TV: 1950s

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1. Meet Corliss Archer (1954– )

30 min | Comedy

Pert blond teenager Corliss Archer must balance her life at school, her lovable but goofy boyfriend Dexter and her well-meaning but clueless parents.

Stars: Ann Baker, Mary Brian, John Eldredge, Robert Ellis

Votes: 45

2. Racket Squad (1950–1953)

30 min | Crime, Drama

This series dramatizes confidence games which fall under the jurisdiction of Captain John Braddock.

Stars: Reed Hadley, Hugh Beaumont, Keith Richards, Griff Barnett

Votes: 98

3. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Ozzie and Harriet Nelson raise their two sons Ricky and David. As the sons age, they experience teenage dating problems, marriage and careers.

Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 1,177

4. Lawman (1958–1962)

30 min | Western

This is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming, and his Deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing.

Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle, Emile Avery

Votes: 646

5. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

Votes: 5,407

6. Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957–1960)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Richard Diamond is a suave private investigator, who, at first, walks the mean streets of New York City, then later packs up and moves to Los Angeles, California, where he tools around in a... See full summary »

Stars: David Janssen, Roxane Brooks, Russ Conway, Regis Toomey

Votes: 201

7. The Eve Arden Show (1957–1958)

30 min | Comedy

A widowed mother tries to support herself and her twin daughters.

Stars: Eve Arden, Allyn Joslyn, Frances Bavier, Gail Stone

Votes: 32

8. The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (1956–1960)

30 min | Comedy

An American sitcom series starring Gale Storm. The series is about a Susanna Pomery, a cruise director for an ocean liner travelling the world.

Stars: Gale Storm, Zasu Pitts, Roy Roberts, James Fairfax

Votes: 170

9. Navy Log (1955–1958)

30 min | History, War

Showed featured dramatic reenactments of true Naval events taken from the files of the Defense Department. The episodes generally featured little known actors although better known performers sometimes hosted.

Stars: Robert Carson, Robert Shayne, George Conrad, John Close

Votes: 95

10. TV Reader's Digest (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

Family-oriented stories from the pages of "Reader's Digest" were dramatized on film.

Stars: Hugh Reilly, Gene Raymond, Helen Mowery, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 29

11. The Alcoa Hour (1955–1957)

60 min | Drama

This live series featured adaptations of other works (novels, plays, et cetera) plus original works for the show. It was primarily dramas, but a few musicals also were presented. The show ... See full summary »

Stars: Luis Van Rooten, Loïs Bolton, Robert Emhardt, Robert Dryden

Votes: 58

12. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 1,248

13. The Life of Riley (1953–1958)

30 min | Comedy

Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His ... See full summary »

Stars: William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Wesley Morgan, Tom D'Andrea

Votes: 338

14. The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (1956–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Music

Hosted by Tennessee Ernie Ford, the likeable singer, comedian, entertainer received his own variety show sponsored by the Ford Motor Company which gave Ernie the venue to entertain millions... See full summary »

Stars: Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Top Twenty, The Voices of Walter Schumann, Cliff Arquette

Votes: 44

15. The Gulf Playhouse (1952–1953)

30 min | Drama

This live show was seen through the "eye" of the camera. The actors in each episode would talk to the camera as if it were a person.

Stars: Mildred Dunnock, James Westerfield, Eddie Bracken, Henry Jones

Votes: 23

16. 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, which led to two theatrical movies of the same name.

Stars: William Lundigan, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa, Michael Rennie

Votes: 170

17. Zane Grey Theatre (1956–1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

An anthology based (earlier more so than later) on the novels and stories of Zane Grey. Dick Powell was often the star, as well as the host.

Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Sande, Denver Pyle, Bill Erwin

Votes: 356

18. 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, Marguerite Chapman

Votes: 96

19. 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: John Cassavetes, Gertrude Berg, Polly Bergen, Charles Dingle

Votes: 27

20. 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: 41

22. Campbell Summer Soundstage (1952–1954)

30 min | Drama

A Friday night series lasting 2 seasons, of 30 minute playlets, interrupted by cute ads on the value of eating canned soup.

Stars: Parker Fennelly, James Dean, Don Hanmer, Kristine Miller

Votes: 14

23. The Motorola Television Hour (1953–1954)

60 min | Drama

Motorola Hour was one of many anthology series in the 1950's. It aired every other week on ABC, featuring top ranked talent in original scripts and well known stories.

Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Jane Wyatt, Patricia Smith, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 20

24. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

Actor, Producer, and Director Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars, and sometimes appearing in the play.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Newland, Vaughn Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery

Votes: 81

25. 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, Edward Andrews, Biff McGuire

Votes: 112

26. Eye Witness (1953– )

30 min | Drama

Live dramatic-anthology emphasizing supernatural and strange twists of fate. Each show had a different host who would appear at the beginning of the show; this host would then appear on the... See full summary »

Stars: Lee Bowman, Wesley Addy, Joseph Anthony, Fay Bainter

Votes: 7

27. Suspense (1949–1954)

25 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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

Stars: Rex Marshall, Robert Emhardt, John Baragrey, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 169

28. Police Story (1952– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

This live program consisted of dramatic incidents drawn from actual police files around the country.

Stars: Norman Rose, James Gregory, Glenn Anders, Jay Barney

Votes: 12

29. Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)

TV-G | 25 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Prud'Homme, Edgar Stehli, Theo Goetz

Votes: 302

30. Shadow of the Cloak (1951–1952)

30 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Peter House was an agent for International Security Intelligence in this live spy series.

Stars: Helmut Dantine, William Kemp, Judson Pratt, John Shay

Votes: 8

31. Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955–1958)

30 min | Drama

An anthology series hosted by Jane Wyman.

Stars: Jane Wyman, Paul Bryar, Tim Graham, Simon Scott

Votes: 39

33. Crusader (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

In revenge for the Communist government in Poland having sent his mother to a concentration camp where she died, Matt Anders devotes himself to freeing others from totalitarian countries.

Stars: Brian Keith, Edwin Reimers, Arthur Space, Leon Askin

Votes: 29

34. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a thirty-minute weekly show, but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to sixty minutes, and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 90

35. The Box Brothers (1956– )

30 min | Comedy

The two Box brothers are polar opposites who run a photography studio in San Francisco. Gilly is the shy retiring sibling while excitable Harvey is domineering. Harvey dates self assured Margaret while Gilly's girl is quiet Marilee.

Stars: Gale Gordon, Bob Sweeney, Nancy Hadley, Barbara Billingsley

Votes: 6

36. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

This show started in New York City, with Broadway actors and actresses. It then moved to Hollywood, California, where Hollywood actors and actresses headed the cast.

Stars: Philip Carey, Laraine Day, Willis Bouchey, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 139

37. Wire Service (1956–1957)

60 min | Drama

Adventures of three globetrotting reporters working for an international wire service.

Stars: Dane Clark, George Brent, Mercedes McCambridge, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 24

38. Rawhide (1959–1965)

TV-PG | 50 min | Western

Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive. He is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines, Eric Fleming

Votes: 3,256

39. Laramie (1959–1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

It is the 1870s in the Wyoming Territory, Slim Sherman and his fourteen-year-old brother Andy try to hang on to their ranch after their father's death.

Stars: Robert Fuller, John Smith, Spring Byington, Dennis Holmes

Votes: 953

40. Laramie (1959–1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

It is the 1870s in the Wyoming Territory, Slim Sherman and his fourteen-year-old brother Andy try to hang on to their ranch after their father's death.

Stars: Robert Fuller, John Smith, Spring Byington, Dennis Holmes

Votes: 953

41. The Untouchables (1959–1963)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.

Stars: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade, Paul Picerni

Votes: 2,401

42. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 15,058

43. Wagon Train (1957–1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts, and Rocky Mountains.

Stars: Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton, John McIntire

Votes: 2,400

44. Wagon Train (1957–1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts, and Rocky Mountains.

Stars: Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton, John McIntire

Votes: 2,400

45. 77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama