Life Begins at Eighty

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Life Begins at Eighty
Genre Panel show
Presented by Jack Barry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Running time 25 minutes
Original network NBC (1950-52)
DuMont (1952-55)
ABC (1955-56)
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release January 13, 1950 – February 25, 1956

Life Begins at Eighty is an American panel discussion series which aired from January 1950 to February 1956.

Broadcast history[edit]

The show first aired on NBC on January 13, 1950, then on DuMont from March 21, 1952, to July 24, 1955, and finally on ABC. The last show was aired on ABC on February 25, 1956. In its ABC run, Life Begins at Eighty was aired opposite two anthology series, Appointment with Adventure on CBS and The Loretta Young Show on NBC. Prior to its television run, the show began on radio in 1948.

The show was hosted by Jack Barry, and consisted of viewers at home writing questions for the octogenarian panel to answer. There were usually four panelists; the two permanent spots on the panel were given to Broadway actress Georgiana Carhart, and Fred Stein, cousin of writer and poet Gertrude Stein.

Life Begins at Eighty was a spin-off of the popular panel discussion series Juvenile Jury, in which young children answered questions from the viewers at home. The panels were combined in Wisdom of the Ages, which ran on DuMont from December 1952 to June 1953.

The series was parodied in a Sesame Street game show sketch starring Guy Smiley titled, Happiness Begins at 40.

Episode status[edit]

One episode is in the collection of the Paley Center for Media, and two episodes are held in the J. Fred MacDonald collection at the Library of Congress.

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