'50s (and some early '60s) television shows

A Listmania! list by Patrick W. Crabtree "The Old Grottomaster" (Lucasville, OH USA)
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The list author says: "Yes, now we know it was all lies, all those perfect families and that, but DANG IT, President Eisenhower SAID it was all so! *.*

This was truly the Atomic Age and we saw lots of Sci-fi movies at the Drive-in Theater as a result. But TV mostly focused upon the perfect family, I suppose a form of mass brain-washing. Anyway, it didn't work because us Baby-Booming Woodstockers eventually came along, challenged EVERYTHING (pretty much ruined the country), and busted up all the Mona Lisas and Ivory Towers!

But just once in awhile, I like to take this nostalgic media tour to see how things were before my pals and I totally wrecked the perfect world that we lived in, where there were no video games and no McDonald's trash along the roadsides (but LOTS of Pabst Blue Ribbon long-necked bottles!).

Lionel train sets (Biblical in magnitude!), Daisy BB Guns (and Red Ryder ones), stallion guns (revolvers), cap guns, Roy Rogers guns [we LIKED guns!!!] and all manner of other Roy Rogers stuff like lunchboxes, German Eyeball pocket knives, chemistry sets with REAL chemicals (Wo-Ho!!!), cool Boy Scout stuff.... we had it all!

Oh, yeah! And the crooked evening TV game shows for money all got busted!!!"
Popeye the Sailor: 1930-1960 (Enhanced Edition) 2 DVD Set
1.  Popeye the Sailor: 1930-1960 (Enhanced Edition) 2 DVD Set DVD ~ Olive, Bluto Popeye
The list author says:
  "Of course, Popeye had been around way before the 50s but he continued to stay popular right on through to the '60s."
$24.99
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Walt Disney Treasures: The Hardy Boys The Mickey Mouse Club 1956-1957
2.  Walt Disney Treasures: The Hardy Boys The Mickey Mouse Club 1956-1957 DVD ~ Tim Considine
The list author says:
  "This was the absolute CREAM of family TV, and was produced as a facet of the Mickey Mouse Club."
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Walt Disney Treasures - The Adventures of Spin & Marty - The Mickey Mouse Club
3.  Walt Disney Treasures - The Adventures of Spin & Marty - The Mickey Mouse Club DVD ~ Tim Considine
The list author says:
  "MORE Mickey Mouse Club top productions. These prints are almost perfect which is just what we'd expect from Disney."
$52.95   Used & New from: $28.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Leave it to Beaver - The Complete First Season
4.  Leave it to Beaver - The Complete First Season DVD ~ Jerry Mathers
The list author says:
  ""Can the Beaver come out and play???" (Woah, Baby!)!!!"
$20.15   Used & New from: $8.58
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

The Best of Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Vol. 1
5.  The Best of Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Vol. 1 DVD ~ Ozzie Nelson
The list author says:
  "The day-to-day foibles of the Nelson family. Probably one of the most popular shows ever produced."
$2.77   Used & New from: $0.01
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season
6.  I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season DVD ~ Lucille Ball
The list author says:
  "Lucille Ball lived a tragic life but no one knew that then."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)

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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Series
7.  Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Series DVD ~ Ronald Howard
The list author says:
  "These are still superb 1/2 hour episodes (my 6-DVD set has 39 in all). It ran during 54-55, British TV filmed mostly in France."
$5.00   Used & New from: $0.70
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Fury: Volume 1 & 2
8.  Fury: Volume 1 & 2 DVD ~ Peter Graves
The list author says:
  "This was an awesome Saturday morning series -- a great show!"
$19.95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Roy Rogers With Dale Evans, Volume 1
9.  Roy Rogers With Dale Evans, Volume 1 DVD ~ Roy Rogers
The list author says:
  "There are 6 of these DVDs for the whole series and they are great! Very little singing by either Roy or Dale... just good western action."
$5.98   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Ramar of the Jungle, Volume 1
10.  Ramar of the Jungle, Volume 1 DVD ~ Jon Hall
The list author says:
  "There are about 13 of these DVDs in all (including the pilot film) and it's terrific jungle action. I still watch this stuff. About 4 episodes per DVD."
$5.98   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The Honeymooners - Classic 39 Episodes
11.  The Honeymooners - Classic 39 Episodes DVD ~ Jackie Gleason
The list author says:
  "Not one of my favorite shows but life ain't the same for everybody. *.*"
$24.32   Used & New from: $10.93
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Say Kids What Time Is It?
12.  Say Kids What Time Is It? DVD ~ *
The list author says:
  "I don't know of many kids who ever missed this show!"
Used & New from: $4.46
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Watch Mr. Wizard
13.  Watch Mr. Wizard DVD ~ DEN HERBERT
The list author says:
  "This guy did really intelligent scientific experiments on TV -- it was a great show!"
Used & New from: $0.29
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Game Shows Of The 50s: Beat The Clock / I've Got A Secret
14.  Game Shows Of The 50s: Beat The Clock / I've Got A Secret DVD ~ Bud Collyer
The list author says:
  "My parents watched these shows pretty religiously -- it was the (false) American Dream."
$5.98   Used & New from: $0.48
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 1
15.  Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 1 DVD ~ Raymond Burr
The list author says:
  "Perry always foiled the prosecutor and broke down a lying witness on the stand in the 11th hour to save his client (except for in one single episode!)."
$14.19   Used & New from: $6.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews) | 10 customer discussions

King of the Royal Mounted
16.  King of the Royal Mounted DVD ~ Allan Lane
The list author says:
  "Yeah! This one ruled!"
$26.18   Used & New from: $12.41
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Sky King:Vol 1 TV Series
17.  Sky King:Vol 1 TV Series DVD ~ Kirby Grant
The list author says:
  "One day, they'll make available the rest of this superb western adventure series at an affordable price like this one is."
$5.98   Used & New from: $0.37
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

Wagon Train
18.  Wagon Train DVD ~ John McIntire
The list author says:
  "A great western series -- still good!"
$5.98   Used & New from: $3.29
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Lone Ranger - The Original Series, Vol. 1
19.  The Lone Ranger - The Original Series, Vol. 1 DVD ~ Jay Silverheels
The list author says:
  "Well, I won't tell you what "Tonto" means in Spanish (you can look that up for yourself *.*) but this really is one of the great western TV series of all time."
Used & New from: $8.96
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Dennis the Menace: Season 1
20.  Dennis the Menace: Season 1 DVD ~ Jay North
The list author says:
  "Funny stuff! Mr. Wilson cringes!"
$17.99   Used & New from: $7.11
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)

Our Gang - Little Rascals Greatest Hits
21.  Our Gang - Little Rascals Greatest Hits DVD ~ Our Gang
The list author says:
  "Great old stuff."
$13.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Malice in the Palace (1949)
22.  Malice in the Palace (1949) DVD ~ Moe Howard
The list author says:
  "This one was actually produced in '49 but The Three Stooges dominated TV throughout the 50s too. Malice in the Palace was their very best episode."
$9.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Rifleman (Vol. 1)
23.  The Rifleman (Vol. 1) DVD ~ Chuck Connors
The list author says:
  "This western series began in '58. I have known many western TV and film stars and not ONE of them ever had one good thing to say about Chuck Connors! But I really liked this show (except for that noxious kid who shouted "Paw!!!" all the time)."
Used & New from: $14.75
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Life of Riley Collection
24.  The Life of Riley Collection 
The list author says:
  "Not a big favorite of mine but my parents enjoyed it."
Used & New from: $48.95
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From Lawrence Welk to America With Love
25.  From Lawrence Welk to America With Love DVD ~ Lennon Sisters
The list author says:
  "OMG! My dad NEVER missed The Lawrence Welk show which I always thought was really creepy... but I've taken to watching re-runs lately and the man was a brilliant producer of professional entertainment."
$16.18   Used & New from: $4.76
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Sing Along With Mitch
26.  Sing Along With Mitch DVD ~ Mitch Miller and The Sing Along Gang
The list author says:
  "I cannot believe that I actually sang along with these songs (remember the "bouncing ball" over the words?!?)... but I guess I'll have to grimly confess to it."
$19.95
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Walt Disney Treasures: Zorro: Season 1
27.  Walt Disney Treasures: Zorro: Season 1 DVD ~ Guy Williams
The list author says:
  "A 1957 treasure."
$221.00   Used & New from: $169.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

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Patrick W. Crabtree "The Old Grottomaster" (Lucasville, OH USA)
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