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The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) The Hollywood Palace (1964) Vaudeville-style variety show, with acts spanning every genre and generation. The Ed Sullivan Show – initially known as the "Toast of the Town" was hosted by the New York entertainment columnist, and he presented every type of act imaginable – from burlesque comedy and opera to ballet and top popular music acts of the day; the best-known episodes are the ones that featured early national TV performances of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Muppets. Among the many competing shows of "various acts" bills was ABC's Hollywood Palace, taped at the eponymously-named venue in Hollywood, California. Unlike Ed Sullivan, Hollywood Palace had guest hosts each week; the program is best known for the earliest performances of The Rolling Stones and The Jackson 5. Ed Sullivan; even more is that the show was in the same time block for almost its entire 23-year run (1948-1971) – Sundays at 8 p.m. EST. For its part, Hollywood Palace had a six-year run (1964-1970) and was able to attract most of the same big-name acts as Sullivan did, including (most notably) The Rolling Stones and The Jackson 5.
American Bandstand (1952) Soul Train (1971) Teens dancing to the popular music of the day. The day's hottest musical acts appeared as well. To put it bluntly — American Bandstand was for white kids and emphasized the music, and Soul Train was for black kids and emphasized the dancing. A difference that was highlighted by both shows' signature segments: Bandstand's song ratings ("It's got a good beat and you can dance to it!") and the Soul Train Line. Both lasted the same amount of seasons, with Bandstand having a 13-season headstart and Train lasting thirteen seasons after Bandstand's cancellation. Soul Train seems to be more fondly remembered, though both have their Never Live It Down factor: Bandstand for its overwhelming whiteness and Train for its inescapable link to '70s fashion, music, and afros.
Shindig! (1964) Hullabaloo (1965)

Shivaree (1965)

Hollywood a Go-Go (1965)
Prime-time musical variety shows featuring the Top 40 acts of the day singing their hits, accompanied by go-go dancers. Shindig! debuted on ABC in September 1964 and was hosted by Jimmy O'Neil. NBC's answer, Hullabaloo, premiered in January 1965 and was hosted by various guest hosts. Shivaree and Hollywood a Go-Go were local programs that were nationally syndicated around the same time; they were hosted, respectively, by Sam Riddle and Gene Weed. All four of them were cancelled by 1966. Over-saturation of such shows†  might've been a factor in their eventual failure. Nevertheless, they're all fondly remembered for the musical acts they featured.
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (1968) Turn-On (1969) Comedy/variety show produced by George Schlatter Laugh-In was the #1 show at the time for NBC. ABC decided to get in on the action by making their own irreverent sketch show that pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable at the time. Laugh-In won, both with critics and in the ratings. Turn-On, in contrast, was so bad that it either got banned and replaced with alternate programming, was canceled ten minutes into its first episode, or aired in its entirety and never shown again.
Morecambe and Wise (1968) The Two Ronnies (1971) Two British comedy shows heavily inspired by music hall/vaudeville comedy and featuring two pairs of very good friends Both shows ran on BBC-1 for most of the 1970s, garnering high ratings. The Rons had also some solo works while M&W concentrated in their show. A biggie. Both teams are still very popular and influential to this day. And while Eric and Ernie had a much longer career, The Two Ronnies are likely more popular overseas.
The Midnight Special (1972) Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (1973) Ninety minutes of live music by a variety of acts, with occasional taped shows and comedy. Special debuted six months before Rock Concert. Special aired on NBC, Rock Concert was syndicated. The biggest difference between the shows were the hosts: Midnight Special had Wolfman Jack as the announcer and a series of guest hosts; Rock Concert was hosted by Kirshner himself. Both shows ended in 1981, but Midnight Special wins here because the concerts are offered on DVD via Nostalgia Filter Infomercials, which make them more familiar.
Saturday Night Live (1975) Fridays (1980) Both are variety sketch shows featuring a cast of young, unknown comedians and comedy writers, popular celebrities of the day, popular musical performances of the day, and both air live on their respective coasts (SNL in the East and Fridays in the West) ABC's Fridays started out as a crude and disgusting carbon copy of SNL (in fact, the third episode, which featuring a sketch about a zombie diner, a sketch about a priest who buys an inflatable sex doll modeled after a nun, and a talk show parody about prim and proper women who spit, was the final episode in a lot of affiliates, as they received complaints about the show's content). When SNL went through Seasonal Rot in the early 1980s, Fridays came out on top as the edgy sketch show that had a young cast of Crazy Is Cool comedians and the best in popular music. SNL wins because it's more remembered and (for better or worse) still popular, while Fridays is more of a Cult Classic that isn't remembered much (though it does have a DVD release from Shout! Factory and is on Hulu Plus). However, between 1980 and 1982, Fridays was clearly the winner, because SNL's quality was severely lacking and Fridays was deemed better by comparison (even if some of the detractors still thought it was a bad show).
Saturday Night Live (1975) The New Show (1984) Sketch Comedy Variety Show Both shows have guests and musical guests and were produced by Lorne Michaels. SNL still won. The New Show failed to capture an audience of its own, only lasting for 9 episodes, broadcast over the course of two months (January-March, 1984). Its ratings were among the lowest of the season. It did so bad that it prompted Lorne Michaels to return to Saturday Night Live in 1985. On the up side, The New Show had a lot of up-and-coming writers who would later work on The Simpsons...after working on SNL during its near-Creator Killer 11th season and most of its new Golden Age seasons (seasons 12 to 15).
Saturday Night Live (1975) MADtv (1995) Sketch Comedy Variety Show. The first is a classic of the genre, despite its many ups and downs. The other is pretty much the same, only it's taped, pared down to an hour long, and comes off the heels of In Living Color! being cancelled after five years and House of Buggin and Saturday Night Special being taken off the air due to bad reviews and worse ratings. Though both shows held their own (and have fans who will forever fight over which show is most superior), Saturday Night Live wins because it's more popular, is still on the air, is in syndication on cable (VH1 and VH1 Classic), and is on DVD (the first five seasons and several "Best Of" clip shows and documentaries about the show's history), Internet streaming,note  and Netflix, while MADtv was canceled, hasn't been syndicated since 2010 (it was on in reruns on Comedy Central, but was canceled, and its alleged Spiritual Successor, MADnote  was canned in 2013 to make room for new shows), is only on DVD,note  and only has the final two seasons available on iTunes.
Have I Got News for You (1990) Mock the Week (2005) Comedy panel quiz/"quiz" focusing on recent news, featuring both regular panellists and guests HIGNFY has been running much longer and is generally considered more cerebral and culturally valuable, but MTW is a good contender comedy-wise. Frequently draw from the same pool of guests. It's a tie!
Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam (1992) BET's Comicview (1992) Stand-up comedy series that showcase young, up-and-coming black comedians Both debuted in the mid '90s, during the Stand Up Comedy Boom. Def Comedy tends to pull bigger names and uses its pay cable slot to get away with saltier language. Comicview tends to edit its shows, often splicing several comics together for themed segments. Comicview has been on-air longer, running continuously from 1992 to 2008. However, Def Comedy Jam has a stronger cultural impact, so Def Comedy Jam wins.
Comedy Inc (2003) Big Bite (2003)

skitHOUSE (2003)
Australian sketch comedy series launched by commercial networks in the first half of 2003 Seven had Big Bite, Nine Comedy Inc and Ten skitHouse Comedy Inc lasted until 2007, whereas both Big Bite and skitHOUSE both ended in 2004
Tosh.0 (2009) Web Soup (2009) The Soup-inspired snarky weekly rundowns of viral videos. Comedy Central's Tosh sticks mostly to YouTube stuff and viewer submissions and its signature "Web Redemption" segment. G4's Web Soup is more Attack of the Show!'s "Epic Fail" segments meets The Soup, using AOTS-style graphics. It really depends on your style of comedy, with Tosh being more straightforward and meaner, while Web Soup delves into sketch comedy and absurdist comedy. It also has the all-important blessing of McHale, along with Chris Hardwick, who has been on TV for years and has built a good Internet following. However, Tosh is adored by Comedy Central, and Web Soup was cancelled.
The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (2020) Muppets Now Spinoffs/revivals of the two most well-known Jim Henson series (Sesame Street and The Muppets) that bring the characters into a different style of variety series (a talk show and web videos, specifically). Both series marked the characters' debut on streaming television. The Not-Too-Late Show and Muppets Now have both been compared to the original The Muppet Show, with their emphasis on sketch comedy and celebrity cameos. Both series had new episodes released weekly with a generally similar format episode-to-episode; Not-Too-Late Show boasted 13 episodes in its first season while Muppets Now only had 6. Unclear. Regarding reviews, Elmo has the edge over Muppets, with slightly stronger scores from critics and noticeably higher scores from audiences. However, Muppets almost certainly has the edge in terms of viewership, due to Disney+'s popularity and HBO Max's poor early subscriber numbers; in fact, after just one episode, Muppets Now had more ratings on IMDb than Elmo had garnered after 12.
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