It's Garry Shandling's Show
show_name = It's Garry Shandling's Show
genre = Sitcom
Richard Fancy Jessica Harper Bruno Kirby
Michael Tucci Paul Willson
theme_music_composer = Joey Carbone
country = USA
language = English
num_seasons = 4
num_episodes = 72
Bernie Brillstein Brad Grey Garry Shandling
Al Jean Mike Reiss
supervising_producer = Sam Denoff
Marshall Goldberg Alan Zweibel
co-producer = Vic Kaplan
runtime = 30 min.
September 10, 1986
May 25, 1990
imdb_id = 0090459
tv_com_id = 130
"It's Garry Shandling's Show" was an American
televisionshow broadcast on Showtimefrom 1986 to 1990. It was created by and starred Garry Shandling.
sitcomstarred Shandling as, more or less, himself – a neurotic, somewhat self-obsessed ("how's my hair?") stand-up comedianwho just happened to be aware he was a TV sitcom character. Garry spent just as much time interacting with the studio audience as he did the regular cast members, offering up opening monologues and show-closing summations of the episode's events, much like George Burnson " The Burns and Allen Show". On Garry's show, however, all the supporting characters knew they were on a TV show, not just Garry; and the studio audience was often in the storyline - on one episode, Garry invited them to make themselves at home after he left the scene (they ended up throwing a raucous party); in another, a surprise birthday party for Garry's mom went awry when the audience's shout of "surprise!" caused her to have a heart attack. One memorable episode saw Garry move out of town, with his apartment (and show) taken over by Red Buttons; when he tried to return, his friends admitted they liked Red better.
Storylines were often manipulated by Shandling to create more favorable outcomes, or simply to speed things along (one episode ended years later, for example). On America's presidential election night in
1988, Showtime presented a live episode wherein Shandling brought in " Soul Train" host Don Corneliusto incorrectly announce that Michael Dukakishad soundly defeated George H. W. Bush.
The show's bouncy, well-remembered
theme songwas "This is the Theme to Garry's Show", and was often a target of ridicule and disdain by the other castmembers. It was performed by Bill Lynch. The song's lyrics are self-referencing, explaining how the song came to be ("Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song,") and asking what the listener thinks of it.
Considered largely a critical and niche success, "It's Garry Shandling's Show" ran 72 episodes and was on the air for five years (1986-1990). The show was later picked up by
Fox Broadcasting Companyfrom 1988to 1990as part of its Sunday night lineup; FOX started the show from the beginning, but due to longer seasons for network shows versus cable, had caught up by the time the show left FOX in 1989. It continued for one more year on Showtime. The show introduced much of the country to Shandling and paved the way for his more successful run as late-night talk show host Larry Sanders on HBO's " The Larry Sanders Show."
The supporting cast for all four seasons were
Molly Cheekas Garry's 'platonic friend' Nancy, Michael Tucci, Scott Nemesand Bernadette Birkettas his neighbours the family Schumaker, Paul Willsonas condo kingpin Leonard Smith, and Barbara Casonas Garry's mother, Ruth Shandling. From series three, Ian Buchananplayed Nancy's boyfriend (and eventually husband) Ian, and Bruno Kirbywas Garry's agent Brad Brillnick. In the fourth series Jessica Harperjoined the cast as Garry's new girlfriend Phoebe. Other regulars included Roy Brocksmithas Mr Guest, Richard Fancyas network boss Mr Stravely, Danny Daytonas comedy club owner Mr Peck, and Rob Reiner, Martin Mulland Tom Pettyas themselves. Jennifer Tillyappeared in a multi-episode arc as another girlfriend, Angelica.
ovarian cancer, Gilda Radnerguest-starred as herself on the show in 1988 in what would be her final television appearance. When Shandling asked her why she had not been seen for a while, Radner replied "Oh, I had cancer. What did "you" have?"
* "The Show"
Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive"
* [http://epguides.com/ItsGarryShandlingsShow/ Epguides - episodes and air dates guide]
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