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What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 22

EPISODE #847

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 29, 1967 on CBS

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    • REVIEW: Tonight was one of the wildest episodes in the entire 17 year history of WML, because, with the exception of the mystery guest round, all the contestants were identical twins. Unfortunately, the panel's performance this evening couldn't match the specialness of the night as they went a pathetic 1 for 4 on the evening. In the first game, the panel was stumped by the very attractive barbell saleswomen. In the second game, the panel could fare no better as they were again stumped, this time by the twin Lieutenants Junior Grade who were Oceanography instructors at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. The mystery guest round was the only game that didn't feature twins. However, it did feature a pair of brothers and it was Bennett who successfully guessed that they were none other than Tommy and Dickie, the Smothers Brothers. The boys were on the show to promote their soon to be debuting comedy/variety show, which not only would be a classic, but would go on to become one of the most subversive shows in the history of television. In the final game of the evening, the panel ran out of time before they could guess that the two sisters were twin interior decorators. After the poor performance this evening, the panel probably went somewhere to have a few adult beverages until they could really see things in double. - Sargebri (2008)

      SMOTHERS BROTHERS: As was mentioned during the post game chat following the mystery guest round, the Smothers Brothers would be debuting the following Sunday with their own comedy/variety hour. That show would become an instant classic, not just for its great mixture of comedy and musical guests, but also for its biting social commentary. In fact, no topic was taboo as Tom and Dick would parody everything, including politics, drugs, sex and religion. Of course, this would lead to several confrontations with the CBS censors. Very often, they would submit their scripts just a few hours before taping. Taping would take place a day or two before the show was to air. By submitting their scripts late, they hoped to ensure that if a sketch was thought to be too controversial, that there would be little or no time to edit it out of the show. Also, it was very interesting that the show would be somewhat tolerated by one of their main targets, President Lyndon Johnson. However, all that would change once Richard Nixon took office and it would be a matter of time before the boy's show would be cancelled in 1969. Ironically, at the time of its cancellation, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" was still one of the most popular shows on network television. Years later, it would influence a new generation of social satirists including Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher. - Sargebri (2008)

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