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2021-11-18 5:56:56 PM  
Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

I also remember seeing Byron Allen a couple of years back and thinking how young he still looked. Based on when Real People aired, I assumed he was probably in his 70s by now. Nope. He turned 60 this year and was on the show starting when he was 19 (which might as well have been 70 to little kid me).
 
2021-11-18 8:40:38 PM  

hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

I also remember seeing Byron Allen a couple of years back and thinking how young he still looked. Based on when Real People aired, I assumed he was probably in his 70s by now. Nope. He turned 60 this year and was on the show starting when he was 19 (which might as well have been 70 to little kid me).


I remember watching it as well. It was what one would call corny, but I was too young to stop watching it.
 
2021-11-18 9:24:50 PM  
You are now hearing the voice of Lenard Nimoy hosting "In Search of..."
 
2021-11-18 9:55:02 PM  

hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

I also remember seeing Byron Allen a couple of years back and thinking how young he still looked. Based on when Real People aired, I assumed he was probably in his 70s by now. Nope. He turned 60 this year and was on the show starting when he was 19 (which might as well have been 70 to little kid me).


Byron Allen was 17 when first cast for the show, filmed it still in his teens for first two seasons. Since then, he's had a chat show that is pretty insider Hollywood friendly. But, he's rich as fark because he runs a "high channel" tv production company that makes cheap tv shows to fill 24 hour gaps. He offers streamers and cable channels the shows for free and takes a slight majority of ad revenue. Money can keep an attractive healthy person young seemingly forever
 
2021-11-18 10:03:14 PM  

hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!


Maybe you remember the SNL sketch.

https://snltranscripts.jt.org/79/79sreal.phtml

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2021-11-18 10:11:15 PM  
I crushed on Skip Stephenson. Then never saw him again.
 
2021-11-18 10:17:36 PM  

real_headhoncho: You are now hearing the voice of Lenard Nimoy hosting "In Search of..."


That show was awesome.  Spock taking Bigfoot seriously affected the young me deeply!
 
2021-11-18 11:03:05 PM  
That'd be Incredible.
 
2021-11-18 11:29:01 PM  
And who could forget "Those Amazing Animals" with Burgess Meredith?
 
2021-11-18 11:39:43 PM  
I'd rather have this. 
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But not if they use the Discovery Channel "make an incredible claim, go through several incredible hypotheses, then get to the boring truth after the commercial break" formula they use on shows like What on Earth or Strange Evidence.

"These circles appeared in satellite images overnight.  Some people think it's an alien road sign.  Others hypothesize it's a Nazi bunker that was programmed to rise after 60 years.  It could be the gateway to hell.  (commercial)  When we investigated, we found out that someone put up a model of Stonehenge made from shipping containers painted grey."
 
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2021-11-19 12:55:13 AM  
I'd say no need for a reboot. All the strange and wacky shiat people do is on the internet now.

Watched Real People and That's Incredible when I was young. I'll give the win to That's Incredible for Cathy Lee Crosby's tits.
 
2021-11-19 1:25:35 AM  
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2021-11-19 3:20:32 AM  

ThePea: I crushed on Skip Stephenson. Then never saw him again.


"God made the rivers. God made the lakes. God made Skip Stephenson. Well, we all make mistakes."

That was from the show. It is one of the few things I remember about it.

Looking him up: sadly he died young.
 
2021-11-19 5:32:33 AM  

hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!


Just came in to post the very same thing.
 
2021-11-19 5:53:38 AM  
Real People and That's Incredible exist in the same drawer in everyone from that era's minds.
At the time I could easily tell them apart. Now they're just mixed into a slurry of 80s fuzziness.
 
2021-11-19 6:21:46 AM  
Never heard of this, but it sounds like Leno stole their bit.
 
2021-11-19 7:02:16 AM  
don't remember the show, but i remember remarking on my dislike for it.  i got back, "well, whaddya like, FakePeople?"  i learned early on, the brutal lesson that moms do dad jokes too.
 
2021-11-19 7:50:00 AM  
You want a reboot of something that sucked?
 
2021-11-19 7:53:55 AM  

ThePea: I crushed on Skip Stephenson. Then never saw him again.


That's because he's dead.
 
2021-11-19 8:37:26 AM  
Mt favorite was "You asked for it" with Rich Little.  A quick Wikipedia search reveals that it was "The New You Asked for It" 1981.  I think it was back-to-back with "That's Incredible" but I don't recall clearly.  It was in my mind.
 
2021-11-19 8:52:06 AM  
Where is it?  There is no need for a reboot.  We're living it.  Everyone is star nowadays.
 
2021-11-19 8:56:00 AM  
You could argue "Dirty Jobs" is the modern equivalent.
 
2021-11-19 9:14:57 AM  
It's called YouTube, subby.
 
2021-11-19 9:55:26 AM  
 
2021-11-19 10:43:01 AM  
You asked for it with Rich Little
 
2021-11-19 10:43:41 AM  

Another Government Employee: You could argue "Dirty Jobs" is the modern equivalent.


Except he is in no way a real person.
 
2021-11-19 10:56:41 AM  

hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!


Eightballjacket: hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

I also remember seeing Byron Allen a couple of years back and thinking how young he still looked. Based on when Real People aired, I assumed he was probably in his 70s by now. Nope. He turned 60 this year and was on the show starting when he was 19 (which might as well have been 70 to little kid me).

I remember watching it as well. It was what one would call corny, but I was too young to stop watching it.


Tell me you're old without telling me you're old.

Monday - That's Incredible
Tuesday - Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three's Company, Taxi
Wednesday -- Real People
Thursday -- blurr
Friday -- Dukes of Hazard
Saturday - Love Boat, Fantasy Island,
Sunday -- Mutual of Omaha, Disney, Sunday Night Movie
 
2021-11-19 11:18:08 AM  

mybluemake: hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

I also remember seeing Byron Allen a couple of years back and thinking how young he still looked. Based on when Real People aired, I assumed he was probably in his 70s by now. Nope. He turned 60 this year and was on the show starting when he was 19 (which might as well have been 70 to little kid me).

Byron Allen was 17 when first cast for the show, filmed it still in his teens for first two seasons. Since then, he's had a chat show that is pretty insider Hollywood friendly. But, he's rich as fark because he runs a "high channel" tv production company that makes cheap tv shows to fill 24 hour gaps. He offers streamers and cable channels the shows for free and takes a slight majority of ad revenue. Money can keep an attractive healthy person young seemingly forever


And in all that time he never actually learned how to be funny.

Still, he's laughing all the way to the bank.  2:30am has been good to him.
 
2021-11-19 11:46:12 AM  

real_headhoncho: You are now hearing the voice of Lenard Nimoy hosting "In Search of..."


Actually his voice is being drowned out by that Moog-led theme music.
 
2021-11-19 1:04:06 PM  
I just made a trip to the "Real People" wiki page and found out Peter Billingsley was on the show.  For years I have thought it was Ricky Schroder.
 
2021-11-19 2:05:48 PM  

pounddawg: hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

Eightballjacket: 
Tell me you're old without telling me you're old.

Monday - That's Incredible
Tuesday - Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three's Company, Taxi
Wednesday -- Real People
Thursday -- blurr
Friday -- Dukes of Hazard
Saturday - Love Boat, Fantasy Island,
Sunday -- Mutual of Omaha, Disney, Sunday Night Movie


Oh lawdie that is all too familiar.
 
2021-11-19 2:58:08 PM  
CSB: As a kid, I submitted a newspaper clipping that ended up on one of the shows. They sent me a nice t-shirt.
 
2021-11-19 3:22:16 PM  
I saw the show as a little kid. I was taken with a couple profiled. They were older, seemingly healthy, and retired..They'd bought the little house next door. He moved into it. He maintained both yards and both houses. She cooked many but not all meals and some of those were shared. I thought it a logical arrangement for a marriage that had lasted that long and both wished to continue.
 
2021-11-19 4:32:45 PM  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Games_People_Play_(1980_TV_series)

Was a similar show that introduced Mr. T as the "World's Toughest Bouncer" he was then cast as Clubber Lang in Rocky III
NBC Games People Play & Movies promos 1980
Youtube PgvRpnI20Iw
 
2021-11-19 4:58:48 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

Maybe you remember the SNL sketch.

https://snltranscripts.jt.org/79/79sreal.phtml

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Or the Mad Magazine "That's Real Incredible, People"

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2021-11-19 5:03:21 PM  

pounddawg: hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

Eightballjacket: hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

I also remember seeing Byron Allen a couple of years back and thinking how young he still looked. Based on when Real People aired, I assumed he was probably in his 70s by now. Nope. He turned 60 this year and was on the show starting when he was 19 (which might as well have been 70 to little kid me).

I remember watching it as well. It was what one would call corny, but I was too young to stop watching it.

Tell me you're old without telling me you're old.

Monday - That's Incredible
Tuesday - Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three's Company, Taxi
Wednesday -- Real People
Thursday -- blurr
Friday -- Dukes of Hazard
Saturday - Love Boat, Fantasy Island,
Sunday -- Mutual of Omaha, Disney, Sunday Night Movie


Thursday: Cheers, Magnum P.I., Hill Street Blues

/no cable where I lived so grew up with only four channels. a fifth channel signed on in '85 and it was a huge deal
//but that was nothing compared to getting that first VCR in '86
///get off my lawn
 
2021-11-19 7:01:45 PM  
Expect lots of memes on Fark from this
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2021-11-19 7:20:23 PM  

LesserEvil: CSB: As a kid, I submitted a newspaper clipping that ended up on one of the shows. They sent me a nice t-shirt.


I would've wanted you in my Chinese jump rope.
 
2021-11-19 8:12:06 PM  

mybluemake: hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

I also remember seeing Byron Allen a couple of years back and thinking how young he still looked. Based on when Real People aired, I assumed he was probably in his 70s by now. Nope. He turned 60 this year and was on the show starting when he was 19 (which might as well have been 70 to little kid me).

Byron Allen was 17 when first cast for the show, filmed it still in his teens for first two seasons. Since then, he's had a chat show that is pretty insider Hollywood friendly. But, he's rich as fark because he runs a "high channel" tv production company that makes cheap tv shows to fill 24 hour gaps. He offers streamers and cable channels the shows for free and takes a slight majority of ad revenue. Money can keep an attractive healthy person young seemingly forever


He also owns The Weather Channel and a handful of local TV stations. He isn't doing that bad for himself.
 
2021-11-20 2:24:21 AM  

DesertCoyote: mybluemake: hebrides: Definitely remember the show, though in my head I somehow had combined its cast with that of That's Incredible!

I also remember seeing Byron Allen a couple of years back and thinking how young he still looked. Based on when Real People aired, I assumed he was probably in his 70s by now. Nope. He turned 60 this year and was on the show starting when he was 19 (which might as well have been 70 to little kid me).

Byron Allen was 17 when first cast for the show, filmed it still in his teens for first two seasons. Since then, he's had a chat show that is pretty insider Hollywood friendly. But, he's rich as fark because he runs a "high channel" tv production company that makes cheap tv shows to fill 24 hour gaps. He offers streamers and cable channels the shows for free and takes a slight majority of ad revenue. Money can keep an attractive healthy person young seemingly forever

He also owns The Weather Channel and a handful of local TV stations. He isn't doing that bad for himself.


He's definitely a good example of failing upward, albeit only failing creatively but being pretty crafty otherwise.  Be the least funny comedian possible, put on a show in the middle of the night that's literally nothing but talking to actors on press tours, do it all cheaply, and be smart about using the profits.
 
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