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List of The Abbott and Costello Show episodes

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This is a list of episodes for The Abbott and Costello Show.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126September 1952 (1952-09)May 1953 (1953-05)
226October 1953 (October 1953)May 1954 (1954-05)

Episodes

Season 1 (1952–53)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Drugstore"Jean YarbroughEddie Forman 1952 (1952-Fall)

Bud and Lou find a job in Mr. Fields' brother's drugstore and wreck the place. Includes the "Jonah and the Whale" routine.

First Appearances of Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Joe Besser, Sidney Fields, Gordon "Mike The Cop" Jones and Hillary Brooke
22"The Dentist Office"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1952 (1952-Fall)
Lou gets a toothache and he attempts to get arrested so he can receive free treatment while incarcerated.
33"Jail"Jean YarbroughEddie Forman 1952 (1952-Fall)
Lou damages Mrs. Crumbcake's 79-cent water pail and she drags him into court for damages. In jail, Lou's crazed cellmate becomes enraged whenever he hears "Niagara Falls."
44"The Vacation"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1952 (1952-Fall)
Bud and Lou head to the Biltmore Hotel near Phoenix for a vacation. The "Hertz U-Drive" and the "Pack-Unpack" routines are performed.
55"The Birthday Party"Jean YarbroughEddie Forman 1953 (1953-Winter)
Lou throws a birthday party for himself, but nearly poisons his guests when he puts ant paste on his hors d'oeuvres instead of antipasto. Bud throws him out and Lou consoles himself by ordering a giant decorated cake from Mr. Baggiagalupe.
66"Alaska"Jean YarbroughEddie Forman 1953 (1953-Winter)
Lou is notified that his uncle Tom in Alaska has struck gold, so Bud and Lou plan to help him spend it.
77"The Vacuum Cleaner Salesman"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Winter)
Bud and Lou visit an employment agency run by Mr. Fields' brother. Lou gets a job selling vacuum cleaners door to door.
88"The Army Story"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Winter)
Bud and Lou join the Army, where they recreate their routines from the feature film Buck Privates. "7 X 13 = 28", "Drill Routine" and "Dice Game" are performed.
99"Pots & Pans"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Winter)
Lou sells pots and pans door-to-door, and tries to prepare a dinner to show their quality, with disastrous results.
1010"The Charity Bazaar"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Winter)
Bud and Lou participate in Hillary Brooke's charity bazaar raising money with the "shell game." Lou blows his money at the kissing booth.
1111"The Western Story"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Winter)
Bud and Lou accept Hillary's invitation to visit her uncle's ranch in Arizona.
1212"The Haunted House"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields & Eddie Forman 1953 (1953-Winter)
Hillary will inherit her uncle's haunted castle if she spends the night there. Bud and Lou come along to protect her.
1313"Peace & Quiet"Jean YarbroughEddie Forman 1953 (1953-Winter)
Lou sleeps all day but can't sleep at night. Bud takes him to see a psychiatrist. Eventually Bud checks him into a sanitarium for a night's rest. "Crazy House" is performed.
1414"Hungry"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Winter)
Bud and Lou visit a couple of restaurants. In one they become involved with twin waitresses. In the other, Lou has a battle with an oyster. Also includes "Alexander 4444."
1515"The Music Lovers"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Winter)
Lou takes music lessons in order to try to impress Hillary Brooke and her father with his musical abilities. While pretending to perform, Bud falls asleep and ruins the scheme.
1616"The Politician"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)

Lou runs for City Council, and delivers a speech in a neighborhood park that causes quite a disruption.

First Appearance of Bingo The Chimp
1717"The Wrestling Match"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)
Lou and Stinky agree to settle their differences with a wrestling match. When Stinky becomes ill, his little brother Ivan the Terrible takes his place. While Mike gets a shave, Bud and Lou borrow his uniform to get a free meal at a restaurant.
1818"Getting a Job"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)
The "Loafing" routine is performed. Lou is hired to deliver hats to the Susquehanna Hat Company on Floogle Street and encounters several lunatics on the way. Stinky and Lou get into a hitting match. Bud and Lou visit Mr. Fields' employment agency.
1919"Bingo"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)
Mike the Cop tells Lou that he must have a license for his pet chimp. But Lou accidentally applies for a marriage license.
2020"Hillary's Birthday"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)
While shopping for Hillary Brooke's birthday present, Lou nearly destroys a grocery store. Later, at her party, Mr. Fields becomes upset about the noise.
2121"Television"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)
Lou is a contestant on a TV quiz show where he wins a pack of bubblegum. A neighbor slips on a piece of gum and takes Mr. Fields to court where Bud and Lou testify as witnesses.
2222"Las Vegas"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)
Bud and Lou pay $90 for a car and head for Las Vegas, where Lou takes part in a violent game of billiards. The "mudder/fodder" routine is performed.
2323"Little Old Lady"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)
Bud and Lou attempt to help an old lady who has been evicted. They raise $300 and she uses the money to bet on a racehorse.
2424"The Actors' Home"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)

Bud is taken away to an old actors' home where he and Lou perform their famous "Who's on First?" routine.

Final Appearance of Joe "Stinky" Besser
2525"Police Rookies"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)
Mike the Cop helps Bud and Lou enroll in the police academy. Lou blows up the gym playing with a hand grenade.
2626"Safari"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields 1953 (1953-Spring)
Hillary takes care of Bingo, who is sick. The whole gang travels to the Belgian Congo to find Bingo's parents. Lou tangles with a gorilla.

Season 2 (1953–54)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"The Paper Hangers"Jean YarbroughClyde Bruckman & Sidney FieldsFall 1953 (Fall 1953)
Mr. Fields hires Bud and Lou to wallpaper an apartment because they owe rent. Later, as waiters in a restaurant, they brawl with hoodlums.
282"Uncle Bozzo's Visit"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanFall 1953 (Fall 1953)
Lou's eccentric opera-singing uncle Bozzo comes from Italy to stay with the boys for a couple of months.
293"In Society"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanFall 1953 (Fall 1953)

A wealthy society matron pays Bud to attend a formal reception and impersonate the Duke of Gluten. Lou comes along pretending to be his cousin, the Earl of Waldo.

Final Appearance of Hillary Brooke
304"Life Insurance"Jean YarbroughClyde Bruckman & Sidney FieldsFall 1953 (Fall 1953)
Mr. Fields takes out an insurance policy on Lou. Later, when Bud takes Lou on a hunting trip so he can get some rest, he suspects Bud and Mr. Fields want to kill him for the insurance money.
315"Pest Exterminators"Jean YarbroughJack TownleyFall 1953 (Fall 1953)
Bud and Lou are pest exterminators who are mistaken for psychiatrists when they attend to Mrs. Featherton's "aunts."
326"Killer's Wife"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanFall 1953 (Fall 1953)

A heavyweight prize fighter named Killer thinks that Lou is having an affair with his beautiful wife. Bud attempts to get Lou trained and fit in a gym.

Guest Star Max Baer
337"Cheap Skates"Jean YarbroughJack TownleyFall 1953 (Fall 1953)

Bud and Lou accidentally buy a crate of rollerskates, not knowing that they have stolen diamonds hidden inside.

Final Appearance of Bingo The Chimp
348"South of Dixie"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanFall 1953 (Fall 1953)
Lou falls in love with a counter girl, and lands himself and Bud roles in a Civil War melodrama with her.
359"From Bed to Worse"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanFall 1953 (Fall 1953)
Bud and Lou attempt to plant a backyard garden in order to win a cash prize offered by a civic group.
3610"$1000 TV Prize"Jean YarbroughJack TownleyWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)
Lou wins a $1000 TV quiz prize when he answers the phone in Mr. Fields' apartment, then has to get Mr. Fields out of the way so he can collect it.
3711"Amnesia"Jean YarbroughJack TownleyWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)
Lou is in love with a girl he has never met. As a gag, Bud and his friends convince him that he has already married the girl. The woman who poses as his wife then makes his existence miserable.
3812"Efficiency Experts"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)
Bud and Lou are hired to restrain a wealthy man's daughters from spending money. The girls then turn the tables on them.
3913"Car Trouble"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)
Lou wins a car. But Bud sells it to buy a cheaper one. Using the profits, they go on a vacation to Flint, Michigan.
4014"Wife Wanted"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)
Lou will inherit $10,000 from his grandfather in Alaska if he is married. He wants to marry a former girlfriend who is dating a man named Bonebender Brodsky.
4115"Uncle from New Jersey"Jean YarbroughJack TownleyWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)
Mr. Fields is about to evict the boys. Bud convinces Mr. Fields that Lou's Uncle Ruppert is a millionaire and Lou is the sole heir. Lou impersonates the visiting uncle. Mike the Cop begins to believe that the visiting uncle (Who had died 15 years earlier) has been murdered.
4216"Private Eye"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)
Lou receives his diploma from the Watchdog Correspondence School. He helps a neighbor in the rooming house locate $50,000 in bonds in a haunted house.
4317"The Tax Return"Jean YarbroughJack TownleyWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)
Lou receives a tax refund check for one million dollars and thirteen cents. He takes the check to a bank and demands cash, and is followed by crooks.
4418"Public Enemies"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)
Lou is mistaken for a crook named Dapper Dan and is forced to take part in a safecracking job.
4519"Bank Holdup"Jean YarbroughJack TownleyWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)
Bud and Lou unwittingly take jobs as armed bodyguards for a couple of hoodlums and assist in a bank robbery. They use their share of money to pay their rent, then later try to get it back from Mr. Fields' safe.
4620"Well Oiled"Jean YarbroughJack TownleyWinter 1954 (Winter 1954)

Bud and Lou help Mr. Fields, who is being threatened with a lawsuit. Lou poses as a Texas millionaire to help discredit the woman.

Final Appearance of Gordon "Mike The Cop" Jones
4721"The Pigeon"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanSpring 1954 (Spring 1954)
Bud and Lou's beautiful next door neighbor uses Lou as a decoy to help break up with her mobster boyfriend.
4822"Honeymoon House"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanSpring 1954 (Spring 1954)
Bud and Mr. Fields help Lou put together a prefab house in order to impress his fiancée and her parents. A jealous former boyfriend sabotages their work.
4923"Fencing Master"Jean YarbroughJack TownleySpring 1954 (Spring 1954)
Lou insults a neighbor, who is a fencing champion, and Bud gets him involved in an experiment of a mad scientist who convinces Lou that he is indestructible.
5024"Beauty Contest Story"Jean YarbroughJack TownleySpring 1954 (Spring 1954)
Bud and Lou judge a beauty contest and pressure is applied to sway their votes.
5125"Fall Guy"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanSpring 1954 (Spring 1954)
Bud and Lou want to take two sisters on a date but their father convinces the boys to put an antenna on his roof.
5226"Barber Lou"Jean YarbroughLou Costello & Sidney Fields 1954 (1954-Spring)
Lou tries to give Bud a rubdown following instructions from a radio show, but he's tuned into a program explaining how to paint a car at home.
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