About The Merv Griffin Show
(1962-1986, NBC and CBS and Syndicated)
Merv Griffin was America’s emcee. Born Meryn Edward Griffin Jr. in San Mateo, California in 1925, Merv began his career as a radio crooner in the 1940s. Following stints as a nightclub singer, film actor, recording artist, and game show host, Merv found his medium: the television talk-variety show.
For nearly a quarter of a century, Merv shared his affable charm with TV viewers daily, on a show that aired on NBC, CBS, and in first-run syndication. Whatever his network or time slot, Merv delivered a program that was always thoughtful and entertaining, but never pandered. The Merv Griffin Show combined newsmaker interviews with celebrity guests and performances from popular singers and comics in a delightfully diverse format.
For performers who made their living on the stages of clubs, cabarets or concert venues, Merv provided national exposure – and, in some cases, the only surviving video of their work. Merv humanized icons with with his breezy conversational style and held his own with presidents and political figures.
The Merv Griffin Show captured the cultural zeitgeist for 25 years. Today, it provides an invaluable historical record that also happens to be a joy to watch.
Notable newsmaker guests: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy
Musical guests: Whitney Houston, John Denver, Sammy Davis Jr., Tom Jones, Eartha Kitt, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin, the Everly Brothers, Minnie Pearl, Lionel Hampton, Judy Collins, Smokey Robinson, Hall & Oates, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Andy Williams, Loretta Lynn, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Pearl Bailey, Dolly Parton, Dionne Warwick
Actors: John Wayne, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Carol Burnett, Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball, Jerry Lewis, Ginger Rogers, George Hamilton, Tom Selleck, Gloria Swanson, Natalie Wood, Sylvester Stallone, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty
Comedians: Bob Hope, Jack Benny, George Carlin, Henny Youngman, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Jackie Mason, Dick Gregory
Produced by Bob Murphy, Peter Barsocchini (Emmy winners). Musical director: Mort Lindsey (Emmy nominee). Directors: Dick Carson (Emmy winner). Ron Appling (Emmy nominee). Writers: Tony Garofalo, Bob Murphy (Emmy winners), Sound Mixer: Dick Wilson (Emmy nominee).