Classics by the Decades

(Above: William Shatner in ‘Barbary Coast.’ Source: Dailymotion screenshot)

In June, TVS Television Network divided its classic TV show library into separate color and black-and-white channels. Now, it’s also split them up by decades, with five free TVS40 channels touting shows from the 1940s to the 1980s, all housed at Dailymotion.


TVS40 – 1940s covers shows that began in the 1940s. Classics include The Ed Wynn Show, The Buster Keaton Show, Howdy Doody, Rocky King Detective, The Lone Ranger and Life of Riley. Here’s an episode of the latter, starring Jackie Gleason:


TVS 40- 1950s, the most populous of the five sites, includes Medic, Four Star Theater,  Loretta Young Theatre, The Pinky Lee Show, The Red Skelton Show, Make Room For Daddy, Sky King, The Jack Benny Program, Queen For a Day and a special promotional episode of The Adventures of Superman, seen here:


TVS40- 1960s offers a selection that includes The Lucy Show,  The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show, The Rifleman, Thriller, Bonanza, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Andy Griffith Show and Combat!, seen here:


TVS40- 1970s is laden with sports telecasts (TVS was in its heyday as a sports syndicator during this period).

You can also find Branded and a Johnny Cash western pilot (both of which actually ran in the 1960s), the pilot of Sledgehammer! (actually from the 1980s), and variety specials from Doris Day and Lola Falana.

Finally, there are at least two bonafide ‘70s series: William Shatner in half an episode of his western, Barbary Coast; and Gilligan Island’s Bob Denver and F Troop’s Forrest Tucker co-starring in the sitcom Dusty’s Trail. Here’s an episode of the latter:


Beyond the pioneering HBO comedy 1st & Ten co-starring OJ Simpson, we found it hard to find anything but sports events on the TVS40- 1980s site that was actually from the 1980s. The site includes such ’70s fare as the series Get Christie Love and TV movies starring John Davidson, David Janssen and Lloyd Bridges. There’s also Robert Conrad in Coach of the Year, which, being from 1980, just made the cut:



About Les Luchter

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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