Pink Lady And Jeff: The Last, Worst Variety Series Bought To The USA In 1980 By NBC President Fred Silverman, Who Found Out Too Late That This Japanese Singing Duo Didn't Understand A Word Of English. Now Available On DVD!
Just to show you straight up what we're talking about here, NBC actually used this line in the promotional materials for the show:
The DVD Boxed Set (!) above contains all 6 episodes of this short-lived variety show. The show was so bad, the last one was never broadcast. Some raves from Pink Lady fans at Amazon.com:
"During the end of both the disco craze in music, and the variety show on television, NBC had the brilliant idea of broadcasting "Pink Lady...And Jeff" on March 1, 1980. Mitsuyo Nemoto (Mie) and Keko Masuda (Kei), the duo known as Pink Lady, were huge stars in Japan. However, they were unknown in America, and could barely speak any English. Jeff Altman was a standup comedian who served as host of the show, and appeared in comedy skits. Because Sid and Marty Croft produced the show, they were able to get famous guest stars to appear, including Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Larry Hagman, Donny Osmond and Roy Orbison. The strangest episode included Greg Evigan, star of "BJ & The Bear," playing the saxophone and singing, followed by Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Playmates. In one sketch, Jeff Altman plays Richard Nixon. Having resigned from the presidency, Tricky Dick is applying for an executive position at Playboy!"
"... fans of the early video movement (pre-MTV) will enjoy this because of the vintage Blondie (Shayla and Eat To The Beat), Alice Cooper (Clones) and Cheap Trick (Dream Police) music videos on here."
"There's no doubt about it that this is hands down one of the worst variety shows ever made. It make the Brady Bunch Variety Hour look like an Emmy award-winning masterpiece."
"Everytime I begin to bitch about how bad television is today, I just put this on, and suddenly I am so glad that some thirty years separate myself from this radioactive excrement that smells so badly I have to put on a DVD of "My Mother the Car" to clean the place up."
"There's not much to be said about this set except that it is truly awful and worth every penny."
And from imdb:
"I rented the DVD collection in hopes of getting a bit of a fun '80s flashback with this near-legendary bomb of a TV series. However, I was not at all prepared for how truly embarrassing and awful it is. Like the films "Myra Breckinridge," "Xanadu" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band," "Pink Lady and Jeff" is one of those pop culture misfires that surpasses its reputation; it's even worse than you were told it was.
Everything you've heard about it is true. This cross-cultural nightmare occurred during that awkward period when disco was wearing out its welcome and variety shows had sunk into a tired routine of endlessly replicating the Donny & Marie / Sonny and Cher format. ... There were the flat comedy skits, the lame medleys and the clubfooted dance routines by, in this case, a chorus line of chubby legged girls with too much permed hair and apparently not enough rehearsal time.
Every poorly chosen song, all the cheesy choreography, the throw-a-name-in-a-hat lineup of "guests" who all look like they'd rather be anywhere else, and the groan inducing skits all make for a surreal experience unsurpassed by anything on "The Twilight Zone" "