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What are the best early 1948-60 TV Comedy Series?
2-21-08 | Bender2

Posted on 02/21/2008 4:36:29 PM PST by Bender2

What are your favorite TV variety and situation comedy series from 1948-1960? I am old enough to remember most of them!


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KEYWORDS: comedy; series; television
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My favorite of all times is... that was originally called "The Bob Cummings Show" that first ran from 1955-1959. I have several video tapes and some DVDs that I still watch and find very, very funny even after nearly 50 years!

Schultzy, Grandpa, Margaret, Chuck, Harvey Helm, Pamela Livingstone, Shirley [WOW!!!] Swanson! Now those are characters that will live forever in Comic Heaven!

1 posted on 02/21/2008 4:36:32 PM PST by Bender2
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To: Bender2
Shirley [WOW!!!]

Hello:

http://images.google.com/images?safe=off&q=joi+lansing

2 posted on 02/21/2008 4:39:01 PM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee (const Tag &referenceToConstTag)
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To: Bender2

The Honeymooners.


3 posted on 02/21/2008 4:39:18 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: Bender2
I was born just a little too late(1964), but I used to love this one.
4 posted on 02/21/2008 4:39:32 PM PST by Califreak (Hangin' with Hunter-under the bus "Dread and Circuses")
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To: South40; Loyal Buckeye; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; ...
Any of ya'll old enough to remember any of these?

Of course, had "Futurama" been on in the 1950s... I'd be a much bigger star today. I know that's hard to believe, but it is true!!!

5 posted on 02/21/2008 4:39:32 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

I like old B&W games shows... What’s My Line, I’ve Got A Secret type stuff.

The late Senator Everett Dirksen was on What’s My Line a few nights ago on GSN (the game show network).

It was a great episode.


6 posted on 02/21/2008 4:39:51 PM PST by jdm (The traffic lights turn blue tomorrow.)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
Huh.

According to IMDB, she died of breast cancer.

Ouch.

7 posted on 02/21/2008 4:40:39 PM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee (const Tag &referenceToConstTag)
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To: Bender2

I remember Seinfeld. Does that count?


8 posted on 02/21/2008 4:40:42 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Bender2

There was TV then???


9 posted on 02/21/2008 4:40:52 PM PST by Onelifetogive (This is an Obama-nation!)
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To: Bender2
You'll Never Get Rich

Also Known as

The Phil Silvers Show

10 posted on 02/21/2008 4:41:33 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: jdm

Sgt. Bilko with Phil Silvers


11 posted on 02/21/2008 4:41:36 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: Bender2

I loved “Leave It to Beaver” and “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”. They helped me to know what a normal childhood was like.Mine was far from that ideal.

I still catch LITB on TVLand and watch with nostalgia.


12 posted on 02/21/2008 4:41:44 PM PST by exit82 (People get the government they deserve. And they are about to get it--in spades.)
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To: Onelifetogive

Yeah, but there weren’t any used ones.


13 posted on 02/21/2008 4:41:56 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Sure, they'd love to kill me, as long as they can do it without admitting I exist)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
YES! WOW!!!!

14 posted on 02/21/2008 4:42:04 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

I liked Our Miss Brooks.


15 posted on 02/21/2008 4:42:49 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Sure, they'd love to kill me, as long as they can do it without admitting I exist)
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To: Bender2

The Dick Van Dyke Show & Red Skelton Show


16 posted on 02/21/2008 4:43:10 PM PST by SAMWolf (Huckabee & McCain say -- Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others.)
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To: Bender2

Make Room For Daddy
The Twilight Zone
Car 54, Where Are You?
You Bet Your Life

etc....


17 posted on 02/21/2008 4:45:21 PM PST by J40000
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To: Bender2
I am running on reruns but was this Red Skeleton, Car 54, The Real McCoys era.
18 posted on 02/21/2008 4:45:25 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Bender2

Jack Benny and I don’t care, Amos and Andy was funny.


19 posted on 02/21/2008 4:45:36 PM PST by Adder (hialb)
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To: Bender2

Saw some kinescopes of the Ernie Kovaks show. Really funny stuff.


20 posted on 02/21/2008 4:46:07 PM PST by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: Bender2

21 posted on 02/21/2008 4:46:26 PM PST by South40 (Amnesty is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: Bender2

22 posted on 02/21/2008 4:46:33 PM PST by no more apples (...tagline? I have a tagline? Where?!)
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To: Bender2

I married Joan!
Charley Weaver


23 posted on 02/21/2008 4:46:51 PM PST by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: Bender2

I was born nearly a decade later but does “The Steve Allen Show” (NBC 1956) count as a series? Precursor to Carson, Steve was the perfect straightman.


24 posted on 02/21/2008 4:46:53 PM PST by 444Flyer (America's Warriors and Veterans, "I thank my God every time I remember you" (Philippians 1:3).)
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To: no more apples

Billy Mummy, what a smile.


25 posted on 02/21/2008 4:48:03 PM PST by shineon
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To: Bender2

When did they start Color TV? Around 1964?


26 posted on 02/21/2008 4:48:30 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: Bender2

“Our Miss Brooks” with Eve Arden and a very young Richard Crenna.

“Life of Riley”

“George Burns and Gracie Allen”


27 posted on 02/21/2008 4:48:36 PM PST by wizr ("Give me liberty, or give me death." - Patrick Henry)
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To: SAMWolf
Red Skelton was my all time favorite but also like F Troop and there was a show that was not on for more than about one or two season called “My world and welcome to it”. It was a take off of James Thurber cartoons and drawings mixed with real actors. William Windom played the lead part as a cartoonist who’s cartoons came alive. Loved that show but I have always been a Thurber nut and have several of his books.
28 posted on 02/21/2008 4:48:54 PM PST by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: Bender2

29 posted on 02/21/2008 4:49:18 PM PST by South40 (Amnesty is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: Bender2

Make Room for Daddy.


30 posted on 02/21/2008 4:49:19 PM PST by tapatio
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To: Dysart
Yes, Dy, "Seinfeld" counts for something funny.... however, you don't! Have a beer to drown you troubles. Now, that is one beer, ya hear?
31 posted on 02/21/2008 4:49:42 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Califreak

I have bought the CDs of ‘I Love Lucy” for my grandchildren. The 14 yo just loves them!


32 posted on 02/21/2008 4:49:43 PM PST by mathluv
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To: shineon

wink wink nudge nudge ;-)


33 posted on 02/21/2008 4:50:39 PM PST by no more apples (...tagline? I have a tagline? Where?!)
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To: Bender2

Soupy Sales... without a doubt or Rowan % Martin Laugh in..


34 posted on 02/21/2008 4:51:44 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: ThomasThomas

Well, the world came into color about late 61, early 62 and it took scientists to convert that to television late 63, so, yeah, 1964 would be about the time color came to television on a mass scale.


35 posted on 02/21/2008 4:52:26 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (" Nobody likes weepy meat." -- Mayor Quimby)
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To: Bender2

36 posted on 02/21/2008 4:52:27 PM PST by tapatio
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To: Onelifetogive
There was TV then???


37 posted on 02/21/2008 4:53:38 PM PST by South40 (Amnesty is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: no more apples

Woah!!! That does NOT look anything like Billy Mumy to me.

Anybody???


38 posted on 02/21/2008 4:54:24 PM PST by J40000
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To: South40

Gran pappy Amos


39 posted on 02/21/2008 4:55:13 PM PST by shineon
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To: South40
Is that 1080p?
40 posted on 02/21/2008 4:55:20 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Adder
Amos and Andy without a doubt..
Would be funny even today.. as good as Seinfeld..
41 posted on 02/21/2008 4:55:26 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: mdittmar
I tell ya, Ralphie boy... all the guys I know are voting for Hillary. She has that sewer smell of success we are used to!
42 posted on 02/21/2008 4:56:16 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Califreak

To each his own, but I found ILLucy very unfunny and predictable at the time. Now, in retrospect, it appears unfunny and painfully, embarrassingly dated.

I know the comparison usually goes the other way, but, Lucille Ball is no Carol Burnett.


43 posted on 02/21/2008 4:56:27 PM PST by BunkDetector
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To: Bender2

For drama/action I enjoyed Rat Patrol and Combat.


44 posted on 02/21/2008 4:56:52 PM PST by South40 (Amnesty is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: Bender2

TOPPER was a show that I recall in reruns.

The guy who was in charge over at the “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” was also Topper a guy who could see the ghosts who haunted his house while nobody else could.

I think that it was on in reruns when I was a kid only because of the stature of that Napoleon Solo series.


45 posted on 02/21/2008 4:57:04 PM PST by Radix (I do not want to press one for English.)
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To: fish hawk
I was a teenage Thurbur fan and loved that show too! Great stuff.

Howzabout:

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Hazel
My Living Doll (with Julie Newmar hubba hubba!)
Any variety show with Victor Borge
Anything with Lonesome George Gobel
And the king of them all, Red Skelton! My dad and I never missed his show. Inventive, clean comedy with a heart - they don't make 'em like Red anymore!
46 posted on 02/21/2008 4:57:32 PM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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To: Califreak
About thst 'splainin', Rick... I'm working on it!
47 posted on 02/21/2008 5:00:02 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I’d have to disagree with you guys. I seem to remember that 1967 was the year that color became the standard on tv.

Some of the shows that went from B&W in 1966 to color in 1967:

The Monkees, The Beverly Hillbillies, Gilligan’s Island, etc...


48 posted on 02/21/2008 5:01:58 PM PST by J40000
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
You can still watch him now in color on youtube... Red Skelton
49 posted on 02/21/2008 5:03:03 PM PST by shineon
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To: Bender2

“What are the best early 1948-60 TV Comedy Series?”

I’m only old enough to remember seeing re-broadcast airings of some
of the 1948-60s shows.

But I do remember the Dobie Gillis show a bit. Also notable for the
“love interest” of the main character was played by Sheila Kuehl
who became a prominent openly-lesbian state legislator in California.

Additionally, I do remember “The Honeymooners”...a great series about
an “everyman” bus driver and his long-suffering wife, as well as the
wacky neighbor and his sane wife. That series “broke trail” for all
sorts of following sitcoms (although I guess the experts say “I Love
Lucy” was the real trail-breaker).
...and if you go back farther, some of the film/media types say that
Will Rogers started the “everyman” father and nice wife sitcom with
some of his work in Hollywood.

“The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” (1959)
TV series 1959-1963
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052490/

Full cast and crew for
“The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” (1959)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052490/fullcredits

Sheila James Kuehl
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0473861/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0473861/bio


50 posted on 02/21/2008 5:04:41 PM PST by VOA
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