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".
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



5   4   3   2   1   Unknown  
1971   1957   1956   1955   1954   1953  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Loretta Young Show (1953–1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A continuation of the dramatic anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" hosted by the master of suspense and mystery.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Hinton Pope, Jimmy Joyce
Thriller (1960–1962)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell
77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama. Stu and Jeff worked out of an office located at 77 Sunset Strip in Los ... See full summary »

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith
Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris
Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Vaughn Taylor, Valerie Cossart
Omnibus (1952–1961)
Drama | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts to original works by such ... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Helen Hayes
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

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
Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Prud'Homme, Walter Abel
The Iceman Cometh (TV Movie 1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The chilling tale of a high-rolling gambler who changes his ways and is determind to help the drifters, alcoholics and prostitutes who have come to depend on his "generosity".

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Jason Robards, Myron McCormick, Tom Pedi
Suspense (1949–1954)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Live plays featuring people who were in dangerous and threatening situations.

Stars: Rex Marshall, Robert Emhardt, John Baragrey
Danger (1950–1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Live psychological and murder mystery dramas and one of the first U.S. TV dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host - Narrator / ... (114 episodes, 1953-1971)
Edit

Storyline

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". Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 February 1953 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[last lines]
Narrator: What sort of day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times... and you were there.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in 'Network': By Walter Cronkite (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Seen through the Blacklist
25 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the interesting footnotes to this New York-based show from the 1950s was that it became a sort of refuge for blacklisted scriptwriters. Walter Bernstein and Abe Polonsky are mentioned in the extended IMDb credits as "uncredited" writers. Some of the Hollywood blacklist histories mention this series as employing blacklisted writers.

I think it was Polonsky (whose FORCE OF EVIL is arguably one of the best of the film noirs) who talked about his "You Are There" experiences at a panel I attended in Berkeley in 1980. He stated that many of the historical episodes covered in the series were about the suppression of dissidents (such as The Death of Socrates), mirroring what the leftist screenwriters felt about being blacklisted from their industry on the basis of their political beliefs and affiliations.

I watched "You Are There" occasionally as a kid growing up in the 1950s, and of course I had no sense of this context. I remember thinking the shows were interesting--but corny. But I cannot compare the effort to penetrate historical events with anything currently on commercial broadcast network TV, and the CBS effort behind "You Are There" was a laudable one, in a different age.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
YOu are there and Socrates shouler
Socrates and You are There shouler
The series KaiserD2
Emergence of Jazz episode godfreyr84
Of further interest on this style loninappleton
Swamp in Missouri ? helenelisechat
Discuss You Are There (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page