The Alfred Hitchcock
Hour, a popular television series in the fifties and sixties, aired its
first show on October 2, 1955. The original show titled "Alfred Hitchcock
in black and white as a thirty-minute show for seven seasons. Season eight introduced an
hour- long show, retitled The Alfred Hitchcock
Hour that ran until May 10, 1965.
Famed director, Alfred Hitchcock
, noted for his unusual plots, created, directed, and
hosted the show. In true Hitchcock tradition, the shows were dramas, mysteries and
thrillers leaving the viewer often baffled by unpredictable endings. Alfred Hitchcock
established director, had been directing films for thirty years before The Alfred Hitchcock
Hour began, but grew to even bigger recognition with the show.
Each episode had it’s own title with an individual cast of actors and actresses. Since
Alfred Hitchcock was a brilliant and admired director, the show’s list of actors and
actresses were the most famous people in Hollywood. Everyone wanted a role in an
episode of The Alfred Hitchcock
Hour, the show being acclaimed by Time Magazine as
one of the best 100 television shows of all times.
Although the show ended in 1965, it was revived in syndication by several cable networks
from 1985 through 2004. Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the first three
seasons of "Alfred Hitchcock
Presents" on DVD. The Alfred Hitchcock
Hour has become popular again with original viewers and a whole generation of younger viewers who are enthused about the show.