Remember when TV was variety shows first and foremost

If it were this time 15 years ago, we would have last night watched Hey Hey, It’s Saturday with Daryl
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If it were this time 15 years ago, we would have last night watched Hey Hey, It’s Saturday with Daryl Somers. But now on Saturday nights you’ll find re-runs instead of good old fashioned family variety shows. It feels like reality TV has replaced these quality programs so tonight we will look back at our favourite Australia TV variety shows:

 

Hey Hey It’s Saturday

This Saturday ran for 27 years and was a staple in our weekly TV schedule. It finished up in 1999 but we still have fond memories of Red Faces and Pluck-a-Duck

The Graham Kennedy Show

Australian TV legend, ‘The King’ Graham Kennedy hosted his own show for 4 seasons until he was taken off air following an on-air “crow-call” incident. Nevertheless, his show is part of television history!

 

In Melbourne Tonight

Before The Graham Kennedy was IMT, led by The King himself. It was on air for 13 years from 1957 to 1970 and was one of the key shows to broadcast on Australian TV

Penthouse Club

Do you remember this weekly variety program fromĀ 1970? It was hosted by Mary Hardy and Michael Williamson:

The Mike Walsh Show

This afternoon show launched the career of Jeanne Little and won a stack of Logies in its 11 year run

 

The Don Lane Show

We claimed him as our own and Don Lane was one of the most beloved hosts on Australian TV ever. His self-titled show lasted for 11 years


What was your favourite variety show? When did you watch and with who? And what was the most memorable moment? Join in the nostalgia tonight….

 

  1. David Petrie

    Aussie tv had real aussie themes back then all this new age garbage is pure puke thats why i am on internet at least i can pick my shows

  2. John Steven

    Came to Oz until 1978 with a young family in tow so many of these shows were foreign to me. Did enjoy Hey Hey though and Graham Kennedy was (soooo) not politically correct. On the other side of the water I do remember Sunday Night at the London Palladium plus all the other typical pommie humour shows

  3. Kay Stewart

    Bring it back.We need a good show on T V.Not much on that is good.Need Australian shows !need happy ones.We all need a good laugh in our lives.

  4. Rod Warren

    Bring em back.something to laugh about.cooking and reallity shows with nasty bad mannered judges should go.bring back hoges and darrel

  5. Gaye Denman

    Bring back Burt Newton . I don’t like the new hosts you don’t know if they are trying to be funny or not . I loved Graham Kennedy , Don Lane, pure entertainment , I do hope these reality shows go out of fashion soon and do you remember It could be you with Tommy Hanlon jnr that was a great show and it did some good in the world .

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