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Black and White Television Classics

Updated on March 5, 2017

Old Time Classics

The HoneyMooners is a classic sitcom featuring Jackie Gleason. It was about a simpler time in the life of a husband and his wife.
The HoneyMooners is a classic sitcom featuring Jackie Gleason. It was about a simpler time in the life of a husband and his wife. | Source
The Twilight Zone was written by Rod Serling and it had horror and science fiction themes each episode.
The Twilight Zone was written by Rod Serling and it had horror and science fiction themes each episode. | Source
Leave it to Beaver was about Beaver and his brother Wally. It was hilarious at times and the show focused on Beaver's high jinx.
Leave it to Beaver was about Beaver and his brother Wally. It was hilarious at times and the show focused on Beaver's high jinx. | Source
The Beaver, his brother Wally and his mom and dad live through everyday issues with class and humor.
The Beaver, his brother Wally and his mom and dad live through everyday issues with class and humor. | Source
The Addams Family was a show about some horror freaks but it was hilarious.
The Addams Family was a show about some horror freaks but it was hilarious. | Source

Which Show?


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Must See Black and White Shows

There are plenty of great shows and sitcoms that were released in black and white but, the following on the list below stand out for several different reasons.

1. The Twilight Zone: This is not only my favorite black and white show but, one of my top shows of any era. This show was a science fiction and horror show that featured many plot twists and turns. Usually, the person who enters the Twilight Zone, finds out that you reap what you sow. My favorite episode is entitled, Pig Faces. The show actually came out again in the 1980s although, it was very short lived.

2. I Love Lucy: Lucille Ball was a comic genius and she was a clown in this show. Her antics were hilarious slap stick comedy at it's best. My favorite episode is when Lucy works in the chocolate factory. Ricky Ricardo was also a fantastic actor in this sitcom. Each and every show featured hi-jinx from start to finish. The country stopped and watched Lucy when she was on because she was a true entertainer.

3. Leave It To Beaver: The show is the first to be written from the kids point of view. Beaver and his older brother Wally has all kinds of adventures in school, home and all throughout the neighborhood. I admit the show was a little corny at times, as it gets but, funny nonetheless for the time. It had sweet, fake fairy tale endings but, like I said, I think it is well worth the watch.

4. The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Griffith plays as a Sheriff in a small North Carolina town and his deputy, Barney Fife is a complete clown, which makes the show funny. This show ran for 8 years and had many memorable characters. Characters like, Aunt Bee, Opie and Gomer Pile. The show usually ended on a moral high ground with a point to be made that was usually good hearted.

5. The Honeymooners: Jackie Gleason's Honeymooners only had 39 episodes and lasted only one season but The Jackie Gleason show made sure the show raged on. This was the first sitcom to show the reality of marriage in tough times. The show centered around Ralph Crampton and his neighbor and buddy, Norton.

6. Bewitched: This show was about a witch who marries an ordinary man and she tries to make it without magic when she can. Her mother who is a witch also, likes to interfere with family affairs with comical spells. Samantha twinkles her nose to perform her form of magic which more often than not leads to trouble.

7. Gilligan's Island: In this show Gilligan, Skipper and the rest wreck a boat on a cruise and crash on an island near Hawaii. The show focuses on attempts to escape the island and the many differences between the stranded passengers. The show lasted 3 seasons but, actually had a movie, cartoon and comic based on the show as well.

8. Munsters: Although the show is about a family of monsters (Witch, Frankenstein and Dracula) it features everyday situations of a working class family. My favorite episode is when the Uncle has to win a race to win back Herman Munsters car. The car used in the race was a coffin on wheels with an engine, hilarious. This show was funny and at times ultra silly but, for its time it was well worth the watch.

9. The Addams Family: This show was based on cartoons from the New Yorker and it lasted for 64 episodes with a movie and video games based on the original show. The show is about rich, creepy monsters who live in an old creepy mansion. The best part of this show to me was "Thing", which was a moving hand. There was never a dull moment in The Addams Family.

10. The Dick Van Dyke Show: The show aired for 5 seasons and won an incredible 15 Emmy Awards. The show documents the working and home life of Dick Van Dyke. One liners are featured in this show, which is more or less a family oriented sitcom. Dick Van Dyke was all the rage back in the day.

I Love Lucy

Lucille Ball and Ricky Ricardo made this show something to see indeed. Hilarious sketches were aired in prime time weekly for years.
Lucille Ball and Ricky Ricardo made this show something to see indeed. Hilarious sketches were aired in prime time weekly for years. | Source

Which Is The Best?

Which is Your Favorite Black and White Television Show?

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Lucy, Lucy, Lucy

Lucille Ball made the craziest faces, the greatest expressions, and did the wildest falls and other outrageous antics which made her a true star. She was famous for I Love Lucy, The Lucille Ball Show and for being a celebrity. She was always appearing on TV shows and on stage in some form or another. Lucy is a true American television icon that we were lucky to have had. She was a very down to earth person. She was also very genuine person and that, of course, made her even more popular.

Not to mention Ricky Racardo! He was a handsome man and Lucille gave him such a hard time. Even the smallest of things would just really make her have to think really hard. He would try to help her understand at times, but, it took a lot of effort and there were times, he didn't have the patience either.


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      Sarah Falkner 4 years ago from www.facebook.com/Family Dog Advice

      I am in the restaurant industry and frequently date myself with a reference to Bewitched. When I serve dessert, I touch the end of my nose, wiggle it side to side, and say, 'Don't worry, I take all of the calories out of every dessert I serve'

      I love those old shows, and the old movies, too. Arsenic and Old Lace, Imitation of Life, Bringing up Baby...need I go on?

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