From Milton Berle to 'SNL' to 'American Idol,' here's how live TV has evolved over the years
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“Texaco Star Theater”
Like many of TV's earliest series, variety show "Texaco Star Theater" was a transplant from the radio. It was so popular that host Milton Berle was nicknamed "Mr. Television," out of the phenomenon of families buying their very first TV sets solely so they wouldn't have to go to a friend's house to watch it. Other live variety shows of the era were better (particularly "Your Show of Shows"), but Uncle Miltie was a phenomenon.