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The Gong Show 

Amateur talent contest judged by three celebrities.

Creator:

Chris Bearde
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1   Unknown  
1979   1978   1976  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Chuck Barris ...  Himself - Host 6 episodes, 1976-1978
Trixie Dejonge Trixie Dejonge ...  Herself 5 episodes, 1976-1978
Gary Owens ...  Himself - Host / ... 3 episodes, 1976
Rocky Bonifield ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1976
Arte Johnson ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1976-1979
Mat Plendl ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Curt Vig Curt Vig ...  Themselves (The Puppets and Friends) 2 episodes, 1976
Louanne ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1978
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Storyline

Amateurs compete in a talent contest judged by a trio of celebrities. If the act is so bad that the judges can't bear to watch any more of it, they have the power to stop the act by pounding a large gong hanging on the wall behind them. Host Barris keeps the acts flowing, the jokes flying and the raucous party atmosphere floating. The show's grand prize was $516.32 (except in the syndicated version where it was $712.05). Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Game-Show

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1976 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tommy Hunter was the inspiration for this show. In an interview with CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos, "Canada's Country Gentleman" relates a story about a terrible act that was auditioning for his show. He was telling this to his producer Chris Bearde, who thought it would be a great idea for a show. Bearde pitched it to the CBC with Hunter to be host, but neither Hunter or the CBC was enthused with the idea. Bearde went back to L.A., pitched the idea to producer Chuck Barris and the rest is history. See more »

Quotes

Announcer: [at the start of the show] From Hollywood, almost live, it's The Gong Show!
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Connections

Referenced in Lucifer: Lady Parts (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Jumpin' at the Woodside
Music by Count Basie
(Gene, the Dancing Machine music)
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This was a game show?
27 December 2002 | by sportsfreak2125See all my reviews

I have mixed reviews about the Gong Show. On the one hand, IT'S HILARIOUS. The bad acts, the silly panel (Jamie Farr and Jaye P. Morgan were a riot), and of course Chucky baby himself made each episode a laugh out loud riot. When you look at an episode of tha Gong Show, it looks more like New Year's Eve at Times Square than an actual game show. This was THE show where anything, and everything can happen, from the host being tied up by the panel, to an entire marching band marching out in the middle of an act. This show didn't spare itself or its viewers by going over the top, especially when "Gene Gene the dancing machine" came out and the ensuing chaos takes over, but the show's claim to fame also proved to be it's downfall. The latter part of the show's run more resembles a drawn out SNL sketch gone horribly wrong then an actual game show. Granted it was still funny, it was a little too much, especially when you have everyone being censored out all the time. All this, plus the fact that you can only pie Chuck Barris so many times, led to the cancelation of the Gong Show. All in all, the Gong Show was um... interesting to say the least. But it's always good if you want to laugh till you cry.


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