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A&E BIOGRAPHY [1 episode]
Usually well-done one (or two)-hour looks into a person's life.
* December 7, 1999 (Game Show Week, Special #2/"Bob Barker: Master of Ceremonies"): Some good clips are shown here, including the famous "Fainting Alene" clip from 1977. No intro nor credits. [D-18.2/OB]

ABC'S WIDE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT [1 episode]
Interesting 1970s late-night catch-all for various specials.
* May 28, 1975 ("What's My Line? At 25"; studio portions taped 4/75): Mark Goodson, Arlene Francis, and John Charles Daly look back at a bevy of clips from the CBS years. Studio master with slate! [D-24.1,2/SM]

THE EARLY SHOW [1 clip]
CBS "good morning"-type show that's been on for a while. Weatherman Dave Price was groomed by the network to take over on The Price Is Right, but despite doing well Fremantle didn't want him. Make your own joke. :P
* July 24, 2007: Interview with Drew Carey about The Price Is Right and Power of 10. Runs 6:36. [35.3/OB, WPEC-12 {West Palm Beach, Florida}]

THE GOLDEN GIRLS [1 episode]
I'm not a fan of sitcoms, personally. Still not gonna pass up an opportunity to snag a game show-related episode of one, though. :)
* February 8, 1992 ("Questions & Answers"): Episode about Jeopardy!, guest starring Alex, Johnny, and Merv! Not-so-good video. [57.7/SM]

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER [1 episode]
As I said, not a sitcom fan (thanks, Three's Company!), but the way they ended this series by pretty much saying "This was our plan from the beginning, up yours." pissed off a lot of people.
* April 30, 2007 ("Showdown"): Two weeks before Lily & Marshall's wedding, they just can't stay apart; Lily's wedding dress doesn't fit, so she eats lots of fattening food(?!); Ted tries to write a nice speech for his toast that won't embarrass the couple; Barney thinks Bob Barker is his real father and wants to meet him, so he goes on The Price Is Right. Original commercials, including a promo for Bob's last two primetime specials. [28.2/OB, WPEC-12]

IN LIVING COLOR [2 clips]
African-American comedy show that had some great moments in pretty much every season (yes, even the one after the Wayans family left). NOTE: May have foul language.
* January 10, 1993: You Bet Your Career - Delta Burke vs. Sinbad. Bill Cosby hosts (assisted by Mr. T) the show where has-beens play for walk-on roles in shows like Major Dad...or they would be if Bill's show didn't get canned halfway through! Mostly monochrome video. [56.10/SM]
* January 17, 1993: Family Feud - Royal Family vs. Jacksons. RAY COMBS hosts with four-member teams on a facsimile set! Mostly monochrome video. [56.11/SM]

THE INSIDER [1 clip]
I can pretty much describe this as a "celebrity tabloid show" and leave it at that.
* May 16, 2007: Two-minute clip showing classic Price Is Right moments! [31.2/OB, WPEC-12]

THE LATE LATE SHOW (CBS/Craig Ferguson, 2005-14) [1 episode]
Began as a guest host during the period after Craig Kilborn left, and eventually got the job. A very good choice, with well over 2,000 episodes as proof. His replacement, James Corden...notsomuch.
* May 16, 2007: BOB BARKER (great segment!), Elizabeth Banks, and Modest Mouse. Plus: Craig mentions his show Ghost Chimp M.D., makes fun of Blankety Blank's horrible theme music, mentions Scottish people on Family Fortunes (with Bob Monkhouse), Japanese Rock & Roll, a Wheel of Fortune clip with a bad contestant, Dr. Simon Cowell M.D., the George W. Bush/Tony Blair news conference, and The Best of "After the Laughter: The Real Prince Charles". Original commercials, ends during Modest Mouse's performance, but highly-recommended! [33.2/OB, WPEC-12]

THE LATE SHOW (FOX/Ross Shafer, 1988) [1 episode]
By the time Ross began, the show's ratings were so low that only newsmakers and human interest-style guests showed up. Around June '88, the format changed to focus more on tabloid and "ripped-from-the-headlines" stories; didn't work.
* Spring 1988 (Game Show Hosts Special): Twenty-minute segment with Gene Rayburn, Gary Owens, Tom Kennedy, Dennis James, Jim Lange, Fred Wostbrock, and NO MORE COOKING SEGMENTS! [D-4.4,5/OB, WXIN-59 {Indianapolis, Indiana}]

THE LATE SHOW (CBS/David Letterman, 1993-2015) [1 episode]
Dave was a mainstay in late-night for over three decades, although personally I found him funnier in the 1980s and early '90s.
* May 16, 2007 ("I'm in management!"): Ricky Gervais, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Mavis Staples (Bumped: Tom Hanks). Plus: A Sopranos Finale Preview, an MSNBC Presidential Debate promo, an Apple commercial, Andy Kindler Visits Collectors, Top 10 Things Bob Barker Can Say Now That He's Retiring, the Late Show Prize Wheel Giveaway, and MORE! Original commercials, no intro, but highly-recommended! [33.1/OB, WPEC-12]

MOST OUTRAGEOUS MOMENTS [1 clip]
Used to be just game shows, but now concentrates more on other things.
* April 18, 2008: About two minutes of clips from Tattletales, The 64,000 Question, Sale of the Century (Australia), The Newlywed Game, 3's A Crowd, Match Game (1970s), The Weakest Link (UK), and The Hollywood Squares. VERY grainy-but-watchable video that screws up at times...and is monochrome. [59.1/OB]

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE [2 clips]
Sketch show that's had its ups and downs. The first five seasons (1975-80) are the best in my book. (Note that some of these skits may have foul language in them.)
* October 23, 1976: Jeopardy! 1999 (the show's very first game show spoof!) - Art F114 hosts (and Don Pardo announces) a "futuristic" version with the same pull-card board and even an appearance by "Think!". [56.8/SM]
* February 26, 1977: Hollywood Bingo - Gern Blanston hosts a cross between The Hollywood Squares and Bingo with 24 celebrities...too many. [56.9/SM]

SCTV [3 clips]
Local flavor and budget, plus a star-studded regular cast. Well worth watching! (Some clips may be from the 1977-80 syndicated run.)
* May 15, 1981 (NBC Premiere): High Q - Parkdale High (Margaret/Peter/James) vs. St. Anthony's Collegiate (Leonard/Cathy/Bruce). Alex Trebel hosts, but with these six players and a rowdy audience no wonder he can't keep his anger down! [54.3/SM]
* June 19, 1981: What's My Shoe Size? - Dorothy Kilpatrick, Bennett Cerb, Arlene Franklin, Kirk Dugglis. John Charles Bailey hosts this great parody of the CBS-era What's My Line?! [54.4/SM]
* July 31, 1981: Short promo for Dialing for Dollars, hosted by Walter Cronkite. [54.5/SM]

SESAME STREET [1 episode, 5 clips]
PBS show that was really good until it got all Elmo-centric and began producing only a few episodes per season.
* November 9, 1970 (#131/Season 2 Premiere): What's My Part? - Bennett Snerf, Arlene Frantic, Cookie Monster. Mystery Guest: Nose. [52.11/SM]
* November 27, 1972 (#406/Season 4 Premiere): Here Is Your Life - Oak Tree gets the surprises of its life! [52.12/SM]
* November 19, 1973 (#536/Season 5 Premiere): Beat the Time - can Cookie Monster find three things that rhyme with rain in 55 seconds to win a cookie? [52.13/SM]
* November 28, 1974 (#684): Beat the Time - can Grover find five things that contain milk in one minute to win a trip to Dairyland, USA? [54.11/SM]
* January 2, 1975 (#709): Here Is Your Life - it's Loaf of Bread's turn to be surprised! Brief PLAY message at the beginning. [54.12/SM]
* December 23, 2007 ("Elmo's Christmas Countdown"): Elmo celebrates Christmas on a very fake version of Sesame Street with the help of Stiller the Elf (Ben Stiller) and guest stars including Kevin James, Ty Pennington, and Charles Gibson. Oh, and Bert and Ernie try to direct a live-action Christmas special with two guys from The Sopranos starring as them(?!). Original commercials, pretty grainy-but-watchable video that screws up at times. [53,1/OB, WPLG-10 {Miami, Florida}]

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