When we first got a television, there weren't very many shows on to watch. The TV was such a novelty that we actually watched the test pattern! And I can remember standing at attention when the Star Spangled Banner was played and the flag waved on screen at sign off. (After all, programming didn't run 24 hours a day at that time.)
One of the earliest shows I do remember particularly enjoying was I Remember Mama. All but a few of those episodes were live and are lost to history. I found a few interesting sources of information about those episodes, if you'd like to read more about these award winning early shows.
Mama is Remembered
Description of an episode in the pink box on the right side of the page Mama's Bank Account
nostalgia, early television