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Show Type: Musical Variety

First Telecast: November 18, 1980

Last Telecast: June 26, 1982

Broadcast History:

November 1980, Tuesday 10:00-11:00 on NBC

November 1980-January 1982, Saturday 9:00-10:00 on NBC

January 1982-February 1982, Saturday 9:00-10:00 on NBC

March 1982, Tuesday 10:00-11:00 on NBC

April 1982-June 1982, Saturday 9:00-10:00 on NBC


Barbara Mandrell

Louise Mandrell

Irlene Mandrell

The Krofft Puppets


Country-and-Western music star Barbara Mandrell hosted this variety series with the help of her talented younger sisters, Louise and Irlene.

All three sang and played musical instruments: Barbara the banjo, steel guitar, piano, and saxophone; Louise, the banjo and fiddle; and Irlene the drums. They engaged in a certain amount of tongue-in-cheek sibling rivalry, and throughout each telecast there was byplay among the sisters, including comedy sketches describing their relationship over the years. Barbara was usually portrayed as the serious, pushy sister, and Irlene was the sexy, vain one.

The main emphasis of the show was on music, however, with such well-known country stars such as Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Kenny Rogers, and Charley Pride making appearances. A group of life-sized Krofft puppets called Truck Shackley & the Texas Critters - five musicians and a dog - served as the resident band. The series was produced by Sid and Marty Krofft.

Midway through the second season, series star Barbara Mandrell announced that the show would cease production in early 1982. The weekly grind was more work than she had anticipated and, it in conjunction with her busy concert schedule, left her on the verge of exhaustion. Health problems, not ratings problems, cancelled this series.