The Gong Show (1976–1980)

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Amateur talent contest judged by three celebrities.

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1978   1976  
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Hour-long prime-time version of the popular game show with famous contestants performing before a panel of celebrities and facing the infamous gong.

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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)
Mat Plendl ...
 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 »

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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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One O'Clock Jump
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Music by Count Basie
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My mother let me watch this show!
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I was in my single digits when "The Gong Show" was on the air. I remember watching this one and enjoying it. Even though I didn't know it was rigged (Jaye P. Morgan and her fellow judges convinced me it wasn't) it was great fun. You never know who'd show up or what outrageous act would be featured. They certainly had some very "racy" stuff from other people's recountings of the program.

I still remember Jaye P. Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson, Gene-Gene The Dancing Machine, The Unknown Comic, and that midget; but even today, I still have Chuck Barris etched in my 31-year old mind as the ultimate in manhood. Chuck was my first idol; I wanted to grow up to be just as cool as he was. I still really wonder why he'd start out wearing a tuxedo and then shedding parts of it gradually; sometimes even wearing a Philadelphia Flyers jersey. Maybe he was a Diana Ross fan LOL.

I wish I could see this show again in some capacity today. Perhaps some day "The Gong Show Movie" will be released on DVD if it hasn't already. Just to show you that the 70's was a great decade for entertainment; better than the 00's will wish to be.


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