Between 1948 and 1960, Johns Hopkins University produced four educational television series: The Johns Hopkins Science Review (March 9, 1948 to March 6, 1955), Tomorrow (March 26, 1955 to June 18, 1955), Tomorrow's Careers (September 17, 1955 to May 29, 1956), and Johns Hopkins File 7 (November 11, 1956 to May 29, 1960). These were recorded on kinescopes, 16mm films that recorded the show as it was broadcast directly from a cathode-ray monitor.
Even before Baltimore had its first television station, Johns Hopkins University administrators began to study the new medium as a way to promote the university's educational mission. In 1947 the Baltimore Sun newspaper announced that it would operate WMAR-TV. The station's program director and Lynn Poole, Hopkins's first director of public relations, began working together to produce The Johns Hopkins Science Review, an eight-week half-hour program. Initially telecast on March 9, 1948, only to the Baltimore area, the Science Review expanded its viewership on December 17, 1948 from Boston to Richmond, Virginia at the invitation of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). Thus Johns Hopkins became the first university to produce a sustained weekly educational program on a television network. In January 1949, the show was carried across the newly opened cable link to the Midwest, and CBS broadcast sixteen new Science Review episodes throughout the spring of 1949. In November 1949, the Science Review switched local stations from WMAR to WAAM, an affiliate of the DuMont Network, America's fourth television network, which operated from 1946 to 1955.
In 1951, The Johns Hopkins Science Review became the first American program to be seen in Europe, when Radiodiffusion Franaise, through UNESCO, requested kinescope recordings for telecasting in France. The United Nations distributed the programs in fifteen foreign countries. In 1952, at the invitation of British Broadcasting Corporation, the show became the first U.S. organization to present programs in Great Britain, as well as the first U.S. network show, of any variety, regularly scheduled by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. That same year, Science Review was being broadcast in the United States coast-to-coast in twenty-one cities over the DuMont Network
In late March, 1955, The Johns Hopkins Science Review had run its course and was transformed into Tomorrow, thirteen episodes about occupations and professions, especially those with a shortage in the workforce. This series expanded with Tomorrow's Careers, which ran from September 17, 1955 to May 29, 1956. Seeking to appeal to a wider audience, the following series, Johns Hopkins File 7, focused not only on science, medicine, and technology, but also arts and humanities. As the introduction to every File 7 show reminded the audience, "All human advancement begins with education."
By the time the programs came to a close in May, 1960, victim to budget woes and program competition, they had already won a host of awards. The Science Review won the George Foster Peabody Award for outstanding educational program of the year in both 1950 and 1952. TV Guide and TV Forecast also honored the program with their awards in 1950. Other awards include a citation from the National Association for Better Radio and Television (1951), the New Jersey Teachers Association Award for Special Merit (1951), the Freedoms Foundation Medal of Honor (1952), and the Christopher Award (1954).