With DuMont Television Network (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Goldbergs (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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Comedy-drama about a Jewish-American family living in New York City.

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

Votes: 135

2. Flash Gordon (1954–1955)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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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: 194

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

TV-Y | 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, Ben Lackland, Hal Conklin

Votes: 77

4. This Is the Life (1952–1988)

30 min | Drama, Family

6.8
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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, Mary Ellen Kay

Votes: 33

5. Hideout in the Alps (1936)

75 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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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: 54

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

15 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

7.4
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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: 66

7. 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: John Stearns, Mary Kay Stearns, Nydia Westman, Christopher William Stearns

Votes: 29

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

TV-G | Comedy, Family, Music

7.6
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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: 32

9. Cavalcade of Stars (1949–1952)

60 min | Family, Comedy, Music

8.2
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An hour of live variety, in the classic sense of television's Golden Age.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Jack Carter, The June Taylor Dancers, Art Carney

Votes: 36

10. The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935)

Unrated | 75 min | 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: 466

11. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.8
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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, Paul Bryar

Votes: 93

12. The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950–1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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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: 30

13. Man Against Crime (1949–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.4
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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, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 58

14. 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, Beverly Garland, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 54

15. Terry and the Pirates (1952– )

30 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.9
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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: 38

16. Life Is Worth Living (1952–1957)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

8.7
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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: 49

17. 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: 40

18. A Christmas Carol (1947 TV Movie)

Drama, Fantasy

5.3
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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: 31

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, Grace Carney, Earl Hammond, Ken Roberts

Votes: 41

20. The Arthur Murray Party (1950–1960)

30 min | Family, Music

5.7
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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: Kathryn Murray, William H. Vaux, Arthur Murray, Ray Carter Orchestra

Votes: 11

21. Colonel Humphrey Flack (1953–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.1
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Colonel Humphrey Flack is the consummate con-man, swindling swindlers at every opportunity.

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

Votes: 20

22. Hands of Mystery (1949–1952)

30 min | Drama, Mystery, Musical

7.8
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A prime-time mystery/anthology series seen on Friday nights.

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

Votes: 5

23. Johnny Jupiter (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.7
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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: 28

24. The Morey Amsterdam Show (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

8.1
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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: 24

25. Rebound (1952–1953)

30 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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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: 8

26. Front Page Detective (1951–1953)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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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, Norman Budd

Votes: 24

27. The Magic Cottage (1949–1951)

8.2
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A well-received children's series that was broadcast live from New York City.

Stars: Pat Meikle, Stuart Bradley, Don Hastings, Bernard Kates

Votes: 12

28. The Bigelow Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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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: 14

29. The Plainclothesman (1949–1954)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A crime program, with a twist - The Lieutenant (Ken Lynch) was never seen on camera, as the program used the subjective first-person camera technique as did the 1947 film "Lady in the Lake".

Stars: Ken Lynch, Jack Orrison, Jack Davis, James Bender

30. The Paul Dixon Show (1951– )

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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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: Bonnie Lou, Colleen Murray, Tom Atkins, Bob Braun

31. Gruen Guild Theater (1951–1953)

30 min | Drama

8.2
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Stars: Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, Bonita Granville, Ludwig Donath

Votes: 18

32. Public Prosecutor (1947–1951)

20 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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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, John Harmon

Votes: 7

33. Ethel Barrymore Theater (1956– )

30 min | Drama

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

34. 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.

Star: Anna May Wong

35. The Cases of Eddie Drake (1952– )

30 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.5
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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, Lucia Carroll, Sidney Dubin

Votes: 12

36. The Admiral Broadway Revue (1949– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

8.0
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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: 8

37. Shadow of the Cloak (1951–1952)

30 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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Peter House was an agent for International Security Intelligence in this live spy series.

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

Votes: 5

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

30 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.7
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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, Werner Klemperer, Ben Lackland

Votes: 7

39. 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

40. Battle of the Ages (1952– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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A prime-time talent-contest game show in which children and adult celebrity teams competed for the "most talented team" prize, selected by the studio audience. If the children's team won, ... See full summary »

Stars: Morey Amsterdam, Connie Francis, W.C. Handy, John Reed King

41. Happy's Party (1952– )

30 min

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Star: Ida Mae Maher

42. Major Dell Conway of the Flying Tigers (1951– )

30 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.5
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The Major was an American secret agent, posing as a pilot for the Flying Tigers airline.

Stars: Ed Peck, David Anderson, Eric Fleming, Joseph Graham

Votes: 6

43. 20 Questions (1949– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

6.2
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Stars: Bobby McGuire, John McPhee, Herbert Polesie, Florence Rinard

Votes: 5

44. Operation Information (1952– )

30 min | Documentary

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This public-service series was designed to inform military veterans of their rights and benefits.

45. Monodrama Theater (1952– )

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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

7.6
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Stars: James Gregory, Beatrice Straight, Lee Bowman, Patricia Breslin

Votes: 8

47. Once Upon a Tune (1951– )

Comedy, Musical

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A series presenting short musicals for television.

Stars: Reginald Beane, Phil Hanna, Holly Harris, Ed Holmes

48. The Ilona Massey Show (1954–1955)

30 min | Family, Music

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Weekly Musical Variety Show with Ilona Massey singing in a nightclub atmosphere backed by the musical group, Irving Fields Trio.

Stars: Ilona Massey, Irving Fields, Jimmy Fields Trio

49. Dark of Night (1952–1953)

30 min

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The drama of this show took place in real locations in and around New York City including Bretano's Books, Idlewild Airport, and Schaeffer Brewing. The story revolved around a new set of characters each episode.

Stars: Joe Boland, Treva Frazee, Alan Hale Jr., Richard W. Hamilton

50. Trash or Treasure? (1952– )

30 min

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Owners of collectible items and antiques brought them to antiques expert Sigmund Rothschild for an appraisal of value.

Stars: Nelson Case, Sigmund Rothschild


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