Amos n’ Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy

The CBS series is taken off the air in 1953 because of protests from civil rights groups; host George Kirby.

Adapted to television, The Amos ‘n Andy Show was produced from 1951 to 1953 with 78 filmed episodes. The TV series used African-American actors in the main roles, although the actors were instructed to keep their voices and speech patterns as close to Gosden and Correll’s as possible.

Readers Comments (5)

  1. thanks for posting this. as a child i wasn’t allowed to watch amos n andy. in the 70’s i was able to get the entire series, and i thoroughly enjooyed it. episodes are available on youtube. while i sympathized, as a black person with the point of view of naacp, may black actgors were thrown out of work with the ending of this great series.

  2. I myself thought Amos and Andy was great whether black or white characters I’m pretty old but not to old to remember when tv was all we had.I’m glad that I was around.Not to mention another great show The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason and Audrey Hepburn now those was the days.

  3. As a child, I remember watching Amos n Andy with my father laughing beside me. I never liked The Honeymooners (couldn’t stand Gleason’s charactor), nor did I care for I Love Lucy (Lucial Ball can drive me up a tree faster than Gleason can say “To the mooon, Alice!”). But dad & I loved Laural & Hardy, W.C. Fields, and Amos N Andy. It’s sad that anyone would think that one show stereo-typed a people when you consider the company they kept.

  4. Being white and growing up in an all white neighborhood, watching Amos n Andy gave me a feeling/understanding that black people were not the enemy, that they made me laugh and were not to fear in any way. I personally don’t think this was detrimental to black people in that it showed characters of different levels of intelligence and success, a cab driver, an attorney, etc. and it certainly entertained a little white girl once upon a time.

  5. I don’t think this should have been a point of contention. Amos and Andy weren’t any sillier or dumber than the Great Gildersleeve, the Life of Riley… etc..

    Maybe the Irish should be upset? Still, if it upsets people or hurts anybody’s feelings.. that shouldn’t really be a controversy… Maybe the controversy points out that we should be nicer to each other and weren’t.

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