TV’s Greatest Variety Shows of All Time


There’s one long lost format of TV programming that I miss so much and that is the Variety Show. These type of shows were a television staple for years starting back in the late 1940’s and could be found pretty much on any given night of the week throughout the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. There were times when it absolutely dominated the airwaves. Nowadays, you can catch glimpses of some of these on so-called TV infomercials that advertise DVD collections of a handful of the more popular variety series from the past such as Carol Burnett, Ed Sullivan and Dean Martin.

This is still a work in progress — Stay Tuned!


Jackie Gleason Show (1950-1957) (1962-1970)

Red Skelton Show (1951-1971)

Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)

Ed Sullivan Show/Toast of The Town (1948-1971)
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show (1962-1962)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-1969)
Rowan & Martin Laugh-In (1968-1973)
The Hollywood Palace (1964-1970)
Texaco Star Theater/The Milton Berle Show (1948-1956)
Hee-Haw (1969-1992)
The Flip Wilson Show (1970-1974)
Art Linkletter’s House Party (1952-1969)
Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1971-1974)
Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969-1972)
The Red Foxx Comedy Hour (1977-1978)
The Richard Prior Show (1977-1977)
Andy Williams Show (1959-1971, 1976)
The Bing Crosby Show
Milton Berle Show
Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour
Your Show of Shows
Perry Como Show
Colgate Comedy Hour
The Jack Benny Show
Arthur Godfrey Show
Dinah Shore Show
Dean Martin Show
Lawrence Welk Show
Burns & Allen
Johnny Cash Show
Donny & Marie Show
Hootenanny

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