Pre-Color T.v. Fit Just for Halloween
Classic Pre-Color Television Shows
The five shows I'm about to list aren't just pre-color but also quite classic. So, let's begin.
1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 1955-1962
Alfred Hitchcock made quite a name for himself in the mystery genre of movies and television, it's what he's known for. I've never seen anything done by him, but I know that many people have especially his movies, such as "The Birds". I understand the movie is terrifying and probably left many people with a bird phobia. Aside from movies he also had a show called Alfred Hitchcock Presents which was on from the mid 50's until the early 60's.
Every week this show would present you with some kind of story ranging from thrilling, scary or criminal and each episode was hosted by Alfred Hitchcock himself in which he'd start it out with "Good Evening". Given his penchant for the mysterious and sometimes disturbing, this show is perfect for a television Halloween marathon. It would certainly give you the scare you're looking for.
This show had 10 seasons and was classified as Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Horror and Crime, all of which are perfect for October 31st.
2. Twilight Zone: 1959-1964
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone is definitely a classic and a show people talk about to this day. It left such an impact that they even did a remake of it from 2002-2003 but that one wasn't nearly as successful as the original (most remakes aren't).
Every week they had a new eerie story to tell which sometimes bordered on bizarre, which was kind of the point of the show. The show's mysterious nature and ability for the weird and unexplained make it a perfect Halloween show to binge watch.
This show had 5 seasons and is classified as Fantasy, Science Fiction, Suspense and Psychological Thriller all of which people crave especially on Halloween.
3. The Addams Family: 1964- 1966
The Addams Family
"They're creepy and they're kooky. They're mysterious and spooky. They're altogether ooky. They're the Addams Family". That's how the show's theme song describes them which is quite accurate. They're not magical or mystical creatures of any sorts, they're just a weird family which consists of many members.
Characters: First you have Gomez and Morticia Addams who are the parents. Wednesday and Pugsley Addams are their children. The Addams Family has a butler named Lurch, who's known for saying "You rang?". Then there's Cousin Itt which is just hair. Then there is Thing, which just a hand that runs around. Last but not least is Uncle Fester and Grandmama. It's quite the unique family and their uniqueness is what makes this show perfect for Halloween.
This show had two seasons and is classified as Comedy and Fantasy. Though this show was short lived it did have two movies in the 90's one called The Addams Family and the other called Addams Family Values, just in case you wanted to check those out too.
4. The Munsters: 1964- 1966
Unlike the family above the Munsters were actually of the supernatural, except for one of them that was human and oddly enough she was looked at as the weird one.
Characters: You had Herman Munster who was Frankenstein. His wife Lily was a Vampire, as was her dad who they referred to as Grandpa. They had a son named Eddie who was a Werewolf. Lastly, was Marilyn who was Herman and Lily's niece and she was human. Despite who they were, they still managed or tried to live normal lives and be like everyone else.
This show had 2 seasons and was classified as Comedy and Fantasy, it's pretty easy to see why this would be a good pick for Halloween television viewing.
5. Dark Shadows: 1966-1971
Dark Shadows was a soap opera, one that was classified as Gothic. It aired during the week and consisted of what most soap operas do, except this one also dealt with supernatural occurrences. This is certainly a classic show. I've never seen it but I know people who have and they still talk about it. Dark Shadows was even made into a movie starring Johnny Depp, granted it was more satire then serious but even still it obviously left an impact.
This soap opera followed the Collins family who lived in ME and most notable was the show's resident Vampire Barnabas Collins. Along with Vampires the show had Ghosts, Werewolves and Zombies, Oh My! Witches and Warlocks were also a part of the story. It also had time travel and parallel universes, is it any wonder why this would make a good Halloween marathon pick?
This shows was on for 6 seasons.
Though I haven't personally seen all of these shows, I do know they were loved by many and that's why they are classic. That's also why they would be great for any scary, spooky television marathons you decide to have. Happy Halloween T.V. Watching.