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1977: 'The Richard Pryor Show' Debuts on NBC
September 13, 2017  | By TV WW  | 2 comments
 
Today in 1977, NBC introduced the short-lived comedy series, The Richard Pryor Show. Pryor was a successful stand-up comedian whose appearances in the films Silver Streak and Greased Lightning had moved him into the mainstream spotlight.

In 1977, NBC aired a one-hour special, The Richard Pryor Special, and its success led the network to offer Pryor his own variety show. Pryor reportedly had misgivings, knowing his signature material pushed the boundaries of television. Censor constraints, coupled with the network's decision to air his show in a prime family viewing time, 8 p.m., led to Pryor's 10-episode commitment to drop to four shows.

Pryor's supporting cast included Robin Williams, Tim Reid, Sandra Bernhard, Marsha Warfield, Edie McClurg, Paul Mooney and John Witherspoon.
 
 
 
 
 
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Mark Isenberg
It was ahead of its time and too bad it could not have gone longer but on another note,this site is missing the Monday night lineup on GETTV which not only does routine old shows like Merv Griffin but an occasional gem like the rare Bette Midler special with clown Emmet Kelly and Dustin Hoffman from 1977 in which we got the hits and more in one hour last night. Shame on Mr.B. for missing most of this little known Monday night lineup now reairing Sonny and Cher,too.
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Mark Isenberg
If Richard Pryor had taken more time to do this broadcast maybe over once a month instead of once a week,then it may have been a much better program despite the super talented performers including some guy named Williams.But watch what you can and say what if......
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