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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 Himself - Co-Host (71 episodes, 1967-1969)
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 Himself - Co-Host (71 episodes, 1967-1969)
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 Himself / ... (52 episodes, 1967-1969)
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 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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Trivia

Singer/songwriter Janis Ian appeared on the show at 16 years of age, performing "Society's Child", a song she wrote about interracial dating. The number was censored in some--mostly Southern--markets. See more »

Quotes

Dick: People don't tune in to us to listen to us argue!
Tom: Some of them did.
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Connections

Followed by The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1988) See more »

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A clever poke in the eye of network censorship
5 December 2002 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

What can I say about this except that it better demonstrates the ugliness of censorship than any other show I've experienced.

By this, I don't mean that the show was ruined. Rather, the Brothers poked fun at the censors and made evident just how ugly the censorship movement was (and IMO still is) in American television. This show should be watched, if ever you can have the fortune to see it, if only for the elucidation of the fact that our speech isn't nearly as free as we think it is.

Aside from that, the show was clever and funny. Many brilliant parodies that were ahead of their time.

Alas, it was censorship which eventually put an end to the show when CBS canceled it.

This is a show which could never, to this date, have existed at any other time. Previous to this era, it would not have been accepted at all. Subsequent to this era, political correctness has grabbed TV in a way which never would have permitted such honest parody.

We lost a gem when it ended but it's still remembered. Thanks, guys!


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