The year 1959 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during that year.
- January 15 – Tyne Tees Television, the Independent Television (ITV) franchise for North East England, begins broadcasting.
- February 1 - The earliest known interracial kiss on television occurs during a live performance of the play Hot Summer Night, broadcast on the British ABC program Armchair Theatre on the ITV network. The kiss was between Andrée Melly and Lloyd Reckord, the latter of whom would be featured in another early televised interracial kiss three years later in the play You in Your Small Corner.
- February 1 - Nihon Educational Television begins operating to the Kanto region, operating as a for-profit educational television station for its first year.
- March 1 – Fuji Television commences its regular operations..
- May 24 – Television Ecuatoriana, a first television station in Ecuador, a regular broadcasting service to start in Quito and Guayaquil.
- May 28 – Initiation of Lebanon's first television station, Télé Liban.
- July 13–17 – The Hate That Hate Produced introduces the Nation of Islam to most Americans.
- July 24 – The Kitchen Debate occurs in Moscow, recorded on color videotape.
- August 21 - The Catholic University of Chile begins broadcasting a partial service over Channel 2. It's the first TV station in Santiago, Chile.
- October 16 - OBXY-TV, as predecessor for Panamericana Television, Peru, a first officially regular broadcasting service to start in Lima.
- October 22 - Take a Good Look, an innovative comedy series created by Ernie Kovacs, premiered on ABC.
- October 27 – Anglia Television, the ITV franchise for Eastern England, begins broadcasting.
- October 31 – Ulster Television, the ITV franchise for Northern Ireland, begins broadcasting.
- November 22 – Sandmännchen premieres on East German television channel Deutscher Fernsehfunk. The series would continue airing today on Rundfunk Berlin–Brandenburg.
- November 29 – The Grammy Awards are first televised as part of NBC's Sunday Showcase.
- December 26 - BNT 1, a member of Bulgarian National Television, a first television station in Bulgaria, an officially regular broadcasting service start in Sofia.
- January 9 – Rawhide, CBS (1959–1966)
- January 12 – The Bell Telephone Hour on NBC (1959–1968)
- February 4 – Face to Face on BBC Television (1959–1962)
- February 16 – Emergency (1959) (Australia), one of the earliest Australian dramatic TV series
- April 4 – Shell Presents (1959–1960) (Sydney and Melbourne Australia), Australian dramatic anthology series
- May 2 – Markham, featuring Ray Milland, on CBS (1959–1960)
- June 1 – Juke Box Jury on BBC Television (1959–1967, 1979, 1989–1990)
- September 12 – Bonanza on NBC, the first weekly television series broadcast completely in color (1959–1973)
- September 15 – Laramie on NBC (1959–1963)
- September 20 – NBC Sunday Showcase on NBC (1959–1960)
- September 30 – Men Into Space on CBS (1959–1960)
- October 2 – Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone debuts on CBS (1959–1964)
- October 4
- October 5 – Bourbon Street Beat on ABC (1959–1960)
- October 7 – Hawaiian Eye on ABC (1959–1963)
- October 15 - The Untouchables on ABC (1959–1963)
- Adelaide Tonight – 1959–1973 (Adelaide, Australia)
- Bandwagon (1959–1960) (Melbourne, Australia, on HSV-7)
- The Bert Newton Show (1959–1960) (Melbourne, Australia, on GTV-9)
- The Bobby Limb Show (1959–1964) (Australia) (changed title in 1961 to The Mobil-Limb Show)
- Club Seven (1959–1961) (Melbourne, Australia)
- Tales of the Riverbank premieres (1959–1963).
- Rocky And His Friends Jay Ward's Second series (1959-1964).
- The Quick Draw McGraw Show on Syndication (1959-1962)
Ending this year
||Actor (Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants)
||Australian actor (Without a Trace)
||Actor (Mancuso, F.B.I.)
||Actor (Guiding Light)
||English-American actress (24)
||Actor (Twin Peaks, Desperate Housewives)
||Actress (The 5 Mrs. Buchanans, Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
||Actor and comedian (The Best Damn Sports Show Period)
||Actress and singer
||Actress (As the World Turns, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
||David Hyde Pierce
||Actor (Niles Crane on Frasier)
||Actor (Seinfeld, Smallville)
||Thomas F. Wilson
||Actor, voice actor
||English actor (Sharpe, Game of Thrones)
||Actor (Head of the Class)
||English television presenter (died 2000)
||English comedian and writer (Blackadder)
||Michael E. Knight
||Actor (All My Children)
||Actress (The Young and the Restless, Diagnosis: Murder)
||Actor (Balki Bartokomous on Perfect Strangers)
||English actor (Jeeves and Wooster, Dr. Gregory House on House)
||Actress (Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)
||Actor and comedian (The Kids in the Hall, Superstore)
||Actor (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
||Actor (Once and Again)
||Actor (Prison Break, Heroes)
||Actor (Wiseguy, House of Cards)
||Actor (Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond, The War at Home)
||Actress (Saturday Night Live)
||John C. McGinley
||Actor (The Partridge Family)
||Marcia Gay Harden
||Actress (Pollock, Code Black)
||Actress (The Electric Company)
||Actor (Deadwood, Eastbound & Down)
||Television journalist (Dateline NBC)
||Actress (Law & Order)
||Actor (Joey Gladstone on Full House)
||Actor (George Costanza on Seinfeld)
||Actor (Tour of Duty)
||Actor (The Bold and the Beautiful)
||Actor (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Angry Beavers)
||Actress (Saturday Night Live)
||Actor (The West Wing)
||Actress and singer (Donny & Marie)
||Actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live, Mike Tyson Mysteries)
||"Weird Al" Yankovic
||American-Cambodian actor (Lost)
||Actress (One Day at a Time)
||Soap opera actor
||Actress (The West Wing, Mom)
||Actress (Falcon Crest)
||Actor (Suddenly Susan)
||Actress (Eight is Enough)
||Actor (Family Affair)
||Actress, comedian (The Tracey Ullman Show)