A multimedia presentation satirizing sex, politics, and everything else, splattered across the screen at blinding speed. One producer called it "A visual, comedic, sensory assault involving... See full summary »
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Bonnie Boland
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Hamilton Camp
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Maxine Greene
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Debbie Macomber
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Carlos Manteca
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Maura McGiveney ...
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Cecile Ozorio
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Robert Staats
(1 episode, 1969)
(1 episode, 1969)
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A multimedia presentation satirizing sex, politics, and everything else, splattered across the screen at blinding speed. One producer called it "A visual, comedic, sensory assault involving animation, videotape, stop-action film, electronic distortion, computer. Written by Molly Malloy

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multimedia | priest | nun | satire | variety | See All (5) »

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Quickly lost its sponsor, Bristol-Myers. See more »

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Referenced in Newhart: Dick and Tim (1990) See more »

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American Audiences Just Weren't Ready for This
7 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Turn-On", an obvious knock-off of "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In", has become almost legendary over the years, since it was canceled the day after its premiere. The entire show consisted of comedy skits shot against a featureless white background with no sets, and while it was certainly different, 1969 audiences just couldn't handle the risqué material.

I saw the entire show at age 12, so most of the humor went right over my head. I was struck by its rapid-fire pace, which made "Laugh-In" look plodding by comparison. In retrospect, I don't consider the show to be particularly bad, I just think viewers just weren't prepared for it. If it had premiered in 1979, who knows?


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