All the TV Shows I Wish I Had on DVD or Hard Drive

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1. The Howdy Doody Show (1947–1960)

TV-G | 30 min | Family

The first nationally televised American children's TV program and a prototype for what followed. Buffalo Bob Smith hosts while the puppet, Howdy Doody, stars.

Stars: Bob Smith, Robert Keeshan, Bill LeCornec, Lew Anderson

Votes: 174

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 »

Stars: Marc Connelly, George Keane, Don Hanmer, Nancy Franklin

Votes: 52

3. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters

Votes: 1,034

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 »

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

Votes: 94

5. Crusader Rabbit (1950–1957)

4 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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Stars: Vern Louden, Roy Whaley, Russ Coughlan, GeGe Pearson

Votes: 107

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 »

Stars: Daws Butler, Stan Freberg, Walker Edmiston, Joan Gardner

Votes: 47

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 »

Stars: Don Hastings, Al Hodge, Ben Lackland, Hal Conklin

Votes: 80

8. 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: 1,103

9. The Buster Keaton Show (1950– )

30 min | Comedy

Live show with Buster recreating and updating his classic routines.

Stars: Buster Keaton, Ray Erlenborn, Harold Goodwin, Peter Leeds

Votes: 33

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 »

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Felisa Vanoff, Carl Reiner

Votes: 260

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.

Stars: Frankie Thomas, Al Markim, Jan Merlin, Jack Grimes

Votes: 70

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 »

Stars: Ed Kemmer, Lyn Osborn, Nina Bara, Ken Mayer

Votes: 86

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 »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 83

16. The Jackie Gleason Show (1952–1973)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.

Stars: Jack Lescoulie, The June Taylor Dancers, Jackie Gleason, Ray Bloch

Votes: 308

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.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson, Pat Carroll, Pat Harrington Jr.

Votes: 36

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.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Johnny Olson, The June Taylor Dancers, Sammy Spear and His Orchestra

Votes: 225

19. 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: 20,795

20. 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: 1,599

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.

Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Robert Paige, Walter Coy

Votes: 181

23. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1957 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Comedy

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Directors: Joseph Behar, Ernie Kovacs | Stars: Ernie Kovacs, James Yoham

Votes: 19

Dumont.

24. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1961– )

Comedy

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 »

Stars: Ernie Kovacs, Bob Lauher, Margaret Styne, Jolene Brand

Votes: 61

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.

Stars: Dick Clark, Charlie O'Donnell, Peaches Johnson, Stan Rodarte

Votes: 249

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 »

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

Votes: 196

27. The Walter Winchell Show (1952–1955)

15 min | News, Talk-Show

Simulcast of Walter Winchell's radio show.

Stars: Arlene Dahl, Betty Grable, Walter Winchell

Votes: 5

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 »

Stars: Walter Winchell, Lisa Kirk, Martha Raye, Sammy Davis Jr.

Votes: 7

29. The Walter Winchell Show (1960– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

Simulcast of Walter Winchell's radio show. The program lasted six weeks.

Stars: Walter Winchell, Polly Bergen, Don Gardiner, Hy Gardner

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.

Stars: Ronald Reagan, Lee Marvin, Edgar Buchanan, Nancy Reagan

Votes: 225

31. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

In this live drama series, over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Mona Freeman, Hans Conried

Votes: 106

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 »

Stars: Danny Thomas, Rusty Hamer, Marjorie Lord, Angela Cartwright

Votes: 765

33. Winky-Dink and You (1953–1957)

Family, Animation

"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 »

Stars: Jack Barry, Dayton Allen, Mae Questel

Votes: 37

34. Winky Dink and You! (1969– )

5 min | Animation

Five-minute animated adventures inviting children to draw solutions to predicaments; based on the 1953 series with new characters.

Star: Lionel Wilson

Votes: 11

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.

Stars: Steve Holland, Irene Champlin, Joseph Nash, Henry Beckman

Votes: 200

Live-action.

37. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

This program aired once every fourth week, and was one of the most costly live shows of the 1950s. Many stars appeared on this show.

Stars: Cyril Ritchard, Claire Bloom, Mary Martin, Heller Halliday

Votes: 79

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.

Stars: William Lundigan, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa, Harry Townes

Votes: 155

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 »

Stars: Orson Welles, Chris Wertenbaker, Art Buchwald, Kenneth Tynan

Votes: 114

40. Orson Welles' Sketch Book (1955– )

15 min | Biography, Talk-Show

Orson Welles recounts various stories from his life while drawing sketches of the events.

Star: Orson Welles

Votes: 82

41. The Honeymooners (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolph

Votes: 4,264

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 »

Stars: Truman Bradley, Marshall Thompson, Michael Fox, Peter Hansen

Votes: 293

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.

Stars: Richard Greene, Victor Woolf, Archie Duncan, Alexander Gauge

Votes: 599

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.

Stars: Jim Henson, Kermit the Frog, Jane Henson, Jerry Juhl

Votes: 123

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.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 13,296

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.

Stars: Benny Hill, Jeremy Hawk, Patricia Hayes, Peter Vernon

Votes: 687

47. The Benny Hill Show (1957–1960)

60 min | Comedy

The Benny Hill Show 1957.

Stars: Benny Hill, Vivienne Martin, Ronnie Brody, Dave Freeman

Votes: 469

48. The Gumby Show (1956–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Innovative "Claymation" adventures of Gumby and his horse Pokey.

Stars: Bobby Nicholson, Dal McKennon, Norma MacMillan, Art Clokey

Votes: 1,267

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 »

Director: Philip Casson | Stars: Benny Hill, Judith Durham, The Seekers, Athol Guy

Votes: 642