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SCTV Network 

SCTV Network 90 (original title)
TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1981–1983)
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Comedy parody about TV.

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Andrew Alexander
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1983   1982   1981  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Candy ...  Various / ... 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Joe Flaherty ...  Various / ... 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Eugene Levy ...  Various / ... 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Andrea Martin ...  Various / ... 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Catherine O'Hara ...  Various / ... 29 episodes, 1981-1983
Rick Moranis ...  Various / ... 27 episodes, 1981-1982
Dave Thomas ...  Various / ... 27 episodes, 1981-1982
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Comedy parody about TV.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SCTV Comedy Network See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

To differentiate the show from Saturday Night Live (1975), the writer/performers decided to integrate musical guests into the plots of the episodes. The Fishin' Musician sketch was created as a way to highlight the musical guests if no other sketch was available. While some of the musical acts were chosen by the network, cast members asked for their own guests. For example, Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas requested Roy Orbison and Tony Bennett respectively - both of whom were at a relative low point in their career. See more »

Alternate Versions

The NBC syndication version of SCTV was edited and repackaged to fit in with the original half-hour shows in syndication. The original opening sequences do not air in the syndicated reruns, but rather a new composite using the cast photos from cycle 3 with the "malfunctioning equipment" from cycle one, as well as various clips from throughout the syndication, NBC and Cinemax shows for each actor. New syndication package: The version currently running on TV features quite a few music substitutions. See more »


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Off Broadway
Performed by George Benson
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A glorious expansion of "Second City Television"
24 November 1999 | by RJVSee all my reviews

When NBC hired the producers and cast members of "Second City Television" for "SCTV Network 90," they provided them with a larger budget and longer programming time than the original show had. As a result, the performers/writers elaborated on the show's original premise of a cheap TV station. Established characters like Joe Flaherty's Guy Caballero and Andrea Martin's Edith Prickley were deepened with more quirks that often thematically unified the sketches, such as an episode when Guy's job as station owner is threatened when he forges a check. The sketches became lengthier and more layered, exploring further possibilities in television satire, such as a "Godfather" parody likening TV executives to mob bosses. And SCTV still maintained its comic bite, thanks to both the writing and the performers. The humor remained intelligent and insightful and unlike SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE never became self-consciously hip or stale. SCTV 90 provided some of the greatest TV comedy ever, the like which we may never see again.


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