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TV in the 1950s!
1950s TV Shows on DVD

Television was in its infancy in the 1950s, let's look at some of the shows that shaped that fateful decade - from dramas to comedies. This is what America was watching in the nifty fifties.

The first Batman movie

It's Always Jan / Obscure 1950s sitcom

Remembering Tony Dow: A Reluctant Star

Who was the REAL Aunt Jemima?

John Wayne Won Lassie in a poker game

Lucy Sitcom Before I Love Lucy
Biff Baker Classic TV Show 1950s Shows I Need To See!
gale Storm Biography
First Solo Female TV Series' Leads The Shadow 1954 Pilot
Jack Larson's Suprising Life as Superman's Jimmy Olsen Hey Jeannie / The Jeannie Carson Show
Those Whiting Girls + Lost Desilu Classic Kid TV's First Educator Paul Tripp
Mr. Adams & Eve 1957 Sitcom Kids’ TV Master Magician Mark Wilson star of 1950s TV ‘The Magic Land Of Alakazam'
Fabulous Edie Adams!

Saturday Morning Movie Matinees Cliffhangers

Capt Z-Ro TV Sci-Fi 1950s

NYC Local TV Kid Shows

Tribute to Sandy Becker

So This Is Hollywood + 1950s single girl sitcom

Noel Coward's 1955 TV Special


Obscure Actress Mary Castle

The Betty Hutton Show

The O.Henry Playhouse / 1950s TV anthology

Old Time 1950s Thanksgivings


TV Shows on DVD / Holiday Specials on DVD
TV Commercials on DVD

I Love Lucy

Lucy Show

Here's Lucy

Life With Lucy

Lucille Ball Specials
on DVD Review

Vivian Vance

I Love Lucy Reconsidered

Here's Lucy: Lucille Ball Behind the Scenes

The Lucy Show
on DVD Review

Interview with
Lucy's Biggest Fan

Lucy Lectures
on Comedy


(Our Lost Kid Shows section
also contains many TV
shows from the 1950s!)

1950s TV Shows on DVD

TV in the 1950s

The greatest stars and the wonderful television shows that made the 1950s such a unique experience. It was the dawn of television, the networks and local stations had no idea what the viewing public might want... this was reflected in the eclectic content they generated. You'll find stories from the golden age of television along with the rare clips from some forgotten TV shows.

Early TV Network News Broadcasts

Little RascalsFess Parker
& Davy Crockett

1950's TV icons

Serious Shows
of the 1950s
Where they shot their shorts!

1952 Olympics Telethon
TV's first telethon

Amos 'n' Andy
- In Depth

Comprehensive look at a radio & TV hit

Kids’ TV Master Magician Mark Wilson : ‘The Magic Land Of Alakazam'Norman Lear On What Went Wrong With Jerry Lewis After He Became A Star

Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu
The villian as the star!

Adventures of Superman: The Lost Episode
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a stamp!

TV's First Working Women
You might be surprised!

NEW Jackie Gleason Show compilations!

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Early 1950s TV version!

Bette Davis vs Ronald Reagan
In her own wordsThe Great Superhero Bust of the 1960s

Sunset Boulevard Explained

Cannonball - 1950s Trucking Drama

Little Rascals /
Our Gang
50 plus years on TV

1950s and 60s Bloopers

The Howdy Doody
Presidential Election

The kiddie show hit that captivated America in the fifties

When Judy Garland's Daughters First Saw The Wizard of Oz

Was the 1959 Santa Claus Movie Too Christian?!?

The Lone Ranger
He epitomized the best of America in a time gone by

The Jack Benny Program
Watch early episodes

Aline Saarinen

Gale Storm
My Little Margie

Jon Provost Interview
Timmie & Lassie

Abbott & Costello
Their TV show

NYC Local TV Kid Shows

Remembering David Susskind
Intelligent talk how host!

The Three Stooges
Where they shot their shorts!

The Honeymooners
Before and after the 1955 CBS sitcom

Lost Superboy Pilot
Meant to replace The Adventures of Superman

The First 'Black' Show - Beulah
The first and only show to star an
African-American woman for a twenty-year span!

Women on TV in the 1950s
How Bette Davis tried to buck the system

The Today Show
Could Katie Couric have been replaced by a monkey? It happened in the 1950s

TV's First Rerun Series
Great clips from classic sitcoms of the 1950s!

Ed Wynn Biography
This Fool made the transistion from radio to television to dramatic actor

Beverly Garland & Decoy
TV's groundbreaking female cop show

The Ken Murray Budweiser Show
An early version of 'The Man Show?'

Marty & Live TV
Filming 'Marty' - a true 1950's classic drama

Two Variety Shows of the Fifties
Vic Damone and Eddie Fisher, world-class crooners

Any Night Nitro!
A look at TV super-spectaculars, 50's-style

Mr. Adams and Eve
Howard Duff and Ida Lupino starred in a remarkable 50's sitcom

The Bickersons
TV's first bickering couple

TV's First Star
Broken and discarded!

History of the Laugh Track
You hear dead people laughing!

The First Interactive Video Game
Winky-Dink and You from 1955

Designing Winky-Dink
The original artist Norm Blumenthal speaks out

Interview with a Show Business Legend
The creator of Mack & Myer For Hire was Mickey Deems, a true keeper of the old-school flame of classic comedy. Mickey, who is alive and well and living in California, was kind enough to share with us some of his memories of this wonderful forgotten comedy series

The Soundies
Original musical films from the 1940s

Snaders Telescriptions
The first music videos for TV - watch for yourself

Steve Allen Interviewed
One of his last interviews - find out what you didn't know about the man, the Tonight show,
and the many songs he wrote

Racket Squad
Was The Producers ripped off from an episode of Racket Squad?

The Big Show
Radio's last stand against TV in the fifties

Tribute to Roger Muir
One of the greats behind the scenes of early television

Edie Adams Tribute
Entertainment legend and wife to Ernie Kovacs

Outrageous 1950's Commercial
You're not going to believe what they did to this model's face!

Mickey Mouse Club's Cheryl
Goodbye to a TV icon

NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade Telecasts
One of television's first remote broadcasts

Noel Coward's 1955 TV Special
Live - and in color!

George Gobel & Red Buttons
Two great comedians popular in TV from the fifties through the seventies

Billy Gray (Father Knows Best) Interview
He played 'Bud' on the venerable TV series about family life in the 1950s

Syndicated adventure series in the sky

Burns & Allen Show
George and Gracie make the transition from radio to television

Captain Allen Swift
Howdy Doody puppeteer and NYC Popeye kiddie show host

Fred Allen
Radio's biggest laugh getter can't make the transition to television

Mr. Belvedere Movies
Motion picture series from the fifties starring Clifton Webb

Dead End Kids / Bowery Boys
Huntz Hall and Leo Gocery films were big on local TV

1950's Female Singers
Those immortal singers that you could hear on the radio back in the day

Three Stooges' Joe Besser
The lesser known third Stooge


BONUS: Here is a mega-mix of 'bumpers' from TV shows of the 1950s and early 1960s.

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