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The T.V. Show (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  24 July 1979 (USA)
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A pilot for a sketch show. Features Spinal Tap among other comic performers.

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A pilot for a sketch show. Features Spinal Tap among other comic performers.

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Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, not 1932. See more »

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Spoofs Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963) See more »

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Rock and Roll Nightmare
Performed by Spinal Tap
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Sketch comedy show with potential.
30 April 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a failed pilot, but not a bad early outing for Reiner, Guest, et al. Reiner is terrific in a brilliant sketch where he plays Hitler on trial. The show also features an early performance of Spinal Tap. There are some dead moments where they dress is gratuitous drag and basically rip off the so-called "pepperpot" characters from Monty Python. I guess with Saturday Night Live and SCTV, network tv figured they didn't need another sketch show.


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