The Abbott & Costello Show

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  • TV-G
  • 1960
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.2  (1,155)

The Abbott and Costello Show is a classic American sitcom that first aired in the fall of 1852 and ran until 1954. Starring Lou Costello and Bud Abbot, the program has 52 episodes that are now widely available on DVDs. It's been named one of the top 100 shows in history by both Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly. Jerry Seinfeld has cited the program as being in the inspiration for his own successful sitcom, Seinfeld. Abbot and Costello began their act on the burlesque stage, moved on to makes several feature films and turned to television as a way to have more creative control over their material. Their television show depicted them as out-of-work actors living in a boarding house in Hollywood. The program was basically a series of of humorous sketches with little storyline or plots involved. Because it aired in syndication rather than being affiliate with any certain network, show times varied in different parts of the country. Although it became affiliated with CBS in late 1952, the network did not broadcast it nationally. The Abbot and Costello Show featured a female chimpanzee named Bingo in several episodes. Bingo was always dressed in the exact same manner as Lou Costello, and was fired from the program after she bit Mr. Costello in the arm. The program was actually owned by Lou Costello. Bud Abbott worked on a salary along with Bobby Barber, Joe Besser, Joe Kirk, Gordon Jones and several others. Production of the program ended in 1954, and it left a lasting legacy on American television.

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Uncle from New Jersey
41. Uncle from New Jersey
January 1, 1952
After Mr. Fields locks the boys out of their apartment, Bud hatches a plan to convince the landlord that Lou is the sole heir to the fortunes of his rich Uncle Ruppert. To pull off the scheme, Bud disguises Lou as his uncle, but Mike the Cop starts to believe that Ruppert has been bumped off by the boys.
Killer's Wife
32. Killer's Wife
January 1, 1952
Prizefighter Killer King moves into the rooming house and becomes convinced that Lou is fooling around with his wife, Dixie. When Costello accidentally knocks Killer's sparring partner unconscious, Bud volunteers Lou to take his place.
Uncle Bozzo's Visit
28. Uncle Bozzo's Visit
January 1, 1952
Lou's unemployed, opera singing Uncle Bozzo arrives from Italy and wreaks havoc with his booming voice. After a run in with Mike the Cop, the boys and Bozzo get arrested. While in jail, a fellow prisoner recruits them to assist in his escape.
Barber Lou
26. Barber Lou
January 1, 1953
fter helping Mrs. Bronson with her amateur benefit show, Bud is exhausted and asks Lou to give him a relaxing rub down by following the instructions of a radio masseuse.
Fall Guy
25. Fall Guy
January 1, 1953
After a penniless day of trying to sell "No Peddlers Allowed" signs, Bud and Lou are approached by two men with a scheme that will land them two hundred dollars. All they have to do is take two sisters out on a date and then switch places with the men.
Beauty Contest Story
24. Beauty Contest Story
January 1, 1953
Mr. Fields asks Bud and Lou to judge the "Miss Mud Turtle" beauty pageant for his lodge - and expects the boys to pick his niece as the winner. But then a tough thug pressures them to crown his girlfriend.
Fencing Master
23. Fencing Master
January 1, 1953
Bud volunteers Lou as a human guinea pig in a zany experiment performed by a mad scientist, Dr. Bluzak. Lou thinks he's indestructible until he gets challenged to a duel by a French fencing master.
Honeymoon House
22. Honeymoon House
January 1, 1953
With the aid of Bud and Mr. Fields, Lou constructs a prefabricated house for his fiancée, Sally. The new construction is sabotaged by Sally's former boyfriend, and when her parents arrive to inspect the dwelling, they are nearly killed.
The Pigeon
21. The Pigeon
January 1, 1953
A beautiful next-door neighbor, Ruby Norton, wants to rid herself of her mobster boyfriend, Steve Terry, so she can marry another man. She hatches a plan to make Terry think that Lou is her lover so that he will kill Lou and go to jail.
Well Oiled
20. Well Oiled
January 1, 1953
When Mr. Fields is threatened with a breach of promise lawsuit from a gold digging woman, the boys come to his aid. With Bud acting as his chauffeur, Lou poses as a Texas oil tycoon in an attempt to romance and discredit her.
Bank Holdup
19. Bank Holdup
January 1, 1953
Bud and Lou are hired as armed guards for hoodlums Joe and Lefty Lucas, and unwittingly assist in a bank robbery. They pay rent with their cut of the money, then attempt to recover the stolen cash from Mr. Fields' safe.
Public Enemies
18. Public Enemies
January 1, 1953
When a newspaper runs a story about safe-cracker "Dapper Dan" and accidentally includes Lou's photograph, a band of thieves living in the rooming house force him to join them in a warehouse robbery.
The Tax Return
17. The Tax Return
January 1, 1953
The IRS accidentally sends Lou a refund for $1 million. After he cashes the check at the bank, he is followed home by a pair of crooks. Meanwhile, Mr. Fields suspects that Lou is a counterfeiter
Private Eye
16. Private Eye
January 1, 1953
After Lou receives his diploma and private eye gear from "The Watchdog Correspondence School," he and Bud help a young girl locate $50,000 of bonds hidden inside her eccentric uncle's spooky mansion.
	 Uncle from New Jersey
15. Uncle from New Jersey
January 1, 1953
After Mr. Fields locks the boys out of their apartment, Bud hatches a plan to convince the landlord that Lou is the sole heir to the fortunes of his rich Uncle Ruppert.
Wife Wanted
14. Wife Wanted
January 1, 1953
After a quirky poker game with Mr. Fields, the boys get a letter from Lou's grandfather, who plans to give him $10,000 if he is married. After several attempts to meet women, Lou reconnects with his former girlfriend.
Car Trouble
13. Car Trouble
January 1, 1953
Lou wins an Edam automobile in a mail-in contest, but Bud sells it so they can go to Flint, Michigan and buy a new car. On their trip they encounter Mike the Cop's twin brother, hobos and an irate sheriff.
Efficiency Experts
12. Efficiency Experts
January 1, 1953
Bud and Lou land jobs as efficiency experts, and are assigned to restrain their client's daughters from spending money. The young women, however, get the boys to buy them expensive dresses and take them to a casino, where they end up in a brawl.
Amnesia
11. Amnesia
January 1, 1953
Lou plans to marry Edna, his lonely-hearts penpal, but Bud wants to break up the romance. He convinces Lou that he has amnesia and has a friend pose as Edna to make his life miserable
$1000 TV Prize
10. $1000 TV Prize
January 1, 1953
While trying to repair Mr. Fields' television set, Lou answers a phone call from the "Money to Burn" quiz show and provides the correct response to the $1000 question.
From Bed to Worse
9. From Bed to Worse
January 1, 1953
While working in a garden supply store, Bud and Lou learn that a civic group is offering a cash prize for the best backyard garden. The boys decide to enter the competition, but provoke a feud with their next door neighbor in the process.
South of Dixie
8. South of Dixie
January 1, 1953
Lou is smitten by a cute new neighbor. Thinking that she is in distress, he bursts into her apartment and into her rehearsal for a Civil War melodrama. Lou is so magnificent in his rescue effort that he lands a role in the play.
Cheapskates
7. Cheapskates
January 1, 1953
Bud and Lou accidentally purchase a crate of roller skates at an auction. Unbeknownst to them, the skates have diamonds hidden inside of them, and the smugglers behind the scam have moved into the rooming house.
Killerâ' Wife
6. Killerâ' Wife
January 1, 1953
Prizefighter Killer King moves into the rooming house and becomes convinced that Lou is fooling around with his wife, Dixie. When Costello accidentally knocks Killer's sparring partner unconscious, Bud volunteers Lou to take his place.
Pest Exterminators
5. Pest Exterminators
January 1, 1953
The boys have a new pest extermination business. While on a job at a psychiatrist's office, they answer a phone call from a Mrs. Featherton, who asks them to come to her house to "take care of her aunts."
Life Insurance
4. Life Insurance
January 1, 1953
Mr. Fields wants Bud to take a life insurance policy out on Lou that names him as beneficiary. Wary of their motives, Lou is too nervous to pass the physical, so Bud takes him on a hunting trip to relax.
In Society
3. In Society
January 1, 1953
Mrs. Olga Van Goo, a wealthy society woman, hires Bud and Lou to impersonate the Duke of Gluten and the Earl of Waldo at her formal reception. But a series of etiquette miscues leads to a food-flinging finale.
Uncle Bozzoâ' Visit
2. Uncle Bozzoâ' Visit
January 1, 1953
Lou's unemployed, opera singing Uncle Bozzo arrives from Italy and wreaks havoc with his booming voice. After a run in with Mike the Cop, the boys and Bozzo get arrested. While in jail, a fellow prisoner recruits them to assist in his escape.
The Paper Hangers
1. The Paper Hangers
January 1, 1953
While attempting to free it from a tight space, the boys damage Mrs. Bronson's car. Mr. Fields has the boys wallpaper her apartment. Later, they become waiters at a tough seafood joint where they get into a brawl.
The Abbott And Costello Show
The Abbott And Costello Show

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The Abbott and Costello Show is a classic American sitcom that first aired in the fall of 1852 and ran until 1954. Starring Lou Costello and Bud Abbot, the program has 52 episodes that are now widely available on DVDs. It's been named one of the top 100 shows in history by both Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly. Jerry Seinfeld has cited the program as being in the inspiration for his own successful sitcom, Seinfeld.

Abbot and Costello began their act on the burlesque stage, moved on to makes several feature films and turned to television as a way to have more creative control over their material. Their television show depicted them as out-of-work actors living in a boarding house in Hollywood. The program was basically a series of of humorous sketches with little storyline or plots involved. Because it aired in syndication rather than being affiliate with any certain network, show times varied in different parts of the country. Although it became affiliated with CBS in late 1952, the network did not broadcast it nationally.

The Abbot and Costello Show featured a female chimpanzee named Bingo in several episodes. Bingo was always dressed in the exact same manner as Lou Costello, and was fired from the program after she bit Mr. Costello in the arm.

The program was actually owned by Lou Costello. Bud Abbott worked on a salary along with Bobby Barber, Joe Besser, Joe Kirk, Gordon Jones and several others. Production of the program ended in 1954, and it left a lasting legacy on American television.

The Abbott & Costello Show is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (56 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 1960.

Where to Watch The Abbott & Costello Show

The Abbott & Costello Show is available for streaming on the E1 Entertainment website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Abbott & Costello Show on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 1960
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (1,155)