The Red Buttons Show

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The Red Buttons Show
Genre Variety show
Created by Marlo Lewis
Developed by CBS
Directed by Burt Shevelove
Starring Red Buttons
Theme music composer Elliot Lawrence
Composer(s) Mitch Miller
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
Executive producer(s) Marlo Lewis
Producer(s) Al Span
Running time 30 min.
Original network CBS

The Red Buttons Show premiered on the CBS television network in 1952, and ran for two years on that network, then moved to NBC for the final 1954-55 season.

Red's catch phrase from the show, "Strange things are happening!" entered the national vocabulary briefly in the mid-1950s. The series finished #11 for the 1952-1953 season in the Nielsen ratings and #12 in 1953-1954.[1]


The CBS run of the series featured monologues, dance numbers, and sketches with Red and the other series regulars. Among the characters played by Red included, boxer Rocky Buttons, the Kupkekin Kid, the Sad Sack, and Keeleforven. When the series was canceled by CBS it moved to NBC which at first keep it a varitey show. When the ratings remained low the program was overhauled and turned into a sitcom with Red playing himself as a TV comic, Phyllis Kirk played his wife, Bobby Sherwood played the director of Red's program and Paul Lynde the network vice president.[2]

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  2. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  3. ^ Alicoate, Jack, Ed. (1955). The 1955 Radio and Television Yearbook. Radio Daily Corp. P. 1173.

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