The Flip Wilson Show

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  • 1969
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (933)

The Flip Wilson Show was a variety show from 1970 to 1974 on NBC. It featured comedy skits and musical acts. The show was the highest-ranked variety show during its run and received two Emmys and a Peabody. Wilson won a Golden Globe for his part in the show. It was the last variety show to focus on just one performer. George Carlin was a writer on the show and appeared in front of the camera for several episodes for the news skit. Redd Foxx, one of Wilson's mentors, came on as well. The show was produced by Bob Henry Productions and Clerow Productions. Clerow Productions was owned by Wilson. Bob Henry was a legendary variety show producer. He was well known for never seeing the color barrier, having also worked with Nat King Cole. The Jersey City-born actor Wilson went into the Air Force in the 50s, where he became known for his comedic ways, even being used to tour bases to cheer the troops. His nickname Flip came from his ability to flip people out with his outlandish stories. For his variety show, he applied his law of comedy: Be sudden, be neat. Be unimpassioned. If you're serious about something, leave it out. Such comedic legends as Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby came on the show. There were the big names of the day that came on as guests, as well. John Wayne, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope were among those well-known stars. Musical guests from B.B. King to The Temptations were known to make an appearance. Legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson made her last public appearance on the show. The show had several well-loved characters. Geraldine Jones, which was Wilson in drag, was the most popular. Her saying, The Devil made me do it, was listed as the number 16 top TV phrase by TV Guide. The computer people took her What you see is what you get for the acronym WYSIWYG.

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Seasons
Episode 26
27. Episode 26
October 22, 2010
Guests: Tim Conway, Sandy Duncan, Johnny Brown
Episode 25
26. Episode 25
October 8, 2010
Guests: Lily Tomlin, Hamid Hamilton Camp, Gaylord & Holiday
Episode 24
25. Episode 24
April 1, 1971
Guests: Lena Horne, George Carlin
Episode 23
24. Episode 23
March 18, 1971
Guests: Diahann Carroll, Tim Conway, Robert Klein
Episode 22
23. Episode 22
March 11, 1971
Guests: Don Rickles, Leslie Uggams, Ray Charles
Episode 21
22. Episode 21
March 4, 1971
Guests: Aretha Franklin, David Frost, Charlie Callas
Episode 20
21. Episode 20
February 25, 1971
Guests: Art Carney, Narnara Feldon
Episode 19
20. Episode 19
February 18, 1971
Guests: Joe Namath, George Carlin, Johnny Mathis
Episode 18
19. Episode 18
February 11, 1971
Guests: Bill Cosby, Nancy Wilson, Claudine Langet
Episode 17
18. Episode 17
February 4, 1971
Guests: Muhammed Ali, Lilly Tomlin, Bobby Darin
Episode 16
17. Episode 16
January 28, 1971
Guests: Steve Lawrence, Zero Mostel, Roberta Flack
Episode 15
16. Episode 15
January 21, 1971
Guests: Bing Crosby, The Supremes, David Steinberg
Episode 14
15. Episode 14
January 17, 1971
Guests: Burl Ives, Slim Gaillard, Sha-Na-Na
Episode 13
14. Episode 13
January 7, 1971
Guests: Sid Caesar, Bobby Darin, B.B. King
Episode 12
13. Episode 12
December 24, 1970
Guests: Lena Horne, Tony Randall
Episode 11
12. Episode 11
December 17, 1970
Guests: Stevie Wonder, Connie Stevens, John Byner, Johnny Brown
Episode 10
11. Episode 10
December 10, 1970
Guests: Bobby Darin, Charlie Pride, Ella Fitzgerald
Episode 9
10. Episode 9
December 3, 1970
Guests: Moms Mabley, Marcel Marceau, Arte Johnson, Doug Kershaw
Episode 8
9. Episode 8
November 26, 1970
Guests: Robert Goulet, Lola Falana, Robert Klein, Dean Martin
Episode 7
8. Episode 7
November 19, 1970
Guests: Bill Cosby, Gina Lolabrigida
Episode 6
7. Episode 6
November 5, 1970
Guests: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Callas, Pat Morita, Laura Green
Episode 5
6. Episode 5
October 29, 1970
Guests: Raymond Burr, Stanley Myron, The Muppets, Loretta Long, Sunday's Child
Episode 4
5. Episode 4
October 15, 1970
Guests: Perry Como, Charlie Callas, Denise Nicholas, Lola Falana
Episode 3
4. Episode 3
October 1, 1970
Guests: Lily Tomlin, Redd Foxx, The Temptations, Roger Miller
Episode 2
3. Episode 2
September 24, 1970
Guests: Roy Clark, Bobby Darin, Stanley Myron, Denise Nicholas
Episode 1
2. Episode 1
September 17, 1970
Guests: David Frost, James Brown, The Muppets
Pilot
1. Pilot
September 22, 1969
Guests: Andy Williams, Jonathan Winters, Jackie DeShannon, Arte Johnson. Special appearance by Bob Hope.
The Flip Wilson Show Volumes 1 & 2
The Flip Wilson Show Volumes 1 & 2

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The Flip Wilson Show was a variety show from 1970 to 1974 on NBC. It featured comedy skits and musical acts. The show was the highest-ranked variety show during its run and received two Emmys and a Peabody. Wilson won a Golden Globe for his part in the show. It was the last variety show to focus on just one performer. George Carlin was a writer on the show and appeared in front of the camera for several episodes for the news skit. Redd Foxx, one of Wilson's mentors, came on as well.

The show was produced by Bob Henry Productions and Clerow Productions. Clerow Productions was owned by Wilson. Bob Henry was a legendary variety show producer. He was well known for never seeing the color barrier, having also worked with Nat King Cole.

The Jersey City-born actor Wilson went into the Air Force in the 50s, where he became known for his comedic ways, even being used to tour bases to cheer the troops. His nickname Flip came from his ability to flip people out with his outlandish stories. For his variety show, he applied his law of comedy: Be sudden, be neat. Be unimpassioned. If you're serious about something, leave it out.

Such comedic legends as Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby came on the show. There were the big names of the day that came on as guests, as well. John Wayne, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope were among those well-known stars. Musical guests from B.B. King to The Temptations were known to make an appearance. Legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson made her last public appearance on the show.

The show had several well-loved characters. Geraldine Jones, which was Wilson in drag, was the most popular. Her saying, The Devil made me do it, was listed as the number 16 top TV phrase by TV Guide. The computer people took her What you see is what you get for the acronym WYSIWYG.

The Flip Wilson Show is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (27 episodes). The series first aired on September 22, 1969.

Where to Watch The Flip Wilson Show

The Flip Wilson Show is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Flip Wilson Show on demand at Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 22, 1969
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (933)