Sunday, September 10, 2006


1954/55 – I Love Lucy was #1 on CBS Monday, third year running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1954 season; I Married Joan was cancelled in the third season.

Alternate Shows:

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

Philco TV Playhouse and Goodyear TV Playhouse were on NBC Sunday at 9 PM.

Clorets Summer Theatre and Kleenex Summer Theatre were on NBC Tuesday at 9 PM.

The Elgin TV Hour and The U.S. Steel Hour were on CBS Tuesday at 9:30 PM.

The Best Of Broadway and Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts were on CBS Wednesday at 10 PM. The Best Of Broadway was on every fourth Wednesday.

Front Row Center and The U.S. Steel Hour were on CBS at Wednesday at 10 PM for the summer.

The Donald O'Connor Texaco Show and The Jimmy Durante Show were on NBC Saturday at 9:30 PM under the umbrella title, Texaco Star Theatre.

Biggest New Hit: Disneyland was #6 on ABC Wednesday. For some odd reason, Walt Disney created the infomercial by accident. Yes, Disneyland was a very long commercial for the theme park. It opened on July 17, 1955. The show premiered on October 27, 1955. Walt Disney Studios was the first major studio to make the leap to TV; others fears that TV was the enemy and denied to put any hit movies on TV. For the biggest coup of Walt Disney, ABC poured some money in the theme park. This was the struggling ABC's first major hit series. ABC remained a investor for Disneyland and had stock till 1960. Walt Disney was displeased with ABC's actions with the park. Therefore, Walt Disney moved the series to NBC in 1961. Walt Disney and ABC came a full circle; Walt Disney brought ABC in 1996.

Original Run:

Climax was on CBS Thursday at 8:30 PM for four seasons.

Damon Runyon Theatre was on CBS Saturday at 10:30 PM for two seasons.

Medic was on NBC Monday at 9 PM for three seasons.

The Millionaire was on CBS Wednesday at 9 PM for six seasons.

Producers' Showcase was on NBC Monday at 8 PM for three seasons.

Shower Of Stars was on CBS Thursday at 8:30 PM for four seasons. It only aired monthly.

Name Change:

The Colgate Comedy Hour to Comedy Variety Hour in the summer of 1955.

Henry Youngman left The Henry And Rocky Show few weeks later after the series premiered. The new name was Rocky's Corner.

Junior Press Conference to College Press Conference.

The Peak Of The Sports News to Red Barber's Corner.

The Buick–Berle Show to The Milton Berle Show.

Your Favourite Playhouse to Stage 7. YFP only shown reruns. Stage 7 was the new ones.


The Halls Of Ivy was on NBC from 1950–1952. Ronald Colman and his wife, Benita Hume, reprised their roles for the TV series.


CBS aired The Pride Of The Family reruns in the summer of 1955.

Kodak Request Performance shown reruns of the episodes from Ford Theatre and Fireside Theater.

Spotlight Playhouse shown reruns of Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars.

Your Play Time shown reruns of Pepsi–Cola Playhouse and Studio 57.

The Return:

ABC revived Horizons for a few months. It was previously on ABC from 1951–1952.

ABC revived Stop The Music for another two years with Bert Parks as the host again.

ABC revived The Stork Club for another year. It was previously on CBS from 1950–1953.

NBC revived Cameo Theatre after a three–year absence. It was their fourth and last season.

Meet Corliss Archer returned to syndication after a two–year absence. It was previously on CBS. Bobby Ellis was the only cast member to return.

Sammy Kaye returned to ABC in So You Want To Lead A Band, the same name of the 1950 NBC series. He was previously on NBC in the summer of 1953.

Summer Replacement:

America's Greatest Bands replaced The Jackie Gleason Show. The series only lasted the summer.

And Here's The Show replaced The George Gobel Show. The series only last the summer.

Caesar Presents replaced Caesar’s Hour for the summer.

Cameo Theatre replaced The Loretta Young Show for the summer.

Clorets Summer Theatre and Kleenex Summer Theatre replaced Fireside Theatre for the summer.

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

Spotlight Playhouse replaced The Red Skelton Show for five summers from 1955–1959.

Those Whiting Girls replaced I Love Lucy for the summer.

Undercurrent replaced The Lineup for the summer.

Windows replaced Person To Person for the summer.

Your Play Time replaced Your Hit Parade for the summer.

Switch Networks:

Big Town went from CBS to NBC.

Down You Go went from DUM to CBS in June 1955.

Ethel & Albert went from NBC to CBS in June 1955.

Lux Video Theatre went from CBS to NBC.

Place The Face went from CBS to NBC.

Red Barber's Corner went from CBS to NBC in May 1955.

The Red Buttons Show went from CBS to NBC.

Treasury Men In Action went from NBC to ABC.

Who Said That went from NBC to ABC.


This was the last time that four major networks to be in the same season till FOX came to primetime in 1987 with Married With Children and The Tracey Ullman Show.

NBC added a host, James Mason, to Lux Video Theatre. The CBS version didn’t have one.

Studio 57 was one of the last regular DuMont series.

The Mickey Rooney Show was also known as Hey Mulligan, its subtitle.

Medic was Richard Boone's first starring vehicle.

Clorets Summer Theatre and Kleenex Summer Theatre shown repeats from Four Star Playhouse.

Compass was never seen on ABC's flagship station in New York.

Norby was the first series to be filmed in color. Eastman Kodak Company sponsored it. Back then, all series were still shown in B/W.

Climax was a LIVE show in the beginning; even some tape productions were added throughout the run.

James Bond was first adapted for an episode, Casino Royale, for Climax. This James Bond was an American, played by Barry Nelson. Casino Royale finally made it to the big screen in 2006 with the new James Bond, Daniel Craig. Casino Royale is the first James Bond novel; it came out in 1953. The James Bond movies started in 1962 with Sean Connery in Dr. No, the sixth James Bond novel.

1954/55 Fall Season

One Season (1954/55)

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

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

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

Compass – 1954–1957, ABC, travelogue

December Bride – 1954–1959, CBS, comedy, Spring Byington

Disneyland – 1954–1983, ABC, anthology, Walt Disney

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

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

It's A Great Life – 1954–1956, NBC, comedy, Frances Bavier

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

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

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

The Lineup – 1954–1960, CBS, police drama, Warner Anderson

People are Funny – 1954–1961, NBC, quiz, Art Linkletter

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

Stop The Music – 1954–1956, ABC, quiz, Bert Parks

The Vise – 1954–1955, ABC, suspense anthology, Ron Randell

Cancelled TV Show:

The Best Of Broadway – CBS, anthology, LIVE

Come Closer – ABC, quiz, Jimmy Nelson

Dear Phoebe – NBC, comedy, Peter Lawford

The Donald O'Connor Texaco Show – NBC, comedy, Donald O'Connor

Elgin TV Hour – ABC, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Halls Of Ivy – CBS, comedy, Mary Wickes

Honestly Celeste – CBS, comedy, Celeste Holm

The Ilona Massey Show – DUM, music, Ilona Massey

The Imogene Coca Show – NBC, comedy/variety, Imogene Coca

The Mail Story – ABC, dramatic anthology

The Mickey Rooney Show – NBC, comedy, Mickey Rooney

So You Want To Lead A Band – ABC, musical variety, Sammy Kaye

The Stork Club – ABC, talk, Sherman Billingsley

Studio 57 – DUM, dramatic anthology

Time Will Tell – DUM, quiz, Ernie Kovacs

Willy – CBS, comedy, June Havoc

17 out of 33 new series SURVIVED for 1955/56

ABC – 6/11, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Compass, Disneyland, The Lawrence Welk Show, Stop The Music & The Vice

CBS – 6/10, Climax!, December Bride, Father Knows Best, Lassie, The Lineup & Shower Of Stars

DUM – 0/3,

NBC – 5/9, Caesar’s Hour, The George Gobel Show, It's A Great Life, The Jimmy Durante Show & People are Funny

Mid season shows

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, Bob Cummings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Producers' Showcase – 1954–1957, NBC, anthology

Professional Father – CBS, comedy, Barbara Billingsley

Spotlight – June 1955–1959, CBS, dramatic anthology

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

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

Talent Varieties – June–November 1955, ABC, variety, Slim Wilson

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

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

Undercurrent – July 1955–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

America's Greatest Bands – CBS, music, Paul Whiteman

And Here's The Show – NBC, comedy variety, LIVE, Ransom Sherman

Caesar Presents – NBC, comedy/variety, LIVE, Bobby Sherwood

Cameo Theatre – NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Clorets Summer Theatre – NBC, dramatic anthology

Do It Yourself – NBC, comedy/information, Cliff Arquette

Front Row Center – CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

The Henny And Rocky Show – ABC, comedy/variety, Buddy Weed

Hollywood Backstage – ABC, beauty tips, Erin Westmore

Horizons – ABC, discussion, Dr. Louis H. Bauer

The Ilona Massey Show – DUM, music, Ilona Massey

It's Alec Templeton Time – DUM, music, Alec Templeton

It's Magic – CBS, magic, Paul Tripp

Jan Murray Time – NBC, variety, LIVE, Jan Murray, Tina Louise

The Julius LaRosa Show – CBS, music, LIVE, Julius LaRosa

Key To The Ages – ABC, discussion, Dr. Theodore Low

Kleenex Summer Theatre – NBC, dramatic anthology

Kodak Request Performance – NBC, dramatic anthology, Jack Clark

Let's See – ABC, quiz, John Reed King

Make The Connection – NBC, quiz, LIVE, Jim McKay, Betty White

The Matt Dennis Show – NBC, music, Matt Dennis

Mr. Citizen – ABC, dramatic anthology, Allyn Edwards

Music 55 – CBS, music, LIVE, Stan Kenton

Musical Chairs – NBC, quiz, Bill Leyden, Mel Blanc

Norby – NBC, comedy, David Wayne, Jack Warden

Pall Mall Playhouse – ABC, western anthology

The Pee Wee King Show – ABC, musical variety, Pee Wee King

Penny To A Million – ABC, quiz, Bill Goodwin

President Eisenhower's News Conference – ABC, news

The Search – CBS, documentary, Charles Romine

So This Is Hollywood – NBC, comedy, Mitzi Green

The Soldiers – NBC, comedy, LIVE, Hal March

Soupy Sales – ABC, children's, LIVE, Soupy Sales

Stage 7 – CBS, dramatic anthology

Star Time Playhouse – CBS, dramatic anthology

The Swift Show Wagon – NBC, variety, Horace Heidt

Those Whiting Girls – CBS, comedy, Margaret Whiting, Barbara Whiting

Upbeat – CBS, music, LIVE, Russ Case

What's Going On? – ABC, quiz, 5 episodes, Lee Bowman

Windows – CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE


Eddie Canton Comedy Theatre – syndication, comedy/variety, Eddie Canton

Meet Corliss Archer – syndication, comedy, Ann Baker

Mr. District Attorney – syndication, police drama, David Brian

The New Adventures of China Smith – syndication, adventure, Dan Duryea

Passport To Danger – 1954–1956, syndication, intrigue, Cesar Romero

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

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

Late Night

Tonight – 1954–1957, NBC, talk/variety, Steve Allen

Two 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

Chicago Symphony – January 1954–1955, DUM, music

City Detective – 1953–1955, syndication, crime drama

College Press Conference – 1953–1954, ABC, interview

Doctor I.Q. – November 1953–1954, ABC, quiz

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

Flight #7 – June 1954–1955, ABC, travelogue

Greatest Sport Thrills – January 1954–1956, sports

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

Life With Father – November 1953–1955, CBS, comedy, LIVE

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

The Hunter – July-December 1954, NBC, international intrigue

Jamie – 1953–1954, ABC, comedy, LIVE

Janet Dean, Registered Nurse – February 1954–1955, syndication, medical drama

The Jo Stafford Show – February 1954–1955, music, LIVE

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

Life With Elizabeth – 1953–1955, syndication, comedy

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

The Martha Wright Show – April–December 1954, ABC, music, LIVE

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

One Minute Please – July 1954–1955, DUM, quiz

Opera Cameos – January–November 1954, DUM, music

Pepsi–Cola Playhouse – 1953–1955, ABC, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Person to Person – 1953–1961, CBS, interview

Public Defender – March 1954–1955, CBS, legal drama

The Ray Bolger Show – 1953–1955, ABC, comedy

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

The Stranger – June 1954–1955, DUM, crime drama

That's My Boy – April 1954–1955, CBS, comedy

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

Topper – 1953–1955, CBS, comedy

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

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

The Vaughn Monroe Show – August 1954–1955, CBS, musical variety, LIVE

Waterfront – February 1954–1956, syndication, adventure

Three Seasons (1952/53)

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

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

Cavalcade Of America – 1952–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology

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

Enterprise – 1952–1955, ABC, documentary

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

Favorite Story – January 1953–1955, syndication, dramatic anthology

Fight Talk – January 1953–1955, ABC, sports commentary

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

I Married Joan – 1952–1955, NBC, comedy

The Jackie Gleason Show – 1952–1955, CBS, comedy variety

The Jane Froman Show – 1952–1955, CBS, musical variety, LIVE

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

Meet Millie – 1952–1956, CBS, comedy

Music Show – May 1953–1954, DUM, music

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

Our Miss Brooks – 1952–1956, CBS, comedy

Place The Face – July 1953, NBC; 1953/54, CBS; 1954/55, NBC, quiz

Private Secretary – February 1953–1957, CBS, comedy

The Red Buttons Show – 1952–1954, CBS; 1954/55, NBC, comedy/variety

Saturday Night Fights – January 1953–1955, ABC, boxing

TV's Top Tunes – June 1953–1955, CBS, music, LIVE

Talent Patrol – January 1953–1955, ABC, talent/variety

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

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

The Walter Winchell Show – 1952–1955, ABC, news/commentary

Your Play Time – June 1953–1954, ABC; 1955, NBC, dramatic anthology

Four Seasons (1951/52)

The Adventures Of Kit Carson – 1951–1955, syndication, western

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

Foreign Intrigue – 1951–1955, syndication, intrigue

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

Mr. Peepers – July 1952–1955, NBC, comedy, LIVE

My Little Margie – June 1952–1955, NBC, comedy

Name's The Same – December 1951–1955, ABC, quiz

Place The Face – July 1952–1955, CBS, quiz

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

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

See It Now – April 1952–1955, CBS, documentary

Five 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 Comedy Hour – 1950–1956, NBC, variety

Danger – 1950–1955, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

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

Mr. Wizard – May 1951–1955, NBC, educational

Sports Spot – June 1951–1954, CBS, sports commentary

Strike It Rich – July 1951–1955, CBS, quiz

The Stu Erwin Show – 1950–1955, ABC, comedy

Treasury Men In Action – 1950, ABC; 1951–1954, NBC; 1954/55, ABC, crime drama

Watch Mr. Wizard – May 1951–1955, NBC, educational

What's The Story – July 1951–1955, DUM, quiz

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

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

Six 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

Blue Ribbon Bouts – 1949–1955, boxing

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

Rocky King, Inside Detective – January 1950–1954, DUM, crime drama, LIVE

Sportsreel – 1950–1955, NBC, sports/sports commentary

Twenty Questions – 1949, NBC; March 1950–1951, ABC; 1951–1954, DUM; 1954/55, ABC, quiz

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

Seven 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

Captain Video And His Video Rangers – June 1949–1955, DUM, children's

Fireside Theatre – 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

Philco TV Playhouse – 1948–1955, NBC, dramatic anthology

Studio One – 1948–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology

Who Said That? – December 1948–1954, NBC, 1955, ABC, quiz

Eight seasons (1947/48)

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

Toast Of The Town – June 1948–1971, CBS, variety

Nine seasons (1946/47)

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

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

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