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List of the top TV shows of the 1950s, as ranked by television enthusiasts and fans. In the 1950s, television was still relatively new. People were only just beginning to add a television set to their furniture collection. At the time there were only a handful of channels, and a very limited program selection. Since there were less TV show options, more people were watching the same shows and experiencing the same cultural phenomenons at the same time.

The most memorable shows that came from the 50s were sitcoms like "I Love Lucy," "Leave it to Beaver," and "The Honeymooners." These programs still rerun on TV to this day, due to their timeless nature. However, many of the programs that aired in the 50s did not stand the test of time. Many of these shows included ideals and jokes that are no longer relevant today. Most of the top shows from the 50s were variety comedy programs, starring the top comedians of the day including Jackie Gleason, Milton Berle, and Red Skelton. Many of the top programs were also game shows.

What is your favorite 1950s show? This list features the highest rated, critically acclaimed, and fan favorite shows of the 50s.

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165 49
Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

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2
188 67
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

3
153 46
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

4
185 49
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

5
129 36
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

6
126 33
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Looney Tunes Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

7
123 36
The Ed Sullivan Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Ed Sullivan Show Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett, Ralph Paul

8
100 27
The Three Stooges is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Three Stooges Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard

9
100 33
Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Father Knows Best Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue

10
105 34
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Perry Mason Raymond Burr^! Barbara Hale^! William Hopper

11
98 34
Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

12
80 21
Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

13
106 41
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

14
84 25
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show Bill Scott, June Foray, Paul Frees

15
91 27
Maverick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore

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16
62 17
American Bandstand is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added American Bandstand Dick Clark

17
69 22
Adventures of Superman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Adventures of Superman George Reeves, Noel Neill, Bill Kennedy

18
71 24
The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Lone Ranger

19
62 20
The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Untouchables Robert Stack, Jerry Paris, Walter Winchell

20
85 29
The Red Skelton Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Red Skelton Show Ginger Rogers, Red Skelton

21
84 34
Lassie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Lassie June Lockhart, Andy Clyde, Pamelyn Ferdin

22
72 29
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Tom and Jerry Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

23
93 36
Have Gun – Will Travel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Have Gun – Will Travel Richard Boone^! Kam Tong^! Hal Needham

24
62 21
The Yogi Bear Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Yogi Bear Show Daws Butler, Don Messick, Jimmy Weldon

25
64 23
Zorro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Zorro Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, George J. Lewis

26
61 21
The Mickey Mouse Club is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
RobLein added The Mickey Mouse Club Jimmie Dodd^! Tommy Cole^! Eileen Diamond

27
81 39
The Adventures of Ozzie and Ha... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Ozzie Nelson^! Harriet Hilliard^! David Nelson

28
61 25
The Rifleman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Rifleman Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix

29
77 32
The Jack Benny Program is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Jack Benny Program Mel Blanc, Jack Benny, Dennis Day

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30
81 35
The Jackie Gleason Show is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Jackie Gleason Show Tina Louise, Bettie Page, Jackie Gleason

31
55 22
Candid Camera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Candid Camera Suzanne Somers, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Godfrey

32
65 32
Sgt Bilko is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
WilliamBennet added Sgt Bilko

33
50 21
Wagon Train is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Wagon Train Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton

34
47 20
The Donna Reed Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
josh-gillin added The Donna Reed Show Donna Reed^! Paul Petersen^! Carl Betz

35
51 25
Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Dennis the Menace Mary Wickes, Charles Lane, Jay North

36
67 33
What's My Line? is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
What's My Line? Lucille Ball, Tony Randall, Steve Allen

37
43 19
Captain Kangaroo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Captain Kangaroo Robert Keeshan, James E. Wall, Deborah Weems

38
48 24
Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Rawhide Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray

39
41 22
Sea Hunt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Sea Hunt Lloyd Bridges, Ron Ely

40
58 33
77 Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
77 Sunset Strip Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith

41
37 20
Highway Patrol is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
RobLein added Highway Patrol Broderick Crawford, Art Gilmore, William Boyett

42
55 32
The Danny Thomas Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Danny Thomas Show Annette Funicello, Danny Thomas, Pat Carroll

43
44 29
You Bet Your Life is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
You Bet Your Life Groucho Marx

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44
12 2
Our Miss Brooks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
TimRodriguez added Our Miss Brooks Eve Arden, Gene Barry, Richard Crenna

45
36 29
Felix the Cat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Felix the Cat Jack Mercer

46
40 29
I've Got a Secret is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
I've Got a Secret Teri Garr, Steve Allen, Richard Dawson

47
28 22
The Ruff & Reddy Show is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Ruff & Reddy Show Don Messick^! Daws Butler^! Jimmy Blaine

48
26 21
Truth or Consequences is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
RobLein added Truth or Consequences Ralph Edwards, Jack Bailey

49
46 36
The Milton Berle Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Milton Berle Show

50
16 12
Playhouse 90 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
GregerNordstrom added Playhouse 90 Richard Joy^! Charles Bickford^! Kim Hunter