Classic Television: 1940s

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Jackson and Jill was an early sitcom about a young married couple starring Tom Carns and Helen Chapman. This episode aired in 1949.


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Ten commercials from the 1940s - Coca Cola, Gillette, BandAid, Camel Cigarettes, and more!


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Written by Ruth Gordon and broadcast live, October 17, 1948 on the CBS network, this is the true story of how Ms. Gordon became an actress. Starring Pat Kirkland, Eva Le Gallienne, Raymond Massey, Seth Arnold, and more.


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Broadcast on December 18,1948 and hosted by Ed Sullivan. In 1955 this show would officially become The Ed Sullivan Show.


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The first episode of this ABC anthology series aired July 7, 1949. This is thought to be the only surviving recording of this series. Each episode was named subsequently -- the second episode was called Volume Two, etc. Written and Directed by Wyllis Cooper, and starring Nancy Sheridan and James Monks.


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First episode of The Lone Ranger TV show, broadcast September 15, 1949 on ABC, starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels in this classic early TV Western.


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Mr. I. Magination starred Paul Tripp and was one of the first TV shows for children. It was broadcast live from the Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on the CBS network.


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From 1948 comes a fascinating tour from behind the scenes about the inner workings and future of television. Broadcast live on NBC on February 26, 1948 and hosted by Ben Grauer.


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First Day Of School, broadcast September 6, 1949 on NBC. This early show for children starred comedianne Fran Allison and a cast of puppets. The show was as loved by adults as it was by kids, and was completely unscripted.


 
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