TV The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History  

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List Rules 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
The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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Running Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
ricaquintana added Running Man

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The Dean Martin Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Dean Martin Show Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise

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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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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
KarenBockwich added Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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The Ed Sullivan Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Ed Sullivan Show Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett, Ralph Paul

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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi

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Hee Haw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Hee Haw Roy Clark, Gunilla Hutton, Buck Owens

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72 44
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler

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Walt Disney's Wonderful World ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Walt Disney, Kevin Corcoran, Paul Frees

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The Red Skelton Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Greer Baudreau added The Red Skelton Show Ginger Rogers, Red Skelton

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Smothers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Smothers Brothers Sally Struthers, Tom Smothers, Peter Cullen

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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
In Living Color Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

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The Mickey Mouse Club is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Mickey Mouse Club Jimmie Dodd, Tommy Cole, Eileen Diamond

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

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RashadShapath added The Ellen DeGeneres Show Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa

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The Smothers Brothers Comedy H... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Sally Struthers, Tom Smothers, John Hartford

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The Tonight Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Eric Ebacher added The Tonight Show Skitch Henderson, Hugh Downs, Art Linkletter

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The Andy Williams Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added The Andy Williams Show Andy Williams

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The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Gong Show Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray

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38 45
The Colgate Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Colgate Comedy Hour Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin

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Donny & Marie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
nymless added Donny & Marie Marie Osmond, Donny Osmond, Jimmy Osmond

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The Steve Allen Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added The Steve Allen Show Peggy Lee, Steve Allen, Al Flosso

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The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Greer Baudreau added The Tracey Ullman Show racey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray

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The Midnight Special is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added The Midnight Special Wolfman Jack, Helen Reddy, Donna Summer

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The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Desi Arnaz

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The Lawrence Welk Show is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Lawrence Welk Show Dick Dale, Lawrence Welk, Lynn Anderson

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The Dinah Shore Chevy Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Stephen Boyd, Dinah Shore

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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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The Perry Como Show is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added The Perry Como Show Perry Como, Ed Herlihy, Durward Kirby

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It's Showtime! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
John David Arguelles added It's Showtime! Toni Polster, Simone Stelzer

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The Dick Cavett Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Dick Cavett Show Leigh French

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Mike Bullard Show is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Michael Bennett added Mike Bullard Show

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The Everly Brothers Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added The Everly Brothers Show Don Everly^! Phil Everly^! Mike Lawrence

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Sing Along With Mitch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added Sing Along With Mitch

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The George Gobel Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added The George Gobel Show Bea Arthur, Eddie Fisher, George Gobel

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Hollywood Palace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added Hollywood Palace

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Best Time Ever with Neil Patri... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Scherzinger

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The Nick and Jessica Variety H... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour Jessica Simpson, Mr. T, Kenny Rogers