The History of TV

November 30, 2011 Posted by admin

The history of TV spans several decades and is filled with many twists, turns and eccentric geniuses. It is a colorful story that starts in black and white, progresses to color and eventually into the third dimension.

Television has been around for more than seven decades now. TV started as an electromechanical device and progressed into a fully electronic device. The rise of the electromechanical tv was kicked off by Willoughby Smith in the year 1873 when he discovered an amazing property of selenium called photoconductivity. Then Philo Farmsworth built the first working television in 1927.

Black and White TV

In the old days of TV, all images were broadcast in black and white, so you had to use your imagination when you wanted to know what color was being depicted. In addition, every television show was live because methods to record shows had not been invented yet.

The year 1951 saw the first national televised broadcast. It was a broadcast of President Truman giving a speech.

Color Television

But it wasn’t until 1967 that the majority of broadcasts were in color. This was a momentous event because now you could see your favorite tv stars in color for the first time. No longer did you have to use your imagination. So this was a great year for television and for Hollywood. In those days, color tvs were expensive, but these days you don’t need a high salary like a hawaii dentist to afford one.


Finally in 2011 glasses free 3D tv was launched. This is another big year in television as TV has finally entered into the third dimension for the first time. Now watching tv is like really being there, instead of just looking at a picture of something. So tv has finally become a fully immersive experience.

The Future of Television

So what is next for TV? Perhaps TV will enter into the realm of the other remaining senses. Wouldn’t it be great if TV incorporated a tactile element? It would be amazing to feel the forces produced by a rocket ship in a space movie. Or TV could incorporate the sense of smell too. Though there are some smells that are better left to the imagination, such as the smell of an ancient swamp. I’m not sure if I would like to know what a wooly mammoth smells like.

It seems that the future of TV is bright indeed. I think that the next stage in TV would be the development of something like Star Trek’s holodeck which is a fully immersive world that is exactly like our own, where holograms are made tangible and real enough to cause physical damage. Or it could be like the Matrix where the television world is completely constructed inside of your mind, by tapping directly into your synapses. That would truly be a scary place where you don’t know what’s real and what isn’t.

1960s TV Shows

November 24, 2011 Posted by admin

1960s TV Shows are some of the best television programming ever. Shows like Gunsmoke, The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, My Favorite Martian, Wagon Train, Bonanza and Star Trek topped the list of some of the best television in the 1960s.


Gunsmoke is on of the best television shows of all time. It was a western drama series that was created and directed by Norman MacDonnell. The show is set in the Kansas and most of the events in it take place around Dodge City. The events in the show occur around the time that the American West was being settled. It was such a great show that it ran for an extraordinary 20 seasons and consisted of 635 episodes. All in all, it had a great run.

The Andy Griffith Show

The Andy Griffith Show starred who else but Andy Griffith. Griffith plays a sheriff who has lost his wife in the make believe town of Mayberry in North Carolina. Barney Fife played by Don Knotts is his deputy. Fife is very well intentioned, but highly inept and this causes a lot of headaches for Griffith. Future director, Ron Howard, played Griffith’s son Opie. The show was very popular and always had a great Nielsen rating. It even won six Emmy awards which is quite an accomplishment.

The Beverly Hillbillies

The Beverly Hillbillies is about a country family called the Clampett’s who move to Beverly Hills. The patriarch of the family Jed is out hunting and a wayward shot pierces the ground in a swamp on his farm and oil gushes out. The OK Oil Company pays Jed a fortune to buy the oil from his farm and some Jed and his family become rich. They move off the farm and relocated to Beverly Hills, California. The show revolves around their difficulties and issues fitting into city life after living all their lives in the country.

My Favorite Martian

My Favorite Martian might be seen as a precursor to another popular alien series, Mork and Mindy. I get the feeling that Mork would need to see the kona coffee review, as coffee might interact with his alien physiology. Anyway, the show is about an alien from Mars that crash lands outside of Los Angeles. The Martian turns out to be an anthropologist and his crash landing is spotted by a reporter named Tim O’hara. Tim takes the Martian under his car and calls him Uncle Martin. Martin has a number of special powers like telepathy and the ability to make himself turn invisible. Martin is also a genius inventor; he even creates a time machine. But despite his abilities, it is a long a difficult struggle for him to repair his space ship so that he can return home to Mars.

Star Trek

Who could forget Star Trek, created by science fiction guru, Gene Roddenberry? It was a show that broke many barriers. For example, it featured the first interracial onscreen kiss as it boldly went where no show had gone before. It featured the adventures of the starship Enterprise (which cost so much to build that even a hedge fund salary could not afford it) as its crew explored the galaxy in search of new life and new civilizations. It starred William Shatner as the impulsive and daring Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as the cold, calculating Spock and Deforest Kelly as the southern gentleman doctor McCoy.

Wagon Train

Wagon Train is another popular Western TV series from the 1960s. It starred Ward Bond as the wagon master charged with protecting his caravan of wagons as they journeys from civilized Missouri to the Wild West out in California. Set a few years after the Civil War the trademark of the show was the wagons being circled up to fend off attacks by Native Americans.


Yet another popular Western from the 1960s was Bonanza. Set in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, it focused on the trials and travails of the Cartwright family who lived on a one thousand square mile ranch. The patriarch, Ben Cartwright, was lost three wives and was raising children from each of these wives. Each week, the show consisted of a different adventure focusing on one of his children and how they interacted with the people around them.

1950 TV Shows

October 20, 2011 Posted by admin

1950 TV Shows are some of the best TV shows of any era. Perhaps the 1950s were even the golden era of television, when television was coming into its own and surpassing the radio shows of old. Here are some of the best shows of that era.

I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy starring Lucille Ball is the iconic television show of the 50s. It aired in black and white from 1951 to 1957 and it focused on the Lucy Richardo and her bandleader husband Ricky Richardo. Lucy is a walking disaster area, who has a knack for turning the simplest of household chores into a fiasco. She has fiery red hair, which no one could see in black and white television. And she wants to escape the dull domestic life of a house wife and join her husband as a celebrity and as an entertainer. But she seems to lack many of the skills required by an actor or a singer, so she struggles to fulfill her ambitions.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show was on tv from 1948 to 1971, which was quite a long run in television years. It is a variety show that featured iconic performances by some of music’s legendary names like Elvis, the Beatles, the Doors and the Rolling Stones. It was even named the top 15 television show of all time by TV Guide. The show assumed the basic format of a vaudeville show and seems to have carried on with those traditions despite vaudeville tapering off a decade earlier. The Ed Sullivan Show was not without controversy involving slights surrounding people like Bob Dylan and the Doors. It also sometimes ran a foul of censors due to the guest performers. It’s almost enough to make some one require heartburn no more to deal with all of the stressful situations involved.

The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show ran from 1952 to 1954. It starred the burlesque duo of Lou Costello and Bud Abbott. It was described by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top 100 greatest TV shows of all time and it is thought to be one of the most important comedy shows ever.

The Untouchables
The Untouchables ran from 1959 to 1963. It is a crime drama based on the real untouchable Elliot Ness, who was the agent who brought Al Capone down. It covered the exploits of Ness and his team as they went after major crime figures in 1930s Chicago. The show focused heavily on Ness’ exploits against Al Capone.


August 27, 2011 Posted by admin

We hope to add a forum so that everyone who loves American classic television can discuss their favorite shows and reminisce about the golden era of television here in America. If this sounds like a good idea, something that is worthy of doing, please let us know.

Like Father Like Son

August 26, 2011 Posted by admin

Like Father Like Son was a movie made in 1987 starring Kirk Cameron and Dudley Moore. In it a magical potion causes father and son to switch their personalities. The father becomes like the son and the son becomes like the father.

Chris, who is the son, is a senior in high school. He is a typical teenager, who likes things a typical teenager likes. He’s an okay student and a good runner on the track team and of course he likes a girl who happens to like a jock.

Jack, who is Chris’ father, wants Chris to get into a good school and study medicine like he did.

Chris has a friend, Trigger, who has an uncle that invented a potion that allows people to switch bodies. Jack and Chris take the potion and hilarity ensues.

Ed Sullivan Show

August 26, 2011 Posted by admin

It’s incredible, more than 100,000 Elvis fans bought copies of “Elvis Presley – Ed Sullivan Shows” within three months of its release in 2006. This DVD sells for $17.99 on Amazon and thus it has grossed its producer, Andrew Solt, quite a sum of money. But to put together this video compilation Solt had to spend a great deal of money to acquire the rights from the family of Ed Sullivan.

Many people think that old films and classic television shows are public domain, but they are not. So producers can’t just acquire old footage and release it. They have to do a lot of work to secure full rights to utilize the footage.

They have to secure rights for a quite a number of different items for every single clip. They need to pay for using the performer’s likeness. They need to pay the performer’s fee. They need to pay union fees for all of the musicians. They need to pay for publishing rights to the song. They need to pay the record label for use of live performance rights. They need to pay for film rights to the company that filmed the show.

That is quite a number of fees and this is why Solt spent close to $10 million to obtain the rights to the Ed Sullivan Show. But the end result was worth it. Solt acquired footage and rights to Elvis’s performances on the Ed Sullivan show and also obtained rights for the Beatle’s performances and a number of other popular bands.

Buying the rights cost Solt almost every penny he had at the time, but in the end it was well worth it for him. He ended up selling over 100,000 copies of his Elvis DVD and more than 200,000 copies of his Beatles DVD.