Lead: The quiz show scandals of the late 1950s brought an abrupt end to television’s age of innocence.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: It is hard to imagine a time when the television was not an ever-present life partner. Yet, as late as 1950, only 15% of the households in America possessed one of the large boxes with the tiny screens. The lucky few who did watched primitive news coverage, live drama, comedies such as the still popular I Love Lucy, and then play host to neighbors who always seemed to need a cup of sugar at Sid Caesar time.

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