50's-60's Variety/Game Show You Are Most Ashamed You've Never Seen

by jalapenoman | created - 11 Jun 2016 | updated - 11 Jun 2016 | Public

Which popular television Variety or Game Show series from the 1950's or 1960's are you most ashamed to admit that you have never seen?

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1. The Howdy Doody Show (1947–1960)

TV-G | 30 min | Family

The first nationally televised American children's TV program and a prototype for what followed. Buffalo Bob Smith hosts while the puppet, Howdy Doody, stars.

Stars: Bob Smith, Robert Keeshan, Bill LeCornec, Lew Anderson

Votes: 174

2. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters

Votes: 1,034

3. The Milton Berle Show (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Milton Berle, Sid Stone, Jimmy Nelson, Hal Sawyer

Votes: 94

4. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 1,103

5. Your Show of Shows (I) (1950–1954)

90 min | Comedy

Live, original comedy originally featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Carl Reiner and Howard Morris joined the show later. Two of the great skits on the show were "The Hickenloopers", a ... See full summary »

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Felisa Vanoff, Carl Reiner

Votes: 260

6. You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation.

Stars: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman, Melinda Marx, Tuulikki Woods

Votes: 543

7. What's My Line? (1950–1967)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.

Stars: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen

Votes: 1,215

8. The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–1955)

60 min | Comedy, Romance

This was a Colgate-sponsored comedy hour that featured many notable comedians and entertainers of the era as guest stars.

Stars: Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Al Goodman, Eddie Cantor

Votes: 408

9. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved television clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags, and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

Votes: 926

10. I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen, Garry Moore, Betsy Palmer

Votes: 367

11. This Is Your Life (1952–1987)

30 min | Biography, Family, Reality-TV

Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ralph Edwards, Bob Warren, Jack Benny, Penny Singleton

Votes: 196

12. The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1958)

TV-G | 60 min | Family, Comedy, Drama

Mickey Mouse hosts a youth oriented variety show.

Stars: Jimmie Dodd, Tommy Cole, Eileen Diamond, Annette Funicello

Votes: 574

13. Captain Kangaroo (1955–1992)

TV-G | 60 min | Family

Daily children's program hosted by Captain Kangaroo (Robert Keeshan).

Stars: Robert Keeshan, Hugh Brannum, James E. Wall, Deborah Weems

Votes: 1,024

14. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Malcolm Atterbury

Votes: 243

15. Jeopardy! (1964–1975)

30 min | Game-Show

The classic game show with a twist; the answers are revealed, but it's up to the contestants to supply the questions. Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed. Six ... See full summary »

Stars: Art Fleming, Don Pardo, Mel Brooks, Abby Dalton

Votes: 613

16. The Hollywood Palace (1964–1970)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.

Stars: Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Hendra and Ullett

Votes: 182

17. The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

Dean Martin hosts, with several celebrities as guests. There are musical acts and comedy sketches that break down comedy, racial, and sexual barriers all at the same time.

Stars: Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise, Norm Crosby

Votes: 1,095

18. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 4,254

19. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 2,302

20. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1970)

60 min | Comedy

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, Peter Cullen

Votes: 1,125

22. The New Truth and Consequences (1950–1988)

30 min | Game-Show

Contestants must perform an embarrassing stunt if they fail to answer a question correctly.

Stars: Bob Barker, Vincent Price, Jack Bailey, Ralph Edwards

Votes: 68

23. Let's Make a Deal (1963–1977)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ... See full summary »

Stars: Monty Hall, Jay Stewart, Carol Merrill, Wendell Niles

Votes: 381

24. Queen for a Day (1956–1964)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

Four women, each with a sob story, vie to become "Queen for a Day."

Stars: Gene Baker, Jack Bailey, Marguerite Renish, Robert Renish

Votes: 67

25. Concentration (1958–1979)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show

Two contestants revealed pieces of a rebus-like puzzle by matching 15 pairs of cash amounts and prizes, then tried to solve it before the other.

Stars: Hugh Downs, Bob Clayton, Wayne Howell, Ed McMahon

Votes: 98



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