The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is an American situation comedy, airing on ABC from October 3rd, 1952 through March 26th, 1966, starring the real life Nelson family. After a long run on radio, the show was brought to television where it continued its success, running on both radio and television for a few years.  […]

Dupont Calvalcade Theater

Cavalcade of America is an anthology drama series that was sponsored by the DuPont Company, although it occasionally presented a musical, such as an adaptation of Show Boat, and condensed biographies of popular composers. It was initially broadcast on radio from 1935 to 1953, and later on television from 1952 to 1957. Originally on CBS, […]

Chance of a Lifetime

Chance of a Lifetime

Chance of a Lifetime was a competitive talent show which aired on ABC in 1952 – 1953 and 1955 – 1956 and on DuMont 1953 – 1955. Dennis James was the host of the ABC version which ended on August 20th, 1953, and John Reed King was the host of the DuMont version, which ran […]

Masquerade Party

Masquerade Party

Masquerade Party is an American television game show.  During its original run from 1952–1960, the show appeared at various times on all three major networks except DuMont (ABC, NBC, and CBS).  A syndicated revival was produced for one season in 1974-75. A panel of celebrities met with another celebrity that was in heavy make-up and/or costume; this disguise would always […]

Life Worth Living

Life Worth Living

Life is Worth Living is an inspirational American television series which ran on the DuMont Television Network from February 12th, 1952 to April 26th, 1955, then on ABC until 1957, featuring the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. (Similar series, also featuring Sheen, followed in 1958–61 and 1961–68.) Hosted by Bishop (later Archbishop) Fulton J. Sheen, the series consisted mainly of Sheen speaking to the camera and […]

Midwestern Hayride

Midwestern Hayride

Midwestern Hayride, sometimes known as Midwest Hayride, was an American country music show originating in the 1930s from WLW-AM and later from WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. During the 1950s it was carried nationally by NBC and then ABC television. The program featured live country music (performed mainly by local musicians but on lesser occasions by national stars) and what was then called “hayseed” comedy, much of which […]

Down You Go

Down You Go

Down You Go is an American television game show originally broadcast on the DuMont Television Network.  The Emmy Award-nominated series ran from 1951–1956 as a prime time series primarily hosted by Dr. Bergen Evans. Down You Go was similar to “Hangman”, with a group of four celebrity panelists who were asked to guess a word […]

You Asked For It

You Asked For It

You Asked for It was a popular human interest show created and hosted by Art Baker.  Initially titled The Art Baker Show, the program originally aired on American television between 1950 and 1959. On the show, viewers were asked to send in postcards describing something that they wanted to see on television, such as the […]

Beat the Clock

Beat the Clock

Beat the Clock is a Goodson-Todman game show that aired on American television in several versions since 1950. The original show, hosted by Bud Collyer, ran on CBS from 1950 to 1958 and ABC from 1958 to 1961.  The show was revived in syndication as The New Beat the Clock from 1969 to 1974, with Jack Narz as host until 1972, when he was replaced by the show’s […]

Life Begins at Eighty

Life Begins at Eighty

Life Begins at Eighty is a panel discussion series which aired on American television from 1950 to 1956. The show first aired on NBC on January 13th, 1950, then on DuMont from March 21st, 1952 to July 24th, 1955, and finally on ABC.  The last show was aired on ABC on February 25th, 1956.  In […]

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger is an American western drama television series that ran from 1949 to 1957, starring Clayton Moore (John Hart from 1952 to 1954) with Jay Silverheels as Tonto. The live-action series initially featured Gerald Mohr as the episode narrator.  Fred Foy served as both narrator and announcer of the radio series from 1948 […]

Stop the Music

Stop The Music

Stop the Music was a prime time television game show that aired for an hour on Thursday evenings on ABC from May 5th, 1949 to April 24th, 1952, and again for a half-hour from September 7th, 1954 to June 14th, 1956.  The show had also been broadcast on radio from 1948 to 1949.   http://archive.org/download/stopTheMusic-Misc1955Episode/StopTheMusic1955.mp4 The program aired at 9 pm ET on Thursdays for […]

Kukla, Fran, and Ollie

Kukla, Fran and Ollie

Kukla, Fran and Ollie is an early American television show using puppets, originally created for children but soon watched by more adults than children. It did not have a script and was entirely ad-libbed. It first aired from 1947 to 1957. Burr Tillstrom was the creator and only puppeteer on the show, which premiered as […]

Break the Bank

Break the Bank

Break the Bank is an American quiz show which aired variously on Mutual Radio and ABC, CBS and NBC television from 1945 to 1957.  From October 1956 to January 1957, NBC Television aired a short-lived prime-time version called Break the $250,000 Bank. Sponsored by Vicks, the series began on radio October 20, 1945, heard Saturdays on Mutual until April 13th, 1946.  Initially, it featured different hosts each week, including John […]

Ford Television Theater

Ford Theater

Ford Theatre, spelled Ford Theater for the radio version and known as Ford Television Theatre for the TV version, was a radio and television anthology series broadcast in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. At various times the television series appeared on all three major television networks, while the radio version was broadcast on two separate networks and on two separate […]

The Original Amateur Hour

The Original Amateur Hour

The Original Amateur Hour is an American radio and television program. The show was a continuation of Major Bowes Amateur Hour which had been a radio staple from 1934 to 1945. The television debut came on January 18th, 1948 on the DuMont Television Network with Mack as the host.  The regular staff for the television […]

The Voice of Firestone

the voice of firestone

The Voice of Firestone is a long-running radio and television program of classical music.  The show featured leading singers in selections from opera and operetta.  Originally titled The Firestone Hour, it was first broadcast on the NBC Radio network on December 3rd, 1928 and was later also shown on television starting in 1949.  The program […]

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