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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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Running Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
ricaquintana added Running Man
Running Man is a South Korean variety show; a part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup, along with K-pop Star 4. It was first aired on July 11, 2010. Running Man is classified as an "urban action ...more
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The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman
The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, ...more
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The Dean Martin Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise
The Dean Martin Show, also known as The Dean Martin Variety Show, is a TV variety-comedy series that ran from 1965 to 1974 for 264 episodes. It was broadcast by NBC and hosted by entertainer ...more
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The Johnny Carson Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
The Johnny Carson Show is a 1955-56 half hour prime time television variety show starring Johnny Carson. While working as a staff writer on The Red Skelton Show, local Los Angeles television ...more
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by ...more
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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt
The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 ...more
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The Ed Sullivan Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett, Ralph Paul
The Ed Sullivan Show was an American TV variety show that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was ...more
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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
KarenBockwich added Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers
Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, ...more
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Smothers Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Sally Struthers, Tom Smothers, Peter Cullen
The Smothers Brothers are Thomas and Richard, American singers, musicians, and comedians. The brothers' trademark double act was performing folk songs, which usually led to arguments between the ...more
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The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is an American variety show starring American pop-singer Cher and her husband Sonny Bono. The show ran on CBS in the United States, when it premiered in August ...more
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Hee Haw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Roy Clark, Gunilla Hutton, Buck Owens
Hee Haw is an American television variety show featuring country music and humor with fictional rural Kornfield Kounty as a backdrop. It aired on CBS-TV from 1969–1971 before a 20-year run in ...more
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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 Ginger Rogers, Red Skelton
The Red Skelton Show is an American variety show that was a television staple for two decades, from 1951 to 1971. It was second to Gunsmoke and third to The Ed Sullivan Show in the ratings ...more
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Walt Disney's Wonderful World ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Walt Disney, Kevin Corcoran, Paul Frees
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color is a action adventure biography TV series.
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The Tonight Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Eric Ebacher added Skitch Henderson, Hugh Downs, Art Linkletter
The Tonight Show is an American late-night talk show broadcast from the Rockefeller Center in New York City and airing on NBC since 1954. It is the world's longest-running talk show, and the ...more
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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park
In Living Color is an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on Fox from April 15, 1990, to May 19, 1994. Brothers Keenen and Damon Wayans created, wrote and starred in the ...more
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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
The Flip Wilson Show is an hour-long variety show that aired in the U.S. on NBC from September 17, 1970 to June 27, 1974. The show starred American comedian Flip Wilson; the program was one of ...more
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The Smothers Brothers Comedy H... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Sally Struthers, Tom Smothers, John Hartford
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour is an American comedy and variety show television series hosted by the Smothers Brothers and initially airing on CBS from 1967 to 1969. The series was a major ...more
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The Mickey Mouse Club is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Jimmie Dodd, Tommy Cole, Eileen Diamond
The Mickey Mouse Club is an American variety television show that aired intermittently from 1955 to 1996. Created by Walt Disney and produced by Walt Disney Productions, the program was first ...more
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2 Days & 1 Night is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
BeaThereseVargas added 2 Days & 1 Night Lee Seung-gi, Joo Won, MC Mong
2 Days & 1 Night is a South Korean reality-variety show that airs on KBS2 beginning August 5, 2007. 1 Night 2 Days is one of the two segments on Happy Sunday. The show's current cast members ...more
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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 Andy Williams
The Andy Williams Show is an American television variety show that ran from 1962 to 1971, and a short-lived run in syndication, beginning in the fall of 1976. It was hosted by crooner Andy
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Conan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Najib Razak added Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin, Andy Richter
Conan is a late-night talk show airing each Monday through Thursday on TBS in the United States. The hour-long show premiered on November 8, 2010, and is hosted by writer, comedian and performer ...more
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The Steve Allen Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RobLein added Peggy Lee, Steve Allen, Al Flosso
The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show hosted by Steve Allen from June 1956 to June 1960 on NBC, from September 1961 to December 1961 on ABC, and in first-run syndication from 1962 to ...more
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The Colgate Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin
The Colgate Comedy Hour is an American comedy-musical variety series that aired live on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955. The show featured many notable comedians and entertainers of the era as ...more
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
RashadShapath added Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Boss, Anthony Okungbowa
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, ...more
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The Gong Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Variety Shows in TV History
Phyllis Diller, Michele Lee, George Gray
The Gong Show is an amateur talent contest franchised by Sony Pictures Television to many countries. It was broadcast on NBC's daytime schedule from June 14, 1976, through July 21, 1978, and in ...more