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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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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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Storyline

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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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SCTV See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(78 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The McKenzie brothers characters, from the "Great White North" sketch, were essentially reincarnated in animal form, when Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas reunited to voice the mooses Tuke and Rutt in Brother Bear (2003). See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Lola Heatherton: I love you! I wanna bear your children!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Dance of the Hours
Music by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performed by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
(1976-1978)
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26 November 2005 | by jonesy74-1See all my reviews

All of the user comments are great but they leave out some of the best contributions from SCTV - The McKenzie Brothers and the Redneck Movie Critics.

From the beginning of the opening credits where it was announced that "SCTV is on the air" followed by t.v. sets being thrown out of windows to crash on the sidewalks below, the laughs ensued.

I understand that Canadian Television had an extra two minutes more than U.S. television, so they asked Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to come up with an extra two minutes of material that would air on Canadian Television. Their contribution? The Mackenzie Brothers, eh? It was all ad-lib. The Great White North sketch was eventually added to the American version.

Each week would be a different topic - "This week, our topic is how to stuff a mouse in a beer bottle, eh?" "Take off, eh?" "No, you take off, you hoser." "How do you like my new toque (rhymes with kook), eh?" "It's a beauty way to go, eh?" These guys were absolutely hilarious! They had the entire country doing Canadian-speak," eh?

The other guys I loved were the Red-neck movie reviewers. Dressed like Elmer Fudd on a wabbit-hunt, Joe Flaherty and John Candy rated movies based on whether they "blowed 'em up real good," or not. You guessed it - if the movie "blowed 'em up real good" (followed by lots of guffaws and yuks), it was a good movie. If there were no car crashes or explosions, well, it was a bad movie.

This was an extremely clever show and launched the careers of some powerful comic geniuses (Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara included among those already mentioned). It's definitely worth the late-night t.v. watch on T.V. Land.


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