Ed Sullivan's show was straight out of old vaudeville; brief acts of every description, from slapstick comedy to operatic arias. The Muppets' first TV appearance was on Ed Sullivan. Stiff and expressionless, with a peculiar voice and a talent for mispronunciation, Sullivan was at least as recognizable as Cronkite to early 60's viewers.
Last Episode24x25 David Frye, Melanie, Sandler and Y… Aired: Mar. 28, 1971
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Series Fun Facts
- From 1950 until the end of its run in 1971, the show was always telecast in the same time slot, Sunday evenings at 8:00 P.M., Eastern, CBS broadcast it during its entire run.
- Elvis Presley made three appearances on the show. However, for the third and final, he was shot from the waist up to hide his swiveling hips.
- Cancelled in 1971 by CBS. The decision was a controversial one, since it was made at the end of the 1970-71 season and did not give Sullivan the opportunity to mount a farewell show after…
[show]Cancelled in 1971 by CBS. The decision was a controversial one, since it was made at the end of the 1970-71 season and did not give Sullivan the opportunity to mount a farewell show after more than 20 years on the air. Sullivan would return for a few specials over the next year, however. The Canadian comedy duo of Johnny Wayne & Frank Shuster appeared on the show more often than any other act - nearly 80 appearances.