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Back in the '50s and '60s, there were only three broadcast TV networks (plus Dumont, for a while) and no cable networks.  There were also local independent stations that tended to show reruns, movies, children's programs, and cartoons.  Overall, though, the viewing choices were fairly slim.  So we had much more of a shared viewing experience than we encounter with today's wide range of entertainment choices.
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Chickenman radio series Chickenman radio series

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The $64,000 Question The $64,000 Question

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12 O'Clock High 12 O'Clock High

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21 Beacon Street 21 Beacon Street

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77 Sunset Strip 77 Sunset Strip

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The Abbott and Costello Show The Abbott and Costello Show

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Adam-12 Adam-12

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The Addams Family The Addams Family

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The Adventures of Jim Bowie The Adventures of Jim Bowie

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The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

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Adventures of Superman Adventures of Superman

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock Presents

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American Bandstand American Bandstand

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Amos 'n' Andy Amos 'n' Andy

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The Andy Griffth Show The Andy Griffth Show

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Andy's Gang Andy's Gang

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The Ann Sothern Show The Ann Sothern Show

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Annie Oakley Annie Oakley

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Appointment with Adventure Appointment with Adventure
Art Linkletter's House Party Art Linkletter's House Party

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The Avengers The Avengers

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Bachelor Father Bachelor Father

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Bat Masterson Bat Masterson

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Batman Batman

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Beat the Clock Beat the Clock

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Ben Casey Ben Casey

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Beulah Beulah

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The Beverly Hillbillies The Beverly Hillbillies

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Bewitched Bewitched

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The Big Valley The Big Valley

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Blondie Blondie

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Blue Angels Blue Angels
The Bob Cummings Show (Love That Bob) The Bob Cummings Show (Love That Bob)

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Bonanza Bonanza

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Boston Blackie Boston Blackie

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Bourbon Street Beat Bourbon Street Beat

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The Brady Bunch The Brady Bunch

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Branded Branded
Broken Arrow Broken Arrow

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Bronco Bronco

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Burke's Law Burke's Law

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Camp Runamuck Camp Runamuck
Candid Camera Candid Camera

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Captain Kangaroo Captain Kangaroo

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Captain Midnight Captain Midnight

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Captain Nice Captain Nice

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Captain Video and His Video Rangers Captain Video and His Video Rangers

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Car 54, Where Are You? Car 54, Where Are You?

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The Carol Burnett Show The Carol Burnett Show

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Casey Jones Casey Jones

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CBS Radio Mystery Theater CBS Radio Mystery Theater

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Checkmate Checkmate

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Cheyenne Cheyenne

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Choose Up Sides Choose Up Sides
Circus Boy Circus Boy

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Cisco Kid Cisco Kid

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Code 3 Code 3
Colgate Comedy Hour Colgate Comedy Hour
Colt 45 Colt 45

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Combat! Combat!

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Concentration Concentration

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Convoy Convoy

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The Courtship of Eddie's Father The Courtship of Eddie's Father

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Daktari Daktari

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Daniel Boone Daniel Boone

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Dark Shadows Dark Shadows

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The Dating Game The Dating Game

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The David Susskind Show The David Susskind Show

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December Bride December Bride

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The Defenders The Defenders

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Dennis the Menace Dennis the Menace

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The Detectives The Detectives

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The Dick Cavett Show The Dick Cavett Show

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The Dick Van Dyke Show The Dick Van Dyke Show

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Ding Dong School Ding Dong School

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Discovery Discovery

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Diver Dan Diver Dan

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Doctor Who Doctor Who
The Donna Reed Show The Donna Reed Show
Dr. Kildare Dr. Kildare
Dragnet (TV) Dragnet (TV)

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The DuMont television network The DuMont television network

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The Ed Sullivan Show The Ed Sullivan Show

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Ethel and Albert Ethel and Albert

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F Troop F Troop

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The F.B.I. The F.B.I.

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Family Affair Family Affair
Father Knows Best Father Knows Best

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Fireball XL5 Fireball XL5
Flipper Flipper

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The Flying Nun The Flying Nun
The French Chef The French Chef

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The Fugitive The Fugitive

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Fury Fury

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The Gary Moore Show The Gary Moore Show

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GE College Bowl GE College Bowl
Gentle Ben Gentle Ben

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The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Gobel Show The George Gobel Show

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Get Smart Get Smart
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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Gidget Gidget

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Gilligan's Island Gilligan's Island
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
The Goldbergs The Goldbergs

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Gomer Pyle - USMC Gomer Pyle - USMC

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Green Acres Green Acres

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The Green Hornet The Green Hornet

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Grindl Grindl

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Gunsmoke Gunsmoke

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The Hathaways The Hathaways
Have Gun - Will Travel Have Gun - Will Travel

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Hawaii Five-O Hawaii Five-O

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Hawaiian Eye Hawaiian Eye
Hazel Hazel

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Hennesey Hennesey

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Here's Lucy Here's Lucy
Hey, Landlord! Hey, Landlord!
The High Chaparral The High Chaparral
Highway Patrol Highway Patrol

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Hogan's Heroes Hogan's Heroes

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Hollywood a Go Go Hollywood a Go Go
Honey West Honey West

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The Honeymooners The Honeymooners

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Hopalong Cassidy Hopalong Cassidy

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How to Marry a Millionaire How to Marry a Millionaire
Howdy Doody Howdy Doody

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Hullabaloo Hullabaloo

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The Huntley-Brinkley Report The Huntley-Brinkley Report
I Dream of Jeannie I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy I Love Lucy

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I Married Joan I Married Joan
I Remember Mama I Remember Mama
I Spy I Spy
I'm Dickens, He's Fenster I'm Dickens, He's Fenster

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I've Got a Secret I've Got a Secret

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Ironside Ironside
It Takes A Thief It Takes A Thief
It's About Time It's About Time

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The Jackie Gleason Show The Jackie Gleason Show

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The Jimmy Durante Show The Jimmy Durante Show

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The Joey Bishop Show The Joey Bishop Show

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Julia Julia
Kukla, Fran and Ollie Kukla, Fran and Ollie

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Laredo Laredo
Lassie Lassie

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The Lawman The Lawman
The Lawrence Welk Show The Lawrence Welk Show

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Learn to Draw Learn to Draw

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Leave It to Beaver Leave It to Beaver

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Let's Make a Deal Let's Make a Deal
Let's Take a Trip Let's Take a Trip

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The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

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The Life of Riley The Life of Riley

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Life with Elizabeth Life with Elizabeth

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The Little Rascals The Little Rascals
The Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger
Lost In Space Lost In Space

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Love, American Style Love, American Style

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The Lucy Show The Lucy Show
Make Room for Daddy Make Room for Daddy

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Mannix Mannix
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Marcus Welby, M.D. Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marx Magic Midway Marx Magic Midway

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Masquerade Party Masquerade Party

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Maverick Maverick
Mayberry R.F.D. Mayberry R.F.D.
McHale's Navy McHale's Navy

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Mickey Mouse Club Mickey Mouse Club

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The Mike Douglas Show The Mike Douglas Show
The Millionaire The Millionaire

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Mission: Impossible Mission: Impossible

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Mister Ed Mister Ed

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Monitor Monitor

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The Monkees The Monkees

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Mr. I Magination Mr. I Magination

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Mr. Novak Mr. Novak
Mr. Peepers Mr. Peepers
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Munsters The Munsters

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Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
My Favorite Martian My Favorite Martian

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My Friend Flicka My Friend Flicka
My Little Margie My Little Margie

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My Living Doll My Living Doll
My Mother the Car My Mother the Car

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My Three Sons My Three Sons
Naked City Naked City
Name That Tune Name That Tune
The Name's the Same The Name's the Same
National Educational Television (NET) National Educational Television (NET)

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NBC chimes NBC chimes

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No Time for Sergeants No Time for Sergeants

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Occasional Wife Occasional Wife
On The Carousel On The Carousel

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On Your Mark On Your Mark

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One Step Beyond One Step Beyond
Our Man Higgins Our Man Higgins
Our Miss Brooks Our Miss Brooks
The Outer Limits The Outer Limits

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The Patty Duke Show The Patty Duke Show
Paul Harvey Paul Harvey

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The People's Choice The People's Choice
Perry Mason Perry Mason
Person to Person Person to Person
Peter Gunn Peter Gunn

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Petticoat Junction Petticoat Junction
Peyton Place Peyton Place
The Pinky Lee Show The Pinky Lee Show

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Playhouse 90 Playhouse 90
The Price Is Right The Price Is Right
The Prisoner The Prisoner

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Private Secretary Private Secretary
Queen for a Day Queen for a Day

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The Range Rider The Range Rider
The Rat Patrol The Rat Patrol

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Rawhide Rawhide
The Real McCoys The Real McCoys
The Red Skelton Show The Red Skelton Show

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Rescue 8 Rescue 8
The Rifleman The Rifleman
Rin Tin Tin Rin Tin Tin

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The Roaring 20's The Roaring 20's
Romper Room Romper Room

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Room 222 Room 222
Room for One More Room for One More
Rootie Kazootie Rootie Kazootie

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Route 66 Route 66

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Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

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The Roy Rogers Show The Roy Rogers Show
Run For Your Life Run For Your Life
The Saint The Saint

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Sea Hunt Sea Hunt

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Secret Agent Secret Agent

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Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
Sesame Street Sesame Street
Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show)
Shannon Shannon
Shenanigans Shenanigans

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Shindig! Shindig!

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Shortwave Radio Shortwave Radio

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Sing Along With Mitch Sing Along With Mitch

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Sky King Sky King
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

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Space Patrol Space Patrol

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Star Trek Star Trek

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The Steve Allen Show The Steve Allen Show
Steve Canyon Steve Canyon
The Stu Erwin Show The Stu Erwin Show

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Sugarfoot Sugarfoot

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Super Circus Super Circus

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Supercar Supercar
Supermarket Sweep Supermarket Sweep
Surfside 6 Surfside 6
T.H.E. Cat T.H.E. Cat

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Tales of Wells Fargo Tales of Wells Fargo

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Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour

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The Television Code Seal of Good Practice The Television Code Seal of Good Practice

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Texaco Star Theater Texaco Star Theater
That Girl That Girl

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That Was The Week That Was (TW3) That Was The Week That Was (TW3)

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Then Came Bronson Then Came Bronson
TheName of the Game TheName of the Game

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This is Your Life This is Your Life

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The Three Stooges The Three Stooges

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Tic-Tac-Dough Tic-Tac-Dough

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The Time Tunnel The Time Tunnel
To Tell the Truth To Tell the Truth
Top 40 AM Radio Top 40 AM Radio

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Topper Topper

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Trackdown Trackdown

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Truth or Consequences Truth or Consequences

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The Twilight Zone The Twilight Zone
Unshackled! Unshackled!

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The Untouchables The Untouchables
Victory at Sea Victory at Sea

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Video Village Video Village

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The Virginian The Virginian

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Wackiest Ship in the Army Wackiest Ship in the Army
Wagon Train Wagon Train

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Walter Cronkite Walter Cronkite
Wanted: Dead or Alive Wanted: Dead or Alive
Watch Mr. Wizard Watch Mr. Wizard
What's My Line? What's My Line?
Whirlybirds Whirlybirds
Wild Bill Hickok Wild Bill Hickok

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The Wild Wild West The Wild Wild West
Winky Dink and You Winky Dink and You

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Wolfman Jack Wolfman Jack

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The Wonderful World of Disney The Wonderful World of Disney

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You Asked For It You Asked For It

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You Bet Your Life You Bet Your Life
Your Show of Shows Your Show of Shows
Zorro Zorro

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There are 27 general comments for this gallery.

Posted by Steverino at 9:47 pm (PDT) on Fri April 4, 2014   
Thanks Duff, senior moment on the 'Video Village', enjoyed "Rescue 8"
Posted by Duff at 11:57 pm (PDT) on Wed April 2, 2014   
Hi, Steverino.  I found "Rescue 8" info on Wikipedia and episode clips on YouTube, and I've added an item for it here.

BTW, the other show was "Video Village", not "Value Village".
Posted by Steverino at 10:13 pm (PDT) on Wed April 2, 2014   
Duff, when I was a kid, I remember watching most of the shows. Surprised to see the game show "Value Village" wow. One that I haven't seen,  or heard about in a long time was "Rescue 8". Anything in your archives about it? It was around the time of Whirlybirds and Sky King era.
Posted by Michael Giffey at 8:26 pm (PDT) on Sat October 26, 2013   
Gidget (1965) Sally Field was so good in that! They have the entire opening theme with the opening credits on YouTube.
Posted by Kids TV Kid at 4:36 am (PDT) on Sat April 13, 2013   
I remember "Pip The Piper"..the enchanting fellow who lived
in a magical kingdom in the clouds..where things grew on
trees. And he and his musical friend "Miss Merry Note" had to
deal with the antics of their bumbling friends "Paul The Pirate",
"Mr.Leader" and "Floogle Fish".

    The show was on sunday mornings on ABC TV and then
it was rerunned on NBC TV during the early 1960's.
Posted by RonM at 10:39 am (PDT) on Thu April 11, 2013   
I have memories of a couple of kid shows from the early 60's. One had Mark Wilson and his wife Nani Darnell...I think it was The Magical Land of Alakazam. Great show! Another one that I feel like I imagined, but my siblings confirm was a kiddie show called Pip the Piper.
Posted by joycen123 at 7:11 pm (PDT) on Wed April 18, 2012   
What Happened to Bandstand, Please put this up it started in the 50's and Dick Clark an American Icon just passed away.
Posted by Camden at 11:48 pm (PST) on Sun December 4, 2011   
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"....best Christmas special even today (for many of us)
Cartoon with insight, actual religious reference, and some of the best jazz of the times by Vince Guaraldi. Groundbreaking for TV in 1965!
Posted by Camden at 4:47 pm (PST) on Tue November 29, 2011   
How 'bout "Shenanigans" - a fun Saturday morning kids show/contest hosted by Stubby Kaye '64/'65
Posted by COAK at 12:05 am (PDT) on Thu October 13, 2011   
I remember a television show Terry and the Pirates, based on the comic strip. This would have been early 50s, and I think their sponsor was Canada Dry.
Posted by Helen at 2:56 am (PDT) on Sat October 1, 2011   
Thank you so much for the that. I have tried and tried to remember the name of this programme, to no avail. No one ever knew what I was talking about. It got to the point where I thought I had imagined it.
I am very grateful. The extra info was also most welcome. I agree about Ms Cass.....she was a very funny woman.
Posted by Hildy Toohey at 9:40 pm (PDT) on Fri September 30, 2011   
The name of the show with the chimpanzees was "The Hathaways" and the chimps were "The Marquis Chimps". Hope this helps! By the way, the actress is one of my favorite comedic actresses, Peggy Cass who portrayed Miss Gooch in "Auntie Mame" with Rosalind Russell.
Posted by mykpart at 3:21 am (PDT) on Thu July 14, 2011   
Hennessy
Get Christy Love
Honey West
Mannix
Posted by ELENTARI at 6:00 am (PDT) on Sun July 10, 2011   
Hi all....when I was a kid in Sydney, Australia, their was an American programme on tv which was like a situation comedy I guess. There was an average sort of couple and they had chimpanzees instead of children. I cannot remember why they had them.....but it was a cute and funny show and I cannot remember the name of it. Does anyone here remember what I am talking about????
Posted by Duff at 10:09 pm (PDT) on Fri June 24, 2011   
Many, if not all, of the programs you mentioned were network shows originating in New York and broadcast nationwide. Growing up in New York, I found it difficult to know which ones were network and which ones weren't, as there were also local New York programs, such as The Merry Mailman with Ray Heatherton. Anyhow, Captain Noah appears to have been local to the Philadelphia area. I've added him to the Regional TV gallery.
Posted by joycen123 at 7:00 pm (PDT) on Fri June 24, 2011   
You have the Brady Bunch and Catain Kanga roo. What about Catain Noah. Send your pictures to Dear Old Captain Noah; Send today, send right away. Come on people you don't remember this. I loved this show. Well the reason I am telling this is because Captain Noah's wife just passed away. Love and Best Wishes for a Graet Weekend Everyone.
Posted by Duff at 3:34 am (PDT) on Sun May 2, 2010   
Thanks, Gary. According to "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (sixth edition)" by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, Whirlybirds was a syndicated show, consisting of 111 30-minute episodes produced 1956-1959. I can't begin to tell you how tough it was to locate a photo.
Posted by Gary Pillsbury at 11:03 pm (PDT) on Sat May 1, 2010   
Hey Duff! Question for you. When was Whirlybirds on and how long did it run for? I did like that show I and I do wish that they would put it back on the air. I will say that you do have alot of my favorite shows that I did like. That is so cool!
Posted by Duff at 4:47 am (PDT) on Mon September 21, 2009   
You'll find many of "The [so-and-so] Show" hosts over in the Performers gallery, as they were also often movie stars or recording artists.

As for Friendly Giant, Front Page Challenge, and some others you've mentioned, I guess I'm not that familiar with Canadian shows; I'll see what I can do.

But CHiPs went on the air in 1977, and thus lies somewhat out of the bounds of this web site.

And did you mean Paladin? In the States, at least, the show was called Have Gun Will Travel.
Posted by columbus at 6:07 pm (PDT) on Sun September 20, 2009   
front page challenge..........friendly giant........emergency 911.............C.H.I.P.S
Posted by columbus at 9:32 pm (PDT) on Thu September 17, 2009   
danny thomas....green acres....peyton place..............jack benny show,,,,,the bob hope show.........ironside...palidon
Posted by columbus at 9:27 pm (PDT) on Thu September 17, 2009   
wild wild west..............marcus welby md.
Posted by columbus at 10:04 pm (PDT) on Tue September 15, 2009   
dr.kildare..........my favorite martian...........hawaii five o
Posted by columbus at 10:00 pm (PDT) on Tue September 15, 2009   
what about razzle dazzle with howard the turtle...........
Posted by Lana at 7:28 am (PDT) on Fri August 14, 2009   
Boy, you're right on the ball! Thanks.

Lana
Posted by Duff at 11:09 pm (PDT) on Wed August 12, 2009   
Got 'em, thanks!
Posted by Lana at 5:16 pm (PDT) on Wed August 12, 2009   
The Monkees
Laugh In

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