1947-1969 NYC Based TV Serials

by Ed_Jones_XLIX | created - 4 months ago | updated - 4 months ago | Public

If you can remember back to 1947 when picture tubes were round on televisions, than you may remember some of these early classics. When the period ended in 1969 televisions were rectangular and available in Color! Many Great Shows based in New York City are on this list. Which is your favorite?

Note: No Location on the list, means that it was never specified what borough the show based in. After voting, please discuss here.

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1. Mary Kay and Johnny (1947–1950)

30 min | Comedy

The adventures and misadventures of the strait-laced bank employee Johnny Stearns and his zany wife Mary Kay.

Stars: John Stearns, Mary Kay Stearns, Nydia Westman, Christopher William Stearns

Votes: 29

Starred John Stearns and Mary Kay Stearns, A real Husband and Wife couple that oddly did not use "Character Names"! Their lives on the show were fictitious however.

2. The Goldbergs (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy

Comedy-drama about a Jewish-American family living in New York City.

Stars: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Arlene McQuade, Robert H. Harris

Votes: 136

Jake and Molly Goldberg--Location: The Bronx, moved to fictional Haverville, New York in final season. (1956)

3. The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

30 min | Comedy

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.

Stars: Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Johnny Lee

Votes: 588

Amos, Andy, Kingfish, Calhoun, Saphire, Mama, and Lightnin'.--Location: Harlem.

4. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 20,630

Lucy and Ricky Ricardo--Location: Upper East Side, moved to Connecticut in final season. (1957)

5. My Little Margie (1952–1955)

30 min | Comedy

Margie lives with her father Vern and her crazy schemes get him into trouble especially with his boss Mr. Honeywell. She frequently involves Charlie and Mrs. Odetts in her plans. Freddie is her boyfriend while Roberta likes Vern.

Stars: Gale Storm, Charles Farrell, Clarence Kolb, Don Hayden

Votes: 279

Margie and Vern Albright--Location: Upper Fifth Avenue

6. Meet Millie (1952–1956)

30 min | Comedy

Millie Bronson is a secretary who lives with her good hearted Mama in Jackson Heights, Queens. She is secretary to J.R. Boone and casually dates his son Johnnie. The Bronson's poet friend Alfred drops by to visit regularly.

Stars: Elena Verdugo, Florence Halop, Marvin Kaplan, Ross Ford

Votes: 14

Millie and Mama Bronson--Location: Jackson Heights, Queens

7. The Danny Thomas Show (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: 754

Danny, Kathy, Rusty, and Linda Williams

8. The Honeymooners (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolph

Votes: 4,230

Ralph and Alice Kramden--Location: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

9. The Thin Man (1957–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Mystery

Amateur detectives Nick and Nora Charles investigate various crimes.

Stars: Peter Lawford, Phyllis Kirk, Asta, Jack Albertson

Votes: 175

Nick and Nora Charles

10. Naked City (1958–1963)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The cases of the N.Y.P.D.'s 65th Precinct.

Stars: Harry Bellaver, Horace McMahon, Paul Burke, Nancy Malone

Votes: 858

Det. Frank Arcaro, Lt. Mike Parker, and Det. Adam Flint

Trivia: A very young Christopher Walken co-stars in the episode: Robin Hood and Clarence Darrow, They Went Out with Bow and Arrow (1963) as Chris Johannis (He was billed as Ronnie Walken)

11. Johnny Staccato (1959– )

24 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Johnny Staccato is a jazz pianist and private detective.

Stars: John Cassavetes, Eduardo Ciannelli, Dennis Sallas, Frank London

Votes: 170

John Cassavetes as Johnny Staccato

12. Car 54, Where Are You? (1961–1963)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of two of New York's finest in the 53rd precinct in the Bronx. Toody, the short, stocky and dim-witted one, either saves the day or messes things up, much to the chagrin ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne, Paul Reed, Al Lewis

Votes: 1,155

Officers Toody and Muldoon

13. The Joey Bishop Show (1961–1965)

30 min | Comedy

Joey Barnes is the host of a TV talk show originating in New York. Each episode dealt with events in his personal and professional life as a celebrity. Many guest stars appeared on the ... See full summary »

Stars: Joey Bishop, Joe Besser, Abby Dalton, Corbett Monica

Votes: 195

Joey and Ellie Barnes

14. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

Votes: 7,779

Rob and Laura Petrie-- Location: Workplace scenes in Manhattan

15. That Girl (1966–1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Ann Marie is a struggling actress living in New York City. In between trying to find jobs acting and modeling she has time for her boyfriend, Don Hollinger, and her dad, Lew Marie.

Stars: Marlo Thomas, Ted Bessell, Lew Parker, Bernie Kopell

Votes: 1,874

Ann Marie and Donald Hollinger

16. Family Affair (1966–1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Bill's comfortable lifestyle must change when he receives a group of unexpected, long-term, guests.

Stars: Brian Keith, Kathy Garver, Anissa Jones, Johnny Whitaker

Votes: 1,809

Uncle Bill Davis, 'Cissy' Patterson-Davis, 'Buffy' Patterson-Davis, 'Jody' Patterson-Davis, and Mr. Giles French



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