The Beulah Show is an American situation-comedy series that ran on CBS Radio from 1945 to 1954,
and on ABC Television from 1950 to 1952. The show is notable for being the first sitcom to star an African American actress.
The show was controversial for its caricatures of African Americans. Originally portrayed by white actor Marlin Hurt, Beulah
Brown first appeared in 1939 when Hurt introduced and played the character on the Hometown Incorporated radio series and in
1940 on NBC radio's Show Boat series. In 1943, Beulah moved over to That's Life and then became a supporting character on the
popular Fibber McGee and Molly radio series in late 1944. In 1945, Beulah was spun off into her own radio show, The Marlin Hurt
and Beulah Show, with Hurt still in the role. Beulah was employed as a housekeeper and cook for the Henderson family: father Harry,
mother Alice and son Donnie. After Hurt died of a heart attack in 1946, he was replaced by another white actor, Bob Corley, and the
series was retitled The Beulah Show. When black actress Hattie McDaniel took over the role on November 24, 1947, she earned $1000
a week for the first season, doubled the ratings of the original series and pleased the NAACP which was elated to see a historic
first: a black woman as the star of a network radio program. McDaniel continued in the role until she became ill in 1952 and was
replaced by Lillian Randolph, who was in turn replaced for the 1953–54 radio season by her sister, Amanda Randolph. For most of
the radio show's run, the series ran as a 15-minute daily sitcom, a format popular among daytime serials.