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1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted and executive produced by Alfred Hitchcock, which aired on CBS and NBC between 1955 and 1965. It featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries, by the time it premiered on October 2,1955, Hitchcock had been directing films for over three decades. Time magazine named it one of The 100 Best TV Shows of all time, the Writers Guild of America ranked it #79 on their list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series tying it with Monty Pythons Flying Circus, Star Trek, The Next Generation and Upstairs, Downstairs. A series of anthologies with the running title Alfred Hitchcock Presents were issued to capitalize on the success of the television series. Alfred Hitchcock Presents is well known for its title sequence, the camera fades in on a simple line-drawing caricature of Hitchcocks rotund profile. He then almost always says Good evening, the caricature drawing, which Hitchcock created, and the use of Gounods Funeral March of a Marionette as theme music have become indelibly associated with Hitchcock in popular culture. At least two versions of the opening were shot for every episode, a version intended for the American audience would often spoof a recent popular commercial or poke fun at the sponsor, leading into the commercial. An alternative version for European audiences would instead include jokes at the expense of Americans in general, for later seasons, opening remarks were also filmed with Hitchcock speaking in French and German for the shows international presentations. Hitchcock closed the show in much the way as it opened. He told TV Guide that his reassurances that the criminal had been apprehended were a necessary gesture to morality, Alfred Hitchcock Presents finished at #6 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1956–57 season, and at #12 in 1957–58, #24 in 1958–59 and #25 in 1959–60. Originally 25 minutes per episode, the series was expanded to 50 minutes in 1962, Hitchcock directed 17 of the 267 filmed episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and one of the 50-minute episodes, I Saw the Whole Thing with John Forsythe. The last new episode aired on June 26,1965, in 1985, NBC aired a new TV movie pilot based upon the series, combining four newly filmed stories with colorized footage of Hitchcock from the original series to introduce each segment. The movie was a ratings success. Alfred Hitchcock Presents revival series debuted in the fall of 1985 and retained the format as the pilot. The new series lasted one season before NBC cancelled it. Other notable directors included Robert Altman, Ida Lupino, Stuart Rosenberg, Robert Stevenson, David Swift and William Friedkin, who ended up directing what would be the last episode. Alfred Hitchcock Presents,25 minutes long, aired weekly at 9,30 on CBS on Sunday nights from 1955 to 1960, and then at 8,30 on NBC on Tuesday nights from 1960 to 1962. It was followed by The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, which lasted for three seasons, September 1962 to June 1965, adding another 93 episodes to the 268 already produced for Alfred Hitchcock Presents
2. The Jack Benny Program – The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century American comedy. Protagonist of the show, Benny is a comic, vain, penny-pinching miser, insisting on remaining 39 years old on stage despite his actual age, Eddie Anderson - Rochester Van Jones, Jacks valet and chauffeur. Early in the run, he often talked of gambling or going out with women. Later on, he complained about his lack of salary. Don generally opened the show and also did the commercial and he was the target of Jacks jokes, mostly about his weight. Dennis was always in his early 20s no matter how old he actually was and he was sweet but not very bright. When called upon, he could use a variety of accents. He usually sang a song about 10 minutes into the program, if the episode was a flashback to a previous time, a ruse would be used such as Dennis singing his song for Jack so he could hear it before the show. Although Sadie Marks, in life, was Jack Bennys wife, Mary Livingstone was a very sarcastic. Sometimes she was presented as a date, sometimes as a love interest and her role changed from plot to plot and she was never a steady girlfriend for Jack. In one episode, Fred Allen summarized Marys role as a girl to insult, Marks later legally changed her name to Mary Livingstone in response to the characters popularity. Her role on the program was reduced in the 1950s, a skirt-chasing, arrogant, hip-talking bandleader who constantly put Jack down. He referred to Mary as Livvy or Liv, and Jack as Jackson, an on-air joke explains this by saying, Its as close to jackass as I can get without being fired or getting into trouble with a censor. Spun off into The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show with his wife, Harris left the radio show in 1952 and his character did not make the transition to television. Mel Blanc - Carmichael the Polar Bear, Professor Pierre LeBlanc, Sy the Mexican, Polly, The Maxwell, an occasional running gag went along the lines of how the various characters Mel portrayed all looked alike. He was also the effects of Jacks barely functional Maxwell automobile—a role he played again in the Warner Brothers cartoon The Mouse that Jack Built. Another participating voice actor was Bert Gordon and he was always the person who waits on Jack wherever he was, from the railroad station, to the clerk in the store, to the doorman, to the waiter. Frank always delighted in aggravating Jack, as apparently, he was constantly aggravated by Jacks presence, sheldon Leonard - A racetrack tout who frequently offered unsolicited advice to Benny on a variety of non-racing-related subjects
3. The Defenders (1961 TV series) – The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series that ran on CBS from 1961 to 1965. It was created by television writer Reginald Rose, the Museum of Broadcast Communications called it perhaps the most socially conscious series the medium has ever seen, a show singularly resonant with New Frontier liberalism. In 2002, The Defenders was ranked #31 on TV Guides 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and in 2013 TV Guide ranked it #8 in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time. We were never interested in producing a who-done-it which simply happened to be resolved each week in a courtroom battle of wits. And unlike Perry Mason, which ran on CBS, victory was far from certain on The Defenders—as were morality. In 2008, this incident was used as the basis for a season episode of the 1960s-set drama Mad Men. The December 7,1963 episode, Climate of Evil was originally titled The Gentle Assassin, note, The most frequent time slot for the series is in bold text. Factory released the complete first season on DVD in Region 1, 1961–1962, #26 1962–1963, #18 1963–1964, N/A 1964–1965, N/A As a top 30 series, The Defenders has an average rating of 23.2. The Defenders won 13 Emmy Awards and received an additional seven nominations, the series was a slight reworking of Roses 1957 two-part drama, The Defender, from the anthology series Studio One. In the original program, Ralph Bellamy played the father and William Shatner played his son, Shatner guest-starred in various roles in the later series, and the original drama later was incorporated into an episode of his series, Boston Legal. Original music for the series was scored by Frank Lewin and Leonard Rosenman, a re-envisioned version of the series debuted on the Showtime network in 1997. Still called The Defenders, it featured E. G, Marshall in his original role as Lawrence Preston. Don and M. J. worked as lawyers and carried on the family legacy, however, Marshall died after completion of the second episode. Production was halted and the episode, Taking the First. The second season of Mad Men contains an episode named The Benefactor that featured a clip from The Defenders episode of the same name. The episode also offers a fictional backstory for the episode, that it was written for the season of the series. The directors refusal led to the network being forced to film the abortion-centric script, the Defenders at the Internet Movie Database The Defenders at TV. com The Five Best Episodes of The Defenders
4. The Rogues (TV series) – Although it won the 1964 Golden Globe award for Best Television Series, the show was cancelled after one season consisting of thirty episodes. Niven and Boyer were two of the owners of Four Star Television, the production company. In the latter part of the season Larry Hagman was brought aboard to fill in for Young. The only episode in which Niven and Boyer had more or less equally large roles was Bless You, G. Carter Huntington, Niven briefly appears in a number of episodes but only takes the lead in three because of his schedule constraints. Also lending continuity were the presences of Gladys Cooper and Robert Coote, repeats of the series were aired on Me-TV during 2011-2012 and again in September 2014, and on Decades in March 2015. The Rogues at the Internet Movie Database The Rogues at TV. com
5. Watch Mr. Wizard – Watch Mr. Wizard is an American television program for children that demonstrated the science behind ordinary things. The shows creator and on-air host was Don Herbert, marcel LaFollette says of the program, It enjoyed consistent praise, awards, and high ratings throughout its history. At its peak, Watch Mr. Wizard drew audiences in the millions, by 1956, it had prompted the establishment of more than five thousand Mr. Wizard science clubs, with an estimated membership greater than one hundred thousand. It was briefly revived in 1971, and then in the 1980s was a program on the Nickelodeon childrens television network as Mr. Wizards World, Watch Mr. Wizard first aired on NBC on March 3,1951 with Don Herbert as the title character. In the weekly half hour television show Herbert played a science hobbyist. The children were played by actors, one of them enjoyed a long subsequent acting career. Mr. Wizard always had kind of laboratory experiment going that taught something about science. The experiments, many of which seemed impossible at first glance, were simple enough to be re-created by viewers. The show was successful, by 1954 it was broadcast live by 14 stations. Mr. Wizard Science Clubs were started throughout North America, numbering 5,000 by 1955 and 50,000 by 1965. The show moved from Chicago to New York on September 5,1955, the show was cited by the National Science Foundation and American Chemical Society for increasing interest in science, and won a 1953 Peabody Award. Thirty-two episodes of Watch Mr. Wizard were selected by Don Herbert and released on eight DVDs. They can be found at It was revived by NBC from September 11,1971 through September 2,1972 as Mr. Wizard, based on 26 shows produced in color in Ottawa, Canada at the CJOH-TV studios. The series was legally considered Canadian content, despite the American origins of the series, CBC Television carried these episodes within Canada. Mr. Wizards World, a version of the show developed by Don Herbert, was shown three times a week on Nickelodeon, the then rising kids cable channel. Once again, the revival was produced in Canada and it produced 78 episodes from 1983 onwards, and continued to run thereafter as reruns. During its airing on Nickelodeon, it was the channels #3 rated show in 1983 and it was also famous for its Ask Mr. Wizard segment where Mr. Wizard answered questions sent in by viewers of all ages. Episodes of it were reaired in 2005-2006 on the cable channel The Science Channel
6. The Bill Dana Show – The Bill Dana Show is a United States comedy series starring Bill Dana and Jonathan Harris. The plot follows the lifestyle of Latin American Jose Jimenez. The show was a spin-off from Make Room For Daddy, which showed the character of Jose as an elevator operator before he became a bellhop, in his goodhearted naivete he saw only the good in the people around him. In the second season Maggie Peterson played Susie, a waitress in the coffee shop. Walter Mitty-like dream sequences were used to extricate Jose from the hotel environment. Dana did a cameo as Jose Jimenez on an episode of Batman and he introduces himself to Batman and Robin by saying My name- Jose Jimenez. This episode was titled The Yegg Foes In Gotham and originally aired on ABC on October 20,1966 and it was the last time Dana played Jose Jimenez. The show, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, premiered on September 22,1963 and ran for a season-and-a-half, the Bill Dana Show received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Comedy in 1964. The Bill Dana Show at the Internet Movie Database
7. Cara Williams – Cara Williams is an American film and television actress. Benny Kamiat was a figure in Brooklyn and a journalist for the Brooklyn Eagle. Her mother worked as a manicurist next to Brooklyns Albee Theatre, young Bernice began making impersonations of all the screen stars she watched in the movies there, and knew she wanted to be an actress. Her parents divorced, and her mother relocated her to Los Angeles, soon, she began performing in radio and at the age of 16 in 1941, she was signed to a film contract and began performing in bit roles, credited as Bernice Kay. Williams married Alan Gray in 1945, they had a daughter, Cathy Gray, Williams then married John Drew Barrymore, the father of Drew Barrymore, in 1952. The marriage was troubled and they divorced in 1959 and their son, John Blyth Barrymore, is a former actor. She is currently married to her husband, Los Angeles real estate entrepreneur Asher Dann. Williams grew up in the neighborhood as Oscar-winning actress Susan Hayward. Her first credited role was in the 1941 western Wide Open Town and she followed this with the dramas Girls Town and Happy Land with Don Ameche. In 1944, she appeared uncredited in the Oscar-nominated musical film Sweet and Low-Down and she also had a supporting role in the drama In the Meantime, Darling, which stars Jeanne Crain. Around this time, she took time off, marrying her first husband, Alan Gray, in 1945. She had supporting roles in the Oscar-nominated films Boomerang directed by Elia Kazan and she next had supporting roles in The Saxon Charm which stars Susan Hayward, and Knock on Any Door, which stars Humphrey Bogart. Williams started the 50s appearing often in television from 1950-1952 and she played supporting roles in the musicals The Girl Next Door and The Great Diamond Robbery. She also appeared in Monte Carlo Baby, a comedy with Audrey Hepburn, Williams took time off during this period in which she was married to John Drew Barrymore and gave birth to their son in 1954. In 1956, Williams appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Meet Me in Las Vegas, in 1957, she played a supporting role in The Helen Morgan Story, which stars Ann Blyth and Paul Newman. In 1959, she appeared in Never Steal Anything Small, a comedy with James Cagney. Williams appeared in four episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Decoy, De Mortuis, Last Request, the fall of 1960 saw Cara cast in the lead role of the CBS television comedy series Pete and Gladys, with Harry Morgan as Pete. The series was a spin-off of the popular CBS comedy December Bride, Gladys, his wife, is referred to throughout the entire run of that series but never shown
8. Jonny Quest (TV series) – Jonny Quest is an American animated science fiction adventure television series about a boy who accompanies his scientist father on extraordinary adventures. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Screen Gems, and created and designed by comic book artist Doug Wildey, inspired by radio serials and comics in the action-adventure genre, it featured more realistic art, characters, and stories than Hanna-Barberas previous cartoon programs. Two telefilms, a book series, and a more modern revival series. When Hanna-Barbera could not or would not obtain the rights to Jack Armstrong, Wildey said he went home and wrote Jonny Quest that night — which was not that tough. For inspiration he drew on Jackie Cooper and Frankie Darrow movies, Milton Caniffs comic strip Terry and the Pirates, and, at the behest of Hanna-Barbera, fictional characters like Doc Savage and Tom Swift were also there. Actor Sabu Dastagir inspired the character of Hadji, as Wildey described in 1986, producer Joe Barbera had seen that first film about the English superspy and wanted to get in stuff like 007 — numbers. Which we included, by the way, in the first Jonny Quest and it was called Jonny Quest File 037 or something. We dropped that later, it didnt work, but that was his fathers code name as he worked for the government as a scientist and that kind of thing. Hanna-Barbera refused to him a created by credit, Wildey said, and he and studio finally arrived on Based on an idea created by. The prime-time animated TV series Jonny Quest debuted on ABC at 7, 30PM EDT on Friday, as comics historian Daniel Herman wrote, Wildeys designs on Jonny Quest gave a cartoon a distinctive look, with its heavy blacks and its Caniff-inspired characters. The show was a story involving the features namesake, an 11-year-old boy. The look of Jonny Quest was unlike any other television show of the time, with its colorful backgrounds, and its focus on the characters with their jet packs, hydrofoils. Wildey would work on animation projects, but it was with his work on Jonny Quest that he reached his widest audience, bringing a comic book sense of design. Wildey did not design the more cartoonishly drawn, pet bulldog, Bandit, although they do not appear in any episode, scenes from the Jack Armstrong test film were incorporated into the Jonny Quest closing credits. They are the scenes of Jack Armstrong and Billy Fairfield escaping from African warriors by hovercraft, the test sequence and a number of drawings and storyboards by Wildey were used to sell the series to ABC and sponsors. The shows working titles were The Saga of Chip Baloo, which Wildey said wasnt really serious, but that was it for the beginning, the name Quest was selected from a phone book, for its adventurous implications. Jonathan Jonny Quest is an 11-year-old American boy who lost his mother at an early age, though unenthusiastic in his schooling, he is intelligent, brave, adventurous, and generally athletic with a proficiency in judo, scuba diving, and the handling of firearms. He takes on responsibility willingly, attending to his studies, and his voice was provided by actor Tim Matheson
9. The Outer Limits (1963 TV series) – The Outer Limits is an American television series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1965 at 7,30 PM Eastern Time on Mondays. The series is compared to The Twilight Zone, but with a greater emphasis on science fiction stories. The Outer Limits is an anthology of self-contained episodes, sometimes with a plot twist at the end, the series was revived in 1995, airing on Showtime from 1995 to 2000, then on Sci-Fi Channel from 2001 until its cancellation in 2002. In 1997, the episode The Zanti Misfits was ranked #98 on TV Guides 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time, each show would begin with either a cold open or a preview clip, followed by a Control Voice narration that was mainly run over visuals of an oscilloscope. Until next week at the time, when the control voice will take you to – The Outer Limits. Later episodes used one of two shortened versions of the introduction, the first few episodes began simply with the title screen followed by the narration and no cold open or preview clip. The Control Voice was performed by actor Vic Perrin, the Outer Limits was originally broadcast on the American television network ABC. In total,49 episodes were produced and it was one of many series influenced by The Twilight Zone and Science Fiction Theatre, though it ultimately proved influential in its own right. In the un-aired pilot, the series was called Please Stand By, Series creator Leslie Stevens retitled it The Outer Limits. With a few changes, the pilot aired as the premiere episode, Writers for The Outer Limits included creator Stevens and Joseph Stefano, who was the Season 1 producer and creative guiding force. Stefano wrote more episodes of the show any other writer. Future Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne wrote The Chameleon, which was the episode filmed for Season 1. Two especially notable Season 2 episodes Demon with a Glass Hand and Soldier were written by Harlan Ellison, the former was for several years the only episode of The Outer Limits available on laser-disc. Season 1 combined science-fiction and horror, while Season 2 was more focused on science fiction stories. Each show in Season 1 was to have a monster or creature as a part of the story line. Season 1 writer and producer Joseph Stefano believed that element was necessary to provide fear, suspense. This kind of story element became known as the bear and this device was, however, mostly dropped in Season 2 when Stefano left. In other parts of the United States, the Thetan footage was tape-delayed until after the 11 oclock evening news, in still others, it was not shown at all
10. The Price Is Right (1956 U.S. game show) – The Price Is Right is an American game show where contestants made successive bids on merchandise prizes with the goal of bidding closest to the actual retail price of the prize without going over. The show was a precursor to the current and best-known version of the show and this makes The Price Is Right one of only a few game shows that have aired in some form across all three of what were then the Big Three television networks. The series premiered on NBCs daytime schedule on November 26,1956, Bill Cullen hosted both versions of the show, his easygoing personality was cited as a key element of the shows success. In 1963, The Price Is Right switched networks and both the daytime and primetime series moved to ABC, on September 3,1965, the show aired its final episode after nearly nine years on the air. A prize was presented for the contestants to bid on, after the opening bid, contestants bid on the item in turn with each successive bid a certain amount higher than the previous bid. A contestant could freeze his/her current bid instead of increasing it if he/she believed his/her bid was close enough to win. A later rule allowed contestants, on their bid only, to underbid the other bids. Some rounds were designated as one-bid rounds, where only one round of bidding was held, the bidding continued until a buzzer sounded, at which point each contestant who had not yet frozen was given one final bid. Bidding also ended when three of the contestants had frozen, at point the fourth contestant was allowed one final bid. Cullen then read the actual price of the prize. The contestant whose bid was closest without going over the actual price won the item, if everyone overbid, the prize was not won, however, Cullen sometimes had the overbids erased and instructed players to give lower bids prior to reading the actual price. Frequently, a bell rang after the winner was revealed, indicating a bonus prize accompanied the item up for bids, while this was typically an additional prize, a bonus game often accompanied the prize. After a set number of rounds, the contestant who accumulated the highest value in cash and prizes became the champion, the Price Is Right frequently featured a home viewer Showcase, a multi-prize package for which home viewers were invited to submit their bids via postcard. The viewer who was closest to the retail price without going over won everything in the Showcase. The term showcase was later replaced by sweepstakes, very often, home viewers were stunningly accurate with their bids, including several viewers who guessed the price correct down to the penny. Home Viewer Showcases have also featured on the CBS version, in 1972,1978, annually from 1980–1987,1990. Its format was unchanged through 1990, but the 2011 version, because of the advance in technology, changed to a ten-prizes-in-a-week format, each day the price of one of the prizes was revealed to the home audience, and the price of the second prize was not provided. Instead of postcards, the bids had to be submitted through the shows website, while many of the prizes on the original Price Is Right were normal, standard game show fare, there were many instances of outlandish prizes being offered
11. Truth or Consequences – The television show ran on CBS, NBC and also in syndication. The premise of the show was to mix the original element of game shows with wacky stunts. The daily syndicated show was produced by Ralph Edwards Productions, in association with and distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation, current rights are owned by Ralph Edwards Productions and FremantleMedia. On the show, contestants received roughly two seconds to answer a question correctly before Beulah the Buzzer sounded. If the contestant could not complete the Truth portion, there would be Consequences, usually a zany, from the start, most contestants preferred to answer the question wrong in order to perform the stunt. Said Edwards, Most of the American people are darned good sports, sometimes, if that military person was based in California, his or her spouse or parents were flown in for that reunion. During Barkers run as host, a game, Barkers Box, was played at the end of the show. Barker traditionally ended each episode with the phrase, Hoping all your consequences are happy ones, in one 1994 episode of The Price Is Right, he started to deliver that closing, but caught his mistake and covered it by saying hoping all your. prices are right. Instead of his familiar Have your pets spayed or neutered line he was best known for using at the time, Ralph Edwards stated he got the idea for a new radio program from a favorite childhood parlor game, Forfeits. The show premiered on NBC Radio in March 23,1940, Truth or Consequences was the first game show to air on broadcast television, airing as a one-time experiment on the first day of New York station WNBTs commercial program schedule on July 1,1941. However, the series did not appear on TV again until 1950, the program originated as a prime time series, airing on CBS from September 7,1950 to May 31,1951, hosted by Edwards. Three years later, it returned on NBC with Jack Bailey as host, only three months after its demise, NBC launched a new daytime version on December 20 of that year, with radio personality Bob Barker at the helm. This run not only marked the start of a hugely successful TV career for Barker, during Barkers run, another prime time version was attempted, this one with actor Steve Dunne emceeing, which ran on NBC from December 13,1957 to June 6,1958. Edwards pioneered several technologies for recording television programs. A similar process was adapted by Desilu for I Love Lucy the following year. In 1966, Truth or Consequences became the first successful game show in first-run syndication to not air on a network. However, this version did not click in the ratings and was cancelled after a single season, a decade later, Truth or Consequences returned in syndication for the 1987-88 season, this time with actor Larry Anderson as host, assisted by Murray Langston. This effort also failed to attract audiences and was gone after one season, people Are Funny CBS Television Quiz Spelling Bee Truth or Consequences, New Mexico Truth or Consequences at the Internet Movie Database Radio programs