Wide Wide World was a 90-minute documentary series telecast live on NBC on Sunday afternoons at 4pm Eastern. Hosed by Dave Garroway (above), Wide Wide World was introduced on the Producer’s Showcase series on June 27, 1955. The premiere episode, featuring entertainment from the US, Canada and Mexico, was the first international North American telecast in the history of television. It returned in the fall as a regular Sunday series, telecast from October 16, 1955 to June 8, 1958. The program was sponsored by General Motors. In March 1956, Time magazine reported that it was the highest-rated daytime show on television.
Matinee Theatre was a anthology series is an that aired on NBC during the Golden Age of Television, from October 31, 1955 to June 27, 1958. The series consisted of five different stage plays per week live, airing around noon in order to promote color TV, which had just been developed, to the American housewife.
Dark Shadows was a gothic soap that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971. It was unprecedented in daytime television when ghosts were introduced about six months after it began.The series became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid (above) appeared a year into its run. Dark Shadows also featured werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. Now regarded as somewhat of a camp classic, it continues to enjoy an intense cult following.