The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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List Criteria: Shows near the top must be only the best Variety Show TV series.

The very best variety show shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest variety show shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular variety show TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining variety show show of all time is. Don't let your favorite variety show television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of variety show television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List includes Frank TV, Bienvenidos, more! Old variety shows! New variety shows! The only rule is they have to be good variety shows!

This list answers the questions, "What is the best variety show show of all time?" and "What are the greatest variety show shows?"
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    The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    The Dean Martin Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise

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    Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    The Johnny Carson Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
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    The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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    The Ed Sullivan Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett, Ralph Paul

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    Roy Clark^! Gunilla Hutton^! Buck Owens

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    Sally Struthers, Tom Smothers, Peter Cullen

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    Walt Disney's Wonderful World ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Walt Disney, Kevin Corcoran, Paul Frees

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    Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi

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    The Red Skelton Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    Ginger Rogers, Red Skelton

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    The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler

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    Jimmie Dodd, Tommy Cole, Eileen Diamond

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    In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

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    The Ellen DeGeneres Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa

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    The Flip Wilson Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Flip Wilson, Tim Conway, George Carlin

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    Marie Osmond, Donny Osmond, Jimmy Osmond

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    Sally Struthers, Tom Smothers, John Hartford

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    The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray

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    Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin

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    The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    racey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray

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    The Midnight Special is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    Wolfman Jack, Helen Reddy, Donna Summer

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    Perry Como, Ed Herlihy, Durward Kirby

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    Stephen Boyd, Dinah Shore

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    It's Showtime! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    Toni Polster, Simone Stelzer

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    The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Desi Arnaz

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    The Andy Williams Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    Andy Williams

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    The Steve Allen Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    Peggy Lee, Steve Allen, Al Flosso

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    The Lawrence Welk Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Dick Dale, Lawrence Welk, Lynn Anderson

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    The Tony Orlando and Dawn Show is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
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    Don Everly, Phil Everly, Mike Lawrence

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    Hollywood Palace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    Sing Along With Mitch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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    Bea Arthur, Eddie Fisher, George Gobel

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    Best Time Ever with Neil Patri... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Scherzinger

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    The Nick and Jessica Variety H... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

    Jessica Simpson, Mr. T, Kenny Rogers

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