TV: Music & Variety

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1. The Bell Telephone Hour (1959–1968)

60 min | Music

The long-running television version of the long-running NBC radio series devoted to classical music as well as Broadway composers.

Stars: The Bell Telephone Orchestra, Mel Brandt, Donald Voorhees, The Buster Davis Singers

Votes: 31

2. Music Scene (1969–1970)

TV-G | 45 min | Music

"Music Scene" was presented by ABC TV in a 45 minute format, Monday evenings 7:30-8:15, a unique time slot that pitted it against CBS' "Gunsmoke" at 7:30PM and NBCs "Laugh In" at 8PM . The ... See full summary »

Stars: David Steinberg, Chris Bokeno, Paul Reid Roman, Christopher Ross

Votes: 32

3. Hippodrome (1966– )

60 min | Music

Spectacular variety series featuring the whole nine yards, jumping dogs, trapeze acts, brass bands, vaudeville as well as contemporary singers and musicians. Hosts were the same but ... See full summary »

Stars: Frances Dean, Frank Foster, Tony Randall, The Searchers

Votes: 8

4. Hullabaloo (1965–1966)

TV-G | 60 min | Family, Comedy, Music

Music showcase show featuring well-known musical artists as well as celebrity hosts and dancers.

Stars: Patrick Adiarte, Suzanne Charny, Gene Castle, April Nevins

Votes: 124

5. The Midnight Special (1972–1981)

90 min | Music, Talk-Show

Late night rock and pop music performances are featured.

Stars: Wolfman Jack, Helen Reddy, Donna Summer, Gladys Knight

Votes: 259

6. Hootenanny (1963–1964)

30 min | Music

Musical variety show, originating from a different college campus each week, featuring various pop-folk groups of the period. Unfortunately, a combination of blacklisting certain ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Linkletter, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Theodore Bikel, The Brothers Four

Votes: 31

7. Shindig! (1964–1966)

60 min | Family, Music

A musical variety show featuring the biggest acts in rock-n-roll performing their latest hits.

Stars: The Blossoms, Carolyne Barry, Bobby Sherman, Jimmy O'Neill

Votes: 131

8. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, The Ernie Flatt Dancers, Harvey Korman

Votes: 5,275

9. International Showtime (1961–1965)

60 min | Music

Don Ameche hosted this variety show that featured performers from Europe.

Stars: Don Ameche, Tony Hancock, Benny Hill

Votes: 21

10. Rock Concert (1973–1980)

90 min | Music

Weekly late-night progressive rock bands, many very well known, with some soft-pop (later) and occasional comic routines.

Stars: Don Kirshner, Gary Mule Deer, The Village Idiots, Natural Gas

Votes: 79

11. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 2,655

12. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Topo Gigio

Votes: 1,146

13. The Andy Williams Show (1969–1971)

60 min | Comedy, Music

Coming back to television after taking a year off, Andy Williams hosted this musical/comedy variety show. While his earlier programs had stuck with more traditional music, this new show ... See full summary »

Stars: Allan Blye, Andy Williams, Janos Prohaska, The Osmonds

Votes: 80

14. The Kraft Music Hall (1967–1971)

60 min | Music

A few years after Perry Como left as host, "The Kraft Music Hall" was revived as a regular series from 1967-71. There was no set host during this period, and various guest hosts, usually a ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Alan King, Eddy Arnold, Anne Meara

Votes: 75

15. The Hollywood Palace (1964–1970)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.

Stars: Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Dick Tufeld, Jimmy Durante

Votes: 195

16. Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (1962–1966)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

In 1962, Jackie Gleason returned to the tried-and-true variety show format with his talk show American Scene Magazine.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, The June Taylor Dancers, Johnny Olson, Sammy Spear and His Orchestra

Votes: 62

17. The Jackie Gleason Show (1952–1973)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.

Stars: Jack Lescoulie, The June Taylor Dancers, Ray Bloch, Jackie Gleason

Votes: 393

18. The Jackie Gleason Show (1966–1970)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Musical

Jackie Gleason's last weekly variety series, which alternated between regular variety hours with big name guest stars and musical remakes of old "The Honeymooners" sketches.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Johnny Olson, The June Taylor Dancers, Sammy Spear and His Orchestra

Votes: 247

19. The Danny Kaye Show (1963–1967)

60 min | Comedy, Music

Primary focus on the multi-talented Kaye - singing and dancing his way through comedy skits and monologues - assisted by semi-regular guests, singers, dancers and orchestra.

Stars: Danny Kaye, Sally Stevens, Harvey Korman, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 148

20. The Johnny Cash Show (1969–1971)

60 min | Music

Johnny Cash and wife, June Carter Cash were hosts of this Country and Western themed variety show. Comedians Hope, Crosby, Minnie Pearl and others perform Skits. Musical acts as Diverse as Louis Armstrong to "The Monkees" perform.

Stars: Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, The Statler Brothers, The Tennessee Three

Votes: 194

21. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: The Saturday Night Live Band, Don Pardo, Darrell Hammond, Lenny Pickett

Votes: 44,329

22. Playboy After Dark (1969–1970)

60 min | Comedy, Music

Hugh Hefner hosts a party at his home with celebrity guests.

Stars: Hugh Hefner, Chris Cranston, Nanci Roberts, Bill Cosby

Votes: 76

24. Austin City Limits (1975– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

Established singer-songwriters and acclaimed newcomers perform country, blues, rock, folk, bluegrass, and related styles of music from Studio 6A of public television station KLRU (formerly KLRN) at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stars: Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Patty Griffin

Votes: 234

25. Bluegrass Underground (2011– )

30 min | Music

Taped deep within the subterranean amphitheater of The Caverns in Tennessee's majestic Cumberland Mountains, this music series features both long-established and emerging artists in bluegrass and a broad spectrum of other genres.

Stars: Amos Lee, David Rawlings, Alynda Segarra, Billy Strings

Votes: 10

26. Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters (1969–1970)

60 min | Comedy, Music

Comedy/variety show co-hosted by the eponymous Lennon Sisters and Jimmy Durante. This family-oriented variety series tried hard, but high budgets, top-name guests, and the obviously sincere... See full summary »

Stars: Jimmy Durante, The Lennon Sisters, Dianne Lennon, Janet Lennon

Votes: 20

27. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1993)

60 min | Comedy

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, Peter Cullen

Votes: 1,238

28. The Judy Garland Show (1963–1964)

60 min | Comedy, Music

The star performs with guests.

Stars: Judy Garland, Jerry Van Dyke, Bradford Craig, Mel Tormé

Votes: 346

29. This Is Tom Jones (1969–1971)

60 min | Documentary, Music

A typical variety show featuring music by both guests and the host. Interspersed were comedy segments often by Ace Trucking Company which featured rising talents Fred Williard and Patti Deutsch.

Stars: Tom Jones, The Mike Sammes Singers, Sue Glover, Sunny Leslie

Votes: 86

30. American Bandstand (1952–1989)

TV-G | 90 min | Music, Talk-Show

Dick Clark hosts a daily to weekly dance show that features the latest hit music for the attending teens to dance to. In addition, the show has performances by popular musicians and audience members rate songs.

Stars: Dick Clark, Charlie O'Donnell, Peaches Johnson, Stan Rodarte

Votes: 297

31. Soul Train (1971–2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Music, Talk-Show

Created by music impresario Don Cornelius, Soul Train is an African-American focused music-dance television program that aired 35 years, primarily featuring performances by R&B, soul, funk, pop, and hip hop artists.

Stars: Don Cornelius, Diana Puskas, Queen Turner, Carole Creekmore

Votes: 496

32. Hee Haw (1969–1997)

60 min | Comedy, Music

Televised comedy/variety show with a country bent.

Stars: Roy Clark, Gunilla Hutton, Buck Owens, Grandpa Jones

Votes: 1,312

33. Where the Action Is (1965–1967)

TV-G | 60 min | Music

A Rock'n'Roll Variety Show toured over the United States and briefly around the world for the spring and fall months, except for Malibu Beach for the summer and Big Bear Ski Resort for the ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Alaimo, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Dick Clark, Steve Ciro

Votes: 60

34. Shivaree (1965–1968)

30 min | Music

A rock 'n' roll musical performance show that began as a local Los Angeles-based program on KABC-LA. It began syndication in April 1965 in more than 150 markets in the U.S. and seven ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Weed, April Stevens, Nancy Sinatra, Nino Tempo

Votes: 10

35. Hollywood a Go Go (1964–1966)

60 min | Music

Music-variety show based in Los Angeles, Califonia featuring many popular music stars. Initially a local program, it was quickly pick-up and released in first-run syndication nationwide by Four Star Television.

Stars: Deanna Mollner, The Sinners, The Challengers, Joey Paige

Votes: 11

36. Operation: Entertainment (1968– )

30 min | Music, Comedy

A variety show that traveled all over the globe to entertain American troops at Army, Navy and Air Force bases around the world.

Stars: Tim Conway, Jimmy Dean, The Lennon Sisters, Jim Lange

37. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971–1974)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

A variety show with comedy skits and musical numbers, performed by a regular cast and special guests.

Stars: Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler, Freeman King

Votes: 680

38. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969–1972)

Not Rated | 60 min | Comedy

Variety series hosted by country/pop singer Glen Campbell.

Stars: Glen Campbell, Marty Paich, Larry McNeeley, John Hartford

Votes: 96

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