Most Popular TV Series Released 1950-01-01 to 1950-12-31


1. 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: 1,007

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

30 min | Comedy

8.7
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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: 865

3. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

30 min | Comedy

8.7
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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: 862

4. The Cisco Kid (1950–1956)

Approved | 30 min | Western

7.4
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The Cisco Kid and his English-mangling sidekick Pancho travel the old west in the grand tradition of the Lone Ranger, righting wrongs and fighting injustice wherever they find it.

Stars: Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo, Loco, Troy Melton

Votes: 380

5. Your Show of Shows (1950–1954)

90 min | Comedy

8.9
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Live, original comedy originally featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Carl Reiner and Howard Morris joined the show later. Two of the great skits on the show were "The Hickenloopers", a ... See full summary »

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris

Votes: 177

6. The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–1955)

60 min | Comedy, Romance

7.5
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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: 375

7. 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: 431

8. Formula 1 (1950– )

9.2
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Formula One (also Formula 1 or F1 and officially the FIA Formula One World Championship) is the highest class of single-seat auto racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale ... See full summary »

Stars: Rubens Barrichello, Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso

Votes: 20

9. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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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, the show was extended to 60-minutes and the plays ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 69

10. The Stu Erwin Show (1950–1955)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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Stu Erwin played a mild-mannered high-school principal, with June Collyer as his wife.

Stars: Stuart Erwin, June Collyer, Ann E. Todd, Sheila James Kuehl

Votes: 68

11. Space Patrol (1950–1955)

30 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

7.6
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Commander Corey and youthful Cadet Happy roam the 30th century universe in their ship "Terra" fighting super-villains Mr. Proteus and Prince Baccarratti and other badguys. Captured badguys ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Kemmer, Lyn Osborn, Nina Bara, Ken Mayer

Votes: 68

12. Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950–1955)

15 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

7.5
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Four centuries into the future, Cadets Tom Corbett, Roger Manning and Astro are training to become Solar Guards. Their ship, the "Polaris" took them to numerous adventures, usually natural catastrophes rather than villains.

Stars: Frankie Thomas, Al Markim, Jan Merlin, Jack Grimes

Votes: 53

13. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)

Drama

7.9
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Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Richard Caldicot, George Woodbridge, Robert Brown, Brian Rix

Votes: 52

14. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Hollywood actor-director-producer Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars and sometimes appearing in the play himself.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Newland, Vaughn Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery

Votes: 64

15. Beulah (1950–1953)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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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: 74

16. Your Hit Parade (1950–1959)

30 min | Music

8.0
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The format was to sing the seven top rated popular songs for the week; the songs were sung by the regular cast of vocalists. An attempt was made to revive the show in 1974 with songs from ... See full summary »

Stars: Snooky Lanson, Dorothy Collins, Russell Arms, Gisele MacKenzie

Votes: 42

17. Big Town (1950–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.8
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"Big Town" was a long running and highly successful network radio series (1937- 1952) and film series ("I Cover the Underworld," "Underworld After Dark," and "Underworld Scandal") before ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick McVey, Mark Stevens, Jane Nigh, Mary K. Wells

Votes: 20

18. Danger (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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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.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony, Richard Kiley

Votes: 42

19. 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: 141

20. Beat the Clock (1950–1961)

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

7.2
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Classic game show where couples (and sometimes families) competed to win prizes by completing stunts within a time limit.

Stars: Bud Collyer, Dolores Rosedale, John Reed King, Bern Bennett

Votes: 69

21. Dick Tracy (1950–1952)

30 min | Drama

7.9
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Stars: Ralph Byrd, Joe Devlin, William Woodson, Dick Elliott

Votes: 86

22. The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950–1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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The first TV adaptation of the adventures of super sleuth Ellery Queen, broadcast live from Hollywood. Queen was a mystery writer who assisted his father, a detective with the New York ... See full summary »

Stars: Florenz Ames, Lee Bowman, Rex Marshall, Hugh Marlowe

Votes: 29

23. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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Documentary dramas - plays that were based on true stories, were the forte of Armstrong Circle Theater. Many movie actors and actresses got their start here.

Stars: Douglas Edwards, Sandy Becker, Bob Sherry, John Cameron Swayze

Votes: 60

24. Racket Squad (1950– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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This series dramatizes confidence games which fall under the jurisdiction of Captain John Braddock.

Stars: Reed Hadley, Hugh Beaumont, Keith Richards, Griff Barnett

Votes: 70

25. 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: 62

26. The Alan Young Show (1950–1953)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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A dynamic combination of comedy vignettes and visually attractive musical numbers, hosted by Alan Young.

Stars: Alan Young, Gloria DeHaven, Joe Besser, Nelson Eddy

Votes: 14

27. The Paul Winchell Show (1950–1954)

Comedy, Family

8.4
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The Paul Winchell Show, or The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show, or The Spiedel Show, was a variety program which aired on NBC prime time from 1950 to 1954, starring ventriloquist Paul Winchell and his dummy, Jerry Mahoney. (1950)

Stars: Paul Winchell, Diane Sinclair, Jimmy Blaine, Sue Bennett

Votes: 28

28. The Joe Franklin Show (1950–1993)

60 min | Talk-Show

6.8
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Stars: Jennifer Delora, Joel Diamond, Mike Kimmel, Gary Theroux

Votes: 25

29. The Hank McCune Show (1950–1953)

30 min | Comedy

6.8
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Stars: Hank McCune, Arthur Q. Bryan, Maury Dexter, Hanley Stafford

Votes: 8

30. Treasury Men in Action (1950–1955)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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A squad of Treasury Department agents, headed by "The Chief", go after counterfeiters and other criminals who commit crimes that fall under the Treasure Department's jurisdiction.

Stars: Walter Greaza, Ross Martin, Tom McKee, John Stephenson

Votes: 28

31. Andy Pandy (1950–1957)

Family

7.4
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Puppet series for young children.

Stars: Maria Bird, Gladys Whitred, Valerie Cardnell, Vera McKechnie

Votes: 56

32. The Web (1950–1954)

30 min | Drama

7.4
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Live dramas based on stories by members of the Mystery Writers of America

Stars: E.G. Marshall, Leslie Nielsen, Haila Stoddard, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 28

33. Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.8
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At the end of each show, Rocky King (Roscoe Karns) calls his wife, Mable, and says, "Case is closed Mable, I'm coming home".

Stars: Roscoe Karns, Grace Carney, Earl Hammond, Ken Roberts

Votes: 40

34. Buck Rogers (1950– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

7.0
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A twentieth century football player is swept to the twenty-fifth century and joins the battle against the local despot.

Stars: Kem Dibbs, Robert Pastene, Harry Sothern, Harry Kingston

Votes: 35

35. You Asked for It (1950–1959)

30 min | Family

7.5
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This show responded to requests from the viewer, e.g., a look into the vaults at Fort Knox, showing $1 million dollars in $1 bills, etc.

Stars: Art Baker, Jack Smith, Lon Chaney Jr., Jackie Coogan

Votes: 36

36. The Gabby Hayes Show (1950–1954)

15 min | Family, Western

6.9
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Stars: Wright King, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Andrew Duggan, Truman Smith

Votes: 15

37. All Star Revue (1950– )

60 min | Comedy

9.0
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This early comedy program started off with a rotating cast of four famous comedians, each of whom would take turns hosting the show. The program format was similar to that of a Vaudeville ... See full summary »

Stars: Jimmy Durante, Eddie Jackson, Jack Roth, Danny Thomas

Votes: 60

38. Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950–1952)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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Dramatic anthology series presenting plays adopted from Pulitzer Prize winning stories, plays, novels, etc.

Stars: Elmer Davis, Charles Dingle, Richard Bishop, Joan Chandler

Votes: 19

39. Big Top (1950–1957)

60 min | Family

8.0
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Stars: Jack Sterling, Dan Lurie, Ed McMahon, Chris Keegan

Votes: 8

40. The Arthur Murray Party (1950–1960)

30 min | Family, Music

5.7
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Ballroom dancing, plus comedy, songs and dance contests on one of the few programs to air over all four major commercial networks. ABC premiered it on July 20, 1950 and it closed on NBC on ... See full summary »

Stars: Kathryn Murray, William H. Vaux, Arthur Murray, Ray Carter Orchestra

Votes: 11

41. Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama

7.8
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Stars: W. Somerset Maugham, John Baragrey, Robert H. Harris, Sylvia Field

Votes: 20

42. The Bigelow Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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A live CBS half-hour dramatic anthology series, but on two networks in its second season (as "Bigelow-Sanford Theater"); Sunday evenings over CBS and Thursday evenings over DuMont.

Stars: Don DeFore, William Frawley, Jeffrey Silver, Ann Dvorak

Votes: 12

43. The College Bowl (1950–1951)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.0
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Chico Ravelli runs a soda shop near a college campus, where the students hang out, exchange wisecracks, and sing.

Stars: Chico Marx, Stanley Prager, Joan Holloway, Paula Huston

Votes: 5

44. The Prudential Family Playhouse (1950–1951)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Live dramatic series featuring top rated actors in adaptations of Broadway plays or top rated novels.

Stars: Walter Abel, Gertrude Lawrence, Kevin McCarthy, John McQuade

Votes: 18

45. Nash Airflyte Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama

6.6
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Live anthology series featuring a wide format of stories, e.g., western, musical comedy, dramatic, etc.

Stars: William Gaxton, Ralph Riggs, Ian Keith, Dane Clark

Votes: 15

46. The Centre Show (1950–1956)

Comedy, Family

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Stars: Steve Race, Malcolm Lockyer, Benny Hill, Dick Emery

47. Rootie Kazootie (1950– )

Family

7.5
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A popular childrens tv show of the early 1950s.

Stars: Todd Russell, Frank Milano, John Vee

Votes: 19

48. NBC Television Opera Theatre (1950– )

Family, Music

7.3
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Stars: Rosemary Kuhlmann, Leontyne Price, Paul Ukena, Judith Raskin

Votes: 6

49. Starlight Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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Stars: Mary Sinclair, Durward Kirby, Virginia Gilmore, Alfred Ryder

Votes: 8

50. Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel (1950–1955)

15 min | Drama

8.2
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Life in small-town America during the 1950s. Broadcast live, some episodes survive as kinescopes.

Stars: Bernardine Flynn, Maurice Copeland, Jim Bannon, Arthur Peterson

Votes: 12