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Television's Golden Age

Television's Golden Age

Television's Golden Age

  • FCC freeze 1948-52 - only 108 stations, 9% own set
  • CBS TV News, with Douglas Edwards in 1948
    • began network TV news, produced by Don Hewitt
  • Ed Sullivan's variety "big shew" & M. Berle's vaudeo
    • Ed Sullivan Show 1948-71 on Sun. nights
    • Texaco Star Theater 1948-1953 with "Mr. Television"
    • Your Show of Shows 1950-1954 with Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner
  • Lone Ranger 1949-57 - 1st telefilm western - national mythology
    • Clayton Moore never killed anyone, didn't smoke or drink
  • Estes Kefauver Senate Crime Hearings
    • March 12, 1951 - Frank Costello's hands
  • Edward R. Murrow See It Now 1951 - "indispensable"
    • Fred Friendly, Don Hewitt - Studio 41 - two oceans at once
  • Billy Graham's Hour of Decision 1951-54 Sun. night
    • also 4 crusades 1957-59 - passive & internal
  • I Love Lucy 1951-57 - Desilu 3-camera filmed sitcom
    • baby show Jan. 19, 1953 = 67.3% of 20m sets
  • Today Jan. 14, 1952 at 7a.m. - a comfortable massage
    • D. Garroway, J. Fred Muggs, Saranwrap
  • Marty May 1953 by Paddy Chayefsky on Philco TV Playhouse
    • Rod Steiger as lonely Bronx butcher - truthful
  • Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet 1952-1966 - consensus
    • America's First Family - Ricky sang his 1st song 1957
  • Father Knows Best 1954-63 - idealized
    • Robert Young and Jane Wyatt as Jim and Margaret Anderson
  • Army-McCarthy Hearings Apr. 22 to May 24, 1954 - courageous
  • Walt Disney since 1954 on ABC - idealized technocracy
    • Davy Crockett with Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen
  • Tonight 1954-57 with Steve Allen
    • Jack Paar 1957-62, Johnny Carson 1962-92, Jay Leno 1992-
  • $64,000 Question 1955-1958 - instant wealth & glamor
    • Hal March - Revlon - Robert Strom $192,000 - Quiz Show
  • Queen for a Day 1955-64 on NBC
    • Jack Bailey - Spiegel catalog
  • Edge of Night 1956 - daytime soaps - managed demand
    • protagonist not female but attorney Mike Karr
  • Gunsmoke 1955-1975 on CBS - 1st adult western
    • Matt, Kitty, Doc, Chester, Festus, Quint
  • James Garner in Bret Maverick 1957-62
    • male, white, violent, action
  • Color videotape 1958-59
  • Twilight Zone Oct. 2, 1959 - 1964 on CBS
    • Rod Serling wrote live anthology series
  • Many Loves of Dobie Gillis 1959-63
    • Dwayne Hickman as Dobie based on Max Shulman books
  • Bonanza on NBC Sunday nights 1959-1973
    • the Cartwrights in color on the Ponderosa
    • 40m of 44m homes own TV - 88%
    • advertisers spending $500m per year
  • Presidency of John F. Kennedy 1961-63

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