Pioneers of Television
From Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" and Milton Berle’s "Texaco Star Theater" to "The Carol Burnett Show," "Smothers Brothers" and "Laugh-In," among others, this episode celebrates the variety show. [56 minutes]
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Comedienne Phyllis Diller describes how she ran into trouble on the "The Ed Sullivan Show." 01:43
Listen to Phyllis Diller comment on her first-ever television appearance on You Bet Your Life, with Groucho Marx. To... 01:16
Comedian Johnathan Winters recalls a favorite skit he performed with fellow comedian Dean Martin. 02:41
Carol Burnett's first big break occurred when she performed a song displaying her affection for US Secretary of... 01:52
The first episode of PIONEERS OF TELEVISION features the first standup comediennes to appear on television and the... 01:18
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Series Description: The four-part series examines the people who left their imprint on sitcoms, late-night, variety and game shows in the early days of the medium. The program features interviews with legendary stars, including Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Art Linkletter, Andy Griffith, Betty White, Phyllis Diller, Jim Nabors, Marlo Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Ed McMahon and Merv Griffin. Using never-before-seen images and showcasing timeless clips, the documentary examines the entertainers that provided the classic scenes that still amuse us today.
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