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Here's some examples of TV shows that were on during the 1950s. With all the great sites available on TV shows I'll just be jogging your memories here. If you're looking for more in-depth information try "Nick-At-Nite" or "TV Land". If you'd like to hear the themes of these shows you'll need the Real Audio player.

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"Say kid's, what time is it?"  Yep you guessed it - It's Howdy Doody Time. With Buffalo Bob and Clarabell the clown they entertained kids from 1947-1960 on NBC.                            

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I Love Lucy - This show aired in 1951 and freatured America's favorite redhead. Week after week Lucy would manage to get into trouble, usually with Ethel at her side.
Lucille Ball as Lucy  Ricardo
Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo
Vivian Vance as Ethel Mertz
William Frawley as Fred Mertz

realaud.gif (1671 bytes) The I Love Lucy Theme
THE RUFF AND REDDY SHOW- (1957) The very first cartoon created by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera for their new company after leaving Tom & Jerry behind at MGM. This show featured a little smart cat, Ruff, and a big dumb dog, Reddy, in serial misadventures (a formula repeated by Jay Ward himself a couple of years later with Rocky And Bullwinkle)                                     

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realaud.gif (1671 bytes) Ruff and Ready Theme

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The Real McCoys - aired in 1957 with Walter Brennan as Grandpappy Amos McCoy, Richard Crenna as Luke McCoy, Kathy Nolan as Kate McCoy, Lydia Reed as Hassie McCoy, Michael Winkleman as Little Luke McCoy                                                 

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Felix the Cat - this was a cartoon that aired in 1958, Trans Lux TV, produced by Felix the Cat Productions.         

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The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - aired in 1959 with Dwayne Hickman as Dobie Gillis, Tuesday Weld as Thalia Menninger, Bob Denver as Maynard G. Krebs, and Sheila  Kuehl as Zelda Gilroy                  
realaud.gif (1671 bytes) Dobie Gillis Theme
HUCKLEBERRY HOUND - (1958) Hanna-Barbera's first hit cartoon show and the first cartoon show to win an Emmy Award (1959). Huck was a loveable, slow-moving hound dog who got into trouble in a variety of occupations (mailman, policeman, lumberjack, farmer, sherrif, etc.). 

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realaud.gif (1671 bytes) Huckleberry Hound Theme

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Father Knows Best - 1954
An early sitcom that portrayed family life in the 1950s. Robert Young was Jim Anderson (Manager of General Insurance Co.), Jane Wyatt was Margaret Anderson, Elinor Donahue was Betty Anderson,
Billy Gray was James  Anderson Jr., and Lauren Chapin was Kathy.
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The Quick Draw McGraw Show - premiered in syndication on Sept. 28, 1959 with new episodes being produced up until 1962. The main segment of the show featured Quick Draw, the dopey Marshall, and his sidekick, the clever Baba Looey. Some of the best-loved episodes featured Quick Draw as the Zorro-like avenger El Kabong.    

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realaud.gif (1671 bytes) Quick Draw McGraw Theme

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The Honeymooners - This   was really television's first spin-off, originally a small sketch from "The Jackie Gleason Show" ('52), the Honeymooners wasn't wildly
popular when first aired. Jackie Gleason was Ralph Kramden, Audrey Meadows was Alice Kramden, Art Carney was Ed Norton. and Joyce Randolph was Trixie Norton.
realaud.gif (1671 bytes) The Honeymooners Theme

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