How's Your Mother-in-Law?
|How's Your Mother-in-Law?|
|Created by||Chuck Barris|
|Presented by||Wink Martindale|
|Narrated by||Johnny Jacobs|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Chuck Barris Productions|
|Original release||December 4, 1967 – March 1, 1968|
The daytime series was produced and created by Chuck Barris during a period which, as he recounted in his autobiography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, had him creating horrible formats due to the success of The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game (he also created The Family Game earlier in 1967).
Three mothers-in-law were represented by comedians acting as "defense attorneys". On the first week, the comedians were George Carlin, Richard Dawson, and Larry Storch; the show later included Nipsey Russell, Milt Kamen and Richard Dawson.
After each comedian presented his "case", a "jury" of five unmarried men and five unmarried women picked the mother-in-law they'd most like to have. That mother-in-law received $100. Each woman's son-in-law provided information (usually derogatory) to the comedians before the show.
- David Schwartz, Steve Ryan and Fred Wostbrock, "The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows," second edition, 1995.
- Wesley Hyatt, "The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television."
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