“The Golden Age of Television”
BRIAN ROSE was a Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center, from 1982 until his retirement in 2020. He’s written several books on television history and cultural programming and conducted more than a hundred Q&A’s with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.
“The Golden Age of Television”: What Made the 1950s So Special for American TV
American television was all set to launch in the late 1930s, but its progress was
interrupted by the start of World War II. Finally, by the end of the 1940s, NBC and
CBS began broadcasting to their east coast affiliates. They offered viewers a wide variety of programs: situation comedies, vaudeville-style revues, and most impressively, live