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1. Candid Camera (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Reality-TV

7.3
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Unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions, while their reactions are recorded on a hidden camera.

Stars: Allen Funt, John Garfield

Votes: 106

Candid Microphone

2. Texaco Star Theatre (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Milton Berle, Sid Stone, Jimmy Nelson, Arnold Stang

Votes: 83

3. College of Musical Knowledge (1949– )

60 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

7.8
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Stars: Kay Kyser, Marion Bye, Sylvia Textor, Sue Bennett

Votes: 5

4. The Ed Wynn Show (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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The comedy on The Ed Wynn Show consisted mostly of old vaudeville schtick, with lots of corny jokes and silly sight gags. Each week, the show would end with Ed retiring to his bed, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Wynn, Bob LeMond, Buddy Ebsen, Hattie McDaniel

Votes: 29

5. The Goldbergs (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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Comedy-drama about a Jewish family living in New York City. In the final season the family moved into the suburbs.

Stars: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Arlene McQuade, Robert H. Harris

Votes: 120

6. It Pays to Be Ignorant (1949–1951)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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A spoof of game shows.

Stars: Tom Howard, Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell, George Shelton

7. The Life of Riley (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Rosemary DeCamp, Lanny Rees, Sid Tomack

Votes: 71

8. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)

30 min | Western

7.9
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The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

Stars: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart, Lane Bradford

Votes: 1,456

9. One Man's Family (1949–1952)

30 min | Drama

8.3
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This soap opera was the TV version of the radio serial that had begun in 1932. It tells the story of San Francisco banker Henry Barbour and his family, i.e., Paul, the eldest son; Hazel, ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Lytell, Marjorie Gateson, Russell Thorson, Lillian Schaaf

Votes: 10

10. The Quiz Kids (1949–1956)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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Quiz show in which brilliant children answer difficult questions.

Star: Fran Allison

11. Abe Burrows' Almanac (1950– )

30 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Host Abe Burrows, before he was a big singing star, invites other popular singers to perform.

Stars: Abe Burrows, Bingo the Chimp, Johnny Coy, The Deep River Boys

12. Beulah (1950–1953)

30 min | Comedy

8.1
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A comedy series of a family with the central role pointed to their Negro domestic who pulls the weekly family situations together with more common sense than all of the other family members.

Stars: Ethel Waters, Louise Beavers, Ernest Whitman, David Bruce

Votes: 79

13. The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–1955)

60 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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This was a Colgate sponsored Comedy hour that featured many notable Comedians and Entertainers of the era as Guest Stars.

Stars: Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Al Goodman, Eddie Cantor

Votes: 387

14. Dick Tracy (1950–1952)

30 min | Drama

7.7
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Stars: Ralph Byrd, Joe Devlin, William Woodson, Dick Elliott

Votes: 87

15. The Gene Autry Show (1950–1955)

30 min | Western

7.6
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The already legendary singing cowboy rode with his comic pal Pat from town to town bringing justice, song and his horse Champion to the old Southwest.

Stars: Gene Autry, Champion, Pat Buttram, Bob Woodward

Votes: 147

16. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958)

30 min | Comedy

8.6
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Neighbor Blanche Morton frequently joins Gracie in escapades which annoy hubby Harry and provide George with an opportunity to offer a humorous soliloquy.

Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet, Harry von Zell

Votes: 912

17. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

30 min | Comedy

8.6
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The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 911

18. The Kate Smith Hour (1950–1954)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.0
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A half-hour variety program which aired on CBS television with host Kate Smith.

Stars: Kate Smith, Bill Norvas, The Upstarts, Peggy Ann Garner

Votes: 16

19. The New Truth and Consequences (1950–1988)

30 min | Game-Show

7.5
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Contestants must perform an embarrassing stunt if they fail to answer a question correctly.

Stars: Bob Barker, Vincent Price, Buster Keaton, William Bendix

Votes: 64

20. The Steve Allen Show (1951–1957)

60 min | Comedy

7.8
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Stars: Peggy Lee, Steve Allen, Al Flosso, Rocky Graziano

Votes: 25

21. What's My Line? (1950–1967)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.7
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Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.

Stars: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen

Votes: 1,067

22. You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

8.5
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Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation.

Stars: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman, Melinda Marx, Tuulikki Woods

Votes: 464

23. The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

30 min | Comedy

8.8
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Stories mostly centered on The Kingfish's schemes to get rich, often by duping his brothers in the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge. Andy was particularly dupable. Amos mostly narrated.

Stars: Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Johnny Lee

Votes: 495

24. The Bob & Ray Show (1951–1953)

15 min | Comedy

8.3
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Stars: Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding, Cloris Leachman, Audrey Meadows

Votes: 12

25. The Dinah Shore Show (1951–1960)

15 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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Dinah hosted this 15 minute live musical and variety show, two nights a week. It led to her own hour long show in 1956.

Stars: Dinah Shore, Art Baker, Gisele MacKenzie, Fred Waring

Votes: 41

26. Meet Corliss Archer (1951– )

30 min | Comedy

5.5
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Stars: Lugene Sanders, Robert Ellis, Ken Christy, Frieda Inescort

Votes: 6

27. Mr. District Attorney (1951–1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama

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Stars: Jay Jostyn, Len Doyle, Vicky Vola

28. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

8.3
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Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved TV clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

Votes: 758

29. The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957)

30 min | Western

7.4
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The Double R Ranch featured "The King of the Cowboys" Roy, his "Smartest Horse in the Movies" Trigger, "Queen of the West" Dale, her horse Buttermilk, their dog Bullet, and even Pat's jeep, Nellybelle.

Stars: Dale Evans, Roy Rogers, Trigger, Pat Brady

Votes: 422

30. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.5
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As the sons age, we go through their teenage dating problems, marriage and careers.

Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 847

31. The Bob Hope Show (1952– )

60 min | Comedy, Family

6.3
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Stars: Bob Hope, Les Brown, Jerry Colonna, Peter Leeds

Votes: 137

32. A Date with Judy (1952–1953)

30 min | Comedy

6.5
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Translation to TV of a radio show begun in 1941. Comic trials and tribulations of hyper-kinetic teenager Judy, her sedate and therefore tormented parents, younger brother and boyfriend.

Stars: Mary Linn Beller, John Gibson, Flora Campbell, Peter Avarmo

Votes: 6

33. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)

25 min | Western

7.7
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Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, California. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product formerly mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Stanley Andrews, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Dale Robertson

Votes: 499

34. Double or Nothing (1952–1954)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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Contestants won $10, $20 and $40, then went "double or nothing" on their accumulated $70 for a total of $140. Win or lose, they went on to the "red and white sweepstakes" round - the colors were those of Campbell soups.

Stars: Bert Parks, Walter O'Keefe

35. Gang Busters (1952– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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True crime stories and their investigations are dramatized.

Stars: Don Marlowe, Richard Crane, Myrna Dell, Robert Bice

Votes: 39

36. Guiding Light (1952–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield. In its early years the stories centered on the middle class Bauer family, but later the wealthy Spauldings, ... See full summary »

Stars: Kim Zimmer, Beth Chamberlin, Maureen Garrett, Robert Newman

Votes: 1,244

37. Information Please (1952– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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Viewers would submit questions and try to stump three panelists, two regulars and one guest.

Stars: Clifton Fadiman, Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran

38. Life with Luigi (1952– )

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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An American radio situation comedy series that was short lived as a TV series.

Stars: J. Carrol Naish, Jody Gilbert, Alan Reed, Mary Shipp

Votes: 14

39. My Little Margie (1952–1955)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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Margie lives with her father Vern and her crazy schemes get him into trouble especially with his boss Mr. Honeywell. She frequently involves Charlie and Mrs. Odetts in her plans. Freddie is her boyfriend while Roberta likes Vern.

Stars: Gale Storm, Charles Farrell, Clarence Kolb, Don Hayden

Votes: 256

40. Our Miss Brooks (1952–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.2
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Miss Brooks teaches English at Madison High, rents a room from Mrs. Davis, gets rides to school with student Walter, fights with Principal Conklin, and tries to snag shy biology teacher ... See full summary »

Stars: Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Jane Morgan, Robert Rockwell

Votes: 354

41. Terry and the Pirates (1952– )

30 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

8.0
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Colonel Terry Lee travels to the orient in search of a gold mine left to him by his grandfather. While searching, he is a pilot employed by a "no questions asked" airline run by Chopstick ... See full summary »

Stars: John Baer, Jack Reitzen, Gloria Saunders, Sandra Spence

Votes: 34

42. This Is Your Life (1952–1987)

30 min | Biography, Family, Reality-TV

7.8
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Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ralph Edwards, Bob Warren, Jack Benny, Penny Singleton

Votes: 186

43. The Bing Crosby Show (1954 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.6
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As this is Bing Crosby's first television special, comedian Jack Benny with his latest girlfriend Crystal Pond (aka dancer Sheree North) drop by to provide a few pointers. Bing sings five ... See full summary »

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Bing Crosby, John Scott Trotter, Jack Benny, Sheree North

Votes: 17

44. The Brighter Day (1954–1962)

25 min | Drama

7.7
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"Our years are as the falling leaves. We live, we love, we dream, and then we go. But somehow, we keep hoping that our dreams come true on that brighter day." These words opened this ... See full summary »

Stars: Blair Davies, Walter Brooke, Mona Bruns, Murial Williams

Votes: 17

45. December Bride (1954–1959)

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Charming and wise Lily Ruskin lives with her daughter and son-in- law who, along with her close friend Hilda Crocker, are always trying to find suitable older marriageable companionship for... See full summary »

Stars: Spring Byington, Frances Rafferty, Dean Miller, Harry Morgan

Votes: 143

46. Duffy's Tavern (1954– )

30 min | Comedy

6.6
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Stars: Ed Gardner, Alan Reed, Pattie Chapman, Jimmy Conlin

Votes: 19

47. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.4
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The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy. Whenever the kids need... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin

Votes: 1,342

48. Inner Sanctum (1954– )

27 min | Mystery

8.6
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A hosted horror and mystery anthology series hosted by Paul McGrath and later by House Jameson as "Your Host".

Stars: Paul McGrath, House Jameson, Edward Binns, Rusty Lane

Votes: 38

49. The Jimmy Durante Show (1954–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Music

8.0
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Stars: Jimmy Durante, Eddie Jackson, Jack Roth, Jules Buffano

Votes: 33

50. People Are Funny (1954–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

7.2
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Contestants were asked to carry out stunts.

Stars: Art Linkletter, Nick Gilbert, Pat McGeehan, Ben Blue

Votes: 25

51. The Spike Jones Show (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Music

8.3
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Stars: Spike Jones, Helen Grayco, Earl Bennett, Freddy Morgan

Votes: 21

52. The Great Gildersleeve (1954– )

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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Throckmorton Gildersleeve is a blustery "ladies" man who often finds himself in unusual predicaments. Raising his too smart nephew Leroy, he leans on his secretary Bessie and tries to ignore the advice of housekeeper Birdie.

Stars: Willard Waterman, Ronald Keith, Lillian Randolph, Stephanie Griffin

Votes: 26

53. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.0
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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 3,819

54. Queen for a Day (1956–1964)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

5.4
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Four women, each with a sob story, vie to become "Queen for a Day."

Stars: Gene Baker, Jack Bailey, Rae Sunshine Lee, Marguerite Renish

Votes: 60

55. A Show Called Fred (1956– )

30 min | Comedy

7.5
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Stars: Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Graham Stark, Kenneth Connor

Votes: 20

56. The Real McCoys (1957–1963)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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From the hills of West Virginia, Amos McCoy moves his family to an inherited farm in California. Grandpa Amos is quick to give advice to his three grandchildren and wonders how his neighbors ever managed without him around.

Stars: Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan, Tony Martinez

Votes: 606

57. The Tex and Jinx Show (1957–1958)

30 min

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Stars: Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary, Pat White, Pearl S. Buck

58. Bold Venture (1959– )

30 min | Adventure

8.6
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An adventurer and his pretty young ward live in a house boat in Trinidad.

Stars: Dane Clark, Joan Marshall, Bernie Gozier, Richard Peel

Votes: 11

59. The Charlie Weaver Show (1959– )

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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Stars: Cliff Arquette, Charles R. Althoff, Pat Carroll, Chuck McCann

Votes: 7

60. Fibber McGee and Molly (1959–1960)

30 min | Comedy

7.5
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Fibber McGee and Molly was the finest husband and wife comedy team. It ran on the radio from 1935 to 1959 then switched to television in 1959. Its running gags and characters inspired many imitators.

Stars: Bob Sweeney, Cathy Lewis, Pat McGeehan, Paul Smith

Votes: 24

61. Green Acres (1965–1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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A New York City attorney and his wife attempt to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville.

Stars: Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester, Pat Buttram

Votes: 4,288

Granby's Green Acres