20th Television (spelled as "Twentieth Television") started out as the television syndication arm of 20th Century Fox Television. Previously under Fox Television Stations, it was launched in 1989 originally as an in-name-only brand of TCFTV known as "Twentieth Television Corporation" (and structurally officialized in 1995). 20th Television also produced their own programs and distributed them across the nation. Sometime in 2020, a year after The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of 20th Century Fox and its divisions, the original 20th Television was merged into Disney Media Distribution, and TCFTV was rebranded to the name of the former on August 10, 2020 as part of a corporate restructuring. The short-lived revival of Touchstone Television would be folded into 20th Television in December of that year.
Nicknames: "The Searchlights", "Early CGI Searchlights", "Zooming Tower", "The Tower of Tepidity", "The 20th Tower", "Tower of Annoyance", "Tower of Plastering"
Logo: We see a close-up of the familiar Fox structure, but now it's in CGI and reads "20th TELEVISION". A steel line appears below and the area that would normally be reserved for "FOX" is replaced by a simple gold rectangle. The logo zooms out to the familiar Fox logo distance. The whole logo is set at daytime as opposed to the usual sunset background of the film logo.
Trivia: This logo was also used to represent 20th Century Fox Television from September 18, 1992-April 16, 1995, replacing the 1981-1993 "20th Television Fox" logo.
Byline: Starting on September 4, 1994 with The Simpsons episode "Bart of Darkness", the byline "A NEWS CORPORATION COMPANY" faded in below the logo. Most programs removed the byline after late August 2013.
- In the logo's early years (before the use of the byline), the zoom out appeared slower and the opening shot was much closer to the structure.
- In 2008, the 20th TV logo was given a more "enhanced" look with more realistic effects, just like its network television counterpart. If one looks closely, parts of the "T" and "E" are perfectly straight. However, some Adult Swim and TBS airings of Family Guy S7-10 episodes use the 1992 logo with the byline and the 1995 fanfare.
- A slightly longer version of the 1994 logo, where the two searchlights to the right (behind the structure) touch each other and the front right searchlight leans toward the left, exists.
- Four variants of the 2008 logo exist: a short version where the byline fades in during the zoom out and the first few notes of the jingle are heard; a normal version; a slightly longer version (as described of the 1994 logo above); and a long version where the two searchlights to the right (behind the structure) touch each other, but the second searchlight goes much farther to the right, while the front right searchlight leans farther to the left. A still of the 1994 20th Television & 1995 TCFTV logos (promotional) also show the searchlights in the same position as the long version of the 2008 logo.
- There is an opening variant of this logo. It's exactly the same, except the zoom out is very slow and choppy, and it's also silent and bylineless.
- On local reruns of South Park, TBS's airings of Yes, Dear and the split-screen credits on Spike's airings of Cops, the logo appears as usual without animation.
- There is also a B&W variant of this logo for classic Fox shows and movies in B&W which appears on, inexplicably, some early episodes of Family Guy (these episodes sometimes have the logo fade out), such as "Love Thy Trophy" and "If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'," on Adult Swim and TBS. A B&W variant of the 2008 logo was spotted on the film It Happens Every Spring on TCM.
- An in-credit variant seen on Sherman Oaks shows the bylineless logo inside a box and animating with "DISTRIBUTED BY" appearing above. The closing theme of the show is heard.
- On the ultra short-lived sitcom Dudley, the text "in association with" fades in and fades out below.
- On season 11 of Family Feud (with Steve Harvey), season 3 of The Wendy Williams Show, and some episodes of the syndicated Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, the byline fades in early while the logo zooms out.
- A still version is seen on some syndicated reruns of South Park.
- On some shows in 2008, the 4:3 version of the 2008 20th Television logo was stretched to fill a 16:9 TV or preserved with sidebars.
- On season 3 of The Wendy Williams Show, the widescreen version was squashed or stretched to fill a 4:3 TV.
- On syndicated prints of Rising Sun (2011 print) and Speed (2012 print), the frame-rate/animation is fast-paced.
- Since late August 2013, the logo is bylineless once again. This can be seen on Dish Nation, Divorce Court, and syndicated prints of The Cleveland Show, Modern Family, and King of the Hill (plastering the 1994 20th Television logo). Strangely, the 2013-2014 season of both Family Feud and The Wendy Williams Show continued to use the byline.
- At the end of an X-Files ad on the 1995 Hong Kong Laserdiscs of the Star Wars Trilogy, the slightly longer 1994 20th Television logo (after the zoom out) fades in and out (no fanfare).
- Sometimes, the logo will play as usual but will end in a freeze frame. This was seen on a few episodes of Forgive or Forget. An airing of Garfield's Fun Fest on Cartoon Network once did the same thing (extended version only).
- A 4:3 variant of the 2013 logo exists at the end of most newer prints of 4:3 Fox-distributed shows, especially on Antenna TV.
- On syndicated reruns of Futurama, the logo is changed into "30th TELEVISION".
- A letterbox (2.2:1 or 2.35:1) version of the 2008 logo appears at the end of some widescreen movies on TCM, including The Agony and the Ecstasy.
- A warp-speed version also exists.
- On some prints, such as Spike's print of The Transporter 2 and syndie prints of Tosh-O, the 2008 logo fades in as well as out.
- The 1994 logo is cropped to matted 1.78:1 in rare cases.
- On some prints of The Simpsons episodes between 1992 and 1994, the 1992 logo fades in near the end of the zoom out, and then fades out a few seconds later. It's similar in a way to the 1994/5 variant with the byline, barring the fade in at the start. Channel 4's print of the episode "Homer the Heretic" features this variation.
FX/SFX: The logo zooming out and the clouds and searchlights moving. On local reruns of South Park and TBS reruns of Yes, Dear with split-screen credits, it's a still logo.
Music/Sounds: Here are the main versions:
- 1992-1995: The 1989 TCFTV logo theme.
- 1992-1995: A revamped version of the 1989 theme, without the reverberation of the 1989 theme. It would be used for the 1995 TCFTV logo.
- 1993-1995: The remastered TCFTV 1989 jingle. It is similar to the above variation, but slightly slower in tempo.
- 1995-2008: A re-arranged and re-recorded variant of the 1989 TCFTV jingle by Bruce Broughton. This one is more reverberant than the original, but it's slightly different from the 1995 TCFTV theme, namely less [audible] drum beats.
- 1997-: The 1997 TCFTV logo theme.
- 2008-: The 2007 TCFTV logo theme.
- 2008-: The short version of the 1997 20th Century Fox fanfare. It sounds like an extended version of the 1995 fanfare. It's seen on King of the Hill on Adult Swim.
- 2009-: Shortened version of above. Sounds like a re-arranged version of the 1995 jingle, but not quite the 2007 TCFTV logo theme. It's seen on TV broadcasts of Die Hard 2 on AMC, as well as the King of the Hill S4 episode "Peggy's Fun Fair" on Adult Swim.
- September 2009-: There is a shortened version that plays the first few notes of the theme and the rest fades out. This version can be seen on syndicated prints of Revolution Studios movies, Family Feud since season 12, The Wendy Williams Show, and Modern Family.
- September 27, 2020-: The 2015 TCFTV logo theme. A warp-speed version of it also exists.
- December 21, 2020-: The shortened 1997 TCFTV theme seen on American Dad!.
- In some cases, it uses the closing theme of the show or is silent, such as on Alien Nation: Body and Soul.
- There was a low tone of the remastered 1989 theme from 1992-1995 on reruns of Dynasty. A low tone version of the 1995 theme exists. This was spotted on a later French print of the pilot episode of Manimal.
- Same as before, on some co-produced shows, a generic theme was used.
- A version exists on 2007-2008 episodes of Family Guy that is the present day jingle, but sounds like it is played on a xylophone.
- Syndie prints of Family Guy using the '92 logo have a loud, pronounced version of the 1995 TCFTV jingle. When syndie/network prints of Cops and other shows use this jingle, it sounds normal.
- On older syndicated prints of Revolution Studios movies, the Bruce Broughton version of the TCFTV jingle sounds rather loud and is slightly cut off at the beginning. One example is the syndicated print of 13 Going on 30 when it aired back in January 2010.
- Since sometime in 2012, on syndicated prints of Revolution Studios movies, the sound quality of the 2008 jingle (variants of the 1997 20th Century Fox jingle) -- whether short, normal, or long -- sounds a little less crisp. One example is the 2013 syndicated print of Perfect Stranger. On some Fox Television Studios shows like The Hughleys, the 20th Television logo plasters the Fox Television Studios logo, but the Fox Television Studios jingle/sounds remain intact.
- On airings of the M*A*S*H S1 episodes "Love Story" on Hallmark Channel and "Cowboy" on DVD, on Centric's airing of In Living Color S2 episode "Anton at the Recruiter", the 1995 Fox Video VHS release of The Making of Star Wars, a later print of The Paper Chase S1 episode "The Man Who Would Be King", and a CBS Drama (UK) airing of a season 7 episode of Dynasty ("The Affair"), the 1965 TCFTV theme is heard, due to sloppy plastering. A variant with the 1965 TCFTV theme in low tone exists. This was spotted on a later French print of the second episode of Manimal.
- On Me-TV's print of the Batman S2 episode "That Darn Catwoman", the 1961 TCFTV theme is heard. On 2008-2010 episodes of Family Feud and local syndicated reruns of Futurama, the 1995 and 2008 themes were edited a bit, with the second half only.
- On syndicated prints of shows like King of the Hill and Cops, the original 20th Television jingles from 1995 and 1997 may be heard during the 2008 logo. In exceptional cases, a soundbite of the show is used.
- The syndie print of the How I Met Your Mother episode "w/Bro Code 107" shows the short version of the '08 logo but the normal-length fanfare plays during the other half of the Bays-Thomas logo. The fanfare has a [subtle] choir too.
- On airings of the Family Guy episode "He's Bla-ack!" on Adult Swim, the 2013 20th Television logo is used, yet the 1995 fanfare is heard. Usually, the 2013 TCFTV logo is used on newer episodes, with the correct fanfare.
- On the syndie print of the Family Guy episode "Chris Cross", a portion of the '08 20th Television fanfare used on the 2007 TCFTV logo can be heard when cutting to black before the SAP cast.
- On Channel 4 broadcasts of a small number of episodes of The Simpsons (noticeable on the episode "Last Exit to Springfield"), the audio for the 1992 fanfare fades out very quickly as the last note plays.
- On some Family Guy episodes, AMC's prints of Omen IV: The Awakening and Mr. Popper's Penguins, and CourtTV Mystery's airings of Sleeping With the Enemy, the 1995 theme is heard on the 2013 logo.
- On a airing of the Family Guy episode "Road to the Multiverse" on Adult Swim from April 1, 2017, the 1997 TCFTV jingle is strangely made in a glitch. This is what happened to other AS shows on this broadcast day (e.g. Seinfeld stings, laugh track, robotic voices, pitch shifted voices, etc.).
- On the Simpsons episode "The Man from G.R.A.M.P.A.", the theme has a weird echo effect, which has the mix of the full and shorter versions.
Availability: Ultra common.
- This was plastered onto most shows that Fox distributes, even classic shows they own, with the exception of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (the 1960s TCFTV logo is integrated into the closing credits with the closing theme). It even shows up on DVDs of Fox shows.
- The opening variant is only seen on some TV airings of the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, though AMC's print of the film shows the 1994 20th Television logo at the beginning of the film.
- On the Christmas with the Simpsons DVD, it plasters over the 6th 20th Century Fox Television logo on the Christmas special. Most episodes of The Simpsons on DVD up until towards the end of season 6 have this logo (though a few episodes on the season 1 and 3 DVD sets use the original 1989-1993 TCFTV logo instead), although it did make an appearance at the end of the season 9 episode "The Principal and the Pauper".
- Strangely, it is seen after the TCFTV logo on many episodes of Family Guy and Futurama on Adult Swim and TBS. The enhanced version is just as common, and was seen until 2019 on Family Feud, Divorce Court, and The Wendy Williams Show, among other current series, before 2 of 3 were transferred to CBS Television Distribution, as well as King of the Hill reruns on Adult Swim & syndication, reruns of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? on GSN, and Netflix viewings, and the StarVista/Time Life DVDs of The Wonder Years (plastering the New World Television logo). One early sighting of the enhanced variant was Cartoon Network's airing of Garfield Gets Real.
- The 1992 version of this logo also plasters the original 1981 TCFTV logo on Shout! Factory's season 1 (1986-87) DVD release of L.A. Law; it also plasters 17 of 20 episodes on the season 2 (1987-88) release (3 of them have the original TCFTV logo intact).
- Strangely, this has plastered the original 20th Century Fox logo on the trailer of Project X (the 1987 film starring Matthew Broderick) on recent home releases of the film. The enhanced logo, with News Corporation byline appears on various episodes from season 1 and 2 of the 2014 Shout! Factory complete series release of The Bob Newhart Show. This plasters the 2007 TCFTV logo on Family Guy episode "Lois Comes Out of Her Shell" on Adult Swim. The earliest sighting of the extended bylineless logo was on the syndie print of Family Guy's season 11 finale.
- The bylineless logo plasters the one with the byline that used to appear on syndie prints of Family Guy seasons 10 & 11 episodes. The 1995 variant makes a surprise appearance at the end of the VHS release of Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask and some seasons 1 and 4 episodes of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia on international airings.
- Oddly, many Hill Street Blues reruns on Heroes & Icons use prints where this is seen at the end alone, plastering the MTM Enterprises logo. As such, it cuts in abruptly and interrupts the end theme.
- On current prints (digital, TV, etc...) of Home Alone 4, the 2008 version plasters the Fox Television Studios logo.
- Since 20th Century Fox Television was dissolved on August 10, 2020, the bylineless logo can be first seen on the new seasons of the Animation Domination shows on Fox, the ones being The Simpsons (using the 2008 jingle), Bob's Burgers (using the 2007 TCFTV jingle) and Family Guy (using the 1997 TCFTV jingle), as well as the second and final season of Bless the Harts (using the 2015 TCFTV jingle), replacing the 2013 TCFTV logo. Despite America's Most Wanted was co-produced by 20th Television from 1989 to 2012, this logo may appear on new episodes of returning shows (as well as the upcoming shows) from 20th Century Fox Television's replacement in the 2020-2021 TV season.
- Don't expect to see this on Hoops, Filthy Rich and NeXt due to 20th Century Fox Television rebranding as 20th Television in 2020.
Editor's Note: A marvelous CGI re-imagining of the classic Fox logo, which predated the actual 20th Century Fox CGI logo by two years. However, this also garnered a lot of resentment by many due to this consistently plastering over old logos, hence the nickname "Tower of Plastering".
Here is some information about the copyright stamps on 20th Television series (starting in 2020):
- 2020-present: © [YEAR] 20th Television