Early African-American television series (1948-1954)

by Thor-Delta | created - 24 Feb 2014 | updated - 17 Apr 2015 | Public

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Based on their plot descriptions, which of these early African-American television series would you most like to see? (note: some of these series are lost).

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1. Amanda (1948–1949)

15 min | Music

Singer Amanda Randolph sang and hosted this daytime series.

Star: Amanda Randolph

2. Elder Michaux (1948–1949)

30 min

Solomon Lightfoot Michaux hosted this half-hour religious show, which was broadcast from Washington, D.C.

Star: Solomon Lightfoot Michaux

3. Sugar Hill Times (1949– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

All black musical variety show.

Stars: Willie Bryant, Harry Belafonte, Timmie Rogers, Thelma Carpenter

4. The Hazel Scott Show (1950– )

15 min | Music

A music series with pianist Hazel Scott.

Stars: Hazel Scott, Gloria Lucas

This was a music series with pianist Hazel Scott.

5. Beulah (1950–1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

A comedy series of a family with the central role pointed to their Negro domestic who pulls the weekly family situations together with more common sense than all of the other family members.

Stars: Ethel Waters, Louise Beavers, Ernest Whitman, David Bruce

Votes: 90

6. Stairway to Stardom (1950–1951)

60 min | Music

This "local" variety series was notable for being among the first with an African-American host.

Star: Bill Cook

7. The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

30 min | Comedy

Stories mostly centered on The Kingfish's schemes to get rich, often by duping his brothers in the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge. Andy was particularly dupable. Amos mostly narrated.

Stars: Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Johnny Lee

Votes: 589

9. The Nat King Cole Show (1956– )

15 min | Music

The popular singer hosts a muscial variety show.

Stars: Nat 'King' Cole, Nelson Riddle, The Randy Van Horne Singers, The Cheerleaders

Votes: 43

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