Comedy/variety show co-hosted by the eponymous Lennon Sisters and Jimmy Durante. This family-oriented variety series tried hard, but high budgets, top-name guests, and the obviously sincere... See full summary »
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Comedy/variety show co-hosted by the eponymous Lennon Sisters and Jimmy Durante. This family-oriented variety series tried hard, but high budgets, top-name guests, and the obviously sincere efforts of everyone involved just couldn't overcome a poor concept. Durante's and the Lennons' styles just didn't mesh, and the show was cancelled after a single season. Written by Bob Sorrentino

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6 May 1969 (USA)  »

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Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters Hour  »

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The Lennon Sisters were a staple on the Saturday night ABC-TV Lawrence Welk music variety hour show. ABC TV program executives had brainstormed on springing the popular "sister act" on to their own variety hour, which Lawence Welk had approved. Fearing the sisters could not carry not sustain a full hour, ABC TV joined Jimmy Durante as their co-host. Durante's appearances on the Hollywood Palace had invigorated his career with ABC acknowledging his viewing audience popularity. The "Jimmy Durante presents The Lennon Sisters" show was scheduled during the mid week schedule. See more »

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Beautiful. Perfection. Pure entertainment.
8 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One would first have had to grow up watching the Lennon Sisters grow up on National Television every Saturday evening to fully appreciate the majesty of this production. Nostalgic then and now, but complete quality entertainment forever. You will never see the likes of this again.

Is it sweet? Yes. Sentimental? Yes. Sincere? Absolutely. Kathy, Diane, Janet and Peggy embrace every lyric and note with a perfection that can only be found in family four part harmony.

If the viewer wants to laugh, cry, smile, applaud and spend an hour feeling really good then it won't get better than this.

The costumes, hair, makeup, lighting, choreography, arrangements, production is top notch and a joy to watch unfold. The "groovy" set with the time stamped color palette and moves of the late psychedelic 60's is just plain fun. Think Laugh-in with class.

One might note that 6 weeks before the premier of the show their father, Bill Lennon was shot and killed at age 53 by a delusional stalker. The sisters were devastated and in the wake of the murder lasted only one season, and was canceled. But the show must go on and we are fortunate to have just one season of what would surely have brought as much joy as Sonny and Cher, Donny and Marie, Carol Burnett combined.


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