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TV Shows & Series: Popular TV Shows/Series of 1954

TV shows/series in chronological context: 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1954th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 954th year of the 2nd millennium, the 54th year of the 20th century, and the 5th year of the 1950s decade. ()

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Lassie(1954-1973)

24min per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama
3.1/5 (with 15 votes)

Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, human and animal. The show was the creation of producer Robert Maxwell and animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax and was televised from September 12, 1954, to March 24, 1973. One of the longest-running series on television, the show chalked up seventeen seasons on CBS before entering first-run syndication for its final two seasons. Initially filmed in black and white, the show transitioned to color in 1965. The show's first ten seasons follow Lassie's adventures in a small farming community. Fictional eleven-year-old Jeff Miller, his mother, and his grandfather are Lassie's first human companions until seven-year-old Timmy Martin and his adoptive parents take over in the fourth season. When Lassie's exploits on the farm end in the eleventh season, she finds new adventures in the wilderness with a succession of United States Forest Service Rangers. After traveling without human leads for a year, Lassie finally settles at a children's home for her final two syndicated seasons. Lassie received critical favor at its debut and won two Emmy Awards in its first years. Stars Jan Clayton and June Lockhart were nominated for Emmys. Merchandise produced during the show's run included books, a Halloween costume, clothing, toys, and other items. Campbell's Soup, the show's lifelong sponsor, offered two premiums, and distributed thousands to fans. A multi-part episode was edited into the feature film Lassie's Great Adventure and released in August 1963. In 1989, the television series The New Lassie brought Lassie star Jon Provost back to television as Steve McCullough. Selected episodes have been released to DVD.

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color(1954-1990)

3.9/5 (with 6 votes)

Walt Disney Productions has produced an anthology television series under several different titles since 1954. The original version of the series premiered on ABC, Wednesday night, October 27, 1954. The same basic show has since appeared on several networks, with its latest revival debuting in 2012 on Disney Junior. The show is the second longest showing prime-time program on American television, behind its rival, Hallmark Hall of Fame. However, Hallmark Hall of Fame was a weekly program only during its first five seasons, while Disney remained a weekly program for more than forty years.

Father Knows Best(1954-1960)

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

Father Knows Best is an American radio and television comedy series

Directed by Peter Tewksbury - With Robert Young

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin(1954-1959)

30min per episode | Western, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin is an American children's television program. Beginning in October 1954 until May 1959, 166 episodes originally aired on ABC television network. It starred child actor Lee Aaker as Rusty, a boy orphaned in an Indian raid, who was being raised by the soldiers at a US Cavalry post known as Fort Apache. He and his German shepherd dog, Rin Tin Tin, helped the soldiers to establish order in the American West. Texas-born actor James Brown appeared as Lieutenant Ripley "Rip" Masters. Co-stars included veteran actor Joe Sawyer and actor Rand Brooks from Gone with the Wind fame.

With Lee Aaker, James Brown, Joe Sawyer, Rand Brooks

Sherlock Holmes(1954-1955)

25min per episode | Mystery, Drama
3.7/5 (with 3 votes)

The first American television series of Sherlock Holmes adventures aired in syndication in the fall of 1954. The 39 half-hour mostly original stories were produced by Sheldon Reynolds and filmed in France by Guild Films, starring Ronald Howard as Holmes and Howard Marion Crawford as Watson. Archie Duncan appeared in many episodes as Inspector Lestrade. Richard Larke, billed as Kenneth Richards, played Sgt. Wilkins in about fifteen episodes. The series' associate producer, Nicole Milinaire, was one of the first women to attain a senior production role in a television series.

Medic(1954-1956)

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

Medic is an American medical drama that aired on NBC beginning in 1954. Medic was television's first doctor drama to focus attention on medical procedures. Created by its principal writer James E. Moser, Medic tried to create realism which would typify medical shows from then on. Moser had previously written for the radio shows Dragnet and Dr. Kildare. He went on to write the television series Ben Casey.

Directed by John Brahm, Ted Post, Worthington Miner - With Richard Boone

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger(1954)

2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger was a syndicated science fiction television serial originally broadcast in 1954. The show lasted for only two seasons and, though syndicated sporadically, dropped into obscurity. Because it was recorded on film rather than being broadcast live as were most other TV space operas of the day, it has survived in reasonably good condition. The film format also allowed more elaborate special effects and sets, exterior scenes, and much better continuity.

Directed by Hollingsworth Morse - With Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield

Zoo Quest(1954-1963)

30min per episode | Documentary
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Documentary series starring David Attenborough who follows zoo keepers on a quest to find different animals to be added to the zoo. David Attenborough and a team from London Zoo travel in search of exotic animals. Their aim is to capture them and bring them back to the UK for exhibit in the zoo.

The Donald O'Connor Show(1954-1955)

25min per episode | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The Donald O'Connor Show is an American musical situation comedy television series starring singer/dancer Donald O'Connor. It appeared on NBC from October 9, 1954, to September 10, 1955, alternating on the Saturday evening schedule with The Jimmy Durante Show; both were sponsored by Texaco.

Directed by Donald O'Connor

Face the Nation(1954-2012)

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

Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer is an American Sunday morning political interview show, which premiered on the CBS television network. It is one of the longest-running news programs in the history of television, having debuted in 1954.

Captain Midnight(1954-1956)

30min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Captain Midnight is an American televisions series that aired on CBS from September 9, 1954 to January 21, 1956. The series stars Richard Webb as Captain Midnight.

Climax!(1954-1958)

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

Climax! is an American anthology series that aired on CBS from 1954 to 1958. The series was hosted by William Lundigan and later co-hosted by Mary Costa. It was one of the few CBS programs of that era to be broadcast in color. Many of the episodes were performed and broadcast live.

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December Bride(1954-1959)

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

December Bride is an American sitcom that aired on the CBS television network from 1954 to 1959, adapted from the original CBS radio network series that aired from June 1952 through September 1953.

Tonight Starring Steve Allen(1954-1957)

1h 40min per episode | Talk-Show
4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Tonight Starring Steve Allen is a talk show hosted by Steve Allen. It was the first version of what eventually became known as The Tonight Show. Tonight was the first late-night talk show, as well as the first late night television series of any time to achieve long-term success. Allen's run as host of the show lasted for two and a half seasons, beginning in fall 1954 and ending with Allen's dismissal in January 1957. During its run it originated from the Hudson Theatre in New York City.

The Betty White Show(1954)

30min per episode | Talk-Show

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The Halls of Ivy(1954-1955)

30min per episode | Comedy

The Halls of Ivy is an NBC radio sitcom that ran from 1950-1952. It was created by Fibber McGee & Molly co-creator/writer Don Quinn before being adapted into a CBS television comedy produced by ITC Entertainment and Television Programs of America. British husband-and-wife actors Ronald Colman and Benita Hume starred in both versions of the show. Quinn developed the show after he had decided to leave Fibber McGee & Molly in the hands of his protégé Phil Leslie. The Halls of Ivy's audition program featured radio veteran Gale Gordon and Edna Best in the roles that ultimately went to the Colmans, who demonstrated a flair for radio comedy during the late 1940s recurring roles on The Jack Benny Program.

Justice(1954-1956)

30min per episode | Drama

Justice is an NBC half-hour drama television series about attorneys of the Legal Aid Society of New York, which aired from April 8, 1954 to March 25, 1956. In the 1954-1955 season, Justice starred Dane Clark as Richard Adams and Gary Merrill as Jason Tyler. In the 1955-1956 season, William Prince replaced Clark in the role of Richard Adams. Westbrook Van Voorhis was the series narrator.

Time Will Tell(1954)

30min per episode

Time Will Tell is an early American game show which aired on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network Fridays at 10:30pm ET from August 27 to October 15, 1954. The show's host, Ernie Kovacs, would go on to host many other shows on both DuMont, ABC, and NBC. Game play involved three contestants answering questions in 90-second rounds, timed with a large hourglass. The program, produced and distributed by the network, aired on most DuMont affiliates on Fridays at 10:30 pm Eastern Time, replacing Gamble on Love which was also hosted by Kovacs in the same time slot. After Time Will Tell ended, DuMont replaced the series with local programming. For DuMont, Kovacs also hosted the panel show One Minute Please and the late-night talk show The Ernie Kovacs Show.

Woman With A Past(1954)

15min per episode | Soap / Telenovela

- No description / details available yet. -

BBC Sunday-Night Theatre(1954)

Series of television plays performed live.

NBA on NBC(1954)

2h 30min per episode

NBA on NBC is the former weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on the National Broadcasting Company television network from 1955 to 1962, and again from 1990 to 2002. The NBA on NBC succeeded the NBA on CBS. During NBC's partnership with the NBA in the 1990s, the league rose to unprecedented popularity for the sport, with ratings surpassing the days of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in the mid-eighties.

Running Wild(1954)

30min per episode | Comedy

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by Ernest Maxin - With Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise

The Best of Broadway(1954-1955)

1h per episode | Comedy, Drama

The Best of Broadway is a 60-minute television anthology series telecast live on CBS from 1954 to 1955 for a total of 9 episodes.

Directed by David Alexander

The World of Mr. Sweeney(1954)

15min per episode | Comedy

The World of Mr. Sweeney is an American sitcom that aired on NBC in primetime and daytime. The series first aired live in primetime from June 30, 1954 to August 20, 1954, four nights a week from Tuesday to Friday, and from October 1954 to December 1955 five days a week in daytime. A total of 345 episodes were produced. The series began as a segment on The Kate Smith Evening Hour.

Flash Gordon(1954-1955)

25min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy

Flash Gordon is a science fiction television series based on the characters of the Alex Raymond-created comic strip of the same name. Diverging from the storyline of the comics, the series set Flash, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov in the year 3203. As agents of the Galactic Bureau of Investigation, the team travels the galaxy in their ship the Sky Flash, battling cosmic villains under the order of Commander Paul Richards. The series was filmed in West Berlin and Marseille as a West German, French and American co-production by Intercontinental Television Films and Telediffusion. The series aired in syndication throughout most of the U.S. but also aired on the east coast on the DuMont Television Network. The series proved popular with American audiences and critical response, though sparse, was positive. Flash Gordon has garnered little modern critical attention. What little there is generally dismisses the series, although there has been some critical thought devoted to its presentation of Cold War and capitalist themes.

The Lineup(1954-1959)

1h per episode | Crime, Drama

The Lineup is an American police drama which aired on CBS radio from 1950 to 1953 and on CBS television from 1954 to 1960. Syndicated reruns of the series were broadcast under the title San Francisco Beat.

War in the Air(1954-1955)

30min per episode | Documentary

Interesting fifteen episode miniseries broadcast weekly by BBC in 1954-1955. It covers different aspects of the air war during World War II. It also briefly contextualises the development of aircraft immediately before and after the war.

The Jimmy Durante Show(1954-1956)

30min per episode | Comedy

The Jimmy Durante Show is a 51-episode half-hour comedy/variety television program presented live on NBC from October 2, 1954 to June 23, 1956.

Directed by Sheldon Leonard

Max Liebman Presents(1954-1956)

1h 30min per episode

Max Liebman Presents, is an American television anthology series. A total of 28 episodes aired from 9/12/1954 to 6/9/1956 on the National Broadcasting Company.

The Secret Storm(1954-1974)

30min per episode | Soap / Telenovela

The Secret Storm is a soap opera which ran on CBS from February 1, 1954 to February 8, 1974. The series was created by Roy Winsor, who also created the long-running soap operas Search for Tomorrow and Love of Life. Gloria Monty of General Hospital fame was a longtime director of the series. Like most CBS Soap Operas of the time such as The Guiding Light and As the World Turns The Secret Storm was filmed, and later taped, in New York at the CBS Broadcast Center on West 52 Street.

With Peter Hobbs, Jada Rowland, Marla Adams
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