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1983: NBC Introduces 'Friday Night Videos'
July 29, 2019  | By TV WW  | 3 comments
 
On this day in 1983, NBC attempted to capitalize on the growing popularity of music videos with the introduction of the late-night show, Friday Night Videos

Cable was still in its infancy, and the two-year-old MTV was not readily available to many viewers. Friday Night Videos, produced by Dick Ebersol, offered those who didn't have cable (or subscribed to a cable provider that didn't offer MTV) an opportunity to see videos by the day's top artists.

Two years into the show's run, the off-screen hosts were replaced by weekly celebrity guest hosts ranging from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Leno, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, Don King and Mike Tyson, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Ozzy Osbourne, George Carlin, Madonna and Pee Wee Herman.

For a while the show even had its own Saturday Morning spinoff, Saturday Morning Videos, which catered to younger music fans.

The show underwent several format and name changes over the years. The music aspect was permanently dropped in January 2001, when the series became Late Friday and transitioned to a stand-up comedy series.

 
 
 
 
 
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Rosemarie
Back then I lived in Vancouver, Canada where we didn't hear a lot of the R & B songs on our radio stations. It great to hear/see artists like Cameo, Whodini, LL Cool J, etc. for once a week at least
Jul 29, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
As a young child we wasn't allowed to stay up that late so my mom would record them. But now the tapes are so old we can't watch them. Is or would it be possible to buy the complete season?
Feb 17, 2017   |  Reply
 
 
Eric
I remember trying to stay awake to watch this show. This was before MTV and it was before all the reality stuff. It was all about the music. This show was a way to put an image with the songs you would hear all week. Classic ! Bring it back.
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