A History of Radio Programs That Became Successful TV Shows

The Jack Benny Show

One of the most popular and well-known comedians of the ’30s and ’40s, Jack Benny played a exaggerated caricature of himself on the show that bore his name. The radio program debuted in 1934, and was such a huge hit that it launched a variety show spin-off in 1950. While the radio version ended 1955, its TV counterpart went on until 1965, and both were popular in syndication as well.