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* DraftDodging: One of the Brothers' more notorious musical numbers was a great cover of Music/PhilOchs's "The Draft Dodger Rag" with George Segal, with glorious three-part harmony.

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* DraftDodging: One of the Brothers' more notorious musical numbers was a great cover of Music/PhilOchs's "The Draft Dodger Rag" with George Segal, Creator/GeorgeSegal, with glorious three-part harmony.


* RockersSmashGuitars: The Who did plenty of that on their appearance in 1967, including smashing a prop guitar from Tom and Tom jokingly asking Dick if the band could have his double bass for a minute.

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* RockersSmashGuitars: The Who did plenty of that on their appearance in 1967, including smashing a prop guitar from Tom and Tom jokingly asking Dick if the band could have his double bass for a minute. Keth Moon topped it off [[EverythingExplodesEnding by blowing up his drum kit]].


* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In a bit of ironic foreshadowing, Magazine/MadMagazine printed the satirical "A CBS Summer Memo to the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Smothered Brothers]]", an office memo in the form of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad, warning them about mocking their sponsors, [[CoughSnarkCough coughing when smoking]], offending chauvinists, disparaging presidential hopefuls, making UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and the U.S. armed forces, Wall Street, the C.I.A., the Civil Rights Movement, TheDeepSouth and the K.K.K. taboo subjects, forbidding them from taking shots at Jews or Catholics, profanity, and euphemisms that can be mistaken for real cuss words among other things. Sadly, one year after the Mad Magazine article, Tom and Dick would be pulled from the CBS airwaves in 1969.



* {{Uncancelled}}: The Brothers came back for a short-lived series in 1975, two NBC specials in 1980, and a CBS series in the 1988-89 season.

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The Brothers came back for a short-lived series in 1975, two NBC specials in 1980, and a CBS series in the 1988-89 season.



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Not to be confused with ''The Smothers Brothers Show'', a half-hour FantasticComedy aired during the 196566 season, which had Tom playing Dick's GuardianAngel. The show was notable not only for being CBS' last black-and-white sitcom, but also for Tom fighting with production execs for creative control (since, per him, the show didn't play to the Brothers' strengths).

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Not to be confused with ''The Smothers Brothers Show'', a half-hour FantasticComedy produced by Creator/FourStarTelevision aired during the 196566 season, which had Tom playing Dick's GuardianAngel. The show was notable not only for being CBS' last black-and-white sitcom, but also for Tom fighting with production execs for creative control (since, per him, the show didn't play to the Brothers' strengths).

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In a bit of ironic foreshadowing, Magazine/MadMagazine printed the satirical "A CBS Summer Memo to the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Smothered Brothers]]", an office memo in the form of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad, warning them about mocking their sponsors, [[CoughSnarkCough coughing when smoking]], offending chauvinists, disparaging presidential hopefuls, making UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and the U.S. armed forces, Wall Street, the C.I.A., the Civil Rights Movement, TheDeepSouth and the K.K.K. taboo subjects, forbidding them from taking shots at Jews or Catholics, profanity, and euphemisms that can be mistaken for real cuss words among other things. Sadly, one year after the Mad Magazine article, Tom and Dick would be pulled from the CBS airwaves in 1969.


Eventually, however, the execs lost all patience and abruptly pulled the show in June 1969. The Brothers subsequently sued the network for breach of contract (which was eventually ruled in their favor in 1973), and attempted a revival series in 1975, but their peak time of cultural influence was over. Still, the Brothers had set a precedent for daring political humor that later shows like NBC's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' would take much further.

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Eventually, however, the execs lost all patience and abruptly pulled the show in June 1969. The Brothers subsequently sued the network for breach of contract (which was eventually ruled in their favor in 1973), and attempted a revival series in 1975, made several attempts to revive the format, but their peak time of cultural influence was over. Still, the Brothers had set a precedent for daring political humor that later shows like NBC's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' would take much further.


Unfortunately, this innovative and contemporary comedy and music all too often had to be hard won against CBS' 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 the air in a later broadcast. Eventually, the show and network were butting heads continually, with Tom Smothers being more brazen and stubborn and the network execs receiving complaints both from [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon the President of the United States himself]] and rural-oriented affiliates. Further, the show's good ratings had less sway with CBS than they would've had with a lower-rated network (and those ratings were beginning to fall anyway, due to the controversy and in competition with ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' on NBC).

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Unfortunately, this innovative and contemporary comedy and music all too often had to be hard won against CBS' 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 a no-go and the Brothers had to fight to eventually get it on the air in a later broadcast. Eventually, the show and network were butting heads continually, with Tom Smothers being more brazen and stubborn and the network execs receiving complaints both from [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon the President of the United States himself]] and rural-oriented affiliates. Further, the show's good ratings had less sway with CBS than they would've had with a lower-rated network (and those ratings were beginning to fall anyway, due to the controversy and in competition with ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' on NBC).


Eventually, however, the execs lost all patience and abruptly pulled the show in June 1969. The Brothers subsequently sued the network for breach of contract (which was eventually ruled in their favor in 1973), but their peak time of cultural influence was over. Still, the Brothers had set a precedent for daring political humor that later shows like NBC's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' would take much further.

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Eventually, however, the execs lost all patience and abruptly pulled the show in June 1969. The Brothers subsequently sued the network for breach of contract (which was eventually ruled in their favor in 1973), and attempted a revival series in 1975, but their peak time of cultural influence was over. Still, the Brothers had set a precedent for daring political humor that later shows like NBC's ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' would take much further.


Not to be confused with ''The Smothers Brothers Show'', a half-hour FantasticComedy aired during the 1965-66 season, which had Tom playing Dick's GuardianAngel. The show was notable not only for being CBS' last black-and-white sitcom, but also for Tom fighting with production execs for creative control (since, per him, the show didn't play to the Brothers' strengths).

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Not to be confused with ''The Smothers Brothers Show'', a half-hour FantasticComedy aired during the 1965-66 196566 season, which had Tom playing Dick's GuardianAngel. The show was notable not only for being CBS' last black-and-white sitcom, but also for Tom fighting with production execs for creative control (since, per him, the show didn't play to the Brothers' strengths).strengths).


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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, which eventually led to a mock presidential election bid in 1968.

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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 on their increasingly fearless political satirical humor satire 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, which eventually led to a mock presidential election bid in 1968.


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A landmark comic VarietyShow hosted by the folk music/comedy duo The Smothers Brothers (Tom and Dick Smothers), which ran on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1967-69.

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A landmark comic VarietyShow hosted by the folk music/comedy duo The Smothers Brothers (Tom and Dick Smothers), which ran on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1967-69.
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* DraftDodging: One of the Brothers' more notorious musical numbers was a great cover of "The Draft Dodger Rag" with George Segal, with glorious three-part harmony.

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* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Pretty much any time the brothers tried to play a song straight, it turned into this.
* DraftDodging: One of the Brothers' more notorious musical numbers was a great cover of Music/PhilOchs's "The Draft Dodger Rag" with George Segal, with glorious three-part harmony.


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