Amos and Andy TV Show

Amos and Andy stars Tim Moore (top), Spencer Williams and Alvin Childress.

Amos and Andy was a television series with mostly black actors, that was removed by the CBS network, after protests from the NAACP. The organization said the show portrayed the blacks, in a way to make them appear foolish.

I have known some black people that enjoyed the show very much. The NAACP put the black actors out of work, so doubt the actors appreciated the NAACP becoming involved.

The NAACP did not take action, when the radio version of the show was attacked in a Pittsburgh newspaper in the early 1930’s.

Only 69 episodes of the show were filmed before CBS removed it from the airwaves in 1953, according to the Internet Movie Database.

This is the primary cast of the show as listed by

Amos Jones – Alvin Childress
Andrew Hogg Brown (Andy) – Spencer Williams
George “Kingfish” Stevens – Tim Moore
Sapphire Stevens – Ernestine Wade
Ramona Smith (Sapphire’s Mama) – Amanda Randolph
Madame Queen – Lillian Randolph
Algonquin J. Calhoun – Johnny Lee
Lightnin’ – Nick Stewart (aka, Nick O’Demus)

Jester Harrison who portrayed Leroy during the run of Amos and Andy, later was seen many years later, in the Amen television series.

To me it was one of the funniest shows to run on network television. It is sad that few people today even know about the series, much less actuallyhave seen an entire episode.

In this clip from Amos and Andy the Kingfish signs his wife up for a job without her knowing. She is excited about the job though,  since it pays $8 a day.

The only episodes of the show being sold today, are bootleg copies but can be found online, from various sellers.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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