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Release Date:
25 February 1950 (USA) See more »
Live, original comedy originally featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Carl Reiner and Howard Morris joined the show later... See more »
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Sid Caesar ... Himself - Regular Performer (140 episodes, 1950-1954)

Imogene Coca ... Herself - Regular Performer / ... (140 episodes, 1950-1954)

Carl Reiner ... Himself - Regular Performer (139 episodes, 1950-1954)

Howard Morris ... Himself - Regular Performer (139 episodes, 1950-1954)
James Starbuck ... Himself - Regular Performer / ... (111 episodes, 1951-1954)

Series Directed by
Kingman T. Moore (1 episode, 1950)

Max Liebman (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Mel Brooks (139 episodes, 1950-1954)
Lucille Kallen (139 episodes, 1950-1954)
Danny Simon (139 episodes, 1950-1954)
Neil Simon (139 episodes, 1950-1954)
Mel Tolkin (139 episodes, 1950-1954)

Joseph Stein (unknown episodes)
Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. (unknown episodes)
Tony Webster (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Max Liebman .... producer (1 episode, 1950)
Series Original Music by
Bernard Green (140 episodes, 1950-1954)

Irwin Kostal (unknown episodes)
Johnny Mandel (unknown episodes)
Alex North (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Frederick Fox (139 episodes, 1950-1954)
Series Costume Design by
Paul Dupont (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Weiss .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1952)

Bill Hobin .... camera director (unknown episodes)
Marcia Kuyper Schneider .... assistant camera director (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Clay Warnick .... choral director (139 episodes, 1950-1954)
Charles Sanford .... orchestra leader (111 episodes, 1951-1954)

Johnny Green .... conductor (unknown episodes)
Ralph Hermann .... music arranger (unknown episodes)
Irwin Kostal .... conductor (unknown episodes)
Aaron Levine .... music librarian (unknown episodes)
Max Liebman .... composer: theme "Stars Over Broadway" (unknown episodes)
Mel Tolkin .... composer: theme "Stars Over Broadway" (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Hal Janis .... network liaison (unknown episodes)
Heino Ripp .... technical director (unknown episodes)
David Tebet .... press agent (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Most of the show's writers went on to successful careers of their own, and the backstage antics of the writing on this show was what inspired such works as Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001) (TV) (written by Neil Simon) My Favorite Year (1982) (produced by Mel Brooks) and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) (created by Carl Reiner).See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Simply Unique, 11 October 2008
Author: gjampol from United States

To understand why "Your Show of Shows" (YSOS) is so highly regarded, just take a look at the list of the cast and crew. The confluence of all that talent took place at a time when the industry was still being burped on the shoulders of its fathers. But, in retrospect, it was an experiment that worked.

If the episodes don't seem as hilarious today as they did when the show was originally broadcast, it's because so many subsequent programs have absorbed, borrowed and reused elements of YSOS. The brilliant Carl Reiner's "Dick van Dyke Show" was undoubtedly inspired by YSOS, but that's an obvious example, and a classic in its own right.

The strain of putting on a 90-minute live TV show, with the same lead characters in harness week after week, must have drained even the most sturdy contributors.

I recall the last show of the run. Pat Weaver was there to help say good-bye. I had tape-recorded about a dozen programs on a reel-to-reel machine. At least I had those episodes to soften the blow.

Fortunately today episodes aplenty are available for home viewing, and that's something to celebrate.

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