Daily religious-oriented series hosted by televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, which adopted a talk-show format.


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Jim Bakker Jim Bakker ...  Himself
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Religious programming has been a staple of television since its infancy. Local stations have always films and tapes of local church services, as well as airing a devotional message from local ministers at various times of the day. By the 1970s, televangelists often fundamentalist preachers with a conservative religious philosophy rose to power with programs such as "The P.T.L. Club." The P.T.L. was founded by Jim Bakker, a minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church; he explained the initials stood for "Praise the Lord" and "People that Love." Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye, had already their own local children's religious show and the original "700 Club" before "The P.T.L. Club" took to the airwaves. The show adopted a talk-show format, not unlike "The Tonight Show" and others of the era. Frequently, between chats with guest stars, religious messages ("God loves you; He really, really does!") and musical numbers, the Bakkers appealed for funds from the television audience... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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P.T.L. supposedly stood for either "Praise the Lord" or "People that Love." The detractors claimed that it stood for "Pass the Loot." See more »

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14 May 2003 | by GURNEYRAMPARTSee all my reviews

This show was the epitemy of everything wrong with boob tube tv preachers. With the scandal came the fall, yet in the aftermath came the rebirth. Has america learned it's lesson? Sadly no. The PTL Club was a program that was like the roman catholic ritual of selling indulgences. For 50 bucks they'd say your name on the air or for 4,000 you could get time in their time share hotel. Nothing more than a gospel of big bucks the show eventually had it's waterloo.

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