The Garry Moore Show

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The Garry Moore Show
Garry Moore Carol Burnett Durward Kirby Garry Moore Show 1961.JPG
Cast photo: Garry Moore, Carol Burnett, and Durward Kirby, 1961.
Created by Garry Moore
Starring Garry Moore
Carol Burnett
Durward Kirby
Country of origin United States
Running time 30/60 minutes
Original channel CBS
Original run June 26, 1950 – January 8, 1967

The Garry Moore Show is 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 Dorothy Loudon, Don Adams, George Gobel, Carol Burnett, Don Knotts, Lee Goodman, James Kirkwood, Jr. 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 awarded Garry his own early evening television show in its place.

Original version (1950–1958)[edit]

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 (another prime-time edition, The Garry Moore Evening Show, alternated with The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on Thursday nights from September through December 1951). 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)[edit]

Larry Blyden with Carol Burnett, 1960.

In 1958, Moore ended the previous show because of his demanding work schedule, but he returned in the fall with a weekly hour-long evening series, with the same title and similar format. Allen Funt's Candid Camera segments became a regular feature of this series, along with a lengthy recap segment called "That Wonderful Year." In 1959 Moore produced one LP record, That Wonderful Year, 1940. In its first season, this version of The Garry Moore Show faced competition on NBC from the drama series with a western setting, The Californians, and the ABC crime/police reality show, Confession, hosted by Jack Wyatt.[1]

In the summer of 1960, the series was replaced for nine weeks by the Patrick O'Neal medical/police drama Diagnosis: Unknown. The Garry Moore Show was cancelled in 1964, and Moore retired for two years.[2][3]

Final version (1966–1967)[edit]

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 canceled after only five months. It was replaced on the CBS schedule by The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.


  1. ^ Hal Erickson, Encyclopedia of Television Law Shows: Factual and Fictional Series about Judges, Lawyers and the Courtroom, 1948–2008. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc., 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Garry Moore, 78, the Cheery Host Of Long-Running TV Series, Dies". New York Times. 1993-11-29. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  3. ^ Moore, Garry. I've Got A Secret, September 5, 1966.

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