Oldies Television

Maybe all this old video footage is available in other places, but I came upon a treasure chest of oldies at

Despite the annoying Happy Days theme playing (which is not vintage at all), I sifted through the long list and found a bunch of oldies that were worth a viewing. being an oldie myself, a lot of this is REviewing, but...

The video quality is sometimes lousy (kinescopes recorded off a TV screen)but it probably wasn'y much better in 1955 originally (move those rabbit ear antennas!)

 James Dean Movie (Topless) Poster Print - 24" X 36"
James Dean's last TV appearance being "interviewed" on THE GIG YOUNG SHOW (1954)

Inventing Late Night: Steve Allen And the Original Tonight Show
Steve Allen's rock and roll poetic hate reading of "Be Bop A Lula." Steverino was no fan of rock and had no rock acts on his show - until he needed them to get better ratings. I love rock, but I loved Steve too. (NBC 1957)

The Honeymooners - Classic 39 Episodes
The Honeymooners in color? Sort of... when Jackie Gleason decided to move his CBS hour long show to Miami in 1968, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph did not want to leave the East Coast, so...

The Sid Caesar Collection - The Buried Treasures - 50th Anniversary Edition
Your Show of Shows, Caesar's Hour and Sid Caesar Invites You were shows that brought together some of the greatest comic talent of the day, including Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris and writers like Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Tolkin, and Larry Gelbart - and, of course, Sid Caesar..

The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Series
There's a full episode of THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW which is still one of my favorite shows of all time. man, I had a crush on Mary Tyler Moore. This one has Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore with special guest Bob Crane.

That last one is via HULU which actually offers lots of high quality oldies - including others on my top 20 list like a bunch of Van Dyke episodes and other classics like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Addams Family.

Oldies Television also has things like highlights from that historic championship boxing match in Philadelphia September 12, 1952 - a KO comeback in the 13th round by the original Rocky - ROCKY MARCIANO vs. JERSEY JOE WALCOTT.

DVDs, NetFlix, cable? I think it'll all be online eventually.

Classic TV shows on DVDs
Classic TV stuff
Books on classic TV  

1 comment:

  1. You can find a lot of TV series collections online and in local media retailers. Then there are official channel websites, and you can also find them on auction websites.