The Jack LaLanne Show

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The Jack LaLanne Show
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Jack LaLanne in 1961
GenreExercise, fitness
Presented byJack LaLanne
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Original networkKGO-TV (1951–59)
Syndication (1959–85)
Original release1951 (1951) –
1985 (1985)

The Jack LaLanne Show was an American exercise television show hosted by Jack LaLanne that ran from 1951 to 1985.[1]


Beginning in 1951, the program was broadcast locally on KGO-TV in San Francisco. After it was picked up for national syndication in 1959, it became the longest-running exercise program.[2]


Vincent LoBrutto, in his book, TV in the USA, described LaLanne as "one of early television's great pitchmen", saying that he was "full of charisma and vitality and determined to make everyone look and feel better."[2] He engaged viewers in conversation and used items like rubber cords, chairs, and broomsticks when he needed props for exercises.[2]

LaLanne often used his white German shepherd dog, Happy, in his program. The dog's tricks attracted children to the program, so that LaLanne could say to the children: "You go get Mother or Daddy, Grandmother, Grandfather, whoever is in the house. You go get them, and you make sure they exercise with me."[3]


  1. ^ Goldstein, Richard (January 23, 2011). "Jack LaLanne, Founder of Modern Fitness Movement, Dies at 96". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c LoBrutto, Vincent (2018). TV in the USA: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas [3 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. p. 69. ISBN 9781440829734. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  3. ^ McDonald, William (2011). The Obits: The New York Times Annual 2012. Workman Publishing. p. 265. ISBN 9780761169420. Retrieved 14 December 2017.

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