Family TV Classics – Vol. 1
Television programming has had a huge impact on American culture. Many have dubbed the 1950s as the Golden Age of Television. TV sets were expensive and so the audience was generally affluent. So television mostly broadcast serious dramas and plays. As the households with TVs multiplied and spread to other segments of society, more varied programming came in. Situation comedies and variety shows were formats that were borrowed from radio. Former vaudeville stars like Milton Berle, Sid Caesar and Jackie Gleason found stardom after years of toiling on the stages. Ernie Kovacs was one of the first comedians to really understand and exploit the technology of television and became a master of the sight gag.During the 50s, quiz shows became popular until a scandal erupted. For three years, producers of “The $64,000 Question” supplied an appealing contestant with the answers to tough trivia questions to heighten the drama.During this time, many of the genres that today’s audiences are familiar with were developed —westerns, kids’ shows, situation comedies, sketch comedies, game shows, dramas, news and sports programming. Television… How Sweet it Was! In the 1950s and 60s the whole family could gather in the living room and watch their favorite shows. This collection includes 32 rare episodes from the 1950s. 8 DVD Set.
My Little Margie, Trouble With Father, Our Miss Brooks, Ozzie & Harriet, Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, Meet Corliss Archer, I Married Joan, Roy Rogers, Annie Oakley, Gabby Hayes, Champion, Blondie, Professional Father, Hey Mulligan!, Tony Martin Show, The Mickey Rooney Show, Angel, The Big Story, Susie, Dennis O’Keefe, My Hero, Life With Luigi, Dupont Cavalcade Theater, The Ruggles, Beulah, Make Room for Daddy, The Life of Riley, Beat the Clock, Do You Trust Your Wife?, What’s My Line?, $64,000 Question.