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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Series cast summary:
Trixie Dejonge ...
 Herself (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
 Himself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1976)
Chuck Barris ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1976)
 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)


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 <>

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Comedy | Game-Show






Release Date:

14 June 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


(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 »


Chuck Barris: [just before a commercial break] We'll be back with more stuff right after this message.
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Featured in The Gong Show Movie (1980) See more »


One O'Clock Jump
(End Title Theme)
Music by Count Basie
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This was a game show?
27 December 2002 | by (Harlingen, TX) – See all my reviews

I have mixed reviews about the Gong Show. On the one hand, IT'S HILARIOUS. The bad acts, the silly panel (Jamie Farr and Jaye P. Morgan were a riot), and of course Chucky baby himself made each episode a laugh out loud riot. When you look at an episode of tha Gong Show, it looks more like New Year's Eve at Times Square than an actual game show. This was THE show where anything, and everything can happen, from the host being tied up by the panel, to an entire marching band marching out in the middle of an act. This show didn't spare itself or its viewers by going over the top, especially when "Gene Gene the dancing machine" came out and the ensuing chaos takes over, but the show's claim to fame also proved to be it's downfall. The latter part of the show's run more resembles a drawn out SNL sketch gone horribly wrong then an actual game show. Granted it was still funny, it was a little too much, especially when you have everyone being censored out all the time. All this, plus the fact that you can only pie Chuck Barris so many times, led to the cancelation of the Gong Show. All in all, the Gong Show was um... interesting to say the least. But it's always good if you want to laugh till you cry.

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