About the TV Show
First Air Date: April 05, 1949
|First Aired on||:||1949|
|Seasons/Episodes||:||142 episodes in 7 Seasons|
Fireside Theater is an American anthology drama series that ran on NBC from 1949 to 1958, and was the first successful filmed series on American television. Stories were low budget and often based on public domain stories or written by freelance writers such as Rod Serling. While it was panned by critics, it remained in the top ten most popular shows for most of its run. It predated the other major pioneer of filmed TV in America, I Love Lucy, by two years.