Star Search (1983–2004)

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Contestants compete in a talent show featuring music and comedy categories.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Himself - Host / ... (32 episodes, 1983-2003)
Sam Riddle ...
 Himself - Announcer (26 episodes, 1983-1986)
Durell Coleman ...
 Himself - Male Vocalist (15 episodes, 1984-1985)
 Herself - Actress / ... (13 episodes, 1984-1985)
 Himself / ... (13 episodes, 1990-1991)


Hosted by Ed McMahon, and later Martha Quinn, this show gave many young talents their first big breaks in show business as they were given the chance to compete in front of a national audience. Performance categories included singing, dancing, modeling and stand-up comedy. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Marla Heasley was the show's first spokesmodel. She won the pilot episode with John Schneider as the host. She went on to win two more shows with Ed McMahon as the host replacing John Schneider. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: 'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky (2003) See more »

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Before American Idol and Who Wants to Be A Star!
17 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ed McMahon was the host of this star making series that lasted a few years in syndication. Star Search wasn't so much about the judges like American Idol. In fact, I barely remember the judges. They were often coy, cool, and collective like their host, Ed McMahon. This show launched careers like the country music group, Sawyer Brown, and some others. Unlike American Idol and it's copycats, Star Search never gave the impression of being rude or cruel to their contestants. It was more first class. They treated their contestants like stars with respect and dignity. Granted, only a few became superstars. But the show was never about the judges or host and their antics as we have seen in recent years, it was about finding and nurturing talent. On Star Search, Susan Boyle would have been treated even if she couldn't sing. Star Search never did show the rejection auditions. Maybe that's a good thing.

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