After "That's Incredible" (1980) surfaced with the same format as "Real People", MAD Magazine summed it up well in their parody show: "That's Real Incredible, People".
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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A prehistoric ancestor to "America's Funniest Home Videos," this show traveled America looking for the funny, the heart-warming, and the downright bizarre. The various segments were narrated by the hosts of the show, and featured things like The Flat Earth Society, a man who could actually run up a 20 ft brick wall, and an old woman who could put the tip of her nose in her mouth. This show defined a genre which would be followed later by shows like "That's Incredible" and "Games People Play." Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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In 1980, during Canadian amputee Terry Fox's cross-country Marathon of Hope, hostess Sarah Purcell caught up with him in Ontario, and filmed an interview while running alongside him. See more »

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Referenced in Battle of the Network Stars VII (1979) See more »

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This Was a Big Hit
12 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Real People was an enormous hit, sometimes coming in #1 in that week's Nielsens. It was a feel-good show about America that found its footing during the ongoing Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-81, which started a few months after the show debuted. It's hard to describe to someone who doesn't remember it just how miserable and distracting the hostage thing was to us. Some segments on Real People were just plain silly, but others showed folks rebuilding their homes after tornado strikes, doing charitable works for the poor, and so on. I think Real People made many of us feel a little better about the world around us. However, I think the show was also a creature of its troubled times; it spun down quickly during the early '80s, and a reunion special in 1991 did not lead to a hoped-for revival of the series.


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