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Leonard Bernstein's debut appearance, 1954.
Format Variety show
Developed by Ford Foundation
Starring Alistair Cooke
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 84 (8 Seasons)
Running time 30 min
Original channel CBS ABC NBC 1957-1961
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run November 9, 1952 – 1981 (Revival)

Omnibus is an American commercially-sponsored, educational TV series, broadcast live primarily on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm Eastern time, from November 9, 1952 until 1961. Omnibus originally aired on CBS, and later on Sunday evenings on ABC. The program finally moved to NBC in 1957, where it was irregularly scheduled until 1961. ABC aired a brief revival of the series in 1981.

With Ford Foundation funding, Omnibus, hosted by Alistair Cooke in his American television debut, featured diverse programming about science, the arts, and the humanities. The program featured original works by playwrights such as William Saroyan, interviews with celebrities such as Frank Lloyd Wright, and performances by many of the most famous entertainers of the day such as Jack Benny and Orson Welles. The series was the occasion for the first television appearances of Jonathan Winters and Leonard Bernstein, who gave his first televised music lectures and master classes on it.


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