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The Ed Sullivan Show 

Toast of the Town (original title)
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Himself - Host / ... 1,054 episodes, 1948-1971
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Ed Sullivan's show was straight out of old vaudeville; brief acts of every description, from slapstick comedy to operatic arias. At least once, he showed a film, the only known film of Anna Pavlova (doing her Swan Dance). The Muppets' first TV appearance was on Ed Sullivan. Stiff and expressionless, with a peculiar voice and a talent for mispronunciation, Sullivan was at least as recognizable as Cronkite to early 60's viewers. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

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20 June 1948 (USA)  »

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(1965-1971)| (1948-1965)

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1.33 : 1
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This show was canceled, due to Fred Silverman's infamous "Rural Purge" in 1971. Silverman thought that "The Ed Sullivan Show," along with other sitcoms, such as The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Green Acres (1965) and Hogan's Heroes (1965) only appealed to people who lived in rural areas as well as older audiences, especially senior citizens. See more »

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Bing: You certainly get around.
Bob: I have to, with my kind of act.
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Connections

Spoofed in The NBC Saturday Morning Preview Revue (1974) See more »

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Beatles on Ed Sullivan
4 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

A truly energizing and fun DVD. Almost doesn't seem real that life was ever so innocent and filled with joy and confidence. These shows bring back an incredible time in American history and popular culture. You can almost re-live these experiences ( the way we all did when we saw this on television ) when the world changed it's axis at the precise moment Ed Sullivan threw out his arm and and we saw - for the first time - the Beatles! And the world was theirs!

And we were all better for it - and more connected than ever.

A minor footnote:

A performance from the Broadway production of "Oliver!" features a very young (and professional) Davey Jones who less than three years later would be the "cute one" in an absurd children's show called "The Monkees" - a supposed take-off on the Beatles.

Overall, the shows presented here give us a view of what real live television was like - and when there actually was a curtain on the stage. The auditorium where the historic events took place can still be visited in New York, is still in use as a production facility, under the name " The Ed Sullivan Theatre ".


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