The Judy Garland Show

Judy Garland Show Cast

Series Description

The Judy Garland Show was a 60 minute musical/variety series on CBS. Each week Ms. Garland would treat her audience to several of her songs. She also had well-known guest stars; usually either other top singers and/or comedians. A real treat was when the non-musical guest stars would join her in a duet.

Judy Garland Show Cast

Judy Garland .... Hostess
Jerry Van Dyke .... Series Regular (Episodes 1-10)

Judy Garland Show Trivia

Ms. Garland went to work at MGM studios in 1936. She first became known to the public as "Betsy Booth" in the Andy Hardy series of movies co-starring with Mickey Rooney ("The Mickey Rooney Show"). She also did seven other films with Mickey Rooney from 1937 through 1948.

Judy Garland's real name was Frances Ethel Gumm. She was the perfect co-star for Mickey Rooney who was pretty short as she was only 4 feet 11 and one-half inches tall!

The Judy Garland Show was nominated for three Emmys and one Golden Globe award but didn't win any.

It's a common misconception that Judy Garland won an Oscar for her role in "The Wizard of Oz". While she didn't get an Oscar, the film made her an overnight star. She did get nominated for three Oscars during her career. "Wizard of Oz" - For outstanding performance as a screen juvenile; "A Star Is Born" - Best Actress; "Judgement At Nurenburg" - Best Supporting Actress.

The Judy Garland Show was loved by the critics and it also had a very loyal audience that simply loved Judy. The series didn't survive its first season, however, for a couple of reasons. First, one of the highest rated series of all time, "Bonanza" was on NBC in the same time slot. Secondly, the President of CBS at that time was James Aubrey and he made no secret of the fact that he couldn't stand Judy Garland!

In addition to a multitude of movie stars, the Judy Garland Show attracted guest stars from other TV shows including Dick and Tom Smothers ("The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"), Steve Allen ("The Tonight Show"), Jayne Meadows ("I've Got a Secret"), Carl Reiner ("The Dick Van Dyke Show"), and Rich Little ("Love on a Rooftop").

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The following information accurately reflects the dates each episode aired on television and who appeared as guest stars. There is a lot of conflicting episode information about this show because many guides list the episodes in the order they were taped. We list them in the order they appeared on television. For example, the episode below that we call #12 (because it was the twelfth show aired) is called #15 by many other sites (fifteenth show taped).

Judy Garland Show - The First And Only Season

1. Date: September 29, 1963

Guests: Donald O'Connor

2. Date: October 6, 1963

Guests: Barbara Streisand / Ethel Merman / Tom & Dick Smothers

3. Date: October 13, 1963

Guests: Lena Horne / Terry-Thomas

4. Date: October 20, 1963

Guests: Jack Carter / George Maharis / Leo Durocher

5. Date: October 27, 1963

Guests: June Allyson / Steve Lawrence

6. Date: November 3, 1963

Guests: George Jessel / Vic Damone / Zina Bethune

7. Date: November 10, 1963

Guests: Count Basie / Mel Torme

8. Date: November 17, 1963

Guests: Liza Minnelli / Soupy Sales

9. Date: December 1, 1963

Guests: Peggy Lee / Carl Reiner / Jack Carter

10. Date: December 8, 1963

Guests: Mickey Rooney

11. Date: December 15, 1963

Guests: Tony Bennett / Dick Shawn

12. Date: December 22, 1963

Guests: Liza Minnelli / Mel Torme / Jack Jones / Joey & Lorna Luft

13. Date: December 29, 1963

Guests: Bobby Darin / Bob Newhart

14. Date: January 5, 1964

Guests: Steve Allen / Jayne Meadows / Mel Torme

15. Date: January 12, 1964

Guests: Ethel Merman / Shelley Berman / Peter Gennaro

16. Date: January 19, 1964

Guests: Louis Nye / Vic Damone / Chita Rivera / Ken Murray

17. Date: January 26, 1964

Guests: Martha Raye / Rich Little / Peter Lawford / Ken Murray

18. Date: February 2, 1964

Guests: Louis Jourdan / Ken Murray

19. Date: February 9, 1964

Guests: Joey & Lorna Luft

20. Date: February 16, 1964

Guests: Diahann Carrol / Mel Torme 21. Date: February 23, 1964

Guests: Jack Jones / Ken Murray

22. Date: March 1, 1964

Guests: Ray Bolger / Jane Powell

23. Date: March 8, 1964

Guests: None Or Unknown

24. Date: March 15, 1964

Guests: Vic Damone

25. Date: March 22, 1964

Guests: Robert Cole

26. Date: March 29, 1964

Guests: None Or Unknown

TV Specials

Ford Star Jubilee - September 24, 1955
The Judy Garland Show - April 8, 1956
Judy, Frank, and Dean - February 25, 1962
Judy Garland and Her Guests Phil Silvers And Robert Goulet - March 19, 1963
Judy and Liza Live at the London Palladium - December 1964

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