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Real People TV Show

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Television Show Summary

The 80's TV show Real People was a one hour show featuring interesting and odd people from around the country. The basis was that real life situations were more interesting and funny than most comedy scripts.

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TV Show Plot For Real People

The Real People series was one of the original reality TV shows, and was a forerunner to popular shows like That's Incredible and America's Funniest Home Videos. The show was broadcast on NBC from 1979 to 1984 on either Wednesday or Sunday nights.

TV comedy innovator and producer George Schlatter (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)was responsible for creating Real People. The cast of the series included Co-hosts Skip Stephenson, Byron Allen, Fred Willard, Mark Russell and Sarah Purcell. Bill Rafferty also appeared as a roving reporter.

The show featured profiles of "real people" in pre-filmed reports by the shows co-hosts. Some of the famous reports included: the world's fastest artist (more than 83,000 paintings), a man who ate dirt, a man who went through life walking backward, and a shapely lady truck driver. There were features on a hollering convention, barbershop quartets, and a disco class for senior citizens.

Between the filmed segments the in studio hosts read funny letters from the show's viewers. The prize was a Real People T-shirt for viewer submitted pictures of strange signs, unusual names, or funny typos from newspapers and magazines used on the air.

Cast of Real People TV Show

Sarah Purcell
Byron Allen
Bill Rafferty
John Barbour(1979-1982)
Fred Willard (1979; 1981-1983)
Skip Stephenson
Mark Russell
Peter Billingsley (1982-1984)

Trivia for the TV Show Real People

The Real People TV shows were eventually edited down to 30 minutes and syndicated as the show "More Real People."

The series won an Emmy award for 'Outstanding Live and Tape Sound Mixing and Sound Effects for a Series' for the 1984 Real People episode titled "Hawaii Show - Sarah's Wedding".

Top 20 Ratings Info for Real People Series

1980-81 - 3rd Season - Ranked #12
1981-82 - 4th Season - Ranked #21

80's TV Show Facts:

The TV Show Real People was televised from 04/18/1979 to 07/04/1984, on the NBC network.

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