Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Down TV Memory Lane

We had a TV back the lane on Neff Road and loved it. The 1950’s was a time of change for the television broadcasting industry. We began watching shows like Abbott and Costello and stretched to the later 50’s and shows like 77 Sunset Strip. I thought it might be fun for you to revisit that time and the shows that drew us to the living room for a new kind of entertainment. One that not only had sound, but also had a picture.

I fell in love with all of the Warner Brothers cowboys: Sugarfoot, Bronco Lane, Marverick, etc. I didn’t miss one episode. Alfred Hitchcock scared the bejeebers out of me. What’s My Line entertained. Adventures In Paradise lured me to an island far away. The Honeymooners gave me a rather warped glimpse of New Yorkers. I could go on and on. But now it’s your turn.

Take a stroll through the 50’s once more. You will smile, remember and, best of all, be sitting in front of that old TV once more reliving those wonder years. The asterisk marks the shows I watched.


20th Century Fox Hour
21 Beacon Street
26 Men
77 Sunset Strip*
77th Bengal Lancers
Abbott and Costello Show*
Adventures In Paradise*
Adventures Of Jim Bowie*
Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet*
Adventures Of Superman*
Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickok*
African Patrol
Air Power
Alcoa Hour
Alfred Hitchcock Presents*
Ann Sothern Show*
Annie Oakley
Appointment With Adventure
Armstrong Circle Theatre
Assignment Foreign Legion
Bachelor Father*
Bat Masterson *
Betty Hutton Show
Black Saddle
Boston Blackie
Bourbon Street Beat*
Brave Eagle
Broken Arrow*
Burns And Allen Show*
The Californians
Captain Midnight
Cavalcade Of America
Circus Boy
Cisco Kid
Code 3
Colgate Comedy Hour
Colt 45
Commando Cody
The Crusader
December Bride*
Dennis The Menace*
The Deputy
The Detectives
Donna Reed*
Ed Sullivan Show*
Father Knows Best*
Flash Gordon (1954)*
The Ford Show
Four Just Men
Four Star Playhouse
Frank Sinatra Show
Harbor Command
Harbour Master
Have Gun Will Travel*
Hawaiian Eye*
Hawkeye & the Mohicans
Hey, Jeannie
Honeymooners, The*
How to Marry a Millionaire
I Love Lucy*
I Married Joan
International Detective
Invisible Man, The (1958)
It's A Great Life
I've Got A Secret*
June Allyson Show*
Lassie *
Law of the Plainsman
Lawless Years
Leave It To Beaver*
Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp*
Life Of Riley (1953)*
Love That Bob
Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour*
M Squad
Make Room For Daddy*
Man And The Challenge
Man Behind The Badge
Man Called X
Many Loves of Dobie Gillis*
Medic, The
Meet Mr. McNutley
Men Into Space
Mickey Rooney Show, The
Millionaire, The*
Mr. Adams & Eve
Mr. Lucky*
My Friend Flicka*
My Little Margie*
Naked City
Not For Hire
Oh! Susanna*
One Step Beyond
Our Miss Brooks*
People's Choice, The
Perry Mason*
Peter Gunn*
Philip Marlowe
Private Secretary
Range Rider
Real McCoys*
Rebel, The*
Red Skelton Show*
Rescue 8
Rifleman, The*
Rin Tin Tin (1954)*
Robin Hood (1955)*
Rocky King, Inside Detective
Roy Rogers*
Science Fiction Theatre
Sea Hunt*
Sgt. Bilko*
Sir Lancelot*
Sky King*
Thin Man, The*
Third Man
This is Your Life*
Three Stooges
To Tell the Truth*
Tonight Show, The
Troubleshooters, The
Twilight Zone, The (1959)*
Untouchables, The (1959)*
Wagon Train*
Wanted: Dead Or Alive*
Western Marshall
White Hunter
Wonderful World of Disney*
Yancy Derringer*
You Asked For It
You Bet Your Life*
Your Show of Shows*
Zane Grey Theater*
Zorro (1957)*

Please share your comments and memories. I would love to hear from you.

1 comment:

Susan Adcox said...

I didn't watch much TV as a kid, but I never missed "Broken Arrow," the kind of sappy but idealistic show about an Indian agent "and his blood brother, Cochise." My sister was in love with Gardner McKay from "Adventures in Paradise." I was a horse lover, so I never missed "Fury" or "My Friend Flicka." When I was a teenager, I liked "Dobie Gillis." As a family, we occasionally watched "Red Skelton" and the quiz shows like "To Tell the Truth" and "I've Got a Secret." I have a feeling that if we watched some of these shows today, we would realize how truly bad some of them were. Others would still entertain and delight us.