The Porter Wagoner Show
This 20-year series is in many ways the most successful country music half-hour show in history. Produced in Nashville from 1960-1980, virtually every country music performer in the business appeared over the years: Hank Williams, Jr., Mel Tillis, Jerry Reed, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Faron Young, Bill Monroe, George Jones, Lester Flatt, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson. The "Thin Man From West Plains", is among the most recognized names and images in all of country music. His grand showmanship and rhinestone suits, his loyalty to the Grand Ole' Opry, his TV leadership, his championing of Dolly Parton, his unique singing voice and exquisite recitations, his songwriting, and especially, his record production, all culminate in the legacy that is Porter Wagoner. Porter Wagoner introduced the world to a young Dolly Parton, finding her way to fame, as his female co-star from 1967 to 1974. Porter Wagoner's broad smile, flashy costumes and memorable songs are the very image of a country music star. Indeed, he is an icon in the music industry. The production values are good and the flavor of the show is up and lively. There were 686 thirty minute episodes filmed, the first 104 being shot in black and white, the remainder in color.