Most Popular TV Series Released 1946-01-01 to 1946-12-31


1. Lights Out (1946–1952)

30 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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Lights Out is an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum.... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Gallop, Jack La Rue, Mercer McLeod, Leslie Nielsen

Votes: 89

2. Faraway Hill (1946– )

30 min | Drama

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Newly widowed New Yorker Karen St. John moves to a rural town to be close to her relatives. There she falls for a man who was adopted by her relatives when he was a boy. But, he's already ... See full summary »

Stars: Flora Campbell, Mel Brandt, Julie Christy, Barry Doig

Votes: 6

3. Kaleidoscope (1946– )

60 min

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Fortnightly magazine programme.

Stars: MacDonald Hobley, Ronnie Waldman, Leslie Welch, Lind Joyce

Votes: 15

4. Hour Glass (1946–1947)

60 min | Comedy, Music

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An almost forgotten landmark series in TV history, "Hour Glass" was the first variety show produced for network television. Included were songs, skits, and a chorus line. Many of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Parrish, Jack Albertson, Edgar Bergen, Joe Besser

5. Muffin the Mule (1946–1955)

Family

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Star: Annette Mills

Votes: 20

6. Musical Contrasts (1946–1947)

Music

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Stars: Evel Burns, Eddie Edwards, Jean Cavall, Eddie Eden

7. Pinwright's Progress (1946– )

30 min | Comedy

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Misadventures of a multiple store proprietor.

Stars: James Hayter, Clarence Wright, Daphne Maddox, Charles Irwin

8. Der Augenzeuge (1946–1980)

News

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Stars: Yasser Arafat, Angela Davis, Erich Honecker, Margot Honecker

9. For the Children (1946– )

20 min

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Programme for children of school age.

Stars: Cameron Miller, Kenneth More, Robert Dickens, Victor Baring

10. I Love to Eat (1946–1947)

15 min

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Cookbook author James Beard demonstrated recipes for the home audience in the first network cooking show.

Star: James Beard

11. Shopping at Home (1946)

Talk-Show

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Stars: Dorothy Gardiner, Keith Hetherington

12. Let's Rhumba (1946–1947)

15 min

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Star: D'Avalos

13. Paging You (1946–1948)

Comedy

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Stars: Brian Reece, Valerie Tandy, The Radio Revellers, Richard Hearne

14. See What You Know (1946– )

Family, Game-Show

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Star: Bennett Cerf

15. Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena (1946–1956)

120 min | Sport

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A television series consisting of boxing matches.

Star: Chris Schenkel

16. Variety on View (1946–1947)

60 min | Music

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A live variety telecast from the Bedford Theatre.

Stars: Eric Robinson, Buddy Bradley, Leon Cortez, Morton Frazer's Harmonica Gang

17. Campus Hoopla (1946–1947)

30 min | Game-Show, Sport

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This was a combination sports/variety program aimed at teenagers. The setting was a soda shop and the program had "cheerleaders" and "students" who talked about sports, sang, danced to ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Haymes, Eva Marie Saint

18. Stars in Your Eyes (1946–1950)

Comedy, Music

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Stars: Avril Angers, Daphne Barker, Jimmy Edwards, Jack Barker

19. Television Garden (1946– )

Documentary

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Gardening programme.

Star: Fred Streeter

20. Close-Up (1946–1947)

Comedy, Music

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Stars: Evel Burns, The Beverley Sisters, Diana Decker, Lynne Bretonn

21. Ladies Be Seated (1946– )

30 min | Game-Show

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Star: Johnny Olson

22. The Vera Massey Show (1946– )

30 min | Music

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Star: Vera Massey

23. Composer at the Piano (1946–1947)

Music

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Stars: Annette Mills, Alan Murray, Eleanor Fayre, Leslie Julian Jones

24. Cash and Carry (1946–1947)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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A supermarket quiz show sponsored by Libby's, featuring their products. Also included a pantomime segment and a viewer phone-in segment.

Star: Dennis James

25. Here's How (1946– )

30 min

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A series made up of various segments. For example, one episode featured a demonstration of how to clean windows, a segment on how a woman was chosen as "model of the year", and a slapstick "chef satire".

26. Play the Game (1946– )

30 min | Game-Show

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A celebrity charades game. Home viewers were invited to call in with their guesses.

Star: Harvey Zorbaugh

27. The Film (1946–1948)

605 min | Family

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Star: Roger Manvell

28. Chime Time (1946– )

15 min | Music

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This experimental television series was a music program aired in a 15-minute time-slot.

Star: Jean Tighe

29. Transatlantic Quiz (1946– )

35 min | Game-Show

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A television version of the popular radio quiz in which teams based in London compete against teams based in New York.

Stars: D.W. Brogan, John Mason Brown, Alistair Cooke, Lionel Hale

30. Let's Play Reporter (1946– )

30 min | Game-Show

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Star: Frances Scott

31. Geographically Speaking (1946– )

15 min

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Mrs. Wells, a world traveler who shot 16 mm films of her journeys, narrated her home movies, first on WNBT, New York City, then on the NBC network. When she ran out of films, the series ... See full summary »

Star: Mrs. Carveth Wells

32. Household Hints (1946–1948)

Documentary

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One of television's first "do it yourself" handyman shows.

Star: W.P. Matthew

33. Television Screen Magazine (1946–1949)

30 min

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Magazine format featuring various subjects and people. Because this was one of the earliest scheduled shows, not many famous people could be lured to the show.

Stars: Bob Haymes, Millicent Fenwick, Ray Forrest, John K.M. McCaffery

34. The Teen-Age Show (1946–1950)

Family

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Stars: Leslie Mitchell, Gordon Harker, Harry May Hemsley, Stanley Holloway

35. King's Party Line (1946– )

30 min | Game-Show

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Quiz show broadcast on CBS station in New York, New York featuring music, audience participation and quiz questions.

Stars: John Reed King, Jim Brown

36. It's a Gift (1946– )

Game-Show

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Star: John Reed King

37. Starlight (1946–1959)

Music

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Stars: Betty Paul, Ernest Bragg

38. Late Joys (1946–1951)

Comedy, Music

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Stars: Don Gemmell, Betty Lawrence, Joan Sterndale-Bennett, Charlotte Bidmead

39. Hits and Bits (1946– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

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A live variety show, with singers, dancers, novelty acts, etc.

40. Josephine Terry's Kitchen (1946–1947)

15 min

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A show featuring cooking advice.

Star: Josephine Terry

41. Let's Celebrate (1946– )

30 min | Game-Show

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Members of the studio audience competed for prizes by answering questions.

Star: Mel Allen

42. The Red Benson Show (1946– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

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A live variety show.

Star: Red Benson

43. Mixed Bill (1946– )

30 min | Music

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A live television variety programme, with singers, musicians, impressionists, etc.

44. Serving Through Science (1946–1947)

30 min

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An early educational series. Short films produced by the Encyclopedia Britannica were followed by lecture by Dr. McClintock. About ten months after its debut, a readers' poll in Television ... See full summary »

Star: Guthrie McClintock

45. Quiz with Hale (1946–1947)

30 min | Game-Show

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Not much is know about this game show. It possibly involved the audience at home "playing along" using a quiz paper.

Star: Lionel Hale

46. Face to Face (1946–1947)

20 min | Game-Show

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This early game show had an artist draw a picture of an unseen person from verbal clues given to him, then compare the results when the actual person came into the studio.

Stars: Eddie Dunn, Bill Dunn

47. You Are an Artist (1946–1950)

15 min

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Jon Gnagy was a young artist who completed drawings on stage while describing his techniques.

Stars: Jon Gnagy, Ben Grauer, Warren Hull