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1950 Zenith
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Enter here for the top 40 television shows of the 1950's......how many do you remember?

Our Gang...go to bottom of page for more.........
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Alfalfa, Darla, Spanky and Buckwheat & Pete

Laurel & Hardy 1950
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I Love Lucy 1951
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Ironside 1967
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Ozzie & Harriet 1954
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Beverly Hillbillies 1962
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Addams Family 1965
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F Troop
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Get Smart
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Mr. Ed 1961
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Dick Van Dyke Show Scene
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Buffalo Bob & Howdy Doody 1955
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For More Great T.V. From The Past, Click Link!

The  Reported Curse of the cast of Spanky & Our Gang!

The Our Gang Cast Members

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Wheezer - Robert Hutchins
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Killed in plane crash at age 19.

Stymie - Mathew Bear
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Drug addiction led to stoke, died age 55.

Brisbane - Kendall McCormas
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Committed suicide.

Scotty Beckett
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Died from a brutal beating at age 38

Pete the Pub
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Poisoned by unknown person(s).

Peyton Place 1964
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Gilligan's Island Cast 1966
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Andy Griffith 1963
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The Honeymooners 1955
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Wkrp 1965
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Ed Sullivan 1967
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Red Skelton 1951
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Man From U.N.C.L.E. 1965
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Original Hollywood Square Cast
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Hollywood Squares
L to R:  Rich Little, Rose Marie, John Davidson,
Sandy Duncan, Paul Lynde, Totie Fields,
Charley Weaver, Leslie Uggums, George Gobel.

Who can forget those incredible shows of early television.
Gunsmoke was a Saturday night ritual for our house.  Sid Ceasar's Show of Shows was another.  Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Burns and Allen, Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Ernie Kovaks, Dick Van Dyke, I Remember Mama, Amos & Andy, Ted Macks Amatuer Hour, Ed Sullivan, Andy Willaims, Perry Como, Boston Blackie, The Untouchables, Mr. & Mrs. North, The Mickey Mouse Club, The Wonderful World of Disney, Kula, Fran and Ollie, Howdy Doody, Captain Kangaroo, Dragnet, Loretta Young, and so many more that it boggles the mind. Television was new, fresh and not only entertained us with pure laughter, musical spectactulars, drama and fantasy, it also brought the world to our door step, showed us how to live and made the world grow smaller.  We saw man land on the Moon, suffered through the assinations of John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. We sat spellbound at the Hallmark Hall of Fame productions, fantasied at the Flying Nun, learned animals could talk in Mr. Ed, and said goodnight every week to Mrs. Calibash along with Jimmy Durante.  What a wonderful time we had!
Do You Remember These?
The Munsters
Leave It To Beaver
My Three Sons
Gilligans Island
Get Smart
Family Affair
F Troop
That Girl
Green Acres
Laugh In
The Brady bunch
The Partridge Family
Love American Style
Romper Room
Rocky & Bullwinkle
Jetsons
Underdog
Flintstones
I Love Lucy
Adams Family
Mr. Magoo
Courtship of Eddies Father

Groucho Marx 1955
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Lassie 1958
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Leave It To Beaver 1959
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Green Acres 1960
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Family Affair 1963
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Bob Newhart Show Cast
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Baretta
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Alfalfa - Carl Switzer
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Shot to death at age 31

Buckwheat - William Thomas
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Died at age 49 of heart attack.

Darla Hood
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Died of Hepatites at age 47.

Mickey Daniels
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Died of liver failure at age 55.

Chubby - Norman Chaney
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Died at age 22 following surgery. He weighed 300lbs.

Finally we have Froggy - William Laughline, (no pix available) who was killed while riding his motor scooter...........and of course Spanky!

Spanky
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Spanky - Robert Blake.  Accused of murdering his wife!  Did you know he was Spanky?

Dick Van Dyke 1961
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Seahunt 1958
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Twilite Zone 1960
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Captain Kangeroo 1955
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Dark Shadow 1966
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Father Knows Best 1955
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Dr. Kildare 1961
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Mod Squad 1968
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Soupy Sales 1960
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Mickey Mouse Club 1959
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Many thanks to my good friend, Larry Wallace in Huntington, West Virginia for his many contributions to this site and to Elvis Taylor, of Detroit, for his many submissions.

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