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A dramatic GenreAnthology series which aired four seasons on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1956 to 1961. It was considered a fairly serious and prestigious production. The title has nothing to do with TheNineties; rather, it refers to the length of an episode: ninety minutes including commercials. (At the time, most live drama series were an hour long.)

Eleven of the 134 episodes were written by Creator/RodSerling. Twenty-seven were directed by Creator/JohnFrankenheimer. Among the actors who had roles in multiple episodes are Creator/PeterLorre, Creator/JamesMason, Creator/JackPalance, Creator/MaryAstor, and Creator/SterlingHayden.

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A dramatic GenreAnthology series which aired four seasons on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1956 to 1961. It was considered a fairly serious and prestigious production. The title has nothing to do with TheNineties; rather, it refers to the length of an episode: ninety minutes including commercials. (At the time, most live drama series were an hour long.)

Eleven of the 134 episodes were written by Creator/RodSerling. Twenty-seven were directed by Creator/JohnFrankenheimer.Creator/JohnFrankenheimer (who at one time was directing every third episode). Directors were permitted to choose their scripts, which was a rarity for programs of this type. Among the actors who had roles in multiple episodes are Creator/PeterLorre, Creator/JamesMason, Creator/JackPalance, Creator/MaryAstor, and Creator/SterlingHayden.



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* BroadcastLive: The series started out doing live broadcasts, but switched to videotape in 1957.

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* BroadcastLive: The series started out doing live broadcasts, but then experimented with pre-recording certain scenes that would be too difficult to present live, and finally switched to videotape entirely pre-taped programs.[[note]]A claim that the switch to tape was completed in 1957.1957 appears to refer to a different, less artistically significant change: this is when the program began using tape rather than kinescope to ''preserve'' its live broadcasts.[[/note]]



* MusicalEpisode: On Christmas Day 1958, George Balanchine's production of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'' ballet was broadcast under the ''Playhouse 90'' banner. The series was otherwise almost exclusively a showcase for straight drama. ("The Nutcracker" was also the only episode in color.)

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* MusicalEpisode: On Christmas Day 1958, George Balanchine's production of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'' ballet was broadcast under the ''Playhouse 90'' banner. The series was otherwise almost exclusively a showcase for straight drama. ("The Nutcracker" was also the only episode in color.))
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* DuringTheWar: A frequent topic, in part because many of the creators were veterans. At least fifteen episodes are set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII or in the immediate aftermath.

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* ''Film/HeartOfDarkness1958''


* BasedOnATrueStory: Several episodes are inspired, with varying degrees of embroidery, by then fairly-recent historical events. These include "Seven Against the Wall" (based on the [[UsefulNotes/AlCapone Saint Valentine's Day Massacre]], "The Plot to Kill Stalin," and "The Killers of Mussolini."

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* BasedOnATrueStory: Several episodes are inspired, with varying degrees of embroidery, by then fairly-recent historical events. These include "Seven Against the Wall" (based on the [[UsefulNotes/AlCapone Saint Valentine's Day Massacre]], Massacre]]), "The Plot to Kill Stalin," and "The Killers of Mussolini."


* MusicalEpisode: On Christmas Day 1958, George Balanchine's production of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'' was broadcast under the ''Playhouse 90'' banner. The series was otherwise almost exclusively a showcase for straight drama. ("The Nutcracker" was also the only episode in color.)

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* MusicalEpisode: On Christmas Day 1958, George Balanchine's production of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'' ballet was broadcast under the ''Playhouse 90'' banner. The series was otherwise almost exclusively a showcase for straight drama. ("The Nutcracker" was also the only episode in color.)


A dramatic GenreAnthology series which aired four seasons on CBS from 1956 to 1961. It was considered a fairly serious and prestigious production. The title has nothing to do with TheNineties; rather, it refers to the length of an episode: ninety minutes including commercials. (At the time, most live drama series were an hour long.)

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A dramatic GenreAnthology series which aired four seasons on CBS Creator/{{CBS}} from 1956 to 1961. It was considered a fairly serious and prestigious production. The title has nothing to do with TheNineties; rather, it refers to the length of an episode: ninety minutes including commercials. (At the time, most live drama series were an hour long.)


A dramatic GenreAnthology series which aired four seasons on CBS from 1956 to 1961. The title has nothing to do with TheNineties; rather, it refers to the length of an episode: ninety minutes including commercials. (At the time, most live drama series were an hour long.)

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A dramatic GenreAnthology series which aired four seasons on CBS from 1956 to 1961. It was considered a fairly serious and prestigious production. The title has nothing to do with TheNineties; rather, it refers to the length of an episode: ninety minutes including commercials. (At the time, most live drama series were an hour long.)


* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Anselmo]] is killed off in the adapted version of ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls''.

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* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Anselmo]] is [[spoiler:Anselmo and Rafael]] are killed off in the adapted version of ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls''.


* AdaptationDisplacement: Some episodes have better-known remakes that saw theatrical release. Examples without their own trope pages include ''The Helen Morgan Story'' and Creator/RogerCorman's ''The St. Valentine's Day Massacre'' (based on the episode "Seven Against the Wall").



* IronyAsSheIsCast: In the episode "The Plot to Kill Stalin," Poskrebyshev suggests targeting Kaganovich for his Judaism. Poskrebyshev is played by Eli Wallach, who was Jewish.


* Film/DaysOfWineAndRoses
* Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg
* Theatre/TheMiracleWorker
* Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight

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* Film/DaysOfWineAndRoses
''Film/DaysOfWineAndRoses''
* Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg
''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg''
* Theatre/TheMiracleWorker
''Theatre/TheMiracleWorker''
* Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight
''Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight''

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A dramatic GenreAnthology series which aired four seasons on CBS from 1956 to 1961. The title has nothing to do with TheNineties; rather, it refers to the length of an episode: ninety minutes including commercials. (At the time, most live drama series were an hour long.)

Eleven of the 134 episodes were written by Creator/RodSerling. Twenty-seven were directed by Creator/JohnFrankenheimer. Among the actors who had roles in multiple episodes are Creator/PeterLorre, Creator/JamesMason, Creator/JackPalance, Creator/MaryAstor, and Creator/SterlingHayden.

Scripts for the series include adaptations (of novels, stage plays, and films) as well as original works; some of the latter were in turn adapted into theatrical films.

!!The following works originated as ''Playhouse 90'' scripts and have their own trope pages:
* Film/DaysOfWineAndRoses
* Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg
* Theatre/TheMiracleWorker
* Film/RequiemForAHeavyweight

!!Other episodes of ''Playhouse 90'', and the series as a whole, provide examples of:
* AdaptationDisplacement: Some episodes have better-known remakes that saw theatrical release. Examples without their own trope pages include ''The Helen Morgan Story'' and Creator/RogerCorman's ''The St. Valentine's Day Massacre'' (based on the episode "Seven Against the Wall").
* BasedOnATrueStory: Several episodes are inspired, with varying degrees of embroidery, by then fairly-recent historical events. These include "Seven Against the Wall" (based on the [[UsefulNotes/AlCapone Saint Valentine's Day Massacre]], "The Plot to Kill Stalin," and "The Killers of Mussolini."
* BroadcastLive: The series started out doing live broadcasts, but switched to videotape in 1957.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Anselmo]] is killed off in the adapted version of ''Literature/ForWhomTheBellTolls''.
* GenreAnthology: An early example, focused on drama.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: In the episode "The Plot to Kill Stalin," Poskrebyshev suggests targeting Kaganovich for his Judaism. Poskrebyshev is played by Eli Wallach, who was Jewish.
* MusicalEpisode: On Christmas Day 1958, George Balanchine's production of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'' was broadcast under the ''Playhouse 90'' banner. The series was otherwise almost exclusively a showcase for straight drama. ("The Nutcracker" was also the only episode in color.)

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