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Poll: Golden Age of Television

21st November is celebrated as the World Television Day. Let's celebrate it by remembering the golden age of television.

The period that ran roughly between 1948 and 1959 is referred to by many historians and scholars of the medium as the “Golden Age” of television.

Which of these do you think was the most impactful in the television history?

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Vote in polls about other TV eras: the 70s here and the 90s here.

Note: US TV Titles with a Minimum of 1,000 votes and an IMDb rating of 7.0 or above (except first title). The shows that started in or after 1959 are not considered.

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    The Milton Berle Show (1948)

    When Berle left the air in 1956, TV was in 70 percent of the American homes, increased from 2 percent when it debuted, and Berle had acquired the nickname “Mr. Television."
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    The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)

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    The Lone Ranger (1949)

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    I Love Lucy (1951)

    If Milton Berle’s The Texaco Star Theatre had been TV’s first big hit, I Love Lucy was the first bona fide blockbuster.
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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

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    The Magical World of Disney (1954)

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    The Honeymooners (1955)

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    The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950)

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    Gunsmoke (1955)

    It became, for the remainder of the century at least, the longest-running fictional series on American prime-time television.
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    Father Knows Best (1954)

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    Leave It to Beaver (1957)

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    Perry Mason (1957)

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    Adventures of Superman (1952)

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    What's My Line? (1950)

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    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952)

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    Captain Kangaroo (1955)

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    Zorro (1957)

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    The Abbott and Costello Show (1952)

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    The Little Rascals (1955)

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    Cheyenne (1955)

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    Have Gun - Will Travel (1957)

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    The Phil Silvers Show (1955)

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    The Jack Benny Program (1950)

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    Maverick (1957)

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    Dragnet (1951)

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    Wagon Train (1957)

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    The Woody Woodpecker Show (1940)

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    The Gumby Show (1956)

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    The Rifleman (1958)

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    Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)

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    The Donna Reed Show (1958)

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    77 Sunset Strip (1958)

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    Peter Gunn (1958)

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    Mister Ed (1961)

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    Sea Hunt (1958)

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