Ozzie & Harriet     Don Defore     Lucy Ricardo     Bishop Fulton J. Sheen     Adventures of Superman     Dumont Network     UHF     George Reeves     John Hamilton     Noel Neill     Death Valley Days     20 Mule Team Borax l     The Old Ranger     Ronald Reagan     Robert Taylor     Dale Robertson     This Is Your Life     Ralph Edwards     Jimmy Durante     Time for Beany     I've Got a Secret     Mark Goodson     Bill Todman     Garry Moore     Bill Cullen     Henry Morgan     Jayne Meadows     Kukla, Fran and Ollie     Fran Allison     Burr Tillstrom

1952 Fifties

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New Series 1952


ozzie and harriet 1952The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966) - The show adapted from radio starred the real life family of Ozzie Nelson, his wife Harriet, their two boys David and Ricky with Don Defore as their neighbor Thorny. The show featured Ozzie as the "Lucy" of the show and launched the career of Fifties teen singing idol Ricky Nelson. Ozzie and Harriet.


Superman 1952Adventures of Superman (1952–1958) - From comic book characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster Superman comes to television. Staring George Reeves in the double lead role of Superman and Clark Kent, Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen, John Hamilton as Perry White, and Noel Neill as Lois Lane who all work for the Daily Planet newspaper helping to to keep Metropolis crime free. Adventures of Superman TV.


death vally days 1952

Death Valley Days (1952–1975) - With 558 episodes the show was the most successful Western in history. It was sponsored by the Pacific Coast Borax Company which sold 20 Mule Team Borax laundry additive mined in Death Valley, California. It was most remembered for its host of hosts not only did the advertising but also starred in many of the episodes. Among them The Old Ranger, Ronald Reagan, Robert Taylor and Dale Robertson. Death Valley Days.

this is your life 1952

This Is Your Life (1952–1961) - This very popular show was live in front of a live audience. Host Ralph Edwards would surprise a celebrity guest and take them on journey through their lives bringing on lost friends and acquaintances. The first reality tv show. This is your life with Ralph Edwards.




I've Got a Secret (1952–1967) - Produced by the new game show team of Mark Goodson and Bill Todman as a spin off of their similar hit show What's My Line? Hosted by Garry Moore with panelists Bill Cullen, Henry Morgan, Faye Emerson, and Jayne Meadows who tired to guess what secret the guest would whisper to Moore and the audience. I've Got Secret.

Life with Elizabeth (1952–1955)
The Today Show (1952–present).
The Guiding Light (1952–present).
Life Is Worth Living with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (1952–1955)
My Little Margie (1952–1955)

American Bandstand (1952–1989).
Victory at Sea (1952–1953).

Most Watched 1952-1953


1. I Love Lucy
2. Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
3. Arthur Godfrey and His Friends
4. Dragnet
5. Texaco Star Theater
6. The Buick Circus Hour
7. The Colgate Comedy Hour
8. Gangbusters
9. You Bet Your Life
10. Fireside Theatre
11. The Red Buttons Show
12. The Jack Benny Show
13. Life with Luigi
14. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts
15. Goodyear TV Playhouse
16. The Life of Riley
17. Philco TV Playhouse
18. Mama
19. Your Show of Shows
20. What's My Line


Television News 1952


For the first time on television a woman acknowledges she is pregnancy. Lucy Ricardo at the Copa no less.

fulton sheen 1952Bishop Fulton J. Sheen was the first to bring religion into our homes via TV on the Dumont Network. His show, Life is Worth Living aired on Tuesdays at 8pm with the Bishop pushing Catholicism, conservative politics and and anti-communism with the use of chalk and a blackboard to make his points. An idea taken by Fox News Network Glenn Beck 60 years later. Life is Worth Living


Independent station KPTV in Portland, Oregon begins transmission on channel 27, the first UHF television station in the USA. UHF

The Emmy's 1952 - 1953


jimmy durante 1952
Jimmy Durante
GOOD NIGHT, Mrs. Calabash wherever you are!


Best Dramatic Program: Robert Montgomery Presents
Best Actor: Thomas Mitchell
Best Actress: Helen Hayes
Most Outstanding Personality: Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
Best Situation Comedy: I Love Lucy
Best Comedian: Jimmy Durante
Best Comedienne: Lucille Ball
Best Variety Program: Your Show of Shows
Best Mystery, Action or Adventure Program: Dragnet
Best Public Affairs Program: See It Now
Best Children's Program: Time for Beany
Best Audience Participation, Quiz or Panel Program: What's My Line?

time for beany 1952
Time for Beany

Childrens TV 1952


Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947–1957) -
Creator and puppeteer Burr Tillstrom with Fran Allison and puppets Kukla a mouth less clown and Ollie a big mouthed alligator it was one of the biggest children hits of all time show as a half hour hit near dinner time each evening. In late 1951 NBC shortened the show to 15 minutes and then in 1952 moved it to a half hour weekly on Sunday afternoon. Fans were outraged and in 1954 it returned in it's 30 minute daily slot. Kukla, Fran and Ollie.


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