967|
|Off to See the Wizard||Anthology||ABC||1967–1968|
|The Courtship of Eddie's Father||Sitcom||ABC||1969–1972|
|Medical Center||Medical drama||CBS||1969–1976|
|Then Came Bronson||Adventure drama||NBC||1969–1970|
|Assignment Vienna||Adventure drama||ABC||1972–1973|
|Jigsaw John||Crime drama||NBC||1976|
|How the West Was Won||Western miniseries||ABC||1977–1979|
|Logan's Run||Sci-fi adventure||CBS||1977–1978|
|Beyond Westworld||Sci-fi drama||CBS||1980|
|The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show||Animated comedy||CBS||1980|
|McClain's Law||Crime drama||NBC||1981–1982|
|Seven Brides for Seven Brothers||Drama||CBS||1982–1983|
|We Got It Made||Sitcom||NBC||1983–1984|
|For Love and Honor||Drama||NBC||1983–1984|
|Cutter to Houston||Medical drama||CBS||1983|
|Paper Dolls||Soap opera||ABC||1984|
|Lady Blue||Police drama||ABC||1985–1986|
|The Twilight Zone||Sci-fi anthology||CBS||1985–1987|
|First-run Syndication||1988–1989 1|
1Produced until 1987 by CBS Entertainment Productions.
|Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater||Animated adventure comedy||CBS||1987|
|Sea Hunt||Adventure||First-run Syndication||1987–1988|
|In the Heat of the Night||Crime drama||NBC||1988–1993|
|Dirty Dozen: The Series||Military drama||FOX||1988|
|Straight to the Heart||Game show||First-run Syndication||1989|
|The Young Riders||Western||ABC||1989–1992|
|Against the Law||Legal comedy-drama||FOX||1990–1991|
|Mother Goose and Grimm||Animated comedy||CBS||1991–1992|
|James Bond Jr.||Animated espionage||First-run Syndication||1991–1992|
|Nightmare Cafe||Horror anthology||NBC||1992|
|The Pink Panther||Animated anthology||First-run Syndication||1993–1995|
|The Outer Limits||Sci-fi anthology||Showtime||1995–2000|
|Sci Fi Channel||2000–2001|
|Flipper: The New Adventures||Adventure drama||First-run Syndication||1995–1997|
|Dead Man's Gun||Western drama anthology||Showtime||1997–1999|
|Stargate SG-1||Sci-fi action drama||Showtime||1997–2002|
|Sci Fi Channel||2002–2007|
|Fame L.A.||Drama||First-run Syndication||1997–1998|
|The Magnificent Seven||Western drama||CBS||1998–1999|
|Survivor||Reality competition||CBS||2000–present 1|
|She Spies||Action comedy||NBC||2002|
|Stargate Infinity||Animated sci-fi drama||FOX||2002–2003|
|Dead Like Me||Dramedy||Showtime||2003–2004|
|The Apprentice||Reality competition||NBC||2004–2017 1|
|Stargate Atlantis||Sci-fi action drama||Sci Fi Channel||2004–2009|
|American Gladiators||Reality competition||NBC||2008|
|Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods||Reality competition||MTV||2008|
|Spaceballs: The Animated Series||Animated comedy||Super Channel||2008|
|Shark Tank||Reality competition||ABC||2009–present 1 2|
|Stargate Universe||Sci-fi action drama||Syfy||2009–2011|
|Pink Panther and Pals||Animated comedy||Cartoon Network||2010|
|Mildred Pierce||Drama miniseries||HBO||2011|
|The Voice||Music competition||NBC||2011–present 1 3|
|Teen Wolf||Paranormal teen drama||MTV||2011–2017|
|Fargo||Crime drama||FX||2014–present 4|
|500 Questions||Game show||ABC||2015–2016 3 5|
|America's Greatest Makers||Reality competition||TBS||2016|
|The Handmaid's Tale||Drama||Hulu||2017–present|
|Beat Shazam||Game show||FOX||2017–present|
|Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME||Reality competition||ABC||2017|
|Get Shorty||Crime dramedy||Epix||2017–present|
|Condor||Drama||Audience||2018–present 6 7|
|TKO: Total Knock Out||Reality competition||CBS||2018–present|
|The Awesome Show||Educational documentary||NBC||2018–present 8|
|The Contender||Reality competition||Epix||2018–present 1 7|
|The World's Best||Talent competition||CBS||2018/2019–present 3|
|Four Weddings and a Funeral||Anthology||Hulu||2019–present 9|
1Produced until 2011 by Mark Burnett Productions, from 2011 until 2014 by One Three Media, and from 2014 until 2015 by United Artists Media Group.
2Co-production with Sony Pictures Television.
3Co-production with Warner Horizon Television.
4Co-production with FX Productions.
5Produced until 2015 by United Artists Media Group.
6Co-production with Skydance Television.
7Co-production with Paramount Television.
8Co-production with Universal Television Alternative Studio.
9Co-production with Universal Television.