From 1971 through 1977, iconic personality, singer and Oscar-winning actress Cher was a TV variety star – first as one-half of the bickering married couple in The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, then as a new divorcee in Cher, and finally as one-half of the bickering divorced couple in The Sonny & Cher Show. Over-the-air channel GetTV will premiere encore episodes from all three CBS series Mondays at 8 pm ET starting September 12. Visit GetTV’s “Get the Channel” page to find out where you can watch locally.
The GetTV retrospective will kick off with the very first episode of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour from August 1, 1971, guest-starring Jimmy Durante. One of the Cher episodes will feature her “performing side-by-side” with The Jackson 5. But, to whet your appetite until GetTV’s Cher fest gets going, The Savvy Screener is happy to bring you the season three premiere of Comedy Hour, also with the Jackson 5, from September 15, 1972.
In keeping with the current political season, this episode features both 14-year-old Michael Jackson and then-California Governor Ronald Reagan throwing barbs at foil Sonny Bono. Jackson jokes that he may become Governor of Georgia when he grows up, unaware that Bono would “grow up” to become a Congressman, while Reagan would later be elected President of the US. Jackson also sings his hit song “Ben” (and keep an eye out for series regular Teri Garr).
Here’s the show, thanks to YouTube poster William Stewart:
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