The Red Skelton Show

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The Red Skelton Show
Premiere September 30, 1951
Finale August 1, 1971
Creator
Host Red Skelton
Network NBC (seasons 1-2, 20)
CBS (seasons 3-19)
Style 30-60 minute variety
Company Sursum Corporation,
Van Bernard Productions
Seasons 20
Episodes 672
Origin USA

The Red Skelton Show was an award winning variety show that aired for twenty seasons. It featured Red Skelton, a radio host who made the successful transition to television. The show would start off with a monologue and then move into sketches featuring Skelton as a variety of characters. The show did not rely on guest appearances, although it had them, also. Johnny Carson got his start as a writer on the show.


Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One September 30, 1951 1952
Season Two 1952 1953
CBS
Season Three 1953 1954
NBC
Season Twenty 1970 1971

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Episode Collections
Red Skelton Christmas Classics October 7, 2008 1 purchase
The Ultimate Red Skelton Collection November 25, 2008 8 purchase
America's Clown Prince July 14, 2009 6 purchase