With DuMont Television Network (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Goldbergs (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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Comedy-drama about a Jewish-American family living in New York City.

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

Votes: 178

2. This Is the Life (1952–1988)

30 min | Drama, Family

7.1
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Long-running religious series featuring dramatizations of contemporary problems and how they were resolved using a Christian solution.

Stars: Nelson Leigh, Kathy Garver, John Bryant, Onslow Stevens

Votes: 64

3. Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949–1955)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

7.5
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"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers, preserves the peace in the far-off ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Hastings, Al Hodge, Hal Conklin, Ben Lackland

Votes: 105

4. Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950–1955)

15 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.1
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Four centuries into the future, Cadets Tom Corbett, Roger Manning and Astro are training to become Solar Guards. Their ship, the "Polaris" took them to numerous adventures, usually natural catastrophes rather than villains.

Stars: Frankie Thomas, Al Markim, Jan Merlin, Jack Grimes

Votes: 97

5. Flash Gordon (1954–1955)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

5.9
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Space hero Flash Gordon and his crew of the Galaxy Bureau of Investigation patrol space, battling space monsters, power-mad alien dictators and other threats to the stability of the universe.

Stars: Steve Holland, Irene Champlin, Joseph Nash, Henry Beckman

Votes: 261

6. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

9.1
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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: 230

7. Man Against Crime (1949–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.5
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Mike Barnett is the title character, a bright and tough private detective in New York. This very violent show was broadcast live until 1952.

Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Nita Talbot, Henry Lascoe, Jack Warden

Votes: 92

8. The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950–1956)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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Ellery Queen was a mystery writer who assisted his father, a detective with the New York Police Department, in solving murders. Queen's methods were arcane and intellectual rather than ... See full summary »

Stars: Florenz Ames, Lee Bowman, Rex Marshall, Hugh Marlowe

Votes: 48

9. You Asked for It (1950–1959)

30 min | Family

7.5
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This show responded to requests from the viewer, e.g., a look into the vaults at Fort Knox, showing $1 million dollars in $1 bills, etc.

Stars: Art Baker, Jack Smith, Lon Chaney Jr., Jackie Coogan

Votes: 64

10. Terry and the Pirates (1952–1953)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Colonel Terry Lee travels to the orient in search of a gold mine left to him by his grandfather. While searching, he is a pilot employed by a "no questions asked" airline run by Chopstick ... See full summary »

Stars: John Baer, Jack Reitzen, Gloria Saunders, William Tracy

Votes: 67

11. Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948–1970)

TV-G | Comedy, Family, Music

7.7
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A direct descendant of radio's "Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour" (1934-1946), hosted by Major Edward Bowes until his death. After a one-year hiatus, Ted Mack, who had directed Bowes' ... See full summary »

Stars: Ted Mack, Pat Boone, Barney Ross, Louis Farrakhan

Votes: 46

12. The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935)

Unrated | 75 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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Holmes, retired to Sussex, is drawn into a last case when arch enemy Moriarty arranges with an American gang to kill one John Douglas, a country gentleman with a mysterious past. Holmes' ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie S. Hiscott | Stars: Arthur Wontner, Lyn Harding, Leslie Perrins, Jane Carr

Votes: 595

13. Cavalcade of Stars (1949–1952)

60 min | Family, Comedy, Music

7.9
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An hour of live variety, in the classic sense of television's Golden Age.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Sammy Spear and His Orchestra, Jack Carter, Jack Lescoulie

Votes: 54

14. Life Is Worth Living (1952–1965)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

8.9
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The show featured Most Reverent Fulton J. Sheen, the Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of New York City, offering anecdotes and moral lessons. Many of the talks were about the evils of the Communist form of government.

Stars: Fulton J. Sheen, Don Russell

Votes: 85

15. Front Page Detective (1951–1953)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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A newspaper columnist who helps police solve especially difficult mysteries. The title derived from a popular mystery magazine of the same name.

Stars: Edmund Lowe, Paula Drew, George Pembroke, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 40

16. Mary Kay and Johnny (1947–1950)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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The adventures and misadventures of the strait-laced bank employee Johnny Stearns and his zany wife Mary Kay.

Stars: Mary Kay Stearns, John Stearns, Nydia Westman, Howard Fischer

Votes: 46

17. A Christmas Carol (1947 TV Movie)

Drama, Fantasy

4.7
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On Christmas Eve, an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, Jacob Marley. The deceased partner was in his lifetime as mean and miserly as Scrooge ... See full summary »

Director: James Caddigan | Stars: Somar Alberg, David Carradine, John Carradine, Sam Fertig

Votes: 63

18. Hideout in the Alps (1936)

75 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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A forger returns to his family when he leaves jail vowing to go straight. Although approached by an international counterfeiting gang, he keeps his word only to find his nephew is in the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Ronald Squire, Jane Baxter, Anthony Bushell, Arthur Macrae

Votes: 134

19. Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.8
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At the end of each show, Rocky King (Roscoe Karns) calls his wife, Mabel, and says, "Case is closed Mabel, I'm coming home".

Stars: Roscoe Karns, Todd Karns, Grace Carney, Earl Hammond

Votes: 61

20. Stump the Stars (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

8.6
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Television's first treatment of "Charades" as played by Hollywood celebrities. The giveaway was the use of gestures that defined "film", "TV show", "book" or "song" as well as "small word (... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Stokey, Vincent Price, Sebastian Cabot, Beverly Garland

Votes: 90

21. Colonel Humphrey Flack (1953–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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Colonel Humphrey Flack is the consummate con-man, swindling swindlers at every opportunity.

Stars: Alan Mowbray, Frank Jenks, Eliot Sharfe, Boris Aplon

Votes: 29

22. Life Begins at Eighty (1950–1956)

30 min

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A panel discussion program, in which the panelists were all elderly.

Stars: Jack Barry, Georgiana Carhart, Fred Stein, Fred Cox

23. The Admiral Broadway Revue (1949– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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A comedy/variety show featuring the early performances of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Marge Champion, Gower Champion

Votes: 19

24. The Morey Amsterdam Show (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.7
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The show had two venues. In December 1948 to March 1949, Morey Amsterdam was the emcee at a small fictional nightclub in New York City's Times Square. Charlie the Doorman (later Newton the ... See full summary »

Stars: Morey Amsterdam, Art Carney, Johnny Guarnieri, Don Russell

Votes: 38

25. The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong (1951– )

30 min | Adventure, Mystery

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Madame Liu-Tsong owned an art gallery, from which adventure and mystery emanated.

Stars: Winifred Cushing, Natalie Priest, John Stanley, Ralph Stanley

26. Johnny Jupiter (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.3
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Ernest P. Duckweather, a general-store clerk, invents an interplanetary television set, thus developing a friendship with a puppet named Johnny Jupiter.

Stars: Wright King, Gilbert Mack, Cliff Hall, Pat Peardon

Votes: 44

27. Public Prosecutor (1947–1951)

20 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.4
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A film noir drama-dey cop & crime show, Public Prosecutor was created for one major networks but they gave up on the series and another early TV network called DuMont picked it up.

Stars: John Howard, Anne Gwynne, Walter Sande, Bernadene Hayes

Votes: 17

28. The Bigelow Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.8
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A live CBS half-hour dramatic anthology series, but on two networks in its second season (as "Bigelow-Sanford Theater"); Sunday evenings over CBS and Thursday evenings over DuMont.

Stars: Don DeFore, William Frawley, Jeffrey Silver, Ann Dvorak

Votes: 52

29. The Paul Dixon Show (1951– )

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

6.0
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Local talk and variety show that ABC picked up for only one season. It was picked up again a couple of years later by DuMont. Continued locally for another 23 years. Some of the regulars ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Dixon, Dottie Mack, Wanda Lewis, Sis Camp

Votes: 9

30. Rebound (1952–1953)

30 min | Drama, Mystery

7.6
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A dramatic anthology series, one of many on television at the time. Lee Marvin made his television debut on this program.

Stars: John Doucette, Ned Glass, Russ Conway, Elisabeth Fraser

Votes: 17

31. Hands of Mystery (1949–1952)

30 min | Drama, Mystery, Musical

6.2
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Hands of Murder (also known as Hands of Mystery and Hands of Destiny) was an American mystery/anthology series that aired on the DuMont Television Network.; seen on Friday nights.

Stars: Stephen Elliott, Ruth White, Hugh Franklin, Edward Andrews

Votes: 18

32. Faraway Hill (1946– )

30 min | Drama

7.2
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Newly widowed New Yorker Karen St. John moves to a rural town to be close to her relatives. There she falls for a man who was adopted by her relatives when he was a boy. But, he's already ... See full summary »

Stars: Flora Campbell, Mel Brandt, Julie Christy, Barry Doig

Votes: 15

33. The Arthur Murray Party (1950–1960)

30 min | Family, Music

5.4
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Ballroom dancing, plus comedy, songs and dance contests on one of the few programs to air over all four major commercial networks. ABC premiered it on July 20, 1950 and it closed on NBC on ... See full summary »

Stars: William H. Vaux, Kathryn Murray, Arthur Murray, Ray Carter Orchestra

Votes: 25

34. Steve Randall (1952–1953)

30 min | Drama

6.8
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Steve Randall, a private detective, is a disbarred lawyer who turned to detective work in the hope that he can become a lawyer again. He investigates murder and blackmail crimes and, in the... See full summary »

Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Olive Deering, Fred Irving Lewis, Mary Beth Hughes

Votes: 8

35. Charlie Wild, Private Detective (1950–1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.7
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A half-hour private-eye crime show set in New York.

Stars: Cloris Leachman, John McQuade, Kevin O'Morrison, Sandy Becker

Votes: 16

36. Small Fry Club (1947–1951)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

5.7
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This genteel children's show aimed at pre-schoolers encouraged good behavior among its viewers. Skits were performed by a group of in-studio characters (actors in animal costumes).

Stars: Bob Emery, Howard J. Schuman

Votes: 14

37. Gruen Guild Theater (1951–1953)

30 min | Drama

7.8
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Stars: Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, Bonita Granville, Ludwig Donath

Votes: 29

38. Happy's Party (1952– )

30 min

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Star: Ida Mae Maher

39. The Secret Files of Captain Video (1953–1955)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.2
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This innovative half-hour science-fiction anthology aired live each Saturday morning. Captain Video (Al Hodge) was the catalyst that brought science-fiction and reality together in a ... See full summary »

Stars: Al Hodge, Don Hastings, Grant Sullivan, Werner Klemperer

Votes: 15

40. Dollar a Second (1953–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

7.2
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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: 22

41. The Cases of Eddie Drake (1952– )

30 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.0
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A filmed half-hour detective series, nine episodes of which were originally produced in 1949 by CBS but never aired on that network. DuMont bought the films and produced four more episodes ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Haggerty, Patricia Morison, Theodore von Eltz, Lynne Roberts

Votes: 23

42. Shadow of the Cloak (1951–1952)

30 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

5.3
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Peter House was an agent for International Security Intelligence in this live spy series.

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

Votes: 10

43. 20 Questions (1949– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

5.3
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Stars: John McPhee, Herbert Polesie, Florence Rinard, Fred Van Deventer

Votes: 11

44. Ethel Barrymore Theater (1956– )

30 min | Drama

8.1
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Ethel Barrymore Theatre was an anthology television series hosted by Ethel Barrymore.

Stars: Ethel Barrymore, Anthony Caruso, Jeff Donnell, Robert Osterloh

Votes: 15

45. Monodrama Theater (1952– )

Drama

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This was really basic television, yet effective in its own way. Actors performed or read their lines (usually monologues) before a black curtain, accentuated by recorded music cues. (The ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Manning, Jan Sherwood, Ann Thomas, Stephen Elliott

46. Love Story (1954– )

30 min | Romance, Drama

6.9
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Stars: James Gregory, Beatrice Straight, Lee Bowman, Patricia Breslin

Votes: 15

47. The Magic Cottage (1949–1955)

7.9
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A well-received children's series that was broadcast live from New York City.

Stars: Pat Meikle, Don Hastings, Ruth White, Martin Balsam

Votes: 23

48. Light's Diamond Jubilee (1954 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

7.0
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Directors: Alan Handley, Christian Nyby, Roy Rowland, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, William A. Wellman, Bud Yorkin | Stars: Judith Anderson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Benchley, Walter Brennan

Votes: 55

49. Down You Go (1951–1956)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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A viewer would submit a word or phrase that the panelists had to guess based on a few cryptic clues that were given by the host.

Stars: Bergen Evans, Francis Coughlin, Toni Gilman, Carmelita Pope

50. Vincent Lopez (1949– )

15 min

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A music program aired in a 15-minute time-slot.

Star: Vincent Lopez


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