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Turkey Television

Nickelodeon (ended 1987)


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It sounds stupid, but oh Take one look and you'll know That a turkey created TV. Welcome to the Turkey Television guide at By 1985, the brains behind You Can't Do That on Television carried their creative energies from Ottawa to Toronto. From there emerged Nickelodeon's hodgepodge of comedy bits from all over the world: France, Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom. A lot of acquisitions took place to make Turkey Television, and some of the sources were pretty amazing. London Weekend Television loaned bits from the Pink Medicine Show, Russ Abbott's Madhouse and Pushing Up Daisies. Norwegian network NRK brought filmed pieces tapped from Nuts and their 1979 award-winning travelogue spoof To Norway Home of Giants. Cartoons first used on The Great Space Coaster, came to Turkey Television. Also brought in were bits from the New Jersey Network cult classic The Uncle Floyd Show. And there was more where that came from. From New York came Mickey Siporin's short films such as "The Ritz Newsiola" and (in the second season) "Blink-O-Rama Theater." The Other Café's Comedy Showcase and the Improv provided stand-up cuts of future comedy legends Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon and Sinbad. Even George Carlin got on the Turkey Television bandwagon, with clips from his 1984 HBO special Carlin on Campus. Turkey Television also used comedic music videos, from classics such as Fish Heads and "Weird Al" Yankovic selections, to the obscure California-based number Two Triple Cheese Side Order Of Fries. And if that wasn't enough, there were even clips from the real comedy legends Charlie Chaplin, The Three Stooges, and Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. Despite the acquisitions, much of Turkey Television was original. Short sketches were built around such characters as Dr. Gil Tripp, Psychiatrist; Gramps & Sonny (Les Lye played Gramps); Blanche Almonds, the Career Counselor who brought out disgusting aspects of every job under the sun; high-school-aged Katie & Hillary; second-grade Wedding Pages; intelligently-challenged Kentucky Boys; "Everybody's Mother" and "Somebody Else's Mothers," who conjured ways to make life miserable for their kids; advice columnist Dr. Joyce Sisters; and Ivan Tellalie, whose "Russian Tru Fakts News" twisted the truth about North American society for then-Soviet audiences. Another original element of Turkey Television was the cartoon character Thurman T. Turkey. He was the continuation of a brilliant partnership that had already yielded the animated short It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House and cartoons for 3-2-1 Contact. All told, the old hour-long Turkey Television promised 42 comedic bits, and delivered. It was the only show to run on Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite, a proud symbol of the doppelgänger network's new 24-hour schedule. Turkey Television was reduced in late 1986, airing a 30-minute version on Nickelodeon and cutting the Nick at Nite hours to only weekend telecasts.

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  • Short bits and music pieces about Thurman T Turkey. Fast Paced and cutting edge comedy on a clean level appropriate for all ages.

    Turkey Tv is one of my all time favorite shows. Like a few of the other great kids shows that are created to be entertaining for the more mature mind as well as youngsters, it creates simplistic humor that any age can appreciate interlined with witty more adult humor. I have shown my kids the couple 2 minute clips that exist and they sang the theme song the rest of the day. They even talked about it again later at dinner and sang the song again. Hoping someday DVDs will be availble. I have been looking for years, but sadly i think it's lost in the vaults :( The great thing about this show was the writers. It was intelligent and fun.moreless
  • Humor for the short attention span crowd.

    I remember watching this late at night when I was a teenager. The quick cut sketches and clips were great. Even if you didn't like the way the current piece was trending, a new bit was right on its heels. Unless my memory is seriously faulty, this show was also where I first saw Dana Carvey. Clips of his stage act were used including the "Chopping Broccoli" bit that he later brought to SNL. The jump cut humor reminds me in a way of the premise of Robot Chicken today and I can't help but wonder if it influenced Seth Green and pals since they are about my age and would have been potentially watching around the same time.moreless

    This show was EXCELLENT! I used to watch it with my daughter; even though it was a kid's show, it was very funny! It had comedy clips from all over the world, & it was hilarious! Also very fascinating to see the approach that different cultures took regarding comedy - ALL of them, funny as heck! I truly wish that this show were still on TV, because now more than ever, the world needs to share a laugh. Someone bring this show back, PLEASE!! Or at least put it into syndication!moreless
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    I was searching for another show when this show popped up!Before Dana Carvey was on SNL I saw him do stand up on this show. And th...
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