by 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?

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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 »

Stars: Milton Berle, Sid Stone, Jimmy Nelson, Hal Sawyer

Votes: 85

2. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters

Votes: 945

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 »

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Felisa Vanoff, Carl Reiner

Votes: 226

5. The Garry Moore Show (1958–1967)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Variety show hosted by Garry Moore with famous guests.

Stars: Garry Moore, Carol Burnett, Durward Kirby, Alan King

Votes: 81

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.

Stars: Danny Kaye, Harvey Korman, Joyce Van Patten, Charles Aznavour

Votes: 111

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.

Stars: Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise, Bob Newhart

Votes: 1,000

8. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 3,809

9. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1970)

60 min | Comedy

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, Peter Cullen

Votes: 997

10. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969–1972)

Not Rated | 60 min | Comedy

Variety series hosted by country/pop singer Glen Campbell.

Stars: Glen Campbell, Roger Carroll, John Hartford, Anne Murray

Votes: 69

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 »

Stars: Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler, Peter Cullen

Votes: 560

12. Tony Orlando and Dawn (1974–1976)

60 min | Music

Nineteen-seventies' era comedy/variety television show, starring Tony Orlando (and Dawn).

Stars: Tony Orlando, Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent Wilson, Bob Rozario

Votes: 103

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 »

Stars: Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Paul Lynde, Ruth Buzzi

Votes: 288