The Ed Sullivan Show

From 1949 until its cancelation in 1971, the show ran on CBS every Sunday night from 8–9 p.m. E.T., and is one of the few entertainment shows to have run in the same weekly time slot on the same network for more than two decades. (During its first season, it ran from 9–10 p.m. E.T.) Virtually every type of entertainment appeared on the show; opera singers, popular artists, songwriters, comedians, ballet dancers, dramatic actors performing monologues from plays, and circus acts were regularly featured. The format was essentially the same as vaudeville, and although vaudeville had died a generation earlier, Sullivan presented many ex-vaudevillians on his show. Seasons 1-8 can be found listed under the series "Toast of the Town".

Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials February 1964 November 2016 90
Season 1 1
Season 2 1
Season 3 1
Season 4 1
Season 5 1
Season 6 1
Season 7 1
Season 8 1
Season 9 September 1955 September 1956 52
Season 10 September 1956 September 1957 51
Season 11 September 1957 September 1958 50
Season 12 September 1958 September 1959 52
Season 13 September 1959 September 1960 49
Season 14 September 1960 July 1961 40
Season 15 September 1961 August 1962 45
Season 16 September 1962 August 1963 42
Season 17 September 1963 September 1964 42
Season 18 September 1964 August 1965 40
Season 19 September 1965 August 1966 42
Season 20 September 1966 June 1967 42
Season 21 September 1967 June 1968 39
Season 22 September 1968 August 1969 40
Season 23 September 1969 June 1970 36
Season 24 September 1970 March 1971 25
Unassigned Episodes 0
Season From To Episodes
Unassigned Episodes 785
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 785

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