Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (1980–1982)

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Country music-variety series starring country superstar Barbara Mandrell and her sisters, Louise and Irlene.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Herself - Host (35 episodes, 1980-1982)
Louise Mandrell ...
 Herself - Host / ... (35 episodes, 1980-1982)
Irlene Mandrell ...
 Herself - Host (35 episodes, 1980-1982)


Country music superstar Barbara Mandrell hosted this Sid and Marty Krofft-produced music-variety series with her younger sisters, Louise and Irelene. Also helping out was Truck Shackley & the Texas Critters, a group of Krofft puppets that included five musicians and a dog. While most of the show's material centered on comedy sketches (including a regular play depicting the sisters' youths), the meat of the show remained rooted in country music. Each week, a well-established country star (e.g., Dolly Parton, Larry Gatlin, Charley Pride, the Statler Brothers and Marty Robbins) and an up-and-coming act of the era (including later superstar acts Alabama, Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner) made appearances, playing their biggest and current hits. The show played off the success of Barbara Mandrell's fast-exploding country career, which included sell-out concerts and a string of No. 1 hits (most notably, "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed" and "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool"); in fact, ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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The show got very good ratings during its entire two year run. The only reason it went off the air was because star Barbara Mandrell was suffering from exhaustion. See more »


Dolly Parton: [Barbara is dressed as Dolly Parton when the real Dolly enters] What have you got in there... your sisters?
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Release the Complete Series, Please!
6 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you, like me, long for the complete series to be released, please let your voice be heard! The "Best of" DVD set will only tide us over until the series is released. I consider the best of Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell sisters to be Barbara, Louise and Irlene - not the guest stars. The guests are great, but they are not these three tremendously talented ladies. There is not enough of Louise singing solo. There are not enough of the instrumentals. There is not enough of the sketch comedy. Not enough of the dancing. Not enough of anything, really. It's like teasing someone dying of thirst with only a drop of water. We still love you Barbara, Louise and Irlene "After All These Years"! Cyd

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