Some popular TV shows from the 1950s include “I Love Lucy” and “Gunsmoke.” From sitcoms to westerns, these programs personified the decade, influencing generations of future TV shows that followed.
Premiering in 1951, “I Love Lucy” starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez as one of the first interracial couples on television. Arnez played Ricky Ricardo, a Cuban bandleader often at odds with his flighty wife Lucy. The show ended in 1957, but Ball returned to her Lucy character for multiple other sitcoms in later decades.
“Gunsmoke” was a historical drama set in the old west of the 1800s. Originally beginning as a radio drama, the program found life as a TV series in 1955, depicting the exploits of U.S. Marshall Matt Dillion. Airing for 20 seasons, the program remains one of the longest-running drama series of all time.