Published on December 4th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie1
The Best Television Series Of The 50’s: A Coming Of Age
TV in the 1950’s was a mixture of naive innocence and seriousness as the first forays into realism were been made. Many 50’s series have been long lived while others were ephemeral, a product of their time.
I Love Lucy (1951-57)
I Love Lucy was one of America’s most popular programmes of the 50’s. It starred Lucille Ball as the ambitious but slightly naive, Lucy who was intent on joining her husband in show-business.
The series reflected the ideals of a 50’s America and many people to this day are familiar with the title.
Perry Mason (1957-66)
Perry Mason was defence attorney who represented innocent victims being brought before the courts on murder charges. A highly logical man, his deductive reasoning would come to the rescue as he exposed the true murderer.
Although a rather formulaic series, Perry Mason was captivating as the audience delighted in trying to figure out who was guilty.
A truly original show, Dragnet was a police drama that re-enacted the highs and lows of being a police officer.
Its strengths lay in its adapting nature and in the way it faithfully portrayed what it was like to be a law enforcer.
One of the most famous dogs of all time, Lassie, the Rough Collie, was a long-running series that spanned nearly two decades. It essentially was about the relationship between a boy and his dog. Lassie would constantly come to her owner’s aid in times of trouble.
The series was successful as it featured human’s favourite animal, the dog. It also heavily cast the American outdoors almost as an extra character. In a time when Americans were discovering what their country had to offer and the power of the boy-scout and girl-guide movement, Lassie was a must see.
Rawhide was a 50’s TV series set in the 1860’s West. It featured a cadre of cowboys who looked after a huge herd of cattle. Episodes usually consisted of overcoming difficult situations.
One of the most memorable aspects to Rawhide was the themes it dealt with. Issues such as racism and the nature of war often formed the basis of episodes.