The Shari Lewis Show

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The Shari Lewis Show
Format Children's show
Presented by Shari Lewis
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC

The Shari Lewis Show is an American Saturday morning color television program for children which appeared on NBC from 1960 to 1963.

The show starred Shari Lewis who was both the show's host and the puppeteer for the characters Lamb Chop, Hush Puppy and Charlie Horse. The show also starred Ronald Radd who played Mr. Goodfellow and Clive Russell, who made his television debut on the series. Fred Gwynne also made appearances as Lamb Chop's doctor. The show was awarded a Peabody Award in 1961. Despite warm reviews, the show was cancelled after three seasons.

Lewis also presented a BBC show with the same title and characters, broadcast in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Almost all full episodes of the show are not known to exist today. The original tapes of many episodes were wiped and reused by NBC to record coverage of the 1964 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Lewis said in an interview decades later that this "was a shame, since the shows were beautifully done as a showcase of NBC's early color broadcast work." However, some episodes and some clips of the show have survived, and the existing footage was restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and some episodes are even on DVD.

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