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The Flip Wilson Show

The Flip Wilson Show is an hour long variety show that aired in the U.S. on NBC from September 17, 1970 to June 27, 1974. The show starred American comedian Flip Wilson; the program was one of the first American television programs starring a black person in the title role to become highly successful with a white audience. Specifically, it was the first successful network variety series starring an African American. During its first two seasons, its Nielsen ratings made it the nation's second most watched show. The show consisted of many skits over an hour. It also broke new ground in American television by using a 'Theatre-in-the-Round' stage format, with the audience seated on all sides of a circular performance area. Wilson was most famous for creating the role of Geraldine Jones, a sassy, modern woman who had a boyfriend named Killer. Flip also created the role of Reverend Leroy, who was the minister of the Church of What's Happening Now!. New parishioners were wary of coming to the church as it was hinted that Reverend Leroy was a con artist. Wilson popularized such catchphrases as "What you see is what you get", and "The devil made me do it!".

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Cast

Name Character
Don Rickles He was 44 , 90 years old when he died
Barbara Feldon She was 37 , now 89 years old
Hamilton Camp He was 35 , 70 years old when he died
Raymond Burr He was 53 , 76 years old when he died
Bobby Darin He was 34 , 37 years old when he died
Joan Rivers She was 37 , 81 years old when she died
Tim Conway He was 36 , 85 years old when he died
George Carlin He was 33 , 71 years old when he died
Avery Schreiber He was 35 , 66 years old when he died
Harry Belafonte He was 43 , now 95 years old
Lucille Ball She was 59 , 77 years old when she died
James Brown He was 37 , 73 years old when he died
Ed Asner He was 40 , 91 years old when he died
Lily Tomlin She was 31 , now 83 years old
Robert Klein He was 28 , now 80 years old
Robert Goulet He was 36 , 73 years old when he died
Diahann Carroll She was 35 , 84 years old when she died
Flip Wilson He was 36 , 64 years old when he died as Host
Ruth Gordon She was 73 , 88 years old when she died
Marty Feldman He was 36 , 48 years old when he died
Cicely Tyson She was 45 , now 97 years old
Bill Cosby He was 33 , now 85 years old
Pat Boone He was 36 , now 88 years old
John Byner He was 32 , now 84 years old
Johnny Cash He was 38 , 71 years old when he died
Janet Jackson She was 4 , now 56 years old
Connie Stevens She was 32 , now 84 years old
Burt Reynolds He was 34 , 82 years old when he died
Gina Lollobrigida She was 43 , now 95 years old
Ed Sullivan He was 68 , 73 years old when he died
Anne Meara She was 40 , 85 years old when she died
Kris Kristofferson He was 34 , now 86 years old
Art Carney He was 51 , 85 years old when he died
Tony Randall He was 50 , 84 years old when he died
Zero Mostel He was 55 , 62 years old when he died
Carl Reiner He was 48 , now 100 years old
Sandy Duncan She was 24 , now 76 years old
Carol Channing She was 49 , 97 years old when she died
Dom DeLuise He was 37 , 75 years old when he died
Dean Martin He was 53 , 78 years old when he died
Stevie Wonder He was 20 , now 72 years old
Jerry Stiller He was 43 , now 95 years old
Arte Johnson He was 41 , 90 years old when he died
Phyllis Diller She was 53 , 95 years old when she died
Ray Charles He was 39 , 73 years old when he died
Dionne Warwick She was 29 , now 81 years old
Leslie Uggams She was 27 , now 79 years old
Louis Armstrong He was 69 , 69 years old when he died
Jim Nabors He was 40 , 87 years old when he died
Lena Horne She was 53 , 92 years old when she died

Crew

Name Job title
Flip Wilson Writing He was 36 , 64 years old when he died Writer
Norman Steinberg Writing He was 31 , now 83 years old Writer
Herbert Baker Writing He was 108 , 83 years old when he died Writer
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The Flip Wilson Show (52 years)

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  • First Air Date: 1970-09-17
  • Runtime: [30,60] minutes
  • Number of Episodes: 95