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TV Guide Award

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The TV Guide Award was an annual award created by the editors of TV Guide magazine, as a readers poll to honor outstanding programs and performers in the American television industry. The awards were presented until 1964. The TV Guide Award was revived 1999–2001.


Ellery Queen won a TV Guide Award in 1950 for Best Mystery Show on Television.[1] The Lucky Strike ads of the early 1950s won the first TV Guide award as commercial of the year. The trophy was a bronze statuette of a heroic figure holding a filigree globe.[2] The 1952 TV Guide Magazine award was given to Zoo Parade, which also won the 1950 George Foster Peabody Award and the 1951 Look TV Award.[3] American Bandstand was featured on its second anniversary in the Philadelphia issue of TV Guide, which said it was "the people's choice" for a 1954 TV Guide award. The magazine had been founded the year before by Walter Annenberg, owner of American Bandstand.[4]


In 1961 the TV Guide Award was cited by the Associated Press as one of the three important entertainment awards, together with the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards.[5] Ballots were printed in a single issue of the magazine. Completed ballots were submitted by U.S. Mail and tabulated by direct-mail specialists Cassidy-Richlar, Inc.[5]

1960 awards

The TV Guide Award Show was broadcast in color on March 25, 1960, on NBC. Robert Young hosted a series of skits featuring Fred MacMurray and Nanette Fabray. Seven awards were presented in the final ten minutes of the show.[6] Recipients were chosen based on 289,000 ballots submitted by readers of TV Guide.[7]

Category Recipient Notes
Favorite Series of One Hour or Longer Perry Mason [7]
Favorite Half-Hour Series Father Knows Best [7]
Best Single Musical or Variety Program Another Evening with Fred Astaire [7][8]
Most Popular Male Personality Raymond Burr Perry Mason[7]
Most Popular Female Personality Loretta Young The Loretta Young Show[7]
Best News or Information Program The Huntley-Brinkley Report [7]
Best Single Dramatic Program "The Turn of the Screw" Startime[7][9]

1961 awards

Broadcast on NBC, the second annual TV Guide Award Show was presented June 13, 1961. The hour-long program was hosted by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., with comedy sketches featuring Jackie Cooper and Nanette Fabray. NBC-TV was recognized for its 1960 election night coverage, and the following awards were presented.[10]

Category Recipient Notes
Favorite Series Perry Mason [5][11]
Favorite New Series The Andy Griffith Show [5]
Best Single Musical or Variety Program Sing Along with Mitch [5]
Favorite Male Performer Raymond Burr Perry Mason[5]
Favorite Female Performer Carol Burnett The Garry Moore Show[5]
Best News or Information Program The Huntley-Brinkley Report [5]
Best Single Dramatic Program "Macbeth" Hallmark Hall of Fame[5]

1962 awards

The third annual TV Guide Award Show was broadcast June 24, 1962, on NBC. Hosted by Dave Garroway,[12] the program included sketches featuring Art Carney and special guest Judy Holliday. [13] In a brief concluding segment, awards in eight categories were presented.[12]

Category Recipient Notes
Favorite Series Bonanza [13]
Favorite New Series Ben Casey [13]
Best Single Musical or Variety Program The Bob Hope Christmas Show [14]
Favorite Male Performer Vince Edwards Ben Casey[13]
Favorite Female Performer Carol Burnett The Garry Moore Show[13]
Best News or Information Program The Huntley-Brinkley Report [14]
Best Single News or Information Program NBC-TV coverage of John Glenn's orbital space flight [14]
Best Single Dramatic Program "The Prince and the Pauper" Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color[14]

1963 awards

The fourth TV Guide Award presentation was made during the NBC special, The Bob Hope Show Presenting the TV Guide Awards, broadcast April 14, 1963. The 45-minute comedy and variety portion of the show featured Dean Martin and Martha Raye. Eight awards were presented in the concluding segment of the show, with live pickups in New York and Hollywood.[15]

Category Recipient Notes
Favorite Series Bonanza [15]
Favorite New Series The Beverly Hillbillies [15]
Best Single Musical or Variety Program The Bob Hope Christmas Show [15]
Favorite Male Performer Richard Chamberlain Dr. Kildare[15]
Favorite Female Performer Carol Burnett [15]
Best News or Information Program The Huntley-Brinkley Report [15]
Best Single News or Information Program "The Tunnel" [15]
Best Children's Series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color [15]

1964 awards

The fifth TV Guide Award presentation was made on a special presentation of Bob Hope's NBC-TV show on April 17, 1964.[16][17]

Category Recipient Notes
Favorite Series Dr. Kildare [16]
Favorite New Series The Fugitive [18]
Best Single Dramatic, Musical or Variety Program "Tyger, Tyger" (two-part episode) Dr. Kildare[15]
Favorite Male Performer David Janssen The Fugitive[16]
Favorite Female Performer Inger Stevens The Farmer's Daughter[16]
Best News or Information Program The Huntley-Brinkley Report [18]
Best Single News or Information Program ABC 1964 Winter Olympics coverage [18]


The TV Guide Award was revived in 1999. Categories included traditional awards like Favorite Actor in a Comedy, Favorite Actor in a Drama Series, Favorite Star in a New Series, Favorite Drama Series, and Favorite Comedy Series, to more off-beat categories which differed by year and are listed below. The winners were voted on by readers via magazine ballots and on-line voting. The first award ceremony was televised on February 24, 1999 with 1.2 million fans voting. The second ceremony was aired on March 6, 2000, with 1.6 million fans voting. The third and final ceremony was aired on February 24, 2001, with 1.5 million fans voting, at which point the award was discontinued.[19]

Among the winners were David Duchovny, Tim Allen, Roma Downey, Jenna Elfman, David James Elliott, Martin Sheen, Bette Midler, Regis Philbin, Sean Hayes, and Noah Wyle.

Select categories

  • Favorite Sportscaster
  • Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show
  • Favorite TV Pet
  • Favorite Teen Character
  • Scariest Villain
  • Best Kiss
  • Sexiest Male
  • Sexiest Female
  • Best Dressed Male
  • Best Dressed Female
  • Favorite Teen Show
  • Favorite Comeback
  • Favorie Music Show
  • Favorite Men's Hair-Do
  • Favorite Women's Hair-Do
  • Favorite TV Theme Song


  1. ^ Herbert, Rosemary (2003). Who's who in Crime and Mystery Writing. Oxford University Press. pp. 162–. ISBN 978-0-19-515761-1. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  2. ^ Clotworthy, William G. (2001-11-01). Saturday Night Live: Equal Opportunity Offender: The Uncensored Censor. Author House. p. 81. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  3. ^ Mitman, Gregg (2012-09-01). Reel Nature: America's Romance with Wildlife on Film. University of Washington Press. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-295-80372-2. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  4. ^ Jackson, John (1997-10-09). American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock 'n' Roll Empire. Oxford University Press. pp. PT35–36. ISBN 978-0-19-028490-9. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Hadley, Mitchell (February 16, 2013). "This week in TV Guide: February 18, 1961". It's About TV! Classic TV and American Culture. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
  6. ^ "TV Previews". Lawrence Daily Journal World. Lawrence, Kansas. March 25, 1960.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h United Press International (March 26, 1960). "Burr, Loretta Awarded Top TV Honors". Tucson Daily Citizen.
  8. ^ "Another Evening with Fred Astaire". Paley Center for Media. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
  9. ^ "The Turn of the Screw". Paley Center for Media. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
  10. ^ Danzig, Fred (June 14, 1951). "Television in Review: 'Favorite' and 'Best' Categories Hazy Choices on TV Guide Award Show". The Coshocton Tribune (United Press International).
  11. ^ Kelleher, Brian; Merrill, Diana (1987). "Barbara Hale as Della Street". The Perry Mason TV Show Book. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 54. ISBN 9780312006693. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
  12. ^ a b Jones, John N. (April 6, 1962). "TV Digest". Alton Evening Telegraph.
  13. ^ a b c d e Du Brow, Rick (June 25, 1962). "Television in Review". Weirton Daily Times (United Press International). Weirton, West Virginia.
  14. ^ a b c d "Lots of Hope! Bob Finally Wins Award". The Salt Lake Tribune (Associated Press). June 25, 1962.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hinton, Pat (April 17, 1963). "Highlights". Altoona Mirror.
  16. ^ a b c d "TV Guide Award to Stevens". European Stars and Stripes (United Press International). May 5, 1964.
  17. ^ "TV". The Northwest Arkansas Times. April 17, 1964.
  18. ^ a b c Humphrey, Hal (April 26, 1964). "Viewing TV". The Victoria Advocate.
  19. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 40. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9.

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