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Catch 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,' 'The Gift' in Bowie in December

Make vintage holiday programming part of your seasonal celebrations this year.

A family watching television in 1958.|Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration
A family watching television in 1958.|Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration
There are many ways to enjoy the holidays in Bowie, including by catching some vintage Christmas programming at The National Capital Radio & Television Museum in December.

The NCRT is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts, programming, and publications to educate the public about the development and impact of electronic media.

Here is a list of the vintage radio and television programs scheduled for December at NCRT. All screenings are at 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The screenings are free, but donations are encouraged. The museum is located at 2608 Mitchellville Rd. in Bowie.

Dec. 6-8: "The Beverly Hillbillies" 
CBS got high ratings for this slapstick situation comedy about the Clampett family for almost a decade (1962-1971), at times garnering 60 million weekly viewers. 
 
Dec. 13-15: "George Burns and Gracie Allen"
George Burns and Gracie Allen had been popular radio performers since the 1930s before their television show was launched in 1950. The program aired on CBS from 1950 through 1958 (when Gracie chose to retire). 
 
Dec. 20-22: Four Star Playhouse - “The Gift” 
A dramatic anthology, Four Star Playhouse featured four regular stars, David Niven, Charles Boyer, Dick Powell, and Ida Lupino, plus occasional other guest stars. CBS carried it from 1952 through 1956.
 
Dec. 27-29: "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" 
The real-life Nelson family played themselves on this long-running TV show (1952-1966), portrayed as a typical suburban American family of the era. In this Christmas show Ozzie Nelson plays Santa and Scrooge.

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