The Joey Bishop Show "Episode 85" (lost unaired episode of sitcom TV series; 1963)

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Picture of Vaughn Meader, who usually did comedic impressions of John F. Kennedy.

Status: Lost

The Joey Bishop Show was a sitcom show created by Joey Bishop that premiered on September 20th, 1961, and ended on March 30th, 1965. It was usually about Joey and his job. He also had problems with his family, who think he has more influence in Hollywood than he actually does. They try to take advantage of his "influence".[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The Episode[edit | edit source]

In Season 3, an episode was filmed that is simply called "#85". It guest starred impressionist and comedian Vaughn Meader. He became famous in the 1960s for his impersonation of then-president John F. Kennedy on his comedy album The First Family.[2] Not much else from the episode is known.

Assassination of John F. Kennedy[edit | edit source]

On November 22nd, 1963, exactly one week after the episode was filmed, President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas, by Lee Harvey Oswald.[3] NBC cancelled #85, which had been slated to air in February 1964. All copies of The First Family were withdrawn from sale as well, bringing an abrupt end to Vaughn Meader's career.[4] The Joey Bishop Show promptly went on hiatus for a few weeks, until it returned in early 1964.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The tapes of #85 are said to have been destroyed by NBC after the assassination.[5] As such, no copies of the episode are known to exist, no stills of the episode have surfaced and it may very well be lost forever.

As for Meader's album, all recalled copies were destroyed (although it was eventually released on CD in 1999). The popular association with JFK meant Meader could not find entertainment industry work in the wake of the assassination. He moved back to his hometown in Maine, where he performed music and managed a pub. Meader died on October 29th, 2004, at 68 years old.[6][7]

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