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The Gong Show 

Amateur talent contest judged by three celebrities.

Creator:

Chris Bearde
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1   Unknown  
1979   1978   1976  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Chuck Barris ...  Himself - Host 6 episodes, 1976-1978
Trixie Dejonge Trixie Dejonge ...  Herself 5 episodes, 1976-1978
Gary Owens ...  Himself - Host / ... 3 episodes, 1976
Rocky Bonifield ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1976
Arte Johnson ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1976-1979
Mat Plendl ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Curt Vig Curt Vig ...  Themselves (The Puppets and Friends) 2 episodes, 1976
Louanne ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1978
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Storyline

Amateurs compete in a talent contest judged by a trio of celebrities. If the act is so bad that the judges can't bear to watch any more of it, they have the power to stop the act by pounding a large gong hanging on the wall behind them. Host Barris keeps the acts flowing, the jokes flying and the raucous party atmosphere floating. The show's grand prize was $516.32 (except in the syndicated version where it was $712.05). Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Game-Show

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1976 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In an interview, musical director Milton Delugg said that many prostitutes in the Hollywood area would audition for the show, because they could make more money in a minute-and-a-half on the show than they could make working the streets for two weeks. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Barris: [just before a commercial break] We'll be back with more stuff right after this message.
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Connections

Referenced in Come Dine with Me Canada: Emmanuel Pena: Block Five (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Jumpin' at the Woodside
Music by Count Basie
(Gene, the Dancing Machine music)
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One of the best TV shows ever, ever...EVER!
14 January 2003 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

I used to watch this show religiously back when I was in High School. If only my family had owned a VCR way back then (did they make them in '76--I don't remember). I would have taped every single episode, and I'd still be watching them today. "Star Search"? "American Idol"? Those "reality" shows are crap! The Gong Show was the polar opposite of this kind of show--the REAL real deal, not a pre-fab parade of future showbiz hacks doing pale imitations of current showbiz hacks while former showbiz hacks pretend to "judge" them. The Gong show was an out of control coke-fueled madhouse that presented a mind-blowing array of street performers, lounge acts, amateurs, and just plain street psychos doing their things! In other words, nobodies copying nobody being judged by virtual nobodies. Format? Script? A plan, even? For Chuck Barris and his cronies, all these things were only concepts, to be used or thrown away at will. What happened, happened; the show was what it was. Never before and never since has there been such entertainment on Television! If they put the entire series on DVD, I'd save up my money and buy two copies!


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