Status of Kraft Television Theatre, Season 2

Kraft Television Theatre broadcast some 585 episodes on NBC from May 1947 to October 1958. The series ran year-round with no summer breaks, meaning it didn’t have traditional seasons. I’ve aligned this status guide with episode lists and guides available online, like those found at, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), and the Classic TV Archive (CTVA).

Season 2 of Kraft Television Theatre premiered on September 1948 and ended in September 1949. There were no pre-emptions so a total of 52 episodes were broadcast of which only six are known to exist in their entirety. The Library of Congress has copies of six episodes from 1949, one of which can also be found at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Footage from the November 24th, 1948 episode (“Wutherning Heights”) was included in a special sixth anniversary show that aired in May 1953. The Library of Congress, the Paley Center for Media, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive all have copies of the anniversary show in their collections.

As always, keep in mind that just because the big TV archives/museums only have certain episodes doesn’t mean there aren’t additional episodes of Kraft Television Theatre from the 1948-1949 season out there somewhere.

Season 2: 1948-1949
# Episode Title Airdate Status
72 “Her Husband’s Wife” 09/22/1948  
73 “Great Day” 09/29/1948  
74 “Twin Diamonds” 10/06/1948  
75 “The Truth Game” 10/13/1948  
76 “Criminal At Large” 10/20/1948  
77 “Biography” 10/27/1948  
78 “Old Lady Robbins” 11/03/1948  
79 “The Detour” 11/10/1948  
80 “The Ivory Door” 11/17/1948  
81 “Wuthering Heights” [Excerpts Only] 11/24/1948 LOC/Paley/UCLA*
82 “The Dover Road” 12/01/1948  
83 “The Flashing Stream” 12/08/1948  
84 “The Old Soak” 12/15/1948  
85 “Hansel and Gretel” 12/22/1948  
86 “Meet the Prince” 12/29/1948  
87 “To Catch the Wind” 01/05/1949  
88 “Miranda” 01/12/1949  
89 “Duet for Two Hands” 01/19/1949  
90 “There’s Always Juliet” 01/26/1949  
91 “Her Master’s Voice” 02/02/1949  
92 “Gramercy Ghost” 02/09/1949  
93 “Room Service” 02/16/1949  
94 “The Flying Gerardos” 02/23/1949  
95 “A Bill of Divorcement” 03/02/1949  
96 “Arrival of Kitty” 03/09/1949  
97 “Consider Lily” 03/16/1949  
98 “Village Green” 03/23/1949  
99 “Wicked is the Vine” 03/30/1949 LOC/UCLA
100 “As Husbands Go” 04/06/1949  
101 “The Miracle of Chickerston” 04/13/1949 LOC
102 “The Whole Town’s Talking” 04/20/1949 LOC
103 “Green Stockings” 04/27/1949  
104 “Adam and Eva” 05/04/1949  
105 “Oath of Hippocrates” 05/11/1949 LOC
106 “Big Hearted Herbert” 05/18/1949  
107 “Autumn Fire” 05/25/1949  
108 “The Elephant Shepherd” 06/01/1949  
109 “Payment Deferred” 06/08/1949  
110 “Little Brown Jug” 06/15/1949  
111 “Pink Strings and Sealing Wax” 06/22/1949 LOC
112 “Baby Mine” 06/29/1949  
113 “Within the Law” 07/06/1948  
114 “A Young Man’s Fancy” 07/13/1949  
115 “The Curtain Rises” 07/20/1949  
116 “Time for Elizabeth” 07/27/1949 LOC
117 “Heaven and Charing Cross” 08/03/1949  
118 “The Misleading Lady” 08/10/1949  
119 “Mr. Pim Passes By” 08/17/1949  
120 “Where the Deer and the Antelope Play” 08/24/1949  
121 “Bedelia” 08/31/1949  
122 “Respectfully Yours” 09/07/1949  
123 “Little Darling” 09/14/1949  

*A special sixth anniversary episode of Kraft Television Theatre aired in May 1953 and included footage from “Wuthering Heights,” which originally aired on November 17th, 1948. The Library of Congress, the Paley Center for Media, and UCLA all have copies of the anniversary show in their collections.

Revised June 6th, 2016


  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    At one time, NBC had an entire shelf of “KRAFT TELEVISION THEATER” kinescopes in their warehouse at Fort Lee, New Jersey…and then they systematically “cleared their shelves” of those and other historically significant TV series by tossing them out- often destroying the film itself. And they did this every few years…we’re lucky four of them from the 1948-’49 season DID survive! Too bad Kraft couldn’t have socked most of them away in their own warehouse, as Westinghouse did with most of their “STUDIO ONE” kinnies….

  • Mark Topaz says:

    Are you sure they don’t exist? NBC donated over 100,000 kinies to the Library of Congress in the early 80s and they have a ton of Kraft Television Theatres. I’m not sure how many but its a significant amount numbering in the hundreds.

  • RGJ says:

    The last time I searched the Library of Congress database online — and this was at least a year ago — I found around 50 episodes of Kraft Television Theatre. There could certainly be plenty more that I either missed or are not searchable via the online database.

  • John Larson says:

    If you go to and sign up to view the archives, you can watch (under Drama) a number of episodes of this program.

  • RGJ says:

    I was mistaken about how many episodes the Library of Congress has. Not 50 but 196 or so.

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