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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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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
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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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Edited into The Best of John Candy on SCTV (1996) See more »

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Off Broadway
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It rewarded the dedicated viewer
24 February 2003 | by glynnec2002See all my reviews

Unlike SNL, which is 30 minutes of comedy crammed into 90 minutes, the entire hour and a half of SCTV was hilarious. In fact, the shows intricate plot lines usually built and built and built upon themselves, rewarding the dedicated viewer with great comic payoffs near the END of the show.

It's truly unfortunate that when the shows are re-broadcast, these 90 minute gems are chopped up into 30 minute "episodes". The pacing and the build-up of comic energy, that was so integral to the original show, is completely lost. Indeed, I feel very fortunate to have watched the original airings. I doubt we'll see anything like it again.


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