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TV Seasons

1955

1955/56 – The $64,000 Question was #1 on CBS Tuesday.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1955 season; Meet Millie was cancelled in the fourth season.

Alternate Series:

The Jack Benny Show and Private Secretary were on CBS Sunday at 7:30 PM.

The Goodyear Playhouse and The Alcoa Hour were on NBC Sunday at 9:30 PM.

The Milton Berle Show, The Martha Raye Show and The Chevy Show were on NBC Tuesday at 8 PM.

Ozark Jubilee and Grand Ole Opry were on ABC Saturday at 8 PM. Grand Ole Opry appeared monthly.

Armstrong Circle Theatre and Pontiac Presents Playwrights '56 were on NBC Tuesday at 9:30 PM.

Armstrong Circle Theatre and The Kaiser Aluminum Hour were on NBC Tuesday at 9:30 PM for the summer.

20th Century Fox Hour and The U.S. Steel Hour were on CBS Wednesday at 10 PM.

Anniversary:

Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports celebrated ten years on NBC.

Kraft Television Theatre celebrated ten years on NBC.

Biggest New Hit: The Honeymooners was #19 on CBS Saturday. Jackie Gleason gave up last season's #2 show, The Jackie Gleason Show, to solely focus on The Honeymooners. For some season, The Honeymooners was not a big hit it suppose to be. One of the most beloved sitcoms was cancelled in the first season. It lasted for thirty nine episodes. The Perry Como Show came to NBC at the right moment; he claimed Saturday for NBC with his one hour show. His fifteen minute show was on CBS from 1950–1955. Perry Como was #18 of the season. The next season, Jackie Gleason returned in his one hour variety show, but he couldn't put a dent in the new king of Saturday Night. Jackie Gleason was #29 and Perry Como was #11. Jackie Gleason called it a night at the end of the season; Perry Como continued to prosper on Saturday for the next few years.

Movies 2 TV:

Casablanca was based on the 1942 Humphrey Bogart movie. The movie won the best picture Oscar.

Cheyenne was loosely based on the 1947 Dennis Morgan movie.

Kings Row was based on the 1942 Ron Reagan movie.

Name Change:

Blue Ribbon Bouts to Wednesday Night Fights.

Cavalcade Of America to DuPont Cavalcade Theater.

The Colgate Comedy Hour to The Colgate Variety Hour.

The Dunninger Show to The Amazing Dunninger

Fireside Theatre to The Jane Wyman Show. Jane was the most identified with the show. Therefore, they renamed the show in her honor. She first appeared in 1955 on Fireside Theatre.

Toast Of The Town to The Ed Sullivan Show

You'll Never Get Rich became The Phil Silvers Show two months later.

Original Run:

The Adventures Of Robin Hood was on CBS Monday at 7:30 PM.

The Alcoa Hour was on NBC Sunday at 9:30 PM.

Crossroads was on ABC Friday at 8:30 PM.

Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon was on CBS Thursday at 7:30 PM.

20th Century Fox Hour was on CBS Wednesday at 10 PM.

Radio:

Grand Ole Opry was on NBC from 1939–1957.

Gunsmoke was on CBS from 1952–1961. William Conrad was the voice of Marshall Dillon.

The Man Called X was on the radio from 1944–1948 and 1950–1952.

Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon was on the radio from 1947–1955.

Reruns:

ABC aired Topper reruns till March 956. NBC aired them in the summer.

NBC aired Dear Phoebe reruns in the summer.

Encore Theatre was the reruns of Pepsi–Cola Playhouse and Studio 57 episodes.

Festivals Of Stars was the reruns of Ford Theatre episodes.

Spotlight Playhouse shown reruns of Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars.

The Return:

The Quiz Kids returned to CBS for a last season with a new host, Clifton Fadiman. Joe Kelly hosted it from 1949-1953.

NBC revived the former CBS show, This is Show Business, for another season in the summer of 1956.

NBC revived Man Against Crime as a LIVE summer series.

The Eddy Arnold Show returned to ABC. It was previously on NBC in 1953.

Ernie Kovacs returned to The Ernie Kovacs Show. He was previously on CBS in 1953.

ABC revived Music At The Meadowbrook. Jimmy Blaine returned as the host.

ABC revived Mark Saber with a new name, The Vise, in December 1955. Really, Mark Saber took over the name, The Vise, from the previous 1954–1955 series, The Vise, and The Vise's time slot.

Summer Replacement:

The Charlie Farrell Show replaced I Love Lucy for the summer.

Chevrolet On Broadway replaced The Dinah Shore Show for the summer.

Encore Theatre replaced The George Gobel Show for the summer.

The Ernie Kovacs Show replaced Caesar’s Hour for the summer.

Frankie Laine Time replaced Arthur Godfrey And His Friends for the summer.

The Jaye P. Morgan Show replaced Coke Time for the summer.

The Julius LaRosa Show replaced The Perry Como Show for the summer.

Sneak Preview replaced Jane Wyman's Fireside Theatre for the summer.

The Tony Bennett Show replaced The Perry Como Show for the summer.

Undercurrent replaced The Lineup for the summer.

The Vic Damone Show replaced December Bride for the summer.

Switch Networks:

Blue Ribbon Fights (CBS) to Wednesday Night Fights (ABC).

Down You Go went from CBS to ABC (September 1955) to NBC (June 1956).

The Dunninger Show (NBC) to The Amazing Dunninger (ABC).

Ethel & Albert went from CBS to ABC.

Life Begins At Eighty went from DUM to ABC.

Screen Director's Playhouse went from NBC to ABC in June 1956.

Tidbits:

Mama was very popular that CBS cancelled the show in 1956; there was a huge viewer outrage. Mama returned to CBS for a short run on Sunday afternoons the following December.

Warner Bros. Presents was the umbrella title for three rotating series – Kings Row, Cheyenne and Casablanca. Only Cheyenne survived for the season and lasted for eight seasons.

 

1955/56 Fall Season

One Season (1955/56)

The Adventures Of Robin Hood – 1955–1958, CBS, adventure, Richard Greene

The Alcoa Hour – 1955–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Alfred Hitchcock Presents – 1955–1960, CBS; 1960–1962, NBC; 1962–1964, CBS; 1964/65, NBC, suspense anthology

Big Surprise – 1955–1957, NBC, quiz, Jack Barry

Bold Journey – July 1956–1959, ABC, travel documentary

Cheyenne – 1955–1963, ABC, western, Clint Walker

Crossroads – 1955–1957, ABC, dramatic anthology

Crusader – 1955–1957, CBS, international intrigue, Brian Keith

The Ford Show Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford – 1956–1961, NBC, musical variety

Gunsmoke – 1955–1975, CBS, western

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp – 1955–1961, ABC, western

Navy Log – 1955/56, CBS; 1956–1958, ABC, military anthology

The People's Choice – 1955–1958, NBC, comedy, Jackie Cooper

Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon – 1955–1958, CBS, police drama, Richard Simmons

The Steve Allen Show – January 1956–1960, NBC; 1961/62, ABC, variety

20th Century Fox Hour – 1955–1957, CBS, anthology, Joseph Cotten

You'll Never Get Rich – 1955–1959, CBS, comedy, Phil Silvers

Wednesday Night Fights – 1955–1960, ABC, boxing

 

Cancelled Shows:

The Adventures Of Champion – CBS, adventure, Barry Curtis

Brave Eagle – CBS, western, Keith Larsen

Casablanca – ABC, international intrigue, Charles McGraw

The Chevy Show – NBC, variety

Frontier – NBC, western anthology, Walter Coy

The Honeymooners – CBS, comedy, Jackie Gleason, Art Carney

Kings Row – ABC, drama, Jack Kelly

It's Always Jan – CBS, comedy, Janis Paige

MGM Parade – ABC, documentary, George Murphy

The Martha Raye Show – NBC, comedy/variety, Martha Raye

Medical Horizons – ABC, public affairs, LIVE, Quincy Howe

Outside U.S.A – ABC, documentary, Quincy Howe

Pontiac Presents Playwrights '56 – NBC, dramatic anthology

Screen Director's Playhouse – NBC, anthology

Star Stage – NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE, Jeffrey Lynn

Wanted – CBS, documentary, Walter McGraw

 

18 out of 35 new series SURVIVED for 1956/57

ABC – 5/10, Bold Journey, Cheyenne, Crossroads, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp & Wednesday Night Fights

CBS – 8/14, The Adventures Of Robin Hood, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Crusader, Gunsmoke, Navy Log, Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon, 20th Century Fox Hour & You'll Never Get Rich

NBC – 5/11, The Alcoa Hour, Big Surprise, The Ford Show Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, The People's Choice & The Steve Allen Show

 

Mid season shows

Do You Trust Your Wife? – January 1956–1957, CBS, quiz, Edgar Bergen

Encore Theatre – 1956, 1957, NBC, dramatic anthology, reruns

Festival Of Stars – 1956, 1957, NBC, dramatic anthology, reruns

High Finance – July–December 1956, CBS, quiz, Dennis James

It's Polka Time – July 1956–1957, music, Bruno Zielinski

The Julius LaRosa Show – 1956–1957, NBC, musical variety, Julius LaRosa

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour – July 1956–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Music At The Meadowbrook – ABC, musical variety, LIVE, Jimmy Blaine

My Friend Flicka – February 1956–1957, CBS; 1957/58, NBC, adventure, Gene Evans

National Bowling Champions – April–Dec 1956, NBC; 1957, ABC, sports, Joe Wilson

Press Conference – July–Sept 1956, NBC; 1956/57, ABC, interview, Martha Roundtree

Quiz Kids – Jan–Sept 1956, CBS, quiz, Clifton Fadiman

$64,000 Challenge – April 1956–1958, CBS, quiz, Sonny Fox

The Steve Allen Show – June 1956–1960, NBC, variety, Steve Allen

Telephone Time – April 1956–1957, CBS; 1957/58, ABC, dramatic anthology, John Nesbitt

The Vic Damone Show – July 1956–1957, CBS, musical variety, Vic Damone

The Vise – December 1955–1957, ABC; 1957–1960, NBC, detective drama, Donald Grey

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

Adventure Theater – NBC, adventure anthology, Paul Douglas

Air Time '57 – ABC, musical variety, LIVE, Vaughn Monroe

CBS Cartoon Theatre – CBS, cartoon, Dick Van Dyke

The Charlie Farrell Show – CBS, comedy, Charlie Farrell

Chevrolet On Broadway – NBC, musical variety, Snooky Lanson

Combat Sergeant – ABC, war drama, Michael Thomas

The Eddy Arnold Show – ABC, musical variety, Eddy Arnold

The Ernie Kovacs Show – NBC, comedy/variety, Ernie Kovacs

General Electric Summer Originals – ABC, dramatic anthology

The Golden Touch Of Frankie Carle – NBC, music, LIVE, Frankie Carle

The Gordon MacRae Show – NBC, music, LIVE, Gordon MacRae

Grand Ole Opry – ABC, country music, LIVE, Minnie Pearl, Chet Atkins

Hollywood Summer Theatre – CBS, dramatic anthology, Gene Raymond

The Ina Ray Hutton Show – NBC, musical variety, Ina Ray Hutton

The Jack Drees Sports Show – ABC, sports news, Jack Drees

The Jaye P. Morgan Show – NBC, music, Jaye P. Morgan

Joe & Mabel – CBS, comedy, Norman Fell

Man Against Crime – NBC, detective drama, Frank Lovejoy

NBC Comedy Hour – NBC, comedy variety, Gale Storm, Jonathan Winters

The Patti Page Show – NBC, musical variety, Patti Page

The Russ Morgan Show – CBS, music, LIVE, Russ Morgan

Saturday Sports Mirror – CBS, sports news, Jack Drees

Sneak Preview – NBC, anthology, Nelson Case

This Is Show Business – NBC, variety

The Tony Bennett Show – NBC, musical variety, Tony Bennett

Twilight Theater – ABC, dramatic anthology

 

 

Syndication

The Adventure Of Fu Manchu – 1955–1956, syndication, crime drama, Glen Gordon

Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal – 1955–1957, syndication, medical drama, John Howard

Highway Patrol – 1955–1959, syndication, crime drama, Broderick Crawford

The Man Called X – syndication, intrigue, Barry Sullivan

Sheena, Queen Of The Jungle – syndication, adventure, Irish McCalla

 

Two Seasons (1954/55)

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin – 1954–1959, ABC, western

The Amazing Dunninger – June–Sept 1955, NBC; 1956, ABC, mind reading

Appointment With Adventure – April 1955–1956, dramatic anthology, LIVE

The Bob Cummings Show – January/September 1955, NBC; July 1955–1957, CBS; 1957–1959, NBC, comedy

Caesar’s Hour – 1954–1957, NBC, comedy/variety

Climax! – 1954–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Compass – 1954–1957, ABC, travelogue

Country Music Jubilee – January 1955–1960, ABC, country music

Damon Runyon Theatre – April 1955–1956, ABC, dramatic anthology

December Bride – 1954–1959, CBS, comedy

Disneyland – 1954–1983, anthology

Father Knows Best – 1954/55, CBS; 1955–1958, NBC; 1958–1960, CBS

Frankie Laine Time – July 1955–1956, CBS, musical variety

The George Gobel Show – 1954–1959, NBC; 1959/60, CBS, comedy variety

The Jimmy Durante Show – 1954–1956, NBC, comedy/variety, LIVE

The Johnny Carson Show – June 1955–1956, comedy/variety

Lassie – 1954–1971, CBS; 1971–1974, Syndication, adventure

The Lawrence Welk Show – 1954–1971, ABC, music

The Lineup – 1954–1960, CBS, police drama

The Millionaire – January 1955–1960, CBS, dramatic anthology

Passport To Danger – 1954–1956, syndication, intrigue

People are Funny – 1954–1961, NBC, quiz

Producers' Showcase – 1954–1957, NBC, anthology

Science Fiction Theatre – April 1955–1957, syndication, sci fi anthology

Shower Of Stars – 1954–1958, CBS, musical variety, LIVE

$64,000 Question – June 1955–1959, CBS, game

Soldiers Of Fortune – Early 1955–1956, syndication, adventure

Spotlight – June 1955–1959, CBS, dramatic anthology

Star Tonight – February 1955–1956, ABC, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Stop The Music – 1954–1956, ABC, quiz

TV Reader's Digest – January 1955–1956, ABC, dramatic anthology

Talent Varieties – June–November 1955, ABC, variety

Tomorrow's Careers – March 1955–1956, ABC, information

Tonight – 1954–1957, NBC, talk/variety

Undercurrent – July 1955–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology

The Vise – 1954–1955, ABC, suspense anthology

 

Three Seasons (1953/54)

Annie Oakley – January 1954–1957, syndication, western

The Best In Mystery – 1954–1956, NBC, dramatic anthology

The Big Picture – 1953–1959, ABC, documentary

Dollar A Second – 1953/54, DUM; summer of 1954, NBC; 1954/55, ABC; summer of 1955, NBC; 1955/56, ABC; summer of 1957, NBC, quiz

The Dotty Mack Show – February–August 1953, DUM; 1953–1956, ABC, music

Greatest Sport Thrills – January 1954–1956, sports

I Lead Three Lives – 1953–1956, syndication, intrigue

The Loretta Young Show – 1953–1961, NBC, dramatic anthology

Justice – April 1954–1956, NBC, law drama, LIVE

Make Room For Daddy – 1953–1957, ABC; 1957–1965, CBS, comedy

Medic – 1954–Nov 1956, medical drama

Midwestern Hayride – June 1954–1956, NBC; July 1957–1958, ABC; 1959, NBC, musical variety

My Favorite Husband – 1953–1955, CBS, comedy

Omnibus – 1953–1956, CBS; 1956/57, ABC, culture

Person to Person – 1953–1961, CBS, interview

Red Barber's Corner – 1953–1955, CBS; 1955–1958, NBC, sports commentary

The Tony Martin Show – April 1954–1956, NBC, music, LIVE

Topper reruns – 1955/56, ABC, comedy

Truth Or Consequences – May 1953–1956, NBC, quiz

U.S. Steel Hour – 1953–1955, ABC; 1955–1963, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Waterfront – February 1954–1956, syndication, adventure

 

Four Seasons (1952/53)

The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet – 1952–1966, ABC, comedy

The Adventures Of Superman – 1952–1958, syndication, adventure

Coke Time – April 1953–1957, NBC, music, LIVE

Death Valley Days – 1952–1975, syndication, western anthology

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents – January 1953–1957, syndication, anthology

DuPont Cavalcade Theater – 1952–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology

Ethel & Albert – April 1953–1954, NBC; June–Sept 1955, CBS; 1955/56, ABC, comedy

Ford Theatre – 1952–1956, NBC; 1956/57, ABC, dramatic anthology

Four Star Playhouse – 1952–1956, CBS, dramatic anthology

General Electric Theater – February 1953–1962, CBS, dramatic anthology

The Life Of Riley – January 1953–1958, NBC, comedy

Meet Millie – 1952–1956, CBS, comedy

Name That Tune – June 1953–1954, NBC; 1954–1959, CBS, game

Our Miss Brooks – 1952–1956, CBS, comedy

Private Secretary – February 1953–1957, CBS, comedy

This Is Your Life – 1952–1961, NBC, testimonial

Two For The Money – 1952/53, NBC; 1953-1957, CBS, quiz

 

Five Seasons (1951/52)

Chance Of A Lifetime – May 1952–1953, ABC; 1953–1955, DUM; 1955/56, ABC, talent

The Dinah Shore Show – November 1951–1957, NBC, music

Dragnet – January 1952–1959, NBC, police drama

Goodyear TV Playhouse 1951–1960, NBC, dramatic anthology

I Love Lucy – 1951–1957, CBS, comedy

I’ve Got A Secret – June 1952–1967, CBS, game

Life Is Worth Living – February 1952–1955, DUM; 1955–1957, religious

Masquerade Party – 1952, NBC; 1953, 1954, CBS; 1954–Fall 1956, ABC; 1957, NBC; 1958, CBS; 1958/59, NBC; October 1959–January 1960, CBS; Jan–Sept 1960, NBC, quiz/panel

The Red Skelton Show – 1951–1953, NBC; 1953–1970, CBS, 1970/71, NBC; variety

Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars – 1951–1959, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

 

Six Seasons (1950/51)

The Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickok – April 1951–1958, syndication, western

Big Town – 1950–1954, CBS; 1954–1956, NBC, newspaper drama

The Cisco Kid – 1950–1956, syndication, western

The Colgate Variety Hour – 1950–1956, NBC, variety

Down You Go – May 1951–1955, DUM; summer of 1955, CBS; 1955/56, ABC; summer of 1956, NBC, quiz

The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show – 1950–1958, CBS, comedy

The Jack Benny Show – 1950–1964, CBS; 1964/65, NBC, comedy

Lux Video Theatre – 1950–1954, CBS; 1954–1957, NBC, LIVE

You Asked For It – December 1950–1952, DUM; 1951–1959, ABC, audience participation

You Bet Your Life – 1950–1961, NBC, quiz

 

Seven Seasons (1949/50)

Armstrong Circle Theatre – June 1950–1957, NBC; 1957–1963, CBS, dramatic anthology

The Arthur Murray Party – 1950, ABC; 1950/51, DUM, 1951/52, ABC; 1952, CBS; 1952/53, DUM; 1953, CBS; 1953/54 – 1954/55, NBC; 1956, CBS; 1956/57, NBC, musical variety

Beat The Clock – March 1950–1958, CBS, quiz

The Big Story – 1949–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology

The Gene Autry Show – July 1950–1956, CBS, western

Life Begins At Eighty – January–August 1950, NBC; 1950 – 1952, ABC; 1952–1955, DUM; 1955/56, ABC, discussion

The Lone Ranger – 1949–1957, ABC, western

Pantomime Quiz – July 1950–1951, CBS; Jan–March 1952, NBC; 1952/53, CBS; 1953/54, DUM; summer of 1954, CBS; Jan–March 1955, ABC; 1955–1957, CBS; 1958/59, ABC, quiz

Robert Montgomery Presents – January 1950–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology

The Voice of Firestone – 1949–1954, NBC; 1954–1959, ABC, music

What’s My Line? – February 1950–1967, CBS, game

Your Hit Parade – summer of 1950–1958, NBC; 1958/59, CBS, music

 

Eight seasons (1948/49)

Arthur Godfrey & His Friends – January 1949–1959, CBS, musical variety

Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts – 1948–1958, CBS, talent

Break The Bank – 1948/49, ABC; 1949–1952, NBC; 1952/53, CBS; summer of 1953, NBC; Jan 1954–1956, ABC; 1956/57, NBC, quiz

The Jane Wyman Show – April 1949–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology

Mama – July 1949–1956, CBS, comedy/drama, LIVE

The Perry Como Show – 1948–1950, NBC; 1950–1955, CBS; 1955–1963, NBC, variety

Studio One – 1948–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology

 

Nine seasons (1947/48)

The Ed Sullivan Show – June 1948–1971, CBS, variety

Meet The Press – November 1947–1965, NBC, interview

The Milton Berle Show – June 1948–1956, NBC, comedy/variety

Original Amateur Hour – January 1948–1949, DUM; 1949–1954, NBC; 1955–1957, ABC; 1957/58, NBC; May 1959, CBS; March 1960, ABC, talent

 

Ten seasons (1946/47)

Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports – 1946–1960, NBC, boxing

Kraft Television Theatre – May 1947–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology

 

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