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Classic American TV

This long-running CBS variety show occupied the same time slot—Sunday night at 8 pm—for over two decades.In 1964, the Beatles appeared on the show for 3 straight weeks, appearances which are credited with launching the “British Invasion” in popular music. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)
During its six-season run, this was one of America’s most watched shows. It centered on Lucy Ricardo, and her husband Ricky Ricardo. The show’s other major characters were the Ricardos’ neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz. I Love Lucy (1951-1957)
Considered the first TV spinoff. Bus Driver Ralph Kramden and his wife Alice was frequently the recipient of his bombastic threats, such as “Bang zoom, straight to the moon!” Neighbors Ed and Tricia Norton The Honeymooners (1955-1956)
With 635 episodes that aired over 20 seasons, it was the longest-running prime-time series in American television history until The Simpsons overtook it. Set in Dodge City, Kansas in the late 19th century, it centered on U.S. marshal Matt Dillon. Gunsmoke (1955-1975)
This classic sitcom centered on the title talking horse and his owner, architect Wilbur Post. Much of the show’s humor derived from the fact that the horse would solely speak to Wilbur, which naturally led to hijinks. Mr. Ed (1958-1966)
Rod Serling created this anthology series, whose iconic opening credits featured a theme composed by Bernard Herrmann and a narration warning that the viewer was “about to enter another dimension.” The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
One of the most popular TV series of its decade, its title actor was Andy Taylor, who was sheriff in the town of Mayberry, NC. Some of its distinctive supporting characters were Gomer Pyle and deputy sheriff, Barney Fife. The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)
This sitcom centered on Mary Richards, a young woman who moves to Minneapolis, where she goes to work in the newsroom at WJM-TV. The show is considered groundbreaking for its portrayal of Mary as an independent single woman. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)
Producer Norman Lear created this sitcom. It starred Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker; Archie was notable for his prejudicial attitudes, while Edith—whom Archie would refer to as his “dingbat”—was his long-suffering wife. All in the Family (1971-1979)
A highly successful CBS sitcom that dealt with controversial social issues—in this case, war. Centering on the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Korea. Major characters included Hawkeye Pierce, a wisecracking surgeon played by Alan Alda M*A*S*H (1972-1983)
Created by: Mr_Morman