SCTV (1976–1981)
"Second City TV" (original title)

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The staff of Melonville's TV station put on programming that is unique in its own silly way.

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The staff of Melonville's TV station put on programming that is unique in its own silly way.

Stars: Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin
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Sketch comedy show set around the fictitious TV station SCTV. The programs broadcast by SCTV were parodies of films and other television shows. They included "Farm Film Report", Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Bob!", "Monster Horror Chiller Theatre", and "Great White North." Other skits involved the staff of SCTV, like president Guy Caballero, clueless newscaster Earl Camembert, washed up actor Johnny LaRue, and leopard-skin print wearing station owner Edith Prickley. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Don't touch that dial! Don't touch that one either! And stop touching yourself! SCTV is on the air!

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While Joe Flaherty's "SCTV News" co-anchor character, Floyd Robertson, was named after Canadian news anchor Lloyd Robertson, as "Monster Chiller Horror Theatre" host 'Count Floyd' he was modeled after longtime Pittsburgh, PA horror movie show host Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille. See more »

Quotes

Moe Green: [on Dialing for Dollars]
[to camera]
Moe Green: We're trying to reach Mr. Paul Pope of Melonville to see if he knows the name of tonight's movie.
Moe Green: [sfx phone ring] Hello?
Moe Green: Hello, is this Paul Pope?
Pope Paul: No. This is Pope Paul.
Moe Green: Pope Paul?
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Moe Green: We seem to have reached the Vatican, ladies and gentlemen.
Moe Green: [to phone] Well, hello, your Holiness, this is Moe Green on Dialing for Dollars.
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Crazy Credits

In the first 2 seasons the cast names were given by voiceover (by Dave Thomas) instead of opening credits, and the last name was given as "And Dave Thomas as the Beaver". In the first 2 seasons the opening includes a parody of the Indian-head test pattern. See more »

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Dance of the Hours
by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
(1976-1978)
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26 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All of the user comments are great but they leave out some of the best contributions from SCTV - The McKenzie Brothers and the Redneck Movie Critics.

From the beginning of the opening credits where it was announced that "SCTV is on the air" followed by t.v. sets being thrown out of windows to crash on the sidewalks below, the laughs ensued.

I understand that Canadian Television had an extra two minutes more than U.S. television, so they asked Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to come up with an extra two minutes of material that would air on Canadian Television. Their contribution? The Mackenzie Brothers, eh? It was all ad-lib. The Great White North sketch was eventually added to the American version.

Each week would be a different topic - "This week, our topic is how to stuff a mouse in a beer bottle, eh?" "Take off, eh?" "No, you take off, you hoser." "How do you like my new toque (rhymes with kook), eh?" "It's a beauty way to go, eh?" These guys were absolutely hilarious! They had the entire country doing Canadian-speak," eh?

The other guys I loved were the Red-neck movie reviewers. Dressed like Elmer Fudd on a wabbit-hunt, Joe Flaherty and John Candy rated movies based on whether they "blowed 'em up real good," or not. You guessed it

  • if the movie "blowed 'em up real good" (followed by lots of guffaws


and yuks), it was a good movie. If there were no car crashes or explosions, well, it was a bad movie.

This was an extremely clever show and launched the careers of some powerful comic geniuses (Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara included among those already mentioned). It's definitely worth the late-night t.v. watch on T.V. Land.


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