The Richard Pryor Show, 1977: Four Episodes, Goodbye

By Kellar Ellsworth

The Richard Pryor Show on NBC is as unlikely as it sounds -- how could a network give the most outrageous standup comedian in the business his own comedy show in prime time? But that's just what happened in 1977. The program was brilliant, risky, uncompromising, and too good to last. Just four episodes in, The Richard Pryor Show came to a screeching halt. But its brief run left a lasting influence on a generation of comedians, and its fearless approach to taboo subjects is seen the most successful comedy shows in the 21st century.

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