[[caption-width-right:300:Left to right: Fred Smith, Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd and Billy Ficca.]]

Television were a cult PunkRock[=/=][[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] band from the USA, active between 1973-1978, 1992-1993 and since 2001. Its core lineup includes guitarist/vocalist Tom Verlaine, guitarist/vocalist Richard Lloyd, bassist/vocalist Fred Smith and drummer Billy Ficca. Early on, their line-up also included guitarist Richard Hell, who would go on to front the Voidoids, another influential punk group.

The band were famous for being more technically proficient than the punk scene they were associated with, with their SignatureStyle involving complex, interlocking guitars (influenced by Music/VelvetUnderground, Music/{{Love}} and Buffalo Springfield) and extended {{Improv}}s and jamming.

* ''Music/MarqueeMoon'' (1977)
* ''Adventure'' (1978)
* ''Television'' (1992)

* AlbumTitleDrop: "Marquee Moon".
* CityNoir: The setting of most of Verlaine's lyrics. "Broadway looks so medieval", to quote "Venus."
* EpicRocking: "Marquee Moon", "Torn Curtain", "The Fire", "The Dream's Dream", "Little Johnny Jewel".
* MeaningfulName[=/=]RedOniBlueOni: According to one story, youngsters Thomas Miller and Richard Meyers ran away from a boarding school and set fire to a field. When questioned by the cops, Miller (who would later rename himself Verlaine after the 19th century French poet) said he [[{{Angst}} just wanted to feel warm]]; Meyers (who would later rename himself {{Hell}}) said [[PyroManiac he just wanted to see it burn]].
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Lower than usual for a PunkRock band, as befits their unusual sound (for the genre, at least)- Television's work ranges from a 2 ("Guiding Light", "Days") up to about a 5 on a few rare occasions ("Foxhole" is a good example, powered as it is by a [[Music/TheRollingStones Stones-y]] groove). Most of their work is in the 3-4 range, though.
* NonIndicativeName: They were a band, having nothing to do with TV at all.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Verlaine.
* ReCut: On the original LP release of ''Marquee Moon'', the title track, right in the middle of the album, had to be significantly edited to fit on the disc. For the CD re-release, the song was restored to its full length.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their 1992 reunion album.
* ShoutOut: The "[[SpellingSong F-R-I-C-T-I-O-N]]" in "Friction" is a ShoutOut to [[Music/VanMorrison Them's]] "Gloria." Verlaine dated Music/PattiSmith, who did a famous cover of the song.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Completely averted, despite Television's frequent categorisation as a PunkRock band (this may be because they played it when it was still an UnbuiltTrope). Some of the band's songs have standard chorus/verse structure, but still manage to be more complicated than average punk songs, and some leave all semblance of normal structure behind entirely and take off into the stratosphere (good examples of this being "Marquee Moon" and "Little Johnny Jewel").
* TitleDrop:
** Every song on ''Marquee Moon'' drops their title at some point.
** Verlaine stealth-drops the band's name in at least two songs - "Elevation" ("'Elevision, don't go to my head") and "Little Johnny Jewel" ("He just had to tell-a-vision")
* TitleTrack: ''Marquee Moon'' has one. One was recorded for ''Adventure'', but it was left off the initial releases of the album and wasn't released until the 2003 Rhino remaster. This is an AvertedTrope on the band's SelfTitledAlbum.
* TropeCodifier: Along with The Music/VelvetUnderground, for many an AlternativeRock band. Similarly, Richard Hell often counts as the TropeCodifier for PunkRock.
* UnbuiltTrope: For a band that's considered one of the very first punk bands, they don't sound very punky at all with the complex songs full of jams. If they had more keyboards, they probably would have been classified as a ProgressiveRock band.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell were this for a long time...
** WeUsedToBeFriends: ...Until their personal and professional relationship fell apart. Factors included Verlaine gradually taking creative control of the band and Hell's heroin use.