8.4/10
864
18 user 6 critic

The Abbott and Costello Show 

Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.
Reviews

Watch Now

on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1954   1953   1952  

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

Stars: Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Clarence Nash
Lassie (1954–1974)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie.

Stars: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Experience the magic and adventure from Walt Disney world of color

Stars: David Sparrow, Will Friedle, Laurie Murdoch
The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1958)
Family | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Mickey Mouse hosts a youth oriented variety show.

Stars: Jimmie Dodd, Tommy Cole, Eileen Diamond
Flipper (1963)
Adventure | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sandy is distraught when, having saved Flipper by pulling out a spear, his father insists the dolphin be released. A grateful Flipper, however, returns the favor when Sandy is threatened by Sharks.

Director: James B. Clark
Stars: Chuck Connors, Luke Halpin, Connie Scott
Adventure | Family | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid. He and his dog Rin Tin Tin were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache in Arizona, and helped establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande.

Stars: Lee Aaker, James Brown, Rin Tin Tin II
Mister Ed (1958–1966)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The misadventures of a wisecracking talking horse and his human owner.

Stars: Allan Lane, Alan Young, Connie Hines
You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

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
The Munsters (1964–1966)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely.

Stars: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo
My Three Sons (1960–1972)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.

Stars: Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady
My Favorite Martian (1963–1966)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A sarcastic Martian comes to live with a hapless young Terran on Earth.

Stars: Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Britton
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
...
...
...
...
 Hercules / ... 26 episodes, 1952-1954
...
Edit

Storyline

Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 September 1957 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Abbott ja Costello  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the first season, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello had a pet chimp named Bingo the Chimp. Costello didn't particularly like Bingo and apparently Bingo sensed it, because while they were filming a scene one day, Bingo turned and bit him. Costello demanded that Bingo be fired, and since his company was producing the show, Bingo was gone the next week and was never mentioned in the series again. See more »

Quotes

[Mr. Davis walks into bedroom, crash is heard, and Abbott looks in]
Sidney: What's wrong?
Bud Abbott: No floor.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Farscape: Lava's a Many Splendored Thing (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bud and Lou for the Ages
27 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

The wonderful nonsense that made up the comedy of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello is carefully preserved and is to be treasured in this two season television series which I can remember from my earliest days. It seemed like it was in syndication forever on WPIX TV in New York in the fifties, sixties and seventies. Made those Honeymooner episodes look like nothing.

A careful viewing of all their feature films will find all their famous routines in them at one point. But if you just want to see the boys do their stuff and not have to worry about the plot of some movie, than by all means try to acquire these shows on VHS or DVD.

The plots of these shows are absolutely meaningless. The common thread was the fact that they didn't pay the rent at their rooming-house and as their harassed landlord said on one show, they were going into their second year. Of course the fact that they didn't want to work and when they got jobs, they inevitably blew them up didn't help matters.

The landlord was Sidney Fields who went back in burlesque as long as Abbott and Costello did. Fields had one magnificent temper and when Abbott wasn't abusing his hapless partner, Fields was. He got almost as many laughs as the boys did, in fact they could have been a trio act.

Another tenant at the rooming-house was Gordon Jones, known as Mike the cop, though in one episode it did slip that his last name was Kelly. He also was driven to distraction by Costello's antics. There was the beautiful and ever patient Hillary Brooke who Costello was crushing out on big time. And there was Joe Kirk, in real life Lou's brother-in-law, who was the ever excitable Italian, Mr. Baciagalupe. Kirk was a poor man's Henry Armetta and the boys constantly made him lose his "temperature".

Somewhere on some cable station these shows are still playing, with comedy that is absolutely timeless and will be enjoyed a thousand years from now.

One thing I did wonder when I got older. Why didn't Fields just take Abbott and Costello to Landlord and Tenant Court. He had more than enough grounds.


10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page