I was thinking way back to when we watched TV in the early 1950s, and one of the best shows was the “Honeymooners” I think what make it more believable was the fact that a lot of people identified with the show and the struggles of how the characters lived day to day with Raphe driving the city bus for a salary as Alice would say “$62.50 a week – $62.50 a week!
And there was Raphe’s pal of mine Ed and his wife Trixie Norton who lived upstairs from Raphe and Alice, Ed always said he worked as an “water Engineer” in the sewers of the city! We watched it every week and I watch it here on Saturday night it’s on two hours with a break for the regular news show.
I had an uncle who lived in the building next door from us who loved the show and at times if I was there visiting you would hear him laugh as loud as Raphe what a hardly laugh he had!
And how we loved watching “I Love Lucy” and we watched as Lucy got closer to her having her baby “Little Ricky” what a great program it was with Lucy, Ricky, and their best friends, Fred and Ethel Merzte there was alot of funny episodes and the fun of when they went to hollywood for Ricky to star in a movie and a number of hollywood stars appeared on the show! “California Here I come”
And there were shows that were live, such as “Playhouse 90” “Your show of shows” The Hit Parade” where the cast would perform the top ten songs of the week. With “Dorothy Collins” “Gisele Mckenenzie” “Snooky Larson” “Russell Arms” and they did a show on Christmas eve that you can find on “Youtube” it was live in Rockefeller center I think it was 1956 or 1957, I don’t recall now but I’m sure we watched it because we watched the show every week!
As a kid I watched my cowboy shows on saturdays, and Captain video and his video Rangers, like “Ed Norton ” a funny episode and “Sky King” with his Niece”Penny” and “The Real Mc’Coys” There were a number of others in the early days of TV these are just a few of them.