When did color TV become popular in homes?
Color TV didn't come out until the late 50's. And at that time,
most programs were in black and white so it didn't make much
difference. One of the first color programs in color was the
western, Bonanza. Followed by The World of Disney and then color
programming grew from there.
Personally, we got our first color TV in the early sixties (A
Zenith). It weighed a ton because of the huge power transformers
and it seemed like every 90 days or so it required a service call
to have someone come out to test and change the vacuum tubes that
were getting weak. The colors would smear, get blurry, etc.
It really wasn't until transistors were used in TV's that they
became less of a service nightmare and expense to own and operate.
The old tube sets also ate up the juice, coming in around 360 watts
of power consumption.