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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

The Original!

Author: rosaliez from NY
12 February 2002

IMBD reviewers may have little recognition of this classic, since it was carried on superstation WWOR; unless you had a cable system that carried it or lived in the New York City vicinity, you may have only heard about it. In many ways this was far superior to the later CBS Saturday night syndicated show. Social commentary was mixed with satire--the hypocrisy of a real-life priest accused of exploiting the teenage boys in the shelter he ran was immortalized in a spoof of a K-tel type commercial. It parodied songs such as Ringo Starr's "Photograph" with "I like to take boys and make photographs...I can't believe that people think I'm so nice." A politically incorrect classic. Who can forget loveable Stuttering John getting berated by baseball legend Ted Williams--for asking him if he ever broke wind in the catcher's face! It was a little rough around the edges, like an upscale public access show, but the obvious low budget and cheesy set only added to its mystique. But do not be fooled; a lot of hard work and funny writing went into this. As the radio show gained more exposure over the years through syndication, there are probably many newer fans who are even unaware of the existence of the "Channel 9 show," as it was often called. They deserve a chance to witness it for the first time, and the rest of us deserve to savor it again.

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Sterns Best Work

Author: candrew088 from United States
9 February 2005

Sterns best work. And possibly the raunchiest non-cable show in the history of television. Supposedly, every show was a battle with the station censors right up to show time. Luckily for Stern, it aired almost exclusively in New York City so it flew under the radar of the more puritanical populace.

No one was spared; Clarence Thomas, Ted Kennedy, Johnny Carson, Madonna were all brutally satirized. I remember two guest stars in particular - Rabert Vaughn and Larry Linville (from MASH) with a "what the hell am I doing here" look on there face while Stern flew through horribly acted, poorly organized; but incredibly hilarious skits.

I remember Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek fame pulled out of the show literally at the last second and avoided lending her name to a Star Trek spoof that was borderline pornographic - an unflustered Stern pulled a group of black women to audition to take her place.....and put the auditions on the air! The show was so controversial - rumors of cancellation came and went on a weekly basis. So what did Stern do? He orchestrated a fake cancellation on April Fools Day and started the show with a made up sports talk show. This prank became all the more poignant a few months later when the show was canceled for real.

I guess you can find episodes of this show on E-Bay, but according to Stern, the rights have been passed from company to company over the years and the odds of releasing the show on DVD are about zero.

Not for everyone - but this show was a shooting star - burned out fast and was over almost as soon as it started.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

The Show of the early 1990's

Author: Daniel Olson (space86) from TPC of the Twin Cities
5 April 2002

Every thing about this show which aired in the Midwest on KMSP UPN 9 in Minnepolis on Saturday Nights. My favorites shows were Hookers Price is Right and the Homeless Howiewood Squares. I still have this series on VHS tape when it originally aired back in the early 1990's. A must see for fans of Howard Stern!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Before E ! there was WWOR TV

10/10
Author: adrianeverett74 from United States
18 September 2008

The late 1980's and early 1990s were the time live in. Especially if you had cable or big dish satellite and could pick up WWOR TV New Jersey 9 out of Secaucus. Howard Stern back then unleashed his adult brand of radio and TV humor that would be recognized later from E and Howard TV OnDemand.

This version of The Howard Stern Show was on the level of Public Access. It had that cheap budget on the fly kinda feel with a bit more lean towards Party Time and Rock On all night long.

The Howard Stern Show was sponsored by Snapple Ice Tea and this helped introduce it's pitch lady Wendy Kauffman "The Snapple Lady" to the rest of the world.

Today ownership rights of the master 3/4 inch video tapes keep changing hands and there is no possibility what so ever of this show ever coming to DVD and Blu Ray Disc unless Alpha Blue or Anchorbay Entertainment gets hold of them.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

The ultimate Comedy!

Author: jeppelovescoins from Washington, DC
17 October 2002

The "Channel 9" show was the best work Howard Stern and gang has done outside the radio. Since E! show is the radio show, this skit and interview show had some of the funniest moments in history.

Great moments. The Gilligan's Island crew turning to cannibalism(starring Bob Denver). Homeless Hollywood Squares. Iggy Pop calls Howard Stern an a*****e for asking him about David Bowie's sex life. Great Satire: Howard Stern dressing up as Clarence Thomas with his bad black accent and eating fried chicken. Howard playing Daniel Day Lewis's role in My Left Foot, etc.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

The Show of Shows

Author: space86 from Blaine MN USA
5 April 2002

I would watch this show late night Saturdays with my older brother. It was the poor man's Saturday night live, but is was a funnier show. You have to see classic bits like the Hookers Price is Right and

the Homeless Howiewood Squares to get a taste of what Saturday Night

Live would or could not emulate. I taped at least 7 one hour episode's of this series and still watch it from time to time, to see comedy at it's best.

The show aired on KMSP UPN 9 in the Twin Cities back in the early 1990's.

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Hilarious cutting edge satire

10/10
Author: furlough1 from United States
15 November 2005

The way that real people talk when hung-up people, like the OTHER reviewers,aren't around. Sure to offend bible thumpers and child molesters, but others should get many laughs from it. All 69 (lol) episodes are hilarious and shouldn't bother any but the most uptight, Sadam Hussein like, joyless whiners. If you are offended by the three stooges or mash then don't watch, but if you want to see a lot of the early 90's and late 80's TV and movie icons, then tune in for sure. About the only way to get these classics is to buy them from ebay or download them from the internet.. both of these are not particularly the best way to see them, but, as they are not available on tape or DVD.. it is the only way to get them. Also, the other reviewer that was crying about the show never saw it, as his review is 10 years after the show aired, and it's never been repeated..

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Sterns Best Show

10/10
Author: jwmc1986 from texas
20 May 2012

greatest stern TV show,far superior...the billy west bits,the guests....Sam Kinison,Joe Walsh,Richard Simmons,. if you like old school stern and have not seen the channel 9 shows you are missing a lot.this show had nothing to do with the radio show like the c.b.s. and e show did.the channel 9 show was the greatest...i cant believe it hasn't been released on VHS or DVD,i think there were 69 episodes you can watch them on the net but they are from old VHS recordings but still good to re watch after 20 years...the copies on the net bring back great memories from days past.i beg to whoever has the masters to release them on DVD.i know I'm not the only person who would pay top dollar for them on DVD

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1 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

not a spoiler.. the absolute truth.

Author: xdarkstar from United States
8 August 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Granted the show came about wayyy earlier than the show 'Jackass', it's comparable in nature, except he makes fun of mentally and physically handicapped people, he coaxes women to get unclothed or naked for free boob jobs and money. If they don't go 'far enough' (for ratings) no boob job... How sad, yet hilarious for womanizers and immature dimwits out there. This show lacks basic values. You would think it had been written by a pre-pubescent teen who can't control himself.

I guess his Mother didn't teach him respect. He's a mediocre guy who gets taken advantage of for his money because that's all he has to offer. Now tell me, If he walked up to socially 'beautiful' models, porn-star's and spoke the way he does on air, in a TRUE TO LIFE SITUATION, he would be shot straight down to hell because without the money, he would be socially inapt. *LOL* Doesn't he see that he is being used? *lol* Hmm, I guess not. :)

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