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
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Did You Know?
It has long been widely believed that the Smothers Brothers were canceled. In fact, their show had been renewed for the 1969-1970 season, and they had sold over 90 percent of the ad space available. It was only when Tommy began lobbying the FCC and members of Congress over corporate censorship that CBS President Robert Wood fired them. This firing resulted in a breach of contract lawsuit, in which CBS lost and ultimately had to pay the Brothers for the season in 1973. See more
People don't tune in to us to listen to us argue!
Some of them did.