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A debate program hosted by conservative pundit William F. Buckley who verbally sparred with many notable figures of the 20th century.

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  Himself - Host / ... (191 episodes, 1966-1999)
Michael Kinsley ...
  Himself - Moderator / ... (16 episodes, 1983-1997)
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  Himself - Panelist / ... (16 episodes, 1968-1986)
C. Dickerman Williams ...
  Himself - Moderator / ... (13 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Scott ...
  Himself - Moderator / ... (12 episodes, 1966-1967)
Lester Smith ...
  Himself - Moderator / ... (8 episodes, 1966-1967)
Mark Green ...
  Himself - Panelist / ... (6 episodes, 1981-1996)
Malcolm Muggeridge ...
  Himself - Guest (4 episodes, 1968-1980)
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  Himself - For the Affirmative / ... (4 episodes, 1986-1997)
Ira Glasser ...
  Himself - For the Affirmative / ... (4 episodes, 1990-1996)
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  Himself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 1967-1991)
Mortimer J. Adler ...
  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 1970-1992)
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  Himself - Guest / ... (3 episodes, 1970-1986)
Harry Hennessy ...
  Himself - Moderator (3 episodes, 1966)
Roy M. Cohn ...
  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1976-1981)
Ernest Van den Haag ...
  Himself - Examiner / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Herself - For the Affirmative / ... (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Lynne Williams ...
  Herself - Panelist / ... (3 episodes, 1968-1970)
John Coyne ...
  Himself - Panelist (3 episodes, 1969)
Frances Fitzgerald ...
  Herself - Panelist (3 episodes, 1969)
Richard Brookhiser ...
  Himself - National Review / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1983)
Jack Kemp ...
  Himself - For the Affirmative / ... (3 episodes, 1987-1992)
Pat Schroeder ...
  Herself - For the Negative (3 episodes, 1988-1993)
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  Himself - For the Negative (3 episodes, 1992-1997)
Clare Boothe Luce ...
  Herself - Guest (3 episodes, 1966-1991)
B.F. Skinner ...
  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
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  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1966-1989)
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  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1966)
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  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 1968-1990)
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  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1968)
Rosalyn Tureck ...
  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1979-1989)
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  Himself - For the Negative / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1990)
Michael Kramer ...
  Himself - Panelist (2 episodes, 1975-1980)
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  Himself - For the Negative / ... (2 episodes, 1976-1994)
Vere Gaynor ...
  Himself - Panel / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Barry Lynn ...
  Himself (for the negative) / ... (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
Allard Lowestein ...
  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1979)
Thomas J. Hart ...
  Himself - Panelist (2 episodes, 1971)
Daniel Tracy ...
  Himself - Panelist (2 episodes, 1971)
Brenda Wilson ...
  Herself - Panelist (2 episodes, 1971)
Henry Schwarzschild ...
  Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1990)
Elizabeth Clarke ...
  Herself - Panelist (2 episodes, 1973)
Andrea Glass ...
  Herself - Panelist (2 episodes, 1973)
Harvey Grill ...
  Himself - Panelist (2 episodes, 1973)
Robert Kuttner ...
  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1996)
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  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1974-1991)
Deborah Rhode ...
  Herself - Panel / ... (2 episodes, 1976)
William Workman ...
  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
Linda Bridges ...
  Herself - National Review / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Jerry Jasinowski ...
  Himself - For the Affirmative (2 episodes, 1996-1997)

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  • WOR-TV (taping location) (1966-1971)

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Plot Summary

Spanning thirty-three years and 1,504 episodes, "Firing Line" was originally a one-hour debate program (later reduced to a half-hour) hosted by political commentator William F. Buckley. An eloquent interviewer and a formidable debater, Buckley verbally sparred on "Firing Line" with many notable figures in the latter half of the twentieth century. His guests included future U.S. presidents such as Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, venerated writers such as Tom Wolfe and Jack Kerouac, and political intellectuals such as Barry Goldwater and Noam Chomsky. One of the longest-running shows in television history, "Firing Line" garnered an Emmy Award in 1969. Written by Anonymous

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  • Firing Line (United States)
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  • 120 min
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Trivia In order to interview television guests for Firing Line, William F. Buckley was compelled by law to join the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), an American labor union. As an anti-union conservative, Buckley abhorred his SAG membership. In 1974, Buckley legally challenged the SAG's union requirements for news broadcasters such as himself. His challenge failed, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013). See more »

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