Back in 1954 we got our first Tv! My Father brought a used one for $15.00 and set it up for watching that night, my Sister was about 14 years old at the time, told me a funny story about that night, she was so excited about having a TV and watching that night that she went around Mom Bruno’s’ candy store and brought candy and other snacks for that special night.
So later on when we all gathered in the living room, she layed down on the couch, my Uncle and Aunt who lived upstairs in the building, came down to watch TV and sat right down on my Sister because the lights were low to view the TV better!
She doesn’t remember what was on might have beeen the Ed Sullivan show, but she’s not sure. I myself don’t recall the night but she has a great memory of our first TV!
I loved watching the Abbott and Costello show in the 50’s! And their films at the movies, like Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein! a funny one! I watched the show every week and never missed it. The Abbott and Costello Show is an American television sitcom starring the popular comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The program premiered in syndication in the fall of 1952 and ran two seasons, to the spring of 1954. Each season ran 26 episodes.
The series is considered to be among the most influential comedy programs in history. In 1998 Entertainment Weekly praised the series as one of the “100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time”. In 2007, Time magazine selected it for it’s The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME.
The show was a vehicle to bring the duo’s tried-and-true burlesque routines to television in a format that the team could control. It contained none of the musical interludes or love stories that marked most of their feature films. Basically, if a situation or gag was funny, the team filmed it with little regard to plot, character or continuity. As a result, the show became a valuable record of classic burlesque scenes performed by the duo.
Abbott and Costello portrayed unemployed actors sharing an apartment in a rooming house in Los Angeles.
The supporting cast included Sidney Fields as Sidney Fields their landlord;
Hillary Brooke as Hillary Brooke their neighbor and sometime love interest for Costello;
Gordon Jones as Mike the Cop, a dimwitted foil for the boys; Joe Besser as Stinky, a “little boy” dressed in a Little Lord Fauntleroy suit, played by the clearly adult Besser; And Joe Kirk (Costello’s brother-in-law) as Mr. Bacciagalupe, an Italian immigrant caricature who held a variety of jobs depending upon the requirements of the script.
Bobby Barber and Joan Shawlee also appeared frequently. Several episodes featured a pet chimp named “Bingo”, who was dressed exactly the same as Costello; she was later “fired” from the show after biting Costello. Brooke, Besser and Kirk also left the cast after the first season
The Donna Reed Show is an American situation comedy starring Donna Reed as the middle-class housewife Donna Stone. Carl Betz co-stars as her pediatrician husband Dr. Alex Stone, and Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen as their teenage children, Mary and Jeff. The show originally aired on ABC from September 24, 1958 to March 19, 1966. When Fabares left the show in 1963, Petersen’s younger sister, Patty Petersen, joined the cast as adopted daughter Trisha. Patty Petersen had first appeared in the episode, “A Way of Her Own”, on January 31, 1963. Actress Janet Landgard was a series regular from 1963-1965 as Karen Holmby.
I Love Lucy is a landmark American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on CBS. After the series ended in 1957, however, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials; it ran from 1957 to 1960. It was first known as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour.
The show, which was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations.
I Love Lucy was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched only by The Andy Griffith Show in 1968 and Seinfeld in 1998). The show is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world and remains popular with an American audience of 40 million each year. A colorized version of its Christmas episode attracted more than 8 million viewers when CBS aired it in prime time in 2013 – 62 years after the show premiered. A second colorized special, featuring the “L.A. At Last!” and “Lucy and Superman” episodes, aired on May 17, 2015, attracting 6.4 million viewers.
I Love Lucy is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012, it was voted the ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine. Credit-wikipedia.org
Awhile ago I posted the Tv Guild cover from the 1950’s of Lucy’s Baby announcement! The most watched Tv event of the time.This is a short episode of when Ricky found out the news! View the Tv Guild cover>>> I Love Lucy! Enjoy!.be/YrTPaa9kJ1o
I added the I Love Lucy website below in the 50’s links check it out!
television in the 1950’s was a big thing! My family brought one when I was about 5 years of age. It was a big event I don’t recall the make or model but it had a small black and white screen as all were that type at the time. There wasn’t much cartoons I remember a few like: Farmer Gray, mighty mouse, and the best for me were the Saturday Westerns!
My Favorite was The Roy Rodgers show! With Dale Evans, Trigger the horse, and Bullet his Dog.. Then Gene Autry, Hope Along Cassidy, The Lone Ranger and more.
I loved watching them and my hero was: Look up in the sky it’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No it’s Superman! Then there were the Soap Operas, Playhouse 90, the Honeymooners, Your show of shows, The game shows, Captain Video and his Video Rangers! and much more. More to come soon!
“It’s Howdy Doody Time” by Edward Kean
It’s Howdy Doody time,
It’s Howdy Doody time,
Bob Smith and Howdy Doo
Say Howdy Doo to you.
Lets give a rousing cheer,
‘Cause Howdy Doody’s here.
It’s time to start the show,
So kids, let’s go!
The character first came to life from the creative mind of Bob Smith who created Howdy Doody during his days as a radio announcer on WNBC (AM). At that time, Howdy Doody was only a voice Smith performed on the radio.
When Smith made an appearance on NBC’s television program Puppet Playhouse on December 27, 1947, the reception for the character was great enough to begin a demand for a visual character for television. Frank Paris, a puppeteer whose puppets appeared on the program, was asked to create a Howdy Doody puppet.
The Mickey Mouse Club TV series premiered on October 3, 1955, my friend and I watched it every week! Our favorite Mouseketeer was Annette Funicello .
It was a great show to watch for a lot of kids back then yeah what good days they were!
American bandstand show
I remember coming home from school and watching American Bandstand! It was great listening to the latest hits and dance craze like the stroll and more.
And the guests stars of the time like: Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, the great Connie Francis and more, what a great show and great rock and roll!