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The Bozo Show (later known as The Bozo Super Sunday Show) was an hour-long live kids show that aired on WGN-TV 9 in Chicago and its' superstation feed, WGN America (back when it actually carried WGN programming). Originally known as Bozo's Circus until the 1980s, it stars Bozo, the world's favorite clown (whose existence predates the shownote ). Assisting him were Cooky the Cook, Ringmaster Ned (played by Ned Locke), Professor Andy, Wizzo the Wizard, and many others. The show always promised tons of fun, and generations of Chicagoans grew up with Bozo (once WGN went national, so did many others). In 1994, the show moved to Sundays (as to accommodate the new WGN Morning News) and the show was retitled as The Bozo Super Sunday Show. 1997 saw a further Retool to comply with the newly-instituted E/I laws. The show was officially cancelled in 2001; Bozo does pop up from time to time, including some segments on the aforementioned Morning News.

Like Romper Room, Bozo's Circus / The Bozo Show is a franchised show, meaning individual stations could do their own version of the show.

Segments included:

  • Boz-Goz: Where Bozo goes to different places in Chicago.
  • What is It?: A mysterious antique thing. Some kids would win a prize for guessing the answer correctly at the end of the show. (*)
  • Bozo's Grand Prize Game: A game show segment where a contestant has to throw a ping-pong ball to a bucket to win a prize. If the contestant makes it to bucket 6, they won the titular grand prize.
  • Bozo's Book of the Week: Bozo shows us a popular kids book. (*)
  • Bozo's Hobby Corner: Showing different hobbies and careers.
  • Mr. Music Man: With Professor Andy.
  • Pets 4U: A pet owner does a show and tell about their pets.
  • Bozercise: A workout segment.
  • Let's Find Out!: How things are done or made. (*)
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  • Clown About Town: Where Kookie (and later Rusty) went to places in Chicago. Similar to Boz-Goz.
  • Bozo Online: Online question that Bozo would answer.
  • Various classic (even by the 1960s) animated shorts, as well as Larry Harmon's animated Bozo series. As well as episodes of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.

The (*) indicates segments that were forced onto the show after the E/I laws were passed.


The Bozo Show contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Cooky the Cook, Wizzo the Wizard, and Oliver O. Oliver, who starred from 1960 to 1971.
  • Christmas Episode: They did a Christmas episode during Christmas of each year and ran some Christmas cartoons (such as Hardrock, Coco, and Joe).
  • Confetti Drop: When a contestant hits bucket 6 on Bozo's Grand Prize Game, confetti and balloons poured onto the contestant.
  • Consolation Prize: If you missed buckets 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 (the grand prize), you would keep your prize in The Grand Prize Game. If you miss bucket 1 though, you keep on going until the ping-pong ball goes to bucket 1.
  • Every Episode Ending: The Grand March
  • Game Show Host: Bozo hosted a segment called Bozo's Grand Prize Game.
  • Grand Finale: The prime-time 40 Years of Fun! special.
  • Long-Runners: It lasted 40 years.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Gee, I wonder which character fits this trope?
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: It's time to play Bozo's (Audience says along) GRAND! PRIZE! GAME!
  • Tuckerization: Sandy the Tramp, a hobo clown whose real-life name was Don Sandburg, performed from 1960 to 1969 and later filled in for Cooky when ill during the 1990s.

Alternative Title(s): Bozos Circus, The Bozo Super Sunday Show


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