1954 Fall TV Schedule

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1. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954–1959)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

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, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 512

ABC

4. Climax! (1954–1958)

60 min | Drama

This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name.

Stars: William Lundigan, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa, Harry Townes

Votes: 141

CBS

6. Dear Phoebe (1954–1955)

30 min | Comedy

Bill Hastings works for a daily newspaper in a large city. His duties include a lonely hearts column, where he advises everyone on their problems, as "Phoebe", while trying to deal with his own.

Stars: Peter Lawford, Marcia Henderson, Charles Lane, Joe Corey

Votes: 11

NBC

7. December Bride (1954–1959)

30 min | Comedy

Charming and wise Lily Ruskin lives with her daughter and son-in- law who, along with her close friend Hilda Crocker, are always trying to find suitable older marriageable companionship for... See full summary »

Stars: Spring Byington, Frances Rafferty, Dean Miller, Harry Morgan

Votes: 156

CBS

8. The Donald O'Connor Show (1954–1955)

30 min | Comedy, Music

Sid and Donald are two young songwriters trying to market their wares. The situations created around this premise primarily enabled them to perform.

Stars: Donald O'Connor, Sidney Miller, Joyce Cunning, Mitzi Gaynor

Votes: 17

Part of "Texaco Star Theater"

NBC

9. The Elgin Hour (1954–1955)

60 min | Drama

A drama series that ran every other week, attracted top notch actors and actresses, and was broadcast from New York City.

Stars: Gertrude Berg, Polly Bergen, Charles Dingle, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 23

a.k.a "The Elgin TV Hour"

ABC

10. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy. Whenever the kids need... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin

Votes: 1,404

CBS

11. The George Gobel Show (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy

For Gobel's half-hour series, he used a successful comedy format of a monologue segment, followed by a story set up segment, then a musical interlude with the show's girl singer, then the main skit with the guest performers.

Stars: George Gobel, Peggy King, John Scott Trotter, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 46

NBC

12. The Halls of Ivy (1954–1955)

30 min | Comedy

Charming Dr. William Hall is the urbane president of rural Ivy College. His pleasant life include his attractive wife, former actress Vicky and their all knowing housekeeper Alice. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronald Colman, Benita Hume, Ray Collins, Herbert Butterfield

Votes: 33

CBS

13. Honestly, Celeste! (1954– )

30 min

Journalism teacher Celeste Anders leaves Minnesota heading to New York to become a reporter. Her boss at the Examiner is Mr. Wallace and his son Bob becomes her boyfriend. Cabbie Marty is her friend and often drives her to assignments.

Stars: Celeste Holm, Mike Kellin, Scott McKay, Mary Finney

CBS

15. It's a Great Life (I) (1954–1956)

30 min | Comedy

Two ex G.I.'s Denny and Steve return home and take a room at the boarding house of the doting Amy Morgan. Also in the house are the young and beautiful Cathy, and Amy's irrasciable, ... See full summary »

Stars: William Bishop, Michael O'Shea, Frances Bavier, James Dunn

Votes: 49

NBC

Part of "Texaco Star Theater"

NBC

17. Lassie (1954–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

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

Stars: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly

Votes: 2,272

CBS

18. The Lineup (1954–1960)

60 min | Drama

Based on actual cases from the San Francisco Police files, Lt. Guthrie and Inspector Grebb work as a team to track down criminals. In the last season Inspectors Delaney and Summers are ... See full summary »

Stars: Warner Anderson, Tom Tully, Marshall Reed, Ruta Lee

Votes: 62

CBS

20. Medic (1954–1956)

30 min | Drama

Highlights the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors and surgeons headed by Dr. Konrad Styner. One of the first medical shows on TV that paid strict attention to detail, and... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Boone, Mary Stewart, Robert Stevenson, Robert Bray

Votes: 98

NBC

21. The Mickey Rooney Show (1954–1955)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of an eager but somewhat bumbling young actor who gets a job as a page at a television studio in Hollywood while trying to break into show business.

Stars: Mickey Rooney, Regis Toomey, Claire Carleton, John Hubbard

Votes: 36

NBC

22. People Are Funny (1954–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

Contestants were asked to carry out stunts.

Stars: Art Linkletter, Nick Gilbert, Pat McGeehan, Ben Blue

Votes: 28

NBC

23. Shower of Stars (1954–1958)

60 min | Family, Drama

A CBS variety show that ran monthly from 1954-1958, broadcast in color. Stars appearing included Betty Grable, Mario Lanza, Jack Benny, Basil Rathbone, Fredric March, Shirley MacLaine and ... See full summary »

Stars: William Lundigan, Jack Benny, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa

Votes: 43

CBS

24. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

This dramatic anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Joel Aldrich, Tim Graham, Jean Byron, Paul Bryar

Votes: 92

DuMont

25. That's My Boy (1954–1959)

30 min | Comedy

Jack Jackson, a prominent attorney, was a big football star in his younger day. His wife Alice was a successful tennis player but their son Junior inherited no athletic ability, preferring his studies. Dad still pushes him towards sports.

Stars: Henry Baker, Bill Goodwin, Rochelle Hudson, Helen Kleeb

Votes: 9

CBS

27. The Vise (1954–1961)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

This British production featured less known actors in filmed plays showing people caught in "the vise" of fate created by their own deeds.

Stars: Donald Gray, Colin Tapley, Ron Randell, Robert Arden

Votes: 29

ABC

28. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1991)

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

Stars: Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Clarence Nash, Slim Pickens

Votes: 1,292

a.k.a "Disneyland"

ABC

29. Willy (1954–1955)

30 min | Drama

Willa Dodger opens a law practice in Renfrew, New Hampshire, USA after graduating from law school but business is slow so she left her boyfriend Charlie Bush in Renfrew, went to New York ... See full summary »

Stars: June Havoc, Whitfield Connor, Danny Richards Jr., Mary Treen

CBS