Beulah

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ABC (ended 1952)

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Beulah (The Beulah Show) was an early situation comedy about an African-American housekeeper and cook who works for a family named the Hendersons. Begun on radio (CBS) in 1945, the TV version aired concurrently on ABC beginning in 1950.

The show was marked with some controversy. Though denounced by many African-American groups, its sponsors were not boycotted like those of Amos 'n Andy. Beulah was also known for several cast changes. After Ethel Waters left the title role, Hattie McDaniel (from the radio version) and Louise Beavers stepped in (McDaniel departed because of illness) before Beavers settled in for good as the final television Beulah. Some sources state that the six McDaniel episodes only ran in syndication. Practically every character role changed once or twice over the life of the show.

Despite the protests of stereotypes promoted in some of the program's writing, the character of Beulah herself was actually the wisest and most capable of the entire show - and the series remained the only one to star an African-American woman until Julia aired in 1968.moreless
Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters

Beulah (1950-1952)

Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel

Beulah (1952)

Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers

Beulah (1952-1953)

William Post Jr.

William Post Jr.

Harry Henderson (1950-1952)

David Bruce

David Bruce

Harry Henderson (1952-1953)

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