'The Merv Griffin Show' gets DVD treatment, showcases appearances from Jerry Seinfeld to Orson Welles

November 11, 2014 2:22 PM

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'The Merv Griffin Show' gets DVD treatment, showcases appearances from Jerry Seinfeld to Orson Welles

Merv Griffin died in 2007, but he lives on in TV history thanks to having created the remarkably durable game shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He even composed the iconic Jeopardy theme song. But for baby boomers, Griffin will always be remembered for his talk show that ran in several incarnations from 1962 to 1986. Thanks to a hilarious impersonation by SCTV's Rick Moranis, Griffin developed a reputation for being an obsequious lightweight who ooh-ed and ahh-ed at every word his guests said.

In retrospect, The Merv Griffin Show provides a fascinating window into American pop culture and politics in the second half of the 20th century. Much of that has to do with Griffin's ability to step back and give his guests room to roam, evident in the new 12-disc DVD box set of Griffin programs re...

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