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Best Comedy Sitcoms of the 1930s

Updated on July 3, 2016

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The Three Stooges was the first slap stick comedy to succeed on television. The characters were Moe, Larry and Curly.
The Three Stooges was the first slap stick comedy to succeed on television. The characters were Moe, Larry and Curly. | Source
The Three Musketeers was funny and serious at the same time. This show has been made into books and films.
The Three Musketeers was funny and serious at the same time. This show has been made into books and films. | Source
Popeye has had movies, cartoons and toys. He was a great character to grow up to. Popeye's enemy is Bluto but, his love is Olive Oil.
Popeye has had movies, cartoons and toys. He was a great character to grow up to. Popeye's enemy is Bluto but, his love is Olive Oil. | Source

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The Best of The 30s


Television was still in its early stages when shows started to make the airways. They did not even have the term sitcom yet. They were all called programs. The sitcoms, if you will, that are listed here are the best of the early television crop.

1. The Three Stooges (1934): This show ran from 1934 until 1959 and was the top television hit of the 1930s. That is such a long time a television show. These stooges practiced slapstick comedy practically nonstop. Larry, Curly and the leader if you will Moe constantly collide with each other. Literally. When they snap their heads together, there's a knocking noise that goes along with it. Also, at certain times Shemp replaced Curly but, it was still hilarious and just as corny, as usual. In twenty six seasons, this show produced one hundred ninety (190) episodes. This show was watched by my great grand dad, grand dad, dad, me and even my son thinks that their slap stick comedy is off the hook. That is a lot of generations, to watch one show. These three goofy guys have the craziest comedy ever.

2. Amos and Andy (1930): This show started on radio and had many spin offs from that point on. These two guys performed on a stage and with a live audience watching. Their humor was crude and slow but their slap stick drama was awesome. These guys were real brothers who often fought each other more than anything else. This was the first radio and television show to produce merchandise. Amos and Andy also had live one and two man stage shows which were performed in front of sold out arena crowds.

3. Popeye (1930) This cartoon was the first to be televised on a constant basis. Pluto, Olive Oil and Popeye are always into something or another on this wild show. The cartoons were adapted from the comic strips of the same name that came out in the 1920s. When Popeye eats his spinach he gains enough strength to fight Pluto, who always wants Popeye's main squeeze (Olive Oil). Popeye is one of the first shows to transform into a cartoon. I was born in 1977, and I remember watching Popeye as a cartoon.

4. Betty Boop (1930) Betty Boop has been in cartoons, stage shows, merchandise and she is still going strong even today (2016). She is a sex symbol and comic strip character. Most of all, she is a symbol of the 1930s. She is famous and forever controversial which has led to many changes in her looks throughout the years. She has had toys, clothes, make up and other products made about her. She is, in essence, the Marilyn Monroe of animation. My father-in-law, has a tattoo of Betty Boop on his left arm. Even though the Betty Boop character is from the 30s the character is still very popular today. There are Betty Boop shirts, underwear, drinking glasses, popcorn tins, not to mention, all the collectible items. This symbol has brought in a ton of money over her long span of time on the market.

5. Looney Tunes (1930) This cartoon came on in between films at movie drive ins and stayed on television in prime time for over 60 years strait. Some of the original characters were Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Tazmanian Devil and Road Runner. Also, Looney Tunes was shown in between films at the drive in movies for years. Over 80 years have passed and these cartoons are still hilarious and loved by millions. Looney Tunes are what I grew up on in the 1980s. Bugs Bunny and the whole gang were loved then, and they are still loved by families today. These were cartoons that we were allowed to watch because there is nothing to worry about for parents as, far as, bad language or worse. I think my mom liked some of them at times. If she did not like them, she did not ever complain.

6. Three Musketeers (1933) This film stars John Wayne and it is set in North Africa. Although the show is serious in its own way, it also has very comedic overtones. The plot changes constantly during the show which kept your interest to say the least. This broadcast had many rescue me scenes and fight scenes as well. This is where John Wayne made his bones in the world of Hollywood. Three Musketeers have had several spin offs, of the television show. "All for one, and one for all"!

7. Rex and Rinty (1935) This show stars Rex and his dog, Rin Tin Tin, Jr. This show had 12 episodes or chapters as it was called in the 30s. The show as silly as it was had some sincere moments throughout. Rin Tin Tin is, along with Lassie, the most famous dog in Hollywood film history. The show slated around twenty minutes each.

8. Red Barry (1938) This western television show was a very family oriented show that had comedy each show. Every program had new issues and problems in the tiny little western town. This show was filmed before a live audience and was a major hit for it's time. Barry started out on radio before migrating to the television market.

Keep in mind that television only had six channels in 1932. There were only eight television shows and of course the news and the weather. In 1932, I am not sure how accurate the predicting of the weather was.

Clips From Rex and Rinty

The Three Stooges Pulling Out Teeth

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Awesome hub. I love those old shows. Thanks for putting it all together!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 3 years ago

      I remember going to film festivals at the library with my father back in the 1970s. We always went to see The Three Stooges if they were one of the choices. Thanks for sharing this hub - it brought back some nice memories for me. :)

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