The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

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Stories mostly centered on The Kingfish's schemes to get rich, often by duping his brothers in the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge. Andy was particularly dupable. Amos mostly narrated.

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Complete series cast summary:
Alvin Childress ...
 Amos (78 episodes, 1951-1955)
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Tim Moore ...
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Johnny Lee ...
 Calhoun (70 episodes, 1951-1955)
Ernestine Wade ...
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Amanda Randolph ...
 Mama / ... (47 episodes, 1951-1955)
Nick Stewart ...
 Lightnin' (42 episodes, 1951-1953)


Stories mostly centered on The Kingfish's schemes to get rich, often by duping his brothers in the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge. Andy was particularly dupable. Amos mostly narrated.

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Release Date:

28 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amos 'n Andy  »

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Technical Specs


(78 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite decent ratings, CBS pulled the show when the NAACP complained of how they believed blacks were being depicted on this show. The syndicated reruns were pulled from circulation in 1966 after similar protests. See more »


[repeated line]
Andrew Hogg Brown: Holy Mackarel, Kingfish!
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Referenced in 2001 Maniacs (2005) See more »

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The actors were like friends when I was a kid.
1 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When this show was attacked for being politically incorrect, I had a visceral reaction of anger, as I used to love it when I was a kid. The actors were so warm to the audience, watching the show was almost like having a personal relationship with them. As a true friend, I have to resent the harsh accusation that "Amos 'n Andy" created dangerous racial stereotypes.

The characters from the show are no more racial stereotypes than any of the other popular characters of low comedy on TV, such as Lou Costello, Baciagalupe, Ralph Cramden, Stan Laurel, Private Doberman, Uncle Tonoose, Gomer Pyle, and a host of others. Maybe the problem is that "politically correct" critics object to low comedy of any kind. Or perhaps they are irrationally blaming the makers of "Amos 'n Andy" for the fact that black actors have never gotten enough serious roles from Hollywood.

Hostile music critics have voiced similar complaints that much of blues and folk music is politically incorrect, that it demeans a race of people by creating "primitive stereotypes." In both cases, I find the criticisms offensive because vaudeville style comedy and blues singing are arguably among the greatest contributions America has made to world culture.

The critics of "Amos n' Andy" would do better to take a shot at recently made crime movies set in the ghettos of today, which contain some of the most evil and offensive racial stereotypes ever put on screen. "Amos n' Andy" never intended to offend!

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