TV Shows - 1950s

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Nat King Cole Show, The

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 5 7 (USA) This NBC series (the first TV variety show hosted by an African-American) began as a modest...

Adventures of Aggie, The

1 9 5 6 (UK) 26 x 30 minute episodes This early British made sitcom starred a US actress so it could be sold to America. The actress...

Cookery Lesson

1 9 5 6 (UK) Introduced by the bearded, round-faced and exuberant Philip Harben, Cookery Lesson introduced viewers to the basic principles of cooking. Considering the UK was...

Silver Sword, The

1 9 5 8 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes This children's war story from the BBC told the story (based on fact) of a family of...

Hotel de Paree

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 0 (USA) 32 x 30 minute episodes Sundance (Earl Holliman) is a reformed gunslinger just released from prison who...

Dangerous Assignment

1 9 5 2 (USA) 39 x 30 minute episodes 'The Commissioner' sent US special agent Steve Mitchell (Brian Donlevy) to exotic locales where he encountered adventure...

Hennesey

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) Jackie Cooper played Lt. Chick Hennesey, a WWII vet and Navy doctor in an onshore office. Abby...

Rocky King, Detective

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 4 (USA) One of DuMont's most popular and lasting programmes, this live crime series - originally called Rocky King,...

Studio One

1 9 4 8 - 1 9 5 8 (USA) Originally a CBS radio dramatic anthology series, Studio One (aka Westinghouse Studio One) debuted as a live television...

Today

1 9 5 2 - Current (USA) Today debuted on 14 January 1952 and was the first of its genre on American television in the world. Originally...

Tightrope (USA)

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 0 (USA) Mike Connors played an unnamed undercover police agent who infiltrated organised crime to expose the leaders...

Brenner

1 9 5 9 (USA) 26 x episodes Brenner was based on a one-shot January 1959 production from Playhouse 90 entitled 'The Blue Men'. Roy Brenner (Edward Binns) is...

Look at It This Way

1 9 5 5 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Eric Barker's fourth series for the BBC in the 1950s followed on from three series' of The...

Jack Jackson Show, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 9 (UK) Jack Jackson was a bandleader and trumpeter who gave up his musical career in the late...

Ted Ray Show, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 9 (UK) 28 x 60 minute episodes Comedian Ted Ray presented selections from his stand-up comedy routine and a...

Flying Doctor, The

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) 39 x 30 minute episodes Nearly 30 years before The Flying Doctors took off from Cooper's Crossing, tall, handsome...

Abigail and Roger

1 9 5 6 (UK) 9 x 20 minute episodes The comedy adventures of an engaged couple living separately (this was the 1950s) in London's bedsitter land,...

M Squad

  1 9 5 7 – 1 9 6 0 (USA) 117 x 30 minute episodes The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of...

Restless Gun, The

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 5 9 (USA) 77 x 30 minute episodes The 77 black and white episodes of television western The Restless Gun aired...

Top Town

1 9 5 4 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) Beginning as a radio series in 1950, Top Town was an inter-town competition, although unlike It's A Knockout (with...

FEATURED 1950s TELEVISION POSTS

Guess My Story

1 9 5 3 - 1 9 5 4 (UK) Peter West

Small Time

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 6 6 (UK) The children's series Small Time was designed as Rediffusion’s 15-minute slot for the under fives and greeted a new...

Date With The Angels

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 5 8 (USA) 33 x 30 minute episodes Betty White starred as newlywed Vicki Angel. Her husband was insurance salesman...

Medic

1 9 5 3 - 1 9 5 6  (USA) Set in LA and starring Richard Boone as Dr Konrad Styner, Medic was the first medical drama...

Boots and Saddles

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 0 (USA) 39 x 30 minute episodes Subtitled The Story of the Fifth Cavalry, this series told of brave uniformed...

Ivanhoe

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 5 9 (UK) 39 x 30 minute episodes Sir Walter Scott's novel about the knightly scourge of evil Prince John...

Crime Photographer

1 9 5 1 - 1 9 5 2 (USA)

Adventures of Twizzle, The

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 2 (UK) 52 x 15 minute episodes Twizzle, a toy boy with a Wee Willy Winkie hat and extendable legs...