The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1970)

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The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety that would become 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 (72 episodes, 1967-1969)
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 Himself - Co-Host (72 episodes, 1967-1969)
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 Himself (55 episodes, 1967-1969)
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 Announcer / ... (43 episodes, 1967-1968)
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This comedy was to content the way Laugh-In was for form on television in the 1960's. The audience was treated to a show where two perfectly innocent looking brothers regularly doing truly subversive humor that either enraged the network executives or gave them heart attacks. The humour often included direct jokes on the Vietnam War, religion, sexuality and censorship in styles that would mirror Saturday Night Live and other later shows. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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When The Who made their first appearance on the show, they were to conclude their performance of "My Generation" by doing their usual instrument smashing as well as having some smoke powder ignite in Keith Moon's bass drums as well. Earlier that day at rehearsals, the band was dissatisfied with how the effect went off so they asked that more of a charge be put in. Unknown to the band, Moon put even more of a charge in later. As the band concluded their performance, instead of a smoking effect, a huge explosion occurred. This caused Moon to suffer cuts on his arm and, more importantly, Pete Townshend suffered damage to his hearing, which would affect him in later years. See more »

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[while singing 'My Old Man']
Tom: My old man's a negro...
Dick: [interrupting] He is NOT a negro.
Tom: You are a fascist.
Dick: I'm not a fascist.
Tom: Then you know some people who are.
Dick: I know you, and I know me, and I know you're my brother, so that makes it impossible - absolutely, genetically impossible - for your old man to be a negro. You know why? Because my old man is not a negro.
[long pause]
Tom: No wonder Mom always liked you best!
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Mom Liked This Show Best
12 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That's right, mom had great taste. She liked this show the best, even better than Dicky Smothers. This show is the most brilliant example of political satire in the 1960's. What is amazing is that the network censors at CBS thought the Ameican public was either too stupid to understand it, or would get too upset by the extreme political views in the satire.

Because of this, some episodes of the show were cut to ribbons by network censors. It is a shame, but this show & the way it was censored shows you why bringing back the fairness doctrine would not work. It is that doctrine which the censors used to hit the brothers over the head.

Tom & Dick had honed their act for many years prior to this show starting. What they did with this is assemble a great group of writers & produce a very entertaining show. Saturday Night Live, when it started in the mid 1970's borrowed it's edge from this show.

The show was so popular, that when they spun off Glenn Campbell from it, he became a sensation from the brothers build up. Hee Haw got barnstorming ratings as a summer replacement for this too. Anyone who became associated with this show went on using it's coat tales to help themselves.

The critics, & the censors have been proved wrong a lot. This show was a one of a kind, & while it was ahead of its censors intelligence, the fans & audience of the Smothers Brothers sure appreciated the show & the fact that they were smarter than the censors, because they watched it & enjoyed every show.

Sonny & Cher actually borrowed some of their shows format from the Smothers Brothers. Naturally Sony & Cher were no where near as intelligent as Tommy & Dick Smothers, but they were bright enough to copy some of the edgy political satire on their CBS variety show. I believe Sonny & Cher were a "summer replacement" series for this show one year. Glen Campbell and Hee Haw were 2 others that replaced the Smothers during the summers this show ran.


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