The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History

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Variety is the spice of life and the best variety shows on television add the flavor of fun to your TV viewing. These are the very best variety show programs on television, ranked from best to worst, thanks to your votes. This list of the greatest variety shows also includes pictures from the shows, cast, and premiere date to help you vote.

Offering something for everyone, variety shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about which shows the most entertaining variety shows of all time. From black-and-white classic variety shows like The Ed Sullivan Show and The Smothers Brothers to long-running variety shows like Saturday Night Live, This list answers the questions, "What is the best variety show show of all time?" and "What are the greatest variety show shows?" and even includes The Muppet Show, Hee-Haw, and more! Old variety shows! New variety shows! The only rule is they have to be good variety shows!

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.



Photo: Saturday Night Live / NBC
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