The Black and White Television Quiz

By: Tasha Moore
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5 min
The Andy Griffith Show One of the characters on this telecast transitioned well into color T.V. programming as Ralph Furley, at one point. Can you ID his earlier gig?
"Black Saddle"
"The Andy Griffith Show"
"The Andy Griffith Show" ran from 1960 to 1968 and ranked in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings every season during which it aired. In its final season,​ the show secured the top spot. Actor Don Knotts earned five Emmys for his portrayal of Deputy Barney Fife on the show.
"Celebrity Time"
"The Ed Sullivan Show"

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Make Room for Daddy This series featured an award-winning comedian. Is it a challenge for you to select the correct answer?
"My Living Doll"
"Make Room for Daddy"
Both CBS and ABC television networks ran "Make Room for Daddy." The show first aired on ABC from 1953 until 1957, then on CBS from 1957 until 1964. The comedy series was loosely based on the life of comedian Danny Thomas, who won an Emmy in 1954 for his role on the show.
"Pulse of the City"
"Wendy and Me"

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Alfred Hitcock Presents Its name may have changed, but the thrills the show delivered did not. Can you name the series?
"Bus Stop"
"And Everything Nice"
"Atom Squad"
"Alfred Hitcock Presents"
For 350 episodes, Alfred Hitchcock served as script consultant and executive producer for "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," a show which ran from 1955 to 1962. In its last three years, the show was retitled as "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour."

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The Patty Duke Show The star of this show was the perfect age for the role. Can you identify the show?
"The Patty Duke Show"
Patty Duke was 16 when "The Patty Duke Show" first aired in 1963. The show, which continued to run until 1966, centered around Patty's teenage misadventures that took place in Brooklyn Heights.
"Kiernan's Corner"
"The Hank McCune Show"
"The Morey Amsterdam Show"

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Bat Masterson The main character on this series was based on a real-life legend. What was the show's name?
"Bat Masterson"
NBC's "Bat Masterson" series was loosely based on Richard O'Connor's 1957 biography about the gunfighting gambler and lawman who ruled the Wild West during the 1870s and 1880s. Actor Mason Alan Dinehart played the American legend in the series.
"Our Man Higgins
"The School House"
"Starlit Time"

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The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show Do you know this tuneful program?
"Caesar's Hour"
"The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show"
"The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show" was a musical variety program that premiered in 1962. Some of the songs Dale Evans wrote include "Happy Trails" and "The Bible Tells Me So," which was a 1955 Christian-themed hit.
"Dragnet"
"Fashions on Parade"

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I Love Lucy The plot here was simple: He was a musician and she was very much adored. What black and white show was this?
"Dark of Night"
"Ending It"
"I Love Lucy"
Lucille Ball pitched the idea of starring opposite her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, to CBS. Hollywood writers Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Carroll Jr. jointly penned 180 episodes of Ball's long-running "I Love Lucy" show.
"Circus Boy"

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The Tonight Show Name the NBC series franchise that starred a host who set the bar for the genre?
"The Tonight Show"
Jack Paar hosted "The Tonight Show" on NBC until his last episode aired March 29, 1962. Paar went on to host a late-night slot in 1973 on ABC, then he hosted two specials on NBC in the '80s.
"Johnny Jupiter"
"Faraway Hill"
"Highway to the Stars"

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The Real McCoys One fictional family's move to sunny California was black and white T.V. success. How easily can you choose it among the options?
"Okay, Mother"
"The Ruggles"
"The Real McCoys"
The sitcom, "The Real McCoys," aired from 1957 to 1963 and centered on a West Virginia family that moved to a farm in Southern California. Walter Brennan played a grandfather on the show. His authenticity won over many viewers.
"Outlaws"

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Rawhide What show was rollin,' rollin,' rollin' for many T.V. seasons?
"Saints and Sinners"
"Rawhide"
American actor Clint Eastwood starred opposite Eric Flemming in the long-running television drama, "Rawhide." The show first aired on January 9, 1959, and gave rise to a popular theme song.
"Operation Success"
"Tell It to the Marines"

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Father Knows Best For at least one episode, it was difficult to separate fact from fiction on ________.
"Father Knows Best"
Most people may know that Jim Anderson, the main character in "Father Knows Best," was a manager at General Insurance Co. But not many know that the show was so pivotal to American culture that in 1959, the U.S. Treasury Department used a special episode to promote its savings bonds.
"The Magic Clown"
"Our Man Higgins"
"Remember this Date"

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I Dream of Jeannie It gave one ABC network series run a run for its money. What was the show's name?
"Valiant Lady"
"I Dream of Jeannie"
Hollywood producer Sidney Sheldon crafted NBC's "I Dream of Jeannie" to compete with rival T.V. network ABC's popular "Bewitched" series. Barbara Eden played the beautiful genie who popped out of a bottle and catered to the wishes of her "master," played by Larry Hagman.
"Take the Break"
"Bewitched"

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The Beverly Hillbillies You might recall its popular theme song before you guess the program. Try to choose the correct option?
"Heaven for Betsy"
"The Larkins"
"The Beverly Hillbillies"
The first episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies" premiered on September 26, 1962, and the last aired September 7, 1971. Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt wrote the theme song for the show, which was titled "The Ballad of Jed Clampett."
"My Three Sons"

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Gunsmoke It happened in Dodge on what black and white show?
"Gunsmoke"
Gun battles and the pursuit of justice in historic Dodge City were the reasons Americans tuned in to the "Gunsmoke" television series, which aired from 1955 to 1975. Hollywood writer Jim Byrnes penned the series from 1969 to 1975.
"Dinner Date"
"The Man from Blackhawk"
"It's a Hit"

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Annie Oakley The real-life ________ was an Ohio native?
"Peter Gunn"
"Mr. Arsenic"
"Miss Susan"
"Annie Oakley"
The "Annie Oakley" television show was a fictional account of the life of American sharpshooter Annie Oakley. The real Oakley was born in 1860 in Darke County, Ohio. She died 66 years later in Greenville.

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Have Gun - Will Travel Audiences discovered a good reason to be thrilled during every episode of which program?
"Remember This Date"
"Have Gun - Will Travel"
Actor Richard Boone portrayed edgy gunslinger-for-hire Paladin on the black and white television show, "Have Gun - Will Travel." The show premiered in 1957, and the first scene was of Boone's character pointing his weapon at the viewer.
"The Bachelor Party"
"Bronco"

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Hopalong Cassidy He was the first of his class. How well do you know the name?
"Hopalong Cassidy"
William Lawrence Boyd played Hopalong Cassidy, the first Western cowboy hero on television. In addition to T.V. fame, Boyd, who was born in Cambridge, Ohio, in 1898, starred in 66 films as Cassidy with his horse, Topper.
"The Public Defender"
"The Stu Erwin Show"
"The Ted Steele Show"

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The Honeymooners One organization honored this comedy in a major way. Can you guess the show?
"Take the Break"
"The Honeymooners"
The Brooklyn Historical Society has exhibited the kitchen set seen in "The Honeymooners" episodes. The show was set in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and Jackie Gleason, who played Ralph Kramden on the show, was originally from Bushwick, Brooklyn.
"The Ted Steele Show"
"The Roar of the Rails"

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Watch Mr. Wizard What program featured Don Herbert?
"Hands of Murder"
"Sam Benedict"
"Dan Raven"
"Watch Mr. Wizard"
"Watch Mr. Wizard" enjoyed a long run on NBC from 1951 to 1965. Don Herbert appeared in the series before resurfacing in 1983 for Nickelodeon's version of the show, titled "Mr. Wizard's World."

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Search for Tomorrow This show began in black-in-white and ended in color. Try to guess the T.V. soap.
"Search for Tomorrow"
"Search for Tomorrow" debuted in 1951 and revolved around the lives and heartbreaks of the Sentell and McCleary clans. During the '80s, the soap opera switched its plot to feature the exploits of main characters Stu Bergman and Joanne Tourneur.
"Dr. Christian"
"Battle of the Ages"
"Room for One More"

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Law of the Plainsman Can you name the correct black and white television show from the image?
"Law of the Plainsman"
Syrian-born actor Michael Ansara played Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart in "Law of the Plainsman." The show ended in 1960 but Ansara regularly appeared on television shows in the 1990s.
"The Roar of the Rails"
"Pick the Winner"
"The Roy Doty Show"

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The Munsters CBS and NBC dueled ghouls when this show came out. Give it your best guess as to what it was called.
"The Munsters"
CBS aired "The Munsters" the same year that ABC launched similarly-themed "The Addams Family." Both black and white television shows were about the lives of ghoulish families. "The Munsters," which ran from 1964 to 1966, was the more popular of the two at first.
"Kiernan's Corner"
"City Detective"
"The Addams Family"

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The Eve Arden Show The star of this black and white television program was a showbiz pro by the time she landed the role. Can you choose the perfect answer?
"At Home"
"The Eve Arden Show"
"The Eve Arden Show" lasted during the 1957 to 1958 season. The show's star, actress Eve Arden, also starred in "The Mothers-in-Law" opposite Kaye Ballard. Arden made her stage debut at the age of 16 and landed her first movie role in 1929.
"The Barbara Stanwyck Show"
"Dante"

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The Bob Cummings Show When it ran, this show was an interesting alternative to family-centered programming. Which is the perfect answer?
"Suspicion"
"Jefferson Drum"
"The Gene Autry Show"
"The Bob Cummings Show"
Movie actor Robert Cummings switched to the small screen to play Bob Collins in "The Bob Cummings Show," which ran from 1955 to 1959. The character was a jet-setting photographer whose exploits with gorgeous models caused friction at home.

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Leave it to Beaver A curious kid and a semi-aquatic creature were one and​ the same on this show. What was it called?
"Leave It to Larry"
"Leave It to Beaver"
"Leave It to Beaver" debuted on October 4, 1957. The black and white television show ran 234 episodes and centered on the misadventures of a young character named Beaver, his brother Wally and their thrill-seeking friends.
"My Living Doll"
"Our Five Daughters"

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The Adventures of Jim Bowie Technically, it wasn't a western but the show fit the bill for the genre. Do you remember its name?
"PM East/PM West"
"Rhythm Rodeo"
"Sea Hunt"
"The Adventures of Jim Bowie"
The plot for "The Adventures of Jim Bowie" is set in the 1930s near the Louisiana Territory and New Orleans. The black and white television sensation aired on the NBC network for 78 episodes.

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The Twilight zone Does the catchy T.V. tune "dee dee dee dee" help you to remember ________?
"The Twilight Zone"
The science fiction series, "The Twilight Zone," first aired in October 1959. At first, television network CBS was reluctant to deliver the show. Through the years, "The Twilight Zone" themes have surfaced at amusement parks, in video games and through other pop culture media.
"Peter Gunn"
"Father of the Bride"
"Ben Casey"

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The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok The plot revolved around a hero and his sidekick. Among these options, can you choose the correct television show?
"Harbor Command"
"Lawman"
"The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok"
Actor Guy Madison played Hickok and Andy Devine portrayed Jingles, Hickok's sidekick, on "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok." The western ran from 1951 to 1955. ABC and CBS aired syndicated episodes of the show from 1955 to 1958.
"Kentucky Jones"

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Honestly, Celeste! A renowned T.V. writer penned this short-lived sitcom. Do you recall its name?
"Of Many Things"
"Honestly, Celeste!"
"Honestly, Celeste!" aired for less than three months in 1954. The sitcom, written by M*A*S*H writer Larry Gelbart, starred Celeste Holm, who made a rare appearance on Whoopi Goldberg's T.V. show, "Whoopi," in 2004 at the age of 85.
"See It Now"
"Paul Dixon Show"

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The Fred Waring Show The show took several forms over​ the years. Try to quickly guess the title.
"The Fred Waring Show"
After a five-year run, CBS's "The Fred Waring Show" aired its final episode on May 30, 1954. Waring was a musician who was popular among the 50-and-under crowd. His show launched on NBC radio in June 1945.
"The Reporter"
"Pulse of the City"
"Union Pacific"

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Hayloft Hoedown Which show won many converts for country music?
"The Alaskans"
"Cavalcade of America"
"The Ann Sothern Show"
"Hayloft Hoedown"
"Hayloft Hoedown" was a weekly country-music T.V. show. For nine months in 1954, Buzz Busby appeared on the show, which featured bluegrass for six days during the week. The program was instrumental in popularizing the music genre.

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The Martha Wright Show American families tuned her in on Sunday nights. What were they watching?
"Ethel Barrymore Theatre"
"The Martha Wright Show"
In 1954, famed musical performer Martha Wright starred in her own television series, "The Martha Wright Show," which aired during ABC's Sunday night lineup. Wright was born Martha Lucile Wiederrecht on March 23, 1923, in Seattle, Washington.
"Beulah"
"Chez Paree Revue"

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The Vampira Show Her haunting seductive style is still relevant today. What was the name of her show?
"Glynis"
"Harry's Girls"
"The Vampira Show"
Pin-up queen and actress Maila Nurmi starred as Vampira in ABC's 1954 "The Vampira Show." Nurmi was born in Finland as Maila Elizabeth Syrjaniemi in 1921. Maila and her family moved to the United States when she was 2 years old.
"Howdy Doody"

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Texas John Slaughter With him around, the bad guys of the West didn't stand a chance. Who was it?
"Sheriff of Cochise"
"Texas John Slaughter"
Tom Tryon portrayed a peace-loving man seeking marriage in the Western drama, "Texas John Slaughter," which ran for one season in 1958. The lead character became a Texas Ranger in order to rid his town of mischief.
"The Rifleman"
"Rocky Jones, Space Ranger"

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Rocky King, Detective He always remembered Mabel. Who was he?
"City Detective"
"Circus Boy"
"Bob Emery"
"Rocky King, Detective"
From 1950 to 1954, the DuMont TV network aired "Rocky King, Detective," also called "Inside Detective." Roscoe Karns played New York City police detective Rocky. The detective would call his wife, Mabel, at the end of every episode to tell her he was coming home.

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Yancy Derringer The show's sponsor promised shiny floors. Do you recall the program's title?
"Tales of Tomorrow"
"Zorro"
"Yancy Derringer"
CBS aired "Yancy Derringer" from 1958 to 1959. The show's sponsor, Johnson Wax, flashed commercials of its Klear floor wax throughout each program. The show's plot revolved around the adventures of Derringer, who was a former Confederate soldier.
"Stage Show"

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The Laytons Amanda Rudolph made history on the show. Can you ID the title?
"The Jimmy Dean Show"
"Mrs. G. Goes to College"
"The New Phil Silvers Show"
"The Laytons"
American actress Amanda Randolph starred in "The Laytons," which ran on the DuMont Network in 1948 from August to October. Rudolph holds the distinction of being the first African-American actor to maintain a recurring role on a network show.

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This Hour Has Seven Days This show elevated the standard for television journalism. Do you know its name from seeing this image?
"This Hour Has Seven Days"
Canadian Douglas Leiterman co-created the controversial journalism show, "This Hour Has Seven Days," which debuted in 1964 and lasted for 50 episodes. Leiterman went on to help produce the popular CBS show, "60 Minutes."
"The Red Grass"
"Shotgun Slade"
"The People's Choice"

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The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters What show aired on weekends in the '60s?
"Hudson's Bay"
"Ford Star Jubilee"
"The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters"
"The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" aired on Sunday nights on ABC. The series only lasted from 1963 to 1964 and featured a young Kurt Russell playing the Jaimie McPheeters character.
"It's a Small World"

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