Your favorite black and white TV shows look far different in bright, beautiful color
Do you remember the fiery red sky in the apocalyptic conclusion to the Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last"? They matched the candy red police cruisers on Car 54, Where Are You? How about the bright blue of the Ricardos' kitchen walls on I Love Lucy or Ralph Kramden's uniform on The Honeymooners?
You are excused if these colors do not immediately come to mind. Those classic television shows were broadcast in black & white.
Don't get us wrong — black & white is beautiful. Cinema gems like Citizen Kane, Casablanca and Sunset Boulevard just wouldn't be the same in Technicolor. Film noir is film noir for a reason. It's no different for Perry Mason or Peter Gunn on the small screen.
That being said, color images of black & white productions can be revealing. And we're not talking about Ted Turner colorization.
We gathered some vibrant behind-the-scenes images from some favorite black-and-white series. Which one surprises you the most?
The Twilight Zone
Burgess Meredith stands among the ruins on the set of "Time Enough at Last."
I Love Lucy
Three cheers for the red, white and blue — the red of Lucy, the blue of her kitchen, the white of her appliances.
The legal masterpiece did film one single episode in color (late in the ninth and final season, as a test for a proposed tenth season in color) but this aquatic shot gives you a good idea of how Perry and Paul appeared in real life.
Leave It to Beaver
The true All-American boy.
Chuck Connors takes aim with guest star Sammy Davis, Jr.
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Mary Tyler Moore cha-cha's around the green rug of the Petrie's apartment.
The Kramdens and Nortons horse around on the bus.
Father Knows Best
The Anderson clan gathers in their living room.
The Addams Family
Black-and-white gave an appropriate gothic vibe to this spooky, kooky sitcom. It just would not have been the same with those loud, fuchsia walls.
Have Gun - Will Travel
He may have been the man in black, but Paladin wore a red tie.
Dennis the Menace
In the comic strip, Dennis sports a black-and-blue striped shirt under red overalls. Jay North wears a brighter costume.
The Donna Reed Show
Donna Stone's hair is lighter than you might expect, and where did Dr. Stone get that deep tan?
Car 54, Where Are You?
Because this sitcom filmed on the real streets of New York City, the police cars were painted cherry red so bystanders would not confuse them for real cruisers.
That is one sparkling, beautiful 'Vette.
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