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The Jack Benny Program


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November 4, 1951
Season 2, Episode 1

Dorothy Shay Show

Jack keeps getting interrupted, first by bandleader Bob Crosby and then by a talkative cabbie.
November 30, 1952
Season 3, Episode 3

Jack Gets Robbed

Burglars attempt to rob Jack's house after the show is over but they haven't counted on his numerous booby traps.
April 19, 1953
Season 3, Episode 7

Fred Allen Show

Old radio rival Fred Allen tries to steal Jack's sponsor for his new television show. If that isn't enough, a third comic, Eddie Cantor, gets into the mix as well.
September 13, 1953
Season 4, Episode 1

Honolulu Trip

Jack takes a cruise liner to Hawaii and discovers that Marilyn Monroe is also a passenger on the ship.
October 25, 1953
Season 4, Episode 3

Humphrey Bogart Show

Humphrey Bogart plays a gangster named Baby Face opposite Jack's police detective.
November 15, 1953
Season 4, Episode 4

Johnnie Ray Show

Johnny Ray demands a fee of $10,000 to appear on Jack's show. Our horrified host immediately tries to talk him down.
December 6, 1953
Season 4, Episode 5

Irene Dunne Show

When Jack hears that actress Irene Dunne is making a new picture he tries to wrangle for himself the role of her leading man.
December 27, 1953
Season 4, Episode 6

Reminiscing About Last New Year's

On the eve of New Year's Eve, Jack recalls events that occurred from the previous year.
January 17, 1954
Season 4, Episode 7

Liberace Show

Flamboyant pianist Liberace gives Jack a tour of his house and the whole decor is way over the top even by Jack's standards.
February 7, 1954
Season 4, Episode 8

Jack Dreams He's Married to Mary

Jack dreams about what would have happened had he gotten married to longtime friend/employee/galpal Mary Livingstone.
March 21, 1954
Season 4, Episode 10

Goldie, Fields and Glide

Jack recalls his old vaudeville days when he was partners with George Burns and Bing Crosby in an act called "Goldie, Fields, and Glide."
May 23, 1954
Season 4, Episode 13

The Road to Nairobi

Jack and Bob Hope spoof Hope's road pictures.
October 17, 1954
Season 5, Episode 2

The Jam Session

Several of Jack's Hollywood pals show up at his house one evening for a musician's jam session.
October 31, 1954
Season 5, Episode 3

How Jack Found Mary

Jack relates the story of how he first met long-time female sidekick (and real life wife) Mary Livingstone.
November 28, 1954
Season 5, Episode 5

The Life of Jack Benny

The story of Jack's life is related in a comical fashion.
April 3, 1955
Season 5, Episode 14

Jack Is a Contestant

Jack disguises himself in order to become a contestant on the popular quiz program You Bet Your Life.
October 23, 1955
Season 6, Episode 3

Peggy King & Art Linkletter
November 6, 1955
Season 6, Episode 4

Isaac Stern Show

Jack is down in the dumps about his violin playing so Mary and Rochester get Isaac Stern to pep him up.
December 4, 1955
Season 6, Episode 6

Jack Hunts for Uranium

Thinking he can make a fortune, Jack decides to go hunting for uranium in Death Valley and drags Mary and Rochester along with him.
January 1, 1956
Season 6, Episode 7

New Years Day, 1956

New Year's Day episode features coaches from the competing Rose Bowl teams.
January 15, 1956
Season 6, Episode 8

Don Invites Gang to Dinner

Jack and the Gang are invited to dinner at the home of show announcer Don Wilson, but Mrs. Wilson is caught totally unprepared.
March 11, 1956
Season 6, Episode 12

Jack Dives Into Empty Swimming Pool in Palm Springs

Jack decides to take a weekend vacation in Palm Springs but his impulsive behavior once there lands him in the hospital.
November 18, 1956
Season 7, Episode 5

Jack's Maxwell Is Stolen

Rochester calls Jack in the middle of the show to inform his boss that the Maxwell has been stolen. Jack then heads for the Beverly Hills police station to file a stolen car report but finds that they do things a little differently there.
December 30, 1956
Season 7, Episode 8

Talent Show

During an amateur talent show, Jack pulls a dirty trick to get Jayne Mansfield to appear on the program.
October 20, 1957
Season 8, Episode 3

Hal March Show

In this parody of The $64,000 Question, host Hal March appears as a contestant with Jack as host and is forced to answer exceedingly difficult questions.
November 3, 1957
Season 8, Episode 4

Ginger Rogers Show

Ginger Rogers is supposed to re-unite with her old dancing partner, Fred Astaire, but when he's late to the studio she might have to settle for Jack.
December 15, 1957
Season 8, Episode 7

Christmas Shopping Show

In this update of a yearly tradition on his radio program, Jack goes Christmas shopping for his friends and proceeds to drive nearly the whole department store staff crazy.
January 26, 1958
Season 8, Episode 10

Honeymooners Show

A spoof of The Honeymooners with Audrey Meadows reprising her role as Alice Kramden and Jack and Dennis Day playing the Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton roles.
April 6, 1958
Season 8, Episode 15

Ronnie Burns Show

Ronnie Burns, son of George Burns and Gracie Allen, pays Jack a visit in this episode. When he gets to sing a number it arouses the jealousy in Don Wilson and son Harlow.
January 25, 1959
Season 9, Episode 10

Ernie Kovacs Show

Guest Ernie Kovacs joins Jack in a sketch about futuristic prison life in 1970.
November 6, 1960
Season 11, Episode 4

Hong Kong Suit

Jack buys a cheap suit made in Hong Kong for $12. It starts to unravel during his violin duet with guest Gisele MacKenzie.
December 4, 1960
Season 11, Episode 7

The Lunch Counter Murder

In the sketch, Jack plays a diner owner who is menaced by three hoodlums (Dan Duryea, Dennis Day, Frank Nelson).
December 11, 1960
Season 11, Episode 8

Jack Goes To A Concert

Jack tags along when Jimmy and Gloria Stewart decide to attend a symphony concert.
January 1, 1961
Season 11, Episode 11

Jack Casting for TV Special

Jack holds casting auditions for a television special about his life.
January 15, 1961
Season 11, Episode 13

Don's Anniversary

Don Wilson celebrates his 27th anniversary as announcer for Jack on both television and radio.
January 22, 1961
Season 11, Episode 14

Jack at the Supermarket

After losing at cards to Rochester, Jack has to do the grocery shopping.
February 5, 1961
Season 11, Episode 16

Jack Goes to a Gym

Jack becomes infatuated with a pretty new receptionist so he decides to join a gym when he discovers that she likes the muscular type.
March 19, 1961
Season 11, Episode 22

Jack Goes to Las Vegas

Jack and Don Wilson arrive in Las Vegas where they encounter the Mills Brothers.
April 9, 1961
Season 11, Episode 25

Main Street Shelter

Jack heads to a homeless shelter to retrieve a suit of his that Rochester donated by mistake. It seems that this suit had $200 in a pocket.
December 3, 1961
Season 12, Episode 7

Jack is Followed Home

After doing the show with guest Bobby Rydell, Jack finds himself being stalked on his return home.
December 10, 1961
Season 12, Episode 8

Jack Goes to the Cafeteria

Jack inexplicably tries to wow guest songstress Jane Morgan by taking her to a cafeteria.
December 17, 1961
Season 12, Episode 9

Jack Writes a Song

Jack writes a song and tries to get composer Dimitri Tiomkin to score an arrangement for it.
January 7, 1962
Season 12, Episode 12

Jack Does Opera

Jack listens to a record given to him by opera singer Roberta Peters and then dreams that he's starring in an opera with her.
February 11, 1962
Season 12, Episode 17

Ghost Town Western Sketch

Jack and Gisele MacKenzie stop off in a ghost town on their way back to Los Angeles from an appearance in Phoenix.
March 4, 1962
Season 12, Episode 19

Julie London Show

Guest Julie London sings two numbers and Jack gets out performed on the violin by a twelve-year-old girl from the audience.
October 23, 1962
Season 13, Episode 5

Lawrence Welk Show

Jack asks Lawrence Welk if he can sit in with his band.
November 13, 1962
Season 13, Episode 7

Jack Plays Tarzan

In the sketch, Jack plays Tarzan to Carol Burnett's Jane.
January 22, 1963
Season 13, Episode 17

Peter Lorre/Joanie Sommers Show

Jack goes to a doctor's office and soon fears that a fellow patient (Peter Lorre) might be an escaped murderer.
November 13, 1965
1965 The Jack Benny Hour


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