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SCTV Network 

SCTV Network 90 (original title)
TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1981–1983)
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Comedy parody about TV.

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Andrew Alexander
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1983   1982   1981  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Candy ...  Various / ... 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Joe Flaherty ...  Various / ... 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Eugene Levy ...  Various / ... 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Andrea Martin ...  Various / ... 39 episodes, 1981-1983
Catherine O'Hara ...  Various / ... 29 episodes, 1981-1983
Rick Moranis ...  Various / ... 27 episodes, 1981-1982
Dave Thomas ...  Various / ... 27 episodes, 1981-1982
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Comedy parody about TV.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SCTV Comedy Network See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

To differentiate the show from Saturday Night Live (1975), the writer/performers decided to integrate musical guests into the plots of the episodes. The Fishin' Musician sketch was created as a way to highlight the musical guests if no other sketch was available. While some of the musical acts were chosen by the network, cast members asked for their own guests. For example, Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas requested Roy Orbison and Tony Bennett respectively - both of whom were at a relative low point in their career. See more »

Alternate Versions

Due to music clearance issues, some of the episodes on the DVD sets of the show are edited. Some sketches simply have music replacements, while a few sketches had to be trimmed to exclude certain musical performances by the cast (such as Andrea Martin as Edith Prickley singing a line from "Whistle While You Work" in a sketch, or Catherine O'Hara as Dusty Towne and Rick Moranis as Merv Griffin having to cut out various songs they perform in their sketches). As of Volume 3, none of the actual guest musical performances have had to be cut. As of Volume 3, the only full sketch to be cut is "Stairways to Heaven;" A Compilation Album of various artists performing "Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin refused clearance of their song. See more »

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Best 90-minute show in Network history!
9 July 2000 | by beny23See all my reviews

I can't tell from looking, but I believe this is the Cinemax show, from the appearance of Happy Marsden. Like I said in the syndicated SCTV listing, over the years, a lot of good writers stole some great ideas from this show. Those who didn't steal from SCTV weren't smart enough and are probably writing crap!

Everyone on this show has gone on to do bigger and better things...they were that talented, and the show was that funny. If NBC didn't bury this show in the post-SNL timeslot on Saturdays or 12:30 on Friday, more people may have seen it and recognized its genius.

The early years had a lot of funny stuff going on, but once Moranis got on board and the show went 90 minutes, its place in History was sealed. There has NEVER been a more witty, intelligent, funny 90 minutes in TV history.

As for the Cinemax years...there was a lot of funny stuff, but overall, it didn't match up with the SCTV heyday on NBC. But hey...bad SCTV is still better than most TV.


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