Television was still fairly new in the 1950s, but there were still plenty of famous TV shows in the 1950s. Many of the shows where based off radio programs. Even if you weren't around to see these shows first air, don't be surprised if you recognize more than one of these titles. Many of the shows from the 1950s have spanned from generations.
- "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (1952 to 1966). The show was about the real life Nelson family. It stared Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson (singer) with their sons David Nelson and Eric Nelson. This show is the first reality television show before the phrase was coined.
- "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955 to 1965). The show was aired in a variety of lengths but always showcased the work of Alfred Hitchcock who had been making movies for three decades before the show aired.
"Father Knows Best" (1954 to 1960). A comedy that showed the relationship between parents and their children. It was also full of sage wisdom from Jim Anderson (Robert Young).
"Texaco Star Theater" (1948 to 1956). Credited with giving host Milton Berle (his nickname was Mr. Television), "Texaco Star Theater" was a variety show that had a very successful run.
- "Denis the Menace" (1959 to 1963). The show stared Dennis Mitchell (Jay North) who was a young boy that always seemed to get into trouble. The show was based off the newspaper comic. "Denis the Menace" has lived on for generation afterward.
"Leave It to Beaver" (1957 to 1963). This show had had a similar formula as "Denis the Menace." It, too, stared a young boy, Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers). The Cleavers were the ideal suburban family. While this sort of perfection is frowned upon in modern TV, it was sought after in this era.
- "The Honeymooners" (1955 to 1956). The show was based on a sketch of the same name that ran from 1951 to 1955. It was created by Jackie Gleason and filmed before a live audience. It was number two in the ratings its first season but soon began to fall. The show was ended after 39 episodes.
"Dragnet" (1951 to 1959). The show was a detective drama based off a radio show. It was also later remade in the 1970s. Characterized as being one of the most realistic shows of its time, it gave viewers a feel for the work that policemen do.
"The Three Stooges" (1950s) "The Three Stooges" ran through out the 1950s and was based on the comedy that started in the 1930s. The actors changed throughout its run but the same slapstick routines stayed the same.
- "I Love Lucy" (1951 to 1957 and then as "The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show" from 1957 to 1960). This show is one of the most beloved comedies of all time. It was the touching and hilarious story of Cuban band leader, Ricky, and his American wife, Lucy, with her dreams of stardom.
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