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.

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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

Best TV Game Shows of All Time

lets-make-a-dealThis should be a memorable trip back in time for the TV Game Show buffs out there. The focus here is on United States game shows, although many probably have been aired regularly in Canada and across to Britian andpress-your-luck-game-show the United Kingdom, and maybe even into Europe and the Orient. This list is not necessarily in any particular order other than the fact that this is probably the definitive list of television’s greatest shows of chance, knowledge or just plain luck. Following the name of each show is the most remembered host(s)

  1. The Price Is Right —> hosted by Bob Barker and Bill Cullen
  2. Jeopardy —> hosted by Alex Trebeck and Art Flemeng
  3. Hollywood Squares —> hosted by Peter Marshall and John Davidson
  4. The Match Game —> hosted by Gene Rayburn and Bert Convy
  5. Press Your Luck —> hosted by Peter Tomarken
  6. Let’s Make A Deal —> hosted by Monty Hall
  7. $10,000/$25,000 Pyramid —> hosted by Dick Clark, Bill Cullen, Donny Osmond
  8. Wheel of Fortune —> hosted by Chuck Woolery and Pat Sajack
  9. Family Feud —> hosted by Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Richard Karn and John O’Hurley
  10. Tic Tac Dough —> hosted by Wink Martindale
  11. Joker’s Wild —> hosted by Jack Barry, Bill Cullen and Jim Peck
  12. To Tell The Truth —> hosted by Bud Collyer and Garry Moore
  13. Truth of Consequences —> hosted by Ralph Edwards, Bob Barker and Bob Hilton
  14. Name That Tune —> hosted by George DeWitt, Dennis James and Tom Kennedy
  15. Concentration —> hosted by Hugh Downs, Bob Clayton, Jack Narz and Alex Trebek
  16. You Bet Your Life —> hosted by Groucho Marx
  17. Sale of the Century —> hosted by Jack Kelly, Joe Garagiola and Jim Perry
  18. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire —> hosted by Regis Philbin and Meredith Vieira
  19. The Weakest Link —> hosted by Anne Robinson and George Gray
  20. Lingo —> hosted by Michael Reagan and Chuck Woolery
  21. What’s My Line? —> hosted by John Charles Daly, Wally Bruner and Larry Blyden
  22. I’ve Got A Secret —> hosted by Garry Moore, Bill Cullen and Steve Allen
  23. Password —> hosted by Allen Ludden
  24. Scrabble —> hosted by Chuck Woolery
  25. The Newlywed Game —> hosted by Bob Eubanks
  26. Love Connection —> hosted by Chuck Woolery
  27. $64,000 Question —> hosted by Hal March
  28. Shenanigans —> hosted by Stubbie Kay
  29. Treasure Hunt —> hosted by Jan Murray and Geoff Edwards
  30. Deal or No Deal —> hosted by Howie Mandel
  31. Don’t Forget The Lyrics —> hosted by Wayne Brady
  32. Whose Line Is It Anyways —> hosted by Clive Anderson and Drew Carey
  33. Tattletales —> hosted by Bert Convy
  34. Card Sharks —> hosted by Jim Perry and Bob Eubanks
  35. You Don’t Say —> hosted by Tom Kennedy and Jim Peck
  36. The Dating Game —> hosted by Jim Lange
  37. Supermarket Sweep —> hosted by Bill Malone and David Ruprecht
  38. Win, Lose or Draw —> hosted by Bert Convy
  39. Blockbusters —> hosted by Bill Cullen
  40. The Liar’s Club —> hosted by Rod Serling, Bill Berry and Bill Armstrong
  41. Greed —> hosted by Chuck Woolery
  42. Say When —> hosted by Art James
  43. High Rollers —> hosted by Alex Trebek and Wink Martindale
  44. Chain Reaction —> hosted by Geoff Edwards
  45. Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? —> hosted by Jeff Foxworthy
  46. Child’s Play —> hosted by Bill Cullen
  47. MTV’s Double Dare —> hosted by Marc Summers
  48. Beat The Clock —> hosted by Bud Collyer, Jack Narz and Gene Wood
  49. GE College Bowl —> hosted by Allen Ludden
  50. Cash Cab —> hosted by Ben Bailey