“Really Big Shew!”

Ed Sullivan, once regarded as America’s cultural kingmaker, returns Monday, September 4, on the over-the-air channel Decades.

The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show will present such historic performances as The Beatles first appearance in February 1964 before an American television audience of 73 million, heralding music’s “The British Invasion.”

Other classic segments will include The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Harry Belafonte, Joan Rivers, The Carpenters, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, George Carlin, Ella Fitzgerald, The Temptations, The Doors, Richard Pryor, Elvis Presley, Liza Minnelli and George Burns, among others.

Here are legendary comedians Richard Pryor (1966) and Rodney Dangerfield (1970), both doing routines about the art of approaching women:

The Ed Sullivan Show, which originally aired on CBS from 1948 to 1971, was one of the longest-running variety shows in TV history.

Two 30-minute episodes will air each weekday at noon, 5 pm and 11 pm ET/PT.

Visit Decades’ Where to Watch page to find your local station.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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