“Classic Television” is one of the more unique classic TV compilations available on the market today. The releasing company for this 2-DVD set, the Timeless Media Group, has made a praiseworthy attempt to include a wide variety of shows that were broadcast throughout the 1950s and have grouped them together on the days of the week that they were, in many cases, originally shown. However, what I especially like about this collection is the inclusion of some shows that you either rarely or never see on DVD, including “Riverboat,” “Name That Tune,” “Mama,” “Bold Journey,” and “Suspense,” among a few others. The visual quality of the episodes included in this set is variable but, on the whole, is more than acceptable given the rarity of some of the shows included. There is an onscreen host, Dale Reed, who provides some background information on each of the shows included. Reed’s short intros were helpful for me, particularly for those shows where I had little or no familiarity. Here’s the line-up:
*Letter To Loretta
*The Danny Thomas Show
*Texaco Star Theater
*Name That Tune
*This Is Your Life
*George Burns & Gracie Allen Show
*You Bet Your Life
*The Jack Benny Show
*I Married Joan
*Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
“Classic Television” is really an easy recommendation for those interested in television’s golden age . . . the variety (and rarity of some) of the shows, the comparatively good audio/visual quality, and low price make this a no-brainer for anyone interested in revisiting or discovering television from the 1950s. This set most closely resembles “1950s TV’s Greatest Shows” from the Falcon Picture Group which Amazon also carries, and which I can also recommend.
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The reviews written by others are pretty accurate. This is a half-decent 2-DVD set of a sampling of some old TV shows. It is the presentation of these shows that is so annoying. The “intro” to each show, mostly by Dale Reed, is watchable ONCE but one has to agonize through them every time one watches any of these shows again … and they are not able to be skipped except by tedious fast-forwarding thru them. Very, very annoying.
This is a wonderful, nostalgic collection, spanning various genres of ’50s TV — westerns, drama, game shows, variety, sitcoms. Well worth the price.