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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Trivia

The Smothers would often wait until the very last minute to turn that week's taping of the show over to C.B.S.. They figured that by waiting so long that it would barely give the censors time to cut out the more objectionable material from that week's broadcast. See more »

Quotes

Tom: You can tell who's running the country by how much clothes people wear, see?
Dick: Do you mean that some people can afford more clothes on, and some people have... less on? Is that what you mean?
Tom: That's right.
Dick: I don't understand.
Tom: See, the ordinary people, you'd say that the ordinary people are the less-ons.
Dick: So who's running the country?
Tom: The morons.
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Referenced in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.1 (1968) See more »

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Don't Believe Everything You Hear
28 January 2006 | by (Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Lemmee say right up front that, yeah, this was a funny show. I rarely if ever missed it. And it was cutting edge too. Really pushed the envelope. But, that said, you young'uns out there that never got to see it, don't buy into the manufactured swill that it was "censored." It wasn't. Tom and Dick made all the political and social commentary points they wanted to make. They just wanted to take it a step further and posture and pose as "victims" being stepped on.

Just remember, we are talking about 1967 and the few years following, and in those days it was easy to be cutting edge. The times they were a changing. And the Smothers Brothers were right there in the middle of it. But they weren't victims and they weren't censored. CBS (yeah, *that* "see b.s.," of the forged phony lying documents to try to steal an election fame. Yep, *those* guys) tried to hold them to the standards then extant of the Tiffany Network, as CBS was once and then known. Their sponsors, the ones paying for it all, demanded it. That was all.

----UPDATE 02/02/2008----

Okay all you voters, you hate my comment. But I stand by it.

I said it was a good show. I said it was a show I rarely missed. My comment is that the allegations of "censorship" are way overblown. This show suffered from failing ratings. They tried to jack up the ratings by claiming that they were being persecuted, but it didn't work. It couldn't be saved. End of story. Use your common sense.


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