All the TV Shows I Wish I Had on DVD or Hard Driveby medievalmike | created - 09 Jan 2015 | updated - 28 Dec 2016 | Public
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2. Actor's Studio (1948–1950)
30 min | Drama
Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one of the first dramatic series television to attract top-name actors and actresses. ... See full summary »
4. 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 »
6. Time for Beany (1949–1954)
15 min | Family
Time for Beany was an American television series, with puppets for characters, which aired locally in Los Angeles starting in 1949 and nationally (via kinescope) on the improvised Paramount... See full summary »
7. Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949–1955)
TV-Y | 30 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
"Guardian of the Safety of the World", private citizen-scientist Captain Video, assisted by his teenage helper The Ranger and an army of Video Rangers, preserves the peace in the far-off ... See full summary »
10. Your Show of Shows (I) (1950–1954)
90 min | Comedy
Live, original comedy originally featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Carl Reiner and Howard Morris joined the show later. Two of the great skits on the show were "The Hickenloopers", a ... See full summary »
11. Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950–1955)
15 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Four centuries into the future, Cadets Tom Corbett, Roger Manning and Astro are training to become Solar Guards. Their ship, the "Polaris" took them to numerous adventures, usually natural catastrophes rather than villains.
12. Space Patrol (1950–1955)
30 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Commander Corey and youthful Cadet Happy roam the 30th century universe in their ship "Terra" fighting super-villains Mr. Proteus and Prince Baccarratti and other badguys. Captured badguys ... See full summary »
13. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)
30 min | Comedy, Drama
Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a thirty-minute weekly show, but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to sixty minutes, and the ... See full summary »
17. You're in the Picture (1961– )
30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show
The four panelists put their heads through a cutout in a board. They did not know what was painted on the board and their job was to guess what it was.
18. The Jackie Gleason Show (1966–1970)
TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Musical
Jackie Gleason's last weekly variety series, which alternated between regular variety hours with big name guest stars and musical remakes of old "The Honeymooners" sketches.
21. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)
30 min | Comedy, Drama
Originally billed as "Playhouse of the Stars" this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York City. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952, and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.
22. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952–1956)
60 min | Comedy, Family
23. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1957 TV Short)
30 min | Short, Comedy
24. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1961– )
Television's Original Genius: In the infancy of any medium, there will be some who realize its potential well before anyone else. Ernie Kovacs was such a visionary, and between 1951 and ... See full summary »
25. American Bandstand (1952–1989)
TV-G | 90 min | Music
Dick Clark hosts a daily to weekly dance show that features the latest hit music for the attending teens to dance to. In addition, the show has performances by popular musicians and audience members rate songs.
26. 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 »
28. The Walter Winchell Show (1956– )
30 min | Comedy, Music
Live weekly variety show. The show originated in New York City for the first nine weeks and then moved to Hollywood. Although many top performers were featured, the show never caught on and... See full summary »
30. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama
An American anthology series, with a new episode and different actors and actresses each week. Hosted by Ronald Reagan, the series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.
32. The Danny Thomas Show (1953–1965)
30 min | Comedy, Family
Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage ... See full summary »
33. Winky-Dink and You (1953–1957)
"winky-dink and you" was the pioneer in interactive programming. The core of the program was children sent away for a kit. The kit had a plastic screen that stuck to the TV tube with static... See full summary »
35. Flash Gordon (1954–1955)
30 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Space hero Flash Gordon and his crew of the Galaxy Bureau of Investigation patrol space, battling space monsters, power-mad alien dictators and other threats to the stability of the universe.
38. Climax! (1954–1958)
60 min | Drama
This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name.
39. Around the World with Orson Welles (1955– )
26 min | Documentary
In 1955, Orson Welles directed and hosted a mini series for British television. He leads us through a few famous places of Europe with his inimitable touch. In Paris he introduces us to ... See full summary »
42. Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)
25 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's, concentrating on such concepts as space ... See full summary »
43. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955–1960)
Approved | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Robin of Loxley, otherwise known as Robin Hood, and his band of Merry Men protect England from the evil machinations of Prince John while King Richard the Lionheart is away fighting in the Crusades.
ITC, writers included blacklisted former Hollywood writers Ring Lardner, Jr., and Ian McLellen Hunter.
44. Sam and Friends (1955–1961)
Not Rated | 5 min | Family
Early showcase of Jim Henson's puppet characters.
Early Jim Henson series made in DC.
45. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.
46. The Benny Hill Show (1955–1968)
60 min | Comedy
This show-stopping digital collection of The Benny Hill Show contains Benny's raucous 20-year reign over television's sketch-variety genre, from the naughty early years to the debut of the nubile Hill's Angels, through the final episodes.
49. The Benny Hill Show (1967 TV Special)
82 min | Comedy, Music
A one-off special from Benny Hill, produced for ATV in 1967, featuring musical numbers from The Seekers (who sing "When Will the Good Apples Fall" and "Music of the World A'Turning") and ... See full summary »