Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 12, 1950
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network
Genre

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The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show

George Burns and Gracie Allen were among the few successful radio personalities to make the transition to television in the early days of the medium. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show exuded excellence, with a unique format, interesting plots, a great cast, and virtually non-stop comedy featuring the unparalleled zany wit of Gracie.

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08x39 The Exchange Student Aired: Sep. 15, 1958

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 8 seasons and 291 episodes air between 1950 and 1958.

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  • Gracie Allen wanted to retire from show business in the 1940's and was reluctant to branch out into television, but husband George Burns coerced her into it. Gracie decided she'd had enough…
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    Gracie Allen wanted to retire from show business in the 1940's and was reluctant to branch out into television, but husband George Burns coerced her into it. Gracie decided she'd had enough of TV by the fifth season and was furious that George kept going behind her back and signing contracts for additional seasons. During the eighth season, Gracie put her foot down and demanded she be allowed to retire. George retained the cast of characters for his short-lived spin-off, The George Burns Show, with hopes that Gracie would change her mind and return to the show, but she didn't.
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  • In the final two seasons, many jokes revolved around George's "magic television" which allowed him to spy on friends and family members. When Burns proposed the plot device, the sponsors told…
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    In the final two seasons, many jokes revolved around George's "magic television" which allowed him to spy on friends and family members. When Burns proposed the plot device, the sponsors told him it was unrealistic and threatened to drop the show, but Burns stood his ground and later joked that he'd invented closed-circuit surveillance television.
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  • The bulk of the filmed episodes were shot over the course of a day with two cameras. Episodes were then edited and screened for a preview audience, and audio of the crowd's reaction was…
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    The bulk of the filmed episodes were shot over the course of a day with two cameras. Episodes were then edited and screened for a preview audience, and audio of the crowd's reaction was recorded to give an organic reaction to each joke rather than "canned laughter." At the end of each preview screening, George and Gracie would come out and film their "Say goodnight, Gracie" closing tag scene live in front of the audience.
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