Old television shows
Old television shows
Branded as the golden age of television, the fifties saw a rise of fresh new faces that dominated in variety shows and western television movies. The old television shows were variety shows that made sensation in the early 1950’s while the western-cowboy movies on the latter part. Aside from variety shows and western television shows, old television shows included game shows, news shows, and quiz shows.
Old television shows: variety shows
The Milton Berle Show was on air from June 8, 1948 to January 6, 1967. It was shown as black and white and ran for 60 minutes, 30 minutes, and then went back to 60 minutes. From June 1948 to June 1956, this old television show was aired over NBC every Tuesday from 8:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. The show was moved to another time slot, 9:00p.m. to 9:30p.m. within the same channel from October 1958 to May 1959. Then producers decided to put it back to one hour from September 1966 until its demise in January 1967 at 9:00-10:00 in the evening.
The Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour ran from January 18, 1948 to September 26, 1970. Originally a radio hosted by Major Bowes, the hosting position was taken over by Ted Mack when the show first went live, although it still bore the name of the original host. Thousands of talents appeared on the show; however, only few actually became popular. The talents were voted by viewers, who sent them in a postcard.
Your Hit Parade was a 30-minute show that went on air from October 7, 1950 to April 24, 1959 also shown in black and white. It was hosted by Andre Baruch and Del Sharbutt. The regular performers mostly presented the hit songs on the charts and sang the top seven most popular songs for a particular week. It entailed expensive and extravagant production numbers in every song performed to make it interesting.
The Jack Benny Show went on air over CBS and NBC channels. Colored televisions were not developed yet so expectedly the old television shows in the fifties until the 70’s were produced as black and white. The Jack Benny show ran for 30 minutes hosted by Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone, who portrayed Mrs. Jack Benny, the announcer was Don Wilson. Jack Benny moved from a radio to a television personality. This was a classic comedy show.
One practical reason why old television shows started to flourish in the 50’s is people were still on the hype after the World War that ended in 1945.