No. of episodes
Final episode date
5 June 1963
Country of origin
No. of seasons
First episode date
6 June 1950
Number of seasons
Harold Levey Will Schaefer
Nelson Case, Sandy Becker, John Cameron Swayze, Douglas Edwards, Ron Cochran
James Dean, Gene Wilder, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Montgomery, Douglas Edwards
Kraft Television Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, The United States Steel Hour, The Philco Television Playhouse, Westinghouse Studio One
Armstrong Circle Theatre is an American anthology drama television series which ran from 1950 to 1957 on NBC, and then until 1963 on CBS. It alternated weekly with The U.S. Steel Hour. It finished in the Nielsen ratings at #19 for the 1950-1951 season and #24 for 1951-1952. The principal sponsor was Armstrong World Industries.
The series featured original dramas by noted writers, although sometimes comedies were shown. Its guidelines specifically called for the avoidance of violence. Originally a half-hour production, in 1955 the show expanded to an hour and began to emphasize dramatized versions of real-life contemporary events (including the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria and a documentary on the history of Communism in the Soviet Union. Upon moving to CBS, the show emphasized several Cold War topics, including espionage, Radio Free Europe and escapes from East Germany.
Rod Serling wrote two episodes of the program. George Lowther was the producer for 62 episodes and wrote one.
Hosts and narrators
The series featured numerous guest stars including: