The ''really big'' Ed Sullivan Show trivia quiz

The Beatles! Elvis! Señor Wences!

Ed Sullivan said countless times he had "a really big show." Well, he said it more like "shew." But he wasn't lying. Over the course of decades on air, The Ed Sullivan Show set ratings records and helped pop icons into household names. Of course, everyone remembers Elvis and the Beatles being on the show, but Sullivan welcomed everything from the blues and Broadway to comedy and classical on his stage.

It's one of the most important shows in television history. Let's see how well you know it.

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  1. The Ed Sullivan Show was filmed and broadcast in which city?
  2. What was the original title of show?
  3. The Ed Sullivan Show aired on CBS on which evening?
  4. The first episode aired in which year?
  5. Which comedy duo appeared in the premiere episode?
  6. In what year did The Ed Sullivan Show end?
  7. Elvis appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show how many times?
  8. On September 18, 1966, Sullivan introduced "Jim, uh… Newsom's puppets," marking the first appearance of which characters?
  9. Topo Gigio was what kind of animal?
  10. What was the name of Señor Wences "puppet" that was just a face drawn on his hand?
  11. What was the first song the Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, in their legendary February 9, 1964, appearance?
  12. A screen caption famously read "SORRY GIRLS, HE'S MARRIED" under which Beatle?
  13. How many people watched the Beatles performance on February 9, 1964?
  14. Which pop group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show more times?
  15. Sullivan made the Rolling Stones change the lyrics to "Let's Spend the Night Together." What did Mick Jagger sing instead?
  16. This band infamously did NOT change its lyrics to "Light My Fire" despite promising to do so, earning the wrath of Sullivan.
  17. When the network would not allow him to play his song of choice, "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues," this singer-songwriter walked out and decides to not perform at all.
  18. In 1955, this rocker was asked to play "Sixteen Tons," but instead rebelled and played his No. 1 hit — the title of which happened to be his name.
  19. In 1968, the original cast of the Peanuts musical 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' appeared to perform. This classic TV star played Charlie Brown.
  20. Ed Sullivan lived to be 73. He died in which year?

The ''really big'' Ed Sullivan Show trivia quiz

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mdit21 7 days ago
Ed had good taste in music groups.🙂 The Supremes forever!
DIGGER1 17 days ago
The ''really big'' Ed Sullivan Show trivia quiz
You got 18 out of 20
Well done! You deserve some cake!
Dajj 20 days ago
12/20; I’ve got to start watching it again. Our whole family used to watch it on Sunday night. Great show!!
JHP 20 days ago
#15 makes me laugh big time

where has society and music gone?!

and am not bible thunper
MaryAnn 20 days ago
9/20 I haven’t been watching reruns, and the show ended when I was 2 so I don’t remember too much about it! 😆
JeffPaul76 21 days ago
''You got 19 out of 20'' ----Well done! You deserve some cake!
rebabevets 21 days ago
20/20, I’m old
rebabevets 21 days ago
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FLETCH 21 days ago
14 out of 20... not bad considering the show was before my time
JHP 21 days ago
all I want to say is......

Ed Slullystone
JeffPaul76 JHP 21 days ago
What... Do you think you're on The Flintstones?? HUH?
JHP JeffPaul76 20 days ago
LOL you betcha:)
TheDavBow3 JHP 17 days ago
How about "Red Skelstone"!
Mike 21 days ago
19/20 with some lucky guesses.. :)
Shatner1 21 days ago
14/20--thought I would do better.
JHP 21 days ago
quiz sucked because I did:)

but I give Me-Tv a thumbs up on putting it on air:)

and now I can watch addams family again (because it was just on COZI tv)
stephaniestavr5 JHP 17 days ago
AF is still on FETV, I think.
JHP stephaniestavr5 15 days ago
Up here in wis we got COZi tv:)
stephaniestavr5 JHP 15 days ago
Down here in Cal along with METV and CoziTV, we also have: AntennaTV, Grit, H&I, Get TV, RetroTV and FETV,
cabugi 21 days ago
10/20 ... never watched the show.
Lillyrose 21 days ago
I love The Ed SUllivan Show! Thank you for putting the reruns on, MeTV! I wonder if The Monkees were on The Ed Sullivan Show?
Davy was. This was back in 1964. He was with the touring company of Oliver, {Davy played the Artful Dodger.} If memory serves, he was on the same ES show as The Beatles. So he got to see the Beatles before the rest of the Monkees did!
bsantaniello 22 days ago
18/20 watched every week when I was a kid.
kimmer 22 days ago
11/20....I am not old enough to remember ALL those quirky details...
EricFuller 22 days ago
18/20. Regarding question 12, if you saw "That Thing You Do" a variation of that caption is used for one of the members of The Wonders.
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