The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 415 users  
Reviews: 36 user

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.

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 87 titles
created 26 Mar 2011
 
a list of 2 titles
created 10 Sep 2011
 
a list of 156 titles
created 05 Feb 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Amos 'n Andy Show.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
1955   1954   1953   1952   1951  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson
My Little Margie (1952–1955)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stars: Gale Storm, Charles Farrell, Clarence Kolb
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When Andrew Sterling, a successful black urbanite writer buys a vacation home on a resort in New England the police mistake him for a burglar. After surrounding his home with armed men, ... See full summary »

Director: E. Max Frye
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Lerner
The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved TV clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An atheist accidentally shoots his Baptist wife. She dies and goes to a crossroads, where the devil tries to lead her astray.

Director: Spencer Williams
Stars: Cathryn Caviness, Spencer Williams, Juanita Riley
Juke Joint (1947)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two insolvent con men get involved in a small town beauty contest.

Director: Spencer Williams
Stars: Spencer Williams, July Jones, Inez Newell
Annie Oakley (1954–1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the life of legendary Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Set in the quiet western town of Diablo, Annie and her little brother Tagg made sure that outlaws who ... See full summary »

Stars: Gail Davis, Brad Johnson, Jimmy Hawkins
Private Secretary (1953–1957)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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
Julia (1968–1971)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Julia Baker is a young African-American woman working as a nurse. She is also a widow (her husband died in Vietnam) trying to raise a young son alone.

Stars: Diahann Carroll, Lloyd Nolan, Marc Copage
Accidental Family (1967–1968)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Nightclub comedian Jerry Webster was a widower with a small son, Sandy. He purchased a farm in the San Fernando Valley to be a base of operations for him and a home for Sandy. The farm was ... See full summary »

Stars: Jerry Van Dyke, Lois Nettleton, Teddy Quinn
Beulah (1950–1953)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: William Watson
Stars: Don DeFore, Louise Arthur, House Peters Jr.
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Alvin Childress ...
 Amos (78 episodes, 1951-1955)
Spencer Williams ...
 Andy (78 episodes, 1951-1955)
Tim Moore ...
 Kingfish (78 episodes, 1951-1955)
Johnny Lee ...
 Calhoun (68 episodes, 1951-1955)
Ernestine Wade ...
 Sapphire (64 episodes, 1951-1955)
Amanda Randolph ...
 Mama / ... (45 episodes, 1951-1955)
Nick Stewart ...
 Lightnin' (40 episodes, 1951-1954)
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amos 'n Andy  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(78 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After the show was canceled with 65 episodes, CBS wanted to syndicate the reruns but felt that they needed more shows. The cast was brought back to film an additional 13 episodes to premiere in syndication. These episodes were originally to be titled "The Adventures of Kingfish" but premiered with the "Amos 'n Andy" rerun package instead. See more »

Quotes

[Kingfish had told Andy he can teach him to fly a plane]
George 'Kingfish' Stevens: You see, Andy; the first thing you need to fly is excellent eyesight. Now, how much is 10 plus 10?
[writes problem on the board]
Andrew Hogg Brown: 20.
George 'Kingfish' Stevens: Ok; now, what is ten times 2?
Andrew Hogg Brown: 20.
George 'Kingfish' Stevens: Oh, you see Andy; you has twenty-twenty vision.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.21 (1970) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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!


34 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What a pity! gjampol
dumb: a sitcom requirement mheckman-1
We are all the poorer babyruth-1
a memory of childhood grammy20035
"Amos n' Andy" ernieswanks_757
amos and andy robertcoopermd
Discuss The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?