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Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (2002)

The history of the irreverent "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and the content battles it fought with its television network.


Maureen Muldaur


Maureen Muldaur

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Credited cast:
Joan Baez ... Herself
Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)
David Bianculli ... Himself - Interviewee
Allan Blye Allan Blye ... Himself - Interviewee
George Burns ... Himself (archive footage)
Bette Davis ... Herself (archive footage)
Leigh French ... Herself
Nicholas Johnson Nicholas Johnson ... Himself (interviewee)
Nicholas Johnson ... Himself
Perry Lafferty Perry Lafferty ... Himself - Interviewee
Bill Maher ... Himself
Nancy Nolan Nancy Nolan ... Herself - Interviewee
Pat Paulsen ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Paulson ... Himself - Interviewee
Rob Reiner ... Himself


The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) started out as a typical comedy/variety program. When the show began (and continued) to use humor/satire to criticize America's involvement in the Vietnam War, CBS network censors and executives were, to say the least, nervous. This Bravo cable channel documentary tells what happened behind the scenes at the network, how the people involved were affected, and why the show was ultimately cancelled. Many of those who were involved directly with the show are interviewed, including performers, writers, and former CBS executives. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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4 December 2002 (USA) See more »

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Muldaur Media Ltd. See more »
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Good Doc about a great American TV Show
26 March 2004 | by ctoprefectSee all my reviews

All I have to say is that it was great finally hearing what really happened in the case of The Smothers Brothers. Seeing the Bros and their controversial guests talking about what happened was a treat.

As for the DVD, it would have been a good idea (as an extra feature) to include all the controversial sketches in their entirety. I understand using clips in the documentary so that the pace will not be hampered, but extra footage of the full sketches as a bonus would have been good.

Watch for Dick's reaction when Tommy talks about lighting up a joint.

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