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Logo description by Matt Williams, James Stanley Barr, Nicholas Aczel', Donny Pearson, and D.L. Chandell Logo captures by Eric S., V of Doom, and CuriousGeorge60 Editions by V of Doom, Mr. Logo Lord, Shadeed A. Kelly, Logophile, and CuriousGeorge60 Video captures courtesy of Joe500000, JohnnyL80, and Donny Pearson


Background: 20th Television (spelled as "Twentieth Television") is the television syndication arm of News Corporation's 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Television Stations that was launched in 1986 originally as an in-name-only brand of TCFTV known as "Twentieth Television Corporation" (and structurally officialized in 1995). 20th Television also produces their own programs and distributes them across the nation.

Background Trivia: The name was inspired on a visual play on words stemming from the word "TELEVISION" covering the "CENTURY" row of the 20th Century Fox tower for their television logo rendition from that era (as was the practice from 1960 to 1992), reading "20th Television Fox".


1st logo (April 5, 1987-June 13, 2013)


Nicknames: "The Searchlights", "CGI Searchlights", "Zooming Tower", "The Tower of Tepidity", "The 20th Tower"

Logo: We see a close-up of the familiar Fox structure, but now it's in CGI and reads "20th TELEVISION", with a steel line below that (that would normally be reserved for "FOX") replaced by a simple golden rectangle. The logo zooms out to the familiar Fox logo distance.

Trivia: This logo was also used to represent 20th Century Fox Television from September 1992-April 1995, replacing the 1981-1992 "20th Television Fox" logo.

Bylines: 2008-2010 "A NEWS CORPORATION COMPANY" began fading in below the logo in 1994.

Variants:

  • In the logo's early years, there was no byline. The zoom-out appeared to be more slower.
  • In 2008, the 20th TV logo was given a more "enhanced" look with more realistic effects, just like its network television counterpart. However, on Adult Swim prints of Family Guy S7 episodes, it still uses the 1992 logo with the byline and the 1995 fanfare.
  • There is an opening variant of this logo. It's exactly the same, except the zoom-out is very slow and choppy, and also it's silent and bylineless.
  • On local reruns of South Park and TBS's split-screen credits of Yes, Dear, the logo appears as usual without animation during the TBS "(Name of Series) Starts Right Now!" bumper, even with vanity cards.
  • There is also a B&W variant of this logo for classic Fox shows and movies in B&W. A B&W variant of the 2008 logo was spotted on the film It Happens Every Spring on TCM.
  • On Adult Swim's print of the King of the Hill S1 episode "Hank's Unmentionable Problem", it has the 1995 jingle, but after it ends, the searchlights still scroll before cutting to black.
  • An in-credit variant seen on Sherman Oaks shows the bylineless logo inside a box and animating with "DISTRIBUTED BY" appearing above.
  • On the ultra short-lived sitcom Dudley, the text "in association with" fades in and fades out below.
  • On some episodes of the syndicated Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, the Steve Harvey version of Family Feud, and season 3 of The Wendy Williams Show, the byline fades in early while the logo zooms out. On a S2 episode of Pello, tilted What Taps are For, the logo appears in widescreen.
  • A still version is seen on syndicated reruns of South Park.
  • As of September 13, 2010, the widescreen version appears squashed to fit a 4:3 TV. Seen since season 3 of The Wendy Williams Show.
  • On a few local syndicated rerun episodes of Futurama, the zooming out is much faster and the 2008 30th Television logo replaces the "30th Century Fox Television" logo, and sometimes there is no byline present.

FX/SFX: The logo zooming out. However, on local reruns of South Park and TBS' reruns of Yes, Dear with split-screen credits, there is no animation at all.

Music/Sounds: Here are the main versions:*

  • 1987-1995: Extremely short version of the 1979 Fox jingle.
  • 1992-1995: A revamped version of the 1987 theme, without the reverberation of the 1987 theme. Would be used for the 1995 TCFTV logo.
  • 1993-1995: The remastered 1987 jingle. It is similar to the above variation, but it is slightly slower in tempo.
  • 1995-2008: A re-arranged and re-recorded variant of the 1987 by Bruce Broughton. This one is more reverberant than the original, but it's slightly different from the 1995 TCFTV theme.
  • 1997-2008: The 1997 TCFTV logo theme.
  • 2008-: The 2007 TCFTV logo theme.
  • 2008-june 13th 2013 The short version of the 20th Century Fox fanfare. It sounds like an extended version of the 1995 fanfare. Seen on King of the Hill on Adult Swim.
  • 2009- june 13th 2013 Shortened version of above. Sounds like a re-arranged version of the 1995 jingle, but not quite the 2007 TCFTV logo theme. 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 13, 2010- june 13th 2013 There is a shortened version that plays the first few notes of the theme and the rest fades out.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • In some cases, it uses only the closing theme of the show, or is completely and utterly silent, such as on Alien Nation: Body and Soul.
  • There was a low tone of the remastered 1987 theme from 1992-1995 on reruns of Dynasty.
  • 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.
  • Sometimes, it uses the Fox Television Studios theme. Because some Fox Television Studios shows like The Hughleys, have this logo plaster it with its original music left intact.
  • On prints of the M*A*S*H S1 episodes "Love Story" on Hallmark Channel and "Cowboy" on DVD, on Centric's print of the In Living Color S2 episode "Anton at the Recruiter", and the 1995 Fox Video VHS release of The Making of Star Wars, the 1965 TCFTV theme is heard.
  • On the 1966 TV series Batman S2 episode "That Darn Catwoman", the 1961 TCFTV theme is heard.
  • On Family Feud and local syndicated reruns of Futurama, the 1995 and 2008 themes were edited a bit, with the second half only.
  • In exceptional cases, a soundbite of the show is used.
  • A warp-speed version also exists.

Availability: Very common. Plastered onto most every show Fox distributes, even most classic shows they own. It even shows up on DVDs of Fox shows (such as The Simpsons). The opening variant is very rare, because it is only seen on the DVD and TV airings of the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure. The enhanced variant can be seen on current episodes of The Morning Show with Mike & JulietFamily FeudChristina's CourtJudge AlexDivorce CourtDon't Forget the LyricsAre You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, and The Wendy Williams Show, among other current series and as well as King of the Hill reruns on Adult Swim. On the Christmas with the Simpsons DVD, it plasters over the 3rd 20th Century Fox Television logo on the Christmas special. Most episodes of The Simpsons on DVD up until season 7 has this logo (though a few episodes on the season 1 and 3 DVD sets use the original 1988-1992 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 on Family Guy on Adult Swim. Also plasters the New World Television logo on Netflix viewings of The Wonder Years. Tapes of The Tracey Ullman Show should have this logo, too.

Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:

  • 1987-1995: None.
  • 1993-1995: None.
  • 1995-2008: Low.
  • 1997-2008: Low to medium.
  • 2008-: None.
  • 2008-: Minimal to low. It may surprise you the first time you see it.
  • 2009- (Shortened version): None.
  • Low for the opening variant.
  • None with the closing and generic themes, depending on the theme.
  • None for the silent variant.
  • Low to medium with the 1961 and 1965 fanfares.
  • None for the still version.

2nd logo (July 7, 2001-present)

Nicknames: "The Searchlights II", "CGI Searchlights II", "Zooming Tower II", "The Tower of Tepidity II", "The 20th Tower II", "Enhanced Tower"

Logo The same as before, but it is enhanced and the simple golden rectangle has been removed.

Variants:

  • In the logo's early years, the registered trademark (R) was already there.
  • In 2013, the 20th TV logo was given a more "enhanced" look with more realistic effects, just like its network television counterpart. However, on Adult Swim prints of Family Guy S7 episodes, it still uses the 1992 logo with the byline and the 1995 fanfare.

FX/SFX see above

Music/Sounds: Here are the main versions

2001-2006 the 1993 jingle from the last jingle

2007-2012 a selfishly rearranged fast vesion of the above jingle used to start the fading registered trademark

2013-present same as the 2007-2012 jingle but slower


Music/Sounds Variants:

  • In some cases, it uses only the closing theme of the show, or is completely and utterly silent, such as on Alien Nation: Body and Soul.
  • A low tone version of the 1993 theme exists, and appears on some 2002 episodes of Family Guy.
  • 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 2007 jingle, but sounds like it is played on a xylophone.
  • Sometimes, it uses the Fox Television Studios theme.
  • on the simpsons the 1988 tcftv plays on this logo
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