Status of Kraft Television Theatre, Season 8

Kraft Television Theatre broadcast some 585 episodes on NBC between May 1947 and 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 TV.com, the Classic TV Archive (CTVA).

Season 8 of Kraft Television Theatre premiered on September 1954 and ended in September 155. There were no pre-emptions. NBC broadcast 52 episodes this season, of which at least 23 survive. Rod Serling’s acclaimed “Patterns” aired to such acclaim on January 12th, 1955 that Kraft Television Theatre staged it again four weeks later on February 9th.

The Library of Congress (LOC) has 15 episodes from this season in its collection. The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) has eight. The UCLA Film & Television Archive (UCLA) has seven. The Paley Center for Media (Paley) has three. Together, these four institutions have copies of 23 different episodes.

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 1954-1954 season out there somewhere.

Season 8: 1954-1955
# Episode Title Airdate Status
383 “A Simple Matter “ 9/29/1954  
384 “The Office Dance” 10/6/1954  
385 “Papa Was a Sport” 10/13/1954  
386 “The Luck of Roaring Camp” 10/20/1954 LOC
387 “Split Level” 10/27/1954  
388 “Full of the Old Harry” 11/3/1954  
389 “The World and the Werners” 11/10/1954  
390 “The Independent” 11/17/1954  
391 “Emma” 11/24/1954 LOC
392 “Camille” 12/1/1954 LOC
393 “Career” 12/8/1954  
394 “Account Rendered” 12/15/1954  
395 “The Little Stone of God” 12/22/1954  
396 “Strangers in Hiding” 12/29/1954 LOC
397 “One Hill, One River” 1/5/1955 MBC
398 “Patterns” 1/12/1955 LOC/MBC/Paley/UCLA
399 “The Written Word” 1/19/1955  
400 “Boys Will Be Boys” 1/26/1955 LOC
401 “The Skin Game” 2/2/1955  
402 “Patterns” 2/9/1955 UCLA
403 “Departure” 2/16/1955 MBC
404 “The Emperor Jones” 2/23/1955 LOC/Paley
405 “Half the World’s a Bride” 3/2/1955  
406 “The Night Watcher” 3/9/1955 MBC
407 “Jeanie” 3/16/1955  
408 “The Story of Mary Surratt” 3/23/1955 LOC
409 “The Southwest Corner” 3/30/1955 LOC/MBC
410 “Whim of Iron” 4/6/1955 UCLA
411 “Now, Where Was I?” 4/13/1955  
412 “Gramercy Ghost” 4/20/1955 LOC
413 “A Seacoast in Bohemia” 4/27/1955 UCLA
414 “Flowers for 2-B” 5/4/1955  
415 “Judge Contain’s Hotel” 5/11/1955 LOC/MBC/Paley/UCLA
416 “The Braveness of Christy Fellon” 5/18/1955  
417 “Million Dollar Rookie” 5/25/1955  
418 “A Woman for Tony” 6/1/1955  
419 “Someone to Hang” 6/8/1955 MBC
420 “My Aunt Daisy” 6/15/1955  
421 “Drop on the Devil” 6/22/1955 LOC/UCLA
422 “The Mob” 6/29/1955 LOC
423 “Impasse” 7/6/1955  
424 “The Straw” 7/13/1955 LOC
425 “In the La Banza” 7/20/1955  
426 “Meet a Body” 7/27/1955  
427 “Spur of the Moment” 8/3/1955  
428 “Two Times Two” 8/10/1955  
429 “The Failure” 8/17/1955  
430 “The Haunted” 8/24/1955  
431 “The Chess Game” 8/31/1955 LOC/MBC
432 “Woman of Principle” 9/7/1955  
433 “It’s Only Money” 9/14/1955  
434 “The King’s Bounty” 9/21/1955 UCLA

In 1981, PBS included “Patterns” (the February 9th version) in a dramatic anthology retrospective called The Golden Age of Television alongside episodes of The United States Steel Hour, Playhouse 90, and Hallmark Hall of Fame. The Goldgen Age of Television was later released on LaserDisc and VHS, making “Patterns” one of a very few episodes of Kraft Television Theatre available on home video.

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In 2009, The Criterion Collection released The Golden Age of Television on DVD.

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