'''''The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour''''' was a landmark comic VarietyShow starring and produced (primarily by Tom) by the Creator/SmothersBrothers which ran on {{CBS}} from 1967 to 1969.

Originally produced as a sacrificial lamb of a production against the {{NBC}} powerhouse series, ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', on Sunday nights, the series soon became an outstanding hit that appealed increasingly across the demographics, but especially youth audiences who found it appealed especially to them.

Part of that appeal was a wry sense of humor that not only played on the Brothers' usual playful SiblingRivalry musical shtick, but also to its increasingly fearless political satirical humor along with as much ribald humor as they could get away with with great writers like Creator/SteveMartin. The former was especially apparent in Pat Paulsen's editorials that eventually led to a mock presidential election bid in 1968.

The show also noted for its noted musical acts which not only included Hollywood stalwarts like JimmyDurante, but wild rock acts like TheWho and TheDoors. As such, the show gained such clout that it was able to make move like breaking the blacklist on the noted folk singer Creator/PeteSeeger, getting the first American screening of TheBeatles MusicVideo of their all time biggest hit single, "Hey Jude," and even staff writer Mason Williams got a moment to shine debuting the hit guitar instrumental, "Classical Gas."

Unfortunately, this innovative and contemporary comedy and music all too often had to be hard won against Network ExecutiveMeddling over the show's content. For instance, while the execs were okay with Seeger being on TV, his new ProtestSong "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," was not and the brothers had to fight to eventually get it on air in a later broadcast. Eventually, the show and the network were butting continually with Tom Smothers being more and more stubborn and brazen while the Network executives, were receiving complaints both from the President of the United States himself and rural oriented affiliates. Furthermore, the show's good ratings, which beginning to fall with the controversy and in competition with NBC's ''RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'', had less clout than they would have on a lower rated network than #1 CBS in that decade and the execs eventually lost all patience and abruptly pulled the show in 1969. The Brothers successfully sued the network for Breach of Contract, but their peak time of cultural influence was over.

Still, the Brothers had set a precedent for political satire daring humor that later shows like ''SaturdayNightLive'' would take much further.

Don't confuse this with ''The Smothers Brothers Show'', a FantasticComedy that aired in 1965-66 with Tom playing his brother's {{guardian angel}}.

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!!''The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'' provides examples of:
* DraftDodging: One of the Brothers' more notorious musical numbers was a great cover of "The Draft Doger Rag" with George Segal with glorious three part harmony.
* RockersSmashGuitars: TheWho did plenty of that on their appearance, including smashing a prop guitar from Tom and Tom jokingly asking Dick if the band have his double bass for a minute.
* TakeThat: The Brothers' on air jabs against network censorship were notorious.
* {{Uncancelled}}: The ''Brothers'' were revived for a number of NBC specials in the 80s and a short lived CBS series run. The pilot of the CBS 90s run featured the brothers in a helicopter on their way to do their first show. Dick is worried that CBS holds a grudge against them, when Tommy reassures him that everything has been forgiven between them and the network. Then sharpshooters on the roof of CBS Television City start trying to take the copter down....
* VarietyShow