Pray TV
DVD cover
Directed byRick Friedberg
Written by
Produced by
  • Rick Friedberg
  • Tina Stern
CinematographyTerry Clairmont
Edited byPeter H. Verity
Music by
Distributed byFilmways Pictures
Release date
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

Pray TV (also known as KGOD)[1] is a 1981 American comedy film spoofing televangelism, directed and co-written by Rick Friedberg.

The film stars Dabney Coleman, Archie Hahn, Nancy Morgan, Joyce Jameson, Lewis Arquette, Marcia Wallace and Roger E. Mosley, with cameos by Dr. John and the band Devo (who play a Christian rock band named "Dove"). Film critics David Nusair and Scott Weinberg note that the 1989 film UHF is very similar in both plot and style to Pray TV.[2][3]


Failing UHF TV station KRUD, Channel 17, is "reborn" as Christian television station KGOD. The new format is a big success but attracts an incompatible mix of fringe ministries and broadcasters wanting time on the station. A series of humorous vignettes show the different religious shows the station broadcasts: a faith healer, a radical black nationalist preacher, a preacher with a drive-in church, a Christian game show, etc.



Pray TV was picked up by Filmways Pictures in 1981 (under its original name, KGOD).[4] The film premiered on television instead of theatrically,[5] and aired on Showtime in 1983 under its present title.[6] It was issued on DVD on November 15, 2005.[3]


  1. ^ Associated Press (AP) (June 5, 1983). "Being Nice Didn't Get Coleman Where He Is". The Victoria Advocate. p. 9TV. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Nusair, David (November 29, 2005). "Six Comedy Cult Classics from MGM". Reel Film.
  3. ^ a b Weinberg, Scott (November 20, 2005). "Pray TV". DVD Talk.
  4. ^ "Acquisitions (p. 26); No title available (p. 41)". Film Bulletin. Vol. 49. Wax Publications. 1981. pp. 26, 41. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "Pray TV". VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 1997. Visible Ink Press/Gale/Cengage Learning. 1996. p. xiii. ISBN 0-7876-0780-0. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  6. ^ "Television movies". The Telegraph-Herald. March 18, 1983. p. 19 (Entertainment Section). Retrieved November 14, 2011.