This comprehensive reference work first gives a complete history of the show, from its beginning in 1959 to its final 1964 season. The authors then provide critical commentaries and incisive analyses of all 156 episodes, along with the most complete listing of casts and credits ever published. Biographical profiles of writers and contributors comprise the book's third main section. Detailed appendices - writers, directors, actors, genres, and a listing of all episodes in order of original airdate - are also included. An extensive bibliography and an exhaustive index conclude the work.