by Wesley Hyatt
The idea of "stripping" repeats of TV shows (running them daily Monday through Friday) did not start at ABC, CBS and NBC but instead with local TV stations in 1955.
Such filmed series as "My Little Margie" and "Amos 'n' Andy" were big draws in the daytime, and the networks took notice of their success. The first to respond was NBC, which on May 14, 1956, unveiled "Comedy Time" daily from 4-4:30 p.m.
The initial attraction on "Comedy Time" was "I Married Joan," a sitcom which ran on NBC from 1952-55. But the network was jittery about the idea of how much recycled product the daytime audience would tolerate, so to even it out, NBC purchased rights to other sitcoms to rotate with "I Married Joan."
Unfortunately for NBC, the network had few sitcom hits at the time, and the cancelled ones which were available at the time to use were short-lived efforts; only one lasted more than two seasons.
This situation led to the oddest daily rerun series ever on network television, with many of these shows getting their only repeats on this series, as they produced too few episodes by themselves for local stations to want to rerun them.
"Comedy Time" wound up with the following bizarre slate of sitcom repeats:
"I Married Joan": May 14, 1956-July 6, 1956
"So This is Hollywood": July 9, 1956-August 10, 1956
"It's Always Jan": August 13, 1956-September 20, 1956
"I Married Joan" (second time): September 21, 1956-December 28, 1956
"It's a Great Life": December 31, 1956-April 18, 1957
"Dear Phoebe": April 19, 1957-April 26, 1957
"Topper": April 29, 1957-June 21, 1957
"Dear Phoebe" (second time): June 24, 1957-August 9, 1957
"I Married Joan" (third time): August 12, 1957-September 25, 1957
"Private Secretary": September 26, 1957-October 25, 1957
"The Charlie Farrell Show": October 28, 1957-November 12, 1957
"Blondie": November 13, 1957-December 18, 1957
"Dear Phoebe" (third time): December 19, 1957-February 4, 1958
"I Married Joan" (fourth time): February 5, 1957-April 4, 1958
"The Charlie Farrell Show" (second time): April 7, 1958-April 15, 1958
"Blondie" (second time): April 16, 1958-May 21, 1958
"I Married Joan" (fifth time): May 22, 1958-June 18, 1958
Farrell Show" (third time): June 19, 1958-June 27, 1958 (end of
Wesley Hyatt is the author of The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television
Enjoy Obscure 70s Music!
Video Vault / Holiday Specials / Fabulous Fifties / Unseen Scenes / Game Shows / Lost Kid Shows / Movie Stars on TV / Saturday Morning Shows / Requested Forgotten TV Shows / The Super Sixties / The New * * Shows / 1980's Wrestling / TV Blog
|Television's Embarrassing Moments / Action Shows of the Sixties / TVparty Mysteries and Scandals / Variety Shows of the Seventies / The Eighties / TVafterparty / The Laugh Track / 1970's Hit Shows / Response to TVparty / Search the Site / Add Your Comments|
1950's TV Shows / Fess Parker & Davy Crockett / Jack Benny Program / 1952 Olympics Telethon / Amos 'n' Andy / Little Rascals & Our Gang / Howdy Doody / The Lone Ranger / Abbott & Costello TV Show / The Three Stooges: The Where They Were / The First 'Black' Show - Beulah / Women on TV in the 1950s / The Today Show / TV's First Rerun Series / The Ken Murray Budweiser Show / Saturday Morning Serials / Two Variety Shows of the Fifties / Game Shows of the Fifties /1950's TV Wrestling / Mr. Adams and Eve / TV's First Star / History of the Laugh Track / The First Interactive Video Game / Designing Winky-Dink / The McKimson Brothers & Animation / Interview with a Show Business Legend / The Soundies / Snaders Telescriptions / Steve Allen Interviewed / Racket Squad / The Big Show / Beverly Garland & Decoy / Roger Muir / Noel Coward's 1955 TV Special / 1950's TV Shows on DVD / 1950's Old Time TV Thanksgiving / Outrageous 1950's Commercial! / The Real Superman? / Mickey Mouse Club's Cheryl / Gale Storm / Captain Allen Swift / NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade Telecasts / The Goldbergs / 1950's Female Singers / The Dead End Kids / Bowery Boys / Fred Allen / Ed Wynn / Mr. Belvedere Movies / Art Linkletter / The Bickersons / Marty & Live TV / George Gobel & Red Buttons / Barbara Billingsley / Billy Gray Interview / Abbott & Costello Show / The Honeymooners / Three Stooges' Joe Besser / Whirlybirds / Burns & Allen Show
|Classic TV Commercials / 1950's TV / 1960's TV / 1970's TV / TV Games / Honey Boo Boo / Lucy Shows / John Wayne / Gene Roddenberry / Big Blue Marble / Monty Hall / Carrascolendas / Mr. Dressup / Major Mudd / Chief Halftown / Baby Daphne / Sheriff John / North Carolina Actors / Winchell & Mahoney / Fireball X-L5 / Mr. Wizard / Captain Noah / Thanksgiving Day Specials / Disney's First Christmas Special / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Amahl & the Night Visitors / Holiday Toy Commercials / Lucy & Desi's Last Christmas Show / Joey Heatherton / Fat Albert / The Virginian / Bewitched / Death of John Wayne / 1974 Saturday Mornings / Chuck McCann / Rudolph Collectables / Shrimpenstein / Local Popeye Shows / New Treasure Hunt / Star Wars / KISS / Lancelot Link / Saturday Morning Cartoons / Wonder Woman / Classic Comic Books / Andy Griffith / Cher / TV Shows on DVD / Outtakes & Bloopers / 1967 TV Shows / Romper Room / Captain Kangaroo / Chicago Local Kiddie Shows / Boston Local TV / Philly Local TV / NYC Local Kid Shows / Electric Company / Bette Davis / Judy Garland / Christmas Specials / Redd Foxx / Good Times / Sitcom Houses / What's Happening! / Winky Dink & You / Sonny & Cher / Smothers Brothers / Soupy Sales / The Carpenters / Route 66 / Bozo / The Carpenters Christmas Specials / Local Kid Shows / Death of TV's Superman / Wonderama / Sesame Street / Bob Hope Specials / Little Rascals / Gay Icon T-Shirts / Alex Toth Book / TV Terrorists / Irwin Allen / The Untouchables / Carol Burnett Show / Batman TV Show / Green Hornet / Today Show History / Our Gang / Doris Day Show / 1970's Commercials For Women / Bill Cosby in the 1970s / The Golddiggers / Lola Falana / 1970s TV Shows / David Bowie on TV / Hudson Brothers / Jackie Gleason / Hollywood Squares / Match Game / Bob Keeshan / Gumby / The Flip Wilson Show / Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour / The Bobby Darin Show / The Richard Pryor Show / George Burns / Lucy's Lost Christmas Special / Classic Christmas Toy Commercials / Cricket On The Hearth / 1950's Holiday Shows / Amahl and the Night Visitors / A Christmas Carol on TV / The Yule Log / Celebrity Commercials / Rudolph / Movie Posters & More!|
to the menu
Contact Us / Survey
Other Cool TV Sites
TVparty! Television Blog