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Don't Touch That Dial!! Classic Television!

This group is for the lovers of the classic Tv shows! Please post pictures, vids and anything TV related here! We used to have a sister site, Golden Age Of Television that went down, so please share your cathode tube frenzy with fans in this group!

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Pilot episode for SALVAGE 1 starring Andy Griffith

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Tribute to Alan John Melvin

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Allan John Melvin died 7 years ago today at the age of 84. Appeared in several television…Continue

Holy, Debut....Batman airs on ABC-TV

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Soupy Sales (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009) was an American comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his local and network children's television…Continue

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Comment by Dave Miller on January 21, 2015 at 7:03pm

What's My Line? - Eddie Anderson (Nov 23, 1952)

MYSTERY GUEST: Eddie Anderson

PANEL: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block

Comment by Dave Miller on January 12, 2015 at 10:32am

66 years ago today, Kukla, Fran and Ollie premiered on NBC. Originally created for children but soon watched by more adults than children. It did not have a script and was entirely ad-libbed. It was first aired from 1947 to 1957. The first NBC network broadcast of the show took place on January 12, 1949. It aired from 6–6:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday from Chicago.
Fran was Fran Allison, a radio comedienne and singer who was usually the only human to appear on screen, filling the role of big sister and cheery voice of reason as the puppets engaged each other concerning their foibles. The design style of puppets was in the style of Neapolitan puppet shows, or Punch and Judy without the slapstick, but their personalities were less caricatured. The puppet cast included Kukla, the earnest leader of the troupe; Ollie, or Oliver J. Dragon, a roguish one-toothed dragon (who would slam his flat chin on the stage in frustration or roll on his back to be endearing); Madame Oglepuss, a retired opera diva; Beulah Witch, a liberated witch; Fletcher Rabbit, the troupe's mailman and resident fussbudget; Cecil Bill, the troupe's union stagehand who spoke in "tooie talk"; Colonel Crackie, a Southern gentleman; Dolores Dragon, Ollie's younger cousin, and a number of others.
The series' music was written and performed by Jack Fascinato, who first accompanied the troupe on solo piano, and later conducted the show's small orchestra.

Comment by Dave Miller on January 10, 2015 at 4:00pm

Popular Local TV stars from the 50s in Los Angeles.

L to R: Skipper Frank, Engineer Bill, Tom Hatton, ?, ?, Chuckles the Clown, Chef Milani, Sheriff John, ?.

Comment by Dave Miller on December 31, 2014 at 10:33am

Robert Cleveland Johnson,known professionally as Bob Johnson, died 21 years ago today at the age of 73. Johnson is probably best known as the "voice behind the scenes", who gave Special Agents Dan Briggs and Jim Phelps their recorded mission briefings on both incarnations of the Mission: Impossible television series.
Johnson voiced Clegg Hoyt's role as Pitcairn, the transporter chief of the fictitious USS Enterprise, in the first pilot episode, "The Cage", of the original NBC science fiction series Star Trek, with Jeffrey Hunter in the starring role. "The Cage" was subsequently broadcast as the two-part episode, "The Menagerie."
Johnson was born in Portland, Oregon, and died at the age of seventy-three in Molokai, Hawaii.

Comment by Dave Miller on December 30, 2014 at 10:24am

61 years ago today, December 30, 1953, the first color TV sets went on sale for about $1,175.

Comment by Dave Miller on December 30, 2014 at 10:06am

10 rare 'lost' classic TV themes...

Comment by Dave Miller on December 27, 2014 at 10:22am

View old time TV shows on CLASSIC TV SHOWS.

This time it's an episode of TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADETT

Comment by Dave Miller on December 23, 2014 at 9:58am

Ronald Ralph "Ronnie" Schell is 83 years old today! He appeared on May 28, 1959 episode of the TV quiz program "You Bet Your Life", hosted by Groucho Marx. Schell demonstrated a comic barrage of beatnik jive talk. As a stand-up comedian, he first developed his act at the World-Famous hungry-i nightclub in San Francisco, California. Schell is probably best known in his 1960s television role as Duke Slater in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
His television guest credits include The Andy Griffith Show, Phil of the Future, Yes, Dear, The Wayans Bros., Step by Step, Coach, The Golden Girls, 227, Saved by the Bell, Empty Nest, Mr. Belvedere, Santa Barbara, Trapper John, M.D., Too Close for Comfort, The Brian Keith Show, The Love Boat, Love American Style, Alice, Mork & Mindy, One Day at a Time, Charlie's Angels, The Dukes of Hazzard, Sanford and Son, Emergency!, Happy Days, Adam-12, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, Black Sheep Squadron, M*A*S*H, and Jessie, currently on the Disney Channel.
In 2007, Schell was part of a touring cabaret show titled, "5 Star Revue" with Gary Collins, Mary Ann Mobley, Ruta Lee, and Steve Rossi. He starred in the 2009 Off-Broadway production of "Don't Leave it All to Your Children!", a comedic and musical revue dedicated to those Baby Boomers everywhere who are about to enter into the golden age of Senior Citizenship.

Comment by Dave Miller on December 23, 2014 at 9:51am

James Gregory was born on this date 103 years ago. Noted for his deep, gravelly voice and playing brash roles such as the McCarthy-like Senator John Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), the audacious General Ursus in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and loudmouthed Inspector Frank Luger in Barney Miller (1975–1982)
From 1959 to 1961, Gregory had his own series, a 1920s crime drama entitled The Lawless Years, which aired forty-five episodes on NBC. He played a New York City police detective named Barney Ruditsky. After his appearance as Senator Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate in 1962, Gregory starred in 1963 in the film PT 109 with Cliff Robertson.
He was also cast as Dean Martin's spy boss MacDonald, in the Matt Helm film series, and is fondly remembered for his role as Dr. Tristan Adams, the villainous director of the Tantalus IV Penal Colony on the Star Trek Original Series episode, "Dagger of the Mind". Another of his roles was playing the father of Scott Hayward in Elvis Presley's 1967 film Clambake.
Gregory was also a regular on the TV series "Barney Miller" as Deputy Inspector Frank Lugar.
Gregory died of natural causes in Sedona, Arizona. He and his wife, the former Anne Miltner, are interred at the Sedona Community Cemetery.

Comment by Dave Miller on December 14, 2014 at 10:03am

Frances Elizabeth Bavier was born on this date 112 years ago. Originally from New York theatre, Bavier worked in film and television from the 1950s. She played the role of Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. from 1960 to 1970. Aunt Bee logged more Mayberry years (ten) than any other character. Bavier won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Comedy Actress for the role in 1967. On November 22, 1989, Bavier was admitted to Chatham Hospital. She suffered from both heart disease and cancer and was kept in the coronary care unit for two weeks. She was discharged on December 4, 1989, and died at her home two days later of a heart attack.
Bavier is interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Siler City. Her headstone includes the name of her most famous role, "Aunt Bee" and reads, "To live in the hearts of those left behind is not to die.


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