The Andy Williams Show

The Andy Williams Show Information

The Andy Williams Show is an American television variety show that ran from 1962 to 1971 (alternating during the summer of 1970 with Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens), and a short-lived run in syndication, beginning in the fall of 1976. It was hosted by crooner Andy Williams.

The program

The Andy Williams Show featured a number of regular performers, including, from time to time:

  • The Osmonds
  • Claudine Longet
  • Bobby Darin
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • The New Christy Minstrels
  • Jonathan Winters
  • The Good Time Singers
  • Professor Irwin Corey
  • Ray Stevens
  • The Lennon Sisters
  • Charlie Callas
  • Janos Prohaska ("The Cookie Bear")
The show began as a summer replacement series in 1959 on CBS. The weekly, year-round series premiered on NBC in 1962, where it ran until 1967, then was revived from 1969 through 1971.

During the fall of 1963, the show aired every two weeks, rather than every week, alternating with the television version of The Bell Telephone Hour.

When the show first started, it was tailored to Williams's pop music stylings, with "adult contemporary" style musicians. During its five-year on NBC, The Andy Williams Show received decent ratings, although it never made the list of the top thirty programs. In 1967, Williams decided to cut back and only do three specials per year, but in 1969, he was lured back to weekly television in a slightly revised format which included rock and roll acts and psychedelic staging. For this show, the studio audience sat on risers which moved around the stage, following Williams about as he moved. This show lasted for two years and was cancelled in 1971 after which Williams once again decided to produce seasonal specials (especially at Christmas) in lieu of a weekly series.

Although the show was generally categorized as a musical variety show, it was also very popular in part for its wacky comedy skits. Crazed acrobats The Flying Silverman Brothers would hurtle across the screen, a giant talking bee would offer snide comments, a suitcase (actually a performer in a suitcase costume) would walk into the shot. One recurring comedy sketch involved Williams' encounters with "The Cookie Bear" a tall, comical animal whose escapades (and begging for a cookie) would frustrate Williams to the point of his shouting at him, with increasingly high pitch, that he did not want to see him again, "Not Now... Not Ever... NEVER!!" This send-off, which became a catchphrase of the time, was funny due to its contrast with the suave performing demeanor Williams was known for. The bear would then turn to the camera, utter some depressed line, and fall straight over onto his face. This bit was often at the very end of the show. Andy would start to sing his signature song "Moon River", but was almost immediately interrupted by the bear. By the time Andy got rid of the bear, there was no time left to finish the song.

Five years after his second weekly run at NBC had ended, Williams tried his hand at a half-hour weekly variety show, this time in syndication. But it lasted only one season (1976–1977).

Clip / footage licensing for The Andy Williams Show television program is handled exclusively by Research Video, Inc in North Hollywood, CA. Contact:

List of guest stars


  • Don Adams
  • Anna Maria Alberghetti
  • Steve Allen
  • Woody Allen
  • Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
  • Nancy Ames
  • Morey Amsterdam
  • Julie Andrews
  • Desi Arnaz
  • Eddy Arnold
  • Cliff Arquette
  • John Astin







  • Judy Garland
  • Erroll Garner
  • James Garner
  • Bobbie Gentry
  • George Gobel
  • Lesley Gore
  • Eydie Gormé
  • Frank Gorshin
  • Robert Goulet
  • Betty Grable
  • The Grass Roots
  • Buddy Greco
  • Lorne Greene
  • Rosey Grier
  • Andy Griffith
  • Tammy Grimes


  • Buddy Hackett
  • Bill Haley & His Comets
  • Phil Harris
  • Noel Harrison
  • Edwin Hawkins Singers
  • Bill Hayes
  • Joey Heatherton
  • Al Hirt
  • Don Ho
  • Bob Hope
  • Mary Hopkin
  • Lena Horne
  • Thelma Houston
  • Ross Hunter


  • Burl Ives


  • The Jackson 5
  • Sam Jaffe
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Elton John
  • Arte Johnson
  • Davy Jones
  • Jack Jones
  • Shirley Jones


  • Danny Kaye
  • Bob Keeshan
  • Morgana King
  • The Kingston Trio
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Don Knotts




  • Harriet Nelson
  • Ozzie Nelson
  • The New Christy Minstrels
  • Bob Newhart
  • Anthony Newley
  • Red Norvo
  • Louis Nye



  • Fess Parker
  • Peter, Paul & Mary
  • Channing Pollock
  • Jane Powell
  • Andre Previn
  • Juliet Prowse
  • Gary Puckett & The Union Gap





  • Terry-Thomas
  • Danny Thomas
  • The Temptations
  • Tiny Tim
  • Ike & Tina Turner







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