Most Popular TV Series Released 1954-01-01 to 1954-12-31


1. 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: 1,341

2. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1991)

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.6
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A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

Stars: Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Clarence Nash, Slim Pickens

Votes: 1,238

3. Lassie (1954–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.6
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The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie.

Stars: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly

Votes: 2,178

4. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954–1959)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

7.3
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Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid. He and his dog Rin Tin Tin were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache in Arizona, and helped establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande.

Stars: Lee Aaker, James Brown, Rin Tin Tin II, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 482

5. Sherlock Holmes (1954–1955)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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The adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes as he and his assistant, Dr. Watson--and, somewhat reluctantly, the bumbling Inspector Lestrade--battle criminals in London.

Stars: Ronald Howard, Howard Marion-Crawford, Archie Duncan, Richard Larke

Votes: 627

6. Climax! (1954–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.1
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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.

Stars: William Lundigan, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa, Harry Townes

Votes: 133

7. The Secret Storm (1954–1974)

30 min | Drama, Romance

3.4
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Family secrets and hidden passions are the hallmarks of this dark, moody serial. Set in the fictional community of Woodbridge, New York, The Secret Storm tells the story of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Keith Charles, Jordan Charney, Joan Crawford, Audrey Johnston

Votes: 130

8. Captain Midnight (1954–1958)

30 min | Sci-Fi

8.1
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Captain Midnight was a daring, jut-jawed war hero who led a mysterious government group known as the Secret Squadron. Midnight, his comic sidekick Icky, and the rest of the Squadron ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Webb, Sid Melton, Olan Soule, Henry Rowland

Votes: 90

9. Flash Gordon (1954–1955)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.1
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Space hero Flash Gordon and his crew of the Galaxy Bureau of Investigation patrol space, battling space monsters, power-mad alien dictators and other threats to the stability of the universe.

Stars: Steve Holland, Irene Champlin, Joseph Nash, Henry Beckman

Votes: 170

10. 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

11. Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954– )

26 min | Family, Sci-Fi

5.6
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Cruising the galaxy in his space ship "The Orbit Jet" Space Ranger, Rocky Jones, Vena Ray, and 10 year-old Bobby defend the Earth and themselves against space-bound evil doers.

Stars: Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield, Scotty Beckett, Robert Lyden

Votes: 131

12. Annie Oakley (1954–1957)

30 min | Western

7.5
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A fictionalized account of the life of legendary Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Set in the quiet western town of Diablo, Annie and her little brother Tagg made sure that outlaws who ... See full summary »

Stars: Gail Davis, Brad Johnson, Jimmy Hawkins, Bob Woodward

Votes: 157

13. Waterfront (1954–1956)

30 min | Adventure, Crime

8.2
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John Herrick was the captain of the tug "Cheryl Ann" in Los Angeles harbor. His family consisted of wife May, police detective son Jim, and the crew of the tug, his son Carl, Tip and Willie... See full summary »

Stars: Preston Foster, Douglas Dick, Lois Moran, Willie Best

Votes: 65

14. Face the Nation (1954– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

6.1
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A program featuring one or more question-and-answer sessions with prominent figures currently in the news. One of the longest-running programs on television.

Stars: John Dickerson, Bob Schieffer, Bernie Sanders, David Ignatius

Votes: 126

15. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

8.4
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This program aired once every fourth week and was one of the most costly live shows of the 1950's. Many stars appeared on this show; see the Guest List for them.

Stars: Cyril Ritchard, Claire Bloom, Mary Martin, David Wayne

Votes: 65

16. Medic (1954–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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Highlights the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors and surgeons headed by Dr. Konrad Styner. One of the first medical shows on TV that paid strict attention to detail, and... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Boone, Mary Stewart, Robert Stevenson, Robert Bray

Votes: 96

17. Stories of the Century (1954– )

30 min | Western

7.5
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Railroad detective Matt Clark roams the west, tracking down outlaws and bandits who are preying on the railroad.

Stars: Jim Davis, Mary Castle, Kristine Miller, Pat Hogan

Votes: 104

18. 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

19. The Lineup (1954–1960)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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Based on actual cases from the San Francisco Police files, Lt. Guthrie and Inspector Grebb work as a team to track down criminals. In the last season Inspectors Delaney and Summers are ... See full summary »

Stars: Warner Anderson, Tom Tully, Marshall Reed, Ruta Lee

Votes: 62

20. The Nat King Cole Show (1954– )

15 min | Music

8.7
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The popular singer hosts a muscial variety show.

Stars: Nat 'King' Cole, Nelson Riddle, The Randy Van Horne Singers, The Cheerleaders

Votes: 36

21. Shower of Stars (1954–1958)

60 min | Family, Drama

8.0
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Stars: William Lundigan, Jack Benny, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa

Votes: 43

22. It's a Great Life (I) (1954–1956)

30 min | Comedy

7.8
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Two ex G.I.'s Denny and Steve return home and take a room at the boarding house of the doting Amy Morgan. Also in the house are the young and beautiful Cathy, and Amy's irrasciable, ... See full summary »

Stars: William Bishop, Michael O'Shea, Frances Bavier, James Dunn

Votes: 48

23. The George Gobel Show (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Stars: George Gobel, Peggy King, Jeff Donnell, John Scott Trotter

Votes: 47

24. The Lone Wolf (1954– )

30 min | Adventure

8.0
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Stars: Louis Hayward, John Doucette, James Anderson, Adele Mara

Votes: 73

25. The Wallace and Ladmo Show (1954–1989)

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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"The Wallace and Ladmo Show", the longest-running same-cast kids' show in television history, featured sharply observed comedy skits that satired popular films, television shows and music ... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Condello, Cathy Dresbach, Harry Florian, Dan Horn

Votes: 65

26. The Vise (1954–1961)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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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.

Stars: Donald Gray, Colin Tapley, Ron Randell, Robert Arden

Votes: 26

27. Project XX (1954–1970)

60 min | Documentary

8.1
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Stars: Alexander Scourby, Bob Hope, Walter Brennan, Howard Lindsay

Votes: 14

28. Public Defender (1954– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Bart Matthews defends the poor and others who cannot afford an attorney. All episodes are based on actual cases from across the country.

Stars: Reed Hadley, John Close, Ben Welden, John Harmon

Votes: 49

29. 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

30. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.6
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This dramatic-anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Joel Aldrich, Tim Graham, Paul Bryar, Marguerite Chapman

Votes: 94

31. Howdy Doody (1954–1959)

30 min

8.3
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Howdy Doody was a puppet show that starred him, Howdy Doody, best friend Buffalo Bob and Clarabell the Clown. It was a long-running variety show for children that was very loved. It came ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Smith, Maxine Miller, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Alfie Scopp

Votes: 65

32. Meet Corliss Archer (1954– )

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Pert blond teenager Corliss Archer must balance her life at school, her lovable but goofy boyfriend Dexter and her well-meaning but clueless parents.

Stars: Ann Baker, Mary Brian, John Eldredge, Robert Ellis

Votes: 38

33. Adventures of the Falcon (1954– )

30 min | Adventure

8.0
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Stories of an Espionage Agent.

Stars: Charles McGraw, James Flavin, G. Pat Collins, Douglas Kennedy

Votes: 15

34. The Grove Family (1954–1957)

30 min | Drama

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Stars: Nancy Roberts, Edward Evans, Ruth Dunning, Christopher Beeny

35. Caesar's Hour (1954–1957)

60 min | Comedy

6.8
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Stars: Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Pat Carroll

Votes: 104

36. Passport to Danger (1954–1958)

30 min | Adventure

7.7
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The adventures of a U.S. diplomatic courier, as he travels to distant countries with important communiques to America's allies and dodges enemy agents.

Stars: Cesar Romero, Charles Horvath, Victor Romito, Steven Geray

Votes: 21

37. The Mickey Rooney Show (1954–1955)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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The misadventures of an eager but somewhat bumbling young actor who gets a job as a page at a television studio in Hollywood while trying to break into show business.

Stars: Mickey Rooney, John Hubbard, Regis Toomey, Claire Carleton

Votes: 34

38. 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

39. The Martha Raye Show (1954–1956)

60 min | Comedy

7.3
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The Martha Raye Show is an hour-long comedy/variety show which aired live on NBC. It actually began in 1951,under the umbrella title All-Star Revue. Raye began as a monthly replacement for ... See full summary »

Stars: Martha Raye, Rocky Graziano, Paul Lynde, Cesar Romero

Votes: 11

40. The Pinky Lee Show (1954– )

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.9
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Stars: Pinky Lee, Johnny Crawford, Carol Richards, Winona Smith

Votes: 28

41. 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

42. The Whistler (1954– )

30 min | Mystery

8.4
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Stars: William Forman, Danni Sue Nolan, Arthur Franz, Dorothy Green

Votes: 19

43. Look Up and Live (1954–1979)

30 min

6.2
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Stars: Ed Summerlin, Edward Mulhare, Claudia McNeil, Andrew Young

Votes: 15

44. The Halls of Ivy (1954–1955)

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Charming Dr. William Hall is the urbane president of rural Ivy College. His pleasant life include his attractive wife, former actress Vicky and their all knowing housekeeper Alice. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronald Colman, Benita Hume, Ray Collins, Herbert Butterfield

Votes: 30

45. The Joe Palooka Story (1954– )

Comedy

6.8
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Joe Palooka is a mild mannered boxer who is in love with Anne and goes about life in a gentle way. This syndicated series was based on a narrative first popular as a comic book, then a radio show.

Stars: Joe Kirkwood Jr., Cathy Downs, Maxie Rosenbloom, Luis Van Rooten

Votes: 16

46. Zoo Quest (1954–1964)

Documentary

7.4
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David Attenborough explores various remote habitats around the globe in search of various rare and endangered animals.

Stars: David Attenborough, Jack Lester, Brian Branston, George Adamson

Votes: 24

47. The Best of Broadway (1954–1955)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.4
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Stars: Claudette Colbert, Reginald Gardiner, Margaret Hamilton, Helen Hayes

Votes: 22

48. Dear Phoebe (1954–1955)

30 min | Comedy

6.7
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Bill Hastings works for a daily newspaper in a large city. His duties include a lonely hearts column, where he advises everyone on their problems, as "Phoebe", while trying to deal with his own.

Stars: Peter Lawford, Marcia Henderson, Charles Lane, Joe Corey

Votes: 11

49. Janet Dean, Registered Nurse (1954–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.5
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Janet Dean is a nurse who has been recently discharged from the U.S. Air Force. She becomes a private nurse and travels around the country treating not only patients physical ailments but ... See full summary »

Stars: Ella Raines, Darren McGavin, Anne Sargent, Lenore Lonergan

Votes: 8

50. Mayor of the Town (1954– )

30 min

8.3
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Thomas Russell is the gregarious mayor of Springdale whose attention to his electorate extends to their personal lives. He also has his own affairs to attend to, with his housekeeper Marilly certain to offer her opinion.

Stars: Kathleen Freeman, Thomas Mitchell, Jean Byron, Tudor Owen

Votes: 12