The Hank McCune Show

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The Hank McCune Show
Genre Sitcom
Directed by Charles Maxwell
Starring Hank McCune
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Samuel Z. Arkoff
Dick Farrell
Hank McCune
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) United Television Productions
Original network NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 9 (1950-09-09) – December 2, 1950 (1950-12-02)

The Hank McCune Show was an American television situation comedy. Filmed without a studio audience, the series is notable for being the first television program to incorporate a laugh track.[1]

The series began as a local Los Angeles program in 1949. NBC placed it on its national primetime schedule at the start of the 1950-51 season. It debuted at 7:00pm Eastern Time on September 9 and was cancelled three months later. It was briefly resurrected as a syndicated program in 1953-54,[2] but without a laugh track.[3]


The premise foreshadowed that of The Larry Sanders Show in that it contained a show within a show. McCune portrayed a television variety show host named after himself, and each week the character managed to blunder his way into a variety of comic predicaments.

The supporting cast included Larry Keating, Charles Maxwell, Frank Nelson, and Florence Bates.

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  1. ^ Ingram, Billy (2002). TVparty!: Television's Untold Tales. Bonus Books, Inc. p. 17. ISBN 1-56625-184-2. 
  2. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946 - Present by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, Ballantine Books, 2003, p. 502, ISBN 0-345-45542-8
  3. ^ "Production," Broadcasting Telecasting, p. 37,

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