To Tell The Truth On This Day 

On this day in 1956 – “To Tell the Truth” debuted on CBS-TV.

On this day in 1956, one of the longest running and most successful game shows in television history debuted on CBS-TV. “To Tell the Truth” was created by former “What’s My Line?” producer Bob Stewart and hosted by Bud Collyer. The show featured three contestants who were asked to identify a person from a panel of four people with similar backgrounds or occupations. The challenge for the contestants was to determine which one of them was telling the truth about his or her identity. The original series ran from 1956-1968,…

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Kukla, Fran and Ollie On This Day 

On This Day in 1948 Kukla, Fran and Ollie First Episode Aired

On this day in 1948, the beloved children’s television show Kukla, Fran and Ollie made its debut. It was the first national show to be broadcast from Chicago, Illinois and aired on NBC out of WNBQ (now WMAQ-TV). The puppet show featured Kukla (a dragon) Fran Allison (a human) and Ollie the Magician (a burlap sack with a hand protruding from it). The show revolved around conversations between Kukla and Fran as they engaged in dialogue about everyday topics. They were often joined by other puppet characters such as Madame…

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