ANTHOLOGY TV SERIES from the 1940's on...

There are lots of seldom or never seen anthology tv shows from years past that were a great place to find many wonderful character actors in different roles... sure wish one of the fun retro channels would bring them back on!
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1.
Screen Directors Playhouse (1955 TV Series)
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Presented by Eastman Kodak, the program was a series of original scripts directed by acclaimed directors and featuring well known performers. The stories ranged from musicals to comedies and dramas. (30 mins.)
 
2.
Vacation Playhouse (1963 TV Series)
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Summer replacement show featuring pilot programs that had not been sold. (30 mins.)
 
3.
Lux Video Theatre (1950 TV Series)
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Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a 30-minute weekly show but when it moved to NBC in August 1954... (30 mins.)
 
4.
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948 TV Series)
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This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, etc. during its eight year run... (60 mins.)
Director: Ira Skutch, Fred Coe
 
5.
Goodyear Playhouse (1951 TV Series)
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The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works. (60 mins.)
 
6.
Fireside Theatre (1949 TV Series)
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An anthology series which became the first successful filmed series on American television. (30 mins.)
 
7.
Fireside Arena Theatre (1951 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Albert McCleery
 
8.
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
9.
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953 TV Series)
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An anthology series with episodes split between comedies and drama. Anita Colby and Arlene Dahl shared... (30 mins.)
 
10.
Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951 TV Series)
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Probably the longest-running anthology series on television, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" has been presenting television dramatizations of famous plays and books, as well as original programs especially written for the series, since 1951.
 
11.
CBS Playhouse (1967 TV Series)
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(90 mins.)
 
12.
CBS Afternoon Playhouse (1978 TV Series)
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Predecessor to CBS Schoolbreak Specials, this late-afternoon anthology series features stories designed to appeal to the preteen after school audience. (60 mins.)
 
13.
General Electric Theater (1953 TV Series)
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An American anthology series, with a new Episode and different Actors each week. Hosted by Ronald Reagan the series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations. (30 mins.)
 
14.
Schlitz Playhouse (1951 TV Series)
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Originally billed as Playhouse of the Stars this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952 and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories. (30 mins.)
 
15.
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958 TV Series)
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An anthology series hosted by Betty Furness in the first season, Desi Arnaz in the second. Stories came from several genres, often based on fact. A two part episode was spun off as the popular show The Untouchables. (60 mins.)
 
16.
ITV Television Playhouse (1955 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
17.
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950 TV Series)
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Dramatic anthology series presenting plays adopted from Pulitzer Prize winning stories, plays, novels, etc. (60 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Carra
 
18.
Celebrity Playhouse (1955 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
19.
Comedy Playhouse (1961 TV Series)
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Comedic anthology series. (30 mins.)
 
20.
Comedy Playhouse (1971 TV Series)
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Anthology series consisting of unsold television pilots developed for the 1971-1972 season that weren't picked-up by CBS for their fall line-up (30 mins.)
 
21.
Campbell Summer Soundstage (1952 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
22.
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972 TV Series)
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(90 mins.)
 
23.
The Ford Theatre Hour (1948 TV Series)
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An anthology series based in New York City which attracted a high caliber group of actors, often Broadway stars. Stories were both drama and comedies, some original but others adaptions of films and plays. (60 mins.)
Director: Carl Beier
 
24.
Inside/Out (1973 TV Series)
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Dramatizations of various social issues and ethical dilemmas are presented for the viewer to ponder the resolutions themselves. (15 mins.)
 
25.
The O. Henry Playhouse (1957 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
26.
Love Story (1954 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
27.
Front Row Center (1955 TV Series)
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Broadway plays are presented live in condensed one hour versions. (60 mins.)
 
28.
Suspense (1949 TV Series)
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Live plays featuring people who were in dangerous and threatening situations. (25 mins.)
 
29.
The Gulf Playhouse (1952 TV Series)
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This live show was seen through the "eye" of the camera. The actors in each episode would talk to the camera as if it were a person. (30 mins.)
 
30.
Science Fiction Theatre (1955 TV Series)
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In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's... (25 mins.)
 
31.
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1948 TV Series)
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This was an anthology series which aired live. It often featured adaptations of one-act stage plays. (30 mins.)
Director: Barry Bernard
 
32.
ABC Weekend Specials (1977 TV Series)
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A youth anthology series focusing primarily on adaptations of children's literature. (60 mins.)
 
33.
Summer Theatre (1953 TV Series)
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A filmed anthology presented in the summer of 1953. (30 mins.)
 
34.
Pursuit (1958 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
35.
Matinee Theatre (1955 TV Series)
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A daily anthology show, featuring original material, as well as adaptations of literary classics. (60 mins.)
 
36.
The Millionaire (1955 TV Series)
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In this hit 1950's TV series, a millionaire indulges himself giving away one million dollars apiece to persons that he has never met. (30 mins.)
 
37.
The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Thirty minute mystery drama series hosted by George Sanders. (30 mins.)
 
38.
The United States Steel Hour (1953 TV Series)
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Live drama series that was one of the best television shows ever shown. Over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown. (60 mins.)
 
39.
TV Reader's Digest (1955 TV Series)
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Family-oriented stories from the pages of "Reader's Digest" were dramatized on film. (30 mins.)
 
40.
The Vise (1954 TV Series)
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This British production featured less known actors in filmed plays showing people caught in "the vise" of fate created by their own deeds. (30 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
41.
Telephone Time (1956 TV Series)
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Between 1956 and September 1957, this filmed show featured plays by John Nesbitt, the host of the show... (30 mins.)
 
42.
G.E. True (1962 TV Series)
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Episodes based on stories from "True" magazine. (30 mins.)
 
43.
The Great Adventure (1963 TV Series)
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A filmed series of one-hour dramatizations of the lives of famous historical persons, as well as important historical events. (60 mins.)
 
44.
NET Playhouse (1964 TV Series)
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American television anthology series of wide range of genres - from history and drama to fantasy and science fiction. Fiction novels, stories, stage-plays, fairy-tales and actual historic events are dramatized in each stand-alone episode. (90 mins.)
 
45.
Danger (1950 TV Series)
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Live psychological and murder mystery dramas and one of the first U.S. TV dramas to make effective use of background music. (30 mins.)
 
46.
Broadway Television Theatre (1952 TV Series)
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This syndicated show presented adaptations of Broadway shows. (60 mins.)
 
47.
Damon Runyon Theater (1955 TV Series)
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An anthology, the episodes of which were based mostly on the original short stories of Daymon Runyan. (30 mins.)
 
48.
Frontier (1955 TV Series)
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An unglamorized look at the settling of the American West with pioneers dealing with the elements, beset with nefarious characters and other problems that test their fortitude. (30 mins.)
 
49.
Ponds Theater (1953 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Fielder Cook
 
50.
The Best of the Post (1960 TV Series)
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A syndicated anthology series adapted from stories published in the Saturday Evening Post magazine. (30 mins.)
 
51.
The DuPont Show of the Month (1957 TV Series)
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The award winning bing play of Mary Chase came to television in. 1958. It tells the story of Elwood P... (90 mins.)
 
52.
Official Detective (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
 
53.
The Web (1950 TV Series)
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Live dramas based on stories by members of the Mystery Writers of America (30 mins.)
 
54.
Alcoa Theatre (1957 TV Series)
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When The Alcoa Hour dramatic anthology series moved from Sunday night to Monday, both the name and the format were changed... (30 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor, Don Weis
 
55.
Center Stage (1954 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
56.
Sure As Fate (1950 TV Series)
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Live melodrama series featuring situations that people did not create themselves. (60 mins.)
 
57.
The Chevy Mystery Show (1960 TV Series)
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Anthology series featuring a different mystery each week.
 
58.
West Point (1956 TV Series)
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Dramatic series of actual people and events at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. (30 mins.)
 
59.
The Danny Thomas Hour (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Thomas starred in the musical-variety and comedy episodes (many drawn from his earlier "Make Room for Daddy") and hosted the more dramatic offerings. (60 mins.)
Director: Buddy Bregman
 
60.
Short Short Dramas (1952 TV Series)
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Model Ruth Woods hosted this anthology series of twice-weekly one act plays. The stories could be either... (15 mins.)
 
61.
Panic! (1957 TV Series)
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A short-lived anthology series narrated by Westbrook Van Voorhis. Each episode tells its own thriller story and featured its own unique cast. (30 mins.)
 
62.
The Ford Television Theatre (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The show started in New York with Broadway actors. It then moved to Hollywood where Hollywood actors headed the cast. (30 mins.)
 
63.
The Best of Broadway (1954 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
64.
Alcoa Premiere (1961 TV Series)
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Hosted by famous dancer/actor Fred Astaire, this series presented a new drama with each week's episode... (60 mins.)
 
65.
'Way Out (1961 TV Series)
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A new drama in the macabre genre was broadcast each week hosted by Roald Dahl. (25 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
66.
Gruen Guild Theater (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
67.
CBS Television Workshop (1952 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
68.
The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955 TV Series)
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An Anthology of mini-features, new productions largely consisted of hasty retreads of successful Fox movies. (60 mins.)
 
69.
The Philip Morris Playhouse (1953 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
70.
The Motorola Television Hour (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
71.
The Walter Winchell File (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Crime stories that Walter Winchell had covered while working with the New York City Police Department. (30 mins.)
 
72.
Target (1958 TV Series)
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This anthology program featured shows about horror and suspense. (30 mins.)
 
73.
Frontier Justice (1958 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
74.
Crossroads (1955 TV Series)
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The anthology series dramatized the lives of clergymen of all faiths and the problems they faced in both their professional and personal lives. (30 mins.)
 
75.
The Alcoa Hour (1955 TV Series)
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This live series featured adaptations of other works (novels, plays, etc.) plus original works for the show... (60 mins.)
 
76.
Dead of Night (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A horror anthology series of chilling tales. (50 mins.)
 
77.
Star Tonight (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
78.
Your Favorite Story (1953 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
79.
Out of the Unknown (1965 TV Series)
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A classic anthology science fiction series which features adaptations of stories by famous authors including Isaac Asimov, J.G. Ballard, Frederik Pohl and John Wyndham. (60 mins.)
Director: Peter Hammond
 
80.
Sunday Showcase (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A show featuring various specials. Some specials were comedy and others were serious drama by famous authors. (60 mins.)
 
81.
The Wide World of Mystery (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A 90 minute late-night mystery and suspense anthology series which ran on ABC (American Broadcasting Company), between 1973 and 1978. (90 mins.)
 
82.
Circle of Fear (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An anthology of suspense dramas concentrating on individuals confronted with supernatural occurrences. (60 mins.)
 
83.
Great Performances (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
 
84.
The Evil Touch (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Weekly anthology series consisting of stories involving ghosts, monsters, witchcraft, possession and other supernatural wonders... (30 mins.)
 
85.
Insight (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
American Roman Catholic religious-themed anthology shedding light on the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love. (30 mins.)
 
86.
BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960 Mini-Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
87.
Studio One in Hollywood (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas... (60 mins.)
 
88.
Climax! (1954 TV Series)
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This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name. (60 mins.)
Director: Don Medford
 
89.
Kraft Theatre (1947 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas. (60 mins.)
 
90.
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Live dramas that were broadcast every other week. The show had covered both light and serious drama... (60 mins.)
 
91.
Playwrights '56 (1955 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
92.
The Catholic Hour (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
93.
Startime (1959 TV Series)
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(90 mins.)
 
94.
Lamp Unto My Feet (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
One of Television's earliest religious series providing inspirational drama and readings. Aired usually on Sunday mornings. (60 mins.)
 
95.
CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
CBS late-afternoon specials designed for middle school and high school students, dramatizing issues affecting teenagers.
 
96.
NBC Children's Theatre (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
 
97.
Playhouse 90 (1956 TV Series)
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Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season. (90 mins.)
 
98.
The People's Choice (1955 TV Series)
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Socrates "Sock" Miller joins the city council, clashing with the mayor John Peoples. Sock dates then marries his daughter Mandy complicating things. Sock has a basset named Cleo who shares her thoughts and best friend Rollo. (30 mins.)
 
99.
The Buick Circus Hour (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A once-a-month replacement for Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre, it was a one-hour variety show with a circus theme. Hosted by Jimmy Durante. (60 mins.)
Director: Frank Burns
 
100.
Showtime, U.S.A. (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)