Smothered - The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
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Smothered - The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
In February 1967, a comedy folksinging team comprised of siblings Tom and Dick Smothers assumed the hosting chores of a Sunday-night CBS variety program. Before long, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was one of the network's most popular series, managing to hold its own against the formidable NBC competition, Bonanza. Gradually, the series evolved from an innocuous hour of music and laughs into a weekly political forum, largely driven by the antiwar sentiments of Tom Smothers and fueled by such young, hip writers as Mason Adams, Rob Reiner, and Steve Martin. The brothers began inviting… More