Radio Shows that became TV Shows

by dan_dassow | created - 22 Feb 2014 | updated - 15 Mar 2014 | Public

Which of these radio shows that transitioned to television is your favorite?

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1. 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: 1,832

2. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 1,113

3. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958)

30 min | Comedy

Neighbor Blanche Morton frequently joined Gracie in escapades which annoy hubby Harry and provides George with an opportunity to offer a humorous soliloquy.

Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet, Harry von Zell

Votes: 1,080

4. The Gene Autry Show (1950–1955)

30 min | Western

The already legendary singing cowboy rode with his comic pal Pat from town to town bringing justice, song and his horse Champion to the old Southwest.

Stars: Gene Autry, Champion, Pat Buttram, Bob Woodward

Votes: 165

5. The Goldbergs (1950)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

The warm, human story of famous Bronx radio & TV family the Goldbergs, and their everyday problems.

Director: Walter Hart | Stars: Gertrude Berg, Philip Loeb, Eli Mintz, Eduard Franz

Votes: 72

6. 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

7. 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

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

10. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved television clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags, and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

Votes: 938

11. 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: 1,010

12. Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)

TV-G | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet.

Stars: George Reeves, Noel Neill, John Hamilton, Bill Kennedy

Votes: 2,986

13. 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

14. 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: 1,372

15. 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

16. Mr. & Mrs. North (1952–1954)

30 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

Jerry and Pamela North live in Greenwich Village in New York City. Jerry is a mystery magazine publisher who thinks he is a good amateur detective. He and his wife investigate various crimes and solve them before the police do.

Stars: Richard Denning, Barbara Britton, Francis De Sales, Lowell Gilmore

Votes: 138

17. This Is Your Life (1952–1987)

30 min | Biography, Family, Reality-TV

Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ralph Edwards, Bob Warren, Jack Benny, Penny Singleton

Votes: 197

18. 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

19. Captain Midnight (1954–1958)

30 min | Sci-Fi

Captain Midnight was a daring, jut-jawed war hero who led a mysterious government group known as the Secret Squadron. Midnight, his comic sidekick Icky, and the rest of the Squadron ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Webb, Sid Melton, Olan Soule, Henry Rowland

Votes: 104

20. 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

22. 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

23. 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

24. 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: 4,577

25. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

Votes: 4,361

26. The Walter Winchell File (1957–1959)

30 min | Crime, Drama

Crime stories that Walter Winchell had covered while working with the New York City Police Department.

Stars: Walter Winchell, John Larch, George Cisar, Robert Anderson

Votes: 25

27. 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

28. 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: 2,312

29. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981)

TV-PG | 152 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect escape the destruction of Earth only to face incredible trials, tribulations and adventures in space and time.

Stars: Simon Jones, David Dixon, Peter Jones, Sandra Dickinson

Votes: 9,545

30. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988–1998)

36 min | Comedy, Game-Show

A British show in which actors and comedians improvise sketches in various "theatre-sports"-type games, based on audience suggestions. The games might include singing a Hoedown about Tory ... See full summary »

Stars: Clive Anderson, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Richard Vranch

Votes: 4,969

31. The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Vince Noir and Howard Moon have surreal adventures while working at a Zoo run by the deranged Bob Fossil (in series 1) and pursuing a career as musicians and living with the mystic Naboo ... See full summary »

Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher

Votes: 19,202

32. This American Life (2007–2009)

TV-14 | 22 min | Documentary

An anthology of true stories pertaining to various themes are illustrated.

Stars: Ira Glass, Milo Finch, Chris Partyka, Barbara Beneville

Votes: 572

33. The Ricky Gervais Show (2010–2012)

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Talk-Show

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant talk to Karl Pilkington about important things in life whilst Karl provides anything but intelligent answers. Comedy at its finest with wonderful animation.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Karl Pilkington

Votes: 14,825

34. Loveline (1996–2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Adam Carolla and Drew Pinksy host this TV version of their radio call-in show offering sex and dating advice.

Stars: Adam Carolla, Drew Pinsky, Diane Farr, Tony Boldi

Votes: 143

35. The Nerdist (2013– )

Talk-Show

The Nerdist is a panel / talk show based on Chris Hardwick's immensely popular podcast of the same with a loyal cult following. Join Chris and all his awesomeness With his panelists (... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira, Jonah Ray, Buzz Aldrin

Votes: 211



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