Watch and Download episodes from the first years of Television

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.

Complete list of early television shows on this web site:


Captain America
Captain Midnight
Dangerous Assignment
I Led Three Lives
Northwest Passage
Passport to Danger
Ramar of the Jungle
Secret File, U.S.A.
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle
Terry and the Pirates
The Adventures of Brave Eagle
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
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
Racket Squad
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


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

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
Password All-Stars
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

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
The Buccaneers
The Scarlet Pimpernel
William Tell

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
What Do You Want? - 1961
The Ginger Rogers Show - 1963

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

All Star Revue
Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
Bob Hope Television Shows
Candid Camera
Coke Time with Eddie Fisher
Dagmar's Canteen
Gene Kelly TV Shows
Hollywood Palace
Hollywood, The Fabulous Era
Lawrence Welk
People Are Funny
Perry Como
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
Cowboy G-Men
Death Valley Days
Dusty's Trail
Frontier Doctor
Judge Roy Bean
The Lone Ranger
The Roy Rogers Show
Shotgun Slade
Stories of the Century
The Adventures of Kit Carson
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
The Cisco Kid
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
1960 Presidential Election Campaign Ads
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
The Silent Service

This and That Misc.

1950 Miss U.S. Television Beauty Contest

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.