Show Type: Variety

First Telecast: September 30, 1958

Last Telecast: January 8, 1967

Broadcast History:

September 1958 - June 1964, Tuesday 10:00-11:00 on CBS

September 1966 - January 1967, Sunday 9:00-10:00 on CBS


Garry Moore

Durward Kirby

Marion Lorne (1958-1962)

Carol Burnett (1959-1962)

Dorothy Loudon (1962-1964)

Allen Funt (1959-1960)

John Byner (1966-1967)

Jackie Vernon (1966-1967)

Chuck McCann (1966-1967)

Pete Barbutti (1966-1967)

Buster Davis (1958-1959)

George Becker Singers (1959-1964)

Paul Godkin Dancers (1958-1959)

Ernest Flatt Dancers (1959-1963)

Carol Henry Dancers (1963-1964)

Bob Hamilton Dancers (1966-1967)

Howard Smith Orchestra (1958-1959)

Irwin Kostal Orchestra (1959-1964)

Bernie Green Orchestra (1966-1967)


This Garry Moore variety series ran very successfully for six seasons in the lat 1950's and early 1960's. Among other things, it made a star out of Carol Burnett, brought back Allen Funt's Candid Camera (as a regular feature), and showcased many fine musical and comedic talents. And then there was, of course, the friendly humor of the bow-tied, crew-cut Moore himself. From 1958 to 1963, the highlight of the show was "That Wonderful Year," consisting of film clips, comedy sketches, and production numbers based on the events and styles of a given year. This often filled from one-third to one-half of the show.

The Garry Moore Show left the air in 1964, not because of low ratings but because Garry wanted to get away from the weekly grind and have some time to relax. After two years of well-earned rest (he had begun on network radio in 1939 and had been on television continuously since 1950) Garry returned in the fall of 1966 as host of a program featuring Durward Kirby and a rotating cast of comedians and guests. This was short-lived, however (partially due to the withering competition of Bonanza), and thereafter Garry was known primarily as a daytime TV personality.