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Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters 

Country music-variety series starring country superstar Barbara Mandrell and her sisters, Louise, and Irlene.
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1982   1981   1980  
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Barbara Mandrell ...  Herself - Host 35 episodes, 1980-1982
Louise Mandrell Louise Mandrell ...  Herself - Host / ... 35 episodes, 1980-1982
Irlene Mandrell ...  Herself - Host 35 episodes, 1980-1982
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Country music superstar Barbara Mandrell hosted this Sid and Marty Krofft-produced music-variety series with her younger sisters, Louise and Irelene. Also helping out was Truck Shackley & the Texas Critters, a group of Krofft puppets that included five musicians and a dog. While most of the show's material centered on comedy sketches (including a regular play depicting the sisters' youths), the meat of the show remained rooted in country music. Each week, a well-established country star (e.g., Dolly Parton, Larry Gatlin, Charley Pride, the Statler Brothers and Marty Robbins) and an up-and-coming act of the era (including later superstar acts Alabama, Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner) made appearances, playing their biggest and current hits. The show played off the success of Barbara Mandrell's fast-exploding country career, which included sell-out concerts and a string of No. 1 hits (most notably, "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed" and "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool"); in fact, ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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18 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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Krofft Entertainment See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The show got very good ratings during its entire two year run. The only reason it went off the air was because star Barbara Mandrell was suffering from exhaustion. See more »

Quotes

Dolly Parton: [Barbara is dressed as Dolly Parton when the real Dolly enters] What have you got in there... your sisters?
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits of a 1981 episode, where Barbara is riding a mechanical bull in the background, hair stylist Monique DeSart is credited as "Monique DeFart." The credits were rolling at a faster-than-usual speed (most likely because of said credit), so one wasn't supposed to blink or they would miss that controversial credit. (Ms. DeSart's surname was restored to normal - as well as the credits rolling at the normal speed - in succeeding episodes.) See more »

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Referenced in The 7th Annual TV Land Awards (2009) See more »

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7 July 2004 | by lklebarSee all my reviews

FYI... They did not end this show due to the 1984 car accident! The show ended after Barbara was at physical exhaustion which forced her to quit.

This show revealed the enormous talent this family has. It was a refreshing treat each Sat. night for all families across the country. A 60 min. variety show combining country, gospel, comedy and a wonderful line-up of guest stars which was enjoyed by both the young and old. Each show ended with a 10 min. gospel segment. Country music fans as well as any music lover enjoyed the show. Would be wonderful to see it released on video soon.


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