TV Shows & Series: Popular TV Shows/Series of 1950

TV shows/series in chronological context: 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1950th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 950th year of the 2nd millennium, the 50th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1950s decade. ()

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What's My Line?(1950-1967)

| 30min per episode | Kids & Family, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

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

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show(1950-1958)

| 30min per episode | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

Burns and Allen, an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen, worked together as a comedy team in vaudeville, films, radio and television and achieved great success over four decades.

The Jack Benny Program(1950-1965)

| 30min per episode | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 6 votes)

Laugh along with funnyman Jack Benny as he brings his underplayed humor to TV along with regular performers from his radio show days.

The Colgate Comedy Hour(1950-1955)

| 1h per episode | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

The Colgate Comedy Hour is an American comedy-musical variety series that aired live on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955. The show starred many notable comedians and entertainers of the era, including Eddie Cantor, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Fred Allen, Donald O'Connor, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, Ray Bolger, Gordon MacRae, Ben Blue, Robert Paige, Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Broadway dancer Wayne Lamb and Spike Jones and His City Slickers.

You Bet Your Life(1950-1961)

| 30min per episode | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

You Bet Your Life is an American quiz show that aired on both radio and television. The original and best-known version was hosted by Groucho Marx of the Marx Brothers, with announcer and assistant George Fenneman. The show debuted on ABC Radio in October 1947, then moved to CBS Radio in September 1949 before making the transition to NBC-TV in October 1950. Because of its simple format, it was possible to broadcast the show simultaneously on the radio and on television. In 1960, the show was renamed The Groucho Show and ran a further year. Most episodes are in the public domain. The play of the game, however, was secondary to the interplay between Groucho, the contestants, and occasionally Fenneman. The program was rerun into the 1970s, and later in syndication as The Best of Groucho. As such, it was the first game show to have its reruns syndicated.

The Cisco Kid(1950-1956)

30min per episode | Western
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

The Cisco Kid is a half-hour American Western television series starring Duncan Renaldo in the title role, The Cisco Kid, and Leo Carrillo as the jovial sidekick, Pancho. Cisco and Pancho were technically desperados, wanted for unspecified crimes, but instead viewed by the poor as Robin Hood figures who assisted the downtrodden when law enforcement officers proved corrupt or unwilling to help. It was also the first television series to be filmed in color, although few viewers saw it in color until the 1960s.

Lux Video Theatre(1950-1957)

1h per episode | Drama, Comedy
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

Lux Video Theatre is an American anthology series that was produced from 1950 until 1959. The series presented both comedy and drama in original teleplays, as well as abridged adaptations of films and plays.

The Gene Autry Show(1950-1955)

| 30min per episode | Western, Comedy
2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

The Gene Autry Show is an American western/cowboy television series which aired for 91 episodes on CBS from July 23, 1950 until August 7, 1956, originally sponsored by Wrigley's Doublemint chewing gum.

Robert Montgomery Presents(1950-1957)

1h per episode | Drama
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Robert Montgomery Presents is an American dramatic television series which was produced by NBC from January 30, 1950 until June 24, 1957. The live show had several sponsors during its seven-year run, and the title was altered to feature the sponsor, usually Lucky Strike cigarettes, for example, Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theater, ....The Johnson's Wax Program, and so on.

Directed by Vincent J. Donehue

Armstrong Circle Theatre(1950-1967)

1h per episode | Drama
1.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Armstrong Circle Theatre is an American anthology drama television series which ran from 1950 to 1957 on NBC, and then until 1963 on CBS. It alternated weekly with The U.S. Steel Hour.

Space Patrol(1950-1955)

30min per episode
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Space Patrol is a science fiction adventure series that was originally aimed at juvenile audiences of the early 1950s via television, radio, and comic books. However, it soon developed a sizable adult audience such that by 1954, the program consistently ranked in the top 10 shows broadcast on a Saturday.

With Ed Kemmer

Sunday Night Theatre(1950-)

1.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Sunday Night Theatre was a long-running series of televised live television plays screened by BBC Television from early 1950 until 1959. The productions for the first five years or so of the run were re-staged live the following Thursday, partly because of technical limitations in this era, and the theatrical basis of early television drama. Some of the earliest collaborations between Rudolph Cartier and Nigel Neale were produced for this series, including Arrow to the Heart and Nineteen Eighty-Four. The Sunday night drama slot was subsequently renamed The Sunday-Night Play which ran for four seasons between 1960 and 1963. ITV transmitted its own unrelated run of Sunday Night Theatre between 1971 and 1974.

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The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican(1950)

32min per episode | Animation, Kids & Family
0.8/5 (with 1 vote)

The Adventures of Paddy the Pelican is an animated miniseries that first aired on ABC (US) in 1950. The show is notorious for a variety of factors including its unprofessional voice acting, simplistic animation, and inconsistent appearances of the title character.

Directed by Sam Singer

The Gabby Hayes Show(1950-1956)

30min per episode | Western
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

The Gabby Hayes Show is a general purpose western television series in which the film star and Roy Rogers confidant, George "Gabby" Hayes, narrated each episode, showed clips from old westerns, or told tall tales for a primarily children's audience.

Beat the Clock(1950)

30min per episode | Reality-TV
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Beat the Clock is a game show hosted by Bud Collyer that ran on CBS from 1950 to 1958 and ABC from 1958 to 1961.

The Adventures of Ellery Queen(1950-)

30min per episode
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

The first TV adaptation of the adventures of super sleuth Ellery Queen, broadcast live from Hollywood. Queen was a mystery writer who assisted his father, a detective with the New York Police Department, in solving murders. Queen's methods were arcane and intellectual rather than action oriented, and he always astounded his father by arriving at a correction solution by purely deductive reasoning.

Treasury Men in Action(1950-1955)

30min per episode | Crime, Drama
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Treasury Men in Action is an American crime drama series broadcast live and which aired from 1950 through 1955 on ABC. The series stars Walter Greaza, Ross Martin, and Tom McKee. It was directed by William Beaudine, Leigh Jason, and Will Jason among others.

Directed by William Beaudine - With Walter Greaza


30min per episode | Drama
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Danger is an American anthology series which aired on CBS from September 19, 1950 to May 31, 1955.

The Stu Erwin Show(1950-1955)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The Stu Erwin Show is an American sitcom which aired on ABC for five seasons from 1950 to 1955.

Directed by Charles Barton - With Stuart Erwin

The Bob Hope Show(1950-)

4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The Bob Hope Show hosted by Bob Hope, debuted on April 9, 1950. During the 1952-1953 season, NBC rotated with other variety shows in a Sunday night block known as "The Colgate Comedy Hour" (Sept. 1950 to Dec. 1955). Also known as, "The Chevy Show with Bob Hope." When the first special debuted in October of 1950 it was the most expensive television program made up to that point - costing an astronomical $1,500 a minute to produce. Bob Hope had his own television show and radio show at the same time. For the next three seasons, The Bob Hope Show was broadcast once a month on Tuesday nights, giving Milton Berle a week off. Bob ended his radio show in April, 1956. Bob Hope also had another show by a similar name, "The Bob Hope Show (All Star Revue)". In addition, he performed in "Specials" for many years. It is the longest running variety program in television's history with a record of 45 years of televised entertainment.

Your Show of Shows(1950-1954)

1h 30min per episode | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Your Show of Shows was a live 90-minute variety show that was broadcast weekly in the United States on NBC, from February 25, 1950, until June 5, 1954, featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Other featured performers were Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Bill Hayes, Judy Johnson, The Hamilton Trio and the soprano Marguerite Piazza. José Ferrer made several guest appearances on the series. The series was telecast from the now-demolished International Theatre at 5 Columbus Circle and the Century Theater, now demolished, in New York. During 2002, Your Show of Shows was ranked #30 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

Sure As Fate(1950-1951)

| 1h per episode | Mystery, Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A 1950 anthology about people who find themselves `trapped' in various situations.

Directed by Yul Brynner

The Paul Winchell Show(1950)

30min per episode | Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The Paul Winchell Show, or The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show, was a variety program which aired on NBC prime time from 1950 to 1954, starring ventriloquist Paul Winchell and his dummy, Jerry Mahoney.

The Bigelow Theatre(1950-1951)

30min per episode | Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The Bigelow Theatre is an American anthology series originally broadcast on CBS Television and on the DuMont Television Network. This series is not to be confused with the similarly named The Bigelow Show, a musical variety program which aired on NBC and CBS in the late 1940s.

The Arthur Murray Party(1950-)

| 30min per episode | Reality-TV, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The Arthur Murray Party is an American television variety show which ran from July 1950 until September 1960. The show was hosted by famous dancers Arthur and Kathryn Murray, and was basically one long advertisement for their chain of dance studios. Each week the couple performed a mystery dance, and the viewer who correctly identified the dance would receive two free lessons at a local studio. The Arthur Murray Party is notable for being one of the few TV series—the others were Down You Go; The Ernie Kovacs Show; Pantomime Quiz; Tom Corbett, Space Cadet; and The Original Amateur Hour—broadcast on all four major commercial networks in the 1950s during the Golden Age of Television. It may, in fact, be the only series which had a run on all four networks at least twice.

Four Star Revue(1950)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Four Star Revue was an American variety show that aired on NBC from October 4, 1950 to December 26, 1953.

Truth or Consequences(1950-)

30min per episode
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Truth or Consequences is an American television show originally hosted on NBC radio by Ralph Edwards and later on television by Edwards, Jack Bailey, Bob Barker, Bob Hilton and Larry Anderson. The television show ran on CBS, NBC and also in syndication. The premise of the show was to mix the original quiz element of game shows with wacky stunts. The daily syndicated show was produced by Ralph Edwards Productions, in associated with and distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation and Lorimar-Telepictures.

Hawkins Falls, Population 6200(1950)

15min per episode | Soap / Telenovela, Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Hawkins Falls, Population 6200 is the first successful American television soap opera. Sponsored by Unilever's blue detergent, Surf, the program began as a one hour comedy-drama on June 17, 1950, and ran in prime time on the NBC network until October 12, 1950. On April 2, 1951, the series was moved to a fifteen-minute daytime slot, where it was retitled Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel, and developed into a soap opera format. Hawkins Falls ran until July 1, 1955, making it NBC's longest running soap opera until The Doctors exceeded it in 1967. The town of Hawkins Falls was patterned after the real-life town of Woodstock, Illinois.

With Bernardine Flynn

Crusader Rabbit(1950-)

5min per episode | Animation, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Crusader Rabbit is the first animated series produced specifically for television. The concept was test marketed in 1948, while the initial episode - Crusader vs. the State of Texas - aired on KNBH in Los Angeles, California on August 1, 1950.

The Beulah Show(1950-1952)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The Beulah Show is an American situation-comedy series that ran on CBS Radio from 1945 to 1954, and on ABC Television from 1950 to 1952. The show is notable for being the first sitcom to star an African American actress.

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