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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Barney Miller, “Hash,” The 12th Gets Stoned, December 30, 1976

Written by Tom Reeder and directed by Noam Pitlik, this third season Barney Miller episode titled “Hash” is one of the most beloved of all the sitcoms from the 1970’s. Reeder’s script brilliantly keeps the brownies’ ingredients secret for half of the episode, allowing for the viewer to grasp the details of the plot as it […]

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ICONIC COLLECTIBLE: Myth-busting I Love Lucy Comic, January 19, 1953

The “I Love Lucy” comic strip began January 2, 1953 and ended late November, 1954 in newspapers across the country. On the morning of Monday, January 19, 1953, the strip’s subject was the birth of the Ricardo baby, and announced “It’s a BOY!”, about 14 hours BEFORE the famous baby episode aired at 9pm. Every […]

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