Television Playhouse

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Television Playhouse
Genre Anthology
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 mins.
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release December 4, 1947 (1947-12-04) – April 11, 1948 (1948-04-11)

Television Playhouse is a half-hour American anthology series that was broadcast live on NBC. The series aired from December 4, 1947 to April 11, 1948, generally appearing every third Sunday during its run. The program was in cooperation with the National Theater and Academy, a federally sponsored theater group, and featured live performances of plays, some of which were by well-known authors.

The first presentation was The Last of My Solid Gold Watches by Tennessee Williams.[1] Each episode featured actors and actresses who had not reached stardom. A wide variety of plays was presented on the program. Although short-lived, the "live play" format later became very popular during the early 1950s.[2]

Another Television Playhouse would air in the 1950s (see Philco Television Playhouse and Goodyear Television Playhouse).

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