TV Shows – 1950s

Alcoa Theatre

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 0 (USA)

Aldrich Family, The

1 9 4 9 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) Before it became a successful sitcom on television, The Aldrich Family had been a long-running and popular radio show (1939 - 1953). While the radio show aired for 14 years, the TV series (which ran concurrently with the radio programme) lasted only three and a half years. The(...)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) Although only 20 of the 300 episodes of this anthology of murder mysteries were directed by the Master of Suspense, he presented every episode - usually from some macabre setting, such as an electric chair or impaled on a pole like a scarecrow - signing off(...)

All Star Revue

1 9 5 1 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) Comedy variety shows were popular in America during television's first decade of prominence in the late 1940s - early 1950s. One popular series that used this format was NBC's All Star Revue, which starred a rotating roster of big-name show business stars as weekly hosts. Such well-known(...)

All Your Own

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) Introduced by Huw Wheldon (later to become BBC Director of Television) and frequently produced by a young Cliff Michelmore, All Your Own gave children the opportunity to display their own individual skills and talents or discuss their hobbies and pastimes. The show guided a young guitarist by the(...)

American Bandstand

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 8 9 (USA) American Bandstand became a powerful symbol of American teenage culture with its nearly four-decade look at the ever-changing tastes of the country's youth. Featuring guest artists who lip-synced to their latest tunes, and a teenage audience whose members danced for the cameras, the show launched a conga(...)

Amos ‘n’ Andy

1 9 5 1 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) 78 x 30 minute episodes Amos 'n' Andy had been one of radio's biggest hits, but its creators and stars (Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll) were whites who portrayed blacks, which worked perfectly well on radio, but was simply not going to cut-it on television! And so(...)

Andy Pandy

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 7 (UK) 26 x black & white episodes 1 9 7 0 (UK) 13 x colour episodes Although Andy Pandy was actually produced in the late fifties, it was repeated often up to 1980 as the mainstay of the Watch With Mother series. Initially it was shown in the afternoon between 3:45pm and(...)

Andy Williams Show, The

1 9 5 8 (USA) 1 9 5 9 (USA) 1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 1 (USA) The first Andy Williams Show aired on ABC as a summer replacement in 1958. He then moved to CBS before, in 1962, settling with NBC - where he would stay until(...)

Andy’s Gang

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 6 0 (USA) Andy Andy Devine Midnight, the cat June Foray Tige, the dog Bud Tollefson Old Grandie, the witch June Foray The Teacher Billy Gilbert The Maharajah Lou Krugman The Poet Alan Reed Buster Brown Jerry Maren Gunga Ram Nino Marcel

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 5 9 (UK) Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? presented distinguished specialists attempting to guess the nature of museum exhibits. It wasn't as dull as it sounds on paper - It was one of the BBC's first major panel games, and the Queen liked it! Once a fortnight, a team of three experts tried to identify(...)

Ann Sothern Show, The

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) Ann Sothern, an important film actress in the 1930s and 1940s, was one of the first Hollywood stars to have a popular situation comedy series on television. Private Secretary was on the air from 1953 until 1957, when Sothern decided to change the format of her series(...)

Annie Oakley

1 9 5 3 - 1 9 5 6 (USA) 81 x 30 minute episodes A gun-toting, pigtailed Annie Oakley (an actual American Wild West character starring with the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show in the late 1800's) became the main character of a 30-minute television adventure series directed towards younger viewers. Mostly fiction, the(...)

Appleyards, The

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 5 7 (UK) 160 x 20 minute episodes BBC television's first foray into soap opera was actually children's programme The Appleyards, which went out once every two weeks from 1952 to 1957. Its tales of serial ordinariness made it the junior version of the BBC's own The Grove Family, which ran(...)

Armchair Theatre/Armchair Cinema

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 7 3(UK) 1 9 7 4 (UK) 457 x 60 minute plays Armchair Theatre was a long-running series of single episode self-contained plays and programmes which gained a reputation for gritty down-to-earth 'kitchen sink' dramas'. For many years, Armchair Theatre was an essential part of Sunday night viewing in Britain. Several(...)

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