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1. You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation.

Stars: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman, Melinda Marx, Tuulikki Woods

Votes: 547

2. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Western

The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

Stars: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart, Chuck Courtney

Votes: 1,833

3. Our Miss Brooks (1952–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Miss Brooks teaches English at Madison High, rents a room from Mrs. Davis, gets rides to school with student Walter, fights with Principal Conklin, and tries to snag shy biology teacher ... See full summary »

Stars: Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Jane Morgan, Robert Rockwell

Votes: 422

4. The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

30 min | Comedy

Stories mostly centered on The Kingfish's schemes to get rich, often by duping his brothers in the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge. Andy was particularly dupable. Amos mostly narrated.

Stars: Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Johnny Lee

Votes: 597

5. The Goldbergs (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy

Comedy-drama about a Jewish-American family living in New York City.

Stars: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Arlene McQuade, Robert H. Harris

Votes: 138

6. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Ozzie and Harriet Nelson raise their two sons Ricky and David. As the sons age, they experience teenage dating problems, marriage and careers.

Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson

Votes: 1,011

7. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy.

Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin

Votes: 1,666

8. Dragnet (1951–1959)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule, Vic Perrin

Votes: 1,619

9. The Cisco Kid (1950–1956)

Approved | 30 min | Western

The Cisco Kid and his English-mangling sidekick Pancho travel the old west in the grand tradition of the Lone Ranger, righting wrongs and fighting injustice wherever they find it.

Stars: Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo, Troy Melton, Bill Catching

Votes: 442

10. Beulah (1950–1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

A comedy series of a family with the central role pointed to their Negro domestic who pulls the weekly family situations together with more common sense than all of the other family members.

Stars: Ethel Waters, Louise Beavers, Ernest Whitman, David Bruce

Votes: 92

11. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 4,580

12. The Life of Riley (1953–1958)

30 min | Comedy

Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His ... See full summary »

Stars: William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Wesley Morgan, Tom D'Andrea

Votes: 311

13. My Favorite Husband (1953–1955)

30 min | Comedy

George Cooper, a successful bank executive, lives in an exclusive neighborhood with his dim-wit wife Liz. The neighbors for the first two seasons were the Cobbs, a snobbish family. They ... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Nelson, Joan Caulfield, Alix Talton, Bob Sweeney

Votes: 10

14. People Are Funny (1954–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

Contestants were asked to carry out stunts.

Stars: Art Linkletter, Pat McGeehan, Nick Gilbert, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 28

15. Suspense (1949–1954)

25 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Live plays featuring people who were in dangerous and threatening situations.

Stars: Rex Marshall, Robert Emhardt, John Baragrey, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 147

16. Gang Busters (1952– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

True crime stories and their investigations are dramatized.

Stars: Robert Bice, Mike Ragan, Myron Healey, Don C. Harvey

Votes: 48

17. December Bride (1954–1959)

30 min | Comedy

Charming and wise Lily Ruskin lives with her daughter and son-in- law who, along with her close friend Hilda Crocker, are always trying to find suitable older marriageable companionship for... See full summary »

Stars: Spring Byington, Frances Rafferty, Dean Miller, Harry Morgan

Votes: 166

18. The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950–1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ellery 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 ... See full summary »

Stars: Florenz Ames, Lee Bowman, Rex Marshall, Hugh Marlowe

Votes: 33

19. Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948–1970)

TV-G | Comedy, Family, Music

A direct descendant of radio's "Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour" (1934-1946), hosted by Major Edward Bowes until his death. After a one-year hiatus, Ted Mack, who had directed Bowes' ... See full summary »

Stars: Ted Mack, Pat Boone, Barney Ross, Louis Farrakhan

Votes: 33

20. Talent Scouts (1948–1958)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

A popular radio personality in the 1940's brought his variety talent contest show to television that continued into the 1950's.

Stars: Arthur Godfrey, George Bryan, Archie Bleyer, Bob Crosby

Votes: 12

21. The New Truth and Consequences (1950–1988)

30 min | Game-Show

Contestants must perform an embarrassing stunt if they fail to answer a question correctly.

Stars: Bob Barker, Vincent Price, Jack Bailey, Ralph Edwards

Votes: 69

23. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brinson, Paul Branson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 186

25. Grand Ole Opry (1955– )

60 min | Family, Music

Country music series that represented the first televised attempt to present the Grand Ole Opry as a regular series.

Stars: Minnie Pearl, Rod Brasfield, Eddie Hill, Carl Smith

Votes: 16

26. Guiding Light (1952–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield and centers on the middle class Bauer family.

Stars: Kim Zimmer, Beth Chamberlin, Maureen Garrett, Robert Newman

Votes: 1,373

27. The O'Neills (1949–1950)

30 min | Drama, Family

Dress designer Peggy O'Neil is attempting to raise two children, Janice and Eddie, while dealing with Uncle Bill, the Levy's who live next door and Mrs. Bailey.

Stars: Vera Allen, Janice Gilbert, Michael Lawson, Ian Martin

28. Twenty Questions (1960–1961)


A panel of celebrities have to identify a mystery object within twenty questions.

Star: Peter Jones

29. The Milton Berle Show (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Milton Berle, Sid Stone, Jimmy Nelson, Hal Sawyer

Votes: 94

30. The Quiz Kids (1949–1956)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

Quiz show in which brilliant children answer difficult questions.

Stars: Joe Kelly, Lawrence Tibbett, Fran Allison

Votes: 5

32. The Aldrich Family (1949–1953)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Based on a popular radio show, this middle-class-American-family comedy is built around the life of the Aldrich family of Elm Street, Centerville and particularly focuses on the adventures ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Barry, Charita Bauer, Nancy Carroll, Robert Casey

Votes: 22

34. The Green Hornet (1966–1967)

TV-PG | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

A newspaper publisher and his Asian valet/martial arts expert battle crime as the feared Green Hornet and Kato.

Stars: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough

Votes: 2,317

35. The Amazing Mr. Malone (1951–1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama

Based on the John Malone series of mystery novels by Craig Rice, and on the radio series of the same name. John J. Malone, socialite and ladies man, is a brilliant criminal lawyer taking up... See full summary »

Stars: Lee Tracy, Roger De Koven, Constance Dowling, Joseph Julian

36. The Big Story (1949–1959)

30 min | Drama

Based on a popular radio series, each show tells a different reporter's Big Story, a true story selected from newspapers across the United States. Comments from the actual reporter open and... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Sloane, Ernest Chappell, Ben Grauer, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 21

37. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, California. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product formerly mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Stanley Andrews, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Dale Robertson

Votes: 603

38. Ethel and Albert (1953– )

30 min | Comedy

Married couple, Ethel and Albert Arbuckle, living in the small town of Sandy Harbor.

Stars: Peggy Lynch, Alan Bunce, Jim Bannon, Margaret Hamilton

Votes: 7

39. Fibber McGee and Molly (1959–1960)

30 min | Comedy

Fibber McGee and Molly was the finest husband and wife comedy team. It ran on the radio from 1935 to 1959 then switched to television in 1959. Its running gags and characters inspired many imitators.

Stars: Bob Sweeney, Cathy Lewis, Pat McGeehan, Paul Smith

Votes: 24

40. The Great Gildersleeve (1954– )

30 min | Comedy

Throckmorton Gildersleeve is a blustery "ladies" man who often finds himself in unusual predicaments. Raising his too smart nephew Leroy, he leans on his secretary Bessie and tries to ignore the advice of housekeeper Birdie.

Stars: Willard Waterman, Ronald Keith, Lillian Randolph, Stephanie Griffin

Votes: 34

41. Hopalong Cassidy (1952–1954)

60 min | Western

Hopalong and his horse Topper catch bad guys with Red Connors for comic relief.

Stars: William Boyd, Edgar Buchanan, George Wallace, Rick Vallin

Votes: 253

42. Inner Sanctum (1954– )

27 min | Mystery

A hosted horror and mystery anthology series hosted by Paul McGrath, and later by House Jameson as "Your Host".

Stars: Paul McGrath, House Jameson, Edward Binns, Rusty Lane

Votes: 42

43. Joe & Mabel (1956– )

30 min | Comedy

Joe's a big city cab driver, and Mabel is his steady gal. Joe plans on marrying Mabel "someday", but Mabel is looking for something a little sooner. Mabel and her mother spend their time ... See full summary »

Stars: Larry Blyden, Norman Fell, Nita Talbot, Shirl Conway

44. Life with Luigi (1952– )

30 min | Comedy

An American radio situation comedy series that was short lived as a TV series.

Stars: J. Carrol Naish, Jody Gilbert, Alan Reed, Mary Shipp

Votes: 13

45. Mayor of the Town (1954– )

30 min

Thomas Russell is the gregarious mayor of Springdale whose attention to his electorate extends to their personal lives. He also has his own affairs to attend to, with his housekeeper Marilly certain to offer her opinion.

Stars: Kathleen Freeman, Thomas Mitchell, Jean Byron, Tudor Owen

Votes: 12

46. Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957–1960)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Richard Diamond is a suave private investigator, who, at first, walks the mean streets of New York City, then later packs up and moves to Los Angeles, California, where he tools around in a... See full summary »

Stars: David Janssen, Roxane Brooks, Russ Conway, Regis Toomey

Votes: 174

47. The Silver Theatre (1949–1950)

30 min | Drama, Romance

The teleplays normally concerned the various aspects of romance.

Stars: Conrad Nagel, George Reeves, Don DeFore, Diana Lynn

Votes: 8

48. Tales of the Texas Rangers (1955–1959)

30 min | Family, Western

Typical western with a twist. The two stars appeared as Texas Rangers but in a different scenario each program. One week, they might be Rangers in the 1840s and the next week they would be ... See full summary »

Stars: Willard Parker, Harry Lauter, William Boyett, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 78

49. You Are There (1953–1972)

30 min | Drama, History

Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Paul Birch, Todd Hunter, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 129

50. Strike It Rich (1951–1955)

30 min | Game-Show