The precursor to all the daytime talk shows that arose during the 1980's and 90's. Phil Donahue's show started off similar to other shows of its day, featuring celebrities and musical acts,... See full summary »
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The precursor to all the daytime talk shows that arose during the 1980's and 90's. Phil Donahue's show started off similar to other shows of its day, featuring celebrities and musical acts, but he soon started pushing the envelope by discussing health and social topics previously considered taboo. Eventually, the popularity of this approach proved to be his downfall, as he was soon competing with host such as Oprah Winfrey, Sally Jesse Raphael and Geraldo Rivera, who were willing to stoop to new depths in search of sensational topics. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Don Grady (of "My Three Sons") composed the theme song for the Donahue show. See more »

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Phil Donahue Show was my favourite! Hope it will be revived.
27 January 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

High quality topics, the wisdom of his years, masterful tactics in eliciting answers from guests and audience, crafty spontaneous, and at times - well timed pertinent flow of questions and inquiries, not self-opinionated, all these qualities that present talk-show hosts don't seem to have.

It appeared in Australia, some years ago and I was always glued to it. I like intelligent intellectual conversational entertainment, a help to broaden one's knowledge on current issues.

Was ever so disappointed when it disappeared off the TV channel, and could not stand the Oprah Winfrey Show. I was puzzled, why such an intelligent and skillful man was cast away for low quality talk show hosts like the Gerry Springer Show and Oprah episodes which don't measure up to my expectations.

I wish him well and a happy life for all the enjoyment he has provided my wife and myself for several years. I can only hope he may resurface again. But if he is about age 70 and well-off financially, I wish him a happy retirement.

In my opinion, there will never be another as good as Phil Donahue. God Bless you Mr Donahue, and "Thank you".

RBoudville age 63 Australia


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