Public Domain Television Shows to Watch, Enjoy and Download


Added October 16, 2014 - 15 surviving episodes of Schlitz Playhouse of Stars.

The Schlitz Playhouse of Stars was sponsored by the Joseph Schlitz beer company, advertised as The Beer that Made Milwaukee Famous. The show featured both dramas and comedies each week, broadcasting live until 1953 when some shows were filmed ahead of time, and by 1956 all shows were filmed in advance. The only surviving episodes that I could find are Kinescope copies in very rough shape, particularly the first few.

Click on any episode to watch and download:

May 9, 1952 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - Appointment with the Past
Starring Mark Stevens, Jaclynne Greene, Robert Osterloh and William Bryant

June 13, 1952 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - Dress in the Window
Starring Teresa Wright, Onslow Stevens, James Flavin and Joey Ray

September 12, 1952 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - The Marriage of Lit-Lit
Starring Rita Moreno, Don DeFore, Eddie Firestone and Frank Silvera

March 13, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - 19 Rue Marie
Starring David Brian, Maria Palmer, Lawrence Dobkin and Leon Askin

April 3, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - The Governess
Starring Ellen Drew, Onslow Stevens, Lillian Bronson and Strother Martin

May 1, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - Medicine Woman
Starring George Brent, Andrea King, Mary Ellen Kay and William Fawcett

June 26, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - The Ledge
Starring Skip Homeier, Regis Toomey, Allene Roberts and Herbert Lytton

July 10, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - Storm Warnings
Starring Robert Stack, Kristine Miller, Arthur Franz and Robert Nichols

July 24, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - Knave of Hearts
Starring Mark Stevens, Morris Ankrum, Jack Elam and Lee Van Cleef

August 28, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - Two Lives Have I
Starring Patricia Medina, Philip Carey, John Doucette and Janine Perreau

November 20, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - Fresh Start
Starring Wanda Hendrix, William Campbell, Esther Dale and Walter Sande

November 27, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - The Closed Door
Starring Gene Lockhart, Willis Bouchey, Beverly Washburn and Ralph Moody

December 11, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - No Compromise
Starring Stephen McNally, Robert Strauss, Fay Roope and Byron Kane

December 25, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - The Baker of Barnbury
Starring Robert Newton, Elsa Lanchester, Tudor Owen and Leo Britt

January 1, 1953 - Schlitz Playhouse of Stars - Go Away a Winner
Starring Ellen Drew, Richard Egan, Richard Travis and David Day

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Television hit it's 'golden' years in America in the 1950's, but has been around for much longer. In 1935 it was the stuff of science fiction and wonder, like in the movie Murder by Television (October 1, 1935)

Thanks to crude Kinescope copies, and the later use of pre-recorded shows using movie cameras, we can explore the first wonderful years of this invention that helped change the world. I am assembling the largest collection of early television shows that is organized by genre and by date, in one place, that you can watch, download, save and burn to dvd. I hope that you enjoy the early years of the great 'boob toob' as much as I do. Below you can see what I've been up to lately, and under that you can see a list of every television series that I have posted so far. If you have questions or comments, or just want to say 'hi', contact me and I will answer every note to the best of my ability.

Complete list of early television shows on this web site:


Captain America
Captain Midnight
I Led Three Lives
Mr. Lucky
Northwest Passage
Passport to Danger
Ramar of the Jungle
Secret File, U.S.A.
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle
Sky King, the flying cowboy
Terry and the Pirates
The Adventures of Champion
The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu
The Adventures of Hiram Holliday
The Adventures of Long John Silver
The Last of the Mohicans

Cops and Detectives

Biff Baker, U.S.A.
Boston Blackie
Burke's Law
Code 3
Dangerous Assignment
Dick Tracy
Follow That Man
Front Page Detective
I'm the Law
Lock Up
Martin Kane, Private Eye
Michael Shayne
Mystery Theatre with Mark Saber
Mr. and Mrs. North
Peter Gunn
Philip Marlowe
The Public Defender
Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Rocky King, Detective
The Lawless Years
The Lone Wolf
The Man Behind the Badge
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Sheriff of Cochise
The Thin Man
Treasury Men in Action
U.S. Marshal
Yancy Derringer


A Christmas Carol
Armstrong Circle Theatre
Dateline Europe, Foreign Intrigue
Diagnosis Unknown
Dupont Cavalcade of America Theater
Four Star Playhouse
General Electric True Theater
Gruen Guild Playhouse
Lux Video Theatre
Man With A Camera
Robert Montgomery Presents
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Screen Directors Playhouse
Stage 7
Studio One
Telephone Time
The Star and The Story

Soap Operas

Hawkins Falls
Search for Tomorrow

Game Shows

Beat the Clock
Chance of A Lifetime
Do You Trust Your Wife?
I've Got A Secret
Queen For A Day
Stump The Stars
The Price is Right
To Tell The Truth
What's My Line?
You Bet Your Life

Science Fiction / Horror

13 Demon Street
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Flash Gordon
The Invisible Man
Lights Out
One Step Beyond
Space Patrol
Boris Karloff in The Veil

Unsold Pilot Episodes

Let's Join Joanie - 1950
The Bogus Green - 1951
Mandrake the Magician - 1954
Meet The O'Briens - 1954
Pass the Line - 1954
The Shadow - 1954
The Joe E. Brown Show - 1956
Alarm - 1956
Here Comes Tobor - 1957
Counterspy - 1958
Sea Divers - 1958
Destination Space - 1959
Maggie - 1960
Daddy-O - 1961
The Ginger Rogers Show - 1963

British Television

The Adventures of Robin Hood
Colonel March of Scotland Yard
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents Bulldog Drummond
Hancock's Half Hour
No Hiding Place
On The Twelfth Day
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot
William Tell

Situation Comedies

Betty White
The Beulah Show
Date With The Angels
Duffy's Tavern
Dusty's Trail
Hot Off the Wire, The Jim Backus Show
I Married Joan
I Remember Mama
It's Always Jan
Love That Bob!
Make Room for Daddy
Meet Corliss Archer
Meet Mr. McNutley
Mr. Ed
Mister Peepers
My Friend Irma
My Little Margie
My Hero
Our Miss Brooks
Petticoat Junction
Susie, Private Secretary
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
The Andy Griffith Show
The Betty Hutton Show
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Dennis O'Keefe Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Eve Arden Show
The Gale Storm Show, Oh Susanna!
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The Great Gildersleeve
The Jim Backus Show
The Life of Riley Season 1 with Jackie Gleason
The Life of Riley with William Bendix
The Lucy Show
The Mickey Rooney Show
The People's Choice
The Red Skelton Show
The Stu Erwin Show
Window on Main Street

Variety Shows

Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
Bob Hope Television Shows
Candid Camera
Coke Time with Eddie Fisher
Dagmar's Canteen
Hollywood Palace
Hollywood, The Fabulous Era
Lawrence Welk
People Are Funny
The Perry Como Show
Shower of Stars
The Bing Crosby Show
The Cavalcade of Stars
The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show
The Garry Moore Show
The Jack Benny Program
The Jimmy Durante Show
The Kate Smith Hour
The Milton Berle Show
The Rosemary Clooney Show
This Is Your Life
Your Hit Parade


26 Men
Annie Oakley
Bat Masterson
Death Valley Days
Dusty's Trail
Judge Roy Bean
The Lone Ranger
The Roy Rogers Show
Shotgun Slade
Stories of the Century
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
The Cisco Kid
The Rifleman
Wagon Train
Zane Grey Theater

Just for Kids

Fury, King of the Wild Stallions
The Howdy Doody Show
Watch Mr. Wizard
Sense and Nonsense


Family Theater


ABC's Breakfast Club - 1948
NBC News, Chicago, March 17, 1949
Atomic Bomb Test from 1952
See it Now, Edward R. Murrow - 1952
Victory at Sea - 1952-1953
Camel News Caravan 1952-1955
New Year's Eve 1957 w/Guy Lombardo
Project XX - Not So Long Ago - 1960
J.F.K. vs Nixon Presidential Debate, 1960
The Big Picture
The Johns Hopkins Science Review
Veterans Day Ceremony with JFK - 11 Nov. 1961
Century 21 Calling - 1962
Carol For Another Christmas - 1964

If you are part of the ‘Baby Boom’ generation you remember many of these shows as a youngster. If you are a child or grandchild of this generation, you can see what entertained your parents and grandparents when they were young. More and more classic television shows are identified as public domain every day, and I will be adding them to this site in easy to download and view formats, so come back often to check out the new additions. If any copyright or patent owner has an issue with any show offered here, they only need to contact me and the offending item will be quickly removed.

NOTE: This web site is a labor of love by one passionate television fan - if you find an error or factual mistake, please use the contact page to let me know so that I can correct it for everyone else.