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The 5 Best Black and White TV Shows

The 5 Best Black and White TV Shows

Before large-screen TVs and multiple channels, viewers simply had TV shows on a black-and-white TV in their homes. These days shows that harken back to the Golden Age of Television are revered. Classic TV networks find good places for these shows to still be seen. New generations are introduced to Lucy, Ralph, Rob, and many others.

Here are the five best black-and-white TV shows. Our list will stick to shows that only aired in black and white. Yes, there are a number of series that started out in black-and-white before going to color.

I Love Lucy, One of the Most Iconic Black-and-White TV Shows

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz would turn this half-hour sitcom into television greatness. Lucy Ricardo would come up with schemes and gimmicks to give Ricky Ricardo gray hair. That’s just part of the fun in this series. Vivian Vance and William Frawley played Ethel and Fred Mertz, the Ricardos’ neighbors. This show will never go off TV.

The Honeymooners

Jackie Gleason introduced these characters first on his CBS variety show. The life of a Brooklyn bus driver, living in a flat with his wife Alice, played by Audrey Meadows, became the center point for this sitcom that lasted just one season. Art Carney and Joyce Randolph played Ed and Trixie Norton, the Kramdens’ neighbors. This, too, will never go off TV.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Carl Reiner took the experiences he had as a comedy writer for TV and turned them into this show. Dick Van Dyke starred alongside Mary Tyler Moore. Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, and Larry Mathews are along for the ride. Rob Petrie, head writer for The Alan Brady Show, always has his work cut out for him. And it all adds up to a lot of laughs.

The Untouchables

Robert Stack starred as crime fighter Eliot Ness in this gritty hour-long drama. The show focused on how Ness and his men try to keep the city of Chicago clean from the mob rackets of Al Capone and others. It was one of the hit TV shows from Desilu, the company owned by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at the time.

The Twilight Zone

Rod Serling used the world of science fiction and other worlds to bring rather topical subject matters to the forefront. Not every episode had a deep message in it, but most did. Guest stars over the years included William Shatner, Carol Burnett, Buddy Ebsen, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Montgomery, and Burgess Meredith.

These make up some of the best black-and-white TV shows ever aired.