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Candid Camera

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Allen Funt got wise to the power of comedic humiliation in the Army. He was known to secretly tape record his fellow servicemen's complaints about the state of things and then broadcast the recordings on the Armed Forces Radio. Stunts like those led to his national radio show, called Candid Microphone, which debuted in 1948 and peppered radio waves time and again for thirty years. That radio show led to a TV show that after over 50 years continues on the PAX network, hosted by Peter Funt (Allen's son) and co-hosted by Dina Eastwood (wife of Clint Eastwood). -The first "reality" show. -The longest-running comedy show on TV. -The current version of the theme song (beginning in Nov. 1999) is sung by Little Richard. Broadcast History Armed Forces Radio / ABC-Radio - 1947 "Candid Microphone" ABC-TV - Aug. 1948, Sun. 8:00 – Oct. 1948, Wed. 8:30 – Nov. 1948, Fri. 8:00 NBC - May 1949, Sun. 7:30 (name changed to Candid Camera) July 1949, Thu. 9:00 CBS - Sept. 1949–Sept. 1950, Mon. 9:00 ABC - Aug. 1951 - May '52 NBC - June 1953, Tue. 9:30 – Aug. 1953, Wed. 10:00 CBS - 1959–1960 (a segment within The Garry Moore Show) CBS - Oct. 1960–Sept. 1967, Sun. 10:00 syndicated - 1974–'78 CBS - May 1990, Fri. 8:30 - Aug. '90 syndicated - 1991–'92 CBS - Feb. 1997, Fri. 8:30 – Jan. 2000, Sat. 8:30 – June 2000, Fri. 8:30 PAX - Jan. 2001, Sun. 7:00 (now 60 min.) June 2001, Wed. 8:00 – Jan. 2003, Sat. 8:00 – Oct. 2003, Sun. 7:00 – Jan. 2004, Sun. 6:00moreless
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  • Phyllis George

    Phyllis George

    Co-Host (1974–'76)

    Bess Myerson

    Bess Myerson

    Co-Host (1966-67)

    Dom DeLuise

    Dom DeLuise

    Host (1991–'92)

    Durward Kirby

    Durward Kirby

    Co-Host/Interviewer/Narrator (1961-'66)

    Betsy Palmer

    Betsy Palmer

    Co-Host (1977)

    Yvonne Perry

    Yvonne Perry

    Host (Uncredited) (1991)

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    • This show is great! I like how they put people in akward positions, such as being asked to return a toothpick from some food they were sampling or pay for food before by shop for it at a normal store...moreless

      8.2
      This show is great! I like how they put people in akward positions, such as being asked to return a toothpick from some food they were sampling or pay for food before by shop for it at a normal store. All these things make this show a one of a kind and also make it very interesting to watch. Every peron has a different reaction to the situation or joke that is being played on them. When they were done using the people, they would say, "Smile, you're on 'Candid Camera'!". Then, usually, everyone has a good laugh.



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    • I had a good laugh out of watching Candid Camera. In fact, not that the show was particularly humorous but there was something special, something unique that brought a smile to my face when I watched this.moreless

      10
      I had a good laugh out of watching Candid Camera. In fact, not that the show was particularly humorous but there was something special, something unique that brought a smile to my face when I watched this. Definitely one of the highlights of my television experience this month.I love this story very much!!!
    • Everyone knows this show! It is so great!

      7.7
      OK, this has to be like the longest running show ever! My grandma grew up watching this, my mom grew up watching this, and I grew up watching this. I love to watch their faces when they find out they have been tricked! Especially when they make a big deal!
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