Archive for the 'Greatest Television Events' Category

Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Breakdown, November 13, 1955

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, puts his genius stamp all over this remarkable episode, The Breakdown, from early in the first season of 1955. Gripping, chilling, terrorizing, and psychologically horrifying and suffocating, this episode represents a notable leap forward in television production. No need to catch the closing credits! There is no doubt whom […]

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Roots, January 23 – 30, 1977

Roots is the dramatic television event that truly changed America. Overnight, a national dialog was created regarding the historical treatment of African Americans, and America had to face, head-on, the horrible truth about the American past and their ancestors. ABC’s nervousness about the miniseries Roots was essentially financial. Suspecting the series would bomb and displace […]

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The Rerun Is Born: October 20, 1952

At the end of the 1951-52 television season, I Love Lucy had skyrocketed to the top of the ratings chart. In just its first season, 39 hilarious episodes were broadcast, each building on an audience that was breaking records. Like almost all other television shows, each broadcast was “watch it or miss it.” Even telefilms were […]

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THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET: Ricky the Drummer, April 10, 1957

Ricky Nelson had pleaded for months with his father Ozzie to let him sing on their television show. Ozzie Nelson, the famous bandleader leader in the swing era, was thoroughly knowledgeable of the music industry. Ultimately, he decided it was smart business to market the character Ricky Nelson as a rock and roll singer. With […]

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Mr. Peepers Wedding: May 22, 1954

Show someone a photo of Wally Cox, and ask why he is famous? Most television fans would respond that he was the bird-watching boyfriend of Elly Mae Clampett, or the nervous guy from Here’s Lucy, or perhaps the computer geek from the classic Twilight Zone episode “From Agnes with Love.” An even more savvy television viewer might […]

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