The Abbott and Costello Show stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello as themselves as out-of-work actors. Plots were bare-boned to allow them to perform all of their famous skits, such as “Who’s on First” or “The Moving Candle.”
In the second season, some of the supporting cast was let go, and sensing they were running out of material, producer Jean Yarbrough did something that a few of today’s producers should learn from: he hired a writer (Clyde Bruckman) to create new material. It worked.
Although critically lambasted, the show was popular in its initial run and was one of the most popular reruns of early television. It was followed in 1966 by an animated version of the same name. Although Lou Costello died in 1957, Bud Abbott was still alive and provided the voice of his character.
USA / CBS – MCA – Revue / 52×30 minute episode / Broadcast 1952-1954
Writers: Eddie Forman, Sid Fields, Clyde Bruckman, Felix Adler, Jack Townley / Producers: Pat Costello, Alex Gottleib / Producer and Director: Jean Yarborough
BUD ABBOTT as Bud
LOU COSTELLO as Lou
SID FIELDS as Sid
HILARY BROOKE as Hilary
JOE BESSER as Stinky Jones