Desilu for You

by Ed_Jones_XLIX | created - 3 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball were probably the smartest two people in Hollywood in the 1950s. When Television was in it's infancy they formed a production company called Desilu Productions. They had some bona fide hits and some real flops. These are the top 25 Titles.

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1. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 67,569

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

2. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 20,899

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

3. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Votes: 7,254

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

4. Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)

Unrated | 111 min | Comedy, Family

A widower with ten children falls for a widow with eight, and they must decide about forming a huge, unconventional family.

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Van Johnson, Louise Troy

Votes: 7,217 | Gross: $25.91M

Stars: Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Van Johnson, Louise Troy

5. Mannix (1967–1975)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and Police Department contact Tobias.

Stars: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Ward Wood, Ron Nyman

Votes: 2,351

Stars: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Ward Wood, Ron Nyman

6. The Untouchables (1959–1963)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.

Stars: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade, Paul Picerni

Votes: 2,098

Stars: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade, Paul Picerni

7. The Lucy Show (1962–1968)

30 min | Comedy

The wacky misadventures of a forever scheming woman, her reluctant best friend, and her cantankerous boss.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Vivian Vance, Jimmy Garrett

Votes: 2,064

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

8. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957–1960)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Lucy and her husband, Ricky Ricardo, are living in the country with their best friends and old landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Lucy is still getting into trouble with her sidekick Ethel, ... See full summary »

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 902

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

9. I Love Lucy (1953)

80 min | Comedy

Desi Arnaz greets the "I Love Lucy" studio audience and invites them to watch Lucille Ball and the cast film a special extended episode.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 307

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

10. Whirlybirds (1957–1960)

30 min | Adventure

One hundred eleven episodes of this syndicated show were produced between 1956 and 1959, debuting in the US in January 1957. Chuck and P.T. own a helicopter company that is hired to perform... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Craig Hill, Nancy Hale, Sandra Spence

Votes: 247

Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Craig Hill, Nancy Hale, Sandra Spence

Stars: Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

12. Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)

60 min | Drama

An anthology series hosted by Betty Furness in the first season, and Desi Arnaz in the second. Stories came from several genres, often based on fact. A two part episode was spun off as the popular show The Untouchables (1959).

Stars: Desi Arnaz, Betty Furness, Bruce Gordon, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 89

Various

13. The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956–1958)

30 min | Western, Adventure

Set in the Louisiana Territory around 1830, wealthy planter Jim Bowie encounters many famous people in New Orleans or the backwoods, relying for protection on the knife he supposedly ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Forbes, William Schallert, John Laing, Joyce Vanderveen

Votes: 164

Stars: Scott Forbes, William Schallert, John Laing, Joyce Vanderveen

14. 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

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

15. The Ann Sothern Show (1958–1961)

30 min | Comedy

Katy O'Connor is the assistant manager of the Bartley House Hotel in New York City working for Jason Macauley. She expected to get her bosses job when he was transferred to Calcutta, India ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann Sothern, Ann Tyrrell, Don Porter, Jack Mullaney

Votes: 122

Stars: Ann Sothern, Ann Tyrrell, Don Porter, Jack Mullaney

16. The Greatest Show on Earth (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama, Family

Johnny Slate is the big boss who successfully keeps the circus running as it moves from town to town. He manages to deal with the unexpected frequently and uses Otto King, the accountant, as a sounding board.

Stars: Jack Palance, Stuart Erwin, Michael Consoldane, Del Graham

Votes: 93

Stars: Jack Palance, Stuart Erwin, Michael Consoldane, Del Graham

17. The Sheriff of Cochise (1956–1959)

30 min | Crime, Western

While this sounds like a western, THE SHERIFF OF COCHISE was a contemporary police drama set in Cochise County, AZ. Stories seemed to be strangely similar to HIGHWAY PATROL, emphasizing ... See full summary »

Stars: John Bromfield, Stan Jones, Roy Engel, Joe Kirk

Votes: 64

Stars: John Bromfield, Stan Jones, Roy Engel, Joe Kirk

18. The Texan (1958–1960)

30 min | Western

The Texan, a Civil War Veteran whose reputation of being the fastest gun in the west precedes him, roams across Texas from town to town, not looking for trouble, but trouble finds him.

Stars: Rory Calhoun, Regis Parton, Duncan Lamont, James Drake

Votes: 110

Stars: Rory Calhoun, Regis Parton, Duncan Lamont, James Drake

19. U.S. Marshal (1958–1960)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Western

United States Marshal (renamed from Sheriff of Cochise) is a crime drama set in Cochise County, Arizona about a U.S. Marshal fighting crime.

Stars: John Bromfield, James Griffith, Buck Young, Robert Brubaker

Votes: 63

Stars: John Bromfield, James Griffith, Buck Young, Robert Brubaker

20. Shower of Stars (1954–1958)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A CBS variety show that ran monthly from 1954-1958, broadcast in color. Stars appearing included Betty Grable, Mario Lanza, Jack Benny, Basil Rathbone, Fredric March, Shirley MacLaine and ... See full summary »

Stars: William Lundigan, Jack Benny, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa

Votes: 49

Stars: William Lundigan, Jack Benny, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa

21. The Scarface Mob (1959 TV Movie)

102 min | Drama, Crime

Story of how a group of incorruptible federal lawmen helped put 1920s' Chicago gangster Al Capone in prison.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Robert Stack, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Nichols, Pat Crowley

Votes: 205

Stars: Robert Stack, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Nichols, Pat Crowley

Stars: Grant Sullivan, Don Dorrell, Boyd 'Red' Morgan, Douglas Kennedy

23. Glynis (1963)

30 min | Comedy

Glynis Granville write mystery stories while her husband Keith is a lawyer and that combination draws them into amatuer detective work. Glynis is on the absent minded side which often complicates resolving the case.

Stars: Glynis Johns, Keith Andes, George Mathews, Ned Glass

Votes: 23

Stars: Glynis Johns, Keith Andes, George Mathews, Ned Glass

24. Fair Exchange (1962–1963)

60 min | Comedy

Eddie Walker of New York City and Tommy Finch of London, England had been World War II buddies and they decide to swap teenage daughters Patty and Heather for a year.

Stars: Eddie Foy Jr., Victor Maddern, Judy Carne, Lynn Loring

Votes: 25

Stars: Eddie Foy Jr., Victor Maddern, Judy Carne, Lynn Loring

25. You Don't Say (1963–1975)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show

Two teams of two players compete against each other to determine the name of a famous person. One member of the team, who knew the answer, would give clues to his or her teammate.

Stars: Tom Kennedy, John Harlan, Pat Carroll, Betty White

Votes: 30

Long running Game Show. Stars: Tom Kennedy, John Harlan, Pat Carroll, Betty White



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