Classic Television Thursday #37 – Amos and Andy (Part One)

aa1So coming off a couple of weeks where we looked a classic television shows from the 70s, I thought we’d go a bit of a different route for the next couple of weeks and head much further back, to a show that began on radio in the 1920s, but ran specifically on television from 1951 to 1953. It’s also a show that should provide a very interesting contrast to last week’s Sanford and Son.

For those of you who may not have guessed yet (which again, I suspect will be most of you) I’m talking about The Amos and Andy Show.

The history of Amos and Andy is quite a complex one, and it was mired in controversy from almost the very time of it’s debut on the radio. We’ll get into a lot of that history next week, but for now I just wanted to give you a chance to watch a few episodes of the television show, perhaps comparing and contrasting the depiction of African-Americans in it and in Sanford.

Ok, keeping it short this week, but I’ll be back next Thursday with more on Amos and Andy.









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