Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »
Appraisers of antiques travel with the show to various cities. Area citizens bring articles for appraisal and often relate the histories of these items. The appraisers then expand on what ... See full summary »
Mark L. Walberg,
Three celebrity couples were panelists. First, either the wives or husbands would go offstage and wear headphones; their spouses would remain on stage. Via closed circuit TV, the ... See full summary »
Aisha Tyler hosts this skit comedy show where the actors on the show, usually Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and another guest star or two do different comedy skits. It's all improv and made up on the spot.
Slovenian ski jumper Vinko Bogataj is the athlete who personified "The Agony of Defeat" by competing in the 1970 International Ski Flying Championship in Oberstdorf, West Germany. The faulty ski jump he had that day would be seen each week in the series' opening sequence. Jim McKay called Bogataj's accident "A performance that, in time, would mean he would appear more often on 'Wide World of Sports' than anyone else." See more »
Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports... the thrill of victory... and the agony of defeat... the human drama of athletic competition... This is "ABC's Wide World of Sports!"
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... to appreciate "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat".
I was half-decent at a couple of track and field events back in schooldays, but I was never ever one of the serious sports fanatics. Even so, I always liked this show. With its magazine format, you never knew quite what you were going to get, but it was usually something exciting.
I hadn't thought of that name "Jim McKay" in years, but as soon as I saw it here I was immediately thinking Mexican cliff diving! Not to mention luge, and speedboat racing. You could always count on a bit of travelogue to go along with your sports, making this the best show outside of the Olympics, especially before the Olympics got really, really, really commercialized. (I don't watch the Olympics myself anymore.)
Isn't this show where I first heard Aaron Copland's thrilling "Fanfare for the Common Man"? Yep, "Wide World of Sports" was a class act all around.
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