Premiered: 1976, on Syndicated
Premise: An outlandish and popular `talent' show ruled by a panel of celebrity judges. Unworthy performers, of which an endless stream (dis)graced the stage, were unceremoniously and gleefully `gonged' from the competition. The wacky ringmaster was megasuccessful game-show creator Chuck Barris. The show was resurrected in 1988 and hosted by Don Bleu. That attempt was gonged by critics and viewers alike and was off the air in a year.