Television Hall of Fame Inductees: Support

This area is currently under construction. Please find below the current list of inductees as well as the year in which they were inducted into the Hall of Fame by the members of the OFTA. Please note that the most recent additions have been listed like this. We are working on an area to give more details on our selections.

EDITORIAL NOTE: Hall of Fame inductees are selected based on three primary considerations: the historic, aesthetic, and cultural significance of each inductee. In recent years, the controversiality of a production or an individual inducted into the Hall of Fame calls into question the production’s or the individual’s inclusion. Once an inductee is made part of the Hall of Fame, they will not be removed for any reason. We will however acknowledge the toxicity of certain productions or individuals and will do our best to note this where possible. Please see our footnotes for details. If you see something of a controversial nature that has not been addressed, please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to acknowledge it.

— A —

2019: J.J. Abrams (Producing / Creating)
2019: Debbie Allen (Choreography)
2004: Desi Arnaz (Producing)

— B —

2017: Lucille Ball (Producing)
1999: John Barry (Music)
2006: Donald P. Bellisario (Writing)
2013: Leonard Bernstein (Music)
2017: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Producing / Writing)
2004 / 2006: Steven Bochco (Producing / Writing)
2019: Yvette Lee Bowser (Producing)
1998: James L. Brooks (Producing)
2016: Mel Brooks (Writing)
2009: Ken Burns (Documentary)
2000: James Burrows (Directing)

— C —

2019: Stephen J. Cannell (Writing)
2017: Marcy Carsey (Producing)
2020: Graham Chapman (Writing)
2006: David Chase (Writing)
2018: Paddy Chayefsky (Writing)
1997: Dick Clark (Producing)
1999: Bill Conti (Music)
2000: Alexander Courage (Music)
2019: David Crane (Writing)

— D —

2015 / 2017: Larry David (Producing / Writing)
2015: Paul Dini (Animation)
2006: Walt Disney (Producing)

— E —

2019: Rebecca Eaton (Producing)
2016: Danny Elfman (Music)
2017: Diane English (Writing)

— F —

2005: Tom Fontana (Writing)
2007: John Frankenheimer (Directing)
2018: Fred W. Friendly (Producing)

— G —

2011: Larry Gelbart (Writing)
2015: Mark Goodson (Producing)
1999: Merv Griffin (Producing)
2013: Matt Groening (Producing / Writing)

— H —

2015: Barbara Hall (Producing)
1998: William Hanna & Joseph Barbera (Animation)
2005: Jim Henson (Producing)
2004: Marshall Herskovitz (Producing)
2018: Don Hewitt (Producing)
2006: Alfred Hitchcock (Producing)

— I —

2020: Eric Idle (Writing)

— J —

2020: Chuck Jones (Animation)
2018: Mike Judge (Writing)

— K —

2014: David E. Kelley (Producing)
2020: Michelle King (Producing)

— L —

2015: Angela Lansbury (Producing)
1999: Norman Lear (Producing)
2017: Mimi Leder (Directing)
2012: Sheldon Leonard (Producing)
2008: Richard Levinson & William Link (Producing)
2020: Christopher Lloyd (Writing)
2016: Chuck Lorre (Producing)
2012: Sidney Lumet (Directing)

— M —

2020: Gail Mancuso (Directing)
2007: Garry Marshall (Producing)
2007: Lorne Michaels (Producing)
2006: David Milch (Writing)
2018: Mary Tyler Moore (Producing)
2019: Mark Mothersbaugh (Music)
2010: Edward R. Murrow (Producing)

— O —

2009: Michael & Denise Okuda (Scenic Design)

— P —

2014: William S. Paley (Executive)
2018: Jeremy Podeswa (Directing)
1998: Mike Post (Music)

— R —

2005: Carl Reiner (Writing)
1997: Gene Roddenberry (Producing)

— S —

2011: David Sarnoff (Pioneer)
2020: Thomas Schlamme (Directing / Producing)
2008: Sherwood Schwartz (Producing)
2004: Rod Serling (Writing)
2000: David Shire (Music)
2019: Fred Silverman (Producing)
2020: David Simon (Writing)
1998: Mark Snow (Music)
2013: Aaron Sorkin (Producing / Writing)
1997: Aaron Spelling (Producing)
2019: Beth Sullivan (Writing)
2010: Ed Sullivan (Producing)
2018: David Susskind (Producing)

— T —

2009: Brandon Tartikoff (Executive)
2018: Alan Taylor (Directing)
2014: Betty Thomas (Directing)
2019: Danny Thomas (Producing)
2018: Grant Tinker (Executive)
2018: Ted Turner (Executive)

— V —

2020: Tim Van Patten (Directing)

— W —

2020: W.G. Snuffy Walden (Music)
2015: Jerry Weintraub (Producing)
2008: Michael Westmore (Makeup)
2016: Oprah Winfrey (Producing)
2000: Paul Junger Witt (Producing)
2012: Dick Wolf (Producing / Writing)
2011: David Wolper (Producing)

— Z —

2016: Edward Zwick (Producing / Writing)
2010: Vladimir Zworykin (Inventing)