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That Was the Week That Was 

An Americanized version of the famous hit British TV show, retaining David Frost from the British cast.
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1965   1964  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
David Frost ...  Himself 5 episodes, 1964
Phyllis Newman ...  Herself 4 episodes, 1964
Nancy Ames Nancy Ames ...  Herself / ... 4 episodes, 1964
Pat Englund Pat Englund ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1964
Buck Henry ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1964
Bob Dishy ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1964
Elliott Reid ...  Himself - Host 2 episodes, 1964
Paul Sand ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1964
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Topical political satire program that poked fun at the events of the week. A series of musical numbers, skits, and irreverent humor. It prided itself on being controversial. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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USA

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English

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10 January 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Featured in Comedy Connections: Keeping Up Appearances (2004) See more »

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Weeks Review
Performed by Millicent Martin
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Disappointing
5 March 2013 | by t_k_matthewsSee all my reviews

This weekly half-hour was the spiritual predecessor of Weekend Update. The English version had the reputation of being daringly topical and incisive. The American version was, in the well chosen word from the review by cmndrnineveh, smug. Maybe it was simply impossible, in the year after JFK's death, to make fun of the dominant ideology of the time, carried forward by JFK's then-overwhelmingly popular successor and associated with the martyred president. Of course, the sting of satire is most needed when smug assumptions rule political and social discourse. This program, however, often seemed intent on comforting the comfortable. Could a prime time network program slip daggers into the New Frontier and the Great Society in 1964? Not bloody likely.

One saving grace: The great Tom Lehrer wrote some songs for the show which were as keen and merciless as an Hattori Hanzo sword. They were collected in an album called "That Was the Year That Was," which is, I think, still available. Although topically tied to 1964/1965, the songs still cut. If you enjoy satire and you don't know Mr. Lehrer, do yourself a favor.

Oh, I also had a thing for Nancy Ames.


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