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Circa 1966...
Andy models one of his
groovy v-neck sweaters

Show History

First telecast - September 1962
Last telecast - July 17, 1971
Network - NBC

The Andy Williams Show was broadcast on a weekly basis from 1962 to 1967. During the 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons, the number of shows was reduced to three specials per year. In 1969, the weekly format returned, and it remained a weekly show until leaving the airwaves in 1971.

Comedy sketches, guest stars and a large cast of regular perfomers rounded out each telecast. Every year, TV audiences looked forward to the Christmas episodes, in which the entire Williams clan made an appearance.

Eddie Fisher, Andy
and Bobby Darin in 1966


Regular Cast Members:
Sherry Alberoni (1962-1963)
R.G. Brown (1962-1963)
Jimmy Gaines (1962-1963)
Marian Mercer (1962-1963)
The Osmond Brothers (1962-1967)
Jonathan Winters (1965-1967)
The New Christy Minstrels (1962-1963)
The Colin Romoff Orchestra (1962-1963)
The Dave Grusin Orchestra (1963-1966)
The Allyn Ferguson Orchestra (1966-1967)
The Good Time Singers (1963-1966)
The Nick Castle Dancers (1963-1966)
The James Starbuck Dancers (1966-1967)

French singer Claudine Longet
made many appearances on Andy's show.
The couple married in 1961, separated in 1969
and divorced in 1975


Regular Cast Members:
Charlie Callas (1970-1971)
Irwin Corey (1969-1970)
Jerry Maren (1969-1971)
Janos Prohaska (1969-1971)
Ray Reese (1969-1971)
Joe Seiter (1969-1971)
Ray Stevens (1969-1971)
Jonathan Winters (1970-1971)
The Osmond Brothers (1969-1971)
The Mike Post Orchestra (1969-1971)
The Lennon Sisters (1970-1971)
The Jaime Rogers Dancers (1969-1970)
The Andre Tayri Dancers (1970-1971)

In 1969, after two seasons of occasional TV specials, the show returned to a weekly format. This time, the look was contemporary: a futuristic set, psychedelic lighting and a guest list that included more rock & roll acts. The audience sat on movable platforms that followed Andy around throughout the show.

New segments were introduced, including The Informal Spot and The Williams Weirdos. The Weirdos were nutty characters portrayed by actors in costume: The Little General (Joe Seiter), Walking Suitcase (Ray Reese), Big Bird and Cookie Bear (Janos Prohaska). Cookie Bear loved to come onstage just as Andy was about to sing "Moon River" and ask for a cookie. Andy would get all mad and say, "No cookie...not now...not ever...NEVER!" Dejected, Cookie Bear would sadly wander offstage.

Legend has it that the Cookie Bear sketch lent its name to a computer prank that was popular in the early 1970s. Talented hackers would program a computer to periodically suspend all activites and type out WANT A COOKIE. All efforts to reboot the system would fail, until someone actually typed the word COOKIE on the keyboard. All operations would then resume where they had left off. Legend also has it that this is where internet cookies got their name.

The Osmond Brothers, pre-Donny!

The Osmond Brothers with Andy


The Osmonds make their
debut in 1962

The Osmond

The Osmond Brothers (Alan, Jay, Merrill and Wayne) were performing at Disneyland when Andy Williams discovered them. Billed as "a youthful barbershop harmony group from Ogden, Utah," they made their first appearance on Andy's show on December 20, 1962. Six-year-old Donny joined the show in 1963, and even four-year-old Marie made a guest appearance. The Osmonds stayed on the show for the entire length of its run, and America truly watched them grow up.

America watched the
Osmonds grow from cute little
boys to teen idols


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Donny Osmond
The Osmonds
Andy Williams Official Website
The Osmonds' Early Days
Andy Williams Moon River Theater
Bobby Darin & Andy Williams
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The Andy Williams Show

Episode Guide
Air dates and guest-stars

1962-1963 Season

9/27/62--George Gobel, Peggy Lee

10/4/62--Paul Lynde, Rita Moreno

10/11/62--Miyoshi Umeki, Alan Young

10/18/62--Martha Raye

10/25/62--Sammy Davis Jr.

11/1/62--The Lennon Sisters, Paul Lynde

11/8/62--Betty Grable, Lawrence Welk

11/15/62--Tammy Grimes, Jerry Van Dyke

11/22/62--Milton Berle

11/29/62--Bob Newhart, Nancy Walker

12/13/62--Mickey Rooney, Miyoshi Umeki

12/20/62--Bette Davis, Debbie Reynolds

12/27/62--Tennessee Ernie Ford

1/3/63--Kate Smith

1/10/63--George Gobel, Keely Smith

1/17/63--Red Norvo, Jane Wyman

1/24/63--Sammy Davis Jr.

1/31/63--Dan Blocker, Lorne Greene, Ann Sothern

2/7/63--Peter Lawford, Martha Raye

2/14/63--Al Hirt

2/21/63--Carol Channing, Fred MacMurray

2/28/63--Pearl Bailey, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

3/7/63--Martha Raye

3/14/63--Maureen O'Hara

3/21/63--Shelley Berman

3/28/63--Anna Maria Alberghetti, Vaughn Meader, Pete Fountain

1963-1964 Season

9/24/63--Art Carney, Janet Leigh

10/15/63--Joey Bishop, Lee Remick

10/29/63--Carl Ballantine, Ernest Borgnine, Jane Wyman

11/12/63--Buddy Ebsen, Peggy Lee

11/26/63--Phil Harris, Lawrence Welk

12/10/63--Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Don Knotts

Fred MacMurray

12/31/63--"Andy Williams New Years Eve Special"
Claudine Longet, Fred MacMurray

1/21/64--Bill Dana, Jane Powell

2/18/64--Irene Ryan, Dick Van Dyke

3/17/64--"Andy Williams St. Patrick's Day Special"
Andy Griffith, Maureen O'Hara

4/14/64--Imogene Coca, Bob Newhart

5/12/64--Joey Bishop

1964-1965 Season

10/5/64--Jack Benny, Janet Leigh

10/12/64--Phil Harris, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Liberace

10/19/64--Tennessee Ernie Ford, Al Hirt, Ross Hunter

10/26/64--Roy Rogers

11/2/64--Fred MacMurray, Olive Osmond

11/16/64--Shirley Booth, Morgana King, Johnny Mathis

11/23/64--Jane Powell

11/30/64--Julie Andrews, Bill Cosby

12/7/64--Bobby Darin, Robert Goulet

12/21/64--Claudine Longet, Senor Wences, The Young Americans

12/28/64--Milton Berle, Lawrence Welk

Roger Miller

Julie Andrews

Bobby Darin

1/11/65--Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Henry Mancini, Olive Osmond

1/25/65--Gene Barry, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jill St. John

2/15/65--Nanette Fabray

3/1/65--Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Roger Miller

3/8/65--Shirley Jones, Mungo Santamaria, Terry-Thomas

3/22/65--Pat Boone, Phil Harris, Olive Osmond

4/5/65--Polly Bergen

4/12/65--Joey Bishop, Nanette Fabray

4/19/65--Red Buttons, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jerry Lewis

4/26/65--Phyllis Diller, Al Hirt

5/17/65--Wally Cox, Eddie Fisher

5/24/65--Dorival Caymmi, Bill Dana, Maureen O'Hara

5/31/65--Art Carney, Peggy Lee

1965-1966 Season

9/13/65--Woody Allen, Bobby Darin, Robert Goulet

9/20/65--Cliff Arquette (Charlie Weaver), Judy Garland, David McCallum

9/27/65--Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Phil Harris

10/11/65--Bob Hope, Roger Miller, Mary Tyler Moore

10/25/65--Nanette Fabray, The Righteous Brothers, Gig Young

11/1/65--Vic Damone, Eddie Fisher

11/15/65--Sid Caesar, Ella Fitzgerald, Andre Previn

11/29/65--Richard Chamberlain, Hayley Mills

12/6/65--Don Adams, Vince Edwards

12/13/65--Claudine Longet

12/27/65--Woody Allen, Polly Bergen, Sandler & Young

Richard Chamberlain, Hayley Mills

David McCallum

Tallulah Bankhead

1/3/66--Tennessee Ernie Ford, Connie Francis, Roger Williams

1/10/66--Herb Alpert, Bobby Darin, Eddie Fisher

1/17/66--Phyllis Diller, Johnny Mathis

2/14/66--Bob Newhart, Peter Paul & Mary, Nancy Wilson

2/21/66--Vic Damone, Anthony Newley, Allan Sherman

3/7/66--Tony Bennett, Frank Gorshin, Peggy Lee

3/14/66--Shelley Berman, Chad & Jeremy, Al Hirt

3/21/66--Pat Boone, Dick Shawn

4/4/66--Pat Boone, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Smothers Brothers

4/11/66--Don Adams, Henry Mancini, Maureen O'Hara

4/18/66--Martha Raye

5/2/66--Tallulah Bankhead, Sid Caesar, The Beach Boys

5/9/66--Buddy Greco, Trini Lopez

5/23/66--Morey Amsterdam

1966-1967 Season

9/11/66--Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, The Smothers Brothers

9/18/66--Vic Damone, Juliet Prowse, Dick Shawn

9/25/66--Herb Alpert, Phil Harris, Joey Heatherton, Claudine Longet

10/2/66--Al Hirt, Jack Jones, Peggy Lee, Bob Newhart

10/9/66--Bobby Darin, Anthony Newley, Herb Shriner, Nancy Wilson

10/16/66--Nancy Ames, Eddie Fisher, Buddy Hackett, Peter Paul & Mary

10/23/66--Steve Allen, Eddy Arnold, Petula Clark, Inger Stevens

10/30/66--Bing Crosby, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Kate Smith

11/6/66--Polly Bergen, Jimmy Dean

11/13/66--Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Lesley Gore, Herb Shriner

11/20/66--Joey Heatherton, Lena Horne

11/27/66--Shirley Bassey, Mel Brooks, Al Hirt, Roddy McDowall, Carl Reiner

12/4/66--Pat Boone, Elke Sommer, Larry Storch, The Association

12/11/66--Barbara Eden, Noel Harrison, Jack Jones

12/18/66--Claudine Longet

12/25/66--Edgar Bergen, Channing Pollock

Petula Clark

1/1/67--Ella Fitzgerald

1/8/67--Erroll Garner, Robert Goulet, Shirley Jones

1/15/67--Don Knotts, The Lennon Sisters, Trini Lopez

1/22/67--George Chakiris, Eddie Fisher, George Gobel, The Supremes

2/5/67--Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Dan Rowan & Dick Martin, The Kingston Trio

2/12/67--Nancy Ames, Vic Damone, Herb Shriner

2/19/67--Phyllis Diller, Noel Harrison, Burl Ives

2/26/67--The Lennon Sisters, Liberace, The Kingston Trio

3/5/67--Cliff Arquette (Charlie Weaver), Sonny & Cher, Pat Crowley, Robert Morse

3/12/67--Claudine Longet

Lesley Gore

1967-1968 Season
1968-1969 Season

During these two seasons,
the weekly format was
replaced by a series
of specials.

Guest Stars:
11/6/67--"Love, Andy"
Henry Mancini, Erroll Garner, Claudine Longet

4/28/68--"Andy Williams Kaleidoscope Company"
Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Cass Elliot, Burt Bacharach

3/19/69--Donovan, Ike & Tina Turner, Jose Feliciano

5/4/69--"Andy Williams Magic Lantern Show Company"
Aretha Franklin, Claudine Longet, Roger Miller

1969-1970 Season

9/20/69--Petula Clark, Don Ho, Blood Sweat & Tears

9/27/69--Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Arte Johnson, Donovan

10/4/69--Johnny Cash, Claudine Longet, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

10/11/69--Victor Borge, Peggy Lee, Danny Thomas

10/18/69--Ray Charles, Cass Elliot, Don Knotts, Creedence Clearwater Revival

10/25/69--Bob Newhart, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Nancy Sinatra, Tiny Tim

11/1/69--Henry Mancini, Debbie Reynolds, Flip Wilson

11/8/69--Judy Collins, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Smothers Brothers

11/15/69--Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Durante, Rolf Harris, The Grass Roots

The Smothers Brothers

11/22/69--Jo Anne Worley, Mary Hopkin, Loadstone

11/29/69--James Garner, Bob Hope, Dusty Springfield

12/13/69--Ken Berry, The Temptations, Peggy Lipton

12/20/69--Claudine Longet

1/10/70--Cass Elliot, Arte Johnson

1/17/70--The Rascals, Kate Smith, Don Ho

2/7/70--Dusty Springfield, Sid Caesar, Jo Anne Worley

2/21/70--Thelma Houston, Donald O'Connor

2/28/70--Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Smothers Brothers

1970-1971 Season

9/19/70--Barbara Bain, Bobby Darin, Martin Landau, The Supremes

9/26/70--Billy Daniels, Liberace, Ike & Tina Turner

10/3/70--David Gates & Bread, Little Richard, Donald O'Connor, Jo Anne Worley

10/10/70--The Lennon Sisters, Johnnie Ray

10/17/70--Chubby Checker, Ella Fitzgerald, Lorne Greene

10/24/70--Rosemary Clooney, Cass Elliot, Don Ho, The Temptations

10/31/70--Smokey Robinson, Jo Anne Worley

11/7/70--Arte Johnson, Gladys Knight, Kate Smith

11/14/70--Ken Berry, Claudine Longet, Leslie Uggams

11/21/70--Phyllis Diller

11/28/70--Mike Douglas, Jimmy Durante, Ricky Nelson, Linda Ronstadt

12/5/70--Sonny James, The 5th Dimension

12/19/70--John Astin, Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), Claudine Longet

Rosemary Clooney

1/2/71--Petula Clark, Sly & The Family Stone, Bill Haley & His Comets, Flip Wilson

1/9/71--Bobbie Gentry, The New Seekers, Tommy Roe

1/16/71--Ray Charles, Cass Elliot, Lorne Greene, Elton John

1/23/71--Ken Berry

1/30/71--Don Adams

2/6/71--Raymond Burr, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bobby Sherman

2/13/71--The Carpenters, Bobbie Gentry, Ozzie & Harriet Nelson

2/20/71--Jo Anne Worley, Friends Of Distinction

2/27/71--Cass Elliot

3/6/71--Desi Arnaz, Jo Anne Worley

3/17/71--Louis Nye, Fess Parker

3/20/71--Judy Carne, Richie Havens

3/27/71--Phyllis Diller, Cass Elliot, Henry Mancini

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