Wanted (1955 TV program)

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GenreCrime documentary
StarringWalter McGraw (host)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 20, 1955 (1955-10-20) –
January 12, 1956 (1956-01-12)

Wanted was a short-lived half-hour CBS crime documentary television program hosted by Walter McGraw, which aired in the 1955-1956 season at 10:30 EST on Thursdays following the original version of The Johnny Carson Show (not to be confused with the subsequent The Tonight Show).[1]

This Wanted had a format similar to the subsequent Unsolved Mysteries on NBC, hosted by Robert Stack and Fox Channel's America's Most Wanted, with John Walsh. Like the two later programs, Wanted featured re-enactments of actual crimes and profiles fugitives from justice. Viewers were urged to telephone information that they may have about each case presented on the program.[2]

Declared a "flop" by Billboard magazine, Wanted aired only from October 20, 1955,[3] to January 12, 1956. ABC aired no program at the time Wanted was on the schedule. The program ran opposite the last half-hour of NBC's long-running Lux Video Theatre.[1]


  1. ^ a b Alex McNeil, Total Television, appendix with 1955-1956 network television schedules
  2. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, p. 895
  3. ^ Billboard magazine, September 22, 1956, p. 2