With National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (Sorted by Release Date Ascending)



1. Check and Double Check (1930)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy

5.8
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Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party.... See full summary »

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Freeman F. Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Sue Carol, Irene Rich

Votes: 325

2. First Television Broadcast NBC/RCA (1936)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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This historic first TV broadcast was seen by only a few hundred people who had access to the new television. It is a variety show of sorts, similar to the show preceding the feature film in... See full summary »

Stars: Benjamin Abrams, New York Ballet, Milton Cross, J.G. Harbord

3. Olympic Games (1936– )

Sport

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Stars: Rebecca Adlington, Don Anthony, Matt Baker, Clare Balding

4. NBC/RCA Experimental Television Demonstration for the Press (1936 TV Movie)

40 min | Family, Music

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Stars: Eddie Albert, Robert Benchley, Grace Brandt, Charles Fuqua

5. The Three Garridebs (1937 TV Movie)

Drama, Mystery

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Sherlock Holmes receives a letter from a Nathan Garrideb of 136 Little Ryder Street, asking for help in a most peculiar quest. He is looking for another man with his unusual surname, for it... See full summary »

Stars: Violet Bessen, Louis Hector, Arthur Maitland, William Podmore

6. Susan and God (1938 TV Movie)

Drama

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Director: John Golden | Stars: Nancy Coleman, John Golden, Gertrude Lawrence, Paul McGrath

7. H.M.S. Pinafore (1939 TV Movie)

64 min | Comedy, Musical

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Directors: Thomas Riley, Ivy Scott | Stars: John Cherry, Colin O'More, Ray Heatherton, Harry Donaghy

8. A Spot of Philanthropy (1939 TV Movie)

Comedy

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Colonel Humphrey J. Flack is a modern-day Robin Hood, helping people in need.

Stars: Michael Drake, John James, Gloria Jean, Frank Nellis

10. The Ethel Waters Show (1939 TV Special)

60 min

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Stars: Ethel Waters, Joey Faye, Georgette Harvey, Philip Loeb

11. World's Fair Beauty Show (1939 TV Special)

75 min

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Contest for The New York World's Fair Television Girl, the first televised beauty contest.

Director: Ed Sobol | Stars: Ernest Chappell, Jack Frazier

12. Hay Fever (1939 TV Movie)

80 min | Comedy

7.8
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Director: Ed Sobol | Stars: Virginia Campbell, Montgomery Clift, Isobel Elsom, Dennis Hoey

Votes: 17

13. The Streets of New York (1939 TV Movie)

Drama

6.1
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Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Joyce Arling, John Call, Clarence Chase, George Coulouris

Votes: 7

14. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 267,708 | Gross: $198.68M

15. Stage Door (1939 TV Movie)

Comedy, Drama

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Television adaptation of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's play depicting the lives of struggling Broadway actresses living in a boarding house for women.

Stars: Elizabeth Paige, Janet Fox, Lee Patrick, Sydna Scott

16. The Pirates of Penzance (1939 TV Movie)

55 min | Musical

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Director: Thomas Riley | Stars: John Cherry, Alma Kitchell, Walter Preston, Ray Heatherton

17. Little Women (1939 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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Director: Ed Sobol | Stars: Joyce Arling, Flora Campbell, Wilton Graff, Linda Kane

18. Dress Rehearsal (1939)

Comedy, Musical

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Star: Eddie Green

19. NBC Greeting (1940)

1 min | Short, Animation

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Director: Norman McLaren

20. Lightning Strikes West (1940)

Passed | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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When Butch Taggart escapes prison, the Marshal sends Lightning Morgan to find him and his hidden gold. He finds the map to the gold on Taggart's boot. Joe Laikon and his men are also after ... See full summary »

Director: Harry L. Fraser | Stars: Ken Maynard, Claire Rochelle, Bob Terry, Michael Vallon

Votes: 44

21. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.2
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96 Metascore

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 110,221 | Gross: $1.60M

22. Voice of Firestone Televues (1943–1947)

15 min

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Documentary films on diverse subjects.

23. The World in Your Home (1944–1948)

15 min

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A series of educational films, travelogues, etc. Think of the weekly short subjects shown in movie theaters: "Popular Science," "Unusual Occupations," newsreels and so on. Shown on NBC's ... See full summary »

24. Saratoga Trunk (1945)

Approved | 135 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.5
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An opportunistic Texas gambler and the exiled Creole daughter of an aristocratic family join forces to achieve justice from the society that has ostracized them.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Flora Robson, Jerry Austin

Votes: 1,098

25. 1945 Army-Navy Game (1945 TV Special)

Sport

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Stars: Red Barber, Colonel Earl 'Red' Blaik, Oscar Hagberg

26. Hour Glass (1946–1947)

60 min | Comedy, Music

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An almost forgotten landmark series in TV history, "Hour Glass" was the first variety show produced for network television. Included were songs, skits, and a chorus line. Many of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Parrish, Jack Albertson, Edgar Bergen, Joe Besser

27. Hour Glass (1946–1947)
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1946)

Comedy, Music

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Evelyn Eaton hosts the premiere with comedians Joe Besser and Doodles Weaver, dancer Miriam LaVelle, singer Evelyn Knight, dancer Mirian LaVelle, dance team Enrica and Novella, and actors ... See full summary »

Stars: Edgar Bergen, Joe Besser, Owen Davis Jr., Paul Douglas

28. Hour Glass (1946–1947)
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1946)

Comedy, Music

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Entertainers include actress Joyce Van Patten, comedy actor Bert Lahr, vocalists The Merry Macs, and actress/dancer Barbara Blaine.

Stars: Barbara Blaine, Bert Lahr, The Merry Macs, Joyce Van Patten

29. Geographically Speaking (1946– )

15 min

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Mrs. Wells, a world traveler who shot 16 mm films of her journeys, narrated her home movies, first on WNBT, New York City, then on the NBC network. When she ran out of films, the series ... See full summary »

Star: Mrs. Carveth Wells

30. Lights Out (1946–1952)

30 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.3
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Lights Out was an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Gallop, Jack La Rue, Mercer McLeod, Leslie Nielsen

Votes: 113

31. Face to Face (1946–1947)

20 min | Game-Show

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This early game show had an artist draw a picture of an unseen person from verbal clues given to him, then compare the results when the actual person came into the studio.

Stars: Eddie Dunn, Bill Dunn

32. I Love to Eat (1946–1947)

15 min

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Cookbook author James Beard demonstrated recipes for the home audience in the first network cooking show.

Star: James Beard

33. Song and Dance (1946 TV Short)

15 min | Short, Music

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A short, 15-minute long variety show featuring music, song and dance.

Director: Ed Sobol | Stars: Diane Courtney, The Corsairs

34. You Are an Artist (1946–1950)

15 min

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Jon Gnagy was a young artist who completed drawings on stage while describing his techniques.

Stars: Jon Gnagy, Ben Grauer, Warren Hull

35. Hour Glass (1946–1947)
Episode: Episode dated 14 November 1946 (1946)

Comedy, Music

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Star: Edgar Bergen

36. Let's Rhumba (1946–1947)

15 min

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Star: D'Avalos

37. Television Screen Magazine (1946–1949)

30 min

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Magazine format featuring various subjects and people. Because this was one of the earliest scheduled shows, not many famous people could be lured to the show.

Stars: Bob Haymes, Millicent Fenwick, Ray Forrest, John K.M. McCaffery

38. 1946 Army-Navy Game (1946 TV Special)

Sport

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Stars: Bob Haymes, Colonel Earl 'Red' Blaik, Tom Hamilton

39. Campus Hoopla (1946–1947)

30 min | Game-Show, Sport

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This was a combination sports/variety program aimed at teenagers. The setting was a soda shop and the program had "cheerleaders" and "students" who talked about sports, sang, danced to ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Haymes, Eva Marie Saint

40. Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena (1946–1956)

120 min | Sport

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A television series consisting of boxing matches.

Star: Chris Schenkel

41. The Howdy Doody Show (1947–1960)
Episode: Episode dated 3 January 1947 (1947)

TV-G | Family

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Stars: Robert Keeshan, Bob Smith

42. Bristol-Myers Tele-Varieties (1947– )

15 min | Talk-Show

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A series of programs in various formats, including variety and talk show.

Stars: Jinx Falkenburg, Tex McCrary

43. Dancing on Air (1947– )

30 min

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Dance instruction from the Fred Astaire Studios.

Star: Ed Sims

44. Show Business, Inc. (1947– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

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45. Juvenile Jury (1947–1955)

30 min | Game-Show

5.8
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An unusual discussion series, in which the panelists were children.

Stars: Jack Barry, Coe Norton, Red Skelton, Bobby Breen

Votes: 15

46. Juvenile Jury (1947–1955)
Episode: Episode dated 17 April 1947 (1947)

Game-Show

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Star: Jack Barry

47. You Are an Artist (1946–1950)
Episode: Episode dated 17 April 1947 (1947)

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Star: Jon Gnagy

48. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Ed Herlihy, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 118

49. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)
Episode: Double Door (1947)

60 min | Drama

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The internal struggles for power in a family reaches such a fever pitch that a murder seems likely.

Directors: Fred Coe, Stanley Quinn | Stars: Eleanor Wilson, Valerie Cossart, Romola Robb, John Stephen

50. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)
Episode: Merton of the Movies (1947)

60 min | Drama

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A naive young man from a small Midwestern town travels to Hollywood to break into the movies, and through a series of mishaps and lucky accidents, becomes a comedy star.

Stars: Eddie Mayehoff, Pat Englund, Ed Herlihy


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