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The Goodyear Television Playhouse is an American anthology series that was telecast live on NBC from 1951 to 1957 during the "Golden Age of Television". Sponsored by Goodyear, Goodyear alternated sponsorship with Philco, and the Philco Television Playhouse was seen on alternate weeks.

In 1955, the title was shortened to The Goodyear Playhouse and it aired on alternate weeks with The Alcoa Hour. The three series were essentially the same, with the only real difference being the name of the sponsor.

Producer Fred Coe nurtured and encouraged a group of young, mostly unknown writers that included Robert Alan Aurthur, George Baxt, Paddy Chayefsky, Horton Foote, Howard Richardson, Tad Mosel and Gore Vidal. Notable productions included Chayefsky's Marty starring Rod Steiger, Chayefsky's The Bachelor Party, Vidal's Visit to a Small Planet, Richardson's Ark of Safety and Foote's The Trip to Bountiful.

From 1957 to 1960, it became a taped, half-hour series titled Goodyear Theater, seen on Mondays at 9:30pm.

Series Cast

  1. Paul Newman

    Paul Newman

    144 Episodes

  2. Jessica Tandy

    Jessica Tandy

    Leticia Blacklock

    144 Episodes

  3. Walter Matthau

    Walter Matthau

    Major Hunter

    144 Episodes

  4. Anthony Perkins

    Anthony Perkins

    Joey

    144 Episodes

  5. Leslie Nielsen

    Leslie Nielsen

    3 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 6

1956 | 20 Episodes

Season 6 of Goodyear Television Playhouse premiered on September 23, 1956.

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Goodyear Television Playhouse

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Certification -

Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 60m

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