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Not Necessarily the News 

An offbeat look at current events, often by dubbing over news video with farcical commentary.

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John Moffitt
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 14 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Anne Bloom ...  Frosty Kimelman 62 episodes, 1982-1990
Danny Breen ...  Steve Casper 61 episodes, 1983-1990
Lucy Webb ...  Helen St. Thomas / ... 58 episodes, 1983-1990
Mitchell Laurance ...  Pete Kimelman 55 episodes, 1983-1990
Rich Hall ...  Rich Hall 54 episodes, 1982-1990
Stuart Pankin ...  Bob Charles 48 episodes, 1983-1990
Audrie Neenan ...  Jacqueline Pennell 26 episodes, 1982-1985
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An offbeat look at current events, often by dubbing over news video with farcical commentary.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1982 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The 1988 Writers Guild of America strike adversely affected the show, which only shot a few special episodes that year. See more »

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Referenced in Muppet Babies: Not Necessarily the Babies (1989) See more »

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Motherless Childrem
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Performed by Eric Clapton
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brings back nostalgic memories of early-mid eighties
21 October 2008 | by Seanh76See all my reviews

This was back in the day just around the rise of VHS/beta. SO HBO was still the premier channel to get latest release, which at that time was about three years after box release. This show did a lot of dubbing and re-editing so that political figures were saying comedic lines. The sniglet series was also hilarious, and Rich Hall wrote several books containing sniglets. For example, he gave a definition to the act of shaking out only two pills from a bottle, and defined the dirt that the vacuum cleaner can't get at the edge of the floorboard. There were also commercial parodies, one for a hearing aid which drowned out yelling wives and grandchildren. A great show and was not only ahead of its time compared to the daily show, but funnier, too.


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