[[caption-width-right:300: ''Do the boogie, hot doll!!'']]

The Stormy Forties was a memorably turbulent era, forever linked in the public consciousness with UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (1937/1939-1945), the development of the first atomic weapons and subsequent attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This also marked the start of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. But this era also brought many other changes on the world's political map. The Soviet Union annexed UsefulNotes/{{Estonia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Latvia}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Lithuania}}, while [[UsefulNotes/ThatSouthEastAsianCountry Burma]], UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}, UsefulNotes/{{India}}, UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, UsefulNotes/{{Lebanon}}, UsefulNotes/{{Pakistan}}, UsefulNotes/{{Syria}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} gained independence from various European and American colonial empires. New regimes also emerged in existing countries; UsefulNotes/RepublicanItaly, UsefulNotes/WestGermany, RedChina, and UsefulNotes/EastGermany all emerged in the second half of the decade.

The technological innovations of the decade included the first actual computers - notably Z3 by Konrad Zuse (1941, German), the Atanasoff–Berry Computer (1942, American), the Colossus Mark 1 and Mark 2 computers (1943 and 1944, British), the Harvard Mark I (1944, American), Z4 by Konrad Zuse (1944, German), ENIAC (1946, American), the Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine (nicknamed "Baby") (1948, British), Sergey Lebedev's MESM (1948, USSR), the EDSAC (1949, British), the Manchester Mark 1 (1949, British), and the CSIRAC (1949, Australia).

While functioning radars were actually developed in the 1930s, they were first widely used in this decade, with several of the World War II combatants adopting and/or improving the relatively new technology. The first military jeeps were developed for the United States Army in 1940; the private companies creating them introduced civilian models in 1945. The German V-2, introduced in 1942, was the first successful ballistic missile and served as the progenitor of all modern rockets. Jet aircraft were still in an experimental phase during the start of the decade, but the jet-powered Messerschmitt Me 262 (1942, Germany) served as the first operational jet fighter aircraft, the first of many.

Television was still in its infancy. At the start of the decade, only a few countries had operational television stations (including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Soviet Union, Mexico, the Free City of Danzig, Poland, Japan and Italy), and said stations only broadcast in major cities. Only a very limited number of people owned or had access to a television set - as of 1941, WRGB in Schenectady, NY was the only TV station outside a [[MajorWorldCities major world city]] ''anywhere''. Later in the decade, the Philippines, Czechoslovakia, Chile, and the Netherlands would get their first experimental broadcasts. Commercial television got its start in this decade with the launching of early privately-owned networks.

The hit toy of the era was the Slinky, a helical spring which stretched and bounced up and down. Developed by engineer Richard Thompson James, it became commercially available in 1945. Tupperware, an airtight plastic container for storing food, was created by the eponymous Earl Tupper in 1946. The first commercial microwave oven was introduced by Raytheon in 1947, based on the experiments of inventor Percy Spencer. Velcro was invented by George de Mestral in 1948, though it would not become commercially available until the late 1950s. Momofuku Ando embarked on his quest for [[UsefulNotes/RamenAsDehydratedNoodles instant noodles]][[note]]Voted as the most important Japanese invention of 20th century in the Fuji Research Institute poll in 2000.[[/note]] in 1947, finally succeeding ten years later.

The cinemas of several countries managed to produce influential films. UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood was still ongoing, and hit films such as ''Film/CitizenKane'', ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', and ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' were arguably among its best products. The FilmNoir genre rose to particular prominence. British cinema had some major hits in the adaptation of Shakespearean works by Creator/LaurenceOlivier and the exemplary noir ''Film/TheThirdMan''. In France, influential directors such as Marcel Carné, Robert Bresson, and René Clément scored major hits in the aftermath of the War. Italian neorealism was developed in this decade, with major directors in the genre including Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, and Giuseppe De Santis. In the Soviet Union, ''Film/IvanTheTerrible'' by Creator/SergeiEisenstein was arguably the most notable film of its decade. Meanwhile, a new generation of directors managed to produce their own hits. In Japan, new director Creator/AkiraKurosawa began his career.

As for fashion, styles for dresses, suits (especially [[BadassInANiceSuit zoot suits]]) and sportswear were a continuation of 1930s silhouettes, like [[ShouldersOfDoom shoulder pads]] and [[SexyBacklessOutfit backless evening wear]], only more robust, mannish and simplistic. Hairstyles for women were often long and updone in which they often showed their foreheads. Fedoras, and Edwardian- and Latin American-influenced hats were popular headwear; while high-heeled wedgies, mary-janes, close-footed oxfords and peep-toe pumps were popular choices for footwear. [[HighClassGloves Gloves were a must]]. The decade also introduced a new fabric -- nylon -- and was used in hosiery, toothbrush bristles, ropes, and parachutes.

During the war, due to fabric rationing and the closing of fashion houses in Paris, many day dresses were American-made, strictly knee-length and plainly decorated. Nylon stockings suffered shortages due to the need for parachutes, and sportswear was often substituted for casual wear. Many more had innovated themselves in order to be more stylish, even while working on factories. For instance, some women applied makeup on their legs in place of wearing stockings. While other women had the need to borrow their man's trousers and suits while [[WrenchWench joining the workforce]]. And somehow, in a certain {{loophole|Abuse}}, while dresses only used a limited amount of fabric and cutting, accessories such as hats, gloves and jewelry weren't. [[NiceHat Hats, while they use fabric, but are considered accessories]], can have wide brims and often decorated with fruit as they can get, [[OperaGloves gloves can be as high as they can reach the padded shoulders]], and necklaces can go as low as they can hit the dancefloor. After the war, restrictions were still implemented but were gradually relaxed in 1947, when a Parisian designer named Christian Dior and created a new set of style which included long full skirts, rounded busts, wide hips and narrow shoulders. Journalists had dubbed it the "New Look" and the innovative style lingered on until the end of TheFifties.

For music, jazz was the main ingredient to swing (the rage of the dance floor), bebop (the cutting edge, characterized by extremely fast tempos and complex improvisation), and Latin dances like samba, mambo, salsa and conga brought by soldiers. And then, before TheFifties popularized teen sensations, Music/FrankSinatra was the teen sensation.

The Forties encompassed the period between the start of the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Second World War]] (1939) and the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar and UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower ending two decades of Democrat dominance of Washington (1951-53). Culturally, the decade started with the New York World's Fair in 1939 and somwehat ended with the premiere of ''Series/ILoveLucy'' in 1951. Please note that 1945 was a point of inflexion, marking the end of WWII and the start of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, as well as the first stages of the post-war boom. Also a nostalgic point during the second half of TheSixties (with many war movies made during this time), as well during TheSeventies and ''especially'' TheEighties (for the exaggerated fashions, of course).

See Also: TheGayNineties, TheRoaringTwenties, TheGreatDepression, TheFifties, TheSixties, TheSeventies, TheEighties, TheNineties, TurnOfTheMillennium and TheNewTens.
!!Popular tropes included in this period are:
* AmericaWonWorldWarII: Among the people freed from the Axis such war movies were very popular.
* BabiesEverAfter: There's a reason people born for the 20 years after the end of the war were called "Baby Boomers".
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: No one knows for sure when the actual date started but 1945 was an acceptable year.
* CoolShades: Ray Ban aviator sunglasses started to become a must.
* DanceSensation: Swing, and in later years, Latin dances like mambo and salsa.
* DumbBlonde: While the sterotype surged [[TheRoaringTwenties two decades earlier]], the late forties saw the character type of the [[BrainlessBeauty pretty but dim]] blonde woman become really popular.
* TheEdwardianEra: Still a very strong nostalgic setting in the decade. Christian Dior's "New Look" designs were heavily based on this era.
* TheFashionista/ IWasQuiteAFashionVictim: While most fashions of the war era are seen today as hideous (such as the zoot suit), these were made out of necessity. And the not-so hideous "New Look" of the later part of the decade became this for many when the rationing got lifted up.
* FilmNoir: This genre was spawned out of the hard boiled detective stories. In fact, many of those stories were made into film noir adaptations.
* ForeignCultureFetish: Every American went gaga for Latin American stuff like sombreros, samba, mambo, conga, CarmenMiranda and fruit hats.
** Also in the list were all things Hawaiian/Polynesian; with printed shirts, lei necklaces, hibiscus on hair, tikis, and sarongs coming into the scene.
* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks: While comic books existed in some form or another since the late 19th century, this decade saw the rise in comic books as a common form of entertainment. Also NewspaperComics reached their zenith, with ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' being the most popular strip, while ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'', ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' and later ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' also were popular works of the period.
** FrancoBelgianComics: Many French and Belgian comics took over the European market after the war.
*** BelgianComics: While already popular during the 1930s with the success of ComicBook/{{Tintin}} (1929) and ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio (1938) the genre ''really'' became huge after the war, when the magazine ''Magazine/{{Spirou}}'' got published again and its rival ''Tintin'' became a magazine of its own too. Both attracted a lot of new talent, with names like ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'', ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'', ''ComicBook/BuckDanny'' as their first big successes. In Flanders, meanwhile comics also took off thanks to the enormous success of ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}''.
* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation: Starting of in the late 1920s, accelerating throughout the 1930s it reached the height of its popularity and artistic power in the 1940s, with Disney/{{Pinocchio}}, Disney/{{Fantasia}}, Disney/{{Dumbo}}, Disney/{{Bambi}}, WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}}, WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry and WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker as the iconic examples.
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Music/VeraLynn for the UK, Music/TheAndrewsSisters and Music/FrankSinatra for the USA.
* HardBoiledDetective: Introduced in the twenties, the trope reached its peak in this era.
* HighClassGloves: Continuing with [[TheThirties the last decade]]'s trend, a fashionable woman feels completely naked without gloves.
* {{Hipster}}: Hipsters originated from this time period. Their lifestyles differ from those today though.
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: A real threat during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but even after the war it was still used for dystopian war stories and comics, because the Japanese were still AcceptableTargets back then..
* MaltShop: Actually a bit OlderThanTheyThink.
* MusicOfThe1940s:
** BigBand: Music/GlennMiller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Music/DukeEllington, Harry James, ... every jazz band leader had one.
** {{Blues}}: Chicago blues made use of an electric guitar and heavy drum sound, popularized by John Lee Hooker and Music/MuddyWaters.
** {{Jazz}}: Be-bop Jazz was very popular during the second half of the decade. Music/CharlieParker and Dizzy Gillespie were the most famous musicians.
** NothingButHits: It ain't the '40s without tuning in ''"[[Music/GlennMiller In the Mood]]"'' or ''"[[Music/TheAndrewsSisters Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B]]"''
* NiceHat: Fedoras for men and women were everywhere. Brazilian actress CarmenMiranda ruled this trope with her headbands and turbans covered with fruit.
* NiceShoes: Since shoes were accessories, and accessories were not subject to rationing, shoe designs were very experimental starting with this decade, with higher, thinner[[note]]But not stiletto thin.[[/note]] heels, platforms, wedgies, sandals, sneakers, boots, and suedes coming to the platform.
** Special mention includes Rudolf and Adi Dassler; with such a SiblingRivalry, founded Puma and Adidas, respectively, at opposite sides of their hometown.
* PeekABangs: If not updos, then this would be a low-maintenance yet highly fashionable alternative thanks to Creator/LaurenBacall, Creator/RitaHayworth, and Creator/VeronicaLake. They're not recommended to wear them on factories, though.
* PimpedOutDress: Despite the fabric rationing, dresses, whether on special occasions, casual wear, or sportswear are considered elegant. Then the latter half of the decade went on straight thanks to rising couturiers like Dior and Balenciaga. Prominent designers include:
** Gilbert Adrian: a very prominent Hollywood designer, who had made costumes for over 200 films in his career. The most notable is the ruby slippers worn by Creator/JudyGarland in Film/TheWizardOfOz in 1939.
** Norman Hatnell: The royal dressmaker for TheHouseOfWindsor, famous for designing the wedding dress of the [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen then-Princess Elizabeth]] to Prince Philip in 1947.
** Claire Mccardell: A very savvy American designer of the "Make, Do, and Mend" era, famous for her practical and functional ready-to-wear clothing and sportswear.
** Christian Dior: Famous for relaunching the French fashion industry with his ultrafeminine New Look designs that debuted in 1947.
* SharpDressedMan [=/=] BadassInANiceSuit: for the gents, we have the [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi uniforms]] designed by Hugo Boss, the trenchcoats worn by private detectives, the ration-defying zoot suits, and the ultrafeminine New Look's SpearCounterpart, the savvy Bold Look.
* [[ShesGotLegs She's Got Gams]] / [[ShowSomeLeg Show Some Gam]]: On movies, dancing swing, playing golf, on the beach, with or without nylon stockings, entertaining soldiers, she's got it all. [[TheFlapper Her mother]] would have either been so proud, jealous, or shocked.
* ShouldersOfDoom: From dictators to soldiers to 1890s enthusiasts to Rosie Riveters to savvy women, emphasized and accented shoulders were the fad until 1947. The pads were revived [[TheEighties forty years later]], only [[BiggerIsBetter bigger]].
* {{Slapstick}}: Still popular, with Creator/WCFields, Creator/AbbottAndCostello, Creator/TheThreeStooges, Creator/BobHope and Music/DeanMartin and Creator/JerryLewis as the most iconic ones.
* SmokingIsGlamorous: Hollywood glamorized smoking still, with Creator/BetteDavis, Creator/LaurenBacall, Creator/HumphreyBogart as the most iconic examples.
* {{Suburbia}}: The "G.I. Bill" brought many ex-soldiers and their newly-formed families out of the big city. This also made Western states to have as many people as the ones at the Atlantic.
* TropeMakers and [[TropeCodifier Trope Codifiers]] of the era. With Hollywood, radio, wartime inventions and the emerging technological device, the television on fire with new media tropes, we have:
** AdolfHitlarious: Poking fun at UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler become more prominent during this era, with Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' as the most iconic example.
** {{Fanservice}}: While the trope had been omnipresent since time immemorial, the modern form of it exploded in this era with pin-ups of Betty Garble or Creator/RitaHayworth in lingerie or swimsuits, whose voluptuous figures were photographed by eager soldiers, painted on the noses of aircrafts or tattooed on sailors' bodies. The decade also gave us bikinis in 1946.
** AllGermansAreNazis: An association Germany is still trying to shed off.
** ItsAWonderfulPlot: While ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' would only become popular decades later it did introduce this StockParody.
** NighthawksShot: Edward Hopper's painting ''Nighthawks'' became so iconic that it reached StockParody status.
** RoswellThatEndsWell: The 1947 Roswell UFO incident introduced UFO's in popular culture.
** ScrewySquirrel / KarmicTrickster: Became popular archetypes in animation from the World War II era onward.
** TheVJDayKiss: Became a StockParody after a famous photograph of a soldier kissing a woman in the street was made on V-Day, 1945.
** WrenchWench: Motivated by Rosie the Riveter, the women set up to factories to help their men abroad.
* ThoseWackyNazis: The trope where Nazis are depicted as comedic buffoons started during World War Two in Allied propaganda.
* WartimeCartoon: Many early 1940s cartoons have references to war bonds, rationing and characters fighting against UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini or Japanese soldiers.
* WartimeWedding: Those who survived and lived to tell the tale may have [[BabiesEverAfter great rewards]].
* {{Yakuza}}: The golden age of the Japanese Yakuza was in the late 1940's, after Japan was defeated in World War II.
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough for me to return from the war.
!!Works that are made in this time period:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Momotarō no Umiwashi (Anime/MomotarosSeaEagles. A Japanese propaganda film, released in 1943.
* Momotarō: Umi no Shinpei (Anime/MomotarosDivineSeaWarriors). 1945 sequel to the above. The first Japanese feature-length animated film.
* Manga/SazaeSan. Comic strip. Started in April, 1946.

* [[http://www.artchive.com/artchive/h/hopper/nighthwk.jpg ''Nighthawks'']](1942) by Edward Hopper.

* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks was still ongoing.
* Franchise/{{Tintin}}. Series started in 1929.
** Recap/TintinTheCrabWithTheGoldenClaws (1941).
** Recap/TintinTheShootingStar (1942).
** Recap/TintinTheSecretOfTheUnicorn (1943).
** [[Recap/TintinRedRackhamsTreasure Red Rackham's Treasure]] (1944).
** Recap/TintinTheSevenCrystalBalls (1948).
** Recap/TintinPrisonersOfTheSun (1949).
* Franchise/TheFlash[=/=]Jason "Jay" Garrick. First appeared in January, 1940.
* ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}
** Hawkman/Carter Hall. First appeared in January, 1940.
** Hawkwoman/Hawkgirl/Shiera Sanders. First appeared in January, 1940.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel/Billy Batson]]. First appeared in February, 1940.
* ComicBook/TheSpectre. First appeared in February, 1940.
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}. First appeared in Spring, 1940.
* ComicBook/TheJoker. First appeared in Spring, 1940.
* ComicBook/{{Hourman}}/Rex Tyler. First appeared in March, 1940.
* ComicBook/LexLuthor. First appeared in April, 1940.
* ComicBook/{{Robin}}
** Robin/Richard "Dick" Grayson. First appeared in April, 1940. He would eventually become ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}.
* ComicBook/DoctorFate. First appeared in May, 1940.
* ComicBook/TheSpirit. First appeared in June, 1940.
* Franchise/GreenLantern/Alan Scott. First appeared in July, 1940.
* ComicBook/TheAtom. First appeared in October, 1940.
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse. Some of them were introduced in comic strips by Osborne and Taliaferro. Others in comic books by Creator/CarlBarks.
** Daisy Duck. Adapted to the medium in November, 1940.
** Neighbor J. Jones. First appeared in July, 1943. Redesigned and fleshed out in November, 1943.
** Grandma Duck/Elvira Coot. First appeared in September, 1943.
** Scrooge [=McDuck=]. First appeared in December, 1947.
** Gladstone Gander. First appeared in January, 1948.
* Abigail "Ma" Hunkel became the ComicBook/RedTornado in November, 1940.
* ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. Debuted in Winter, 1940.
* ComicBook/BuckyBarnes. First appeared in March, 1941.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. First appeared in March, 1941.
* ComicBook/RedSkull
** Red Skull/George Maxon. First appeared in March, 1941.
** Red Skull/Johann Schmidt. First appeared in October, 1941.
** Red Skull/Albert Malik. First appeared in March, 1947.
* ComicBook/PatsyWalker. First appeared in November, 1944.
* ComicBook/TomPoes. First appeared on March 16, 1941.
* ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}. First appeared in August, 1941.
* ComicBook/NelvanaOfTheNorthernLights. First appeared in August, 1941.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan. First appeared in August, 1941.
* ComicBook/PhantomLady. First appeared in August, 1941.
* ComicBook/LooneyTunes. First adapted to the medium in October, 1941.
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}. First appeared in November, 1941.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow. First appeared in November, 1941.
* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen. First named appearance in November, 1941.
* ComicBook/ArchieComics
** Archibald "Archie" Andrews. First appeared in December, 1941.
** Elizabeth "Betty" Cooper. First appeared in December, 1941.
** Forsythe Pendleton "Jughead" Jones III. First appeared in December, 1941.
** Fred Andrews. Father of Archie. First appeared in December, 1941.
** Mary Andrews. Mother of Archie. First appeared in December, 1941.
** Hal Cooper. Father of Betty. First appeared in December, 1941.
** Alice Cooper. Mother of Betty. First appeared in December, 1941.
** Coach Kleats. First appeared in February, 1942.
** Mr. Waldo Weatherbee. First appeared in Spring, 1942.
** Veronica "Ronnie" Lodge. First appeared in April, 1942.
** Reginald "Reggie" Mantle. First appeared in Summer, 1942.
** Miss Geraldine Grundy. First appeared in August, 1942.
** Hiram Lodge. Father of Veronica. First appeared in September, 1942.
** Hermione Lodge. Mother of Veronica. First appeared in Winter, 1942.
** Dilton Doiley. First appeared in February, 1948.
** Professor Elmer Benjamin Flutesnoot. Appeared c. April, 1948.
** Marmaduke "Big Moose" Mason. First appeared in 1949.
* Sandy the Golden Boy/Sanderson Hawkins. First appeared in December, 1941. He would later assume Characters/TheSandman identity.
* ComicBook/SevenSoldiers. First appeared in Winter, 1941.
* Franchise/WonderWoman. First appeared in December, 1941.
* ComicBook/{{Suzie}}. First appeared in July, 1942.
* ComicBook/TwoFace. First appeared in August, 1942.
* ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio. Fantasio first appeared in September, 1943. He was elevated to co-protagonist in October, 1944.
* ComicBook/VandalSavage. First appeared in Winter, 1943.
* Creator/ECComics, a publisher of many groundbreaking comics such as ''Tales from the Crypt'' and ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'', debuted in 1944.
* ComicBook/{{Superboy}}. First appeared in January-February, 1945.
* ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske.
** Wiske first appeared in March, 1945.
** Suske first appeared in December, 1945.
* ComicBook/KatyKeene. First appeared in Summer, 1945.
* ComicBook/BlackAdam. First appeared in December, 1945.
* ComicBook/MillieTheModel. First appeared in Winter, 1945.
* ComicStrip/PaulusDeBoskabouter. First published in February, 1946.
* ComicStrip/RipKirby. First appeared in March, 1946.
* ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer. First appeared in September, 1946.
* ComicBook/LuckyLuke. First appeared in September, 1946. Set in TheWildWest.
* ComicBook/BuckDanny. First appeared in January, 1947. The early storylines were set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* [[ComicStrip/TheWackyAdventuresOfPedro Pedro]][[labelnote:Full Name]]Don Juan Pedro Ladino de Philmonte[[/labelnote]]. First appeared in January, 1947.
* ComicBook/BlackCanary. First appeared in August, 1947.
* ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse
** Eega Beeva. First appeared in September, 1947.
** Rhyming Man. First appeared in April, 1948.
** Ellsworth Bheezer. First appeared in October, 1949.
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}. First appeared in October, 1947.
* ComicBook/{{Alix}}. First appeared in September, 1948.
* ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}. First appeared in October, 1948.
* ComicBook/TheRiddler. First appeared in October, 1948.

[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* Princess Iron Fan. 1941 animated feature film. The first Chinese feature-length animated film.
* The Lost Letter. 1945 Soviet cel-animated feature film.
* The Czech Year. 1947 Czechoslovak animated feature film.
* The Humpbacked Horse. 1947 Soviet animated feature film.
* The Emperor's Nightingale. 1949 Czechoslovak animated feature film.

* See FilmsOfThe1940s

* See LiteratureOfThe1940s

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On 25 February, 1940, an UsefulNotes/IceHockey game is televised. The first broadcast of its kind. The game was between the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens.
* On 28 February, 1940, a UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} game is televised. The first broadcast of its kind. The game was between the teams of Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh.
* On 10 March, 1940, a performance of the Metropolitan Opera of New York City is televised. The first of its kind. The show included excerpts from the ''Theatre/{{Pagliacci}}'' and four other operas.
* A 1941 decision of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows UsefulNotes/AmericanTelevisionStations to broadcast [[AdvertisingTropes Commercials]]. On 1 July, 1941, ten stations incorporate commercials to their programs. The first known television commercial was one for Bulova watches. Broadcast during a UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.
* ''Series/TruthOrConsequences'', the popular radio show, was simulcast on radio and television for a single day on 1 July, 1941. To attract viewers to the station showing it. The game would not return to television until 1950.
* ''Series/CBSTelevisionQuiz'' debuted in 2 July, 1941. Becoming the first regularly scheduled GameShow. It was cancelled in May, 1942. In favor of war-related programming.
* By a 1942 decision of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the minimum weekly programming time required of American stations is lowered from 15-hours to 4 hours for the duration of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Most stations switch to limited programming.
* The Voice of Firestone Televues, a television program featuring highlighted selections from opera and operetta, debuted in 1943. Later known as "The Voice of Firestone", it would become an early [[LongRunners Long runner]]. Broadcast in 1943-1947, 1949-1959, and 1962-1963.
* Missus Goes a Shopping, a GameShow, debuted in 1944. Broadcast by the [[Creator/{{CBS}} Columbia Broadcasting System]], it is considered a pioneer of its genre.
* Creator/{{NBC}} broadcast hours of news coverage on 8 May, 1945. In celebration of Victory in Europe Day. The network was preparing to resume full service, following years of limited programming during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* Moscow TV center resumed regular broadcasting on 15 December, 1945. It had went on hiatus during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* The [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Television Service]] resumed broadcasting on 7 June, 1946. It had went on hiatus in 1939 due to the outbreak of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* Regular network service by Creator/DuMont started on 15 August, 1946.
** The 1946-47 television season is generally regarded as the first season in the United States (Creator/{{NBC}} and [=DuMont=]), with 1949-50 being the first full season on all four networks at the time.
* Pinwright's Progress, a British television {{Sitcom}}, is considered the pioneer of its genre. Debuted in 1946.
* Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena, an American sports program, debuted in Creator/{{NBC}}. Running from 1946 to 1948. It was revived by [=DuMont=] from 1954 to 1956.
* ''Series/MeetThePress''. Television adaptation of the radio show. Debuted in 1947.
* Series/QueenForADay. First Simulcast for radio and television in 1947. Continued in this format from 1948 onwards.
* Series/{{Break the Bank|1945}}. Television adaptation of the radio show. Debuted in 1948.
* Series/CandidCamera. Debuted in 1948.
* Series/TheEdSullivanShow. Debuted in 1948.
* Series/WinnerTakeAll. Television adaptation of the radio show. Debuted in 1948.
* Radio/TheAldrichFamily. Television adaptation of the radio show. Debuted in 1949.
* Series/CaptainVideo. Debuted in 1949.
* Radio/TheLoneRanger. Television adaptation of the radio show. Debuted in 1949.
* Franchise/RipleysBelieveItOrNot. Television adaptation of the comic strip feature. Debuted in 1949.

* See MusicOfThe1940s.

* ''Pinball/HumptyDumpty'', the first game with electro-mechanical flippers, came out in 1947.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/FreddieBlassie
* Wrestling/EddieGraham. Debuted in 1947.
* Wrestling/AntoninoRocca. Earliest known in matches in Texas in 1948-49.
* [[Wrestling/BuddyRogers "The Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers]]
* Wrestling/LouThesz. Debuted in 1932, first laid claim to the NWA World Heavyweight Title in the late 1940s.
* [[Wrestling/GeorgeWagner George Wagner/Gorgeous George]]
* Wrestling/MaeYoung. Debuted in 1993, laid claim as one of the pioneers in women's wrestling during this decade.
* Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance. Formed in 1948.

* ''Radio/ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow''
* ''Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman''
* ''Franchise/MyFriendIrma''
* ''Radio/TheManBornToBeKing''

* ''Theatre/AnneOfTheThousandDays'' (1948) by Maxwell Anderson.
* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' (1947) by TennesseeWilliams.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The VideoGame/CathodeRayTubeAmusementDevice was created in 1947. It is one of the earliest known forms of video game.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad (1949)
* WesternAnimation/AndyPanda
* Disney/{{Bambi}} (1942)
* WesternAnimation/BarneyBear
* WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost
** WesternAnimation/TheresGoodBoosTonight (1948)
* WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts
** WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale
** WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck
*** Disney/DerFuehrersFace (1943)
** Disney/EducationForDeath (1943)
** WesternAnimation/{{Figaro}}
** WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}
** WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse
*** WesternAnimation/SymphonyHour (1942)
** WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse
** WesternAnimation/{{Pete}}
** WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup
*** Disney/SpringtimeForPluto (1944)
** WesternAnimation/MiscellaneousDisneyShorts
* WesternAnimation/ColorClassics
* WesternAnimation/CrusaderRabbit. Early television animation.
* Disney/{{Dumbo}} (1941)
* Disney/{{Fantasia}} (1940)
* WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheCrow
* Disney/FunAndFancyFree (1947)
* WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle
* WesternAnimation/HermanAndKatnip
* WesternAnimation/LittleAudrey
* ComicStrip/LittleLulu
* UsefulNotes/LooneyTunesInTheForties
** WesternAnimation/BookRevue (1946)
** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny
*** WesternAnimation/ElmersCandidCamera (1940)
*** WesternAnimation/AWildHare (1940)
*** WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyGetsTheBoid (1942)
*** WesternAnimation/ACornyConcerto (1943)
*** WesternAnimation/TortoiseWinsByAHare (1943)
*** WesternAnimation/LittleRedRidingRabbit (1944)
** WesternAnimation/CoalBlackAndDeSebbenDwarfs (1943)
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck
*** WesternAnimation/TheGreatPiggyBankRobbery (1946)
** WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys (1942)
** WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn
** WesternAnimation/PepeLePew
** WesternAnimation/PorkyPig
*** Film/YouOughtToBeInPictures (1940)
*** WesternAnimation/WagonHeels (1945)
** WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird
** WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner
* Disney/MakeMineMusic (1946)
* Disney/MelodyTime (1948)
* WesternAnimation/MGMOneshotCartoons
* WesternAnimation/MightyMouse
* WesternAnimation/MrBugGoesToTown (1941)
* WesternAnimation/MrMagoo
* WesternAnimation/{{Noveltoons}}
* WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit
* Disney/{{Pinocchio}} (1940)
* ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}
* WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu
* Film/TheReluctantDragon (1941)
* Disney/SaludosAmigos (1942)
* WesternAnimation/ScreenSongs
* WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons
** WesternAnimation/TheMadScientist (1941)
* WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons
** WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}}
** WesternAnimation/BlitzWolf (1942)
** WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood (1943)
** WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho (1943)
** WesternAnimation/NorthwestHoundedPolice (1946)
** WesternAnimation/KingSizeCanary (1947)
** WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie (1949)
* Disney/TheThreeCaballeros (1944)
* WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry
** WesternAnimation/PussGetsTheBoot (1940)
** WesternAnimation/TheCatConcerto (1947)
* WartimeCartoon
* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker
** WesternAnimation/{{Knock Knock|1940}} (1940)
** WesternAnimation/TheCrackedNut (1941)
** WesternAnimation/TheBarberOfSeville (1944)

!!Works that are set in this time period are:
[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/GhostGirlI.
* ComicBook/HowlingCommandos.
* ComicBook/NickFury.
* ComicBook/SgtRock.
* ComicBook/{{Steel}}. The original character.
* ComicBook/SuicideSquad. The original version of the Squad was founded in World War II. Depicted in origin stories and flashbacks.
* ComicBook/UnknownSoldier.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' (2011), based on the [[Franchise/{{Tintin}} comic series of the same name]]. Set in 1949, [[AllThereInTheManual according to the official art book]].
* ''Disney/ReturnToNeverLand'' (2002). Set around World War II.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AgentCarter'' (2013). Set in 1946.
* ''Film/TheAviator'' (2004)
* ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' (1971). Set in 1940.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' (2011). Set during World War II.
* ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'' (1991). Set in a DieselPunk version of 1948.
* ''Film/AChristmasStory'' (1983)
* ''Film/DeadAgain'' (1991). Set in both 1948 and 1949.
* ''Film/DevilInABlueDress'' (1995)
* ''Film/FarewellMyLovely'' (1975). Set in 1941.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'' (1972)
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'': The Pensieve flashback is set in 1943.
* ''Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn'' (1992)
* ''Film/MissPettigrewLivesForADay'' (2008). Set in 1938, as Europe is about to go to war.
* ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'' (2008). Set in 1946/1947.
* ''Film/MyDogSkip'' (2000)
* ''Film/NineteenFortyOne'' (1979). Set in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 1941]].
* ''Film/TheNotebook'' (2004)
* ''Film/RadioDays'' (1987)
* ''Film/TheTownThatDreadedSundown'' (1976). Set in 1946.
* ''Film/TheTripToBountiful'' (1985)
* ''Film/TuckerTheManAndHisDream'' (1988). Set in 1948.
* ''Film/WildWind'' (1985). Set in wartime Yugoslavia.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (1988). Set in 1947.
* ''Film/ProfessorMarstonAndTheWonderWomen'' (2017). Set in the early 1940s.

* ''Literature/BreakfastAtTiffanys'': The novella takes place in 1943-44.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'': The Pensieve flashback is set in 1943.
* ''[[Literature/TheAnderssons Roller och ridåer]]'' takes place in 1949. Judith has become obsessed with becoming a movie star (she has to settle for being a more modest actress), and she and her cousin Elisabet talk about "The New Look".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AgentCarter'', first season set in 1946 and second season set in 1947.
* ''Series/AlloAllo''
* ''Series/DadsArmy''
* ''Series/FoylesWar''
* ''Series/GoodnightSweetheart'' has its protagonist jumping back and forth between the '40s and his own time of TheNineties.
* ''Series/HogansHeroes''
* ''Series/LazyCompany'', set in summer 1944-France.
* ''Series/MobCity''
* The final episode of ''Series/{{Poirot}}'', "[[Literature/{{Curtain}} Curtain: Poirot's Last Case]]" (2013), takes place toward the end of 1949 (October 1949, if you will). And it is also a DeadlyDistantFinale, [[spoiler:in which our greatest Belgian detective, Literature/HerculePoirot, [[TheHeroDies dies of a heart attack after so many years of solving cases]]]].
* ''Series/RememberWENN'', begins in 1939 and ends more or less immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack.
* ''Series/TheWaltons'', beginning in season 6.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'': Historical setting ''Mage Noir'' covers the 1940s in the USA, with a focus on the latter half of the decade.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/CaptainAmericaSuperSoldier'': Video game adaptation of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.
* ''VideoGame/LANoire''. Set in 1947.
* ''VideoGame/MafiaII'' - The first few chapters are set in 1945.
* Pick a [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII World War II]] game, any World War II game.