Kraft Television Theatre

This live anthology drama series was the first weekly commercial network program. From May to December 1947, NBC aired the show on Wednesday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; for the rest of its run, it was broadcast on Wednesday, 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. From 1953 to 1955, another series of the same name was shown on ABC concurrently with the one on NBC. For a short time in 1958, the series abandoned its anthology format and ran with recurring characters and situations. From April to September 1958, the show was known as "Kraft Mystery Theatre." This program was a prestigious showcase for its sponsor, Kraft, winning many awards and becoming a Wednesday night institution. By the end of its run, more than 650 plays, drama and comedy productions, both original and adaptations for TV, had been presented. One of the most awarded episodes was "Patterns" written by Rod Serling and directed by Fielder Cook with performances from Ed Begley, Everett Sloane, and Richard Kiley.

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  • TheTVDB.com Series ID 76626
  • Status Ended
  • First Aired May 7, 1947
  • Recent October 1, 1958
  • Network NBC
  • Average Runtime 45 minutes
  • Genres Drama
  • Original Country United States of America
  • Original Language English
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Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials 1
Season 1 May 1947 May 1948 11
Season 2 September 1948 September 1949 53
Season 3 September 1949 September 1950 53
Season 4 September 1950 September 1951 50
Season 5 September 1951 September 1952 53
Season 6 October 1952 August 1953 47
Season 7 September 1953 September 1954 56
Season 8 September 1954 September 1955 52
Season 9 September 1955 September 1956 48
Season 10 September 1956 September 1957 52
Season 11 September 1957 October 1958 51
Unassigned Episodes 0
Season From To Episodes
Specials 0
Unassigned Episodes 527
Absolute ordering places all episodes in a single ordered season. This is generally used for anime.
Season From To Episodes
Season 1 0
Unassigned Episodes 527
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Robert Howard Lindsey 82 12/01/1948 - 04/24/1957
Dale Wasserman 5 01/26/1955 - 03/19/1958
Rod Serling 5 04/08/1953 - 02/09/1955
James Lee Barrett 4 10/10/1956 - 03/05/1958
Robert Crean 4 08/08/1956 - 12/25/1957
Carey Wilber 3 01/07/1953 - 05/13/1953
Arthur Heinemann 3 08/29/1956 - 10/17/1956
Louis Pelletier 3 11/02/1955 - 08/01/1956
John Whedon 3 03/28/1956 - 01/09/1957
George H. Faulkner 2 09/01/1954 - 07/11/1956
William Noble 2 02/22/1956 - 06/27/1956
Don M. Mankiewicz 2 05/14/1958 - 05/21/1958
Gertrude Schweitzer 2 10/31/1956 - 11/14/1956
Wendell Mayes 2 05/09/1956 - 05/16/1956
John Gay 2 01/18/1956 - 07/25/1956
William Mourne 2 05/11/1955 - 09/19/1956
Victor Wolfson 2 01/11/1956 - 10/17/1956
Paul Monash 2 06/13/1956 - 01/30/1957
Dewitt Copp 2 06/20/1956 - 07/03/1957
Robert J. Shaw 2 06/06/1956 - 08/29/1956
Arthur Hailey 2 11/07/1956 - 11/28/1956
David Davidson 2 01/08/1958 - 04/23/1958
Nicholas E. Baehr 2 10/03/1956 - 11/21/1956
Will Lorin 2 03/21/1956 - 12/05/1956
Jack Klugman 2 07/17/1957 - 01/15/1958
Alvin Boretz 2 06/11/1958 - 09/17/1958
Leo Lieberman 1 01/04/1956
James Leo Herlihy 1 05/30/1956
James Costigan 1 04/15/1953
Walter Macken 1 01/25/1956
John J. Morin 1 08/07/1957
Shimon Wincelberg 1 03/12/1958
Michael Dyne 1 02/05/1958
A.E. Hotchner 1 04/30/1958
Terrence Kilpatrick 1 06/22/1955
Raphael Hayes 1 06/30/1954
Marjorie Faulkner 1 07/11/1956
Alfred Brenner 1 03/26/1958
Harry Muheim 1 05/23/1956
Larry Cohen 1 06/25/1958
Harry Julian Fink 1 10/01/1958
Frank D. Gilroy 1 10/24/1956
Paul Crabtree 1 10/19/1955
James P. Cavanaugh 1 06/04/1958
James Edwards I 1 04/04/1956
Lester Powell 1 03/20/1957
Calvin Tomkins 1 09/12/1956
Susan Glaspell 1 10/06/1948
Jack Laird 1 12/15/1954
Palmer Thompson 1 02/01/1956
Rufus Henry 1 03/19/1958
David Karp 1 02/08/1956
Robert Van Scoyk 1 01/01/1958
Francis Wilson 1 07/04/1956
Henry Denker 1 02/19/1958
Newton Meltzer 1 11/13/1957
Leslie Stevens 1 03/06/1957
Tennessee Williams 1 04/16/1958
Phil Reisman, Jr. 1 05/07/1958
Norman Katkov 1 07/18/1956
J.P. Miller 1 05/28/1958
Jerry De Bono 1 12/28/1955
Junius Eddy 1 01/16/1957
Jack Roche 1 05/05/1954
Marc Brandel 1 04/02/1958
Jerome Coopersmith 1 07/16/1958
O. Henry 1 04/25/1956
Grace Garment 1 09/26/1956
Bruce Bassett 1 10/02/1957
Horton Foote 1 06/20/1951
William Hodapp 1 09/28/1955
John Cecil Holm 1 03/30/1955
Narda Stokes 1 02/29/1956
Don Ettlinger 1 12/26/1956
Sam Dann 1 01/22/1958
Katrina Ettlinger 1 12/26/1956
Harold Gast 1 04/11/1956
John Howard Lindsey 1 11/25/1953
Edward Mabley 1 02/26/1958
Name Number of Episodes Dates
William A. Graham 23 06/29/1955 - 09/17/1958
Maurice Holland 12 02/04/1953 - 02/15/1956
Harry Herrmann 12 05/05/1948 - 11/28/1956
Richard Dunlap 11 11/11/1953 - 11/07/1956
Fielder Cook 10 01/12/1955 - 04/02/1958
George Roy Hill 8 10/14/1953 - 05/02/1956
Paul Bogart 6 01/09/1957 - 06/25/1958
Sidney Lumet 5 03/05/1958 - 05/21/1958
Stanley Quinn 4 12/07/1949 - 05/20/1953
Norman Morgan 3 09/28/1955 - 12/25/1957
Alan Anderson 3 06/20/1956 - 12/19/1956
Marc Daniels 2 06/27/1956 - 07/25/1956
Michael Dreyfuss 2 07/16/1958 - 10/01/1958
F. Scott Fitzgerald 2 09/28/1955 - 06/04/1958
George S. Kaufman 2 05/05/1948 - 05/19/1948
Don Medford 2 01/08/1958 - 02/19/1958
Robert Penn Warren 2 05/14/1958 - 05/21/1958
Frank Pacelli 2 01/16/1957 - 02/05/1958
Walter Lord 2 03/28/1956 - 05/02/1956
John Patrick 2 03/23/1955
Edna Ferber 2 05/05/1948 - 05/19/1948
Evan Hunter 2 06/11/1958 - 06/25/1958
Piet Bakker 1 05/28/1958
J.M.T. Badouin d'Aubigny 1 01/04/1956
Honore de Balzac 1 03/12/1958
Anna Mary Wells 1 06/06/1956
Daniel Petrie 1 06/04/1958
James Aswell 1 09/12/1956
Edward Padula 1 10/06/1948
Hermann Field 1 04/23/1958
Frank Telford 1 12/05/1956
John Van Druten 1 11/25/1953
David Orrick McDearmon 1 01/29/1958
Ward Hawkins 1 11/21/1956
Cynthia Asquith 1 02/05/1958
Henry Van Dyke 1 12/25/1957
Fred Carney 1 03/20/1957
Irvin S. Cobb 1 01/26/1955
Lewis Carroll 1 05/05/1954
Ben Benson 1 12/05/1956
Francis Didelot 1 01/09/1957
Christine Arnothy 1 10/17/1956
Norman Lloyd 1 04/24/1957
Robert Foster 1 07/03/1957
Bret Harte 1 05/07/1958
Helen Eustis 1 03/07/1956
John F. Kennedy 1 05/16/1956
Holly Roth 1 08/29/1956
Samuel Grafton 1 09/05/1956
Robert Louis Stevenson 1 09/01/1954
John Galsworthy 1 06/29/1955
Margaret Manners 1 02/26/1958
Margot Bennett 1 07/16/1958
Louis-Charles Caigniez 1 01/04/1956
William Iversen 1 09/17/1958
David Alexander 1 11/13/1957
Richard Goode 1 01/15/1958
John Hawkins 1 11/21/1956
Alex Segal 1 04/23/1958
Charles Jackson 1 03/21/1956
Paul Stanley 1 05/07/1958
Ernest Hemingway 1 04/30/1958
Stanislaw Mierzenski 1 04/23/1958
Murray Golden 1 08/01/1956
William Corrigan 1 05/28/1958
Goerge Weber 1 07/11/1956
William Shakespeare 1 12/07/1949
Edith Grafton 1 09/05/1956

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