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The Greatest TV Shows of the 1950s

Updated January 6, 2020 27.4k votes 2.7k voters 116.9k views70 items

List RulesVote up the most quintessential TV shows that aired between 1950 and 1959.

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.

  • 1

    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord
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  • 2

    I Love Lucy

    Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz
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  • 3

    The Honeymooners

    Jackie Gleason, Art Carney
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  • 4

    Looney Tunes

    Mel Blanc, June Foray
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  • 5

    Leave It to Beaver

    Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont
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  • 6

    Adventures of Superman

    George Reeves, Noel Neill
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  • 7

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler
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  • 8

    The Ed Sullivan Show

    Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett
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  • 9

    The Lone Ranger

    Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels
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  • 10

    The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

    Bill Scott, June Foray
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  • 11


    Lorne Greene, Michael Landon
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  • 12

    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale
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  • 13

    Tom and Jerry

    Tom Kenny, Rick Zieff
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  • 14


    James Arness, Milburn Stone
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  • 15

    The Red Skelton Show

    Ginger Rogers, Red Skelton
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  • 16


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  • 17


    Jack Webb, Harry Morgan
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  • 18

    Father Knows Best

    Robert Young, Jane Wyatt
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  • 19

    The Three Stooges

    Moe Howard, Larry Fine
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  • 20

    The Yogi Bear Show

    Daws Butler, Don Messick
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  • 21
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  • 22

    The Rifleman

    Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford
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  • 23


    Jack Kelly, James Garner
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  • 24

    The Mickey Mouse Club

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  • 25

    Candid Camera

    Suzanne Somers, Dom DeLuise
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