Watch The Abbott & Costello Show

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.

E1 Entertainment
2 Seasons, 56 Episodes
January 1, 1960
Comedy
8.4/10
Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Sid Fields, Gordon Jones
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The Abbott & Costello Show Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bingo is sick in bed with a 172 degree temperature. Lou figures that he misses his family, so the entire gang heads to the Belgian Congo to find Bingo's father. Lou tangles with a real gorilla, thinking it's Bud in a monkey suit.

  • The boys plan to enroll in the police academy, and get some pointers from Mike over dinner. Then Professor Melonhead tries to whip them into shape at the police gym, before Lou hits the firing range and 'blows up the joint.'

  • While the boys are selling newspapers, a philanthropist gives them two five hundred dollar bills. Assuming they are fake, Bud tears up the money. When he learns the money was real, he goes crazy and gets hauled off to the Retired Actor's Home.

  • While the boys are selling newspapers, a philanthropist gives them two five hundred dollar bills. Assuming they are fake, Bud tears up the money. When he learns the money was real, he goes crazy and gets hauled off to the Retired Actor's Home.

  • The boys attempt to help an old lady who has been dispossessed. They win $300 playing amusement park midway games, but the old lady uses the money to place a bet with her bookie.

  • The boys have won an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas and decide to take Hillary along. But first they have to buy a used car from Friendly Fields' Used Car Lot. Later, in Vegas, Lou loses all his money and plays a violent game of billiards.

  • Bud and Lou become contestants on the TV game show and win a pack of bubblegum. Later, their drunk neighbor, John Rednose, slips on the gum outside the rooming house and hauls Mr. Fields to court.

  • Mr. Fields posts new house rules just as the boys plan a surprise party for Hillary. Lou causes trouble at the supermarket. Later, at Bud's insistence, Lou infuriates Mr. Fields by playing loud music during the party.

  • Lou decides to bring Bingo the Chimp home from the pet shop and causes confusion at City Hall when he accidentally applies for a marriage license. Then, at the rooming house, the boys attempt to hide Bingo from Mr. Fields.

  • Bud finds work loafing in a bakery and insists that Lou also get a job. Lou runs into problems delivering a box of hats to the Susquehanna Hat Company. Later, the boys pay a visit to Mr. Fields' Employment Agency.

  • Lou and Stinky agree to settle their differences in a wrestling match for the policemen's benefit. Before the match, Bud comes up with a plan to get a free meal by borrowing Mike the Cop's uniform.

  • Bud schemes to take a photograph of Mr. Fields beating up Lou so the boys can sue the landlord. After a councilman gets Lou out of trouble, Bud decides Costello should run for public office.

  • Hillary's father is visiting and expresses his desire for her to marry a man with musical talent. Lou takes a disastrous class at Professor Melonhead's Singing School, and then Bud concocts a scheme to make Costello look like a piano virtuoso.

  • Bud and Lou visit a couple of restaurants in search of a satisfying meal and encounter trouble with Mr. Bacciagalupe's meatballs, twin waitresses and a very fresh oyster.

  • Lou is suffering from a terrible bout of insomnia, so Bud takes him to see a psychiatrist, who prescribes 'Dr. Drowsy's Sleep-Inducing Record.' When that doesn't work, Bud checks Lou into a sanitarium for a good night's rest.

  • Bud and Lou accompany Hillary to the haunted castle of her deceased uncle, Montague Brooke. According to his will, if she can spend the entire night there, she'll inherit the estate and all its treasures.

  • Bud and Lou accept Hillary's invitation to visit her at her uncle's 'B-Bar-Bop Ranch' near the Mexican border. There, they join a posse tracking down cattle rustlers, and Lou tangles with the leader of the gang in a western saloon.

  • The boys help out selling tickets for Hillary's charity bazaar. Lou blows all his money at the kissing booth, and Bud tries raising some funds with the old shell game.

  • Lou tries his hand at selling aluminum cookware door-to-door. When he volunteers to cook a demonstration duck dinner for the neighbors at Mr. Fields' apartment, culinary mayhem ensues.

  • Bud and Lou join the Army National Guard. While at basic training, they have physicals, shoot dice in the barracks, and go through drill practice.

  • Bud and Lou visit the employment agency run by Mr. Fields' brother, and Lou lands a job selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. His demonstration skills are then put to the test at a farmhouse with disastrous results.

  • Lou receives word that his uncle has struck gold in Alaska, and the boys plan to join him. But they are delayed by a bank robbery, and then literally get stuck when Lou accidentally adds quick-drying cement to Bud's foot bath.

  • Lou throws himself a birthday party, but mistakes ant paste for antipasto and makes all of his guests ill. After Bud throws him out of their apartment, Lou consoles himself by ordering a giant cake at Mr. Bacciagalupe's bakery.

  • Bud and Lou plan to vacation at the Biltmore Hotel near Phoenix, and stock up at Sporty Fields’ sporting goods store. But as Lou packs, Bud worries that Mr. Fields will rent their apartment out from under them while they’re gone.

  • Lou shoots a hole in Mrs. Crumbcake's water pail, and she sues him for 79 cents in damages. While in jail, he comes to blows with a crazed cell mate, who becomes enraged at the mere mention of "Niagara Falls."

  • Lou has a terrible toothache, so Bud takes him to the dentist where Hillary works as a nurse. When the dentist fails to help, Bud schemes to get Lou arrested in order to receive free treatment in jail.

  • With Bud and Lou eight weeks behind on rent and facing eviction, Mr. Fields sends them to work in his brother's drug store. Unfortunately, Lou can't cut it as a soda jerk and ends up wrecking the place.

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