The Red Buttons Show

  • 1954
  • TV Show
  • None

Monologues, sketches and music numbers filled this variety series, which was enormously popular during its first season but quickly faded in the ratings. Recurring characters included boxer Rocky Buttons, the cute Kupke Kid and the Sad Sack. CBS canceled the show after the second season, but NBC picked it up and turned it into a sitcom. At the time, But (more…)

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Monologues, sketches and music numbers filled this variety series, which was enormously popular during its first season but quickly faded in the ratings. Recurring characters included boxer Rocky Buttons, the cute Kupke Kid and the Sad Sack. CBS canceled the show after the second season, but NBC picked it up and turned it into a sitcom. At the time, Buttons was legendary for having employed (and fired) an army of writers (including, for a time, Larry Gelbart and Neil Simon), but nothing helped.

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