The Andy Williams Show
Andy Williams in 1969
GenreVariety show
Written byJohn Aylesworth, Frank Peppiatt
Presented byAndy Williams
Opening themeMoon River
ComposersHenry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Running time60 minutes
Production companyBarnaby Productions
Original release
Release1962 (1962) –
1971 (1971)

The Andy Williams Show was an American television variety show hosted by singer Andy Williams that ran from 1962 to 1971 (alternating during the summer of 1970 with Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens).[1] It became a half-hour syndicated series beginning in the fall of 1976.[2]

Series regulars

The Andy Williams Show featured a number of regular performers including:[1]

Series synopsis

The first series began as a summer replacement on CBS in 1959. The weekly year-round series premiered on NBC in 1962, where it ran until 1967, when William reduced his workload to three specials a year. He returned to having a weekly series from 1969 through 1971.[1]

At the beginning of the series The New Christy Minstrels were the backup singers, but on December 20, 1962 The Osmond Brothers appeared on the show, and they became the regular backup performers for the rest of the series run.[1]

In 1967 Williams decided to cut back to three specials per year. However, two years later he returned to weekly television in a revised format that included rock and roll acts and psychedelic lighting.[1]

Starting with the 1969 season more emphasis was placed on comedy.[3] Hungarian acrobat and stuntman Janos Prohaska began appearing in a bear costume, asking for cookies. The bear never got any cookies on the series, but fans began mailing baked goods to Prohaska.[4]

Five years after his second weekly run at NBC had ended, Williams hosted a half-hour syndicated weekly variety show with Wayland Flowers and orchestra leader George Wyle.[5]

Awards and nominations

Year Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
1963 Outstanding Variety Series The Andy Williams Show Won [6]
1963 Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series Andy Williams Nominated [7]  

Partial list of guest stars