TV Series (Sorted by Date of Your Rating Ascending)



51. ABC Television Players (1949– )

30 min | Drama

4.0
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Prodced during the earliest days of television, this program was essentially a series of short stage plays performed in front of a camera. Filmed in Chicago and starring little-known local ... See full summary »

Star: Donald Gallaher

Votes: 5

52. Action Autographs (1949– )

15 min | Comedy, Family

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A series of fifteen-minute films sponsored by Bell & Howell Cameras to demonstrate to viewers the power of film to bring people into places and situations they would never have seen before.... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Brand, Ed Prentiss

53. The Admiral Broadway Revue (1949– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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A comedy/variety show featuring the early performances of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Marge Champion, Gower Champion

Votes: 9

54. Adventures in Jazz (1949– )

30 min | Music

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Hosted by well-known disc-jockey Fred Robbins (and later Bill Williams), this show gave viewers a glimpse into the world of jazz. Showcasing the talents of some of the premier musicians and... See full summary »

Stars: Will Bradley, Fred Robbins, William B. Williams, Bobby Sherwood

55. The Al Morgan Show (1949–1951)

30 min | Family, Music

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Pianist-songwriter Al Morgan offered a half-hour of music.

Stars: Al Morgan, Billy Chandler, Lenny Collyer

56. The Aldrich Family (1949–1953)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.1
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Based on a popular radio show, this middle-class-American-family comedy is built around the life of the Aldrich family of Elm Street, Centerville and particularly focuses on the adventures ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Barry, Charita Bauer, Nancy Carroll, Robert Casey

Votes: 21

57. Alice Pearce (1949– )

15 min | Comedy, Music

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Hosted by by noted comedienne Alice Pearce in the earliest days of the ABC network, this program offered viewers a mix of humor and music, provided by Pearce and her pianist partner Mark ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Lawrence, Alice Pearce

58. The Amazing Polgar (1949– )

10 min

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Running just ten minutes on Friday evenings, this program, hosted by expert hypnotist Dr. (of psychology) Franz Polgar, looked into the mysterious world of the human mind, and gave viewers ... See full summary »

Star: Franz Polgar

59. American Minstrels of 1949 (1949– )

60 min | Music

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A prime example of days when television was seen more as an extansion of the live stage, the program was essentially a vaudeville show performed in front of the cameras. Among the various ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Carter, Pick Malone, Pat Padgett, Mary Small

60. And Everything Nice (1949–1950)

30 min

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Hosted by noted fashion figure Maxine Barrat, this program offered women around the country weekly tips on makeup and fashion for each new season, as well as updates on all the newest ... See full summary »

Star: Maxine Barrat

61. Armchair Detective (1949– )

Drama

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A kind of do-it-yourself mystery series, in which a pair of short, one-act plays was presented. In each, a crime was committed, investigated, and eventually solved, after which H. Allen ... See full summary »

Stars: H. Allen Smith, John Milton Kennedy, Harry Martin, Frederic Tozere

62. Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (1949–1959)

60 min | Music

6.1
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Arthur Godfrey and his Friends entertained the audience with many skits and Musical numbers. The show was live, and Godfrey often did away with the script and improvised. He refused to ... See full summary »

Stars: Arthur Godfrey, Tony Marvin, Roberta Sherwood, Jackie Gleason

Votes: 19

63. Auction-Aire (1949–1950)

30 min

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Stars: Jack Gregson, Charlotte Randall, Durward Kirby, Kenny Williams

64. Backstage with Barry Wood (1949– )

15 min | Music

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Star: Barry Wood

65. Believe It or Not (1949–1950)

30 min | Drama, History

7.2
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The first season, beginning in March 1949, featured Robert L. Ripley sitting in a "living room" recounting tales of strange stories. Ripley died on 27 May and was replaced by Robert St. ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean Gillespie, Dan Morgan, John Stephen, Wesley Addy

Votes: 18

66. The Benny Rubin Show (1949– )

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Charlie Ford, Rex Maupin, Vinnie Monte, The Rex Maupin Orchestra

67. The Big Story (1949–1959)

30 min | Drama

7.4
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Based on a popular radio series, each show tells a different reporter's Big Story, a true story selected from newspapers across the United States. Comments from the actual reporter open and... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Sloane, Ernest Chappell, Ben Grauer, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 21

68. The Black Robe (1949– )

Drama

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Stars: John Green, Frank M. Thomas, George Brunner, Stephen Courtleigh

69. Your Big Moment (1949–1953)

30 min | Game-Show

4.2
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A short-lived prime-time matchmaking program in whih viewers who had written in search of a blind date could meet someone who met their specifications of a dream partner. Jan Murray ... See full summary »

Stars: Arlene Francis, Jan Murray, Ken Roberts, Ray Bloch

Votes: 5

70. Blues by Bargy (1949–1950)

15 min | Music

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Star: Jean Bargy

71. Bowling Headliners (1949– )

30 min | Sport

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Stars: Al Cirillo, Jimmy Powers, Joe Hasel

72. Cactus Jim (1949– )

30 min

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Stars: William Bailey, Clarence Hartzell

73. Capitol Cloak Room (1949–1950)

30 min

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Stars: Griffing Bancroft, Eric Sevareid, Bill Shadel

74. Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949–1955)

TV-Y | 30 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

7.5
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"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers, preserves the peace in the far-off ... See full summary »

Stars: Don Hastings, Al Hodge, Ben Lackland, Hal Conklin

Votes: 78

75. Cavalcade of Stars (1949–1952)

60 min | Family, Comedy, Music

8.0
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An hour of live variety, in the classic sense of television's Golden Age.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Jack Carter, The June Taylor Dancers, Art Carney

Votes: 37

76. Celebrity Time (II) (1948–1952)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

6.0
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Stars: Conrad Nagel, John Daly, Ilka Chase, Herman Hickman

Votes: 5

77. The Cliff Edwards Show (1949– )

15 min | Music

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Star: Cliff Edwards

78. Colgate Theatre (1949–1950)

30 min | Drama

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Stars: Neva Patterson, Mary K. Wells, Norma Jane Marlow, William Post Jr.

79. A Couple of Joes (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Joe Bushkin, Mike Riley's Orchestra, Joe Rosenfield, Tom Shirley

80. Easy Aces (1949–1950)

15 min | Comedy, Family, Talk-Show

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This show was a longtime radio program that lasted six months on TV. It was basically a talk show with Goodman Ace the witty, intelligent husband and Jane Ace a charming ditz ala Gracie ... See full summary »

Stars: Goodman Ace, Jane Ace, Betty Garde

81. The Ed Wynn Show (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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The comedy on The Ed Wynn Show consisted mostly of old vaudeville schtick, with lots of corny jokes and silly sight gags. Each week, the show would end with Ed retiring to his bed, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Wynn, Bob Lamond, Buddy Ebsen, Hattie McDaniel

Votes: 32

82. The Fifty-Fourth Street Revue (1949–1950)

60 min | Music, Comedy

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Stars: Al Bernie, Russell Arms, Patricia Bright, Marilyn Day

83. Fireside Theatre (1949–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.2
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An anthology series which became the first successful filmed series on American television.

Stars: Gene Raymond, John Warburton, Nolan Leary, Dabbs Greer

Votes: 47

84. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.3
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The show started in New York with Broadway actors. It then moved to Hollywood where Hollywood actors headed the cast.

Stars: Philip Carey, Laraine Day, Willis Bouchey, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 127

85. The Front Page (1949–1950)

30 min | Drama, Comedy

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Newspaper comedy/drama based loosely on the 1928 stage play and its subsequent film adaptations.

Stars: John Daly, Mark Roberts, Richard Boone, Curt Conway

86. Front Row Center (1949–1950)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Western

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Stars: Barbara Ashley, Marilyn Cantor Baker, Artie Dan, Joan Fields

87. The Goldbergs (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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Comedy-drama about a Jewish-American family living in New York City.

Stars: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Arlene McQuade, Robert H. Harris

Votes: 138

88. Hold It Please (1949– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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Stars: Gil Fates, Cloris Leachman, Mort Marshall, William McGraw

89. Hollywood House (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Jim Backus, Gale Robbins, Dick Wesson, Joe Besser

90. Hopalong Cassidy (1952–1954)

60 min | Western

7.9
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Hopalong and his horse Topper catch bad guys with Red Connors for comic relief.

Stars: William Boyd, Edgar Buchanan, George Wallace, Rick Vallin

Votes: 247

91. Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Variety show featuring a "big name" star for that telecast. Featured on each telecast was songs, comedy sketches, dancers and lavish production numbers.

Stars: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Sheila Bond, Mary Wickes

92. Jack Leonard (1949– )

15 min

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A show of current songs.

Stars: Bob Curtis, Jack Leonard, Virginia Oswald

93. The Jacques Fray Music Room (1949– )

30 min | Music

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Jacques Fray was a pianist who played classical music and show tunes on this variety/talent show. Most of the show was dedicated to upcoming talent who were judged by two judges in the ... See full summary »

Stars: Jacques Fray, Aura, Bob Calder, Joan Francis

94. College of Musical Knowledge (1949– )

60 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

6.4
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Stars: Kay Kyser, Sue Bennett, M.A. Bogue, Mike Douglas

Votes: 7

95. Leave It to the Girls (1949–1954)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

4.5
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This show had originated on the radio in 1945 and was intended to be a serious discussion of male-female relationships. It soon degenerated into a show where women bashed men and this was ... See full summary »

Stars: Maggi McNellis, Peggy Ann Garner, Florence Pritchett, Eloise McElhone

Votes: 6

96. The Life of Riley (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Rosemary DeCamp, Lanny Rees, Sid Tomack

Votes: 77

97. Lights Out (1946–1952)

30 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.4
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Lights Out was an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Gallop, Jack La Rue, Mercer McLeod, Leslie Nielsen

Votes: 112

98. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Western

7.9
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The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

Stars: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart, Chuck Courtney

Votes: 1,764

99. Mama (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Drama

8.3
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This well-received series was a comedy-drama about an immigrant family living in 1910s San Francisco.

Stars: Peggy Wood, Judson Laire, Dick Van Patten, Rosemary Rice

Votes: 110

100. Man Against Crime (1949–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.5
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Mike Barnett is the title character, a bright and tough private detective in New York. This very violent show was broadcast live until 1952.

Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Nita Talbot, Henry Lascoe, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 61


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