TV’s Greatest Variety Shows of All Time

There’s one long lost format of TV programming that I miss so much and that is the Variety Show. These type of shows were a television staple for years starting back in the late 1940’s and could be found pretty much on any given night of the week throughout the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. There were times when it absolutely dominated the airwaves. Nowadays, you can catch glimpses of some of these on so-called TV infomercials that advertise DVD collections of a handful of the more popular variety series from the past such as Carol Burnett, Ed Sullivan and Dean Martin.

This is still a work in progress — Stay Tuned!


Jackie Gleason Show (1950-1957) (1962-1970)

Red Skelton Show (1951-1971)

Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)

Ed Sullivan Show/Toast of The Town (1948-1971)
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show (1962-1962)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-1969)
Rowan & Martin Laugh-In (1968-1973)
The Hollywood Palace (1964-1970)
Texaco Star Theater/The Milton Berle Show (1948-1956)
Hee-Haw (1969-1992)
The Flip Wilson Show (1970-1974)
Art Linkletter’s House Party (1952-1969)
Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971-1974)
Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969-1972)
The Red Foxx Comedy Hour (1977-1978)
The Richard Prior Show (1977-1977)
Andy Williams Show (1959-1971, 1976)
The Bing Crosby Show
Milton Berle Show
Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour
Your Show of Shows
Perry Como Show
Colgate Comedy Hour
The Jack Benny Show
Arthur Godfrey Show
Dinah Shore Show
Dean Martin Show
Lawrence Welk Show
Burns & Allen
Johnny Cash Show
Donny & Marie Show
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Favorite TV Dads Over The Years – Who Are Yours?

They’ve been there for us when we’re bored…

They’ve made us laugh…

Sometimes, they’ve shown us their faults or weaknesses…

They’ve come to the rescue in times of need…

They’ve taught us lessons or values in life …

They’ve shown us nurturing and support…

We’ve spent some QUALITY time with their families…

We’ve even looked forward to our weekly visit with them…

I’m talking about our favorite dads from our favorite television shows over the years. Of course, this will vary with individuals  according to your age and what shows you grew up with as well as what you watch currently on TV. But the main focus will be on the TV dads from 50’s TV, 60’s TV, 70’s TV, 80’s TV, 90’s TV and just a little bit into the new millennium (2000’s TV).

With Father’s Day here this weekend, this kind of prompted me to take a look at TV dads over the years, so….. Let’s take a trip back through time and see how many of these TV series you watched faithfully each week anticipating a new adventure with each and every episode. Ironically you’ll find majority of these as “family shows” that the entire family could enjoy together regardless of age. Also a large  majority of these were “sitcoms’ (situation comedies). It’s amazing just how much TV has evolved and changed by today’s standards. I truly miss many of these shows from a bye-gone era. Today is predominately riddled with “reality TV’ with sexual appeal or situations being the dominate factor.

Anyways… I encourage you to please offer your input as to who YOU would rank as YOUR Favorite 3 or Top 5 TV dads of All-Time — Leave your comments below — I’d really like to know  your thoughts 😛

Enjoy the Journey Back Through Time!

1950’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1950-1959

Ozzie Nelson as himself from "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952-1966)

Danny Thomas as Danny Williams from "Make Room For Daddy" (1953-1964)

Robert Young as Jim Anderson from "Father Knows Best" (1954-1960)

Gene Evans as Rob McLaughlin from "My Friend Flicka" (1956-1957)

John Forsythe as Bentley Gregg from Bachelor Father (1957-1962)

Walter Brennan as Amos McCoy from "The Real McCoys" (1957-1963)

Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver from "Leave It To Beaver" (1957-1963)

Hugh Reilly as Paul Martin from "Lassie" (1958-1964) Although this series aired from 1954-1973 with several cast changes, my favorite years were the "Timmy & Lassie" years that features the Martin Family as Hugh Reilly, June Lockhart & Jon Provost

Carl Betz as Alex Stone from "The Donna Reed Show" (1958-1966)

Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain from "The Rifleman" (1958-1963)

Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright from "Bonanza" (1959-1973)

Herbert Anderson as Henry Mitchell from "Dennis The Menace" (1959-1963)

1960’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1960-1969

 

Fred MacMurray as Steve Douglas from "My Three Sons" (1960-1972)

Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor from "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968)

Fred Flintstone as himself in "The Flintstones" (1960-1966)

Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie from" The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-1966)

Don DeFore as George Baxter from "Hazel" (1961-1966)

George Jetson as himself in "The Jetsons" (1962-1963)

William Schallert as Martin Lane from "The Patty Duke Show" (1963-1966)

Brian Kelly as Porter Ricks from "Flipper" (1964-1967)

John Astin as Gomez Addams from "The Addams Family" (1964-1966)

Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster from "The Munsters" (1964-1966)

Guy Williams as Dr. John Robinson from "Lost In Space" (1965-1968)

Mark Miller as Jim Nash from "Please Don't Eat The Daisies" (1965-1967)

Brian Keith as Bill Davis (Uncle Bill) in "Family Affair" (1966-1971)

Dennis Weaver as Tom Wedloe from "Gentle Ben" (1967-1969)

Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett from "The Courtship of Eddie’s Father" (1969-1972)

Robert Reed as Mike Brady from "The Brady Bunch" (1969-1974)

1970’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1970-1979

Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker from "All In The Family" (1971-1979)

Henry Fonda as Chad Smith from "The Smith Family" (1971-1972)

Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford from "Sanford & Son" (1972-1977)

Ralph Waite as John Walton Sr. from "The Waltons" (1972-1981)

Ronny Cox as George Apple from "Apple's Way" (1974-1975)

Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham (Mr. 'C') from "Happy Days" (1974-1984)

Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls from "Little House On The Prairie" (1974-1982)

John Amos as James Evans Sr. from "Good Times" (1974-1979)

Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson from "The Jeffersons" (1975-1985)

James Broderick as Doug Lawrence from "Family" (1976-1980)

Dick Van Patten as Tom Bradford from "Eight Is Enough" (1977-1981)

Conrad Bain as Philip Drummond from "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1985)

1980’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1980-1989

Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-1989)

Michael Gross as Steven Keaton from "Family Ties" (1982-1989)

Joel Higgins as Edward Stratton III from "Silver Spoons" (1982-1987)

George Gaynes as Henry Warnimont from "Punky Brewster" (1984-1986)

Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable from" The Cosby Show" (1984-1992)

Tony Danza as Tony Micelli from "Who’s The Boss" (1984-1992)

Alan Thicke as Jason Seaver from "Growing Pains" (1985-1992)

Bob Saget as Danny Tanner and John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis from "Full House" (1987-1995)

Paul Reiser as Michael Taylor & Greg Evigan as Joey Harris from "My Two Dads" (1987-1990)

Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy from "Married With Children" (1987-1997)

John Goodman as Dan Conner from "Rosanne" (1988-1997)

Reginald VelJohnson as Carl Winslow from "Family Matters" (1989-1998)

Homer Simpson as himself in "The Simpsons" (1989-present)

1990’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 1990-1999

James Avery as Phillip Banks from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (1990-1996)

Tim Allen as Tim Taylor from "Home Improvement" (1991-1999)

William Russ as Alan Matthews from "Boy Meets World" (1993-2000)

Jeff Foxworthy as himself from "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (1995-1997)

John Lithgow as Dick Solomon from "3rd Rock From The Sun" (1996-2001)

Stephen Collins as Eric Camden from "7th Heaven" (1996-2007)

Peter Boyle as Frank Barone & Ray Ramano as Ray Barone from "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005)

Hank Hill as himself in "King of The Hill" (1997-2009)

Kurtwood Smith as Red Foreman from "That 70’s Show" (1998-2006)

Peter Griffin as himself in "Family Guy" (1999-present)

2000’s TV Shows

Series that debuted between 2000-2010

Bryan Cranston as Hal from "Malcolm In The Middle" (2000-2006)

Damon Wayans as Michael Kyle from "My Wife & Kids"" (2001-2005)

George Lopez as himself from "George Lopez" (2002-2007)

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper & Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper from "Two & A Half Men" (2003-present)

Neil Flynn as Mike Heck from "The Middle" (2009-present)

Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett from "Modern Family" (2009-present)

Now it’s Your Turn…..

Who are/were your favorite TV Dads?

I encourage you to please offer your input as to who YOU would rank as YOUR Favorite 3 or Top 5 TV dads of All-Time — Leave your comments below — I’d really like to know  your thoughts 😛

Best TV Game Shows of All Time

lets-make-a-dealThis should be a memorable trip back in time for the TV Game Show buffs out there. The focus here is on United States game shows, although many probably have been aired regularly in Canada and across to Britian andpress-your-luck-game-show the United Kingdom, and maybe even into Europe and the Orient. This list is not necessarily in any particular order other than the fact that this is probably the definitive list of television’s greatest shows of chance, knowledge or just plain luck. Following the name of each show is the most remembered host(s)

  1. The Price Is Right —> hosted by Bob Barker and Bill Cullen
  2. Jeopardy —> hosted by Alex Trebeck and Art Flemeng
  3. Hollywood Squares —> hosted by Peter Marshall and John Davidson
  4. The Match Game —> hosted by Gene Rayburn and Bert Convy
  5. Press Your Luck —> hosted by Peter Tomarken
  6. Let’s Make A Deal —> hosted by Monty Hall
  7. $10,000/$25,000 Pyramid —> hosted by Dick Clark, Bill Cullen, Donny Osmond
  8. Wheel of Fortune —> hosted by Chuck Woolery and Pat Sajack
  9. Family Feud —> hosted by Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Richard Karn and John O’Hurley
  10. Tic Tac Dough —> hosted by Wink Martindale
  11. Joker’s Wild —> hosted by Jack Barry, Bill Cullen and Jim Peck
  12. To Tell The Truth —> hosted by Bud Collyer and Garry Moore
  13. Truth of Consequences —> hosted by Ralph Edwards, Bob Barker and Bob Hilton
  14. Name That Tune —> hosted by George DeWitt, Dennis James and Tom Kennedy
  15. Concentration —> hosted by Hugh Downs, Bob Clayton, Jack Narz and Alex Trebek
  16. You Bet Your Life —> hosted by Groucho Marx
  17. Sale of the Century —> hosted by Jack Kelly, Joe Garagiola and Jim Perry
  18. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire —> hosted by Regis Philbin and Meredith Vieira
  19. The Weakest Link —> hosted by Anne Robinson and George Gray
  20. Lingo —> hosted by Michael Reagan and Chuck Woolery
  21. What’s My Line? —> hosted by John Charles Daly, Wally Bruner and Larry Blyden
  22. I’ve Got A Secret —> hosted by Garry Moore, Bill Cullen and Steve Allen
  23. Password —> hosted by Allen Ludden
  24. Scrabble —> hosted by Chuck Woolery
  25. The Newlywed Game —> hosted by Bob Eubanks
  26. Love Connection —> hosted by Chuck Woolery
  27. $64,000 Question —> hosted by Hal March
  28. Shenanigans —> hosted by Stubbie Kay
  29. Treasure Hunt —> hosted by Jan Murray and Geoff Edwards
  30. Deal or No Deal —> hosted by Howie Mandel
  31. Don’t Forget The Lyrics —> hosted by Wayne Brady
  32. Whose Line Is It Anyways —> hosted by Clive Anderson and Drew Carey
  33. Tattletales —> hosted by Bert Convy
  34. Card Sharks —> hosted by Jim Perry and Bob Eubanks
  35. You Don’t Say —> hosted by Tom Kennedy and Jim Peck
  36. The Dating Game —> hosted by Jim Lange
  37. Supermarket Sweep —> hosted by Bill Malone and David Ruprecht
  38. Win, Lose or Draw —> hosted by Bert Convy
  39. Blockbusters —> hosted by Bill Cullen
  40. The Liar’s Club —> hosted by Rod Serling, Bill Berry and Bill Armstrong
  41. Greed —> hosted by Chuck Woolery
  42. Say When —> hosted by Art James
  43. High Rollers —> hosted by Alex Trebek and Wink Martindale
  44. Chain Reaction —> hosted by Geoff Edwards
  45. Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? —> hosted by Jeff Foxworthy
  46. Child’s Play —> hosted by Bill Cullen
  47. MTV’s Double Dare —> hosted by Marc Summers
  48. Beat The Clock —> hosted by Bud Collyer, Jack Narz and Gene Wood
  49. GE College Bowl —> hosted by Allen Ludden
  50. Cash Cab —> hosted by Ben Bailey