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50s and 60s TV Trivia

Even though very few people had color television, this period, especially the 1950s, is often called the Golden Age of Television. Television was just getting started and the programs were often done live leading to some very interesting problems like people getting drunk while doing ads for alcoholic beverages or animals having a bowel movement in the middle of a sketch. Many of the shows still hold up today, others, not so much.

Can you answer these ten questions?

  • Who was the voice of Mr. Magoo in the cartoon series?

    • Jack Benny
    • Jim Backus
    • Phil Silvers
    • Fred McGwynn
  • The man who beat out Milton Berle for an Emmy is being considered for sainthood by the Catholic Church.

    • True
    • False
  • What was Bilko’s rank in “The Phil Silvers Show” (AKA “You’ll Never Get Rich”)?

    • Sergeant
    • Corporal
    • Lieutenant
    • Captain
  • In “The Beverly Hillbillies,” what breed of dog did the Clampetts own?

    • German Shepherd
    • Rottweiler
    • Bloodhound
    • A plain old mutt
  • Who were Ricky & Lucy Ricardo’s best friends?

    • Julius & Ethel Rosenberg
    • George & Gracie Burns
    • Fred & Ethel Mertz
    • Donny & Marie Osmond
  • Which character frequently stepped out of the scene and talked directly to the audience?

    • George Burns
    • Mel Brooks
    • Milton Berle
    • Ricky Ricardo
  • What word scared Maynard G. Krebs? (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis)

    • Help
    • School
    • Work
    • Money
  • In McHale’s Navy, what was McHale’s nickname for Captain Binghamton?

    • Old Leadbottom
    • Captain Leadbottom
    • Old Sourpuss
    • Captain Sourpuss
  • What was the name of the train in Petticoat Junction?

    • The Old 96
    • The Hooterville Express
    • The Hooterville Cannonball
    • The Wabash Cannonball
  • Which of the following was not one of Ben Cartwright’s sons? (Bonanza)

    • Hoss
    • Little Joe
    • Ben, Jr.
    • Adam

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Written by Gary J Sibio

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