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The First TV Situation Comedy

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On Tuesday, 18 November 1947, a 15-minute program entitled "Mary Kay and Johnny" made its debut on the Dumont network. It featured a real-life couple, actors Johnny and Mary Kay Stearns. The show caught on, and Mary Kay and Johnny, performed live, became television's first situation comedy, eventually running for three years on three different networks (Dumont, CBS, and NBC). The final episode was broadcast on March 11, 1950.

The show has the additional honour of being the first TV show to depict a married couple as sharing a bed. Mary Kay and Johnny's Greenwich Village apartment included a bedroom (but not a bathroom), and their bedroom had but a single bed, which they shared.

Posted:  2005-08-19  3:08:53 PM

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