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    Danger

    Danger

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    CBS (ended 1955)
    Danger was live half-hour dramatic anthology on CBS-TV. The series, with stories focused on characters in peril facing psychological suspense and often murder, was highly regarded for the quality of its stories and productions. Yul Brynner, CBS-TV staff director, headed the directing at the beginning; he brought in friend Sidney Lumet as his assistant director. When Brynner departed after landing the lead in The King and I, Lumet took over and directed some 150 live episodes of the series. Another later-famous film director, John Frankenheimer, took over later when Lumet finally moved to other series. The series employed a number of writers who were "blacklisted" (Walter Bernstein and Abraham Polonsky) who used phony pen names to hide their identities. The initial producer, Martin Ritt, was sacked in 1952 when he became "blacklisted".moreless
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    Candid Camera

    Candid Camera

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    ABC (ended 2004)
    Allen Funt got wise to the power of comedic humiliation in the Army. He was known to secretly tape record his fellow servicemen's complaints about the state of things and then broadcast the recordings on the Armed Forces Radio. Stunts like those led to his national radio show, called Candid Microphone, which debuted in 1948 and peppered radio waves time and again for thirty years. That radio show led to a TV show that after over 50 years continues on the PAX network, hosted by Peter Funt (Allen's son) and co-hosted by Dina Eastwood (wife of Clint Eastwood). -The first "reality" show. -The longest-running comedy show on TV. -The current version of the theme song (beginning in Nov. 1999) is sung by Little Richard. Broadcast History Armed Forces Radio / ABC-Radio - 1947 "Candid Microphone" ABC-TV - Aug. 1948, Sun. 8:00 – Oct. 1948, Wed. 8:30 – Nov. 1948, Fri. 8:00 NBC - May 1949, Sun. 7:30 (name changed to Candid Camera) July 1949, Thu. 9:00 CBS - Sept. 1949–Sept. 1950, Mon. 9:00 ABC - Aug. 1951 - May '52 NBC - June 1953, Tue. 9:30 – Aug. 1953, Wed. 10:00 CBS - 1959–1960 (a segment within The Garry Moore Show) CBS - Oct. 1960–Sept. 1967, Sun. 10:00 syndicated - 1974–'78 CBS - May 1990, Fri. 8:30 - Aug. '90 syndicated - 1991–'92 CBS - Feb. 1997, Fri. 8:30 – Jan. 2000, Sat. 8:30 – June 2000, Fri. 8:30 PAX - Jan. 2001, Sun. 7:00 (now 60 min.) June 2001, Wed. 8:00 – Jan. 2003, Sat. 8:00 – Oct. 2003, Sun. 7:00 – Jan. 2004, Sun. 6:00moreless
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    The Goldbergs

    The Goldbergs

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    CBS (ended 1953)
    "Yoo-hoo,Mrs. Bloom" calls each of us to the intimate daily gossip of this warm ethnic family comedy. Gertrude Berg starred in the show and won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of "Molly" the Jewish Mother who cared a lot about everyone.moreless
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    Laramie

    Laramie

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    NBC (ended 1963)
    Welcome to the Laramie guide at TV.com
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    Johnny Staccato

    Johnny Staccato

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    NBC (ended 1960)
    Jazz pianist Johnny Staccato supplements his meager musician's income by working as a private detective. The background for many of the episodes is his friend "Waldo's" jazz club in New York City's Greenwich Village, featuring performances by the Pete Candoli jazz combo which included Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, Red Norvo and Johnny Williams. The theme was composed by Elmer Bernstein.moreless
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    Make Room for Daddy

    Make Room for Daddy

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    ABC (ended 1964)
    Make Room for Daddy followed the misadventures in the lives of the Williams family. Danny Williams, a nightclub entertainer, (a character almost identical to that of Danny Thomas himself) tries to strike a balance between family life and the entertainment business. In the beginning the family consisted of his wife, Margaret (played by Jean Hagen,) his 11-year-old daughter, Terry (played by Sherry Jackson) and his 6-year-old son, Rusty (played by Rusty Hamer.) In 1956, however, Jean Hagen quit the show and Danny Thomas decided to continue on without her. Her character was written out as having herself died and Danny was now a widower. The next season (1956-1957) featured Danny dating various other women with plenty of input from the kids. Finally he proposed to Kathy O'Hara, a young nurse. The 5th season opened with Danny and Kathy returning from their honeymoon. Also joining the cast was Linda (played by Angela Cartwright,) Kathy's 5-year-old daughter by a previous marriage. In 1958, Sherry Jackson left the show and the character of Terry was temporarily written out of the show as being away at school. Terry returned, however, in 1959, this time played by actress Penny Parker. Terry spent the next season being courted by nightclub entertainer Pat Hannigan (played by Pat Harrington Jr.,) whom she eventually married. Her character then left the show for good in 1960. There were also many other regulars, including Danny's Uncle Tonoose (played by Hans Conried,) Danny's agents at various times (played by Horace McMahon, Jesse White & Sheldon Leonard) and many more. Annette Funicello also spent a season as a regular when she was cast as Gina Minelli, an Italian foreign exchange student. The title "Make Room for Daddy" was only used during the first four seasons, then it was changed to "The Danny Thomas Show". When it entered syndication, however, all the episodes ran under the "Make Room for Daddy" title. In 1970, the Williamses returned for "Make Room for Granddaddy" which ran one brief season. In 1957, the show switched networks from ABC to CBS. After the switch, the show finally got the ratings it deserved. Also of note, this show spawned a classic hit series; the episode 'Danny Meets Andy Griffith' was the pilot for "The Andy Griffith Show". Also, such guests as Bill Dana and Joey Bishop got their own shows after appearences on "The Danny Thomas Show." Bill Dana reprised his role from "The Steve Allen Show", and NBC gave him his own show "The Bill Dana Show" in 1963 and it lasted until 1965. Joey Bishop got "The Joey Bishop Show", which aired on NBC, then CBS. It lasted from 1961 to 1965. ABC Broadcast History September 29, 1953 - June 26, 1956...Tuesday 9:00-9:30PM October 1, 1956 - February 4, 1957...Monday 8:00-8:30PM February 14, 1957 - July 1, 1957...Thursday 9:00-9:30PM CBS Broadcast History October 7, 1957 - September 14, 1964....Monday 9:00-9:30PM Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) (The 1st 4 Seasons {1953-1957} are failed to raise ratings.) #2 1957-1958 Season #5 1958-1959 Season #4 1959-1960 Season #12 1960-1961 Season #8 1961-1962 Season #7 1962-1963 Season (Tied with "Ben Casey") #9 1963-1964 Seasonmoreless
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    Rocky Jones, Space Ranger

    Rocky Jones, Space Ranger

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    (ended 1954)
    Rocky Jones, Space Ranger follows the adventures of the crew of the Orbit Jet X-V2 as they bring law and justice to outer space. The captain of the Orbit Jet is Rocky Jones. He is assisted by Ranger-in-training Bobby, ship's navigator and resident damsel-in-distress Vena Ray, and the brilliant Professor Newton. Rocky Jones, Space Ranger was shot on film, unlike most of the other sci-fi programs of the era which were done live, including Captain Video, Tom Corbett and Space Patrol.moreless
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    The Laurel and Hardy Show

    The Laurel and Hardy Show

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    (ended 1954)
    The Laurel and Hardy Show is a series of short silent films which later led into talking short films and feature movies with the progression in sound technology. The show revolves around the duo getting into various situations that are often a bit unrealistic and silly. The main focus is on the two disagreeing so often that it got them into trouble on more than one occasion.moreless
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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1950)

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1950)

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    (ended 1955)
    Sherlock Holmes came to American television with this series filmed primarily in France for the U.S. market. The man behind it was American producer Sheldon Reynolds whose previous hit had been Foreign Intrigue. The series was filmed at the new Epinay-sur-Seine studios just outside of Paris where the main set, Holmes' apartment, was constructed, as well as Baker Street outside the building. Michael Weight was hired to design the famous flat after having done the Sherlock Holmes exhibit for the "Festival of Britain." Some generic outdoor scenes of Holmes and Watson coming and going were filmed at locations around London and woven into episodes as needed, generally as background visuals for Watson's narration. A fan of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Reynolds wanted his Holmes to be different from the well-known screen versions starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Reynolds' Holmes would be youthful and excited about solving crimes, not the all-knowing elder statesman of the movies. To play this character, Reynolds cast Ronald Howard, a 36-year-old actor born in London and raised in America. (He was the son of film actor Leslie Howard.) For Dr. John Watson, accomplished film and theater actor Howard Marion-Crawford was selected. His Dr. Watson was not the batty old bonehead who was of no help to anyone. Instead, Watson had a good sense of humor, actually had medical skills, enjoyed putting his fists to work when needed, and got a kick out of going undercover. This series enjoyed positive reviews from American media publications with plans to film a second season announced. Unfortunately, they never materialized.moreless
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    Hopalong Cassidy

    Hopalong Cassidy

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    NBC (ended 1954)
    The first significant Western to appear on network television was The Hopalong Cassidy Show, which began in 1949. It starred movie-cowboy legend William Boyd as Hopalong, a character he had played in sixty-six movies between 1935 and 1948. In the Hopalong Cassidy Show on television, Hoppy was still owner of the Bar 20 Ranch and had a sidekick, Red Connors, who was the perfect foil for Cassidy, who, unlike most cowboys heroes, dressed all in black and, with snow-white hair, cut quite a fugure atop his horse Topper. William Boyd died September 12, 1972; Edgar Buchanan died April 4, 1979.moreless
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    My Friend Flicka

    My Friend Flicka

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    CBS (ended 1957)
    Based on the 1943 movie of the same name, it told the story of a boy named Ken McLaughlin and his horse Flicka.
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    MLB World Series

    MLB World Series

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    FOX
    Major League Baseball's Championship Series. Each year the American League Champion and the National League Champion meet in a best-of-seven series. Since 2003, the League that wins the July All-Star Game is awarded home field advantage and hosts Games 1, 2, 6 and 7, the latter two if necessary. The first World Series was played in 1903. The first televised World Series was played in 1947, which is the point at which this guide begins.
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    The editor would like to gratefully acknowledge Baseball-Reference.com, from which much of the historical box score and play-by-play information is derived. Additional sources of information are Retrosheet.org, Baseball-Almanac.com, Yahoo! Sports, and The Sporting News' 2007 Complete Baseball Record Book, online edition. The complete rosters, including the players who did not play in any games, are largely from the reference book The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903-1989. This information could not be found anywhere on the else on the web. Information post-1989 was compiled from the Google News Archives.moreless
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    Black Saddle

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    NBC (ended 1960)
    Following the Civil War, Clay Culhane, an ex-gunfighter turned lawyer, still has one problem following him: U.S. Marshal Gib Scott, who doesn't quite believe that Clay has given up the gun for good. But Culhane tries to settle disputes with the law and not the pistol.moreless
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    NBA Finals

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    ABC
    It's every team's goal to be playing in June, when ABC airs every game of the NBA Finals, which always prove to be an exciting series.
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    Kukla, Fran and Ollie

    Kukla, Fran and Ollie

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    NBC (ended 1957)
    One of the first television puppet shows, originally designed for children, but soon watched by more adults than children. Burr Tillstrom created and performed all the characters, including Kukla, the leader of the troupe, and Ollie, a single-toothed dragon. Fran Allison was the usually the only human to appear onscreen. All shows in the 1950s were live and ad-libbed. The series returned in the 60s and 70s in taped formats.moreless
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    Ivor the Engine

    Ivor the Engine

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    BBC (ended 1982)
    Welcome to the Ivor the Engine guide at TV.com. "...Not very long ago, in the top left-hand corner of Wales, there was a railway. It wasn't a very long railway or a very important railway, but it was called The Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, and it was all there was. And in a shed, in a siding at the end of the railway, lives the Locomotive of the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, which was a long name for a little engine so his friends just called him Ivor..." ...And that was how it began, back in 1959: one of Oliver Postgate's most loved creations, Ivor the Engine. It was a series about the Welsh adventures of a little green railway engine and his many friends. But Ivor wasn't an ordinary steam engine. He pretty much wished he was a person and ended up doing things like singing in a choir and swimming in the sea! One season of six, 10 minute, Black and White films was made for and screened by Associated-Redefusion. These were told entirely by Postgate, showing how Ivor got his famous pipes and got to sing with the Grumbly and District Choral Society. There followed another two 13-episode seasons for Associated-Redefusion (also in black and white) in 1962 and 1963. These told the further adventures of Ivor, introducing the Dragons and Alice the Elephant. In 1975, Smallfilms got the rights to stories back and remade the previous two seasons, along with some new stories, in colour. These were screened by the BBC in two 20-episode seasons, between 1976 and 1982. Repeats of Ivor have recently been screened on Channel 4 and Nick Jr. Unfortunately the first six episodes are never shown, but were released on a video some years ago - this has now been deleted. The good news is a video containing all 40 colour episodes is available from Universal. This guide lists the first six black and white episodes and the two colour BBC seasons.moreless
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    Omnibus

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    CBS (ended 1961)
    Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts to original works by such playwrights as William Saroyan, interviews with celebrated people both inside and outside the arts, and featured performances by many of the most famous actors, singers and dancers of the day. Nov 1952-May 1953 CBS Sun 4:30-6:00 Oct 1953-Apr 1956 CBS Sun 5:00-6:30 Oct 1956-Mar 1957 ABC Sun 9:00-10:30 Oct 1957-May 1961 ABC Various airtimesmoreless
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    Bourbon Street Beat

    Bourbon Street Beat

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    ABC (ended 1960)
    Bourbon Street Beat was a crime drama very much in the same vein as 77 Sunset Strip, produced by Warner Brothers, running on ABC for 39 episodes during the 1959-60 television season.
    Chronicling the adventures of three private eyes solving crimes in the Big Easy, Bourbon Street Beat featured Richard Long as Rex Randolph, Andrew Duggan as Cal Calhoun, and Van Williams as Kenny Madison.
    Despite the show lasting only one season a couple of its characters would live on in other shows. Rex Randolph went to 77 Sunset Strip while Kenny Madison ended up on Surfside 6.moreless
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    The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

    The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

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    (ended 1958)
    The Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickok was a 1950s television series that paired U.S. Marshall William Hickok with "Jingles", his very large sidekick.
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    Broken Arrow

    Broken Arrow

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    ABC (ended 1958)
    Tom Jeffords is an army officer who was originally assigned the task of getting the mail safely through Apache territory in Arizona. He didn't fight the Indians, instead he made friends with them and especially Cochise.moreless
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