Pray TV

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This article is about a 1980 comedy film, also known as KGOD. For the 1982 made-for-television drama, see Pray TV (1982 film). For the actual radio station with these call letters, see KGOD-LP.
Pray TV
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DVD cover
Directed by Rick Friedberg
Produced by
Written by
Music by George S. Clinton
Distributed by Filmways Pictures
Release dates
Country United States
Language English

Pray TV (also known as KGOD)[1] is a 1980 comedy film spoofing televangelism.


Failing UHF TV station KRUD, Channel 17, is "reborn" as Christian television station KGOD. The new format is a big success but attracts an incompatible mix of fringe ministries and broadcasters wanting time on the station. A series of humorous vignettes show the different religious shows the station broadcasts: a faith healer, a radical black nationalist preacher, a preacher with a drive-in church, a Christian game show, etc.

The film is very similar in both plot and style to the film UHF which was released in 1989.[2][3]


Pray TV stars Dabney Coleman, Paul Cooper, Rosemary Alexander, and Lewis Arquette, with cameos by Paul Reubens and the band Devo (who play a Christian rock band named "Dove"). It was directed by Rick Friedberg.


Pray TV was picked up by Filmways Pictures in 1980 (under its original name, KGOD).[4] The film premiered on television instead of theatrically,[5] and aired on Showtime in 1983 under its present title.[6]

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  1. ^ Associated Press (AP) (June 5, 1983). "Being Nice Didn't Get Coleman Where He Is". The Victoria Advocate. p. 9TV. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ David Nusair, "Six Comedy Cult Classics from MGM",, November 2005
  3. ^ Scott Weinberg, "Pray TV", DVD Talk, November 15, 2005
  4. ^ "Acquisitions (p. 26); No title available (p. 41)". Film Bulletin (Wax Publications) 49: 26, 41. 1980. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Pray TV". VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 1997. Visible Ink Press/Gale/Cengage Learning. 1996. p. xiii. ISBN 0-7876-0780-0. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Television movies". The Telegraph-Herald. March 18, 1983. p. 19 (Entertainment Section). Retrieved November 14, 2011. 

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