Television is an American rock band. The band was formed in 1973 in New York City. Though Television have never become popular in the USA, they have achieved major commercial success in Europe. Today, they are widely cited as one of the founders of "punk" and New Wave.
Television was part of the early 1970s New York underground rock wave, along with bands like the Blondie, Richard Hell and The Voidoids, Talking Heads, Patti Smith Group, The Ramones, and many more. In difference to the Ramones' simple rock 'n' roll , the band's music was more difficult and more precise skilled, defined by guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd.
The band's first gig was at the Townhouse Theatre, on March 2, 1974. They approached CBGB owner Hilly Kristal to give the band a regular gig at his club. After their several gigs at CBGB, in 1974, they played at Max's Kansas City and other clubs. In January 1975, they return to CBGB, where they established several followers. In 1975, Television made their vinyl debut with "Little Johnny Jewel", a 7-inch single on the independent label Ork Records. The Ork Records was owned by their manager, Terry Ork. The bands first album, Marquee Moon, have received recognition by music critics and audiences, in spite that it failed to enter the Billboard 200 albums chart, it sold fine in Europe and reached the Top 30 in many countries there.