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The Greatest Shows of the 1950s, Ranked

Updated August 9, 2021 25.4k votes 2.8k voters 123.6k views61 items

List RulesVote up the best TV series based on the episodes that aired between 1950 and 1959.

This list of the best '50s TV shows ranks the decade's shows from best to worst based on your votes and votes from other television 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 fewer 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 are your favorite '50s programs? Which top shows from the 1950s deserve to be remembered for years to come? This list includes the highest-rated and most talked-about shows that aired in the '50s, so vote up the best shows of the decade.

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