The P.T.L. Club (1976– )

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Daily religious-oriented series hosted by televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, which adopted a talk-show format.

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Religious programming has been a staple of television since its infancy. Local stations have always films and tapes of local church services, as well as airing a devotional message from local ministers at various times of the day. By the 1970s, televangelists often fundamentalist preachers with a conservative religious philosophy rose to power with programs such as "The P.T.L. Club." The P.T.L. was founded by Jim Bakker, a minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church; he explained the initials stood for "Praise the Lord" and "People that Love." Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye, had already their own local children's religious show and the original "700 Club" before "The P.T.L. Club" took to the airwaves. The show adopted a talk-show format, not unlike "The Tonight Show" and others of the era. Frequently, between chats with guest stars, religious messages ("God loves you; He really, really does!") and musical numbers, the Bakkers appealed for funds from the television audience... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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The show's main fund-raising project was for construction of Heritage USA, a 2,300 acre "Christian theme park" near Fort Mill, South Carolina. It opened in 1978, while portions of the park were still under construction. Though it was never finished, Heritage USA reportedly hosted six million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular theme parks in the United States, second only to Walt Disney theme parks. See more »


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Pass The Loot
7 April 2003 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

I watched this show once in the early 1980s, long before Jim and Tammy Faye's fall from grace, and that was about all I could take. I remember thinking, what a load of garbage. The whole show consisted of Jim and Tammy weeping crocodile tears (with Tammy's now-famous running mascara) about how they needed more money to continue their so-called ministry. As we found out later, this "ministry" included gold bathroom fixtures and an air-conditioned doghouse. Like most corporate swindlers of today, Jim got off with only a few years in a white-collar prison. This in exchange for making off with countless widows' life savings.

It's a shame they split up during Jim's prison term. Nowadays they make waterproof mascara. Need I say more?

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