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The Jetsons

Animated
Comic science fiction
Sitcom
Directed by William Hanna (1962–63)
Joseph Barbera (1962–63)
Ray Patterson (Supervising, 1985–87)
Arthur Davis (1985–87)
Oscar Dufau (1985–87)
Carl Urbano (1985)
Rudy Zamora (1985)
Alan Zaslove (1985)
Paul Sommer (1987)
Charlie Downs (1987)
Voices of George O’Hanlon
Penny Singleton
Janet Waldo
Daws Butler
Mel Blanc
Don Messick
Jean Vander Pyl
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 75
Production
Executive producer William Hanna (1985–87)
Joseph Barbera (1985–87)
Producers William Hanna (1962–63)
Joseph Barbera (1962–63)
Bob Hathcock (1985)
Berny Wolf (1987)
Jeff Hall (1987)
Running time 22–30 minutes
Production company Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Screen Gems (original)
Turner Program Services
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (current)
Release
Original network ABC (first season, 1962–1963)
Syndication (second and third seasons, 1985–1987)
Audio format Mono
Original release Original series:
September 23, 1962 –
March 17, 1963
Revival series:
September 16, 1985 – November 12, 1987
The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962, to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in 1985 to 1987 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera block. It was Hanna-Barbera’s Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones.

While the Flintstones live in a world with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons live in a futuristic utopia of elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions; The original series comprised 24 episodes and aired on Sunday nights on ABC beginning September 23, 1962, with primetime reruns continuing through September 22, 1963. It debuted as the first program broadcast in color on ABC-TV. (Only a handful of ABC-TV stations were capable of broadcasting in color in the early 1960s.) In contrast, The Flintstones, while always produced in color, was broadcast in black-and-white for its first two seasons.

Following its primetime run, the show aired on Saturday mornings for decades, starting on ABC for the 1963–64 season and then on CBS and NBC. New episodes were produced for syndication from 1985 to 1987. No further specials or episodes of the show were produced after 1989 due to the deaths of stars George O’Hanlon and Mel Blanc. The 1990 film Jetsons: The Movie serves as the series finale to the television show.

I Dream Of Jeannie

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Sidney Sheldon
Directed by
Gene Nelson
Hal Cooper
Claudio Guzmán
Starring
Barbara Eden
Larry Hagman
Bill Daily
Hayden Rorke
Emmaline Henry
Theme music composer
Richard Wess (Season 1)
Hugo Montenegro (1966–70)
Opening theme “Jeannie”
Composers
Hugo Montenegro
Richard Wess
Nelson Riddle
Van Alexander
Sonny Burke
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 139
Production
Executive producerSidney Sheldon (1967–70)
Producers
Sidney Sheldon (1965–67)
Claudio Guzmán (1967–70)
Editor William Martin
Cinematography Lothrop Worth
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company’s
Sidney Sheldon Productions
Screen Gems Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network NBC
Picture format
35 mm film
Black-and-White (1965–66)
Color (1966–70)
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 18, 1965 – May 26, 1970
Chronology
Followed by
I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later (1985)
I Still Dream of Jeannie (1991)
Related shows Jeannie (1973–75)
I Dream of Jeannie is an American fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom she falls in love and whom she eventually marries. Produced by Screen Gems, the show originally aired from September 1965 to May 1970 with new episodes, and through September 1970 with season repeats, both on NBC. The show ran for five seasons and produced 139 episodes. The first season consisted of 30 episodes filmed in black and white.

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Gilligan’s Island

Sherwood Schwartz
Starring Bob Denver
Alan Hale, Jr.
Jim Backus
Natalie Schafer
Tina Louise
Russell Johnson
Dawn Wells
Opening theme “The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle”
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 98
Production
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production companies Gladysya Productions
United Artists Television
CBS Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format Black-and-white (1964–65)
Color (1965–67)
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 26, 1964 – April 17, 1967
Chronology
Followed by The New Adventures of Gilligan
Gilligan’s Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United Artists Television. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Russell Johnson, Tina Louise, and Dawn Wells. It aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to April 17, 1967. Originally sponsored by Philip Morris & Co and Procter & Gamble, the show followed the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive the island on which they had been shipwrecked. Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways’ conflicts and their unsuccessful attempts, for whose failure Gilligan was frequently responsible, to escape their plight.

Gilligan’s Island ran for a total of 98 episodes. The first season, consisting of 36 episodes, was filmed in black and white. These episodes were later colorized for syndication. The show’s second and third seasons (62 episodes) and the three television movie sequels were filmed in color.

The show enjoyed solid ratings during its original run, then grew in popularity during decades of syndication, especially in the 1970s and 1980s when many markets ran the show in the late afternoon after school. Today, the title character of Gilligan is widely recognized as an American cultural icon.

Bewitched

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Fantasy sitcom
Created by Sol Saks
Written by Various
Directed by William Asher (most episodes)
Starring Elizabeth Montgomery
Dick York (1964–1969)
Dick Sargent (1969–1972)
Agnes Moorehead
David White
Theme music composer Howard Greenfield
Jack Keller
Composer Warren Barker (most episodes)
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 254 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer Harry Ackerman
Producers Danny Arnold (17 episodes, first season)
Jerry Davis (most episodes, first and second seasons)
William Froug (third season)
William Asher (remainder of show)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25 mins.
Production companys Screen Gems
Ashmont Productions (1971–1972)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television (2002–present)
Release
Original network ABC
Picture format Black-and-white (1964–1966)
Color (1966–1972)
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 17, 1964 – March 25, 1972
Chronology
Followed by Tabitha
Bewitched is an American television situation comedy fantasy series which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and starred Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York (1964–1969), Agnes Moorehead, and David White. Dick Sargent replaced an ill York for the final three seasons (1969–1972). The show is about a witch who marries an ordinary mortal man, and vows to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife. Bewitched enjoyed great popularity, finishing as the number two show in America during its debut season, and becoming the longest-running supernatural-themed sitcom of the 1960s–1970s. The show continues to be seen throughout the world in syndication and on recorded media.

In 2002, Bewitched was ranked #50 on “TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time”. In 1997, the same magazine ranked the season 2 episode “Divided He Falls” #48 on their list of the “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time”.

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The Addams Family

The Addams Family is a group of fictional characters created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. The Addams Family characters have traditionally included Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley and Thing.

The Addamses are a satirical inversion of the ideal American family: an eccentric wealthy clan who delight in the macabre and are unaware, or do not care, that other people find them bizarre or frightening. They originally appeared as an unrelated group of 150 single-panel cartoons, about half of which were originally published in The New Yorker between their debut in 1938 and Addams’s death in 1988. They have since been adapted to other media, including television series (both live and animated), films, video games and a musical.

The Jack Benny Program

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The Jack Benny Show
The Canada Dry Program
The Chevrolet Program
The General Tire Revue
The Jell-O Program
The Grape Nuts Flakes Program
The Lucky Strike Program
Genre Comedy
Running time 30 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Home station NBC (Blue) (05/02/32-10/26/32)
CBS (10/30/32-1/26/33)
NBC (Red) (03/03/33-09/28/34)
NBC (Blue) (10/14/34-06/21/36)
NBC (Red) (10/04/36-12/26/48)
CBS (01/02/49-05/22/55)
TV adaptations The Jack Benny Program (1950-1965)
Starring Jack Benny
Mary Livingstone
Eddie Anderson
Phil Harris
Dennis Day
Kenny Baker
Mel Blanc
Announcer Don Wilson
Writers Harry Conn, Al Boasberg, William Morrow, Edmund Beloin, Hugh Wedlock Jr., Howard Snyder, George Balzer, Sam Perrin, Milt Josefsberg, John Tackaberry, Al Gordon, Hal Goldman
Producers Hilliard Marks (1946-’55)
Air dates May 2, 1932 to May 22, 1955
No. of episodes 931
Opening theme Love in Bloom/The Yankee Doodle Boy
Ending theme Hooray for Hollywood
The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th-century American comedy.

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I Love Lucy

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Written by Jess Oppenheimer
Madelyn Davis
Bob Carroll, Jr.
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
Starring Lucille Ball
Desi Arnaz
Vivian Vance
William Frawley
Richard Keith
Theme music composer Eliot Daniel
Harold Adamson
Composers Eliot Daniel
Wilbur Hatch
Marco Rizo
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 181 (including the “lost” Christmas episode and original pilot) (list of episodes)
Production
Producers Jess Oppenheimer
Desi Arnaz (executive)
Location Desilu Studios
Los Angeles, California
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 23–26.5 minutes unedited, including opening and closing credits
Production company Desilu Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 15, 1951 – May 6, 1957
Chronology
Followed by The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour
I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on CBS. After the series ended in 1957, however, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials, running from 1957 to 1960, known first as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour.

The show, which was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations. Another award that the show won was the coveted Peabody Award for “recognition of distinguished achievement in television.”

I Love Lucy was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched only by The Andy Griffith Show in 1968 and Seinfeld in 1998) . The show is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world, and remains popular, with an American audience of 40 million each year. A colorized version of its Christmas episode attracted more than eight million viewers when CBS aired it in prime time in 2013 – 62 years after the show premiered. A second colorized special, featuring the “L.A. At Last!” and “Lucy and Superman” episodes, aired on May 17, 2015, attracting 6.4 million viewers.

I Love Lucy is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012, it was voted the ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine.

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The Dick Van Dyke Show

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Genre Sitcom
Created by Carl Reiner
Written by Carl Reiner
Frank Tarloff (as “David Adler”)
John Whedon
Sheldon Keller
Howard Merrill
Martin Ragaway
Bill Persky
Sam Denoff
Garry Marshall
Jerry Belson
Carl Kleinschmitt
Dale McRaven
Directed by Sheldon Leonard
John Rich
Jerry Paris
Howard Morris
Alan Rafkin
Starring Dick Van Dyke
Mary Tyler Moore
Rose Marie
Morey Amsterdam
Larry Mathews
Theme music composer Earle Hagen
ComposerEarle Hagen
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 158 + 1 reunion special (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers Sheldon Leonard, in association with Danny Thomas
Producer Carl Reiner
Bill Persky (1965)
Sam Denoff (1965)
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company Calvada Productions
Release
Original network CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 3, 1961 – June 1, 1966
The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961, until June 1, 1966. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews, and Mary Tyler Moore. It centered on the work and home life of television comedy writer Rob Petrie (Van Dyke). The show was produced by Reiner with Bill Persky and Sam Denoff. The music for the show’s theme song was written by Earle Hagen.

The series won 15 Emmy Awards. In 1997, the episodes “Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth” and “It May Look Like a Walnut” were ranked at 8 and 15 respectively on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. In 2002, it was ranked at 13 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time and in 2013, it was ranked at 20 on their list of the 60 Best Series.

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TV Shows Of 1960-1965

The 1950’s had TV shows, from radios, but the early 1960’s was more family based.

Shows like My Three Sons, Bachelor Dad, and even The Bradey Bunch, which only have one parent, couldn’t have a divorce, because of censorship, the other parent had to be dead, but usually not explained how they died.

In the 1964-1965, TV shows were changing, with comdey,Bewildered, I Dream Of Jennie, My Favorite Martin and family based shows well The Addams Family and The Munsters, were science fiction family of Lost In Space with special affects with camera tricks and string tied to things.

Also their was Gilligan’s Island, Beverly Hillbillies, Hogan Heroes making us laugh.

From the beginning of TV until 1965, was in black and white and things changed the next year !!!

Doctor Who

imageScience fiction Drama
Created by
Sydney Newman
C. E. Webber
Donald Wilson
Written by Various
Directed by Various
Starring Various Doctors
(as of 2015, Peter Capaldi)
Various companions
Theme music composer
Ron Grainer
Opening theme Doctor Who theme music
Composers Various composers
(since 2005, Murray Gold)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 26 (1963–89)
+ 1 TV film (1996)
No. of series 9 (2005–present)
No. of episodes 826 (97 missing)
263 stories (list of serials)
Production
Executive producers Various
(as of 2015, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin
Camera setup Single/multiple-camera hybrid
Running time Regular episodes:
25 minutes (1963–84, 1986–89)
45 minutes (1985, 2005–present)
Specials:
Various: 50–90 minutes
Release
Original network
BBC One (1963–present)
BBC One HD (2010–present)
BBC HD (2007–10)
Picture format
405-line Black-and-white (1963–67)
625-line Black-and-white (1968–69)
625-line PAL (1970–89)
525-line NTSC (1996)
576i 16:9 DTV (2005–08)
1080i HDTV (2009–present)
Audio format
Mono (1963–87)
Stereo (1988–2008)
5.1 Surround Sound (2009–present)
Original release Classic series:
23 November 1963 –
6 December 1989
Television film:
12 May 1996
Revived series:
26 March 2005 – present
Chronology
Related shows
K-9 and Company (1981)
Torchwood (2006–11)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–11)
K-9 (2009–10)
Doctor Who Confidential (2005–11)
Totally Doctor Who (2006–07)
Doctor Who Extra (2014–present)
External links
Doctor Who at the BBC
Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC from 1963 to the present day. The programme depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a space and time-travelling humanoid alien. He explores the universe in his TARDIS, a sentient time-travelling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Accompanied by companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes, while working to save civilisations and help people in need.

The show is a significant part of British popular culture, and elsewhere it has become a cult television favourite. The show has influenced generations of British television professionals, many of whom grew up watching the series. The programme originally ran from 1963 to 1989. There was an unsuccessful attempt to revive regular production in 1996 with a backdoor pilot, in the form of a television film. The programme was relaunched in 2005 by Russell T Davies, who was showrunner and head writer for the first five years of its revival, produced in-house by BBC Wales in Cardiff. The first series of the 21st century featured Christopher Eccleston in the title role and was produced by the BBC. Series two and three had some development money contributed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), which was credited as a co-producer. Doctor Who also spawned spin-offs in multiple media, including Torchwood (2006–2011) and The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–2011), both created by Russell T Davies; K-9 (2009–2010); and a single pilot episode of K-9 and Company (1981). There also have been many spoofs and cultural references to the character in other media.

Twelve actors have headlined the series as the Doctor. The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show, as well as the differing approach to the role that each brings, under the concept of regeneration into a new incarnation. The show’s premise is that this is a life process of Time Lords through which the character of the Doctor takes on a new body and, to some extent, new personality, which occurs after sustaining an injury which would be fatal to most other species. Each actor’s portrayal differs, but they are all intended to be aspects of the same character and form part of the same storyline. The time-travelling nature of the plot means that, on occasion, different Doctors have met each other. Peter Capaldi took on the role after Matt Smith’s exit in the 2013 Christmas special “The Time of the Doctor”.

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