One of the many variety shows available in the 1970s (along with Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, Donny and Marie, etc). Hosted by African American comic actor Flip Wilson, this show ... See full summary »
An anthology comedy series featuring a line up of different celebrity guest stars appearing in anywhere from one, two, three, and four short stories or vignettes within an hour about versions of love and romance.
The Smothers Brothers ran a comedy-variety show that featured not just that comedy duo, but also the top musical acts like the Who and the Beatles. Along that way, they presented comedy that poked humor at politics, the Vietnam War, religion, sexuality and censorship in with fearless bravado.Written by
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The show was in the top ten at the time that the brothers were fired. However, that mattered less for the CBS TV Network, since it was the top rated American one at the time, and thus felt the show was expendable in lieu of the political pressure from opponents like US President Nixon and the network affiliates. It has been speculated that if the show was on a lower rated network like ABC with the equivalent ratings, they would have been more inclined to tolerate the Smothers' antics. Furthermore, the show could possibly have found itself in strong position when in the early 1970s when demographic profiling information in ratings analysis encouraged a greater emphasis on attracting younger urban audiences that largely liked the show. See more »
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That's right, mom had great taste. She liked this show the best, even better than Dicky Smothers. This show is the most brilliant example of political satire in the 1960's. What is amazing is that the network censors at CBS thought the Ameican public was either too stupid to understand it, or would get too upset by the extreme political views in the satire.
Because of this, some episodes of the show were cut to ribbons by network censors. It is a shame, but this show & the way it was censored shows you why bringing back the fairness doctrine would not work. It is that doctrine which the censors used to hit the brothers over the head.
Tom & Dick had honed their act for many years prior to this show starting. What they did with this is assemble a great group of writers & produce a very entertaining show. Saturday Night Live, when it started in the mid 1970's borrowed it's edge from this show.
The show was so popular, that when they spun off Glenn Campbell from it, he became a sensation from the brothers build up. Hee Haw got barnstorming ratings as a summer replacement for this too. Anyone who became associated with this show went on using it's coat tales to help themselves.
The critics, & the censors have been proved wrong a lot. This show was a one of a kind, & while it was ahead of its censors intelligence, the fans & audience of the Smothers Brothers sure appreciated the show & the fact that they were smarter than the censors, because they watched it & enjoyed every show.
Sonny & Cher actually borrowed some of their shows format from the Smothers Brothers. Naturally Sony & Cher were no where near as intelligent as Tommy & Dick Smothers, but they were bright enough to copy some of the edgy political satire on their CBS variety show. I believe Sonny & Cher were a "summer replacement" series for this show one year. Glen Campbell and Hee Haw were 2 others that replaced the Smothers during the summers this show ran.
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