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Attack of the Killer 3-D Glasses. © 2005 Jerome Holst

3D Glasses

  • 1950s - In the early 1950s, ABC was granted permission by the Federal Communications Commission to explore the feasibility of 3-D TV. On April 29, 1953 the network ran a trial live broadcast of the series SPACE PATROL in Los Angeles at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters 31st Annual gathering. The ABC affiliate station KECA-TV aired the show but it appeared as only a blur unless viewers had a pair of special Polaroid lenses.
    (Three-Dimensional television attempts to give the same depth of viewing as the human eye).
  • The first "non experimental" 3-D TV broadcast was over SelecTV, a Los Angeles pay TV system in December 19, 1980. The program consisted of the 3-D feature film Miss Sadie Thompson (1953), starring Rita Hayworth, and Spooks (1953), a 3-D short starring the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry & Shemp).
  • MOONLIGHTING: Episode "In God We Strongly Suspect" (February 1986). At the top of the show during a teaser for that night's program, characters Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) and David Addison (Bruce Willis) confess that the show was supposed to have 3-D elements in it, but because the post office never delivered the required 3-D glasses, the expected show was canceled. Note: Glenn Gordon Caron, the creator/writer on 'Moonlighting' had wanted to actually do a 3-D episode, but the technology didn't exist to produce a satisfactory project. Years later, Caron created the NBC series MEDIUM and finally had a chance to produce his 3-D event - wherein "Allison encounters the work of one artist, disturbing, 3-dimensional images emerge that lead her to believe that the man behind these alarming canvasses may have a deadly secret."
  • MARRIED WITH CHILDREN - The eighth season episode "Assault and Batteries" (May 8, 1994) was part of a FOX 3-D "FOX-o-rama" special. The end credits featured Al and Peg wearing 3-D glasses and looking at the names scrolling by on a screen. Peg said "I don't get it." Peggy's picture is actually seen on the box for her 3-D glasses.
  • THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN - 1996 season 2 finale. The dream sequences for this episode were filmed in 3D. Anchor Bay Entertainment and Carsey-Werner later released the "Behind the Scenes - 3D Episodes" which included bloopers, a never-before-seen ending, a free pair of 3D glasses and a 4 minute, 35 second feature which shows some of the film techniques used in making the 3D episodes as well as commentary from creator Bonnie Turner and the cast.
  • HOME IMPROVEMENT - "The Feminine Mistake" (May 6, 1997) Tool Time gets the go-ahead to create a special 3-D effects show, featuring in-your-face antics from Tim, Al and Heidi. Portions of this episode were filmed in 3-D. The ABC project evolved into nine shows: FAMILY MATTERS, COACH, THE DREW CAREY SHOW (TDCS was the first "three" camera 3D TV production in history), SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, STEP BY STEP, HOME IMPROVEMENT, ELLEN, SPIN CITY, and AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS.
  • RUGRATS "Dust Bunnies" (September 27, 1997) This episode was part of a special week of 3-D programming called "Nogglevision" which was also featured on such shows as Kablam!, Hey Arnold, Alex Mack & Shelby Woo. Sponsored by Nick and Kraft Foods, this special event introduced, for the first time, "Chroma-DepthTM" (by Chromatek), the only technology compatible for print, TV and online. The shows could be viewed successfully without the "Noggle-Goggles."
  • SHARK WEEK (Summer 2000) LensCrafters distributed 6.4 million Pulfrich glasses produced by America Paper Optics with a special patented 3D viewing system for an in-depth broadcast of Discovery Channel's Shark Week in 3D.

For a more in depth look at the 3-D film process and the different type of glasses used to view the movie screens, or a list of more 3-D movies, check out these sites of interest below:

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