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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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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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The show was in the top ten at the time that the brothers were fired. However, that mattered less for the CBS TV Network, since it was the top rated American one at the time, and thus felt the show was expendable in lieu of the political pressure from opponents like US President Nixon and the network affiliates. It has been speculated that if the show was on a lower rated network like ABC with the equivalent ratings, they would have been more inclined to tolerate the Smothers' antics. Furthermore, the show could possibly have found itself in strong position when in the early 1970s when demographic profiling information in ratings analysis encouraged a greater emphasis on attracting younger urban audiences that largely liked the show. See more »

Quotes

[while singing 'My Old Man']
Tom: My old man's a negro...
Dick: [interrupting] He is NOT a negro.
Tom: You are a fascist.
Dick: I'm not a fascist.
Tom: Then you know some people who are.
Dick: I know you, and I know me, and I know you're my brother, so that makes it impossible - absolutely, genetically impossible - for your old man to be a negro. You know why? Because my old man is not a negro.
[long pause]
Tom: No wonder Mom always liked you best!
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A clever poke in the eye of network censorship
5 December 2002 | by Asteri-AtypicalSee all my reviews

What can I say about this except that it better demonstrates the ugliness of censorship than any other show I've experienced.

By this, I don't mean that the show was ruined. Rather, the Brothers poked fun at the censors and made evident just how ugly the censorship movement was (and IMO still is) in American television. This show should be watched, if ever you can have the fortune to see it, if only for the elucidation of the fact that our speech isn't nearly as free as we think it is.

Aside from that, the show was clever and funny. Many brilliant parodies that were ahead of their time.

Alas, it was censorship which eventually put an end to the show when CBS canceled it.

This is a show which could never, to this date, have existed at any other time. Previous to this era, it would not have been accepted at all. Subsequent to this era, political correctness has grabbed TV in a way which never would have permitted such honest parody.

We lost a gem when it ended but it's still remembered. Thanks, guys!


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