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The Abbott and Costello Show

Season 1 1952 - 1953

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  • 1952-12-05T06:00:00+01:00 on CBS
  • 25 mins
  • 11 hours, 13 mins (26 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy
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"The Abbott and Costello Show" is timeless humor as fresh today as it was 50 years ago. All of Abbott and Costello's classic routines such as "Who's on first" can be found in this show. This program captures the two when they were at their peak of their comedic prowess. The cast includes Mr.Field, Mike the Cop, Stinky, Bacciagalupe and Hillary. These shows stand today as perhaps the finest surviving representation of the art of burlesque comedy.

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26 episodes

1x01 The Drug Store

  • Series Premiere

    1952-12-05T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Bud and Lou find a job in Field's drugstore and nearly wreck the place. Includes the ""Jonah and the Whale"" routine.

1x02 The Dentist's Office

  • 1952-12-12T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Lou gets a toothache and he attempts to get arrested so he can receive free treatment while incarcerated.

1x03 Jail

  • 1952-12-19T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Lou damages Mrs. Crumbcakes waterpail and she drags him into court claiming 79 cents in damages. In jail, Lous crazed cellmate becomes enraged whenever he hears 'Niagra Falls'.

1x04 The Vacation

  • 1952-12-26T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Bud and Lou head off to the Biltmore Hotel near Phoenix for a vacation. ""Hertz U-Drive"" and the ""Pack-Unpack"" routines are performed.

1x05 The Birthday Party

  • 1953-01-02T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Lou throws a birthday party for himself, but nearly poisons his guests when he puts ant paste on his hors d'oeurves instead of anti pasto. Bud throws him out and Lou consoles himself by ordering a giant decorated cake.

1x06 Alaska

  • 1953-01-09T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Lou's uncle strikes gold in Alaska, so Bud and Lou plan to help him spend it.

1x07 The Vacuum Cleaner Salesman

  • 1953-01-16T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Bud and Lou visit an employment agency run by Mr. Fields brother. Lou gets a job hawking vacum cleaners door to door.

1x08 The Army Story

  • 1953-01-23T06:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Bud and Lou join the Army, where they recreate their routines from the feature film Buck Privates. Performed are the ""Drill Routine"" and ""Dice game""

1x09 Pots and Pans

  • 1953-01-30T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Lou sells cookware door to door and later presents his friend with a duck dinner to disasterous results.

1x10 The Charity Bazaar

  • 1953-02-06T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Bud and Lou participate in Hilary's charity bazaar raising money with the ""shell game"". Lou blows his money at the kissing booth.

1x11 The Western Story

  • 1953-02-13T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Bud and Lou accept Hilary's invitation to visit her uncles B-Bar-Bop ranch.

1x12 The Haunted House

  • 1953-02-20T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Hillary will inherit a castle if she spends the night there. Bud and Lou come along to protect her.

1x13 Peace and Quiet

  • 1953-02-27T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Lou sleeps all day but cant sleep at night. Bud takes him to see a psychiatrist. Eventually Bud checks him into a sanitarium for a nights rest. ""crazy house"" is performed

1x14 Hungry

  • 1953-03-06T06:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Bud and Lou visit a couple of restaurants. In one they become involved with a couple of twin waitresses. In the other , Lou has a battle with an oyster.

1x15 The Music Lovers

  • 1953-03-13T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Lou attempts to impress Hillary and her father with his musical abilities. While pretending to perform , Bud falls asleep and ruins the scheme.

1x16 The Politician

  • 1953-03-20T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Bud coaches Lou on running for public office. Lou delivers a speech in a neighborhood park that causes quite a disruption.

1x17 The Wrestling Story

  • 1953-03-27T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Lou and Stinky agree to settle their differences in a wrestling match. When Stinky becomes ill , his little brother Ivan the Terrible takes his place.

1x18 Getting a Job

  • 1953-04-03T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Bud and Lou are hired to deliver hats to the Susquehanna Hat Company on Floogle street and encounter several lunatics on the way. Also, Stinky attempts to kill Lou by backing him into traffic. The 'Loafing' routine is performed.

1x19 The Chimp

  • 1953-04-10T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Mike the Cop tells Lou that he must have a liscence for his pet chimp, but Lou accidentally applies for a marriage liscence.

1x20 Hillary's Birthday

  • 1953-04-17T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

While shopping for Hillarys birthay present Lou nearly destroys a grocery store. Later , at her party Mr Fields becomes upset about the noise.

1x21 Television

  • 1953-04-24T06:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Lou is a contestant on a TV quiz show where he wins a pack of bubblegum. Their neighbour slips on a piece of gum and takes them to court.

1x22 Las Vegas

  • 1953-05-01T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Bud and Lou pay $90 for a car and head for Las Vegas, where Lou takes part in a violent game of billiards. The mudder/fodder routine is performed.

1x23 Little Old Lady

  • 1953-05-08T05:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Bud and Lou attempt to help an old lady who has been evicted. They raise $300 and she uses the money to bet on a racehorse.

1x24 The Actors' Home

  • 1953-05-15T05:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Bud is taken away to an old actor's home where he and Lou perform their famous ""Who's on first?"" routine.

1x25 Police Rookies

  • 1953-05-22T05:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Mike the Cop helps Bud and Lou enroll in the 'Police rookie school'. Lou blows up the gym playing with a hand grenade.

1x26 Safari

  • 1953-05-29T05:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Hillary takes care of Bingo, who is sick. The whole gang travels to Africa to find his parents. Lou tangles with a gorilla.

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