1953 Fall TV Schedule

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1. Answers for Americans (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

A weekly discussion forum concerning various social and political issues facing America at the time. The regular panel for this show included a number of prestigious guests, including ... See full summary »

Stars: Hardy Burt, Frank Howley, Devin Garrity, John K. Norton

ABC

4. The Big Picture (1950–1967)

30 min | Documentary

Various aspects of the U.S. Army are illustrated.

Stars: Stuart Queen, Audie Murphy, Vic Morrow, Al Jolson

Votes: 21

ABC

5. Bonino (1953– )

30 min | Comedy

Bonino, a world-famous concert singer, leaves show business to care for his eight children after the death of his wife.

Stars: Ezio Pinza, Lenka Peterson, Chet Allen, Donald Harris

Votes: 7

NBC

6. Colonel Humphrey Flack (1953–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Colonel Humphrey Flack is the consummate con-man, swindling swindlers at every opportunity.

Stars: Alan Mowbray, Frank Jenks, Hillary Brooke, Bob Sheppard

Votes: 20

DuMont

7. The Comeback Story (1953–1954)

30 min | Drama

Inspirational show which presents various people conquering afflictions and handicaps.

Stars: George Jessel, Bobby Breen, Billie Holiday, Arlene Francis

ABC

8. Make Room for Daddy (1953–1965)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Thomas, Rusty Hamer, Marjorie Lord, Angela Cartwright

Votes: 721

a.k.a. "Make Room for Daddy"

ABC

10. Doctor I.Q. (1953–1959)

30 min | Game-Show

Announcers roamed through the audience for this quiz show, announcing to the "Doctor" at the podium, "I have a gentleman in the balcony, Doctor" and similar phrases. If they answered the ... See full summary »

Stars: Carol Byron, Kay Christopher, Sue England, Art Fleming

ABC

11. Dollar a Second (1953–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

A prime-time game show, where contestants earned one dollar for each second that the host's questions were answered correctly. Incorrect replies earned punishment - a stunt had to be performed, a la "Truth or Consequences".

Stars: Jan Murray, Ken Roberts, Dagmar, Riley Murray

Votes: 10

DuMont

12. Jamie (1953–1954)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

Jamie is an orphan who is shuttled from one uncaring home to another. He finally ends up in Aunt Laurie's house where he meets kindred spirit Granpa who is ignored by everyone. The two of ... See full summary »

Stars: Brandon De Wilde, Polly Rowles, Ernest Truex, Kathleen Nolan

Votes: 5

ABC

13. The Jean Carroll Show (1953–1954)

30 min | Comedy

Short lived (less than three months) show featuring stand-up comedienne Jean Carroll. Her "family" consisted of bumbling husband Herbie and a daughter.

Stars: Jean Carroll, Alan Carney, Lynn Loring, Alice Pearce

a.k.a "Take it from Me"

ABC

15. The Loretta Young Show (1953–1961)

30 min | Drama

A drama anthology series hosted by actress Loretta Young. In addition to hosting the series, she played the lead in various episodes.

Stars: Loretta Young, John Milton Kennedy, Robert Foulk, John Newland

Votes: 172

a.k.a "Letter to Loretta"

NBC

16. The Man Behind the Badge (1953–1955)

30 min | Crime, Drama

Stories taken from the files of various law-enforcement agencies, including city, county and state police, park rangers, military police, etc.

Stars: Norman Rose, Charles Bickford, Joel Aldred, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 41

CBS

17. Marge and Jeff (1953– )

15 min | Comedy, Family

A domestic sitcom about a Manhattan newlywed couple.

Stars: Jess Cain, Marge Greene, Dick Stark

Votes: 7

DuMont

18. Melody Street (1953– )

30 min

A presentation of music, in which a group of performers lip-synced to other artists hits. This series was short-lived, but the format later had success....in Australia, under the title "Hit Parade".

Stars: Tony Mottola, Elliot Lawrence

DuMont

19. My Favorite Husband (1953–1955)

30 min | Comedy

George Cooper, a successful bank executive, lives in an exclusive neighborhood with his dim-wit wife Liz. The neighbors for the first two seasons were the Cobbs, a snobbish family. They ... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Nelson, Vanessa Brown, Alix Talton, Joan Caulfield

Votes: 10

CBS

20. Of Many Things (1953–1954)

30 min | Talk-Show

A discussion program covering a wide range of topics, e.g., the capture of the German U-Boat U-505 discussed by Admiral Dan Gallery, the captain of the ship that captured it, American ... See full summary »

Stars: Bergen Evans, Dan Gallery, Mitch Miller

ABC

21. On Your Way (1953– )

30 min | Game-Show

A quiz show in which contestants tried to win a bus trip to their dream destination in the United States.

Stars: Bud Collyer, Don Morrow, Kathy Godfrey, John Reed King

DuMont

22. The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953–1955)

30 min | Drama

An anthology series with episodes split between comedies and drama. Anita Colby and Arlene Dahl shared hosting duties the first season that was originally filmed live but switched to film. ... See full summary »

Stars: Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl, Anita Colby, Dorothy Green

Votes: 32

ABC

23. Person to Person (1953–1961)

30 min | Documentary, News

Interviews with figures from public life.

Stars: Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Audrey Meadows, Jerry Lewis

Votes: 111

CBS

a.k.a "Kraft Television Theater"

ABC

27. The Ray Milland Show (1953–1955)

30 min | Comedy

Originally Ray McNutley is an English professor at an all girls school where every female swoons for him except for the Dean. Luckily he has an understanding wife Peggy. By the second year ... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Milland, Phyllis Avery, Gordon Jones, Minerva Urecal

Votes: 33

CBS

29. Topper (1953–1955)

30 min | Fantasy, Comedy

This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to... See full summary »

Stars: Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling, Leo G. Carroll, Buck

Votes: 346

CBS

30. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

In this live drama series, over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Mona Freeman, Hans Conried

Votes: 102

ABC



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