Varietyby SweetHotAngel | created - 18 Jun 2011 | updated - 18 Jun 2011 | Public
Once upon a time there was a genre of show called the Variety Show. It had a host or hosts. Sometimes the host was funny. Other times they were musical. Sometimes they were both. Sometimes they were neither. The show would be filled with comedy skits and musical numbers. The closest thing we have now are the late night talk shows and SNL. But the Variety Shows were prime time hits. Here's a baker's dozen great Variety Shows listed in chronological order. I think it's time for the return of the Variety Show, don't you?
1. Texaco Star Theatre (1948–1956)
60 min | Comedy, Family
The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »
3. Your Show of Shows (1950–1954)
90 min | Comedy
Live, original comedy originally featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Carl Reiner and Howard Morris joined the show later. Two of the great skits on the show were "The Hickenloopers", a ... See full summary »
6. The Danny Kaye Show (1963–1967)
60 min | Comedy, Music
Primary focus on the multi-talented Kaye - singing and dancing his way through comedy skits and monologues - assisted by semi-regular guests, singers, dancers and orchestra.
7. The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974)
TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music
Dean Martin hosts, with several celebrities as guests. There are musical acts and comedy sketches that break down comedy, racial, and sexual barriers all at the same time.
11. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971–1974)
TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music
After a string of successful hit records, Sonny and Cher attempted to take the movie world by storm. After they failed in that attempt, they regrouped and refashioned, blossoming into a ... See full summary »
13. Donny and Marie (1975–1979)
60 min | Music
Long running variety show, featuring the brother-sister singing duo of Donny and Marie Osmond. The first season also featured all of the Osmond families, but Donny and Marie were obviously ... See full summary »