An Americanized version of the famous hit British TV show, retaining David Frost from the British cast.
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1965   1964  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Topical political satire program that poked fun at the events of the week. A series of musical numbers, skits, and irreverent humor. It prided itself on being controversial. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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10 January 1964 (USA)  »

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Referenced in Petticoat Junction: That Was the Night That Was (1967) See more »

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Written and Performed by Lance Percival
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Milestone in Comedy
26 February 2010 | by (colorado) – See all my reviews

"That Was the Week That Was" first appeared in the US in a special edition that was a memorial to John F Kennedy after his assassination. I believe that was the original British cast, but the show stimulated an enormous amount of interest in what they were doing over there, so an American version appeared the next year.

It was topical. It didn't pull its punches. It was sly, most Americans' introduction to "British Humor," more than a step up from Jerry Lewis, and it moved quickly. Its was urbane, a style that David Frost came to symbolize, although the conspicuous consumption lifestyle he developed was really something else. Perhaps he became what he started out to mock.

It's surprising it's gotten so little attention, as it was widely regarded a direct inspiration for "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," and it is surely not chance that the decades old American comedy show's weekly announced name isn't "Saturday Night Live," but "Saturday Night." Surely a tip of the hat to TW3's original name.


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