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In the 1950’s entertainment was a crucial part of daily teen life. The television was very popular but was still only in black and white. The top rated TV show in the 1950’s was “I love Lucy”. A show about the lives of Lucy and her husband Ricky and the mischief Lucy could get into both alone and with her friend Ethel. This comedy is still quite well known today for the tag line “Honey I’m Home”. The drama “the Twilight Zone” was also regularly watched. This appealed to teen viewers who appreciated the eerie mysterious plots.  In children’s entertainment, which still affected the sphere of teen entertainment, the Mickey Mouse Club was a hit. The show was highly viewed especially as Walt Disney World made its debut in California. For a more mature audience, the playboy bunny made it’s debut.

A drawing of a rebellious teenage couple, note the tightly fitted outfits.

Walt Disney on the grand opening day of Disneyland

The first Playboy magazine came out in the 1950's

More so than watching TV, going to the movies was something teens enjoyed in the ‘50s. This gave them a way to get out of the house and be without adult supervision. Most popular was the drive in Movie Theater, a popular place for dating. Teens aspired to be like the actors and actresses they viewed on the big screen. Although parents worried about the morality in popular films teens loved the edgy characters. Actors such as James Dean, Frankie Avalon, Pat Boone, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Katharine Hepburn

Going to the drive in theater, frequenting the soda shop and the diner , were things teens enjoyed in the 1950's

A 1950's "sock hop"

In the late 1950’s Dick Clark a DJ first came on to a very popular show called American Bandstand. His debut was made in 1956 but the show began in 1952. The show was aired in Philadelphia. Shout out 215.

Dick Clark on the cover of Teen Magazine

Sadly, this teen heart throb was killed in a car crash in the late 1950's.


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