The Lawrence Welk Show

The Lawrence Welk Show

  • TV-G
  • 1960
  • 1 Season
  • 7.1  (405)

The Lawrence Welk Show is a true classic in the history of television programming. The show includes the best in the tradition of variety programming: big band music, ethnic numbers, as well as popular tunes. The performers and their music are presented without either condescension or flattery. The Master of Ceremonies, Lawrence Welk, is passionate about music and brings out the best in the musicians. The show has enjoyed the support of devoted fans for decades, the entertainment never seems to date itself or become repetitive. Throughout its history, its' wide reaching popularity permitted it to occupy a premium time slot in the network schedule. This advantage presented the opportunity for families to gather together to view and enjoy entertainment that is sufficiently diverse to appeal to all ages and interests. The program served as a platform to launch the performing careers of many talented artists who went on to acquire a measure of fame. In addition, established performers often appeared on the show, a testimony to the consistent quality and integrity of the program over time. Viewers could expect to see familiar faces and see fresh talent every time the show aired. However it was Mr. Welk himself who was the main attraction. Without the advantage of packaging required by many celebrities, his personal appeal endured the test of time as well as the glare of the spotlight. Television viewers were personally welcomed by Lawrence Welk; becoming part of the studio audience, or better, admitted as members of the family. No wonder that the show became television's version of comfort food for the national audience. Subsequent musical programming owes a substantial debt to the Lawrence Welk Show, not only for bringing the best in American music tradition but introducing audiences to lesser known influences as well. Mr. Welk has a long list of music available in audio format and has

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My North Dakota Home
21. My North Dakota Home
January 6, 1967
This was the first show of the new year in 1967, and include performances by the Lennon Sisters, Jo Ann Castle, and more.
New Year's Special
20. New Year's Special
January 5, 1962
The first show of the new year in 1962.
Top Tunes and New Talent Show
19. Top Tunes and New Talent Show
December 15, 1957
A classic Christmas special as only Lawrence Welk could deliver! In this episode, Christmas is in the air with musical selections that truly celebrate the season.
Winter Show
18. Winter Show
December 23, 1966
This is the Christmas episode from 1966.
Christmas Special
17. Christmas Special
December 18, 1959
This Christmas Special from 1959 includes special guest Janice Bailey.
Christmas Show
16. Christmas Show
December 19, 1958
This is the Christmas Special from 1958, which includes many Christmas classics!
Southtown USA
15. Southtown USA
February 21, 1964
The special guests for this episode are the Mills Brothers.
Valentines Day
14. Valentines Day
February 10, 1962
This episode has special guest, Pinky Savitt.
Valentine's Day
14. Valentine's Day
February 9, 1962
This episode has special guest, Pinky Savitt.
Variety Special 2
13. Variety Special 2
October 18, 1957
A stellar episode of Lawrence Welk and his band.
Mardi Gras
12. Mardi Gras
February 23, 1968
A Mardi Gras celebration, Lawrence Welk style!
Salute to Norma Zimmer
11. Salute to Norma Zimmer
November 12, 1965
A tribute to Lawrence Welk's "Champagne Lady," Norma Zimmer.
Veteran's Day Show
10. Veteran's Day Show
November 5, 1965
A show dedicated to the members of the armed forces.
Stephen Foster Tribute
9. Stephen Foster Tribute
May 30, 1969
Most of this episode is set in the Stephen Foster period as a tribute to the "Father of American Music."
Friends and Family
8. Friends and Family
March 17, 1967
The special guest for this episode was Lil' Wally.
The in Crowd Special
7. The in Crowd Special
August 6, 1965
Variety special with performances by Norma Simmer, Jo Ann Castle, and more.
September Swing
6. September Swing
September 16, 1966
Opening episode from the show's 12th Season on ABC.
September at Home
5. September at Home
September 17, 1965
This is the season premiere of Season 11, which takes place at the Country Club Mobile Home Estates in Escondido, CA.
The Gypsy Show
4. The Gypsy Show
January 15, 1965
This was a Gypsy-themed special.
A Tribute to the Movies
3. A Tribute to the Movies
April 5, 1963
A nod to Academy Award Winners, with musical hits from the past.
Variety Special
2. Variety Special
April 13, 1962
Guest stars for this episode include Roberta Shore and Joe Livoti.
5th Anniversary Show
1. 5th Anniversary Show
June 17, 1960
This was the 5th Anniversary Show, with special guest Janice Bailey.
Description

The Lawrence Welk Show is a true classic in the history of television programming. The show includes the best in the tradition of variety programming: big band music, ethnic numbers, as well as popular tunes. The performers and their music are presented without either condescension or flattery. The Master of Ceremonies, Lawrence Welk, is passionate about music and brings out the best in the musicians.

The show has enjoyed the support of devoted fans for decades, the entertainment never seems to date itself or become repetitive. Throughout its history, its' wide reaching popularity permitted it to occupy a premium time slot in the network schedule. This advantage presented the opportunity for families to gather together to view and enjoy entertainment that is sufficiently diverse to appeal to all ages and interests.

The program served as a platform to launch the performing careers of many talented artists who went on to acquire a measure of fame. In addition, established performers often appeared on the show, a testimony to the consistent quality and integrity of the program over time. Viewers could expect to see familiar faces and see fresh talent every time the show aired.

However it was Mr. Welk himself who was the main attraction. Without the advantage of packaging required by many celebrities, his personal appeal endured the test of time as well as the glare of the spotlight. Television viewers were personally welcomed by Lawrence Welk; becoming part of the studio audience, or better, admitted as members of the family. No wonder that the show became television's version of comfort food for the national audience.

Subsequent musical programming owes a substantial debt to the Lawrence Welk Show, not only for bringing the best in American music tradition but introducing audiences to lesser known influences as well. Mr. Welk has a long list of music available in audio format and hasThe Lawrence Welk Show is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (22 episodes). The series first aired on June 17, 1960.

The Lawrence Welk Show is available for streaming on the American Pop Classics website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Lawrence Welk Show on demand at Amazon Prime.

  • Premiere Date
    June 17, 1960
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (405)