I Love Lucy, Wagon Train, $64,000 Question - the pioneering days of television gave us variety shows, drama and many quizzes.
If quizzes were a reflection of parlor games that theoretically could be played at home, in its early days television also reflected the more public entertainments found on radio and in the theater.
As for news, the early output used Movietone Newsreels (usually shown at the movie theater). NBC's "Camel Newsreel", sponsored by Camel Cigarettes, had John Cameron Swayze presenting the latest newsreels. It wasn't long before NBC gathered and presented its own news. It was not uncommon in those days, for the newsreader to be puffing on a cigarette whilst reading out the news.
We are attempting to build a comprehensive list of old tv shows that appeared on US TV. In time we hope to add listings from other countries from the same period. Here is the list of shows.
Please have a look at our forums where you can add your memories about these tv shows. You may even have some inside information that can be shared with other visitors.
If there is a tv show that isn't listed, go ahead and make a request in this forum (please remember, the list is limited to US TV up to the end of 1969).