The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)
"Toast of the Town" (original title)

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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and its rock music performances.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Ed Sullivan's show was straight out of old vaudeville; brief acts of every description, from slapstick comedy to operatic arias. At least once, he showed a film, the only known film of Anna Pavlova (doing her Swan Dance). The Muppets' first TV appearance was on Ed Sullivan. Stiff and expressionless, with a peculiar voice and a talent for mispronunciation, Sullivan was at least as recognizable as Cronkite to early 60's viewers. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

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20 June 1948 (USA)  »

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(1965-1971)| (1948-1965)

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Trivia

Sullivan offered Burt Reynolds the chance to appear on the show. At the time, Reynolds was starring in Hawk (1966) of which Sullivan was a fan. But Reynolds felt that he was not well-known enough to appear on the show and turned Sullivan down. Reynolds stated that he greatly regretted turning down Sullivan's offer in The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 (1991). See more »

Quotes

Bing: You certainly get around.
Bob: I have to, with my kind of act.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) See more »

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Mahna Mahna
Written by Piero Umiliani
Performed by The Muppets
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The greatest variety show of all time
2 March 2002 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

I must say that I have become immersed in watching reruns of this awesome television classic as of late. Everything about it is great. It is my opinion that highlights of its series run include guest appearances by Elvis Presley, The Beatles and The Doors. Ed Sullivan was always a truly great and cordial host and it's very easy to see why this show is so fondly remembered even today.


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