The definitive aspartame family sitcom:
Betty & Kathy feud begin over a bathing suit
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Eli nor Donahue,
Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin. (CBS)
Bea Bernadette and Edgar Buchanan bring up
three perky teenage girls in Hooterville,
at the Shady Rest Hotel; this show was the
precursor to "Green Acres" (CBS).
MEDALIST BOB MATTHIAS
1952 Olympic Triathalon Champ Discusses the
games & his movie debut with Herb Sheldon.
Sheldon hosted several shows ranging from
talk, to teen dance, to
Tick Piano. ( DuMont )
DANCES OF THE
Herb Sheldon's dancing Teens do their spin
Johnnie Otis' "Willie & The Hand Jive,"
Then see Otis' original performance of his
"Hand Jive." (Dumont/RKO)
Contestants: 11 year old Candice Bergen with
dad, Edgar sans Charlie Mc Carthy,
& Groucho's daughter, Melinda. Are the dads
smarter than the 6th graders? (NBC)
Grandaddy of TV cop shows, the definitive
police melodrama with Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe
Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith. Cliff
Arquette appears as a nut (NBC)
MUSICAL COMEDY GENIUS OF VICTOR BORGE
Victor performs a new twist to Listz and it
is a classic Borge, musical & comedy genius.
Victor Borge's precision piano and satiric
talent are as natural as his warmth. (CBS)
SINGS A MEDLEY OF HIS BIGGEST HITS
Walking Behind You, Anytime, With These
Hands, Oh My Papa
on his TV show.
Like the era crooners, Fisher got 15 minutes
weekly to enthrall his swooning fans.(NBC)
The signature Bud Abbot and Lou Costello
comedy routine often imitated, never
The duo did hosting stints on
Colegate Comedy Hour
Hollywood Palace. (NBC)
DANCES OF THE
It started with Cab Calloway and ended up
the most popular moves on
Here the dancers jitterbug jive to Little
Richards' "Rip It Up." (AIP).
Kids 8 to 80: Enter your 40s-60s dance video
@ Oldies Television &
win cash & prizes!
HONEYMOONERS ...IN COLOR!
Ralph & Ed are jailed in Paris , Ed's plan
backfires with hilarious results.
Jackie wanted the show taped in Miami ,
Audrey Meadows & Joyce Randolph nixed
Shiela Macrae & Jane Kean played Alice &
Trixie; audiences didn't accept the change.
FLASH GORDON SERIAL
Before oldies concerts, PBS used Flash
Gordon cinema serials to rattle the tin cup.
Buster Crabbe introduced Flash Gordon
fighting evil Ming The Merciless~Charles
From Captain Video to Captain Kirk, find
your TV galactic faves here @ Oldies
THE LONE RANGER
Hi Ho, Silver! Starring Clayton Moore, it
was the top rated of all weekly TV western
The Lone Ranger was the top rated #1 of the
many Saturday afternoon "thataway" oaters
See the debut episode,
The Lone Ranger
Hi, Ho Silver! (synd.).
GRIMACES OF EDDIE CANTOR
From the "lost"
Colegate Comedy Hour
kinescopes (off the TV screen made
Eddie Cantor pantomines a sketch as the
hapless victim of a vixen. (NBC)
HOSTS A BEAUTY CONTEST
Long before having his own network show
Bobby's first TV gig: hosting a NYC beauty
what a disaster! The contestant names are
mixed up as are the sponsor's promos (
DANCES OF THE
50's: AT THE HOP LINDY HOP-BOP STYLE
In '59, they bopped the Lindy Hop to "At The
Hop" and it was Top!
Kids 8 to 80: Enter your 40s-60s dance video
to Oldies Television & win cash prizes!
There's more Danny & The Juniors here to
stay on our Classic Oldies Video Jukebox
GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW
starring George Burns, Gracie Allen, with
Bea Bearnedette, Harry Von Zell, Fred Clark
Gracie's crazy whims get George, Harry Von
Zell and Harry Morton arrested! (CBS)
Can you guess how many actors played Harry
Morton before & after Clark, or who they
THOMAS SHOW: MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY
co-starring Marjorie Lord, Rusty Hammer,
Angela Cartright; Jane Withers guests
Kids wreak havoc on dad, mom~divide &
conquer +Danny's stand-up comedy. (CBS)
Jude's Children's Hospital
founded by Danny. Help save children
CAESAR'S YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS
Legendary pre-SNL skit comedy, co-stars
Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howie Morris
Sketches: "Flippity" (musical spoof, 1955),
"Sicillian Marriage Contract" (1957)
co-written by a very young Woody Allen &
hilarious "This Is Your Life" parody (1952).
Before Captain Video got a hold of Tobor,
little Robbie donned the prequel.
Madison Ave jumped on ship with a cardboard
Tobor mask. Don't laugh, they sold. ( DuMont
After TV animation came a live Superman
series starred George Reeves, Noel Neill as
Lois is abducted by gangsters, Superman sans
Clark Kent saves the damsel in distress.
Let's get our minds off killer whales and go
back to this beloved, adorable dolphin.
Each week this amazing mammal fascinated
kids and adults by solving mysteries!
COCKTAILS FOR TWO
Spike & the gang of hilarious musical zanies
perform their signature musical blowout!
As you see this wild musical circus, know
Spike Jones choreographed the wild antics. (
CAPTAIN VIDEO &
HIS VIDEO RANGERS
Long before Kirk, there was Captain Video
chasing those bad guys around the galaxy.
It was the "Star Trek" of it's time, network
directors made the same cancel blunder. (
STYLE OF LIBERACE
Liberace brought style to candlelight piano
music, with brother George on violin.
This rare clip captures the musical heart
and soul of the flamboyant pianist. ( DuMont
The first and still best medical drama
series, Richard Boone hosts as Konrad
Still as relevant: up and coming boxer is
befelled by Diabetes. As relevant today as
THE BIG VALLEY 1965
An outstanding Western series with Barbara
Stanwyck, Lee Majors & Linda Evans
Local town fanatics threaten to blow up the
Bartley Mine (NBC)
A TRIBUTE TO THE ROOTS OF TV BASEBALL
Visual newsreel memories of baseball's early
years: Jackie Robinson~Joe Di Maggio~Yogi
This was the very beginning of baseball
gaining more fans via television.
Mc HALE'S NAVY 1962
Before Harvey Korman, Tim Conway was
sidekick to Ernest Borgnine on this military
View a full half hour episode and watch Tim
fall (literally) for a Lt. Commander Nurse.
HOPALONG CASSIDY 1952
The Saturday afternoon TV Western staple
starring William Boyd as frontier vigilante
Of the many Saturday TV matinee oaters, this
ranked #2 in ratings. Giddyap! (syndicated)
DARK SHADOWS 1966
The first Weekday afternoon TV gothic drama
with Jonathan Frid as Vampyr Barnabas
For a time, this Dan Curtis produced
breakthrough out-ranked established soaps in
Come back to Collinsport as Barnabas takes
his bride, Carolyn (Nancy Barett) (ABC)
FADS OF THE 50s & 60s
The Hula Hoop, Twist, Palisades Park Bikini
Fest, Rock-Ola Juke Box, Ford Thunderbird,
set to the music of The Olympics' "Dance By
The Light Of The Moon" What a gas!!!
I LOVE LUCY 1952
Highlights from TV episodes involving the
coming of "Little Ricky;"
Ricky gets the news during club performance;
he, the Mertzes go frenetic when the time
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance,
William Frawley. (CBS)
THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW 1962
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore with guest
Bob Crane ("Hogan's Heroes")
Dick is directs local Stage play, Mary sings
& dances vampy Calypso! Ohhh, Rob! (CBS)
THE BEATLES FIRST TELEVISION APPEARANCE 1963
Not yet on seen in the U.S. , the Fab Four
debuted "She Loves You" On
*More Beatles, British Invasion classics on
the Classic Oldies Video Juke Box below this
BAT MASTERSON 1958
Gene Barry stars as debonair Masterson, this
episode "The Stampete In Tent City"
Guest star William Conrad ("Cannon") as a
vigilante out to avenge his brother's killer
MARTY ROBBINS ON THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW 1964
Back in the 60's, Holiday Inn funded shows
for Dolly Parton, Bobby Vinton & Marty
Before his own show aired, Marty sang " El
Paso " on Johnny Cash's short lived series
*A very young Johnny Cash performs two early
hits on the Classic Oldies Video Juke Box.
A CANDID FRANK SINATRA SPEAKS FROM THE HEART
Would you believe, a humble Frank Sinatra?
He talks openly about the bad years,
gratitude to Bob Hope & his all time
favorite movie role (can you guess which
Allen Ludden hosted this popular game show
1962 to 1971 on all 3 networks & syndication
Allen vies celebs Carol Burnett and Gary
Moore against contestants to win $250. (CBS)
STAR TREK TV ON DEMAND 1966-2005
Now you don;'t have to sit up until 3AM to
see Star Trek episodes~get them here & now!.
Full Episodes: Star Trek, ST: Next
Generation, DS 9, Voyager, Enterprise . Go
TED STEELE'S BANDSTAND 1956
Who introduced Hillbilly Rockers Bill Haley
& The Comets To New York?
No, wasn't Alan Freed, Clay Cole. nor Dick
Clark in PA, It was lesser known Ted
THE LIVE REFRIGERATOR COMMERCIAL CATASTROPHE
Poor Westinghouse. If their built in antenna
TV fiasco wasn't enough, came this chagrin
the automatic referigerator door that jammed
on live national broadcast promo. (CBS)
ARTHUR GODFREY: HIS WAY OR NO WAY 1957
He ridiculed sponsors, fired staff on air,
fixed talent contests & made Godlike demands
Yet, he still garnered big ratings, got a
share of the network's revenue & plays the
BUILDING THE 1958 DODGE: INSIDE THE FACTORY
An automotive retrospect! A TV industrial
film goes inside the Dodge automotive plant.
Plus a gallery of Classic Cars including
Jaguar, Porter, Nash-Rambler, Packard &
BOXING CLASSIC: ROCKY MARCIANO vs. JERSEY
JOE WALCOTT 1952
Highlights from that historic championship
boxing match in Philadelphia September 12,
You'll see that boffo KO comeback in the
13th round~this is the true Rocky. ( DuMont
*Check out Dynamite Joe Rindone's fights,
too, on Oldies Television Ch 79!
Ray Robinson, Rocky Graziano, Joe Louis, Max
THE SMALL SCREEN'S BIGGER THAN LIFE ICONS
Nixon's '54 scandal, John Wayne's PSA,
Marilyn Monroe's Motor Oil, Jimmy Durante's
Jack Benny & Dennis Day, Laurel & Hardy,
Jackie & Art's "Hello, Ball!"
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS 1959
"Good evening," then came the thriller from
the Master Of Suspense, Alfred Hitchccock
The man whose big screen flix had us on seat
edges brought same to small screens (NBC).
THE SATURDAY NIGHTLIVE~~ BEFORE SNL 1954-58
All Broadcast Live Sat Eves: The Bob Hope
Show, The Liberace Show, The Ken Murray
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Steve Allen Show,
Pat Harrington Show, Jackie Gleason Show
Watch many surprises with shows' regulars &
FELIX THE CAT 1959
In 1928, RCA testing Vladimir Zworkyn's
iconoscope, Felix The Cat was the first
image on TV;
Oldies Television's roster would not be
complete without Otto Mesmer's historic
Here the '59 Saturday cartoon show with
comes to OTV ch.68 by request. Felix
moves to kidvid channel 100.
THE DONNA REED SHOW: 'JOHNNY ANGEL' DEBUTS
Donna mugs nervously when daughter, Mary
(Shelley Fabares) sings at a school dance.
It's Shelley's first new vinyl 45 release,
"Johnny Angel." Dad (Carl Betz) gleams
THE GOLDBERGS 1952
Gertrude Berg served as executive producer
and co-writer as well as star
of this beloved sitcom about the matriarch
(Molly) of a middle class Jewish family.
Frank Sutton, who would later be Gomer
Pyle's Sarge, guest stars in this episode.
LUCILLE BALL & CAROL BURNETT 1965
Two queens of comedy together with Gale
Gordon as straight man on "The Lucy Show".
Lucy wants to join Carol on a trip to Palm
Springs , they scheme to fool Boss Mooney.
THE LITTLE RASCALS 1955
A top Saturday morning TV attraction of the
50's was re-worked MGM "Our Gang Comedies"
This favorite classic episode has Darla
wooing Alfalfa on Valentine Day.
The other guys throw a hilarious gremlin in
Alfalfa's romantic ballad crooning. (synd.)
HIGHWAY PATROL 1956
Stars Broderic Crawford. Think global dope
smuggling recent? Here's a bust in the 50s!
The popular, syndicated series was
considered the "Dragnet of the
LOST IN SPACE 1966
Danger Will Robinson! The world's first and
last outer space sitcom OMG!.
Episode guest stars Mercedes Mc Cambridge
("The Exorcist"), as matriarch of alien
Her shop of horrors is intruded by Dr Snith
(Jonathan Harris) & Will (Bill Muny) (ABC)
ETHEL WATERS AS BEULAH 1951
Jeffersons and Sanford & Son
there was the talented Ethel Waters as
supermaid Beaulah & Butterfly Mc Queen as
Sadly, Proctor & Gamble canceled the highly
rated, popular show after only two seasons.
Wriggle your nose, it's Elizabeth Montgomery
as that saucy, sassy, beautiful, bedazzling
& Dick York as befuddled hubbie, Darren (or
as Agnes Moorehead said,"Durwood" (NBC)
I DREAM OF JEANIE 1966
Out of the bottle comes that ravishingly
capricious Jeanie, Barbara Eden
Larry Hagman is her adopted master, Bill
Daly is the bewildered buddy (CBS).
SEA HUNT 1957
The "Dragnet" of the ocean floor, Lloyd
Bridges fights underwater crime with only a
This syndicated show got high tide ratings
in it's era (ZIV)
DYNAMITE JOE RINDONE 1954
Like Rocky Marciano, Joe Rindone was the son
of Italian immigrants who rose to boxing
Dynamite Joe in action from the era when
boxing was true sport (Producer: Andrew
THE MILTON BERLE SHOW 1957
Featuring Arnold Stang & guest Mickey
Rooney; Berle's swan song after 8 Tues. Nite
Bit: Berle wants Gleason like publicity, so
he feigns a broken leg for a press
DOO WOP BOULEVARD: 50s-60s STREET CORNER
DJ Gus Gossett called it Doo Wop, the group
harmony that will never die,
Back Seat Love Ballads, Jive Jumpin' Group
Vocals, your vote names the top 20!
Here are video specials which tribute the
unforgettable part of R&R and R&B
REMEMBERING SUNDAY NIGHT DOO WOP
video documentary hosted by "Doo Wop Shop's"
Don K. Reed, The Crests, Frankie Lymon,
our own Doo Wop Boulevard DJ hosted
web radio show on demand (audio)!
MIKE WALLACE & EDWARD R. MURROW 1952-54
If you thought Mike Wallace was tough on "60
Minutes," wait 'til you see him in the
You won't believe what he said to Steve
Allen, but Kirk Douglas got his say)
+Edward R. Murrow & Sen. Joseph McCarthy go
at calling the other "un-American." (CBS)
A TRIBUTE TO AMOS & ANDY 2004, TV clips
Profile & clips from this hilarious,
enormously popular television sitcom.
Spencer Williams & Tim Moore starred in the
series axed in secrecy by CBS despite high
TV Historian Bob Greenberg provides
perspective and commentary. (CBS)
THE ROCKIN' CHARLESTON 1959
"Rock & Roll Rebellion" was no Oscar prize,
but it did bring back the 30's Charleston
The flapper dance was put to rock and roll
music. (American International)
THE FUGITIVE 1963
David Janssen had us on the edge of our seat
as Richard Kimble, escaped convict
in search of that one armed man who could
prove his innocence,
Barry Morse played Lt. Gerard close at hand
to bring Kimble back to jail (ABC)
OUR MISS BROOKS 1952
Eve Arden and Gale Gordon starred in this
sitcom set in a not so typical suburban high
Brooks falls for teacher colleague Boynton,
but off the roof of the school building?
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA 1962
Richard Basehart is the captain of the
futuristic submarine and was the Capt Kirk
of the sea,
The crew must infiltrate a spy network to
save a kidnapped scientist (syndicated)
starring Raymond Burr and Barbara Anderson
in the classic crime fighter
Ironside's old flame is accused of murder.
Is she guilty? Ironside finds out! (NBC).
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES 1965
Red Foxx, Demond Wilson, Eva Gabor, Tony
Randall join regular center square Paul
The classic Squares hosted by the most
personable Peter Marshall (syndicated)
HOGAN'S HEROES 1964
Hilarious segments from the pilot and first
season opener: there's a breakout at Camp
starring Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John
Banner Ivan Dixon and Richard Dawson. (CBS)
POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN VS. SINBAD 1950
Popeye, Olive Oil, and Wimpy meet Sinbad who
bears a strange resemblance to Bluto
Enjoy Max Fleischer's classic seaman in an
animated venture not for small children.
I MARRIED JOAN 1952
Tagged as the "Queen Of Comedy," Joan Davis
stars with Jim Backus in this early sitcom
Joan falls for a movie casting scam and
winds up doing a screen test with a monkey.
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE 1955
Child star Jackie Cooper, all grown up,
headed the sitcom with Patricia Breslin
Socrates Miller (Cooper) in the doghouse
with talking dog Cleo for ignoring
MY LITTLE MARGIE 1954
Charles Farrel as Vern Albright was single
father to Margie, played by Gale Storm
in this ahead of it's time sitcom. Margie
can create havoc even when she sleeps! (CBS)
ANNIE OAKLEY 1954
Gail Davis as the legendary woman gunslinger
(and single mom), Annie Oakley
A masked gunman steals Annie's charity money
~ but Annie's got her gun! (synd.)
THE BO DIDDLEY BBC REVUE 1958
Shunned by American TV Networks, legendary
Bo Diddley brought the house down
with this dynamite stage revue shown in the
U.K. and Canada (BBC)
THE RIFLEMAN 1958
Chuck Connors stars as sharpshooter Lucas
McCain out in the wild west.
A crazed frontiersman kidnaps Lucas' son to
lure The Rifleman to a shootout.(synd.)
starring Leo G. Carroll, Anne Jeffreys,
Robert Sterling, Lee Patrick, Kathleen
Banker Cosmo Topper has his refined life
turned topsy turvy by two sensual ghosts.
George & Marion expose cheating taboo at a
posh bistro. We leave in the cur
THE ROY ROGERS-DALE EVANS SHOW 1954
Happy Trails! Roy Rogers and wife Dale Evans
star in this endearing TV western
Roy and Dale intercede in a deadly battle
between landowners & ranchers.