Entertainment The Best 1950s Drama Series  

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These are the best 1950s drama series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Weekly drama TV shows were very popular with viewers in the 1950s. And there was really something for everybody, from 50s drama TV series that were action packed, to good 50s drama series that revolved around murder mysteries, and even science fiction head scratchers.

What shows will you find on this best 1950s drama series list? Alfred Hitchcock Presents appears near the top of our list. This great drama show often involved murderous intentions that somehow went wrong. The Twilight Zone is another great drama show that aired in the 1950s.

Gunsmoke premiered in 1955 and remained a popular drama series until its finale in 1975. It holds the title of being the longest running primetime series of the 20th Century. Other good shows that appear on this top 50s drama series list include Perry Mason, Bonanza and Public Defender.

Which 50s TV drama do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more
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39 8
Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and ...more
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42 13
The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Lone Ranger is the central character of an American animated television series that ran 26 episodes on CBS from September 10, 1966, to September 6, 1969. The series was produced by Herb ...more
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the time the show premiered on October ...more
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32 10
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during ...more
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28 7
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper
Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los ...more
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Wagon Train is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton
Wagon Train is an American Western series that ran on NBC 1957–62 and then on ABC 1962–65, although the network also aired daytime repeats, as Major Adams, Trailmaster and Trailmaster, from ...more
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24 7
Have Gun – Will Travel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham
Have Gun – Will Travel is an American Western television series that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. It was rated number three or number four in the Nielsen ratings every year of its first ...more
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Wanted: Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Steve McQueen
Wanted: Dead or Alive is an American Western television series starring Steve McQueen as the bounty hunter Josh Randall. It aired on CBS for three seasons in 1958–61. The black-and-white program ...more
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23 7
Zorro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, George J. Lewis
Zorro is an American action-adventure western drama series produced by Walt Disney Productions. Based on the well-known Zorro character, the series premiered on October 10, 1957 on ABC. The ...more
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18 4
Cheyenne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Clint Walker, Russ McCubbin
Cheyenne is an American western television series of 108 black-and-white episodes broadcast on ABC from 1955 to 1963. The show was the first hour-long western, and in fact the first hour-long ...more
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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross
Dragnet is an American radio, television and motion picture series, enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name ...more
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20 6
Davy Crockett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Kenneth Tobey
Davy Crockett is a five-part serial which aired on ABC in one-hour episodes on the Disneyland series. The series stars Fess Parker as real-life frontiersman Davy Crockett and Buddy Ebsen as his ...more
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22 8
The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Robert Stack, Jerry Paris, Walter Winchell
The Untouchables is an American drama that ran from 1959 to 1963 on the ABC Television Network, produced by Desilu Productions. Based on the memoir of the same name by Eliot Ness and Oscar ...more
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22 8
Lassie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
June Lockhart, Andy Clyde, Pamelyn Ferdin
Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, both human and animal. The show was the creation of producer ...more
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22 9
Peter Gunn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Craig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi, Lola Albright
Peter Gunn is an American private eye television series which aired on the NBC and later ABC television networks from 1958 to 1961. The show's creator was Blake Edwards. It was also directed by ...more
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22 11
Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray
Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood that aired for eight seasons on the CBS network on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959 to September 3, 1965, ...more
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20 10
77 Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith
77 Sunset Strip is an American television private detective series created by Roy Huggins and starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes. Each episode was one hour long. The show ...more
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Sea Hunt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Lloyd Bridges, Ron Ely
Sea Hunt is an American adventure television series that aired in syndication from 1958 to 1961 and was popular in syndication for decades afterwards. The series originally aired for four ...more
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15 9
Highway Patrol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Broderick Crawford, Art Gilmore, William Boyett
Highway Patrol is a syndicated action crime drama series produced from 1955 to 1959.
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Lawman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Peggie Castle, Peter Brown, Barbara Lang
Lawman is an American western television series originally telecast on ABC from 1958 to 1962 starring John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop and featuring Peter Brown as Deputy Marshal Johnny McKay. ...more
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12 8
My Little Margie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Hillary Brooke, Gale Storm, Charles Farrell
My Little Margie is an American situation comedy starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell that alternated between CBS and NBC from 1952 to 1955. The series was created by Frank Fox and produced ...more
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Playhouse 90 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
JimThomas added Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter
Playhouse 90 is an American television anthology series that aired on CBS from 1956 to 1960 for a total of 133 episodes. The show was produced at CBS Television City near the Los Angeles ...more
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The Loretta Young Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
JimThomas added Loretta Young
Letter to Loretta is an American anthology drama series telecast on NBC from September 1953 to June 1961 for a total of 165 episodes. The filmed show was hosted by Loretta Young who also played ...more
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Annie Oakley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1950s Drama Series
Gail Davis, Brad Johnson, Jimmy Hawkins
Annie Oakley is an American Western television series that fictionalized the life of famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley. It ran from January 1954 to February 1957 in syndication, for a total of 81 ...more