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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M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
CHiPS
CHiPS
The Best Of I Love Lucy
The Best Of I Love Lucy
Adam 12
Adam 12
UFO
UFO
The Odd Couple (1970)
The Odd Couple (1970)
Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Doris Day Show
The Doris Day Show
Mork and Mindy
Mork and Mindy
The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis
You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
The Star and the Story
The Star and the Story
The Lucy Show
The Lucy Show
The Soupy Sales Show
The Soupy Sales Show
Suspense
Suspense
Supercar
Supercar
Gumby's Best Episodes: The Original Adventures
Gumby's Best Episodes: The Original Adventures
Judge Roy Bean
Judge Roy Bean
Private Secretary
Private Secretary
Dangerous Assignment
The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy
People Are Funny
The Buccaneers
Our Gang
The Jack Benny Program
Sherlock Holmes: The Classic Collection
The Colgate Comedy Hour with Abbott & Costello
The Roy Rogers Show
Best of the Three Stooges in Color
The Cisco Kid
My Living Doll
Battle of the Planets
My Hero
Three Stooges Shorts
The New 3 Stooges
The Adventures of Champion
Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures
The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special
The Three Stooges Family Album
The Lone Ranger: Kemo Sabe Collection
Here's Edie
Annie Oakley: Fan Favorites
Pioneers of African-American Cinema
The Little Rascals, Best of
Selections from the Best of Ozzie & Harriet
Bob Hope: The Comedy Hour
The Best of Bonanza
Abbott & Costello Colgate Comedy Hour
Red Skelton: America's Funniest Man
Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection 1920-1923
Charlie Chaplin Collection
The New Adventures Of Zorro
The Life of Riley / Our Miss Brooks
Spike Jones: The Legend
Date with the Angels
The Lone Ranger: Notorious Outlaws
The Lone Ranger: The Best of Showdowns
The Lone Ranger: The Legendary Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger: Hi-Yo Silver, Away!
The Lone Ranger: Who Was That Masked Man?
Come in Spinner
The Lone Ranger: Kemo Sabe
The Liberace Show
Bat Masterson