Alfred Hitchcock Presents was a mystery and suspense anthology hosted by the master of supsense Alfred Hitchcock. Each 30 minute episode included opening and closing vingettes featuring Hitchcock who would often explain some aspect of the day's show and would often offer subtle (or not so subtle) jabs at the shows sponsors.
The series premiered on CBS on Sunday, October 2, 1955 in the 9:30-10:00 PM timeslot opposite ABC's The Original Amateur Hour and NBC's Alcoa-Goodyear Playhouse. In its sixth season the show moved to NBC and was shown on Tuesday 8:30-9:00 PM. On NBC it served as the lead in for two other anthology shows Thriller and The Dick Powell Show.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents featured both original works produced directly for television and adaptations of existing source material. Some authors whose work was adapted for the series include: Alexander Woollcott, Ambrose Bierce, Cornell Woolrich, Frederic Brown, Henry Slesar, H.H. Munro (aka Saki), John Cheever, John Collier, John Wyndham, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, and Robert Bloch. The show also featured work by famous (or later famous) directors Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Altman. It also served as a proving ground for stars and future stars: Charles Bronson, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Peter Lorre, Robert Duvall, and Vera Miles.
In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock Presents was expanded to one hour and was shown under the title the The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. In 1985, the these shows experienced a revival under the title Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Spinoff: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Revivals: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985)
CBS: October 1955-September 1960----Sunday----9:30 p.m.
NBC: September 1960-June 1962----Tuesdays----8:30 p.m.
(Top 30 or Better)
#6 in the 1956-1957 Season
#12 in the 1957-1958 Season
#24 in the 1958-1959 Season
#25 in the 1959-1960 Season
Emmy Awards and Nominations
Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Action or Adventure Series
Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock Best MC or Program Hose (Male or Female)
Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock, "The Case of Mr. Pelham" Best Director (Film Series)
Winner: Edward W. Williams, "Breakdown" Best Editing of a Television Film
Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock Presents Best Series (Half-Hour or Less)
Nominated: Alfred Hitchcock Best Male Personality (Continuing Performance)
Winner: James P. Cavanagh, "Fog Closes In" Best Teleplay Writing (Half-Hour or Less)...