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series: Smothered: The Censorship Struggles Of The Smother

air date: 2/24/13 2:46 AM

Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour examines the turmoil that surrounded the late-1960s variety show, including the events that led to its cancellation... and the remarkable David vs. Goliath battle when the brothers took on CBS and censorship in a landmark lawsuit. With a young and brash stable of writers and performers, including Steve Martin and Rob Reiner, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour brought an edgy new brand of political comedy to the airwaves for three seasons. When they were fired in 1969, brothers Tom and Dick Smothers took on their network, CBS, in the courts... and won. This is the fascinating true story as told by its key players, including the Smothers Brothers, show writers Rob Reiner and Mason William, performers Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Harry Belafonte, and former CBS executives.

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