In the late-40s/1950s, seemingly everybody in the USA had a show

by Thor-Delta | created - 07 Mar 2013 | updated - 22 Aug 2015 | Public

Hooray for pointless lists! This is an incomplete list of 1940s/1950s US TV shows whose title follow the following structure: "The (given-name) (surname) Show". Some of these series also went under other titles: for example, "The Milton Berle Show" was originally "Texaco Star Theater". It also includes a few "local" series like "The Dude Martin Show".

There are also some not listed on IMDb, such as "The Martha Wright Show","The Sonny Kendis Show", etc. Please note this.

If you know any additional shows to add, please let me know!

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1. The Alan Dale Show (1948–1951)

30 min | Music

Highlighting the talents of one of the premier singers of the day, this musical and variety show provided viewers with a new musical treat each episode. Set inside a record shop supposedly ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Dale, Janie Ford

3. The Milton Berle Show (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Milton Berle, Sid Stone, Jimmy Nelson, Hal Sawyer

Votes: 94

AKA "The Milton Berle Show".

4. The Morey Amsterdam Show (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The show had two venues. In December 1948 to March 1949, Morey Amsterdam was the emcee at a small fictional nightclub in New York City's Times Square. Charlie the Doorman (later Newton the ... See full summary »

Stars: Morey Amsterdam, Art Carney, Johnny Guarnieri, Don Russell

Votes: 24

5. Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948–1967)

60 min | Music

Perry Como was an American Singer, who got his start on NBC Radio. In 1948, Because of his popularity, The cameras were simply brought into the radio studio to televise the radio broadcast ... See full summary »

Stars: Perry Como, Mitchell Ayres Orchestra, The Ray Charles Singers, Mitchell Ayres

Votes: 69

AKA "The Perry Como Show".

7. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters

Votes: 1,034

AKA "The Ed Sullivan Show".

8. Through Wendy's Window (1948–1950)

15 min | Family

Beginning as a short cartoon-sketch program, it evolved into a longer interview series.

Stars: Wendy Barrie, Dave Davis, Morey Amsterdam, Rusty Arden

AKA "The Wendy Barrie Show".

9. The Al Morgan Show (1949–1951)

30 min | Family, Music

Pianist-songwriter Al Morgan offered a half-hour of music.

Stars: Al Morgan, Billy Chandler, Lenny Collyer

AKA "The Al Morgan Show".

11. The Dude Martin Show (1949–1951)

60 min | Music

Was a Country music show..

Stars: Steve Martin, Sue Thompson

(local series)

12. The Fred Waring Show (1949–1953)

60 min | Music

Standard musical show featuring Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. During the 1949-50 season, there was a dance contest titled Video Ballroom.

Stars: Fred Waring, Joanne Wheatley, Jane Wilson, Daisy Bernier

Votes: 10

14. Vincent Lopez (1949– )

15 min

A music program aired in a 15-minute time-slot.

Star: Vincent Lopez

AKA "The Vincent Lopez Show".

15. The Alan Young Show (1950–1953)

30 min | Comedy

A dynamic combination of comedy vignettes and visually attractive musical numbers, hosted by Alan Young.

Stars: Alan Young, Tom Mahoney, Polly Bergen, Joseph Kearns

Votes: 16

16. The Buster Keaton Show (1950– )

30 min | Comedy

Live show with Buster recreating and updating his classic routines.

Stars: Buster Keaton, Ray Erlenborn, Harold Goodwin, Peter Leeds

Votes: 33

This series aired in Los Angeles.

17. The Frank Sinatra Show (1950–1952)

60 min | Music

The Frank Sinatra Show (also known as Bulova Watch Time) was an American musical variety series hosted by Frank Sinatra from 1950 to 1952.

Stars: Frank Sinatra, June Hutton, Ben Blue, The Whippoorwills

Votes: 24

20. The Gene Autry Show (1950–1955)

30 min | Western

The already legendary singing cowboy rode with his comic pal Pat from town to town bringing justice, song and his horse Champion to the old Southwest.

Stars: Gene Autry, Champion, Pat Buttram, Bob Woodward

Votes: 163

21. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958)

30 min | Comedy

Neighbor Blanche Morton frequently joined Gracie in escapades which annoy hubby Harry and provides George with an opportunity to offer a humorous soliloquy.

Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet, Harry von Zell

Votes: 1,072

23. The Hazel Scott Show (1950– )

15 min | Music

A music series with pianist Hazel Scott.

Stars: Hazel Scott, Gloria Lucas

First US network series hosted by Black woman.

26. The Paul Winchell Show (1950–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

The Paul Winchell Show, or The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show, or The Spiedel Show, was a variety program which aired on NBC prime time from 1950 to 1954, starring ventriloquist Paul Winchell and his dummy, Jerry Mahoney. (1950)

Stars: Paul Winchell, Diane Sinclair, Jimmy Blaine, Sue Bennett

Votes: 38

Note: Jerry Mahoney was a dummy.

27. The Robert Q. Lewis Show (1950–1951)

60 min

Daytime show featuring singers and dancers.

Stars: Robert Q. Lewis, Barbara Britton, Jane Dulo, Dale Evans

29. Susan Raye (1950– )

15 min | Family, Music

Susan Raye was a singer and pianist who entertained the audience with music.

Star: Susan Raye

AKA "The Susan Raye Show".

30. The Vaughn Monroe Show (1950–1951)

30 min | Music

Musical variety show with guest starts joining Vaughn Monroe who did most of the singing.

Stars: Vaughn Monroe, Shaye Cogan, Olga Suarez, Ziggie Talent

31. The Bill Gwinn Show (1951–1952)

30 min | Game-Show

A game show in which married couples act out an event from their lives which occurred due to a popular song.

Star: Bill Gwinn

32. The Dinah Shore Show (1951–1960)

15 min | Comedy, Music

Dinah hosted this 15 minute live musical and variety show, two nights a week. It led to her own hour long show in 1956.

Stars: Dinah Shore, Art Baker, The Skylarks, Ticker Freeman

Votes: 43

33. The Dude Martin Show (1951–1955)

60 min | Music

The Dude Martin Show was a Los Angeles local Country-Western music entertainment show. Televised live, weekly in the Los Angeles area on KTTV Ch. 11. One of the sponsors was Sears Roebuck ... See full summary »

Stars: Gogi Grant, Patty Taylor, Red Coffey, Cynthia Strother

(local series)

34. The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show (1951–1952)

60 min | Comedy, Music

Variety show. They probably did skits as "The Bickersons"

Stars: Don Ameche, Frances Langford, Neil Hamilton, Jack Lemmon

Votes: 9

35. The Freddy Martin Show (1951– )

30 min | Music

This was a Musical and Comedy variety show hosted by Band Leader Freddy Martin.

Stars: Freddy Martin, Murray Arnold, Merv Griffin, Sue Bennett

Votes: 5

(local series, later became a network series under different title)

38. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved television clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags, and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

Votes: 926

AKA "The Red Skelton Show".

39. The Paul Dixon Show (1951– )

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

Local talk and variety show that ABC picked up for only one season. It was picked up again a couple of years later by DuMont. Continued locally for another 23 years. Some of the regulars ... See full summary »

Stars: Bonnie Lou, Colleen Murray, Tom Atkins, Bob Braun

40. The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957)

30 min | Western

The Double R Ranch featured "The King of the Cowboys" Roy, his "Smartest Horse in the Movies" Trigger, "Queen of the West" Dale, her horse Buttermilk, their dog Bullet, and even Pat's jeep, Nellybelle.

Stars: Dale Evans, Roy Rogers, Trigger, Pat Brady

Votes: 552

41. The Drew Pearson Show (1952– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

A current-events show featuring newspaper political columnist and investigative reporter Drew Pearson, who would inform viewers of the latest events and/or scandals on the political front.

Star: Drew Pearson

44. The Jackie Gleason Show (1952–1973)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.

Stars: Jack Lescoulie, The June Taylor Dancers, Jackie Gleason, Ray Bloch

Votes: 308

45. The Dennis Day Show (1952–1954)

30 min | Music, Comedy

Known as The Dennis Day Show, this half-hour comedy-variety show features the talent of tenor and comic Dennis Day and friends.

Stars: Dennis Day, Cliff Arquette, Hal March, Ida Moore

Votes: 13

AKA "The Dennis Day Show".

46. The Red Buttons Show (1952–1955)

30 min | Comedy

When this show was on CBS it ran in a variety format. When it went to NBC it became a sitcom. Red Buttons was very popular. Red won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Stars: Red Buttons, Beverly Dennis, Dorothy Jolliffe, Allan Walker

Votes: 49

47. The Tim McCoy Show (1952– )

30 min | Family, Western

The Tim McCoy TV show was an afternoon hour on KTLA channel 5 in Los Angeles at 5 pm, LIVE. Used to set in front of the tv everyday watching. He hosted the show showing old Westerns. He ... See full summary »

Star: Tim McCoy

(local series)

48. The Walter Winchell Show (1952–1955)

15 min | News, Talk-Show

Simulcast of Walter Winchell's radio show.

Stars: Arlene Dahl, Betty Grable, Walter Winchell

Votes: 5

49. The Bob Crosby Show (1953–1957)

30 min | Music

Daily daytime show featuring music by Bob Crosby's band and different singers.

Stars: Bob Crosby, The Modernaires, Paula Kelly, Joan O'Brien

Votes: 10

50. The Danny Thomas Show (1953–1965)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Thomas, Rusty Hamer, Marjorie Lord, Angela Cartwright

Votes: 762

AKA "The Danny Thomas Show".

51. The Dotty Mack Show (1953– )

Music

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