In the 50’s, many new things entered our lives. However, perhaps the most noticeable of these is the television that has entered our lives in this decade and increased its influence over the years. The television is an integral part of life for every generation born after the 50’s.
Many critics call the 1950s, the golden age of television. During the days when the TV was a luxury, the filmmakers began to stage Broadway plays in the television studios. Broadway writers such as Paddy Chayefsky, Reggie Rose and JP Miller wrote plays for television.
It was during these years that television programs were expanded and spread to other parts of the society. Situation comedies and various shows were formats borrowed from the radio. These were the genres that shaped today’s programs, such as children’s programs, case comedies, contests, dramas, news and sports programs. And we still continue to watch the programs of the 50s because of their timeless nature, unlike other periods.
The first Mickey Mouse Club, published in 1955. Produced for seventy-eight episodes, Zorro introduced us to the adventures. Lassie told everyone about the adventures of a dog with both human beings and animal friends, and was bound by everyone for fourteen seasons. Superman were on display for the first time with Adventures of Superman. Ed Sullivan Show laid the foundation for modern programs. And Looney Tunes earned us iconic cartoon stars like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd and Tweety. At the end of this decade, the Twilight Zone introduced us to the tension. And they’re all still maintaining their impact on modern television.