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Release Date:
16 January 1976 (USA) See more »
Long running variety show, featuring the brother-sister singing duo of Donny and Marie Osmond. The first... See more »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Donny Osmond ... Himself - Host / ... (62 episodes, 1976-1978)

Marie Osmond ... Herself - Host / ... (62 episodes, 1976-1978)

Series Directed by
Art Fisher (23 episodes, 1976-1978)
Perry Rosemond (19 episodes, 1976-1978)
Series Writing credits
Bruce Vilanch (22 episodes, 1976-1978)
Rod Warren (22 episodes, 1976-1978)
Bill Dana (20 episodes, 1976-1978)
Chet Dowling (20 episodes, 1976-1978)
Sandy Krinski (20 episodes, 1976-1978)
Bill Larkin (20 episodes, 1976-1978)
Steve Adams (19 episodes, 1976-1978)
Phil Hahn (19 episodes, 1976-1978)
Bruce Kirschbaum (19 episodes, 1976-1978)
Duncan Scott McGibbon (19 episodes, 1976-1978)
Franelle Silver (19 episodes, 1976-1978)
Aubrey Tadman (19 episodes, 1976-1978)
Mort Scharfman (4 episodes, 1976-1978)
Ed Hinder (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Paul Pompian (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Harvey Weitzman (3 episodes, 1977-1978)

Series Produced by
Art Fisher .... producer (22 episodes, 1976-1978)
Raymond Katz .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1976-1978)
Arnie Kogen .... producer (21 episodes, 1976-1978)
Marty Krofft .... producer (21 episodes, 1976-1978)
Sid Krofft .... producer (21 episodes, 1976-1978)
Donny Osmond .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jay Osmond .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jimmy Osmond .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1976-1978)
Merrill Osmond .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1976-1978)
Tom Osmond .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1976-1978)
Wayne Osmond .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1976-1978)
Series Original Music by
Earl Brown (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Harvey Berger (1 episode, 1976)
Barbara Babcock (1 episode, 1978)
Bill Breshears (1 episode, 1978)
Series Production Design by
Ed LaPorta (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Bill Bohnert (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Series Set Decoration by
Arlene Alen (unknown episodes)
John Told (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Ret Turner (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Bob Mackie (2 episodes, 1977)
Series Makeup Department
Gail Rowell-Ryan .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1978)
Robert Ryan .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1978)
Series Production Management
Jerry McPhie .... executive in charge of production (1 episode, 1978)
Cal McWhorter .... production manager (1 episode, 1978)
Jim Morey .... production executive (1 episode, 1978)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Grossman .... associate director (1 episode, 1978)

Rick Locke .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Edwin McCormick .... construction coordinator (9 episodes, 1976-1978)
Series Sound Department
Dean Okrand .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1976-1978)
Kim Richards .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1976-1978)
Series Special Effects by
G. Lynn Maughan .... special effects technician (27 episodes, 1977-1978)

Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ran Ballard .... electrician (9 episodes, 1976)

Steven Castaneda .... electrician / light operator: follow spot (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sanford Slepak .... costume illustrator (1 episode, 1976)
Bob Mackie .... marie's gowns designed by (1 episode, 1978)
Series Music Department
Earl Brown .... special musical material (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Tommy Wolf .... music supervisor (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
James Argiro .... vocal arranger (2 episodes, 1976)
Alf Clausen .... conductor / music arranged and conducted by (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Claude Williamson .... conductor / music arranged and conducted by (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Series Other crew
Jack DeLeon .... comedy consultant (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
George Osmond .... production consultant (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Carl Jablonski .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Susie Kain-Maddux .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1977-1978)

Charles Burch .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
David Winters .... choreographer (unknown episodes)

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60 min
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The person responsible for the choreography of the figure skating segments was Bob Paul, who won the pairs figure skating gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics with his partner Barbara Wagner.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Innocent fluff and fun, 31 July 2005
Author: TVholic from New York

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.

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