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The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 

The Steve Allen Show (original title)
The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show hosted by Steve Allen.




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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Steve Allen ...  Self - Host 164 episodes, 1956-1960
Gene Rayburn ...  Self - Announcer / ... 158 episodes, 1956-1960
Louis Nye ...  Self 135 episodes, 1956-1960
Skitch Henderson ...  Self - Conductor / ... 113 episodes, 1956-1958
Don Knotts ...  Self 108 episodes, 1957-1960
Tom Poston ...  Self / ... 95 episodes, 1956-1960


The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show hosted by Steve Allen.

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The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show hosted by Steve Allen. See more »


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Alternate Versions

In 1990, Steve Allen hosted half-hour edited versions of episodes which aired in syndication. He would appear at the beginning to explain what would appear in the following episode. See more »


Referenced in Factory Girl (2006) See more »


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Lenny Bruce, Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan's herald
4 January 2006 | by stevekriefSee all my reviews

Steve Allen was not only a show host. He was a composer, an actor, a writer ans a comedian. A very erudite man, he had the greatest sense of humor ever programmed on air. He challenged Ed Sullivan's boring mainstream smoothness. For a very short moment, censure was left outside, enabling Lenny Bruce and Bob Dylan to play their stuff as it was meant for stage and not clean cut TV. He also played some Poetry and Jazz with Jack Kerouac.

In his introduction to Lenny Bruce, Steve Allen gave a powerful warning: "We get a great deal of mail from our viewers commenting on our sketches, indicating their dislikes, and whether you realize it or not, there is just about no joke or sketch, particularly of a satirical sort, that will not offend somebody, a cowboy or a drunk. I don't want to equate those two; already I can see the cards coming in! Here is how we are going to face the problem, we have decided that once a month we will book a comedian who will offend everybody. Then, we'll get it over with, see? A man who will disturb a great many social groups. I'm serious, his satirical comments refer to many things not ordinarily discussed on TV; it serves you right. That way the NBC mail department will know in advance that complaints are coming in, they hire a few extra girls, and they get the answers ready, "We're very sorry, we didn't mean a thing", and the who thing is handled with neatness and dispatch. So, ladies and gentlemen, here is the very shocking comedian, the most shocking comedian of our time, a young man who is skyrocketing to fame, Lenny Bruce!"

Very daring for the end of the 50's!

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24 June 1956 (USA) See more »

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