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The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.
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1969   1968   1967  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Tom Smothers ...  Himself - Co-Host 71 episodes, 1967-1969
Dick Smothers ...  Himself - Co-Host 71 episodes, 1967-1969
Pat Paulsen ...  Himself / ... 52 episodes, 1967-1969
Peter Cullen ...  Announcer / ... 43 episodes, 1967-1968
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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 Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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USA

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English

Release Date:

5 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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4:3
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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 »

Quotes

[Dick is singing 'McNamara's Band']
Tom: Okay, hold it, hold it!
[Music stops]
Tom: Didn't hear one Jewish name in there. You really stepped into it that time, didn't ya.
Dick: Yeah, I...
Tom: So you launch into a song full of the worst kind of controversy...
Dick: What's the matter - ?
Tom: There's not one Chinese, one Italian, one Greek - I didn't hear anybody in there.
Dick: Of course you didn't, because they're all Irish.
Tom: There wasn't one Palucci, one Rabinowitz, one Hayakawa. I bet you there isn't even one colored person in that...
[...]
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Funny show that fizzled on its own.
26 December 2012 | by leekde-1See all my reviews

I remember this show well. I was a fan at first. This show was a humorous and entertaining variety show the first season. Then it became less and less entertaining and humorous as they began wasting a lot of time fighting the network's "standards and practices" about risqué material. The show became basically unwatchable by the last season. Reading other comments, it seems people don't remember that they were always allowed to poke fun at politicians. They skewered LBJ the first two years, and Nixon the last year, and also individual members of Congress. For example, they attacked Senator Pastore personally because he was an outspoken critic of television programming at the time.

It's an example of a good show that lost its vision and became mediocre.


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