List of The Abbott and Costello Show episodes

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

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126December 5, 1952 (1952-12-05)May 29, 1953 (1953-05-29)
226November 5, 1953 (November 5, 1953)May 1, 1954 (1954-05-01)


Season 1 (1952–53)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Drugstore"Jean YarbroughSidney FieldsDecember 5, 1952 (1952-12-05)
Bud and Lou find a job in Mr. Fields' brother's drugstore and wreck the place. Includes the "Jonah and the Whale" routine.
22"The Dentist Office"Jean YarbroughSidney FieldsDecember 12, 1952 (1952-12-12)
Lou gets a toothache and he attempts to get arrested so he can receive free treatment while incarcerated.
33"Jail"Jean YarbroughEddie FormanDecember 19, 1952 (1952-12-19)
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 FieldsDecember 26, 1952 (1952-12-26)
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 FormanJanuary 2, 1953 (1953-01-02)
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 FormanJanuary 9, 1953 (1953-01-09)
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 FieldsJanuary 16, 1953 (1953-01-16)
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 FieldsJanuary 23, 1953 (1953-01-23)
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 FieldsJanuary 30, 1953 (1953-01-30)
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 FieldsFebruary 6, 1953 (1953-02-06)
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 FieldsFebruary 13, 1953 (1953-02-13)
Bud and Lou accept Hillary's invitation to visit her uncle's ranch in Arizona.
1212"The Haunted House"Jean YarbroughSidney Fields & Eddie FormanFebruary 20, 1953 (1953-02-20)
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 FormanFebruary 27, 1953 (1953-02-27)
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 FieldsMarch 6, 1953 (1953-03-06)
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 FieldsMarch 13, 1953 (1953-03-13)
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 FieldsMarch 20, 1953 (1953-03-20)
Lou runs for City Council, and delivers a speech in a neighborhood park that causes quite a disruption.
1717"The Wrestling Match"Jean YarbroughSidney FieldsMarch 27, 1953 (1953-03-27)
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 FieldsApril 3, 1953 (1953-04-03)
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 FieldsApril 10, 1953 (1953-04-10)
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 FieldsApril 17, 1953 (1953-04-17)
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 FieldsApril 24, 1953 (1953-04-24)
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 FieldsMay 1, 1953 (1953-05-01)
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 FieldsMay 8, 1953 (1953-05-08)
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 FieldsMay 15, 1953 (1953-05-15)
Bud is taken away to an old actors' home where he and Lou perform their famous "Who's on First?" routine.
2525"Police Rookies"Jean YarbroughSidney FieldsMay 22, 1953 (1953-05-22)
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 FieldsMay 29, 1953 (1953-05-29)
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. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"The Paper Hangers"Jean YarbroughClyde Bruckman & Sidney FieldsNovember 5, 1953 (November 5, 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 BruckmanNovember 12, 1953 (November 12, 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 BruckmanNovember 19, 1953 (November 19, 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.
304"Life Insurance"Jean YarbroughClyde Bruckman & Sidney FieldsNovember 26, 1953 (November 26, 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 TownleyDecember 3, 1953 (December 3, 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 BruckmanDecember 10, 1953 (December 10, 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.
337"Cheap Skates"Jean YarbroughJack TownleyDecember 17, 1953 (December 17, 1953)
Bud and Lou accidentally buy a crate of rollerskates, not knowing that they have stolen diamonds hidden inside.
348"South of Dixie"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanDecember 24, 1953 (December 24, 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 BruckmanDecember 31, 1953 (December 31, 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 TownleyJanuary 7, 1954 (January 7, 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 TownleyJanuary 14, 1954 (January 14, 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 BruckmanJanuary 21, 1954 (January 21, 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 BruckmanJanuary 28, 1954 (January 28, 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 BruckmanFebruary 5, 1954 (February 5, 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 TownleyFebruary 12, 1954 (February 12, 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 BruckmanFebruary 19, 1954 (February 19, 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 TownleyFebruary 26, 1954 (February 26, 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 BruckmanMarch 5, 1954 (March 5, 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 TownleyMarch 12, 1954 (March 12, 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 TownleyMarch 19, 1954 (March 19, 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.
4721"The Pigeon"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanMarch 26, 1954 (March 26, 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 BruckmanApril 2, 1954 (April 2, 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 TownleyApril 9, 1954 (April 9, 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 TownleyApril 16, 1954 (April 16, 1954)
Bud and Lou judge a beauty contest and pressure is applied to sway their votes.
5125"Fall Guy"Jean YarbroughClyde BruckmanApril 23, 1954 (April 23, 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 FieldsMay 1, 1954 (1954-05-01)
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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