No other form of mass media has had such a huge impact on popular culture as the television. This is a machine right inside our private zones which exposes us to the whole wide world out there. Thus, as soon as the television became a household item, families started spending hours in front of it every single day. The 1950s were a very important time in the history of television in the United States. This was the decade when television started affecting how people think or what they believe in, thus having an unprecedented influence on American culture and lifestyle in general. It was the first time when daily news started being broadcast on TV; and sports evolved as one of the most lucrative events to be shown on the television, having the potential to be watched by a million people from around the world.
The television also started affecting American politics, as now the government had a product they could use to communicate directly with the citizens sitting in their homes. TV show genres like science fiction, variety sketch shows, and soap operas were first produced during this period. In the later part of the 1950s, western TV shows also became a phenomenal rage all over America. With all that said, here’s the list of top 1950s TV shows. You can several of these 50s shows on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. Father Knows Best (1954-1960)
One of the earliest sitcoms in the world, ‘Father Knows Best’ first started airing in 1949 on the radio. The show became immensely popular there and it was only in 1954 that CBS, in a bid to capitalize on the popularity of the series, decided to buy its rights for the television. The series follows the daily lives of the Anderson family, led by the patriarch Jim Anderson. The father here is projected as the typical know-it-all 1950s white American dad who is beyond any mistake and always does the right thing and gives the right advice no matter what. There are of course sexist and racist subtexts within the narrative that might offend anyone watching it with a modern sensibility.
6. I Love Lucy (1951-1957)
Another CBS original series, ‘I Love Lucy’, is the first American television show to become a national sensation. The series centers around the life of a married woman called Lucy Ricardo, who is fascinated by showbiz and wants to enter the entertainment industry in any way possible. She conjures up various plans with the help of her friends and landlords to make herself a part of the jazz show where her husband performs as the bandleader every single night. She also tries various other methods to develop friendships with people from the entertainment industry.