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The Ed Sullivan Show

Genre Variety
Sketch Comedy
Presented by Ed Sullivan
Theme music composer Ray Bloch
Opening theme “Toast of the Town”
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of seasons 24
No. of episodes 1068
Executive producer Ed Sullivan
Producer Marlo Lewis (1948–1960) (cofounder and coproducer with Sullivan)
Bob Precht
Chester Feldman
Jack McGeehan
Location Ed Sullivan Theater
New York
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 48–50 minutes
Original network CBS
Picture format Black-and-white (1948–1965)
Color (1965–1971)
Audio format Monaural
Original release June 20, 1948 – June 6, 1971 (22 years, 11 months, and 17 days)
The Ed Sullivan Show is an American TV variety show that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was replaced in September 1971 by the CBS Sunday Night Movie, which ran only one season and was eventually replaced by other shows.

In 2002, The Ed Sullivan Show was ranked #15 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 2013, the series finished #31 in TV Guide Magazine’s 60 Best Series of All Time.

Ed Sullivan

Born Edward Vincent Sullivan
September 28, 1901
Harlem, New York City, New York,
Died October 13, 1974 (aged 73)
Manhattan, New York City, US
Cause of death Esophageal cancer
Resting place Ferncliff Cemetery
Occupation Television host
Years active 1932–1973
Spouses Sylvia Weinstein (m. 1930–1973, her death)
Children Betty (1930–2014)
Edward Vincent Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American television personality, sports and entertainment reporter, and longtime syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News. He is principally remembered as the creator and host of the television variety program The Toast of the Town, later popularly—and, eventually, officially—renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. Broadcast for 23 years from 1948 to 1971, it set a record as the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history. “It was, by almost any measure, the last great TV show,” proclaimed television critic David Hinckley. “It’s one of our fondest, dearest pop culture memories.”

Sullivan was a broadcasting pioneer at many levels during television’s infancy. As TV critic David Bianculli wrote, “Before MTV, Sullivan presented rock acts. Before Bravo, he presented jazz and classical music and theater. Before the Comedy Channel, even before there was the Tonight Show, Sullivan discovered, anointed and popularized young comedians. Before there were 500 channels, before there was cable, Ed Sullivan was where the choice was. From the start, he was indeed ‘the Toast of the Town’.” In 1996 Sullivan was ranked No. 50 on TV Guide’s “50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time”.

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