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video stream channel 1 JACKIE GLEASON ON THE ROCKY MARCIANO SHOW (1960)
Jackie recalls his early days as a night club comic in Newark, NJ, Also:
Jackie talks candidly about his Tony Galante caper, career, success. (DuMont)
*The Honeymooners From Miami on OTV 30, Marciano v Wolcott on OTV 64
video stream channel 2 JAMES DEAN: TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND (1952-57)
James Dean's rebellious & romantic best performance w/Natalie Wood (MGM)
James' Emmy TV Drama +James' final TV appearance w/Gig Young (DuMont)
days after Dean filmed the talk on safe driving, he was killed in a collision
video stream channel 3 ELVIS SINGS THE WONDER OF YOU (1969)
The King lives here! His performance from "Elvis: That's The Way It Is"
Recorded winter of 1969 & aired nationally only twice in 1970. (NBC)
More Elvis on our Classic Oldies Video Juke Box below!
video stream channel 4 COMMEMORATING ELVIS PRESLEY: THE KING OF ROCK & ROLL (1959-62)
Clips of The King from his early days to induction into the Army; mom, dad, the Col.
Hear Elvis' first #1 1957 hit for RCA, Heartbreak Hotel. (Movietone clips)
video stream channel 5 THE EDSEL TV PROMOTIONS (1957-58)
Here is a compilation of several films introducing. promoting two years of Edsels
Ford canned the car shortly after; it is today a revered automotive classic
Bonus Feature: Frank's Classic Cars ~ 50's Jaguar, Nash Rambler, Bentley, Volks
video stream channel 6 BOBBY DARIN'S NETWORK TV SHOW: "MACK THE KNIFE" (1959)
Bobby opened his first of hour variety shows performing his biggest #1 hit.
(and his label, Atco, didn't want him to record it!) Darin at his best. (CBS)
...more Bobby below: hosting a beauty contest!
video stream channel 7 VIDEO'S GROWING YEARS" (1928-1952)
Show the kids hi-tech video before anyone heard of digital, fiber optic, or HDTV,
Westinghouse touts 1951 "1-Knob-Built-in-Antenna TV " This was the Edsel of TV
+ "Mr. Wizard," Don Herbert, demonstrate the evolution of TV 1928 -52 for GE
video stream channel 8 two full episodes!  THE LIFE OF RILEY (1954)
stars William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Tom D'andrea, Lugene Sanders, and
Wesley Morgan; considered to be one of the most underestimated 50s sitcom.
Role prior to Groucho, Gleason, Bendix's Riley was definitive blue collar family guy.
Watch "Riley's Last Will" & "Mobster For Babs" +Riley Gulf Oil Commercial.(CBS)
video stream channel 9 ICONS: STARS WHO MADE 50'S TV THE GOLDEN YEARS ((1952-60)
Art Carney, Rod Serling, Ted Mack, Annette & Frankie, Don Adams, Madge.
John Banner (mislabeled as Werner Klemperer blooper),
Mack's Original Amateur Hour debuted Sinatra, Connie Francis, Pat Boone.
video stream channel 10 THE SINGING RAGE: MISS PATTI PAGE SHOW (1958)
The Sonsgstress Of Class sings the immortal Tennessee Waltz.
Video 2: Patti croons over the "Doggie In The Window." (synd)
video stream channel 11 full episode GREEN ACRES (1965)
Stars Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor in their endearingly popular corncob sitcom.
Episode: to Oliver's dismay, Lisa opens up a "cultural beauty parlor" in Hooterville.
A spinoff of Petticoat Junction,'..Acres' outran it's better critic reviewed parent.(CBS)
video stream channel 12 uncut! THE CENSORED JERRY LEE LEWIS (1957-59)
Great Balls Of Fire! The' "Killer" smooches child bride cousin on a TV news interview
On stage, his wild performance= today's punk rockers. Networks nixed both.(UPI)
+Jerry's torrid "Make-Up" UK/Canada Concert, "What'd I Say," 2 other songs (BBC)
video stream channel 13 TV Debut: THE DEL VIKINGS "JITTERBUG MARY" (1958)
The Del Vikings perform their first '45 on the Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey Show
Oldies Television salutes group armony~more Doo Wop videos, Don. K. Reed,
On Doo Wop Boulevard ch 81 & The Classic Oldies Video Jukebox below
video stream channel 14 the original FAMILY AFFAIR (1966)
Brian Keith & Sebastian Cabot star in the beloved sitcoms of all time
An affluent bachelor & his butler gain custody of adorable nieces & nephew
Episode: Uncle Bill uses his resources to get Buffy accepted into snooty circle. (CBS)
video stream channel 15 ALAN FREED'S SHOW DANCERS & PAYOLA DEFENSE (1959)
Local NYC Ch. 5 Freed show regulars dance, Alan Freed's parting Payola statement
Some of our NY area viewers recognized themselves dancing at the ch 5 studios!
Watch Alan Freed's movie musical Johnny B Goode at our Oldies Drive-in (below)
video stream channel 16 STEVE ALLEN'S SPIN ON BE BOP A LULA (1957)
Steverino's classic poetic hate reading of Gene Vincent's Rockabilly hit (NBC)
Allen hated R&R, but relented & booked rock acts on his show to get edge on Sullivan
Long before Benny Hill, Ernie Kovacs was the true inventor TV skit eye candy.
Kovac's vignettes could have been taped yesterday~still look contemporary.
Video #2: The Nairobi Trio which has become a comedy classic (ABC).
video stream channel 18 Full ProgramTHE RED SKELTON SHOW (1959)
Red as Clem Kaddlehoffer attends a scam college to become a dentist
With Reed Haley & Marvin Kaplan as the faux diploma mill operators
"Redettes" Dancers, Red's monolog, Red of course giggling at his own jokes.(CBS)
video stream channel 19 full episode  MR. ED (1962)
A horse is a horse of course! Alan Young, Connie Hines star,Les Hilton as Ed's voice.
In this 2nd season opener, Clint Eastwood goes after Wilbur for invading his turf,
Mr. Ed won't talk to anyone but Wilbur, but comes to his owner's defense! (CBS)
video stream channel 20 full episode FATHER KNOWS BEST (1953)
The definitive family sitcom starring Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue,
Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin. Dad & Mom referee a feud between Kathy & Betty
over a swimsuit, but Kitten's fury has deeper ramifications (CBS)
video stream channel 21 full episode SEA HUNT (1957)
The "Dragnet" of the ocean floor, Lloyd Bridges fights underwater crime
with a snorkel. This syndicated show was high tide with viewers. (ZIV)
video stream channel 22 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST BOB MATTHIAS (1956)
1952 Triathalon Olympian Champ discusses the games & movie debut with .
Herb Sheldon who hosted shows from talk to dance to Ricky Tick Piano (DuMont)
video stream channel 23 DANCES OF THE 1950's: THE HAND JIVE (1957)
Herb Sheldon's dancing Teens do their spin Johnnie Otis' "Willie & The Hand Jive,"
Then also watch Johnnie Otis' original performance of his "Hand Jive." (Dumont/RKO)
video stream channel 24 GROUCHO MARX YOU BET YOUR LIFE (1959)
Contestants: 11 year old Candice Bergen with dad, Edgar sans Charlie Mc Carthy,
& Groucho's daughter,Melinda. Are the dads smarter than their 6th graders?(NBC)
video stream channel 25 the definitive DRAGNET(1959)
Grandaddy of TV cop shows, created/directed by & stars Jack Webb as Sgt.Joe Friday,
Ben Alexander as Off. Frank Smith. Cliff Arquette as wannabe murder witness
While many actors played Webb's partner, Ben Alexander years were classic (NBC)
video stream channel 26 THE MUSICAL COMEDY GENIUS OF VICTOR BORGE (1951)
Victor performs a new twist to Listz~it is classic Borge, musical & comedy genius.
Victor Borge's precision piano and satiric talent are as natural as his warmth. (CBS)
video stream channel 27 EDDIE FISHER SINGS A MEDLEY OF HIS BIGGEST HITS (1953)
Eddie croons I'm Walking Behind You, Anytime, With These Hands, Oh My Papa
Like era crooners Fisher got 15 minutes weekly to enthrall his swooning fans.(NBC)
video stream channel 28 ED SULLIVAN'S ALL TIME TOP 10 MUSICAL GUESTS (1950-1972)
Sullivan played host to every musical performance from Bach to Rock.
Find out which were his top ten attractions of over two decades (CBS)
video stream channel 29 DANCES OF THE 1950's THE JITTERBUG (1950-57)
It started with 40's swing & became most popular moves on 50s teen dance shows
First, dancers demonstrate the original jive jitterbug to The Dovells' "Jitterbug." cut.
then dancers show the rockabilly jbug to Hen Gates & The Gators' "Rock Rock Rock"
video stream channel 30. THE HONEYMOONERS FROM MIAMI, IN COLOR! (1969)
Ralph & Ed are jailed in Paris, their escape plan backfire with hilarious results.
Jackie wanted the show taped in Miami, Meadows & Randolph nixed moving.
Shiela Macrae & Jane Kean played Alice & Trixie; originals returned in 80s. (CBS)
video stream channel 31 THE ORIGINAL FLASH GORDON SERIAL (theatres-1939; TV-1960's)
Before oldies concerts, PBS used Flash Gordon cinema serials to rattle the tin cup.
Buster Crabbe debuted Flash Gordon vs. evil Ming The Merciless~Charles Middleton.
video stream channel 32 Full Episode THE LONE RANGER 1955
Starring masked Clayton Moore, it was at the time the top rated TV series oater
Watch the debut pilot episode; from there the series went Hi, Ho Silver, Away!
video stream channel 33 THE ENDEARING GRIMACES OF EDDIE CANTOR (1952)
From the "lost" Colegate Comedy Hour kinescopes (off screen made film copies)
Eddie Cantor pantomines a sketch as the hapless victim of a seductive vixen. (NBC)
Long before his network show Bobby's first TV gig: hosting a beauty pageant
what a disaster! The contestant names are in wrong order on the cue cards (DuMont)
video stream channel 35 DANCES OF THE 50's: THE LINDY HOP (1954)
Sheree North, Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin swing and bop the lindy hop!
Segment from The Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Variety Show (NBC)
video stream channel 36 Full Episode THE GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW (1953)
George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Bearnedette, Fred Clark, Harry Von Zell
Gracie's crazy whims get George, Von Zell and Harry Morton arrested! (CBS)
Can you guess how many actors played Harry Morton before & after Clark?;
video stream channel 37. THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW: MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY (1958)
co-stars Marjorie Lord, Rusty Hammer, Angela Cartright; Jane Withers
Kids wreak havoc on dad, mom~divide & conquer +Danny's stand-up comedy. (CBS)
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video stream channel 38 SID CAESAR'S YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS (1952-57)
Legendary pre-SNL skit comedy, co-stars Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howie Morris
Sketches: "Flippity" (musical spoof, 1955), "Sicillian Marriage Contract" (skit, 1957)
a hilarious "This Is Your Life" parody (1952). Woody Allen co-wrote most skits. (CBS)
video stream channel 39 THOSE NOTORIOUS COMMERCIALS FROM THE 50's (1950-1961)
The rhythmic percolator, a couple put in a rentsl car via air,
and other classic TV commercials from Video Rewind
video stream channel 40 THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (1954)
After TV animation, came a live Superman series starring George Reeves
Lois (Noel Neill) is abducted by ruthless gangsters, Superman sans Clark Kent
\ saves the damsel in distress. Another Job For Superman! (CBS)
video stream channel 41 full episode THE ADVENTURES OF FLIPPER (1964)
Let's forego killer sharks and go back to the beloved, adorable hero dolphin.
Each week this amazing mammal fascinated kids and adults by solving mysteries!
video stream channel 42 SPIKE JONES: COCKTAILS FOR TWO (1951)
Spike & the gang of hilarious musical zanies perform their signature blowout!
As you see this wild musical circus, note Spike Jones choreographed it all (DuMont)
video stream channel 43 CAPTAIN VIDEO & HIS VIDEO RANGERS (1950)
Long before Kirk, there was Captain Video chasing those bad guys around the galaxy.
Star Trek of it's time, network directors made the same cancel blunder. (DuMont)
video stream channel 44. THE ELEGANT STYLE OF LIBERACE (1952)
Liberace brought style to candlelight piano music, with brother George on violin.
This captures the musical heart and soul of the flamboyant pianist. (DuMont)
video stream channel 45 MEDIC (1954)
The first, still best medical drama series, Richard Boone hosts as Konrad Steiner MD.
Still as relevant today: up and coming boxer is befelled by Diabetes. (NBC)
video stream channel 46 full episode THE BIG VALLEY (1965)
An outstanding Western series with Barbara Stanwyck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans
Episode: Local town fanatics threaten to blow up the Bartley Mine (NBC)
video stream channel 47 A TRIBUTE TO THE ROOTS OF TV BASEBALL (1950-57)
Baseball's early years: Jackie Robinson~Joe Di Maggio~Yogi Barra
Plus Baseball's Greatest Awards. Can these achievemnts ever be surpassed?
Great newsreel, TV sports nostalgic memories. (Movietone/WPIX)
video stream channel 48 full episode Mc HALE'S NAVY (1962)
Before Korman, Tim Conway was sidekick to Ernest Borgnine on this naval sitcom
Tim falls (literally) for a Lt. Commander Nurse at the dining table. (NBC)
video stream channel 49 clips HOPALONG CASSIDY (1952)
Saturday afternoon TV Western staple stars William Boyd as frontier vigilante Hoppy.
Of the many Saturday TV matinee oaters, this ranked #2 in ratings (syndicated)
video stream channel 50 the original DARK SHADOWS (1966)
First Weekday afternoon TV gothic drama, Jonathan Frid as Vampyr Barnabas Collins
For a time, this Dan Curtis breakthrough out-ranked established soaps in ratings.
Come back to Collinsport as Barnabas takes his bride, Carolyn (Nancy Barett) (ABC)
video stream channel 51 FUN FADS OF THE 50s & 60s
Hula Hoop, Twist, Palisades Park Bikini Fest, Rock-Ola Juke, Ford Thunderbird,
set to the music of The Olympics' "Dance By The Light Of The Moon" What a gas!
video stream channel 52 A TRIBUTE TO AMOS & ANDY (1952)
Despite it's high ratings, CBS cancelled the show suddenly without giving a reason.
It's comedic merit equalled "The Honeymooners" and here is a profile & samplings;
Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Nipsey Russell add insightful commentary.
Amos & Andy the series stars Tim Moore, Spencer Williams jr. (CBS)
video stream channel 53 full episode THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (1962)
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore with guest Bob Crane ("Hogan's Heros")
Dick is directs local Stage play, Mary sings & dances Calypso! Ohhh, Rob! (CBS)
video stream channel 54 THE BEATLES' FIRST TELEVISION APPEARANCE (1963)
The Fab Four debuted "She Loves You" On The Mersey Sound in the UK (BBC)
*More Beatles, British Invasion on the Classic Oldies Video Juke Box below
video stream channel 55 full episode BAT MASTERSON (1958)
Gene Barry stars as debonair wild west lawman, Bat Masterson.
Episode: "Blood On The Money," Bat fights rustlers over casino money.(NBC)
video stream channel 56 MARTY ROBBINS ON THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW (1964)
Holiday Inn syndied shows for Dolly Parton, Bobby Vinton & Marty Robbins
Before his own show aired, Marty debuted "El Paso" on Johnny Cash's series
*Johnny Cash performs two hits on the Classic Oldies Video Juke Box
video stream channel 57 THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW (1959)
One hour Frank Sinatra special with guest Ella Fitzgerald
+a candid interview with "Ol Blue Eyes" & his favorite movie role (NBC)
video stream channel 58 PASSWORD (1962)
Allen Ludden hosted this popular game show 1962 to 1971 on all 3 networks
Celebrity players include Carol Burnett & Gary Moore. (episode first aired on CBS)
video stream channel 59 full episode MAN AGAINST CRIME (1952)
Ralph Bellamy stars as tough crime fighter Mike Barnett smoking Camels.
Episode: Barnett comes to the aid of a haunted Damsel In Distress. (DuMont)
video stream channel 60 TED STEELE'S BANDSTAND (1956)
Who introduced Hillbilly Rockers Bill Haley & The Comets to metropolitan New York?
No, not Alan Freed, Clay Cole or Dick Clark, It was lesser known Ted Steele.(RKO)
Poor Westinghouse. If their 1-knob TV fiasco wasn't enough, came this chagrin
the automatic referigerator door that jammed on a live national television. (CBS)
video stream channel 62 ARTHUR GODFREY: HIS WAY OR NO WAY (1952)
He ridiculed sponsors, fired staff on air, fixed talent contests.
Yet, he still garnered big ratings, got big share of network's stock & plays uke.(CBS)
video stream channel 63 BUILDING DODGE CARS 1956-58: INSIDE THE FACTORY
An automotive retrospect! A TV promo goes inside the Dodge automotive plant.
+a gallery of Classic Cars including Jaguar, Porter, Nash-Rambler, Packard & more!
video stream channel 64 Boxing Classic ROCKY MARCIANO v JERSEY JOE WALCOTT (1952)
The historic championship boxing match in Phillie September 12, 1952
See that boffo KO comeback in the 13th round~this is the true Rocky. (DuMont).
video stream channel 65 THE SMALL SCREEN'S BIGGER THAN LIFE ICONS (1952-59)
Nixon's '54 scandal, Dukes PSA, Marilyn's Motor Oil, Jimmy Durante's Schnoz,
Jack Benny & Dennis Day, Laurel & Hardy, Jackie & Art's "Hello, Ball!"
video stream channel 66 full episode ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS (1959)
"Good evening," then the thriller from the Master Of Suspense, Alfred Hitchccock
His big screen flix had us on seat edges, he brought same to small screens (NBC).
video stream channel 67 THE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE BEFORE TODAY'S "SNL" (1954-58)
All Broadcast Live Sat Eves: The Bob Hope Show, The Ken Murray Show,
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Steve Allen, Pat Harrington, Jackie Gleason Show
Watch many surprises with shows' regulars & guests. (ABC-CBS-DuMont-NBC).
video stream channel 68 THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW (1962)
Judy Garland with guests Barbara Streisand and Ethel Merman. What else to say?
One of television's greatest events ever and still a goldmine today (CBS)
video stream channel 69 THE DONNA REED SHOW: 'JOHNNY ANGEL' DEBUTS (1958)
Donna mugs nervously when daughter, Mary (Shelley Fabares) sings at a dance.
Dad (Carl Betz) beams proudly; it's Shelleys new single, Johnny Angel! (NBC)
video stream channel 70 full episode THE GOLDBERGS (1955=5)
Gertrude Berg created the show first on radio,, served as creator,, writer & star
of the sitcom focusing on matriarch (Molly) of a struggling middle class Jewish family
Co-stars Robert H. Harris, Arlene Mc Quabe, Eli Mintz. (synd.)
video stream channel 71 LUCILLE BALL & CAROL BURNETT (1965)
Two queens of comedy together, Gale Gordon as straight man on "The Lucy Show".
Lucy wants to join Carol on a trip to Florida, they scheme to fool Boss Mooney. (CBS)
video stream channel 72 full episode I SPY (1965)
Robert Culp and Bill Cosby teamed up to combat espionage in this top rated series.
In the pilot, the duo must save an expatriate from execution by enemy agents (CBS)
video stream channel 73 full episode  HIGHWAY PATROL (1956)
Stars Broderick Crawford as State Police Chief Dan Matthews.
Episode: "Dead Patrolman." (MGM)
video stream channel 74 THE LEGENDARY MARILYN MONROE (Documentary)
TV and Hollywood remembers the legend of the underestimated actor
Her life, career and tragic, mysterious death at the young age of 32.
Marylin's newsreels, biography, celebrity commentary. Host: John Huston (MGM)
video stream channel 75 full episode ETHEL WATERS AS BEULAH (1951)
Long before The Jeffersons and Sanford & Son even before Amos & Andy on TV.
there was the Ethel Waters as supermaid Beaulah & Butterfly Mc Queen as Orio
Proctor & Gamble canceled the highly rated, show after only two seasons. (CBS)
video stream channel 76 full episode BEWITCHED (1966)
Wriggle your nose, it's Elizabeth Montgomery as that saucy, sassy witch
Dick York as befuddled hub, Darren, or as Agnes Moorehead said,"Durwood" (NBC)
video stream channel 77 full episode I DREAM OF JEANIE (1966)
Out of the bottle comes that ravishingly capricious Jeanie, Barbara Eden
Larry Hagman is her adopted master, Bill Daly is the bewildered buddy (CBS).
video stream channel 78 full episode LASSIE 1954
Aww, no one could resist that Sunday night lovable and courageous collie!
This holiday season episode co-starred humans Tommy Rettig & Jan Clayton (CBS)
video stream channel 79 full episode! SKYKING (1951)
Kirby Grant stars as Sky King~aviation stories western style Gloria Winters co-stars.
The show's unique blue sky and dusty trail hybrid made it a cult following (NBC)
video stream channel 80 THE MILTON BERLE SHOW (1957)
Guest sMickey Rooney, Arnold Stang; Berle's swan song after 8 Tues. Nite Years.
Bit: Berle wants Gleason like publicity, so he feigns a broken leg for press (NBC)
video stream channel 81 DOO WOP BOULEVARD: 50s-60s STREET CORNER HARMONY
Remembering Sunday Night Doo Wop Radio and the groups the listeners requeste:
Host: "Doo Wop Shop's" Don K. Reed, performing: Crests, Frankie Lymon, Jive Five.
Other Video Performances: Randy & The Rainbows "Denise Denise," Coasters
Plus our exclusive
Radio Doo Wop DJ hosted web radio show on demand!
Gus Gossett named it Doo Wop, group harmony that will never die. It's here for you
video stream channel 82 MIKE WALLACE & EDWARD R. MURROW (1952-54)
If you thought Mike Wallace was tough on 60 Minutes, wait 'til you see him here.
You won't believe what he said to Steve Allen, but Kirk Douglas got his retort.
+Edward R. Murrow, Sen. Joseph McCarthy go at name calling each other.(CBS)
video stream channel 83 full episode HIGH CHAPPARAL (1954)
Lief Erickson & Cameron Mitchell star in a Tex-Mex western that holds no punches
Joseph Pevney (Star Trek) directed conflicts between Rednecks, Apaches (CBS)
video stream channel 84 two full episodes ONE STEP BEYOND (1957, 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" mimic? No~John Newland started UK filming a year before!
Episode 1 The Burning gives whole new meaning to the phrase "Hot Chic!"
Episode 2 The Clown starring the surreal dark side of Carnies
video stream channel 85 THE TONIGHT SHOW starring JOHNNY CARSON (1963)
Heeerrre's Johnny! Guest Don Rickles whoops it up with Johnny in a Japanese spa
There were many "Tonight Show" hosts, none knew their audience like Carson (NBC)
video stream channel 86 full episode OUR MISS BROOKS (1952)
Eve Arden and Gale Gordon starin this sitcom set in a not so typical high school.
Brooks falls for colleague Boynton, but off the roof of the building? (Synd)
video stream channel 87 full episode VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1962)
Richard Basehart is the captain of the submarine...the Capt Kirk of the sea,
The crew must infiltrate a spy network to save a kidnapped scientist (synd)
video stream channel 88 full episode DEATH VALLEY DAYS (1954)
This series bought to oats the heretofore drama only anthology format
David Janssen plays a con artist saving a frontier town from corrupt politicians
video stream channel 89 the original HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (1965)
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, Eva Gabor, Tony Randall join Paul Lynde
The classic Squares hosted by the most personable Peter Marshall (synd)
video stream channel 90 full episode BETTY WHITE: DATE WITH THE ANGELS 1952
Before MTM, Golden Girls, Hot In Cleveland, Betty White scored with this sitcom
Co-stars included Bill Williams and Nancy Kulp (Beverly Hillbillies) (CBS)
video stream channel 91 POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN VS. SINBAD (1950)
Popeye, Olive Oil, and Wimpy meet Sinbad who bears a strange resemblance to Bluto
Enjoy Max Fleischer's classic seaman in animated venue not for small children.
video stream channel 92 I MARRIED JOAN (1952)
Tagged as the "Queen Of Comedy," Joan Davis stars with Jim Backus in the sitcom
Joan falls for a movie casting scam and does a screen test with a monkey. (NBC)
video stream channel 93 full episode THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE (1955)
Jackie Coope heads the sitcom with Patricia Breslin as fiance Mandy Peoples
Socrates Miller (Cooper) in doghouse with talking dog Cleo for ignoring beau (NBC)
video stream channel 94 full episode MY LITTLE MARGIE (1954)
Charles Farrel as Vern Albright was single father to Margie, played by Gale Storm
in this ahpopular sitcom. Margie creates havoc even when she sleeps! (CBS)
video stream channel 95 full episode ANNIE OAKLEY (1954)
Gail Davis as the legendary woman gunslinger (and single mom), Annie Oakley
A masked gunman steals Annie's charity money ~ but Annie's got her gun! (synd.)
video stream channel 96 THE BO DIDDLEY REVUE (1965)
The legendary Bo Diddley brought the house down with his dynamic performance on
the prime time TV show, "Shindig"~notes by Bo's historian David Blakely (ABC)
video stream channel 97 full episode THE RIFLEMAN (1958)
Chuck Connors stars as sharpshooter Lucas McCain out in the wild west.
A crazed frontiersman kidnaps Lucas' son to lure The Rifleman to a shootout.(synd.)
video stream channel 98 full episode TOPPER (1952)
Leo G. Carroll, Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling, Lee Patrick, Kathleen Freeman
Banker Cosmo Topper has his refined life turned topsy turvy by two sensual ghosts.
George & Marion Kirby (the ghosts) help Topper get rid of unwanted guests (CBS)
video stream channel 99 Full Episode THE ROY ROGERS-DALE EVANS SHOW (1954)
Happy Trails! Roy Rogers and wife Dale Evans star in this endearing TV western
Roy and Dale intercede in a deadly battle between landowners & ranchers. (synd)
video stream channel 100 THE LES PAUL & MARY FORD SHOW (1957)
Les Paul, the guitarist and father of of multi-track recording and his wife, Mary Ford
teamed also for numerous hit recordings & TV. Their musical blend is classic music
Enjoy the memorable duo at their best from one of their weekly network shows (NBC)
video stream channel 101 full episode BORIS KARLOFF'S THRILLER (1960)
John Newland (One Step Beyond) starred in/directed this "Thriller" saga.
Boris Karloff sets the stage for a haunted estate with an evil sorcerer spirits. (NBC)
video stream channel 102 full episode THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1964)
Morticia, Gomez & Uncle Fester try to mend Aunt Ophelia's broken heart.
John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy, Lisa Loring (NBC)
video stream channel 103 REMEMBERING BELA LUGOSI (1960)
You remember Bela as Dracula, Chandu and as, portrayed in Ed Wood...
How about romacing a young girl & doing an infomercial for Evolution Master?
video stream channel 104 THE PERRY COMO SHOW 1962
From his long running Saturday night weekly show,
Perry sings & dances to his hit, 'Papa Loves Mambo'
with The Modernaires, orchestra and chorus. Remember great television (NBC)
video stream channel 105 full episode MAMA (I REMEMBER MAMA) 1949
Emmy Award winning TV drama based on the book by Barbara Bel Gaddis
Stars Peggy Wood as matriarch of a Norwegian family in San Francisco (CBS)
video stream channel 106 full episode IRONSIDE 1967
Raymond Burr plays a tough, wheelchair bound San Francisco detective
In this chilling tale. Ironside must stop a strangler preying on elderly women (NBC)
video stream channel 107 full episode THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET 1957
The musical Nelson family, Ozzie, Harriet, David & Ricky, in their TVsitcom
This episode titled "A Day In Bed" finds Ozzie's lazy streak (ABC)
t made them famous (NBC/UNIVERSAL-MOTOWN)
video stream channel 108 hour episode GILLIGAN'S ISLAND 1978
starring Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jim Backus, Natalie Schaefer.
This episode titled "Rescue From Gilligan's Island" parts 1&2 (NBC)
video stream channel 109 full episode NANNY & THE PROFESSOR 1969
starring Juliet Mills and Richard Long. A psychic from the UK
perceives an American bachelor needs a Nanny, she. (ABC)
video stream channel 110 full episode THE AMAZING KRESKIN 1972
Psychic/Mentalist Kreskin performs mind power feats with his audience
and guest, actress/model Arlene Dahl (Synd.)
video stream channel 111 full episode PEOPLE ARE FUNNY 1955
TV's very first "reality show," more fidelity to format, hosted by Art Linkletter
Amiable Linkletter kidnaps a house & plays cupid to unknowing couple. (CBS)
video stream channel 112 THE TOP TEN COMEDY TEAMS OF ALL TIME 1955-present
Lucy & Desi? Abbott & Costello? Cheech & Chong? The other 7?
Do you agree with the Mojo picks at all? Check it out.. (MOJO/DM)

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With the earliest TV production and animation techniques, these popular programs
were the 50s father of children's television, long before PBS and Nickelodeon
HOWDY DOODY segments: the first & last pioneer kidvid network show (NBC.1951-57)
WINKY DINK & YOU hosted by crayonmaster to quizmaster Jack Barry (CBS, 1952)
PAUL WINCHEL-JERRY MAHONEY Ventriloquist extrodinaire (CBS, 1957)
JUNIOR FROLICS hosts in various areas brought to TV Farmer Gray 30's toons (1952-56)
SPACE PATROL not bad Sat AM sci-fi aimed at teeny weeny pre-trekkies (synd, 1952)
THE BIG TOP Claude Kirscheners kidTV circus complete with clown & showgirl (CBS, 1952)
WILLIE WONDERFUL Sat AM puppet show that asks the question...Huh? (synd., 1952)
FELIX THE CAT video's first screen star in 1928, endeared ever thereafter
THE LITTLE RASCALS '39 Our Gang shorts syndicated to 50's Saturday morning TV.
HERE COMES TOBOR Before Captain Video, DuMont made the robot a galactic hero.
LOST IN SPACE Danger Will Robinson! The 60's weird sci fi & Dr. Smith is back!.
ROCKY JONES, SPACE RANGERS Kids watched the galaxy fights, dads eyed Vena!.
KUKLA, FRAN & OLLIE Burr Tillstrom's "Kuklapolitans" were first Mon-Fri network puppets.
THE PINKY LEE SHOW Pinky knocked himself, once literally, to put on a lively show.
Coming: Commander Cody's Lost Adventures, Captain Z Ro, Underwater City

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Elvis, Ritchie Valens, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Stones, Bee Gees, Motown Stars,
Roy Orbison, Beach Boys, Ritchie Valens, Dion, Doo Wop, Big Bands, Johnny Cash,
Etta James, Queen, BB King, The Moody Blues & much more Oldies variety!
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video juke box stream J1 SILHOUETTES The Rays
video juke box stream J2 TRAVELIN' MAN Ricky Nelson
video juke box stream J3 HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN The Animals
video juke box stream J4 RUBY, RUBY Dion
video juke box stream J5 GOOD LOVIN' Felix Cavaliere & The Rascals
video juke box stream J6 I'M IN LOVE AGAIN Fats Domino
video juke box stream J7 SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
video juke box stream J8 BYE BYE, LOVE The Everly Brothers
video juke box stream J9 LITTLE DARLIN' The Diamonds
video juke box stream J10 GOODY GOODY Frankie Lymon
video juke box stream J11 MERCY, MERCY ME Marvin Gaye
video juke box stream J12 WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE? Frankie Lymon!~The Teenagers
video juke box stream J13 TUESDAY AFTERNOON The Moody Blues
video juke box stream J14 THE THRILL IS GONE BB King
video juke box stream J15 GET A JOB The Silhouettes
video juke box stream J16 DANCE WITH ME, HENRY The Platters
video juke box stream J17 OH WHAT A NIGHT Dinah Washington
video juke box stream J18 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH John Denver
video juke box stream J19 CAN'T STOP (HE'S GOT THE POWER) The Exciters
video juke box stream J20 WHEN MY DREAMBOAT COMES HOME Fats Domino
video juke box stream J21 DANCE IN THE STREETS The Rockateens
video juke box stream J22 A LOVER'S CONCERTO The Toys
video juke box stream J23 YOU BELONG TO ME The original Duprees
video juke box stream J24 YOU ARE EVERYTHING The Stylistics
video juke box stream J25 THE AMERICAN IDOL BEST SONG HARMONIES OF THE 1960's The Top 24
video juke box stream J26 NEED YOUR LOVIN' Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
video juke box stream J27 YOU BETTER KNOW IT Jackie Wilson
video juke box stream J28 BUTTERFLY Charlie Gracie
video juke box stream J29 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (extended version) Bobby Vee
video juke box stream J30 TELL LAURA I LOVE HER Ray Peterson
video juke box stream J31 SAVE THE LAST DANCE (remake) Ben E. King
video juke box stream J32 DON'T GO BREAKIN' MY HEART Elton John & Kiki Dee
video juke box stream J33 IT"S MY PARTY Lesley Gore
video juke box stream 34 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Johnny Rivers
video juke box stream J35 EVERYBODY LOVES A CLOWN Gary Lewis & The Playboys
video juke box stream J36 I GOT YOU BABE Sonny & Cher
video juke box stream J37 BABY, DON'T CHANGE YOUR MIND Gladys Knight & The Pips
video juke box stream J38 DENISE, DENISE Debbie Harry & Blondie
video juke box stream J39 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON Tony Orlando & Dawn
video juke box stream J40 HELP The Beatles
video juke box stream J41 BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
video juke box stream J42 I'M NOT A JUVENILE DELINQUENT Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
video juke box stream J43 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire
video juke box stream J44 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' The Mamas & The Papas
video juke box stream J45 DO THE FREDDIE Freddie & The Dreamers
video juke box stream J46 1-2-3 Len Barry
video juke box stream J47 LONG TALL SALLY Little Richard
video juke box stream J48 WHEEL OF FORTUNE Kay Starr
video juke box stream J49 FIVE O'CLOCK WORLD The Vogues
video juke box stream J50 BE MY BABY The Ronettes
video juke box stream J51 SURFIN' USA The Beach Boys
video juke box stream J52 BABY LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
video juke box stream J53 PIECE OF MY HEART Janis Joplin
video juke box stream J54 RUNAWAY Del Shannon
video juke box stream J55 YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
video juke box stream J56 BARBARA ANN The Beach Boys
video juke box stream J57 HOTEL CALIFORNIA The Eagles
video juke box stream J58 SUPERSTAR The Carpenters
video juke box stream J59 IMAGINE John Lennon
video juke box stream J60 CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
video juke box stream J61 SIXTEEN REASONS Connie Stevens
video juke box stream J62 LOUIE LOUIE The Kingsmen
video juke box stream J63 THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN' Nancy Sinatra
video juke box stream J64 MONA LISA Nat King Cole
video juke box stream J65 OH, GIRL The Chi-Lites live concert performance
video juke box stream J66 MONEY HONEY Elvis Presley
video juke box stream J67 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
video juke box stream J68 TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM The Teddy Bears
video juke box stream J69 JOY TO THE WORLD Three Dog Night
video juke box stream J70 YOU WIN AGAIN/FOUR WINDS Fats Domino
video juke box stream J71 PIPELINE The Chantays
video juke box stream J72 SUNSHINE, LOLLIPOPS & RAINBOWS/YOU DON'T OWN ME Lesley Gore
video juke box stream J73 SEARCHIN' The Coasters
video juke box stream J74 HAVE YOU HEARD The Duprees
video juke box stream J75 SLEEPWALK Santo & Johnny
video juke box stream J77 I GOT STRIPES/5 FEET HIGH & RISING Johnny Cash
video juke box stream J78 MATCHBOX Carl Perkins
video juke box stream J79 ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM The Everly Brothers
video juke box stream J80 ONE OF US Abba
video juke box stream J81 BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY Ricky Nelson
video juke box stream J82 STRANGER ON THE SHORE Acker Bilk
video juke box stream J83 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
video juke box stream J84 BLUE SUEDE SHOES Elvis Presley
video juke box stream J85 CHATANOOGA CHOO CHOO Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
video juke box stream J86 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
video juke box stream J87 AY AY AY AY AY I LOVE YOU Carmen Miranda
video juke box stream J88 ONLY THE LONELY Roy Orbison
video juke box stream J89 EVERYBODY'S SOMEBODY'S FOOL Connie Francis
video juke box stream J90 CHAPEL OF LOVE The Dixie Cups
video juke box stream J91 GREEN ONIONS Booker T & The MG's
video juke box stream J92 IN THE MOOD Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
video juke box stream J93 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU Whitney Houston
video juke box stream J94 ROLL OVER, BEETHOVEN Chuck Berry
video juke box stream J95 PEGGY SUE Buddy Holly
video juke box stream J96 LA BAMBA Ritchie Valens
video juke box stream J97 AMERICAN PIE Don McLean
video juke box stream J98 MOONLIGHT SERENADE Glenn Miller Orchestra
video juke box stream J99 BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
video juke box stream J100 I'M A BELIEVER The Monkees
video juke box stream J101 AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS Etta James, Chakira, Gladys Knight
video juke box stream J102 BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY The Andrews Sisters
video juke box stream J103 SIXTEEN TONS Tennessee Ernie Ford
video juke box stream J104 BLUE SUEDE SHOES Elvis Presley

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Elvis, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Billy Myles, Timi Yuro, Connie Francis,
Toni Fisher, The Marcells, Duane Eddy, The Megatrons, Joni James
Nino Temple & April Stevens, Kyu Sakamoto, Nina Simone, Gogi Grant,
Dale & Grace, Freddy Canon, Chris Barber Band, Bobby Rydell, Jimmy Dorsey
Keely Smith, Lou Monte, Bernadette Carrol, Napoleon IV, Sue Thompson
Chuck Berry, Bill Black Combo, Johnny & The Hurricanes ...& Snooky Lansen!
Cherished '78: Kate Smith's "God Bless America" & more turntable treasures!

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SCREEN 1: "MOVIE MADNESS" The Three Stooges, 1934
SCREEN 4: "THE NORTH STAR" Walter Brennan, Jane Withers, 1943
SCREEN 5: "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" dir. George Romero, 1968
SCREEN 6: "THE TRAIN ROBBERY" western starring John Wayne 1973
SCREEN 8: "THE SHADOW" pulp fiction from 1952
SCREEN 9: "RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE" jungle melodrama 1952
SCREEN 11: "CASTLE OF FU MANCHU Christopher Lee 1969
SCREEN 12: ALAN FREED'S "GO JOHNNY GO" featuring Chuck Berry 1958
SCREEN 14: THE FABULOUS DORSEYS, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, 1947

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Sid Cesar Ernie Kovacs Before SCTV, SNL & Mad TV, before radio and TV itself, the popular entertainment medium, aside from movies and music, was vaudeville comedy stage revues. As the radio networks (CBS, NBC, Mutual, Westinghouse) needed more than just music and news, vaudevillian stars and their acts were recruited for comedy monologues, sketches and sitcoms. The next move was television in it's infancy. Live sketch comedy goes back to the dawn of television (1948-52): fledgling show pioneers were Sid Caesar (with great support from cast members Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howie Morris), Ernie Kovacs, Red Skelton and Milton Berle (dubbed "Mr.Television" and "Uncle Miltie"). Get this: Berle hosted the syndicated Bowling For Dollars for one season and Gleason hosted a quiz show that lasted one broadcast (see our Trivia Quiz for details. While there were those vaudevillians who lasted a decade on TV, notably Berle, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, George Burns & Gracie Allen, Skelton's characterizations on all three networks, others, such as Ed Wynn, George Gobel, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis and Donald O'Connor, lasted only a few years.

Long before "The Fonz" there was "The Schnoz," Jimmy Durante, with his trademark Inka Dinka Doo, who hosted his own musical variety shows on CBS and later NBC. Dinah "See The USA In Your Chevrolet" Shore did likewise as summer fillers, eventually winding up with a pre-Oprah style syndicated daytime talk shosw. Other 50's-60's hosts of the now extinct entertaining musical variety shows: Liberace, Perry Como, Andy Williams.

Old TV Shows is the search word most used to find vintage television on the internet. Yes, to young people today they are "those old shows," but isn't it peculiar back in the 50's and 60's when there were only a handful of TV stations in an area, yet there was always something to watch. vs. now, cable and satellite systems carry, at a hefty monthly price, 200+ channels and how often now do we hear people lament, "All those channels and there's nothing to watch."

Stars & Their Technical Ingenuity Advancements in television production in the 50's are credited to Lucille Ball (filming before a live audience), Desi Arnaz (three to five camera synched production), Ernie Kovacs (granddaddy of special effect) and Jackie Gleason (the Eletronicam system combining film and kinescope into one camera unit). Word has it that Les Paul, the celebrated guitarist who pioneered multiple track audio recording and Bing Crosby planted the seed at Ampex Electronics for recording video and audio on magnetic tape ...videotape recording.

Of course our beloved Jackie Gleason used to say about classic TV comedy, "When it's funny, it's funny and that's what makes a show endearing as a classic forever after" Many of today's successful TV show producers stated they studied the masters of yesteryear.an When it's good television, it's good television no matter how dim the picture or low the resolution. Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball and her then husband Desi Arnaz, came up with ingenious, creative innovations, would pave the way for future TV sitcoms.

Also rans included Father Knows Best (Robert Young, Jane Eyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapan), The Bob Cummmings Show (co-starring Ann B. Davis), My Little Margie (Gale Storm, Charles Farrel) Oh Sussana (Gale Storm, Zazu Pitts), I Married Joan (Joan Davis, Jim Backus), Our Miss Brooks (Eve Arden), Mr. Peepers (Wally Cos), The Dennis Day Shoe (co-starring Cliff Arquette), The Life If Riley (see trivia quiz for original Riley, second longer running series: William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Lugene Sanders, Wesley Morgan, Tom D'andrea), The Goldbergs (Gertrude Berg, Harold J. Stone), December Bride (Spring Byington), Meet Millie (Elena Verdugo, Florence Hallop, Marvin Kaplan), (The Many Loves Of) Dobie Gillis (Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver (photo below), Tuesday Weld), The Dick Van Dykd Show (co-starring Mary Tyler Moore, Morey Amsterdam, Rosemarie, Carl Eeiner, it's creator),.

Dobie Gillis A noteworthy B&W idol mentions: While Shelley Fabares was a teen queen on The Donna Reed ShowThe Patty Duke Show that was written around a teenage girl, actually two, both played by Patty Duke (later, the suicidal pill popping starlet in Valley Of The Dolls). Patty played a bouncy, vivacious teen and a live-in twin cousin (hey, anything's possible even on early TV) who was the exact opposite - conservatively demure. Also in the cast: William Schallert (also a player on Dobie Gillis and Jean Byron. Of course, Ricky Nelson (OK, Rick Nelson now) was the girl's hearthrob on Ozzie & Harriet (with real life dad & mom as dad and mom), attempts to make Ronnie Burns with real life parents on(Burns & Allen and Dwayne Hickman Dobie Gillis girl swooners failed. Oh well, there was always lovable Maynard G. Krebs (Dobie, who would go on to become lovable Gilligan.

Noteworthy, but tragic: Honeymooners resurgence. In it's original form,as a standalone sitcom or sketches on Gleason's variety shows, The (original) Honeymooners episodes were endeared and today held as classics, in many major markets run as twelve hour marathons on New Years Eve. In the mid 1966, Jackie resurrected the sitcom as The Jackie Gleason Show presents The Honeymooners", hour musicals taped in Miami Beach. Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph could not relocate from New York. Shiela Mac Rae was the new Alice, Jane Kean the new Trixie and it just didn't work. In the mid 70's, Jackie regrouped the original cast and gave it a go on ABC, less the what was latter day considered politically incorrect fisting and "Pow, right in the kisser," or "To the moon, Alice," and the smacks on Norton's shoulder. After three hour runs, ABC pulled the plug on the legendary bus driver, sewer worker and wives. The kinescope episodes of The Honeymooners from 1954 to 1959 remain the loved classics. BTW: did you know Audrey Meadows was not the first to play Alice Kramden. And did you know Jackie played a blue collar worker dad on a sitcom, the role later played by another comedic actor? Find out who was the first to play Alice and what was Jackie's first 1949 CBS sitcom role in our Trivia Quiz. Of course, Jackie had success with his Honeymoonerless American Scene Magazine (1962-65) with his characterizations of The Poor Soul, Reginald Van Gleason III (often with former Marx Brothers movies character actress Margaret Du Mont), Charlie Bracken, The Loud Mouth (with Art Carney whom he bothered at a diner), Joe the Bartender (with Frank Fontaine a/k/a Crazy Guggenheim.

Noteworthy: The
DuMont Television Network launched The Honeymooners and the career of Jackie Gleason, DuMont also KO'd the venerable Uncle Miltie on Tuesday nights with not another comedian, but a Catholic Bishop, Exc. Fulton J. Sheen.
For the fascinating history of the innovations and downfalls of The DuMont Television Network and it's founder, click here.. The story of the "forgotten network"is an eye opening overview of the brutal competitiveness of and governmental bias toward the broadcast industry even at it's inception.

Another struggle of survival in the business of broadcasting was within the "minority" (race) oppressive 1950's, Black principal roles were portrayed by white stage minstrel (blackface) comics as Amos and Andy. A second black theme sitcom, , starred noted black film actress Ethel Waters as a maid. It would take Norman Lear, in the 70's, to bring network television prominence to Afro-American based situation comedies.

There would be no weekly comedy sketch show series hosted by a woman until many years later when a young female supporting cast member from The Gary Moore Show and on a failed sitcom Stanley starring Buddy Hackett, the femme talent named Carol Burnett finally got her own showcase on CBS with cast members Harvey Korman, Lyle Wagoner, Vickie Lawrence and Tim Conway. The long awaited success and chemistry became legendary. Entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan became the rigid but endearing presenter of entertainers, opera singers to acrobats, dancers to sword throwers, lion tamers to puppet mouse Topogigo Sunday nights on CBS. When rock and roll proved it was here to stay, poker faced Sullivan challenged teen favorite Dick Clark (ABC) for booking Elvis and The Beatles, who never appeared on either Clark's American Bandstand or Saturday Night stage show (see teen dance and variety shows below). Sullivan even allowed so/so R&R one hit wonders such as "The Sparkletones" (Black Slacks) share his stage with the likes of Renata Tibaldi and Alan King. There was also Your Hit Parade on which four vocalist regulars sang the top ten tunes for the week. Who were the crooners? See our Trivia Quiz/

Hard to categorize was NBC's Colegate Comedy Hour brcause some weeks it was more musical than comical. The weekly fare had rotating hosts which included Eddie Cantor, the team of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Bud Abbot and Lou Costello, the latter having also their own weekly syndicated half hour show. The Colegate endeavor, which failed miserably in the Nielsons, except for Martin & Lewis weeks, was more like Sullivan's show because it had an array of song and dance musical guests including Danny Kaye, Kay Starr and ol' blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra; but even the Chairman of the Board couldn't dig this one out of the ratings cellar. It would have been funnier if Don Rickles were around TV screens, then, in the late 50's, to heckle Sinatra ("Hey Frank, make yourself at home...hit somebody" was one of Rickles' most famous barbs to blue eyes years later on the The Deab Nartin Show)

Producer Don Fedderson had no ratings problem with The Millionaire. No, not a quiz show, but a weekly series drama in which Michael Anthony, played by Marvin Miller, gave away a million smackers to some poor soul at the benevolence of the unseen, but heard billionaire, John Beresford Tipton, who was just curious about human nature and how sudden wealth could change it. Viewers were also intrigued and the show ran for several seasons in the late 1950's and early 60's on CBS. (Most of the recipients were better off without the mysterious windfall).

Pinky Lee 50's Kiddie TV Delights: Notable children;s shows: Bob Smith's Howdy Doody, with Clarabelle The Clown (Bob Keeshan, later Lew Anderson (pictured page top) Burr Tilstrom's Kukla Fran & Ollie,, Pinky Lee (pictured left), who collapsed while dancing frenetically during a live broadcast, Winky Dink, Fearless Fosdick (marionettes), Shari Lewis & Lambchop, Paul Winchell & Jerry Mahoney; these kidvid shows were on the networks, while local stations concocted ultra-low budget cartoon shows, such as Newark New Jersey's (Junior Frolics) had hosts like "Uncle" Fred Sayles (discussed on the blog below) narrating silent screen cartoons (Farmer Brown a/k/a Farmer Grey, KoKo The Clown, et al) over instrumental records. There was notably also Chicago's kidvid, Burt Tillstrom's Kukla, Fran & Ollie (Fran Allison interacted with named pupper clown and dragon as well as Beulah Witch, Mme. Oglepuss and Cecil Bill (who could only say tooey ta tooey ta tooey). Chicago was also the home of Miss Fraces' Ding Dong School (also discussed in the blog). and one of the hundred's of TV's Bozos (the Clown)

Too hip for kids In the sixties, a rodent-like faced comic named Soupy Sales hosted what had started out to be a kiddie show for Metromedia stations, originating from then WNEW-TV Ch. 5 New York. The following were college kids who hee-hawed at Sales' suggestive antics and double entendres. MM axed the show after "The Mouse" (Soupy and his semi-hit record) received parental complaints during FCC license renewal time. A decade later, Jersey comedian Floyd Vivino would revive the spontaneous comedy routines of "The Uncle Floyd Show," beaming first via cable access, then by on again off again on again UHF channel 68 in West Orange, NJ. Spaced college kids joined the kiddie set laughing at mature puns and the show was then nationally syndicated, unsuccessfully. Uncle Rupert pulled the same act on a low power LA station in the late 60's, a bikini clad dancing teen got viewers' attention and a pink slip.

Animation Nation The first animated cartoons in national syndication (with a sizeable viewership) were: Rocky< & Bullwinkle, Gumby, Underdog, Superman were the favorites. Curiously, Bullwinkle with villains Boris Badeniff and Natasha, had overtones of cold war propaganda, a la Animal Farm. but "Moose and Squirrel" was a weekly syndicated series. Major market independent TV stations had cartoon blocks of Felix The Cat, Looney Toons,(Bugs, Daffy, Tweety, et al); Allied Artist Toons; Little LuLu, Betty Boop, among others. 50'S.

Horses, Dogs & Other Creatures Non-animated-animal series faves doggies Lassie (debut 1954 with Tommy Rettig, June Lockhart, Jon Provost, syndicated), Rin Tin Tin (orig, 30s-40's movies, then ABC in 1954 starring Lee Aaker); horsies My Friend Flicka (40's movie turned to TV 1954 with Roddy Mc Dowall, Preston Foster. a syndie), Mr Ed (the talking horse, of course, of course, with Alan Young, Connie Hines, early 60's on CBS). There was also Cleo, the talking dog, on The People's Choice sitcom starring Jackie Cooper as Socrates Miller and Patricia Breslin as fiance Mandy Peopkes, her huge papa played by John Stephenson, Mary Jane Crost the voice of Cleo, which ran on NBC 1954-58.

Don Herbert as Mr Wizard Mr. Wizard: The Unsung Hero Of 50's Educational Kidvid Before public television, parents turned to an unassuming TV personality, Don Herbert, who, to children and elementary school teachers, was affectionately known as Mr. Wixard who today would be teaching us all about DTV, but in those analog only days, he would demonstrate gravity, static electricity, rocket propulsion and other fascinating science basics. Don was a general science and English major at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (then it was La Crosse State Normal College) who was interested in drama. His career as an actor was interrupted by World War II when he enlisted in the United States Army as a Private. Herbert later joined the United States Army Air Forces, took pilot training, and became a B-24 bomber pilot who flew combat missions with the Fifteenth Air Force, flying out of a base in Italy. When Herbert was discharged in 1945, he was a Captain and had earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. After the war, Herbert worked at a radio station in Chicago, then formulated Mr. Wizard and a general science experiments show that had a lad or lass assist him in a TV studio fashioned lab. Herbert debuted the show on Chicago NBC station WNBQ, aon March 3, 1951. The televised experiments, many of which seemed impossible at first, would be taught to young viewers. Well over five hundred episodes were televised on the entire NBC network before it was canceled in 1965 (replaced by adventure cartoons to sell sugary cereal and drinks, this more significant to network advertisers and programmers. Now you know why PBS became sorely needed to inspire kids minds in the latter 60's).

Yes, NBC had a late night talk show debuting with Fred Allen, then continuing with hosts Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno; fill in-hosts: Steve Allen (no relation to Fred), Georgie Jessel, Jerry Lewis, Helen Reddy, Joey Bishop, Don Rickles, Joey Bishop (for predecessor Carson). The show was eventually packaged as "The Tonight Show starring..." and high audience followed triggered late night talk wars: Dick Cavett, Geraldo Rivera on ABC, which eventually conceded and went "Nightline" news magazine, the perennial David Letterman on CBS after years as NBC also ran.

In time slots other then after the late night local news, ABC had the venerable Joe Franklin (who went local in New York on then WOR-TV in every time slot imaginable until the 2AN end). Merv Griffin, who vied with Carson to host The Tonight Show on NBC, found success in syndication with co-host Arthur Treacher.

Poignant early TV evening network news anchors included Edward R. Murrow and John Cameron Swayze ("Hop-scotching the world for headlines!") Morning guys were Dave Garroway, (pictured left, who prolifically signed off with "Peace"). Robert Q. Lewis, Arthur Godfrey, among others (these after stations decided to go on the air at 9AM rather than 5PM, see "remember when..." below). Independent stations, strapped financially, aired armed forces advertorials provided by the Army,Navy and Marines...along with Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy and Little Rascals film shorts. Interesting clips of early television commercials can be found included with our Oldies Television Trivia Quiz,link below our channel selector. Were there infomercials back in the early days of television? There was Star Nail, Jon Gnagy Learn To Draw Kits, Leg Magique, Jack La Lane Super Juicer
The independent stations relied on moldie oldie theatre cartoons and the schlocky but loveable Bela Lugosi (click here to see clips) schlockploitation movies, the cheapie, quickie ones other than his signature Dracula, churn outs like Chandu that were still endearing to viewers who didn't care for westerns or Championship Bowling from Syosset.

Jackie Robinson Mel Allen Sports without ESPN: Baseball legends like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson (left) Pee Wee Reese, Joe Di Maggio or Yogi Berra were not seen nationwide as they played ball in the early days of television, games were carried on local stations where the games were played. Ditto football.Tennis, hockey and golf were not considered hot sports events in the early 50's when air time was at a premium. The networks began broadcasting World Series and Super Bowls, other games remained locally broadcast. Boxing and wrestling films were shown late night on weekends, bowling was relegated to the weekend afternoons when a station had no baseball. After Milton Berle's ratings declined on NBC in the mid 60's, the network loaned him to the syndicated Bowling For Dollars The thinking was to turn tenpin into a game show and since Groucho Marx's sardonic wisecracking gained popularity on his quiz show, maybe Berle could do likewise and popularize TV bowling. Of course it didn't work. Berle was awkward, not familiar with the sport. The most celebrated early TV baseball announcers were Mel Allen (pictured above) and Red Barber.

Richard Boone as Dr Konrad Steiner in Medic Enter The Medics There was the never fail medical drama that began with Medic (Richard Boone as "Konrad Steiner, Doctor of Medicine"). It's the grandaddy of all medical shows and could hold up today with E/R or Chicago Hope (see our ch. 45). Created by James E. Moser, Medic was carefully researched, well written and an Emmy Award Winner back in the mid 50's. More melodramatic was Janet Dean, Registered Nurse. with Ella Raines as the dutiful sometimes hospital, sometimes visiting RN. Then came...

Richard Chamberlain as Dr.Kildare Vince Edwards as Dr Ben Casey The inopposite docs: Who can forget the boyish, mild-mannered "Dr. Kildare" (Richard Chamberlain) and the obnoxious Dr. Ben Casey (Vince Edwards).
Vince Edwards as Dr Ben Casey The Simile Docs Ben Casey is grandfather to and, Hugh Laurie admits, inspiration for Fox's top rated medical drama House, Marcus Welby, MD (Robert Young), Medical Center and Jack Webb's Emergency. (One of our viewers got one up on us by submitting Breaking Point, the forgotten TV medic show that sort of a psychiatry version of Ben Casey starring Paul Richards which ran on ABC in 1963 after Vince Edwards hung up his stethoscope. Today, E/R, Gray;s Anatomy ...on and on ...people always were and are fascinated by medical melodrama). General Hospital is the long running daytime medical serial...soap opera The Daytime soap operas (so called, given the name by predominant advertisers) go back also to 1930's radio and 1950's television: The Secret Storm, The Edge Of Night, The Guiding Light to name only a few of many. If you weren't there, you would be surprised, maybe even be amazed, by how much the golden age of television really has inspired today's vast videodrome (homage to Debbie Harry for the term.)

Dancing With The Stars became an instant smash hit when it premiered 2006 on ABC, but in the fifties Arthur Murray Dance Party, which also featured dance contests with luminaries, got big ratings. Dance studio mogul Arthur Murray gave viewers dance lessoms, but his personable wife, Kathryn, hosted the long running summer replacement series.

Howdy, Podner! Annie Oakley (Gail Davis), Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd), Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and The Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore), among others, began the weekly western TV series craze in the early 1950's. By the latter part of that century, prime time top rating oaters emerged, including Gunsmoe (James Arness), Maverick (James Garner), The Rifleman (Chuck Connors), Bat Masterson, (Gene Barry) The Virginia( James Drury), Have Gun, Will Travel (Richard Boone as Palladin)., Ponderosa Ranch honcho Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) and sons (Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts would take TV westerns to a new height with Bonanza. When the Emmy award winning series ended in the mid 1950's, horses, podners and varmints faded from the video screen as regular first run network TV offerings.Happy Trails.

Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett in the original Haeaii Five 0 Alex Book 'em, Dano Leonard Freeman created "Hawaii Five-0" premiered on CBS in 1968 with Jack Lord as the invincible Steve Mc Garrett, heading a governor assigned crime fighting task force, co-starring James Mac Arthur as partner Danny. The series zoomed to the Nielson's top ratings spot and remained on the network for twelve seasons, longer than either "Dragnet" series, longer than "All In The Family." In 2010, over thirty years later, history repeats itself. A new "Hawaii Five-0" premiered with Alex 0'Loughlin reprising Mc Garett with history and how the partner nickname "Dano," played now by Jean Smart came into being (we won't be the spoiler, it's in the pilot debut episode sure to be repeated). Like it's predecessor, the new "Hawaii Five-0" rocketed to the ratings top on CBS. You can watch episodes of the original or the new spawn at cbs.com.

Truman Bradley Sci-Fi & TV While Flash Gordon's enemy Ming the Merciless was watching his nemesis on a "Televisor," the aforemention men of science (Farnsworth, Zworkyn. et a;) were perfecting the once dream of transmitting an image over the wireless medium that Marconio (and others) made into reality. In the 1950's, television sci-fi was ablaze with Rod Serling's Twilight Zone and accused mimicker One Step Beyond, but William Newland actually started work on ...Beyond a year before Serling began entering the zone.

OTV Viewer P. Moholland corrected our trivia: "in your scifi tv area you had quoted an episode of One Step Beyond with William Shatner returning from a space trip from Vulcan..that is wrong. It actually was an episode of the The Outer Limits; titled "Cold Hands, Warm Heart." The project was called Vulcan, not the planet. It was a trip to Venus and he came in contact with an alien that caused his body temperature to drop"

One of Du Mont's biggest hits, aside from The Honeymooners and the good Bishop, was Captain Video & His Video Rangers which was the outer space craze of it's time (more info about Captain Vid on our ch. 46. Science Fiction was always a ratings getter, save a few bomb's like the mid 50's syndicated Top Secret also on DuMont, But distrib Ziv wasn't about to transport itself into oblivion; it's highly successful Science Fiction Theatre with host Truman Bradley combining real science with the futuristic dramas that aired on CBS and NBC. In the early 60's, young public television used Flash to rattle the tin cup, Serling was still going strong (not so his true, i.e. imitators, i.e. World Of Tomorrow).

When NBC reluctantly agreed to launch Star Trek from Desilu/Paramount to get their Mission Impossible, they were unaware the craze and two decades of syndicated spinoffs that would support Paramount's UPN foray. When NBC pulled the plug on Trek in it's third season, England's ATV launched
Space: 1999 with Mission's Martin Landau and Barbara Bain at the helm. Even after 40 years, the original Star Trek is still boldly going on Netflix pay streaming along with all the Trek sequels and movies.

Dave Garroway Gabfest TV talk shows were around since TV itself. early 50's Pioneers On Networks: Dave Garroway (original NBC "Today" show host, pictured here with signature peace hand gesture and with Fred J.Muggs, celebrity chimp, the original "Tonight" show host, Steve Allen, followed Fred Allen (no relation that we know of and briefly), then followed by Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno (presently) with guest hosting by Joey Bishop, Phyllis Diller and Don Rickles, among others.

Lest we forget, the inevitable Joe Franklin, who claims he had "the first eyeball to eyeball talk show." Problem with the claim? It was on the johnny-come-lately network, ABC; prior named were already gabbing on the other networks. Perhaps the first two daytime talkers in the early 50's were Robert Q. Lewis (see also our trivia quiz), Arthur Godfery and Art Linkletter, who started the "kids say the darnest thing" craze. Later would come, via syndication, Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Virginia Graham and the first Tabloid-TV gabber, Phil Donahue .(Phil would be farthest from the last, albeit Phil was soft spoken....remember Morton Downey jr?). The noted 50's newscasters: John Cameron Swayze ("hop scotching the world for headlines"), Edward R. Murrow and a young upstart, Walter Cronkite.

...and now, for a 50s=60s musical interlude:

Alan Freed John Zacherle Big Band and Swing had, by the mid fifties, given away to pop vocals and eventually the combining of Gospel, Blues and Rockabilly hence known as Rock & Roll. Teens and young adults loved it (it was groovy) and older adults despised it as "the devil's music," caucasian racists called it "jungle music" with doo wop groups recording mocks of it ("Lost In The Jungle," "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop," for two).

The Early TV Scandals. Rock & Roll revealed not nice things thqt had nothing to do with the music. Payola, Dance Shows & Hiked Skirts, and, on a different video note, Rigged Quiz Shows.

The TV teen dance craze started on the East Coast and spread worldwide, with their (then critiqued) provocative movements.. "Dick Clark's American Bandstand" that went from local Philadelphia WFIL TV 6 (4PM Mon-Fri) in 1957 to the nationwide ABC network and into syndication up to the 1980's. (Did you know Dick took over the helm after a previous host was discovered dating one of the high school dancers?) There were also the local shows hosted by Alan Freed (1958-62 5-6PM Mon-Fri, 8PM Sat WNEW-TV 5 NY), Clay Cole, Rate The Record 6-7PM Mon-Fri 1958 WNTA-TV 13 Newark NJ, then The Clay Cole Show 5 to 6PM M-F & Sat 5PM lip synchs with co-star Angela Martin, 1959-62 WPIX-TV 11 NY), Al Jarvis, movie actor (Make Believe Ballroom) and KECA-TV Los Angeles talk show host got in on the dance party craze with his weekday afternoon show on KABC-TV (also L.A.) which spanned the late fifties through early sixties. Jerry Blavatt the Geeter with the Heater , on WPHL-TV 17 PA, Ted Steeele's Bandstand originated from WOR-TV's studio in New York and John Zacherle, who morphed from host-spook-spoofing horror flicks on WABC-TV 7 NY 1957-61 to DiscoTeen, 6-7PM Mon-Fri 1962-3, on WNJU-TV 47 Newark NJ, the latter two on UHF frequencies that many TV "sets" then could not yet receive!

The "Payola" scandal (1957-60) investigated by the Feds got top 40 radio, TV teen music and dance shows, even rock and roll concerts all shook up. WNEW-TV and WOR-AM radio fired Alan Freed, he and Dick Clark were summoned to testify at Senate hearings (we have the press statements from both on
Oldies Television Ch. 15. Freed had previously been bounced from the ABC network after a brief national run of his show. Clark survived until the late 80's, when "American Bandstand" ratings went into the cellar, the Tribune Company syndicated "Soul Train,"originally hosted by founder Don Cornelius, retained a strong viewership through today, especially in LA, Chicago, Baltimore and New York.Shemar Moore took over hosting duties in 1999, Cornelius still pushing the buttons as an executive producer

The Broadway Stage Finds Success In 60s Rock & Roll Groups In 2004, the 80's group Abba was profiled on the Broadway Stage with "Mama Mia." The box office success of that, and the "Grease" revivals, prompted "Jersey Boys" which loosely traced the careers of once Newark area lounge act "The Four Lovers" who, under record producer Bob Crew's baton, spawned
The Four Seasons who would create #1 hits for Vee Jay Records and, in 2010, "Rain" which tributes The Beatles from bubble gum to acid rock. Both shows, and the re-enactment of a jam session between Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins & Johnny Cash at Sun Recording Studio, met with unprecedented attendance and rave reviews for the heretofore backsliding New York Stage.

The success of these S.R.O. sellout Broadway shows about the founding fathers of rock demonstrates what Disc Jockey "Cousin Brucie" Bruce Morrow told an NBC reporter (when a NY Oldies station changed formats to hard rock and then back again when the first switch lost 30% of the station's listeners), "There will always be a market for oldies." And maybe that is why Oldies Television's "hit" (unique visitor) rate more than quadrupled over the last year. There will always be people, young and old, who want to see and hear the fifties and sixties.

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Big Bopper Richardson The Day The Music Died February 3, 1959. It was a cold, blistery, snowy winter night when the plane crashed, which claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Jiles .P. "Big Bopper" Richardson and the pilot, Roger Peterson. The three 50's rock and roll idols were headed to a dance party tour scheduled to run in 24 cities from January 23rd to February 15th in 1958. Dion & TThe Belmonts, also booked on the show, took a tour bus along with backup musician Waylon Jennings. Unfortunately, there was controversy in this tragedy, too. Tabloid newspapers alleged a cover-up of an onboard shooting. There are more details about the harrowing music event along with a tear evoking final performance of The Big Bopper, J. P. Richardson, on The Dick Clark show on Oldies Television Channel 22.

Yes, Virginia, there was a Snookey Lansen Who was Snookey Lansen? That's the number one question we see on search engines leading to our Trivia Quiz page. The answer is there. Hint: he was on network TV every Saturday night at 10PM. Okay, we'll cheat and give you the answer here, too. The venerable Snooky Lansen was one of an ensemble of four singers appearing each week to sing homogenized versions of top ten songs on Your Hit Parade. The Snook was joined by three other relatively unknowns: Dorothy Collins, Russel Arms and Giselle MacKenzie who, in '54, had a mild barely breaking #20 hit with "Hard To Get" on an RCA bumpoff label, X Records, which the show "phonyously" placed one week at #2.

Things got rough in the late 50's on Your Hit Parade when the fortysomething big band era singers had to perform teen craze rock & roll tunes like Stagger Lee & Hound Dog. It was humorous to see conservatively dressed Dorothy Collins do a jitterbuggy jump dance to the rockabilly Blue Suede Shoes. Actually, Snooky Lansen adapted the best to Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry tunes, but with a name like Snooky you have to be good. CBS pulled Your Hit Parade off the turntable permanently in 1962, that year airing only sporadically on various nights, sort of like the way NBC tried to kill Star Trek five years later. We know where Shatner went, but Snooky, where are you?

The second most asked question to search engines eludes to TV censorship back in the fifties. In a nutshell: the word "pregnant" was taboo (the forbidden word list was not just seven as it is today, but well over seventy). Visually, a married couple could not be seen in the same bed together (thus the twin beds on sitcoms). Permitted then, was smoking on camera. On general entertainment shows today, smoking on camera is disallowed by network censors, which would be quite an enigma for Ernie Kovacs. George Burns and Groucho Marx, if their shows were on right now. Visual depictions or words deemed to make fun on mainstream religion were also censored on TV in the 1950's and most of the 60's. Jokes about Snooky Lansen, however, always fair game.

The Beatles The Beatles, The British Invasion and Ed Sullivan Unfortunately, Ed Sullivan could not get the credit for the first to have Elvis on TV (more about Ed Sullivan and rock music stars below). The Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey Show beat him to it. So did Berle. In 1963, when Brian Epstein showed Sullivan a film of The Beatles performing She Loves You on Britain TV (the very performance we have for you on Oldies Television Channel 54), Ed inked the foursome to debut in America on his show after the stadium arrival brouha. Thus began the British Invasion and Ed Sullivan, knowing attracting young viewers was attractive to television advertisers) would debut not only The Beatles, but their opposites, The Rolling Stones, complete with Mick Jagger's tongue, along with Herman's Hermits, The Dave Clark Five, and countless appearances by Petula Clark, Sullivan's personal talent favorite of all the British pop stars. While EMI's Capitol Records was tickled with the money from three to five Beatle's songs being in the top 20 at the same time during most of 1964 amd '65, not everyone was tickled to death over the British invasion. American artists felt squeezed out of the record charts and TV appearances from such shows as Sullivan's. Eventually, things equalized and Elvis' Burning Love and even a non rock & roll Patti Page record, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte were in the top ten with Nowhere Man and DC5's Needles and Pins (-ah)

Did Ed Sullivan really "dig" rock and roll? Ed Sullivan had the then much misaligned Elvis on his show numerous time, once calling the now King of Rock & Roll a "Fine, fine boy." Sullivan introduced the Beatles to American television and had all the most popular British Invasion groups on at least once: The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, Freddie & The Dreamers, Petula Clark (although she was not really a rock and roll singer) among others. Ed Sullivan even gave obscure rock bands a spot, if one can remember such less than top ten hits as "Black Slacks" by The Sparkletones. Truth known, it was The Ed Sullivan Show sponsors who wanted the rock and roll acts featured. The reason, of course, the teen to thirty demographics.

Oft appearing Catarina Valente, Rise Stevens, Alan King, The Four Aces et al appealed to the Lawrence Welk crowd (30+). Topogigo the Mouse and dancing bears were for the kiddies. Some artists, such as The Platters and Rodney Dangerfield cross-appealed to young and old. But Madison Avenue wanted assurance young adults were glued to Sullivan's Sunday Night variety show. And so, Ed's talent bookers went after top ten rock and roll acts. Truth be known, Ed was not exactly thrilled and stated so in his newspaper column.

The week after defending Elvis against the backlash of daddys' vulgar pelvis protests, Ed, on the air, called rock and roll "rubbish" when introducing Robert Goulet: "And now, ladies and gentleman, to bring us away from the rubbish of rock and roll, here now on our stage, Robert Goulet."

Clearly, the celebrated presentation of rock stars on The Ed Sullivan Show was about advertisers and money, not Ed Sullivan's personal likes. He did, however, like Elvis' remakes of such old 40's crooner tunes like "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" "Can't Help Falling In Love With You," and "Love Me Tender," the movie theme to the tune of "Aura Lee." But The Beatles and Stones (and probably The Sparkletones) music would not be found on Ed Sullivan's home phonograph (for you teens, that's a record player, vinyl).

What was it like to watch television in the 1950's? The most asked question on search engines by college students which brings them here to Oldies Television.


The Evolution Of Television & Recording.

A CRT Is Born In 1923, the iconoscope, a crude but functional form of the CRT Cathode Ray ("Picture") Tube, laid the path for today's big screens and digital pictures. (There was also the mechanical scanner patented in the same year). By the mid 1930's, experimental TV stations operated as the "red" and "blue"network, which blossomed into Du Mont (named after Allen B. Du Mont), CBS, NBC and later ABC. Our Oldies Television Trivia Quiz has historic information about videotech pioneers Vladimir Zworkyn and Philo Farnsworth.

Once Upon A Time, In The Beginning....
...When programs were frequently interrupted by a "Please Stand By-Technical Difficulties" sign,
...When TV stations didn't go on the air until 5PM and went off the air at midnight
...When there was 20+ hot vacuum tubes the size of a ketchup bottle inside the TV that too often burned out
...When a white dot stayed in the center of the picture tube for minutes after the TV was turned off
...When TV sets had focus, horizontal hold, vertical hold and rotary channel selector knobs
...When pseudo-color TV was simulated by placing a tri-tinted plastic sheet over the screen
...When "instant on" tube TV sets caught fire and had to be recalled.

mid 1950's portable TV'>
<img src = circa 1950'a electronic vacuum tubes

Earliest television receivers ("TV sets" as then called) used vacuum tubes and the cathode ray ("picture") tubes were round, Cabinet front screen cutout bezels were usually squared, cutting off top and bottom of the transmitted picture (studio camera operators sometimes, not always, compensated). Eventually, RCA developed the square picture tubes and the NTSC picture ratio standard was set into place. Picture screen sizes began with 10" diagonal, then edged up to 21" by the early 60's. Console TV's boasted large 12" speakers and television-radio (FM/AM)-phonograph (record players, usually automatic changers), average price tag $500, were very popular. There are interesting facts about Vladimir Zworkyn and Philo Farnsworth, the pioneers of television in our trivia quiz.

What was the DuMont Television Network (the "forgotten network")? For the fascinating history of the innovations and downfalls of The DuMont Television Network and it's founder, click here.

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