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On what variety show did the Smothers Brothers made their TV debut in 1961?
Tom and Dick's first TV series was a 1965 sitcom called "The Smothers Brothers Show." What was the show's premise?
"The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" debuted Feburay 5, 1967. What network aired it?
What popular Western series aired opposite "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" on Sunday nights?
What was the Smothers Brothers’ signature catchphrase?
Cast member Pat Paulsen (1927–1997) satirically ran for what elected office in 1968?
Head writer Mason Williams composed and performed a song that became a hit in 1968, thanks in part to exposure on the show. What was it called?
Two years after the show was cancelled, one "Smothers Brothers" writer would join the cast of "All In The Family." What's his or her name?
Another "Smothers Brothers" writer would go on to win an honorary Oscar in 2014. What’s his name?
The Smothers Brothers were fired on April 4, 1969 in the middle of the third season. What reason did CBS give for cancelling this highly rated show?
Tom and Dick began performing as a duo in 1959. Their first national TV appearance was on “The Jack Paar Show” on January 28, 1961.
In "The Smothers Brothers Show," Tom was an apprentice angel trying to get his wings by helping his brother. It was retitled "My Brother the Angel" in reruns.
The clean-cut folk singers CBS hired were more than the network bargained for. And clashes with the network over political and anti-war content made for a tense relationship.
NBC's "Bonanza" was the highest-rated primetime series when "The Smothers Brothers" debuted in 1967. It was quickly knocked back to fourth, with "Smothers" reaching #18 in season one.
"Mom always liked you best" grew out of the brothers' manufactured sibling rivalry on stage. It also became the name of their eighth comedy album, released in 1965.
Comedian Pat Paulsen (1927–1997) launched a satirical run for president on the show in 1968 — and his campaign actually generated votes!
Like most of the writers on "Smothers," Mason Williams was also a musician. His guitar track "Classical Gas" debuted on the show and became a Grammy winning top-ten hit!
Before he won two Emmys for "All In The Family," Rob Reiner was a "Smothers Brothers" writer! "It was the most cutting edge show on TV at that time," he told the TV Academy in 2011.
Steve Martin joined the writing staff at age 21 and made his TV debut on the show. Along with the rest of the writers, Martin won an Emmy for the show — after it was cancelled!
Tom and Dick attributed the cancelation to political pressure, but CBS insisted that the Smothers Brothers were late in delivering episodes for censor review. The boys sued and won.
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