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TV Shows - Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is an American sketch comedy television program which ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968 to May 14, 1973. It was hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin and was broadcast over NBC. It originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967 and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Mondays at 8pm on NBC. The title, Laugh-In, came out of events of the 1960s hippie culture, such as "love-ins" or "be-ins." These were terms that were, in turn, derived from "sit-ins," common in protests associated with civil rights and anti-war demonstrations of the time. The show was characterized by a rapid-fire series of gags and sketches, many of which conveyed sexual innuendo or were politically charged. Rowan and Martin continued the exasperated straight man (Dan Rowan) and "dumb" guy (Dick Martin) act which they had established as nightclub comics. Laugh-In had its roots in the humor of vaudeville and burlesque, but its most direct influences were from the comedy of Olsen and Johnson (specifically, their free-form Broadway revue Hellzapoppin'), the innovative television works of Ernie Kovacs, and the topical satire of That Was The Week That Was.

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1 I've seen reruns in syndication and was disappointed, and that had nothing to do with me believing any hype. I saw many of these when they were first run. I was pre-schoo and grade-school age at the time and thought it was the most hilarious thing on TV then. Being only 7 when it was cancelled, I was heartbroken, and couldn't for the life of me understand why for years after its cancellation it was never re-run anywhere. Then in the early to middle 1980, Channel 9 in NY (then WOR, now WWOR) started showing reruns. I was lost. I barely cracked a smile. All those "Watergate" jokes were no longer funny, mainly because Watergate was a very drawn out scandal that brought down two Presidents (including Ford who failed to win the election of 1976 in part because he pardoned Nixon). By the mid-1980s people had grown weary of kicking Nixon who had been out of public life for a decade. Also, many of their popular culture references were passing references to people you wouldn't have heard of or events that made news at the time but meant little in passing as of the rerun date. It never boned, because you can't predict how your reruns are going to be received by a future audience, but as another person pointed out, those reruns are good for little more than nostalgia, and you'll have to google much of that to know what they mean lol. Believe me, I hate writing this. One of my very first favorite shows in life doesn't appeal to me in the least anymore, and that SUCKS! -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on June 15, 2012, 4:51 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
2 It was a funny show but kind of dated; it's more or less a time capsule of the late 60s and early 70s. But that was a groovy time indeed. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on March 6, 2012, 4:13 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
3 They should bring back reruns of this show. It's been so long I can barely remember the skits. I remember Goldie Hawn painting her body and wearing a bikini. I remember Jo Ann Whorley. I remember the little old lady who would club the old guy over the head and make him fall off the park bench. Sock it to me! -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on March 6, 2012, 1:56 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 The Last Season! No Goldie, no Arte, no Judy, no JoAnne equalled no fun! And Ruth Buzzi was funny and tried so hard but she just couldn't carry the whole show by herself! IMO,the show itself had long since gone from being cutting edge and clever satire to being a stupid self-parody of its glory days! They should have just called it a day when most of the cast exited. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 10, 2009, 2:09 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Now here's a show that I haven't seen in syndication, ever. Why not bring some of this stuff back? It absolutely rocked. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on April 29, 2009, 11:59 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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