Amos and Andys / Summary

By Sara R.


  • A sitcom set in Manhattan’s historic black community of Harlem. - Newspapers ran recaps of the previous night’s show.
  • It was radio’s first major reality-based comedy show. – That was: durable, consistent and gentle.
  • The show was very popular from 1920 to 1950 on radio and TV.
  • Amos altered American life and the country itself.
  • Radio was indispensable.
  • Amos and Andy sold radio in 1930.
  • An unusual racial sensitivity in an era when white men would portray blacks
  • Late 1920’s radio exploded- being America’s dominant entertainment. – Gerald Nachman, a product of the radio years