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SCTV 

Second City TV (original title)
TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1976–1981)
The staff of Melonville's TV station put on programming that is unique in its own silly way.

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Andrew Alexander
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1981   1980   1979   1978   1977   1976  

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Series cast summary:
Joe Flaherty ...  Various / ... 78 episodes, 1976-1981
Eugene Levy ...  Various / ... 78 episodes, 1976-1981
Andrea Martin ...  Various / ... 78 episodes, 1976-1981
Dave Thomas ...  Various / ... 78 episodes, 1976-1981
John Candy ...  Various / ... 52 episodes, 1976-1979
Catherine O'Hara ...  Various / ... 52 episodes, 1976-1979
Tony Rosato ...  Various / ... 37 episodes, 1977-1981
Robin Duke ...  Various / ... 29 episodes, 1976-1981
Harold Ramis ...  Various / ... 28 episodes, 1976-1978
Rick Moranis ...  Various / ... 26 episodes, 1980-1981
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Sketch comedy show set around the fictitious TV station SCTV. The programs broadcast by SCTV were parodies of films and other television shows. They included "Farm Film Report", Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Bob!", "Monster Horror Chiller Theatre", and "Great White North." Other skits involved the staff of SCTV, like president Guy Caballero, clueless newscaster Earl Camembert, washed up actor Johnny LaRue, and leopard-skin print wearing station owner Edith Prickley. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Taglines:

Don't touch that dial! Don't touch that one either! And stop touching yourself! SCTV is on the air!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Trivia

Chris Columbus cast Catherine O'Hara as Kate McCallister in the Home Alone movies because of her work on SCTV. See more »

Quotes

Moe Green: [on Dialing for Dollars]
[to camera]
Moe Green: We're trying to reach Mr. Paul Pope of Melonville to see if he knows the name of tonight's movie.
Moe Green: [sfx phone ring] Hello?
Moe Green: Hello, is this Paul Pope?
Pope Paul: No. This is Pope Paul.
Moe Green: Pope Paul?
[to camera]
Moe Green: We seem to have reached the Vatican, ladies and gentlemen.
Moe Green: [to phone] Well, hello, your Holiness, this is Moe Green on Dialing for Dollars.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the first 2 seasons the cast names were given by voiceover (by Dave Thomas) instead of opening credits, and the last name was given as "And Dave Thomas as the Beaver". In the first 2 seasons the opening includes a parody of the Indian-head test pattern. See more »

Connections

Followed by SCTV Network (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of the Hours
Music by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performed by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
(1976-1978)
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The greatest show that ever was, and that ever will be...
16 August 2004 | by Cassy_RoseSee all my reviews

SCTV is now on the air! and I LOVE IT!! I'm only 18 yrs old, so naturally, I was born after the show ended, but I've been watching reruns for quite a while now, and I have to say that I know the show pretty well. There's so much to say about it. Like most of the other posters stated, SCTV surpassed SNL in every aspect. I'm not much of a fan of SNL just because I find it's humour too simple, too forced. I like the wit. For example, this may seem to be stupid, but when you think about it, it's very ingenious: The Days of Our Lives becomes The Heys of Our Lives and everyone says "hey" all the time!! I mean, it's corny, yes, but it works! Oh, I love of the actors so much! They're so awesome at what they do! John Candy's sleazy Johnny LaRue, Joe Flaherty's equally sleazy and money-hungry Guy Caballero, Eugene Levy's funnyman Bobby "How are ya?!" Bittman, Andrea Martin's loud-mouthed, cackling Edith Prickley, Rick Moranis's super (as in the supers on his show) crazy Gerry Todd, Catherine O'Hara's spoiled, man-crazed performer, Lola "I want to bear your children! HA!haha!" Heatherton and Dave Thomas's opinionated Bill Needle.

Yes, SCTV had it all, and all the actors had caliber. There are so many more characters and impersonations worth naming and remembering: Floyd Robertson, Count Floyd, Earl Camembert, Bob and Doug McKenzie, Dr. Tongue, Woody Tobias,Jr. aka Bruno, Alex Trebel, "Rockin'" Mel Slirrup, Mrs. Falbo, Big Jim McBob and Billy Sol Hurok, Yosh and Stan Shmenge, Harvey K-Tel, Lin Ye Tang, Richard Harris, Bob Hope, Rabbi Karlov, Crazy Hy, Ricardo Montalban, Don Strom, Sid Dithers, Moe Green, Ed Grimley, Jackie Rogers,Jr., Pierre Trudeau, Hugh Betcha, Alistair Cook, Larry Siegel, Merv Griffin, Sammy Maudlin, Lou Jaffe, William B. Williams, Brock Linehan, Harry (The Guy with a snake on his face), Skip Bittman, David Brinkley, Lorna Minelli, Barbra Streisand, Divine, Brian Johns, Mayor Tommy Shanks, William F. Buckley, Mother Theresa, Angus Crock, the 5 Neat Guys, Brooke Shields, Raoul Wilson, Joyce DeHalfWitt, Jack Klugman, Tex and Edna Boil, Liberace, G. Gordon Liddy, Gus Gustofferson, Al Peck... oh! there are SOOOOOO MANY!!! All of them memorable. One of my favourite skits is when Richard Harris (Dave Thomas, of course) guest stars on Mel's Rock Pile and sings a re-mix of MacArthur's Park. Actually, anything with Dave Thomas as Richard Harris is hilarious. There are so many sketches I could name, but I won't, because it would literally take me a full day, if not two.

How can anyone NOT enjoy this show? I mean, if you've seen it at least once, be you Canadian or American, there had at least one sketch that made you chuckle! I am glad that it never became as popular and widely known as SNL... and that it didn't as long. For those who knew and loved SCTV, they know that it was never bad comedy and that it went out with dignity... and humour! This show is a timeless classic and I hope that it's memory will live on with the DVD box sets. I am glad to have stumbled upon this treasure... it's too bad that more people don't appreciated the comedic talent of these fine, fine actors.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1977 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(78 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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