The Gong Show (1976–1980)

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Amateur talent contest judged by three celebrities.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Trixie Dejonge ...
 Herself (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
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 Himself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1976)
Chuck Barris ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Herself (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1976)
Curt Vig ...
 Themselves (The Puppets and Friends) (2 episodes, 1976)
Louanne ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1978)
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Amateurs compete in a talent contest judged by a trio of celebrities. If the act is so bad that the judges can't bear to watch any more of it, they have the power to stop the act by pounding a large gong hanging on the wall behind them. Host Barris keeps the acts flowing, the jokes flying and the raucous party atmosphere floating. The show's grand prize was $516.32 (except in the syndicated version where it was $712.05). Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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(May 2009) In a poll conducted by The O'Reilly Factor (1996), host Bill O'Reilly revealed that this series was voted the 4th worst TV show in broadcast history. Other dubious nominees included: (1) My Mother the Car (1965) / (2) The Jerry Springer Show (1991) / (3) Friends (1994) and (5) Cop Rock (1990). See more »

Quotes

Della Barris: [just before Chuck Barris first appears in the episode] And now, ladies and gentlemen, here is the host and star of the show, my daddy!
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Connections

Referenced in Welcome Back, Kotter: Has Anyone Seen Arnold? (1977) See more »

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One O'Clock Jump
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Music by Count Basie
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One of the best TV shows ever, ever...EVER!
14 January 2003 | by (Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain) – See all my reviews

I used to watch this show religiously back when I was in High School. If only my family had owned a VCR way back then (did they make them in '76--I don't remember). I would have taped every single episode, and I'd still be watching them today. "Star Search"? "American Idol"? Those "reality" shows are crap! The Gong Show was the polar opposite of this kind of show--the REAL real deal, not a pre-fab parade of future showbiz hacks doing pale imitations of current showbiz hacks while former showbiz hacks pretend to "judge" them. The Gong show was an out of control coke-fueled madhouse that presented a mind-blowing array of street performers, lounge acts, amateurs, and just plain street psychos doing their things! In other words, nobodies copying nobody being judged by virtual nobodies. Format? Script? A plan, even? For Chuck Barris and his cronies, all these things were only concepts, to be used or thrown away at will. What happened, happened; the show was what it was. Never before and never since has there been such entertainment on Television! If they put the entire series on DVD, I'd save up my money and buy two copies!


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