Texaco Star Theatre (1948–1956)
"Texaco Star Theatre Starring Milton Berle" (original title)

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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 »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
 Himself - Host / ... (234 episodes, 1948-1956)
Sid Stone ...
 Himself - Texaco Pitchman / ... (130 episodes, 1948-1952)


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 show soared to ratings dominance (Number One in 1950-51), NBC dominated Tuesday night, and Berle became the first great star of the new medium, "Mr. Television". The basic format was modeled after a vaudeville variety hour, spotlighting Berle's jokes, sight gags, and costumes. Written by G. Alan <unclescoopy@msn.com>

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Release Date:

8 June 1948 (USA)  »

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Texaco Star Theatre  »

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| (1955-1956)

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1.33 : 1
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First televised 8 June 1948. This hour-long NBC comedy-variety series was enormously popular and responsible for exponentially increasing the sales of TV sets across the US. It wound down (some would say it just ran out of gas) in June 1956 and Milton Berle took a couple of years off before returning with a slightly revamped 30-minute version on NBC in October 1958, which failed to click with an audience now enamored by westerns, detective shows and anthology dramas. This second version left the air in May 1959. Berle spent the next seven years doing the TV guest star bit along with taking on noticeable roles in major Hollywood productions (It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)) when ABC offered him another crack at hour-long prime time in September 1966, but gave him a slot up against Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, and it was bumped off in the ratings by the forces of U.N.C.L.E. The last show was broadcast on January 6, 1967. See more »


[Opening theme]
Singers: Oh, we're the men of Texaco. / We work from Maine to Mexico. / There's nothing like this Texaco of ours; / Our show tonight is powerful, / We'll wow you with an hourful / of howls from a showerful / of stars; / We're the merry Texaco-men. / Tonight we may be showmen; / Tomorrow we'll be servicing / your cars."
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Very Good Early TV
1 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To describe this show , would best be as a sitcom disguised as a variety show. Very impressed by the fact of how innovative this show was,for its time. Shows like 'Curb your Enthusiasm' and 'Its Garry Shandling Show', may very well have been rooted in this show. Milton Berle the host of his show had wonderful guests every week. These guests, including Berle did musical numbers as well as skits. The premise of the show basically had a plot itself , similar in style to the shows that I have mentioned.. Being that Larry David and Garry Shandling respectfully played themselves.Beautiful female dancers , traditionally , start the show , with a number and Berle , camouflaged ,makes his grand entrance. Usually the fare of the day was Berle disputing,heckling and negotiating with his big star guests, leading to some wonderful comic moments, interlaced through out the show. Ruth Gilbert as his sidekick, madly in love with Mr. Berle , was an automatic foil every week. The Buick theme was very nostalgic and such a catchy tune that stays with you hours after you watch an episode. Good TV, but as the reviewer before me stated, the jokes were very silly and on the corny side. I know the show was mid century, but still the set was way too simple . I do think more could have been to done to better the stage set. All in all a wonderful watch and part of early roots of American TV.

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