Long running variety show, featuring the brother-sister singing duo of Donny and Marie Osmond. The first season also featured all of the Osmond families, but Donny and Marie were obviously ... See full summary »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



4   3   2   1  
1978   1977   1976   Unknown  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Charlie's Angels (1976–1981)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The adventures of three sexy female private eyes.

Stars: Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith
Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
Drama | Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.

Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito
Family Feud (1976–1985)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two families compete by trying to outguess the opponents about survey results.

Stars: Richard Dawson, Gene Wood, Laurie Walters
Alice (1976–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A greasy-spoon diner in Phoenix, Arizona is the setting for this long-running series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, is an aspiring singer who arrives in Phoenix with her teenaged son, ... See full summary »

Stars: Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback
Marie (TV Series 2012)
Documentary | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Marie! is an inspirational journey to help people make a difference in their own lives. The segments will feature celebrity and non-celebrity guests who drop by for everything from ... See full summary »

Stars: Marie Osmond, Laura McKenzie, Kuk Harrell
Terror (1978)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Royal ancestors feel the wrath of the curse of the condemned witch Mad Dolly, who spews forth her prophecy while she is burned at the stake. The victims suffer death by having their heads ... See full summary »

Director: Norman J. Warren
Stars: John Nolan, Carolyn Courage, James Aubrey
Hazell (1978–1979)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Stars: Nicholas Ball, Roddy McMillan, Desmond McNamara
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a string of successful hit records, Sonny and Cher attempted to take the movie world by storm. After they failed in that attempt, they regrouped and refashioned, blossoming into a ... See full summary »

Stars: Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Director: Howard Morris
Stars: Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Herb Edelman
Donny & Marie (1997–2000)
Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Stars: Marie Osmond, Kate Linder, Angelo Moore
Return of the Ewok (Video 1982)
Short | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Young Warwick Davis decides he wants to be in pictures, so he gets himself an agent. The agent gives him an Ewok outfit and points him towards Elstree Studios. There Warwick wanders from set to set looking to find the other Ewoks.

Director: David Tomblin
Stars: Warwick Davis, Jeremy Bulloch, Patricia Carr
The Pyramid Game (TV Series 2007)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Revival of the guessing game not seen in the UK since the 1980s, featuring the host from the 2002 American version.

Stars: Donny Osmond, Claire King, Dave Gorman
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host / ... (61 episodes, 1976-1978)
...
 Herself - Host / ... (61 episodes, 1976-1978)
Edit

Storyline

Long running variety show, featuring the brother-sister singing duo of Donny and Marie Osmond. The first season also featured all of the Osmond families, but Donny and Marie were obviously the most popular of the bunch so the rest were phased into occasional appearances. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Music

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 January 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Osmond Family Show  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Osmond Brothers began as a barbershop quartet group in their hometown of Ogden, Utah. It consisted of Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay Osmond. Younger siblings Donny and Jimmy joined later. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Nanny: A Kiss Is Just a Kiss (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Innocent fluff and fun
31 July 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The 1970s were the heyday of variety shows. It seemed everybody who was anybody had one. Carol Burnett, Dean Martin, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Sonny & Cher, the Captain & Tennille and the Jacksons all had them. There were other, short-lived summer replacements and specials like Tony Orlando & Dawn, Shields & Yarnell, Barry Manilow, Lola Falana, Olivia Newton-John and, though it pains me to recall them, the Starland Vocal Band and Pink Lady & Jeff. And then there was Donny & Marie with their immaculate pearly whites. Could it get any more wholesome? (And, yes, I admit it, I did have a huge crush on Marie.)

If you weren't cool enough (or old enough) to be out boogieing at Studio 54 or whatever the hot club was in your town, then maybe you were one of the millions who tuned in every Friday night at 8. Assuming you didn't prefer the edgier humor of Sanford & Son and Chico & the Man. Curiously, Redd Foxx once guest-starred on D&M, so he was competing with himself that week!

To me, the first season was the best. Though I haven't seen the show in over a quarter century, it still comes back to me. They always stuck to the formula and for D&M in the Bicentennial year, it worked. The show would fade in to the pair, one facing the camera, the other facing to the side. One would slowly sing a few words to a song, then they would alternate positions and the other would take over. After a few lines, cue the band as the two kick into full pop duet mode before announcing the week's guest. Then the ice skaters with their Busby Berkeley Meets Ice Capades choreography and overhead camera. And finally D&M skate out to greet the studio and TV audiences and trade banter. After that teaser and a commercial break, a few comedy skits and musical numbers before the infamous "I'm a little bit country, I'm a little bit rock & roll" segment about 25 minutes into the hour, where they had separate, glitzy mini-stages and bands. A few more skits, the musical finale and then the weekly farewell, "May tomorrow be a perfect day. May you find love and laughter along the way..." Guests ranged from the obscure to the hot stars of the moment, for instance, the aforementioned Olivia fresh off her box office smash, Grease.

There were changes in the second season, notably Marie getting a shorter hairstyle. In the third, her hair became shorter still and she began sporting an outrageous Bob Mackie-designed wardrobe. The ratings started to slip. By the fourth and final season, when the show moved to the Osmonds' own newly-built Utah facility and became virtually unrecognizable, it wasn't worth watching anymore. The show had lost its kitsch value (something the Krofft brothers specialized in) and become too overproduced for its own good. Oh, well. It was fun while it lasted.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Have entire Series! DanielSelby
Where are their 'Ice Angels' now? fidgee
Discuss Donny and Marie (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page