Very First Siskel & Ebert Show – November 1975

Very first show of Roger and Gene! They have definitely changed over the years in their style of delivery and appearance!

Gradepoint found this show at the Library of Congress back in 2011. 

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Bruno Bozzetto Self Service, Mr. Quilp, Conduct Unbecoming

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    January 23, 2019 at 5:35 am

    That is one majestic pornstar stache! And yeah, glad they worked out the format cuz this is pretty bad.

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    January 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    The ingredients are all here, Roger’s flippant comebacks, Gene’s moralistic hubris — they’re two strong personalities right out of the gate, but they’re terribly languid and awkward in this first episode.

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    January 24, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    You can watch Roger’s 1999 tribute to Gene for his overview on the show’s history. He admitted they were both a bit ill at ease in their first few TV appearances, and it was the idea of WTTW Chicago to place them on TV together. “Sneak Previews” producer Thea Flaum got a big taste of their competitiveness while interviewing them. Each critic always wanted to get the last word in. It seems that it took a few seasons for them to finally fully display their competitiveness on the show. Thankfully, filming them from the back was quickly done away with.

    I think it was around Fall 1980 when I started watching. Their controversial “Women in Danger” special was one of the first shows I watched.

  • Clarke Smith
    January 28, 2019 at 10:51 am

    So nervous, and monotone! Very cool to see, I only started in 1979 when they had the 2nd opening theme/Sneak Previews.

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