Color Classics Launches

(Above: Keith Larsen, Buddy Ebsen, Don Burnett in ‘Northwest Passage’)

TVS Nostalgia Network spins off Color Classics

How do you prefer your classic Buddy Ebsen? In black-and-white episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, or color episodes of Northwest Passage?

Why not stream both for free?

You can find three episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies at TVS Nostalgia Network, which has just dropped color shows from its offerings to become an all black-and-white channel. Its color content, including two episodes of Northwest Passage, have transferred to a new TVS Color Classics channel.

According to TVS Television Network, which programs both channels, you can access both channels through TVSNostalgiaNetwork.com. Attempting just that this morning, we found only the black-and-white site. A little digging, however, led to the color site, similarly housed at Dailymotion.

Both channels will include 250 episodes apiece, TVS said. Nostalgia Network is currently a bit below that and Color Classics only has 35 videos so far (and a bunch are ads, including two for Carol Burnett videos).

In addition to The Beverly Hillbillies, Nostalgia Network includes The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Jack Benny Program, The Andy Griffith Show, Sky King, Loretta Young Theatre and  other shows.

In addition to Northwest Passage, Color Classics currently includes The Doris Day Show, Bonanza, The Lucy Show and, perhaps surprisingly, four episodes of the pioneering HBO comedy 1st & Ten, co-starring OJ Simpson. TVS said it will add The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas ShowWild Kingdom and other shows.

But let’s return to the two aforementioned Buddy Ebsen series. In a twist from the norm, Northwest Passage ran in color on NBC (1958-1959) four years before The Beverly Hillbillies premiered in black and white on CBS in 1962. Here, from TVS via Dailymotion, are an episode of the adventure show and the sitcom’s pilot, both a half-hour long:

You can also stream the entire first two black-and-white seasons of The Beverly Hillbillies on Amazon Prime and Hulu. No subscription service, however, offers Northwest Passage. Nor 1st and Ten, for that matter, so here’s an episode:

 

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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