Modern Homemakers

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Modern Homemakers was the world's second color television series, making its debut on June 27, 1951 on five stations of the CBS television network in the eastern United States. This half-hour daytime program (10:30-11:00 a.m., EDT) was broadcast from New York Monday through Friday. It was hosted by home economist Edalene Stohr, who during the first episode quipped, "Color television's wonderful, but it will really be something when we develop it to bring you the aromas of the dishes, too."[1]

The first color television series, The World Is Yours, began the previous day, June 26, 1951. Both of these shows had Frances Buss as its producer-director.[1]

Modern Homemakers, like other CBS color programs from 1951, was broadcast in the CBS field-sequential color system that was incompatible with existing black and white television sets, on which no picture would be visible. Only a small number of prototype color television sets existed on which the program could be seen. It was last broadcast on August 17, 1951, a month before the first commercially manufactured CBS color television sets were made.


  1. ^ a b Chase, Sam (1951-07-07). "Preem and First 2 Regular CBShows Tip Color Advantages, Problems". The Billboard. p. 3. Retrieved 2015-03-29.