Beloved Variety Shows

by BWRocks | created - 17 Apr 2016 | updated - 17 Apr 2016 | Public
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1. The Judy Garland Show (1963–1964)

60 min | Comedy, Music

The star performs with guests.

Stars: Judy Garland, Jerry Van Dyke, Bradford Craig, Mel Tormé

Votes: 324

2. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved television clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags, and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

Votes: 948

3. The Hollywood Palace (1964–1970)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.

Stars: Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Hendra and Ullett

Votes: 185

4. The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–1982)

TV-G | 60 min | Family, Music

One of the most successful and fondly-remembered shows in TV history, "The Lawrence Welk Show" featured musical numbers and skits, with host Welk leading the band.

Stars: Lawrence Welk, Myron Floren, Dick Dale, Norma Zimmer

Votes: 371

5. The Milton Berle Show (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Milton Berle, Sid Stone, Jimmy Nelson, Hal Sawyer

Votes: 94

7. The Porter Wagoner Show (1961–2016)

Comedy, Music

Porter Wagoner's long-running musical variety show that launched the career of Dolly Parton.

Stars: Porter Wagoner, Speck Rhodes, Mack Magaha, Don Howser

Votes: 54

9. The Jackie Gleason Show (1952–1973)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.

Stars: Jack Lescoulie, The June Taylor Dancers, Ray Bloch, Jackie Gleason

Votes: 327

10. The Polly Bergen Show (1957–1958)

30 min | Music

The Polly Bergen Show was a half-hour 18-episode comedy/variety show, starring then 27-year-old Polly Bergen, which aired on NBC in the 1957-1958 television season.

Stars: Polly Bergen, Bill Bergen, Kay Kendall, Julius LaRosa

Votes: 13

11. Your Show of Shows (1950–1954)

90 min | Comedy

Best remembered by its posterior title, Your Show of Shows, this live variety show included comedy sketches with TV pioneers Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Felisa Vanoff, Carl Reiner

Votes: 266

12. The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom (1957–1960)

30 min | Music

Pat Boone hosted and sang in this half-hour variety series, and featured a wide variety of guest performers.

Stars: Pat Boone, Andy Williams, Joel Grey, Carmel Quinn

Votes: 14

13. The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (1956–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Music

Hosted by Tennessee Ernie Ford, the likeable singer, comedian, entertainer received his own variety show sponsored by the Ford Motor Company which gave Ernie the venue to entertain millions... See full summary »

Stars: Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Top Twenty, The Voices of Walter Schumann, Cliff Arquette

Votes: 38

15. The Andy Williams Show (1962–1969)

60 min | Music

Having hosted summer programs for three seasons before this, Andy Williams' program finally became a regular, year-round show. In addition to Andy, the program also featured numbers by a ... See full summary »

Stars: Andy Williams, The Osmonds, Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond

Votes: 139

16. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969–1972)

Not Rated | 60 min | Comedy

Variety series hosted by country/pop singer Glen Campbell.

Stars: Glen Campbell, Marty Paich, Larry McNeeley, John Hartford

Votes: 81

18. The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956–1963)

60 min | Music

Dinah hosted this hour-long weekly for seven years. It featured Dinah and guest stars in a variety of songs, skits, production numbers. Also featured: her "See the USA in your Chevrolet" song and her warm kiss to all in conclusion.

Stars: Dinah Shore, Joel Aldred, Janet Blair, John Raitt

Votes: 125

20. The Jimmy Dean Show (1957–1959)

30 min | Talk-Show

A variety show hosted by country-western singer Jimmy Dean.

Stars: Jimmy Dean, Roberta Sherwood, The Noteworthies, Jack Clark

Votes: 11

21. Hit Parade (1957–1959)

30 min | Music

Hit recordings were danced to and lip-synced in settings.

Stars: Don Bennetts, Joan Bilceaux, Don Carter, John D'Arcy

Votes: 5

22. Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (1949–1959)

60 min | Music

Arthur Godfrey and his Friends entertained the audience with many skits and Musical numbers. The show was live, and Godfrey often did away with the script and improvised. He refused to ... See full summary »

Stars: Arthur Godfrey, Tony Marvin, Roberta Sherwood, Jackie Gleason

Votes: 19

23. The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950–1955)

60 min | Comedy, Romance

This was a Colgate-sponsored comedy hour that featured many notable comedians and entertainers of the era as guest stars.

Stars: Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Al Goodman, Eddie Cantor

Votes: 412

24. The Garry Moore Show (1958–1967)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Variety show hosted by Garry Moore with famous guests.

Stars: Garry Moore, Durward Kirby, Marion Lorne, Carol Burnett

Votes: 89

25. The Milton Berle Show (1958–1962)

30 min | Music, Comedy

The second incarnation of 'Mr. Television' Milton Berle's variety TV series.

Stars: Milton Berle, Billy May, Ed Herlihy, Jimmy Durante

Votes: 32

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