From 1951 to 1953, the American Broadcasting Company presented one of the earliest and most successful science fiction anthology series, Tales of Tomorrow. The show, which was filmed live, was the brainchild of writer Theodore Sturgeon, Mort Abramson, and their nascent Science Fiction League of America*. This allowed the producers to select from over 2,000 stories by members of the League to adapt for television.
There were 85 episodes televised. The series also appeared on radio.
Here's a list of the stories televised:
What a fantastic (in every sense) line-up.
Here's A Child Is Crying, based on John D. MacDonald's short story:
And one from "Lewis Padgett" (Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore), The Dark Angel:
And because I love Kuttner, What You Need, from the "Lewis Padgett" short story:
And C. M. Kornbluth's The Little Black Bag:
Tales of Tomorrow was also the first to adapt one of Arthur C. Clarke's stories. Here's All the Time in the World :
* The Science Fiction League of America should not be confused with The Science Fiction League, a fan-based group that started in 1934 in Hugo Gernsback's Wonder Stories. The Science Fiction League of America was formed in an effort to allow science fiction writers script their own stories. Unfortunately, this didn't work out and most -- if not all -- of the episodes of Tales of Tomorrow were scripted by others.
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