Captain Video…and his Video Rangers!

Captain VideoThe first-ever American-made science fiction television series, Captain Video And His Video Rangers, debuts on the DuMont Television Network. Originated live from a studio in New York City, the series is aimed squarely at younger viewers, but in years to come the show will enjoy scripts written by such science fiction luminaries as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Vance, Robert Sheckley, and James Blish. The series runs five nights a week for six years.

First US television ratings

TVThe A.C. Nielsen Company publishes its first-ever television ratings in the United States, compiling data collected over a “sweep month” running from early April through early May of 1950. The top TV program at the time, according to Nielsen’s data gathering, is Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theater. The Nielsen ratings and data collection methodology will attract controversy for decades to come, and will spell doom for many shows with small but loyal followings.

Tales Of Tomorrow: Verdict In Space

Tales Of TomorrowThe first episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, premieres on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, written by Sturgeon himself, stars Lon McCallister and Martin Brandt.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Blunder

Tales Of TomorrowThe second episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, air on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Robert Allen and Ann Loring.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: A Child Is Crying

Tales Of TomorrowThe third episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, air on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Bert Lytell and Robin Morgan.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Woman At Land’s End

Tales Of TomorrowThe fourth episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, air on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode no longer remains in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Last Man On Earth

Tales Of TomorrowThe fifth episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, air on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, which featured Chloris Leachman, no longer remains in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Errand Boy

Tales Of TomorrowThe sixth episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, air on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode no longer remains in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Monsters

Tales Of TomorrowThe seventh episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, air on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, based on a story by Charles Sheckley, no longer remains in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Dark Angel

Tales Of TomorrowThe eighth episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Sidney Blackmer and Meg Mundy.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Crystal Egg

Tales Of TomorrowThe ninth episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, based on an H.G. Wells story, stars Thomas Mitchell. Beginning with this episode, Tales Of Tomorrow alternates with the last few episodes of Versatile Varieties, a meaning each show runs every other week, at least until Versatile Varieties completes its run in December.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Test Flight

Tales Of TomorrowThe tenth episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Lee J. Cobb and Harry Townes.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Search For The Flying Saucer

Tales Of TomorrowThe 11th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Jack Carter and Olive Deering.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Enemy Unknown

Tales Of TomorrowThe 12th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, based on a Sturgeon short story, is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Sneak Attack

Tales Of TomorrowThe 13th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Zachary Scott and Barbara Joyce.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Invader

Tales Of TomorrowThe 14th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Eva Gabor, and sees the series returning to a weekly schedule after the end of Versatile Varieties’ run on ABC.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Dune Roller

Tales Of TomorrowThe 15th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Bruce Cabot and Nancy Coleman.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Frankenstein

Tales Of TomorrowThe 16th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, a half-hour adaptation of Mary Shelley’s story, stars Lon Chaney Jr. as the monster and John Newland as Dr. Frankenstein; Chaney infamously mistakes the live broadcast for a rehearsal, resulting in some infamous miscues.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Part 1 – The Chase

Tales Of TomorrowThe 17th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, the first part of a two-part adaptation of Jules Verne’s story, stars Thomas Mitchell as Captain Nemo and Leslie Nielsen as Farragut.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Part 2 – The Escape

Tales Of TomorrowThe 18th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, the second part of a two-part adaptation of Jules Verne’s story, stars Thomas Mitchell, Leslie Nielsen, and Brian Keith.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: What You Need

Tales Of TomorrowThe 19th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, based on a story which will later be adapted for an episode of The Twilight Zone, stars William Redfield.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Age Of Peril

Tales Of TomorrowThe 20th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, based on a story by Frederic Brown, stars Phyllis Kirk.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Memento

Tales Of TomorrowThe 21st episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Boris Karloff and Barbara Joyce.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Children’s Room

Tales Of TomorrowThe 22nd episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Claire Luce and Una O’Connor.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Bound Together

Tales Of TomorrowThe 23rd episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, starring Nina Foch and Russell Hardie, is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Diamond Lens

Tales Of TomorrowThe 24th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Fisherman’s Wife

Tales Of TomorrowThe 25th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Flight Overdue

Tales Of TomorrowThe 26th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Veronica Lake and Walter Brooke.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: And A Little Child

Tales Of TomorrowThe 27th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Sleep No More

Tales Of TomorrowThe 28th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Time To Go

Tales Of TomorrowThe 29th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Sylvia Sidney.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Plague From Space

Tales Of TomorrowThe 30th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Gene Raymond, Phillip Pine, and James Doohan (later to become Star Trek’s Scotty).

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Red Dust

Tales Of TomorrowThe 31st episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Lex Barker and Fred Stewart.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Golden Ingot

Tales Of TomorrowThe 32nd episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Gene Lockhart.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Black Planet

Tales Of TomorrowThe 33rd episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be missing.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: World Of Water

Tales Of TomorrowThe 34th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode stars Victor Jory and Nita Talbot.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Little Black Bag

Tales Of TomorrowThe 35th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, written by Cyril Kornbluth, stars Joseph Anthony and Vicki Cummings; Kornbluth’s story will also be adapted by the BBC’s Out Of The Unknown anthology series, and again on American television as an early episode of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Exile

Tales Of TomorrowThe 36th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode is no longer in the archives and may be lost.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: All The Time In The World

Tales Of TomorrowThe 37th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, written by Arthur C. Clarke (2001: a space odyssey), stars Esther Ralston and Jack Warden.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Miraculous Serum

Tales Of TomorrowThe 38th episode of ABC’s science fiction anthology series, Tales Of Tomorrow, airs on ABC, with each episode’s opening titles proclaiming that the series is produced “in cooperation with the Science-Fiction League of America”, a collective of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov and Theodore Sturgeon among its members. This episode, adapted by Sturgeon from a story by Stanley G. Weinbaum, stars Lola Albright and Richard Derr.

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