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1. Voice of Firestone Televues (1943–1947)

15 min

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Documentary films on diverse subjects.

2. You Are an Artist (1946–1950)

15 min

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Jon Gnagy was a young artist who completed drawings on stage while describing his techniques.

Stars: Jon Gnagy, Ben Grauer, Warren Hull

3. Americana (1947–1949)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

3.0
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Sponsored by the makers of the Encyclopedia Americana, this quiz show featured questions on obscure bits of American folklore and history that had been sent in by home viewers. Originally, ... See full summary »

Stars: John Mason Brown, Vivian Ferrer, Dick Dudley, Hugh James

Votes: 8

4. Birthday Party (1947–1949)

30 min | Family

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Stars: Ted Brown, Aunt Grace, Bill Slater

5. The Borden Show (1947– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Charles Avery, John Baragrey, Doris Belack

6. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Ed Herlihy, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 117

7. Party Line (1947– )

30 min

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Star: Bert Parks

8. Public Prosecutor (1947–1951)

20 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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A film noir drama-dey cop & crime show, Public Prosecutor was created for one major networks but they gave up on the series and another early TV network called DuMont picked it up.

Stars: John Howard, Anne Gwynne, Walter Sande, John Harmon

Votes: 7

9. Actor's Studio (1948–1950)

30 min | Drama

7.2
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Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one of the first dramatic series television to attract top-name actors and actresses. ... See full summary »

Stars: Marc Connelly, George Keane, Don Hanmer, Nancy Franklin

Votes: 52

10. The Adventures of Oky Doky (1948–1949)

30 min | Family, Comedy, Fantasy

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Oky Doky, a large cowboy puppet, got to star in his own show after appearing on several other children's variety programs. Oky ran a dude ranch where children would come to play games, ... See full summary »

Stars: Wendy Barrie, Burt Hilber, Pat Barnard, Dayton Allen

11. The Alan Dale Show (1948–1951)

30 min | Music

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Highlighting the talents of one of the premier singers of the day, this musical and variety show provided viewers with a new musical treat each episode. Set inside a record shop supposedly ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Dale, Janie Ford

12. America Song (1948–1949)

15 min | Music

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America has produced a wide variety of folk music and dance, raging from the fishing songs of the east coast to the cowboy ballads of the old west, and this show presented viewers with a ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Arnold, Nellie Fisher, Ray Harrison

13. America Speaks (1948– )

15 min

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Held during the Dewey-Truman election campaign of 1948 and hosted by well-known pollster George Gallup, this program kept American TV viewers updated on the state of the campaign by ... See full summary »

Star: George Gallup

14. America's Town Meeting (1948–1952)

60 min | Talk-Show

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Long-running as a radio program, this debate show made its television debut in 1948. The format was fairly simple: prominent persons, including politicians, writers, scientists and other ... See full summary »

Stars: John Daly, George V. Denny Jr.

15. The Arrow Show (1948–1949)

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Comedy bits from a cast of regulars and guest stars filled this half hour, which was emceed by Phil Silvers for all but a month of its one-season run. In April 1949, Hank Ladd took over as host.

Stars: Herbert Coleman, Len Hale, Jerry Hausner, Harry Salter

16. Talent Scouts (1948–1958)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

6.4
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A popular radio personality in the 1940's brought his variety talent contest show to television that continued into the 1950's.

Stars: Arthur Godfrey, George Bryan, Archie Bleyer, Bob Crosby

Votes: 12

17. At Liberty Club (1948– )

30 min | Music

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Star: Jacqueline Turner

18. Author Meets the Critics (1947–1954)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

4.0
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A panel show in which two critics debated a recently-published book; one critic would assail it, the other would praise it. Later in the program, the author would be given the chance to ... See full summary »

Stars: John Barkham, Ray Brock, H.V. Kaltenborn, Quentin Reynolds

Votes: 5

19. Barney Blake, Police Reporter (1948– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

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Stars: Gene O'Donnell, Judy Parrish

20. The Bigelow Show (1948–1949)

30 min | Music

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Stars: Peg Marshall and the Holidays, Billy Rose, Paul Winchell, Joseph Dunninger

21. Break the $250,000 Bank (1948–1957)

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

6.8
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Stars: Bert Parks, Ethel Waters, Abbe Lane, Bud Collyer

Votes: 5

22. Candid Camera (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Reality-TV

7.2
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Unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions, while their reactions are recorded on a hidden camera.

Stars: Allen Funt, John Garfield

Votes: 114

23. Captain Billy's Mississippi Music Hall (1948– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Johnny Downs, Ralph Dumke, Juanita Hall, Bibi Osterwald

24. The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1948–1950)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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This was an anthology series which aired live. It often featured adaptations of one-act stage plays.

Stars: Guy Kibbee, Faye Emerson, John Conte, Vicki Cummings

Votes: 24

25. The Fashion Story (1948–1949)

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Dennis Bohan, Patsy Davis, Marilyn Day, Hayes Gordon

26. The Growing Paynes (1948–1949)

30 min | Family, Comedy

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Mr.Paynes son falls in love.

Stars: John Harvey, Judy Parrish, Ed Holmes, David Anderson

27. Hollywood Screen Test (1948–1953)

30 min | Family

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Stars: Neil Hamilton, Tom Drake, Margo, Hurd Hatfield

28. Kobb's Corner (1948–1949)

30 min

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Stars: Jan Bart, Bob Fosse, Mary Ann Niles, Hope Emerson

29. The Milton Berle Show (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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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

30. The Morey Amsterdam Show (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.8
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The show had two venues. In December 1948 to March 1949, Morey Amsterdam was the emcee at a small fictional nightclub in New York City's Times Square. Charlie the Doorman (later Newton the ... See full summary »

Stars: Morey Amsterdam, Art Carney, Johnny Guarnieri, Don Russell

Votes: 24

31. Movieland Quiz (1948– )

30 min | Game-Show

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Stars: Arthur Q. Bryan, Ralph Dumke, Patricia Bright

32. Museum of Science and Industry (1948– )

30 min

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A short film produced just following the second world war giving a guided tour of this famous museum. In it, we see the many ways in which science, particularly engineering and chemistry, ... See full summary »

33. Okay, Mother (1948–1951)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

5.1
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A daytime audience-participation and variety series.

Stars: Dennis James, Selena Royle, Tom Drake, Gypsy Rose Lee

Votes: 14

34. On the Corner (1948– )

30 min | Talk-Show

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Henry Morgan would thumb through copies of the trade newspaper "Variety" turning up the names of the guests, usually little-known nightclub performers and offer comments on the show's ... See full summary »

Star: Henry Morgan

35. Paris Cavalcade of Fashions (1948–1949)

15 min

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Stars: Faye Emerson, Julie Gibson

36. Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948–1967)

60 min | Music

7.4
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Perry Como was an American Singer, who got his start on NBC Radio. In 1948, Because of his popularity, The cameras were simply brought into the radio studio to televise the radio broadcast ... See full summary »

Stars: Perry Como, Mitchell Ayres Orchestra, The Ray Charles Singers, Mitchell Ayres

Votes: 69

37. Repertory Theatre (1948–1956)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, et cetera during its eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Lytell, Jay Jackson, Bob Stanton, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 69

38. Picture This (1948–1949)

10 min | Family

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Guest cartoonists draw sketches to accompany jokes or stories.

Star: Wendy Barrie

39. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brinson, Paul Branson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 184

40. The Swift Show (1948– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Live music and light comedy featuring singer Lanny Ross. For the first 5 months, a quiz segment was included where contestants attempted to determine names, places and events from a series ... See full summary »

Stars: Lanny Ross, Fred Barry, Milton Berle, Delage

41. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.8
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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: 1,030

42. U.N. Casebook (1948–1949)

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Documentary about the functions and activities of the United Nations. Dr. Lyman Bryson was the CBS Counsellor on Public Affairs.

Stars: Lyman Bryson, Quincy Howe

43. Variety (1948– )

30 min

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The show featured a number of specials ranging from music and comedy to plays, e.g., Gilbert & Sullivan.

Stars: Kristine Miller, Cesar Romero

44. Village Barn (1948–1949)

Music

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Live show featuring country music and comedy.

Stars: Bob Haymes, Romolo De Spirito, Dick Thomas

45. We, the People (1948–1952)

30 min | Talk-Show

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The host interviewed entertainers, politicians and average Americans to discuss important events in their lives.

Stars: The Oscar Bradley Orchestra, Lee Vines, Dan Seymour, Dwight Weist

46. Welcome Aboard (1948–1949)

30 min | Comedy, Music

4.8
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Live variety show with a nautical theme featuring top-name singers and comedians.

Stars: Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Phil Silvers

Votes: 5

47. What's It Worth (1948–1949)

30 min

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The audience submitted objects of art or antiquest to Sigmund Rothschild for appraisal.

Stars: Sigmund Rothschild, Gil Fates

48. You're Invited (1948– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

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This variety show featured a house-party motif. The Emcee greeted the audience and invited them into his "house" to see the various entertainers on the show that night.

Star: Romo Vincent

49. Young Broadway (1948–1949)

20 min | Musical

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Young performers got their start on this live musical program built around a current play on Broadway.

50. ABC Barn Dance (1949– )

30 min | Music

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One of the eariest prime-time television programs, this show originally started as the radio program "National Barn Dance," which began broadcasting all the way back in 1924. Hosted by ... See full summary »

Stars: Hal O'Halloran, Jack Stillwell


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