The Sonny And Cher Show

Sonny and Cher

About The Sonny And Cher Show

(1976-1977, CBS)

Following a three-year stint as the married co-hosts of a popular variety series – and less-than-successful solo shows after they split up – Sonny Bono and Cher reunited for this revival of their top-ten hit.

Rather than ignoring the couple’s highly publicized divorce, the show’s writers used it as material for jokes. Sonny was re-cast as the rejected spouse, still hinting at reconciliation. Cher, who had subsequently married musician Gregg Allman and was pregnant with their son during the first season, was the disinterested ex. Whatever was happening off-screen, Sonny and Cher smiled through it and recaptured some of the magic that made them audience favorites for a decade.

Popular comedy sketches like “Sonny’s Pizza” returned, as did the Emmy-nominated costume designers Bob Mackie and Ret Turner. Even daughter Chastity (now Chaz) Bono showed up on occasion. Added to the cast for this series was comic actor Ted Zeigler and the popular mime and dance duo Shields and Yarnell.

The Sonny and Cher Show concluded each week with the divorcees singing their biggest hit “I Got You Babe” and walking off, hand-in-hand. The series lasted two seasons on CBS, after which the former couple went their separate ways.

Notable guest stars: Bob Hope, Farrah Fawcett, Muhammad Ali, Betty White, Don Knotts, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Redd Foxx, Flip Wilson, Ken Berry, the Jacksons, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr.

Produced by Nick Vanoff, Frank Peppiatt, John Aylesworth, Phil Hahn. Costumes by Bob Mackie, Ret Turner (Emmy nominees).

Cast

Sonny Bono, Ted Zeigler, Robert Shields, Lorene Yarnell
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