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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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161 53
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

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2
103 21
Looney Tunes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Looney Tunes Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan

3
156 40
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

4
126 39
The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Honeymooners Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows

5
135 44
Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

6
109 32
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

7
102 31
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
82 21
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
90 30
Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

10
86 28
Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Father Knows Best Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue

11
89 29
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

12
68 15
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
92 34
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

14
72 18
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

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80 23
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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62 17
The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Lone Ranger

17
59 16
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
64 22
Tom and Jerry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Tom and Jerry Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff, Gary Cole

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53 15
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

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53 15
The Yogi Bear Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Yogi Bear Show Daws Butler, Don Messick, Jimmy Weldon

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73 29
Lassie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Lassie June Lockhart, Andy Clyde, Pamelyn Ferdin

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71 26
The Red Skelton Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Red Skelton Show Ginger Rogers, Red Skelton

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48 15
American Bandstand is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added American Bandstand Dick Clark

24
79 32
Have Gun – Will Travel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
Have Gun – Will Travel Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham

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51 17
The Mickey Mouse Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
RobLein added The Mickey Mouse Club Jimmie Dodd, Tommy Cole, Eileen Diamond

26
74 36
The Adventures of Ozzie and Ha... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson

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52 19
Zorro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Zorro Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, George J. Lewis

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46 16
Candid Camera is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Candid Camera Suzanne Somers, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Godfrey

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48 19
The Rifleman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Rifleman Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix

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70 31
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
57 28
Sgt Bilko is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
WilliamBennet added Sgt Bilko

32
40 15
Captain Kangaroo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Captain Kangaroo Robert Keeshan, James E. Wall, Deborah Weems

33
41 16
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
65 30
The Jack Benny Program is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Jack Benny Program Mel Blanc, Jack Benny, Dennis Day

35
42 18
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
42 18
Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Rawhide Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray

37
58 27
What's My Line? is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
What's My Line? Lucille Ball, Tony Randall, Steve Allen

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37 16
The Donna Reed Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
josh-gillin added The Donna Reed Show Donna Reed^! Paul Petersen^! Carl Betz

39
55 29
77 Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
77 Sunset Strip Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith

40
33 16
Highway Patrol is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
RobLein added Highway Patrol Broderick Crawford, Art Gilmore, William Boyett

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35 18
Sea Hunt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Sea Hunt Lloyd Bridges, Ron Ely

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50 29
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

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33 23
Felix the Cat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added Felix the Cat Jack Mercer

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25 18
The Ruff & Reddy Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
slaft added The Ruff & Reddy Show Don Messick, Daws Butler, Jimmy Blaine

45
23 16
Truth or Consequences is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
RobLein added Truth or Consequences Ralph Edwards, Jack Bailey

46
38 27
You Bet Your Life is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
You Bet Your Life Groucho Marx

47
17 11
The Roy Rogers Show is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Roy Rogers Show Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Reed Howes

48
36 26
I've Got a Secret is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
I've Got a Secret Teri Garr, Steve Allen, Richard Dawson

49
41 33
The Milton Berle Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Milton Berle Show

50
41 34
The Perry Como Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s
The Perry Como Show Perry Como, Ed Herlihy, Durward Kirby