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The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.
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1969   1968   1967  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Tom Smothers ...  Himself - Co-Host 71 episodes, 1967-1969
Dick Smothers ...  Himself - Co-Host 71 episodes, 1967-1969
Pat Paulsen ...  Himself / ... 52 episodes, 1967-1969
Peter Cullen ...  Announcer / ... 43 episodes, 1967-1968
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The Smothers Brothers ran a comedy-variety show that featured not just that comedy duo, but also the top musical acts like the Who and the Beatles. Along that way, they presented comedy that poked humor at politics, the Vietnam War, religion, sexuality and censorship in with fearless bravado. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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5 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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4:3
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Two episodes of the show were taped during two separate musicians' strikes. In a novel move, the Jimmy Joyce singers "performed" the instrumental parts of the show, including the opening theme and the accompaniment for the musical guests. In the second show, though, rock group Steppenwolf lip-synched to a recording of their hit "Magic Carpet Ride". See more »

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Pat Paulsen: What are the arguments against the draft? We hear it is unfair, immoral, discourages young men from studying, ruins their careers and their lives.
[pause]
Pat Paulsen: Picky, picky, picky.
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Mom Liked This Show Best
12 September 2007 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

That's right, mom had great taste. She liked this show the best, even better than Dicky Smothers. This show is the most brilliant example of political satire in the 1960's. What is amazing is that the network censors at CBS thought the Ameican public was either too stupid to understand it, or would get too upset by the extreme political views in the satire.

Because of this, some episodes of the show were cut to ribbons by network censors. It is a shame, but this show & the way it was censored shows you why bringing back the fairness doctrine would not work. It is that doctrine which the censors used to hit the brothers over the head.

Tom & Dick had honed their act for many years prior to this show starting. What they did with this is assemble a great group of writers & produce a very entertaining show. Saturday Night Live, when it started in the mid 1970's borrowed it's edge from this show.

The show was so popular, that when they spun off Glenn Campbell from it, he became a sensation from the brothers build up. Hee Haw got barnstorming ratings as a summer replacement for this too. Anyone who became associated with this show went on using it's coat tales to help themselves.

The critics, & the censors have been proved wrong a lot. This show was a one of a kind, & while it was ahead of its censors intelligence, the fans & audience of the Smothers Brothers sure appreciated the show & the fact that they were smarter than the censors, because they watched it & enjoyed every show.

Sonny & Cher actually borrowed some of their shows format from the Smothers Brothers. Naturally Sony & Cher were no where near as intelligent as Tommy & Dick Smothers, but they were bright enough to copy some of the edgy political satire on their CBS variety show. I believe Sonny & Cher were a "summer replacement" series for this show one year. Glen Campbell and Hee Haw were 2 others that replaced the Smothers during the summers this show ran.


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