The Shari Lewis Show
|The Shari Lewis Show|
|Presented by||Shari Lewis|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||30 minutes|
The Shari Lewis Show is an American Saturday morning color television program for children which appeared on NBC from 1960 to 1963, which took over the time slot after the conclusion of the Howdy Doody program.
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 from 13 April 1969 to 28 August 1976.
Almost no full episodes of the show are 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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