Comedian Jerry Lewis became a TV legend through his appearances on the Colgate Comedy Hour with partner Dean Martin. After their split in 1956, Jerry tried to revive his tv career with several programs under his own name. Initially, he did a series of one hour specials. A total of eight specials aired. The first in 1958 and the last in 1960. They drew good ratings but were attacked by critcs. In 1963, the notorious "Jerry Lewis Show" made its debut on ABC. It was a live two hour show and is remembered as one of televison's greatest flops. Part of the problem was that the show received so much publicity before it's debut that it couldn't possibly live up to it. The other problem was that it was an ill-conceived idea. It may have been fun to see Jerry tear things up on someone else's show but not his own. He was contracted to do 40 shows but he quit after 13.
The next "Jerry Lewis Show" was a more conventional variety/sketch comedy series. it aired on NBC for two seasons (1967-1969). In 1984, another series was tested. This version was a talk show. It was produced by metromedia and aired in syndication. Five shows were made. Even though it featured guests like Frank Sinatra, it failed to find an audience.moreless