Monday, July 2, 2018

The Flip Wilson Show

Thursday nights at 8:00 was ruled (briefly) by The Flip Wilson Show on NBC from September 17, 1970 until June 27, 1974. It was the rare variety show that had no returning supporting players; considering the high calibre talent he attracted none were needed.

Flip Wilson was one of the greatest storytellers of all time, his monologues were nothing short of hilarious week after week. Most of the action took place on a circular stage surrounded by audience members with only the barest scenery, giving the program an intimate feeling, placing the focus entirely on the talent.

Guest starts included John Wayne, Lucille Ball, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and almost every other major entertainer.

The Flip Wilson Show was the only primetime series showcasing musical guests like Issac Hayes, James Brown and The Temptations.

TVparty! has an extensive section on 1970s variety shows!