The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

CBS (ended 1974)



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The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

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When The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour debuted on CBS the first day of August in 1971 as a five-week summer replacement series, it was an immediate ratings hit. The bright musical arrangements interspersed with humorous on-stage bickering from the husband and wife team scored big in the lounges they were performing in, and this translated well into television. Based on the success of the summer show, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour was back on the air in December of 1971, replacing The Chicago Teddy Bears Friday nights at 8:00. A string of hit records and concert tours brought in big bucks. By the fall of 1972, in its Wednesday night at 8:00 time slot, the show became a consistent top-ten winner. The program featured regulars Terri Garr, Freeman King, Peter Cullen, Billy Van, Murray Langston (later the 'Unknown Comic'), Ted Zeigler, and Chastity Bono, the couple's toddler. The series was famous for the outlandish outfits designed by Bob Mackie, (who did the costumes for Cher only, as he was under contract to Carol Burnett for her entire show) and catchy musical numbers scored by Billy Barnes. Sadly, all was not happy in Sonny and Cher land. By 1973, the tabloids were ripe with stories of their offstage shouting matches, canceled gigs (including a last minute cancellation in Vegas, filled by Johnny Carson), and even reports of Cher sporting a black eye. Just as Sonny and Cher's recording career was coming to an end, Cher began charting top-ten solo records. Tensions increased when Cher moved out of the couple's home. Truth was, they had been living separate lives for some time in their Bel Air mansion. With the TV show finishing 7th for the 1973-74 season, Sonny Bono filed for divorce; 58 hours later on February 22, 1974, the final episode of 'The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour' was taped. CBS had no choice but cancel one of their biggest hits when it became apparent that the duo couldn't work together any longer. Cher wanted a solo career. 'The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour' left the air May 29, 1974 when one television show was split into two.moreless
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    • I Do Not Know Sonny

      But I Know Cher!
    • I'd say "Bring it back!" but my favorite character has died between now and then.

      Its true. Sonny, Cher's ex-husband, (not putting the ex- on husband since he's dead, she really divorced with him) died in a skiing accident after their shows ended. So now you know why I can't put "Bring It Back!" int he classification box. I am sad.

      This is another show of short skits, except, this show is an hour unlike two other newer skit shows, All That and The Amanda Show in which they are only thirty minutes. So of course, we had more enjoyment watching this as Sonny and Cher would make me roll on the floor laughing out very loud, or ROTFLOVL. Sure, I added the "very" in there, but who cares?

      Sonny was my favorite character, although he got picked on a lot by Cher. Cher wasn't my favorite character because she always picked on my favorite character. She would always say he was short despite the fact they were both the same height. Idiot. :P

      Don't have much to say about the skits except that I enjoy almost all of them, and same way with the episodes.moreless
    • I love it!!!

      Bring it back!!! This show was completely hilarious and enjoyable for the whole family. Sonny played as the comical, comedian on the show that always made me want to burst my bubbles. Then there is now-days sixty year old Cher who was funny and always teasing Sonny on the show. She remains to be singing today and I enjoy her music. Sadly after the show canceled they got divorced, but what only happened a few years ago, Sonny died in a car crash. And, I'm crying right now.

      Anyway, my mom just bought some of the episodes of this very unique and classic show a week or two ago and I'm enjoying it truely.

      And let us not forget about their cute little daughter who was always funny, just like any other very young actress.moreless
    • What a great duo.

      Wow didn't realize the Sonny and Cher show what that long ago. It was one of my favorite comedy shows of all time, second to Carol Burnett Show. The guests they had on the show were always funny. The way Cher cracked on Sonny and then when he "tried" getting her back was the bomb. They sure didn't act on stage like they did off, and I'm glad. I'm just sorry they didn't stay together, but Cher out grew what Son wanted to do. They were great in their time and they will surely be missed on TV. I wonder where I can find DVDs of the show.moreless
    • The first run at a varitey show for theses two. it was fairly sucsessful.

      The first run at a varitey show for theses two. it was fairly sucsessful. Other than that, just another 70's comedy show, this one featuring the singing duo of Sonny and Cher. Sonny and Cher were a big hit as a singing duo in the 1960's. They went through a couple very public rough patches including a nasty divorce. They patched things up good enough to do a variety show together and it was a big hit. The show included sketch comedy and musical performances. Away from the show the two had much success with their music recording. Sonny went on to be come a Republican Congressman from California until his untimely death in a skiing accident. Cher continued her singing career and even moved into acting where she won an Oscar for her performance in "Moonstruck." It was pretty fun to watch at the time. Not sure what it would feel like today. probably pretty silly.