Amateur talent contest judged by three celebrities.

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1978   1976  
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 Himself - Host (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
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 Herself (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
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 Himself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Herself (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Themselves (The Puppets and Friends) (2 episodes, 1976)
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 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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TV-PG
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In a poll conducted in May 2009 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) Jerry Springer (1991) / (3) Friends (1994) and (5) Cop Rock (1990). See more »

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Chuck Barris: [just before a commercial break] We'll be back with more stuff right after this message.
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One O'Clock Jump
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Music by Count Basie
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A classy no class show
3 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People may not realize it, but you really DID have to audition to get on the show. No Talet Bums would be lined up around the block waiting for their chance to try to get on the show. An episode of Sanford and Son and Carol Burnett were framed around getting on the Gong Show. How can you not pee your pants laughing when every singe act sang "Feelings". The $516.32 was the union scale and everyone got it, regardless if they got gonged or not, and yes they still get residuals to this day! Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (Gene Patton) was a stage hand who was sent out one day to dance and it took off. The house band, Miton DeLugg and his Band with a Thug were real people. And of course, Chuck seemed the most surprised when a bad act got gonged while being booed by the audience, "I can't believe they did that, you were doing so good" was classy in a classless show. Its too bad they couldn't keep their drug use under control, it really could have gone on a lot longer than it did!


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