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A parody of Johnny Carson anniversary shows made for the Showtime cable network.

Director: Tom Trbovich
Stars: Garry Shandling, Paul Willson, Ritch Brinkley
The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998)
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A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.

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SCTV Network (1981–1983)
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Stars: John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy
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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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SCTV (1976–1981)
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The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety that would become notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen
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The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.

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 Garry Shandling (71 episodes, 1986-1990)
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 Nancy Bancroft (71 episodes, 1986-1990)
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 Pete Schumaker / ... (71 episodes, 1986-1990)
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 Grant Schumaker (71 episodes, 1986-1990)
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 Leonard Smith (47 episodes, 1986-1990)
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 Jackie Schumaker (42 episodes, 1986-1990)
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 Ruth Shandling (30 episodes, 1986-1990)
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Garry Shandling pokes fun at sitcom conventions.

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10 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Barbara Cason, who played Garry's mother, died a month after the final episode aired. See more »

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Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.25 (2009) See more »

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DVD release scheduled Oct 9, 2009
20 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've just found out that the complete four seasons will be released on DVD on October 9, 2009. You can pre-order on amazon.com but not on amazon.co.uk. This news made my day. I can't say how much I love this show.

I remember watching this in the mid-80s when it was on UK TV. It was genuinely funny, warm, and innovative, even if Garry's teeth and hair were a little unusual for UK TV. A few full episodes were briefly on youtube a couple of years ago, but now they're gone. The only other time I've found it was when I spent a snowy afternoon in the Museum of TV and Radio in NY and you get to watch a couple of hours of video of anything in their archives. It was great - I watched four episodes back to back, and was transported. Worth the ?$10 admission.


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