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Television in the Gutter – A Hilarious TV Guide Parody from 1977

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National Lampoon April 1977 (2)

The April 1977 issue of National Lampoon declares: “Producers have no taste, networks make fortunes, commercials interrupt programs, sex and violence dominate the airwaves, programs cater to the lowest common denominator… it’s a disgrace!”

In this issue, National Lampoon unleashed their merciless wit upon the subject of television.  Included  was a TV Guide parody that brilliantly makes fun of the state of the boob tube in ’77.  (Little did they realize, things would only get worse.)

National Lampoon April 1977 (5a)

And so begins our decent into the gutter, as National Lampoon delivers a TV Guide that is both over-the-top crude and hopeless… and yet, not so far from real television programming.  If you remember the shows and the celebs that regularly appeared on TV back in the seventies, you’ll appreciate this parody.

National Lampoon April 1977 (6)

Featuring “Rutabaga! Variety show for brain-damaged invalids” and the game show “Beg For Mercy”.

Be forewarned that things will get progressively sleazier as the day wears on.

National Lampoon April 1977 (6a)

Featuring the sci-fi classic “The Biggest Jew in the World”

National Lampoon April 1977 (7a)

National Lampoon April 1977 (7b)

National Lampoon April 1977 (8a)

Featuring: “Burn Center: A raging forest fire turns a gala Boy Scout jamboree into a charred mess” and a show called “Syphilis” – I’ll leave it to you to read the description.

National Lampoon April 1977 (8b)

National Lampoon April 1977 (9a)

National Lampoon April 1977 (9b)

National Lampoon April 1977 (10)

“Steve kills a chimp! Eydie slays a hippo!” And, finally, a few additional TV-related illustrations from this April 1977 issue.  Cheers!

National Lampoon April 1977 (1)

National Lampoon April 1977 (15a)

National Lampoon April 1977 (3a)

  • BOB®

    This is a scream…if NL was around today and published this, unfortunately their offices would be firebombed. Great stuff.

  • David

    Baba Wawa topless? Ummm…no.

  • bjcolby15

    They had a parody TV guide of its own called “Not Quite TV Guide,” which was in the same comedic style as the article from National Lampoon.

  • Daniel Longcore

    I have the National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody, and the TV listings in that are a hoot, with stuff like children’s shows titled Death Camp and Who Cut The Cheese?, installments of the Francis the Talking Mule series where he joins the WACs and the WAVES, and a description for the Donny and Marie Show that talks about the studio audience, cloyed to the point of insanity, beats them to death with their chair seatbacks.

  • 1ridder1

    The listing are savage! No holds barred, no one is exempt from the comidic assault.