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Amos 'n' Andy Picture "Amos 'n' Andy", one of the most popular and long-running radio programs of all time, was brought to television in the summer of 1951. The series was produced by Freemad Gosden and Charles Correll, the two actors who had created and starred in the radio version. Since they were white, and the entire cast of the show on television had to be black, a much ballyhooed search was held, over a period of four years, to find the right actors to play the parts. Only Ernestine Wade and Amanda Randolph were brought over from the radio cast.

Set in Harlem, Amos 'n' Andy centered around the activities of George Stevens, a conniving character who was always looking for a way to make a fast buck. As head of the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge, where he held the position of "Kingfish," he got most of the lodge brothers involved in his schemes. That put him at odds not only with them, but with his wife, Sapphire, and her mother. Mama, in particular, didn't trust him at all. Andy Brown was the most gullible of the lodge members, a husky, well-meaning, but rather simple soul. The Kingfish was constantly trying to swindle him in one way or another, but the "big dummy" (as Kingfish called him) kept coming back for more. More often than not, Kingfish would get them both into trouble, but win Andy's cooperation with an appeal to fraternal spirit--"Holy mackerel, Andy! We's all got to stick together in dis heah thing... remember, we is brothers in that great fraternity, the Mystic Knights of the Sea."

Amos was actually a rather minor character, the philosophical cabdriver who narrated most of the episodes. Madame Queen was Andy's friend and Lightnin' was the slow-moving janitor at the lodge.

Civil rights groups such as the NAACP had long protested the series as fostering racial stereotypes, to little avail. Amos 'n' Andy drew sizable audiences during its two-year CBS run, and was widely rerun on local stations for the next decade. The turning point came in 1963 when CBS Films, which was still calling Amos 'n' Andy one of its most widely circulated shows, announced that the program had been sold to two African countries, Kenya and Western Nigeria. Soon afterward, an official of the Kenya government announced that the program would be banned in his country. This focused attention a new on the old controversy and in the summer of 1964, when a Chicago station announced that it was resuming reruns, there were widespread and bitter protests. CBS found its market for the films suddenly disappearing, and in 1966, the program was withdrawn from sale, as quietly as possible.

As to whether the program was in fact racist, there was no agreement on that. The creators certainly didn't think so, and actor Alvin Childress (Amos) was quoted as saying, "I didn't feel it harmed the Negro at all... Actually the series had many episodes that showed the Negro with professions and businesses like attorneys, store owners, and so on, which they never had in TV or movies before..." Others pointed out that the situations were no different than those found in many comedy programs with white characters. Nevertheless the humor certainly derived from the fact that these were shiftless, conniving, not-too-bright blacks. The very stereotypes that had so long been unfairly applied to an entire race were used throughout. As a result, it is unlikely that Amos 'n' Andy will ever be seen again on television.
Show Title - (131 mp3 Downloads) Broadcast Date - Description Filesize
Amos n Andy Dec 19, 1954 5.21 MB
Tuxedo Rental Business Dec 27, 1953 6.73 MB
Amos n Andy 1953-12-13 Kingfish the Baby Doctor Dec 13, 1953 7.12 MB
Cleaning 32 Typerwriters Dec 06, 1953 7.09 MB
The Loan Business Nov 29, 1953 6.79 MB
Saphire's Old Boyfriend Nov 08, 1953 6.95 MB
Aunt Matilda's Dowry Oct 25, 1953 7.15 MB
Pancake Mix Contest Oct 11, 1953 7.21 MB
Cabin in Connecticut May 10, 1953 6.80 MB
The Stock Market Tip May 03, 1953 6.89 MB
The Annual Boat Outing Apr 26, 1953 5.42 MB
Andy and Model Apr 12, 1953 6.54 MB
Andy the Coward Mar 29, 1953 5.41 MB
Chauffeur for Madame Queen Mar 15, 1953 5.36 MB
Life Story of Amos n Andy Feb 14, 1953 5.58 MB
Leroy's Oil Stock Oct 26, 1952 7.01 MB
Jobs as Office Cleaners Oct 19, 1952 6.97 MB
Long Lost Husband Oct 12, 1952 6.86 MB
Sapphire's Sister Moves In Nov 25, 1951 6.90 MB
Saphire Seeks Romance Nov 11, 1951 6.95 MB
New Border Chester Benson Nov 04, 1951 6.86 MB
Engaged To Susan Bennett Oct 28, 1951 6.90 MB
De Piester's Party Oct 21, 1951 6.86 MB
Aptitude Test Oct 07, 1951 6.94 MB
3000 Dollar Diamond Ring Sep 30, 1951 6.89 MB
Annual Lodge Hall Picnic May 06, 1951 6.90 MB
Cousin Sydney Moves In Apr 29, 1951 6.96 MB
Mother In-Law Dear Apr 22, 1951 6.95 MB
Annual Christmas Show Dec 24, 1950 7.15 MB
Lodge Convention in Chicago Apr 23, 1950 6.45 MB
Turkey Falls Off Truck Nov 20, 1949 5.53 MB
Friendly Loan Company Nov 06, 1949 6.73 MB
Kingfish Has No Friends May 08, 1949 6.94 MB
Kingfish's New Boarder May 01, 1949 6.94 MB
Andy Inherits 2000 Apr 24, 1949 6.85 MB
Andy's Bequest Apr 24, 1949 6.94 MB
Kingfish is Evicted Apr 10, 1949 6.84 MB
Deputy Dirt Commissioner Apr 03, 1949 7.17 MB
Pawn Shop Robbery Mar 27, 1949 6.90 MB
Photo of Jewelry Store Robbery Mar 06, 1949 5.15 MB
Godfather to Amos Baby Feb 20, 1949 7.04 MB
Widow Parker's Inheritance Feb 13, 1949 7.03 MB
Lapsed Insurance Policy Feb 06, 1949 6.96 MB
Cannery Stock Jan 09, 1949 4.36 MB
King Fish's Conscience Jan 09, 1949 7.18 MB
Tourist Sight Seeing Agency Nov 14, 1948 7.05 MB
Correspondence School Nov 07, 1948 6.99 MB
Name the Song Contest Oct 31, 1948 7.11 MB
Hospitalization Plan Oct 28, 1947 7.04 MB
Kingfish Runs a Rest Home May 27, 1947 6.17 MB
The Stolen Car Dec 10, 1946 6.71 MB
Sapphire's a Wanted Criminal Oct 15, 1946 7.05 MB
Birthday Gift for Sapphire Mar 12, 1946 7.10 MB
The Second Hand Car Apr 20, 1945 7.04 MB
Prentiss Clothing Company Mar 23, 1945 7.25 MB
The Lecture Bureau Mar 16, 1945 7.17 MB
A Mean Valentine Feb 16, 1945 7.01 MB
One Phoney Antique Jan 12, 1945 7.02 MB
Andy The Witness Jan 05, 1945 7.22 MB
Christmas Show Andy as Santa Dec 25, 1944 5.55 MB
Brazilian Brass Mine Dec 08, 1944 6.16 MB
With Frank Morgan Dec 04, 1944 7.13 MB
Ink-Flow Pens Dec 01, 1944 7.07 MB
Not Invited to the Party Oct 12, 1944 5.16 MB
The Broken Clock Oct 11, 1944 5.12 MB
The Electric Clock Caper May 05, 1944 6.26 MB
Fake Suicide Jan 19, 1944 7.15 MB
Marriage Counselor Dec 17, 1943 9.34 MB
Bookends and Babies Dec 10, 1943 6.55 MB
Candy For Caroline Dec 03, 1943 6.39 MB
Turkey Trouble Nov 19, 1943 4.91 MB
The Locked Trucks Secret Nov 05, 1943 6.34 MB
Coutroom Catastrophe Oct 22, 1943 4.86 MB
The Courtroom Catastrophe Oct 22, 1943 6.34 MB
Andy s New Wife Oct 08, 1943 6.95 MB
The Annual Christmas Show Dec 24, 1941 5.16 MB
Marriage of Andrew Brown Apr 03, 1939 5.27 MB
The Minstrel Show Dec 04, 1936 5.00 MB
2395th Day of Broadcasting Aug 19, 1936 5.07 MB
Take Off That Shoe Apr 04, 1930 1.24 MB
At The Dairy Nov 22, 1929 1.19 MB
Writing a Letter Jun 09, 1929 2.41 MB
All the Moneys Tide Up Jun 08, 1929 2.34 MB
Earl Dixon Has Bought Kingfish May 23, 1929 2.36 MB
Earl Dixon Joins The Lodge May 21, 1929 2.30 MB
Opening Easyriding Taxi Cab May 20, 1929 2.38 MB
Missing Lodge Money May 19, 1929 2.31 MB
Signing the Contract Apr 27, 1929 2.43 MB
Lodge Hall Contract Apr 26, 1929 2.37 MB
Ruby Thinks Amos is Cheating Apr 25, 1929 2.34 MB
Raising Money for the Lodge Apr 23, 1929 2.38 MB
Amos Seen Talking to Tootsie Apr 22, 1929 2.37 MB
Victor Moore as Guest   7.12 MB
Two Different People   6.49 MB
Sapphires Gown   4.92 MB
Sapphire Threatens to Leave   5.45 MB
Rattletrap Automobile   5.83 MB
Presidential Elections   1.23 MB
Paul Taylor Choris as Guest   7.21 MB
New Years Show   7.13 MB
Music Hall   5.57 MB
Marriage Go Round   5.06 MB
Amos n Andy 25th Anniversay Show   6.46 MB
Nickel   7.07 MB
Amos n Andy 10000th Show   7.24 MB
A Bad Valentine   7.55 MB
A House For 500   6.52 MB
Adoption Woes   7.62 MB
Aligator Bag Incident   5.57 MB
Amos is Missing   7.08 MB
Andy Gets Engaged   7.16 MB
Andy Plays Sailor   7.53 MB
Best of Show 1948   6.88 MB
Car Theft And The Kingfish   5.99 MB
Christmas Show   7.14 MB
Divorce Inc   7.10 MB
Fake Suicide   7.56 MB
First Half Hour Show   6.84 MB
First Show For CBS   7.12 MB
First Show of 1948 Season   7.15 MB
Flooded House   6.97 MB
Frank Morgan as Guest   7.73 MB
French Car   6.66 MB
Ink Flow Fountain Pen Company   7.58 MB
Kingfish Leaves His Wife   7.05 MB
Kingfish Resigns From The Lodge   7.20 MB
Lawsuit Against Andy   7.54 MB
Leroy's Two Week Visit   7.02 MB
Letter the Rehearsal   5.69 MB
Life Story   7.18 MB
Lovelorn Column   7.55 MB