Johnny Carson might have been king of the late-night airwaves, but it was Merv Griffin who held court during the day. From 1962 until 1986 Merv Griffin brought you the most important, entertaining and fascinating personalities to your living rooms. He was also quite the producer. Here’s the question: He created two of the longest-lasting game shows in television history. Who was Merv Griffin? That’s correct. He created both Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy. But it will be The Merv Griffin Show that he’ll he’s most remembered for.
Star Vista and Time-Life have combined to bring you a 12-disc collection of some of Merv’s best moments. Taken from the entire series run these highlights includes such guests as: “Lucille Ball, The Everly Brothers, Willie Mays, Aretha Franklin, Salvador Dali, Dennis Hopper, Maya Angelou, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., John Wayne, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Warren Beatty, Jayne Mansfield (seen with her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Mariska Hargitay), Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Jay Leno, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Jerry Lewis together (!), Joan Rivers, Steve Martin, Moms Mabley, Bill Cosby, Henny Youngman, Jack Benny, Redd Foxx, Carol Burnett, Andy Kaufman, Woody Allen, and more.”
When I say that Merv made history with his show, I mean more than entertainment history. With the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Merv was ahead of his time. This is a serious collection that you’re bound to make a hit with this holiday season.