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Saturday Morning TV #5: The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show



The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show was an awful Saturday morning program that aired in 1974 and 75.  It had a lot of similarities to Krofft productions in that it was both surreal and cheesy. 

The brothers were actually decent musicians and had achieved a degree of chart success in the late sixties and early seventies.  But their real claim to fame is brother Bill (on the left in the image below), who was one of the biggest playboys of his day.


He married Goldie Hawn (his daughter is Kate Hudson), and then Cindy Williams from Laverne & Shirley.  He also was romantically involved with Jill St. John, Candice Bergen, and Ali McGraw!

Their show is great to watch for the outrageous fashions, psychedelic sets, and groovy music; however, it gets old real fast.  This is primarily due to the fact that every single episode was composed of the exact same skits with little to no variation!

For example, in one episode a group of Frankenstein's monsters are gathering around their new creation.  When they unveil their creature, it turns out to be a fireman! (insert canned laughter)


In the next episode, the exact same thing happens except this time it's a nurse!  (insert canned laughter) My God, it's like the writers sat down and wrote the entire season's gags over lunch.


From time to time, you can catch glimpses of Murray Langston, otherwise known as The Unknown Comic. You remember him - the comedian who performed with a bag over his head on The Gong Show.  Murray can be seen in the image below - he's in the back, far left wearing a light green shirt.


And finally, one last complaint about the show.... the laugh track.  Sweet Lord, the canned laughter is so obnoxious it will blow your mind.  Even the most low key gag, barely deserving of a chuckle is given a shrill, tinny laugh track that sounds like a crowd of millions laughing maniacally.  It is so startling, I reflexively jumped back when I first heard it.

16 comments:

  1. I remember this show quite well,and yes it was dreadful by even the worst of 70's Saturday morning standards. Amazing how we would watch anything back then!

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  2. And did you further know that Bill Hudson (aka The Bedroom Energizer Bunny of his day) also had something to with the invention of Viagra AND actor Oliver Hudson of TV series Rules of Engagement fame (2007–present)?

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  3. Holy mackerel! I'd forgotten about this show, and now to my chagrin, you've brought it back. Seems my sister and I tired of it pretty quick.

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  4. Mark Hudson has went on to better things. He has worked with Ringo, and Aeromsith, among others.

    I use to watch that show - along with The Bay City Rollers show.

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  5. Yip, I watched the show. I liked the Hudson Bros. alot. Cute show.

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  6. I was so in love with Mark Hudson. I always thought the younger brother (Brett?) was a pansy.

    You are aware that Bill is Kate and Oliver Hudson's dad, right?

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  7. They say people have no recollection of something traumatic sometimes and then they see something and it brings a flood of memories...
    This show is it. I have no recollection of the name other than 'Razzle Dazzle' and the Hudson Brothers' faces.
    Scary, scary.

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  8. Wasn't there an Emu puppet on this show?

    Now there's a line you don't get to say to often.

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  9. I was in my 20s in the 70s and I didn't watch much TV. I was always out with friends doing stuff. By all accounts, I don't seem to have missed too much.

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  10. Yes, I believe this did have the emu.

    Anybody else remember the "Kids from CAPER"?

    No wonder I'm mental. Sheesh.

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  11. Didn't they do an earlier show with Bob Monkhouse (i think the show was recorded in the UK like the Muppet Show and syndicated in the US). I think the Hudson Brothers were more popular over there.

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  12. Ah yes, I remember it well. I was a Beatles purist snob, and thought they were kinda silly. Zootsuitmama

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  13. I actually liked this show. The supporting cast was lifted from the SONNY & CHER COMEDY HOUR and they were fun. Rod Hull and his Emu--a huge star in other parts of the world--appeared and the Hudsons sang quite well.I have some of their records. They were not--as was pretentiously declared at the time--the second coming of the Beatles (ore even the Monkees) but they were personable and for a Saturday morning audience, it was fun. They also had a prime-time show that really wasn;t that much different.

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  14. The later show was Bonkers! I remember it well. I don't recall ever seeing the Razzle Dazzle Show on Saturday mornings; must have been on opposite the Shazam/Isis Hour, or something.

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  15. AnonymousJune 12, 2010

    I remember the Hudsons as well. I was amazed to see Mark as part of a PBS Frontline episode a few years back. It was about the music industry and his daughter (Sarah) was trying to break into the business. Aother group trying to re-enter the biz were ex-Guns 'n Roses and Stone Temple Pilot members reforming as Velvet Revolver. Guess who had a better chance and a bigger push from the record company?

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  16. I got the whole series on DVD at Zellers for like $5. Haven't watched it yet. Haha.

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