The Garry Moore Show

The Garry Moore Show was the name for several separate American variety series on the CBS television network in the 1950s and 1960s. Hosted by experienced radio performer, Garry Moore, the series helped launch the careers of many comedic talents, such as Don Adams, George Gobel, Carol Burnett, Don Knotts and Jonathan Winters. The Garry Moore Show garnered a number of Emmy nominations and wins.


The show originally started as a radio program; CBS eventually rewarded Garry his own early evening television show in its place.

Original version (1950-1958)

The first incarnation of the show began in June, 1950 as a Monday-through-Friday 30-minute evening series. It was also simulcast on radio. The show changed to a once-weekly one-hour format by August. In the fall of 1950 CBS rescheduled the show each weekday in the afternoon, and it ran in this format until mid-1958. The series featured a relaxed and flexible combination of comedy skits, monologues, singing, and interaction with the studio audience. The show became an important commercial success for CBS.

Second version (1958-1964)

In 1958 Moore ended the show because of his demanding work schedule, but he returned in the fall of the same year with a once-weekly hour-long evening series, with the same title and pretty much the same format. Allen Funt's Candid Camera segments became a regular feature of this series, along with a lengthy recap segment called "That Wonderful Year." The series was cancelled in 1964, and Moore retired for two years.

Final version (1966-1967)

Moore returned with yet another version of the show in the fall of 1966. Due to very tough competition from Bonanza on NBC, the show was cancelled after only five months. It was replaced on the CBS schedule by The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.


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