Country music-variety series starring country superstar Barbara Mandrell and her sisters, Louise and Irlene.
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1982   1981   1980  
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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 <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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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 »

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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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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits of a 1981 episode, where Barbara is riding a mechanical bull in the background, hair stylist Monique DeSart is credited as "Monique DeFart." The credits were rolling at a faster-than-usual speed (most likely because of said credit), so one wasn't supposed to blink or they would miss that controversial credit. (Ms. DeSart's surname was restored to normal - as well as the credits rolling at the normal speed - in succeeding episodes.) See more »

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Referenced in 30 Rock: Rosemary's Baby (2007) See more »

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Barbara Mandrell show
21 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've got to say that I can't stand country music. I like rock and roll. However, Barbara Mandrell and her sisters show I liked. It had humor and not only just country music stars but pop stars as well. They seemed to work well and play together. Their musical ability with the many instruments that they were able to play was awesome. The only other group that I can think of that has that kind of talent is the Osmonds. I was sorry when the show went off of the air.I thought Ilene and her dumb blond routine was also funny. She'd have to be pretty smart to pull that off. I don't care for the country music part, but I did like the skits.


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