This Was Television On October 10

1982: Nature debuts on PBS

Exploring the worlds of biology, ecology, geology, and more for 30 years on public television, Nature is one of the longest-running programs on the air and one of the most long-lived documentary series in TV history. Produced by WNET in New York City, the show is one of the cornerstones of PBS’s national schedule. It has won 10 Emmy awards, including back-to-back Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Informational Series in 1988 and 1989.

In recent years, many episodes of Nature have featured Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham as narrator, who later quit in a rage after being overshadowed by an uncouth young narrating prodigy. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Peter Coyote, 4400ian (71); Charles Dance, Rock star (66); Dana Eclar, MacGyver boss (d. 2005); Mario Lopez, Baysider (39); Wendi McLendon-Covey, Reno cop (43); Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, second-generation cop (34); Julia Sweeney, SNLer (53); Bradley Whitford, White House worker (53).

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