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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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...  Himself - Co-Host 71 episodes, 1967-1969
...  Himself - Co-Host 71 episodes, 1967-1969
...  Himself / ... 52 episodes, 1967-1969
...  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)  »

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It has long been widely believed that the Smothers Brothers were canceled. In fact, their show had been renewed for the 1969-70 season, and they had sold over 90% of the ad space available. It was only when Tom Smothers began lobbying the FCC and members of Congress over corporate censorship that CBS President Robert Wood fired them. This firing resulted in a breach-of-contract lawsuit, in which CBS lost and ultimately had to pay the brothers for the season in 1973. See more »

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Dick: It's a very difficult situation. People keep spending our money abroad and it's hurting our economy. People keep wanting to travel to other countries instead of staying in the good old United States.
Tom: Yeah, well, the way I think is that, see, President Johnson should just come up with something positive as an inducement to keep the people here.
Dick: But what could the president do to make people want to stay in this country?
Tom: Well he could quit.
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Spoofed in The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) See more »

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18 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

The Smothers Brothers were haunted by the censors -- revisionist history is a dangerous thing, children. Do your research with primary sources. It's convenient for many to forget how dire those times were (unless, of course, they LIKED it that way), people blacklisted for opposing the war in Viet Nam on even the mildest basis (ask Eartha Kitt), FBI monitoring of everyone from John Lennon to Groucho Marx...Bill Paley and CBS were masters of censorship and dead thinking...the only reasons the Smothers Brothers lasted as long as they did was because they brought in money, they gave an edge to a prehistoric network that subsisted on Hee Haw and the Beverly Hillbillies. But Washington made its ugly voice heard, and that was that. If the times have changed, I'll be dipped if I can see it. The only reason All In The Family and Maude took off on that network is because of the almighty dollar -- the viewers made their voices heard, and viewer voices translate into dollars. The public has the responsibility and the power to change even the mightiest morons...don't forget that.

Also, never forget, the Nazis only lost ONE war!


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