Classic Tv TV Shows

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Some of the most beloved TV programs are those that debuted on television in the early days of the medium. Early television drew upon entertainers and genres that were already popular with audiences, and TV programming was dominated by adaptations of stage dramas, comedies and variety shows. Very soon, however, television created genres of its own, and the best examples of those genres have enjoyed enduring appeal with viewers decades after they were first produced.

Early television comedies have shown particular longevity. Broad comedic acts such as the Three Stooges, whose vaudeville act had been translated into short theatrical films, established themselves on television when their shorts were broadcast on TV in the 1950s, and popular radio comedies such as "The Life of Riley" were adapted into popular TV series, as well. Original TV situation comedies, The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy among them, made a name for themselves in the 50s, too, and they remain among the most well-known TV programs of all time.

By the 1960s and 70s, television was relying much less on precedents set on stage and radio, and original genres came to the forefront of TV programming. Sitcoms were still a television staple, but the genre began to confront serious issues in between the jokes; series such as All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and M*A*S*H* addressed the nuances of a changing American culture at the same time that they entertained, and their complexity helped them to stay relevant well past their original runs.

Comedy is not the only TV genre with staying power, however. The police procedurals of the 60s and 70s, the prime-time soap operas of the 80s, and even some classic game shows are among the shows that have stuck in the cultural memory of TV viewers, and many of them still show up regularly on cable networks and in the catalogs of online streaming services.

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CHiPS
CHiPS
Adam 12
Adam 12
The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
The Doris Day Show
The Doris Day Show
UFO
UFO
Mork and Mindy
Mork and Mindy
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Roy Rogers Show
The Roy Rogers Show
My Living Doll
My Living Doll
You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy
The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy
Three Stooges Shorts
Three Stooges Shorts
The Lucy Show
The Lucy Show
Our Gang
Our Gang
Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets
The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special
The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special
The Little Rascals, Best of
The Little Rascals, Best of
The Best Of I Love Lucy
The Best Of I Love Lucy
Private Secretary
Private Secretary
Bat Masterson
Bat Masterson
Here's Edie
Here's Edie
Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures
Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures
The Soupy Sales Show
The Soupy Sales Show
The Colgate Comedy Hour with Abbott & Costello
The Colgate Comedy Hour with Abbott & Costello
The Best of Bonanza
The Best of Bonanza
The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid
The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis
Charlie Chaplin Collection
Charlie Chaplin Collection
The Liberace Show
The Liberace Show
Red Skelton: America's Funniest Man
Red Skelton: America's Funniest Man
The New 3 Stooges
The New 3 Stooges
The Buccaneers
The Buccaneers
My Hero
My Hero
The Lone Ranger: Hi-Yo Silver, Away!
The Lone Ranger: Hi-Yo Silver, Away!
The New Adventures Of Zorro
The New Adventures Of Zorro
Selections from the Best of Ozzie & Harriet
Selections from the Best of Ozzie & Harriet
Dangerous Assignment
Dangerous Assignment
The Adventures of Champion
The Adventures of Champion
The Three Stooges Family Album
The Three Stooges Family Album
The Lone Ranger: Kemo Sabe Collection
The Lone Ranger: Kemo Sabe Collection
Supercar
Supercar
Sherlock Holmes: The Classic Collection
Sherlock Holmes: The Classic Collection
Gumby's Best Episodes: The Original Adventures
Gumby's Best Episodes: The Original Adventures
The Lone Ranger: Notorious Outlaws
The Lone Ranger: Notorious Outlaws
Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection 1920-1923
Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection 1920-1923
Abbott & Costello Colgate Comedy Hour
Abbott & Costello Colgate Comedy Hour
Bob Hope: The Comedy Hour
Bob Hope: The Comedy Hour
The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
The Life of Riley / Our Miss Brooks
The Life of Riley / Our Miss Brooks
Spike Jones: The Legend
Spike Jones: The Legend
Suspense
Suspense
Date with the Angels
Date with the Angels
The Lone Ranger: Kemo Sabe
The Lone Ranger: Kemo Sabe
Judge Roy Bean
Judge Roy Bean
The Star and the Story
The Star and the Story
Come in Spinner
Come in Spinner
The Lone Ranger: Who Was That Masked Man?
The Lone Ranger: Who Was That Masked Man?
The Lone Ranger: The Legendary Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger: The Legendary Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger: The Best of Showdowns
The Lone Ranger: The Best of Showdowns
People Are Funny
People Are Funny