The Big Show

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The Big Show is an American comedy-variety-musical television series produced and broadcast by NBC for several months in 1980.

The series aimed to revitalize the moribund variety television genre, which had been in a downward spiral since the cancellations of The Ed Sullivan Show and The Carol Burnett Show a few years earlier. The Big Show took its title seriously, using a huge stage set and filling a 90-minute time-slot, with at least one two-hour installment broadcast.

Although the first broadcast received high ratings, poor reviews and low ratings of succeeding episodes resulted in the program being cancelled after only a few months. The series nonetheless was nominated for six Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Costume Design.

Regular performers included Joe Baker, Graham Chapman, Mimi Kennedy, Shabba-Doo and Pamela Myers. Guest hosts included Steve Allen, Nell Carter, David Copperfield, Geoffrey Holder, Gary Coleman, and Sid Caesar. Skaters who performed in the show included Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, John Curry, and Toller Cranston.

Series Cast

  1. Charlie Hill

    11 Episodes

  2. Adolfo Quinones

    Adolfo Quinones

    11 Episodes

  3. Edie McClurg

    Edie McClurg

    11 Episodes

  4. Mimi Kennedy

    Mimi Kennedy

    11 Episodes

  5. Pamela Myers

    Pamela Myers

    11 Episodes

Full Cast & Crew

Last Season

Season 1

1980 | 11 Episodes

Season 1 of The Big Show premiered on March 4, 1980.

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Status Ended


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Certification -

Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 60m, 90m



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