One of the many variety shows available in the 1970s (along with Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, Donny and Marie, etc). Hosted by black comic Flip Wilson, this show featured skits, ... See full summary »
An anthology comedy series featuring a line up of different celebrity guest stars appearing in anywhere from one, two, three, and four short stories or vignettes within an hour about versions of love and romance.
This show popularized a rapid style of vignette comedy show where comedy sketches, punch-lines and gags are edited together in a rapid and almost random format. Regular trademark elements included the joke wall, the dancing women painted with one-liners and the fickle finger of fate award. This series would inspire such shows as Monty Python's Flying Circus and Sesame Street. Written by
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One of the show's unusual features was the use of out-takes. If a sketch was flubbed due to a blown line (especially if the cast laughed), it would be included into the show before the perfected take was shown. See more »
The way some of the younger generation carries on, some people wish that they'd develop a birth control pill that was retroactive.
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The early episodes's closing credits happen while the cast tell jokes from the joke wall. See more »
If ever there was a 1960's TV show that totally jumped on the "Now Generation" bandwagon - That one show would, undoubtedly, have to be "Laugh-In".
To me - The major trouble with "Laugh-In" (which was neither hip nor cool) was that it was geared to please (and produce chuckles from) the most conservative and mealy-mouthed squares imaginable. This show didn't come anywhere near to offering its audience groundbreaking humour, at all. No. It didn't.
"Laugh-In" was a "roll-your-eyes-to-the-ceiling-and-groan"-type of comedy program where its stale jokes were repeatedly delivered with total smugness from the unfunny members of its second-rate cast.
Not only were women frequently depicted as being flaky bimbos on "Laugh-In" - But I lost track of how many times it became plainly obvious that the actors were, indeed, reading their lines straight from cue-cards that were placed before them just out of camera-range.
The only thing that makes any sense to me as to why so many people are giving "Laugh-In" such high ratings all boils down to them choosing to view this decidedly dimwitted show through the murky haze of rose-coloured glasses.
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