Can you guess which black-and-white TV show came first?

Who'd we meet first: Beaver or Dennis? Gilligan or Jethro?

Everybody knows TV started in black and white, but only a superfan knows which hit black-and-white TV shows premiered on air first.

Below, we put some of the best-known classic shows in head to head battles to see if you can pick which show screened on TV first. As you scroll, the time between shows grows shorter and shorter, as little as one year difference.

Find out how nuanced your memory of black-and-white TV shows really is. Good luck!
  1. Which aired on TV first: 'Father Knows Best' or 'I Love Lucy'?
  2. Which aired on TV first: 'Gunsmoke' or 'Wanted: Dead or Alive'?
  3. Which aired on TV first: 'The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet' or 'The Honeymooners'?
  4. Which aired on TV first: 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' or 'The Twilight Zone'?
  5. Which aired on TV first: 'Have Gun - Will Travel' or 'Rawhide'?
  6. Which aired on TV first: '77 Sunset Strip' or 'Perry Mason'?
  7. Which aired on TV first: 'The Beverly Hillbillies' or 'Gilligan's Island'?
  8. Which aired on TV first: 'Mister Ed' or 'My Favorite Martian'?
  9. Which aired on TV first: 'Dennis the Menace' or 'Leave It to Beaver'
  10. Which aired on TV first: 'The Rifleman' or 'Wagon Train'?
  11. Which aired on TV first: 'F Troop' or 'Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.'?
  12. Which aired on TV first: 'The Andy Griffith Show' or 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'?
Can you guess which black-and-white TV show came first?

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