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Sitcoms of the Cuban Missile Criss era

Today we're flashing back 50 years to this week in 1962 -- and with the Cuban Missile Crisis reaching a flash point, a pretty scary week it was. But even with all the craziness going on in the real world, you could always escape to TV Land, where you could watch these five shows that had just recently premiered:


THE JETSONS (Sept. 23) -- Fast-forward the Flintstones several hundred centuries, and you get this: a prime-time Hanna-Barbera cartoon about a modern space-age family.

THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES (Sept. 26) -- Critics hated it, but after just a month on the air, viewers loved the Clampetts, the spiritual forefathers of Honey Boo Boo and family.

THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW: THE AMERICAN SCENE MAGAZINE (Sept. 29) -- How sweet it was: Crazy Guggenheim and Joe the Bartender! The June Taylor Dancers! And, of course, the one and only Reginald Van Gleason III!

THE LUCY SHOW (Oct. 1) -- With "I Love Lucy" over, Lucille Ball morphed from Lucy Ricardo to Lucy Carmichael, a suburban widow with two kids, bringing Vivian Vance along for the ride.

McHALE'S NAVY (Oct. 11) -- Sitcom that was essentially Sgt. Bilko on a boat; with the foxy Ernest Borgnine taking the Phil Silvers role.

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