The Morton Downey Jr. Show (1987–1989)

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Morton Downey Jr. moderates a raucous shock-jock talk show.

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1989 | 1988


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 Himself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1988-1989)


One of the early shock-talk shows, Downey was a precursor to later hosts such as Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake and Jerry Springer. Downey's show tended to focus on political, rather than personal issues, but guests were still chosen on the basis of their dislike for one another, and their tendencies to lose their tempers suddenly, loudly and violently. These outbursts were encouraged by 'moderator' Downey, who would continually goad his guests to their limits. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Before Springer, there was Downey
11 August 2004 | by (Medford, MA.) – See all my reviews

Before it became common for fights and chairs being thrown (ala Geraldo and Jerry Springer.) Morton Downey Jr. did it first. The show's topics range everywhere from politics to feminism and International affairs. Fighting was common on the set which is why it was so entertaining, He would usually kiss a women in the audience before he'd start the show and would always be smoking a cigarette. (Which is ironic because he died of respiratory problems and even had a lung removed. He became an anti-smoking crusader up until his death.) The show at some points became stupid and trashy but was always fun to watch. Rest in Peace Morton.

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