Claim: The early TV sitcom Mary Kay and Johnny was the first television series to portray a married couple who slept in the same bed.
Origins: It’s one of the ultimate TV trivia questions: Who was the first couple to be portrayed on a television series as sleeping in the same bed? It may sound like a silly question to younger readers, but those of us who were around for television’s first few decades recall how squeamish
the industry remained for many years, much more so than its cinematic counterpart, which was a bit looser because, unlike television, it did not broadcast its product directly into viewers’ living rooms. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who were married in real life and portrayed a married couple on the most popular show of television’s early years,
So, when did television bow to the obvious and finally show a married couple sharing a single bed?
Would it surprise you to find out that the answer is a show that antedates even
On Tuesday, 18 November 1947, a 15-minute program entitled
Another foreshadowing of the later
Because of the inherent limitations of live television, most of the episodes of
Unfortunately, not even kinescopes of
Last updated: 7 August 2007