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How Vintage Television Changed the Entertainment World

Vintage Television came to be when television was first developed by Philo Farnsworth and Vladimir Zworykin, in 1930. Not much programming was available until the 1940’s, there were only three channels NBC, CBS, and The Dumont Network. Vintage shows were mostly black and white for example “Leave it to Beaver” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Vintage television shows like The Brady Bunch came into color after color television was discovered. Popular ones like “I Love Lucy,” “Twilight Zone” and “The Andy Griffith Show” were rated good reviews. There were also cartoons shows like “The Flintstones” and “Batman and Robin” that came into television. Spy shows like “I Spy” and “The Saint” can make people curious about who done it type shows. Finally there are comedies like “The Bill Cosby Show” that make people laugh.

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Vintage television shows were great classics of all time and you should watch these shows. There are some vintage TV shows that still go on today for example “The Today Show” “Hallmark Hall of Fame” and “Face the Nation.” These shows bring up news from what happened in the past and what is going on today.


Vintage television shows made history. One of those was when The Beatles performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on February 9, 1964. That was an important part in the British invasion of rock and roll. Also some vintage shows were made into movies for example “The Three Stooges.” Vintage television shows also lead to today’s TV shows that have HD.

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Here are some first vintage shows that made history!

  • First President on TV: 1927- Herbert Hoover
  • First Televised Football (Soccer) Match April 19 1938 between England and Scotland
  • June 1938 Dumont first television channel that features both pictures and sound
  • First Quiz Show televised was in1938 and was a Spelling Bee
  • First Televised NFL Game was in1939 between the Philadelphia Eagles and Brooklyn Dodgers


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