Latest TV Series Released 1953-01-01 to 1953-12-31


1. Wer hat recht? (1956–1958)

25 min | Drama

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Stars: Franz Arzdorf, Alexander Engel, Ekkehard Fritsch, Hugo Kalthoff

2. Billy Bean and His Funny Machine (1954–1956)

30 min | Family

8.0
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Stars: Gaylord Cavallaro, Peter Hawkins, Ivan Owen, Dick Vosburgh

Votes: 5

3. Make Room for Daddy (1953–1965)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.4
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Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Thomas, Rusty Hamer, Marjorie Lord, Angela Cartwright

Votes: 611

4. The Good Old Days (1953–1983)

60 min | Comedy, Musical

6.8
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A re-creation of the Music Hall variety shows that were popular in the late Victorian and the Edwardian periods (late 1800s and early 1900s). Entertainers performed musical, comedy, magic ... See full summary »

Stars: Leonard Sachs, Dudley Stevens, Loraine Hart, Clifton Todd

Votes: 36

5. The Life of Riley (1953–1958)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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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: William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Wesley Morgan, Tom D'Andrea

Votes: 254

6. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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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.

Stars: Ronald Reagan, Lee Marvin, Edgar Buchanan, Nancy Reagan

Votes: 198

7. Topper (1953–1955)

30 min | Fantasy, Comedy

8.3
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This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to... See full summary »

Stars: Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling, Leo G. Carroll, Buck

Votes: 298

8. The Loretta Young Show (1953–1961)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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A drama anthology series hosted by actress Loretta Young. In addition to hosting the seres, she played the lead in various episodes.

Stars: Loretta Young, John Milton Kennedy, Robert Foulk, John Newland

Votes: 152

9. Romper Room and Friends (1953–1994)

60 min | Family

7.7
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Children's program that was often franchised rather than syndicated (meaning, local television stations could use their own hostesses in lieu of national hosts if they chose). A typical ... See full summary »

Stars: Sally Claster Gelbard, Bruce Edward Hall, Molly McCloskey, Nancy Claster

Votes: 96

10. I Led 3 Lives (1953–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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Herbert Philbrick was a young professional and pacifist in 1939 Boston. He joined an anti-war group and quickly found himself caught up in the secret world of underground communist activity... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Carlson, John Zaremba, Virginia Stefan, Ed Hinton

Votes: 93

11. Panorama (1953– )

40 min | Documentary, News

7.7
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Long-running factual programme reporting on all aspects of life in Britain.

Stars: Fred Emery, David Dimbleby, Richard Lindley, Richard Dimbleby

Votes: 249

12. Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

6.2
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It is the near future as seen from the perspective of the early 1950s. Earth is in radio contact with civilizations on planets in our solar system, as well as planets in other, distant ... See full summary »

Stars: Judd Holdren, Aline Towne, Gregory Gaye, Craig Kelly

Votes: 96

13. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Live drama series that was one of the best TV shows ever shown. Over 200 live plays covering all aspects of society were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 83

14. You Are There (1953–1971)

30 min | Drama, History

8.9
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Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Paul Birch, Todd Hunter, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 104

15. Private Secretary (1953–1957)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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Susie is secretary to handsome talent agent Peter Sands and keeps getting messed up in (and messing up) his private life. She's assisted (usually) by receptionist Vi and semi-rival Sylvia. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann Sothern, Don Porter, Ann Tyrrell, Joan Banks

Votes: 103

16. Tonight! (1953–1957)

TV-PG | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.2
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The show originated as a local New York City late night program in June 1953 and went onto the network in September 1954. Throughout the summer of 1956, Steve Allen was the only host. When ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Steve Allen, Skitch Henderson, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 105

17. The Quatermass Experiment (1953– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

7.4
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Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. A malfunction sends the rocket and its three ... See full summary »

Stars: Reginald Tate, Isabel Dean, Hugh Kelly, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 195

18. ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953– )

30 min | News

5.5
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From the 60's to the 90's, the three major networks were, for the most part, the only source for national and international news. ABC News, anchored by Peter Jennings, regularly presented ... See full summary »

Stars: Diane Sawyer, David Muir, Jonathan Karl, Cecilia Vega

Votes: 155

19. The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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An anthology series with episodes split between comedies and drama. Anita Colby and Arlene Dahl shared hosting duties the first season that was originally filmed live but switched to film. ... See full summary »

Stars: Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl, Dorothy Green, Robert Paige

Votes: 26

20. My Favorite Husband (1953–1955)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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George Cooper, a successful bank executive, lives in an exclusive neighborhood with his dim-wit wife Liz. The neighbors for the first two seasons were the Cobbs, a snobbish family. They ... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Nelson, Vanessa Brown, Alix Talton, Joan Caulfield

Votes: 10

21. The Ray Milland Show (1953–1955)

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Originally Ray McNutley is an English professor at an all girls school where every female swoons for him except for the Dean. Luckily he has an understanding wife Peggy. By the second year ... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Milland, Phyllis Avery, Gordon Jones, Minerva Urecal

Votes: 27

22. Person to Person (1953–1961)

30 min | Documentary, News

9.2
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Interviews with figures from public life.

Stars: Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Audrey Meadows, Jerry Lewis

Votes: 102

23. Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

6.5
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On 22nd-Century Earth, the Rocket Rangers are a celestial defense organization, battling interplanetary evil from their headquarters on Omega Base.

Stars: Cliff Robertson, Bruce Hall, Jack Weston, John Boruff

Votes: 13

24. Space Command (1953– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

7.4
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Frank Anderson was a young adventurer working for Space Command, an international organization working to explore and colonize space.

Stars: Andrew Anthony, Joe Austin, Robert Barclay, James Doohan

Votes: 14

25. The Man Behind the Badge (1953–1955)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Stories taken from the files of various law-enforcement agencies, including city, county and state police, park rangers, military police, etc.

Stars: Charles Bickford, Joel Aldred, Norman Rose, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 31

26. Winky-Dink and You (1953–1957)

Family, Animation

8.0
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"winky-dink and you" was the pioneer in interactive programming. The core of the program was children sent away for a kit. The kit had a plastic screen that stuck to the TV tube with static... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Barry, Dayton Allen, Mae Questel

Votes: 31

27. Your Favorite Story (1953– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Stars: Adolphe Menjou, John Hamilton, Gertrude Michael, Bruce Payne

Votes: 12

28. Rheingold Theatre (1953–1957)

23 min | Drama

8.7
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Fairbanks narrated, produced and frequently starred in this well-made anthology series which presented everything from drama to mystery to farce. Filmed in England, usually with lesser known actors.

Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Christopher Lee, Ron Randell, Barbara Mullen

Votes: 39

29. I'm the Law (1953– )

30 min | Drama, Crime, Action

6.1
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Stars: George Raft, June Vincent, Lawrence Dobkin, J. Anthony Hughes

Votes: 23

30. Life with Father (1953–1955)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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Stars: Leon Ames, Lurene Tuttle, Dorothy Bernard, Harvey Grant

Votes: 21

31. La famille Plouffe (1953– )

30 min | Drama

6.8
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Stars: Amanda Alarie, Rolland Bédard, Juliette Béliveau, Therese Cadorette

Votes: 11

32. The Big Picture (1953–1967)

30 min | Documentary

7.4
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From 1953 to 1963, the U.S. Army produced THE BIG PICTURE television show. Part history lesson, part recruiting tool and part propaganda, the show was widely embraced by the public. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Audie Murphy, Vic Morrow, Stuart Queen, Lorne Greene

Votes: 17

33. City Detective (1953– )

30 min | Drama

8.1
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Stars: Rod Cameron, Dorothy Green, Jorja Curtright, Ross Elliott

Votes: 16

34. Name That Tune (1953–1959)

Game-Show, Music

6.7
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The original version of the popular and long-running quiz show, hosted by Red Benson Contestants competed to see who had the more comprehensive knowledge of popular songs by trying to be ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Cullen, Norman 'Red' Benson, Kirk Douglas, Vicki Mills

Votes: 33

35. The Motorola Television Hour (1953–1954)

60 min | Drama

7.5
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Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Jane Wyatt, Patricia Smith, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 13

36. Ponds Theater (1953– )

60 min | Drama

7.7
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Stars: Valerie Cossart, Harry Townes, Mildred Dunnock, Carmen Mathews

Votes: 27

37. The Pride of the Family (1953–1955)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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Stars: Larry J. Blake, Paul Hartman, Fay Wray, Natalie Wood

Votes: 12

38. The Wonderful John Acton (1953– )

30 min | Drama

7.0
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Summer replacement show about an Irish-American family in Ludlow, Kentucky in 1919. John is the County Clerk and lives behind the store he owns. The stories are narrated by John's grandson ... See full summary »

Stars: Harry Holcombe, Ian Martin, Virginia Dwyer, Christopher Walken

Votes: 11

39. Confidential File (1953–1959)

30 min | Talk-Show

9.2
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Stars: Paul Coates, June Foray, Del Moore, Cesar Romero

Votes: 5

40. Worzel Gummidge Turns Detective (1953– )

30 min | Comedy, Family

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Stars: Frank Atkinson, Carol Olver, Mabel Constanduros, Margaret Boyd

41. Playbill (1953–1959)

30 min | Drama

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Stars: Barry Morse, Katharine Blake, Joseph Fürst, Frank Peddie

42. Criswell Predicts (1953–1961)

5 min | Talk-Show

6.2
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A daily show in which the Amazing Criswell outlines his predictions for the weeks and months ahead.

Stars: Criswell, Bob Shields

Votes: 9

43. The Irv Kupcinet Show (1953–1984)

Talk-Show

7.6
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Stars: Irv Kupcinet, Bob Hope, Patty Duke, Rich Little

Votes: 15

44. The Catholic Hour (1953– )

60 min | Drama, Family

7.0
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Stars: Carolyn Coates, Eleanor Phelps, Eugene Roche, Frederick Rolf

Votes: 10

45. NBC 4 WRC-TV News Today (1953– )

TV-G | 60 min | News

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Stars: Patricia Mizen, Eun Yang, Max Major, Theresa James

46. Where's Raymond? (1953– )

Comedy

8.1
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Stars: Ray Bolger, Richard Erdman, Sylvia Lewis, Marjie Millar

Votes: 11

47. Eye Witness (1953– )

30 min | Drama

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Live dramatic-anthology emphasizing supernatural and strange twists of fate. Each show had a different host who would appear at the beginning of the show; this host would then appear on the... See full summary »

Stars: Wesley Addy, Joseph Anthony, Fay Bainter, Lee Bowman

48. The Sandy Becker Show (1953– )

60 min | Comedy

8.8
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Star: Sandy Becker

Votes: 28

49. The Revlon Mirror Theater (1953– )

30 min | Drama

3.8
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Stars: Robin Chandler, Ellen Corby, Glenn Langan, Harry Harvey

Votes: 64

50. Bonino (1953– )

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Bonino, a world-famous concert singer, leaves show business to care for his eight children after the death of his wife.

Stars: Ezio Pinza, Lenka Peterson, Chet Allen, Donald Harris

Votes: 7